Blur Tribute Band Blurred Cover Band

Book a Blur Tribute Band ‘Blurred’ for a festival, wedding, party, birthday, corporate event or charity fundraiser. Blurred will perform the biggest hits by Blur including Parklife, Country House, Song 2, Girls & Boys, There’s No Other Way. Also Beetlebum, Stereotypes, Chemical World, Sunday Sunday, For Tomorrow and more. All your guests will be singing and shouting along with us “All the people, so many people. And they all go hand in hand, hand in hand through their Parklife“. “Street’s like a jungle, so call the police. Following the herd, down to Greece“. Also “Wow-hoo, well I feel heavy metal” from Song 2. Look forward to a massive nineties knees up with ‘Blurred’ Blur cover band. No other Blur tribute band has the amount of quality live video that Blurred have. Contact to book a Blur cover band.

Book a Blur tribute band.

You’ll be screaming “Woo-Hoo” at the top of your lungs while jumping around in the mosh pit to Song 2.  Dancing around while chanting with us “He lives in a house, very big house in the country“. Blurred are your number one tribute band for Blur cover versions. You can hire a Blur wedding band. Or you can hire a Blur festival band. Similarly you can book a Blur birthday party band or corporate event band.

Blur Tribute Band Blurred
Blur Tribute Band Blurred

A tribute to the best 90’s indie band ever featuring Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

Massive hits from Blur albums:

  • Leisure
  • Modern Life Is Rubbish
  • Parklife
  • The Great Escape
  • Blur
  • 13
  • Think Tank
  • The Magic Whip

 

Blurred Blur tribute band can also combine the best of Blur with the best or Britpop and the 1990’s. Giving you a whole night of 90’s themed music. Perfect to hire a wedding band or book a birthday party band.  Andy and his professional 90’s band know the nineteen nineties like the back of their hands. So you can hire with full confidence.

 

Blur the band were first known at ‘Circus’ then ‘Seymour’. Frontman singer Damon Albarn and the members changed the name of the band to ‘Blur’ at the request of their record company ‘Food’. Blur’s first chart success was with the hit single ‘She’s So High‘ and then ‘There’s No Other Way‘. Initially falling somewhere between the Madchester and Shoegaze sounds Blur performed moderately well in the UK charts. But indie band Blur eventually found their greatest success during the mid 90’s changing their sound to a very ‘British’ style. Big brash horn sections, post punk angular guitars and postmodern humour coupled with lyrics about the every day lives British people.

 

 

With the release of the single ‘Popscene’ Blur pretty much created the sound and music genre known as ‘Britpop’. After Modern Life Is Rubbish Blur delved even further into questioning what was Britishness and created the Brit pop classic album Parklife

Blurred Blur Tribute Band
Blurred Blur Tribute Band

 

 

Members of Blur

  • Damon Albarn – Lead Vocals
  • Graham Coxon – Guitarist
  • Alex James – Bass Player
  • Dave Rowntree – Drummer

Graham Coxon is most well known for playing a 1952 blonde Fender Telecaster. Also Alex James plays a Fender American Vintage 1958 Precision Bass guitar.

Smelly Cat How To Play On Acoustic Guitar Friends TV Show Phoebe Buffay

In “Friends” the 90’s TV show Phoebe Buffay’s (Portrayed by Lisa Kudrow) most well known song was “Smelly Cat”. Below you will learn Smelly Cat and how to play it on acoustic guitar. A somewhat hippy style character, masseuse and self-taught “Amateur Musician” (With heavily inverted commas) Phoebe Buffay performs her eccentric self written songs about random everyday things at ‘Central Perk’ coffee shop in New York. She performed the classic song Smelly Cat on multiple occasions live throughout the 10 seasons and 236 episodes. To hire Britpop Reunion 90’s tribute band who perform the theme tune from Friends “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts contact for more information.

Smelly Cat How To Play On Acoustic Guitar Friends TV Show Phoebe Buffay
Smelly Cat How To Play On Acoustic Guitar Friends TV Show Phoebe Buffay

How to play Smelly Cat on acoustic guitar by Phoebe Buffay

Smelly Cat is a quite simple song to play even for beginners learning how to play acoustic guitar. There are only three chords throughout the entire song, with a chorus,  single verse and repeat chorus (With the same lyrics as the first chorus).

Video tutorial of how to play Smelly Cat on acoustic guitar (Chords and lyrics)

Band leader Andy Starkey from professional 90’s party band ‘Britpop Reunion’ took time out of his busy schedule to put together this tutorial video of how to play Smelly Cat on acoustic guitar. He shows you the chords and lyrics and breaks down when to play each chord at what moment in the song.

 

Watch how to play Smelly Cat directly on our YouTube channel if the above video does not load correctly. 

Chords for Smelly Cat:

  • E
  • A
  • D (Back to A)
  • E

The strumming pattern is also very simple with just two downstrokes per chord for the first E and A, one down stroke for the D, then one downstroke back to the A. Then back to the E and just repeat. Smelly Cat chords are the same for the verse as for the chorus. All chords are major chords and the finger positioning is shown on the below image. 

Smelly Cat Chords From Friends TV Show 90s
Smelly Cat Chords From Friends TV Show 90s

Lyrics for Smelly Cat

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It’s not your fault

They won’t take you to the vet
You’re obviously not their favourite pet
You may not be a bed of roses
And you’re no friend to those with noses

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It’s not your fault

Other songs performed by Phoebe Buffay on Friends include:

  • The Cow in the Meadow Goes Moo
  • Sticky Shoes
  • Sixty-Six Colours of My Bedroom
  • Emma
  • and more.

About the song Smelly Cat.

Smelly Cat written by Friends writers Adam Chase and Betsy Borns first appeared in season two, episode six entitled “The One with the Baby on the Bus” and can be found on the soundtrack album “Friends Again” released 1999. The song is about a poor feline who has been mistreated by its owners and has ended up with a pungent odour possibly due to the type of nourishment it’s been receiving.

Throughout the 1990’s TV show various stars have covered the song Smelly Cat including Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders who was actually featured in the show itself. Noted cover versions of Smelly Cat have been by famous artists Taylor Swift and Chris Isaak. Most recently during “Friends: The Reunion” aka “The One Where They Get Back Together” Lady Gaga performed Smelly Cat on guitar with Phoebe Buffay.

In the Friends episode entitled “The One Where Eddie Moves In” (Season 2 – Episode 17) a record company asks Phoebe to make a Smelly Cat music video but it ends up rerecording another womans voice singing the song instead of Phoebe’s. At the end of the episode as the credits role the main characters of friends, Rachel Greene, Ross Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Monica Geller and Chandler Bing all perform the song live with her at Central Perk.

Silverstone Grand Prix Classic Weekend Britpop Tribute Band Live Performance

Britpop Reunion‘ performed at the Silverstone Grand Prix Classic Weekend on Friday 30th July 2021  supporting Scouting For Girls at the weekends 30th birthday bash. (The headlining band was supposed to be 90’s Acid Jazz band ‘Brand New Heavies’. But due to having to reschedule from 2020 they performed on the Saturday evening instead) . Also on before we took to the stage was a 90s grunge band tribute to Pearl Jam called Legal Jam. Our 90’s band performed songs by Oasis, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Pulp James plus other nineties music by The La’s, Chumbawamba, Republica and more from our 90’s tribute band repertoire

Here are all 15 songs we performed live at this prestigious event.

Silverstone Grand Prix Classic 

At the annual three-day car and race event there was motor racing and funfair rides. Also live music and entry to grandstands, retro run and more. There was even free parking. The Silverstone circuit is home to many sports events and competitions such as British Motor Racing, Formula One, F1, Driving Experience Days, British Grand Prix, Auto Racing, GT, Drag and more.

Silverstone Grand Prix Classic Weekend Britpop Tribute Band Live Performance
Silverstone Grand Prix Classic Weekend Britpop Tribute Band Live Performance

Guests were able to get up close to the cars and chat with drivers. Silverstone Classic 2021 early bird adult tickets started from £47 for all day Friday.

 

At Silverstone Grand Prix we performed classic 90’s songs like Don’t Look Back In Anger, Disco 2000, Parklife, The Day We Caught The Train, Sit Down, Place Your Hands  and more for our 90’s repertoire. For the above price you got to see three live bands and spend the entire day at Silverstone.

Britpop Reunion were on stage from 8:15pm until 9:15pm

 


Win 3 Pairs Of Tickets To Silverstone Classic on Friday 30th July 2021

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We gave you the chance to win three pairs of adult full day tickets on our Facebook page to Silverstone Classic on Friday 30th July 2021 where you were be able to see ‘Britpop Reunion’ perform live.

Silverstone Classic 90s Tribute Band Festival
Silverstone Classic 90s Tribute Band Festival

Easy Competition to win a pair of tickets to Silverstone Classic on Friday 30th July 2021.

Rule of entry:
1) Comment anything the competition image on the ‘Britpop Reunion’ Facebook page 
Thats it.

We’re giving away three pairs of adult full day tickets on Facebook to Silverstone Classic on Friday 30th July 2021.
Your ticket will enable you to see ‘Britpop Reunion’ performing huge 90’s bangers live from artists like Oasis, Blur, Supergrass, Pulp, Stone Roses and more. Plus ‘Scouting For Girls’ and Pearl Jam tribute band ‘Legal Jam’ will be performing too. There are interactive experiences to head turning car displays, hot air balloon lift offs, passenger rides, fun fair and crazy golf, the trackside excitement matches the duelling on the circuit with over 1000 cars to watch race at the home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

The star-studded races feature historic cars from across the last 100 years of motorsport racing wheel-to-wheel, representing the golden ages of Formula 1, Formula 2, GT, Sports and Touring Cars. With grandstand seating included in the admission ticket price, everyone is on pole position to spectate. Visitors also have free access to the vast majority of the entertainment including funfair rides, driving experiences, stunt shows, the concerts and both racing paddocks.

Terms & Conditions
  • Entry for the competition starts on Monday 12th July 12:00pm and closes on Friday 23rd July 2021 at 23:59.
  • Results of competition will be randomly selected on Saturday 24th July 2021.
  • We will contact the three winners directly through their Facebook social media.
  • Winners will need to respond within 48 hours or the tickets will be offered to another randomly chosen entrant.
  • UK residents only.
  • Friends, family and previous clients of the ‘Britpop Reunion’ may enter the competition.
  • No monetary value offered instead of tickets.
  • “Tickets” will be sent as E-Tickets shortly before the event.
  • One entry per Facebook account.
  • Britpop Reunion reserve the right to change the rules, terms and conditions or withdraw the competition at any time.

Live 90’s tribute band

‘Britpop Reunion’ 90’s tribute band features Britpop singer Andy Starkey who has a wealth of experience in all thing Nineties. He will be covering the whole of this monumental event in a new Vlog video. Also you’ll see lots of fantastic live photos after the event too.

To book 90’s cover band ‘Britpop Reunion’ for your festival band or event contact to check on price and availability. 

Laid James Cover Version Video Britpop Tribute Band

Britpop musician Andy Starkey recorded and shot this Laid James Cover Version video for his 90’s tribute band Britpop Reunion. Contact to also book a professional nineties cover band for a party or festival. Enjoy our James Laid cover song below and ask yourself if any other Britpop band have bothered to produce anything of this magnitude. (The answers “No” by the way).

Laid James Cover Version Video Britpop Tribute Band
Laid James Cover Version Video Britpop Tribute Band

Laid James Cover Version Video

With this James Laid song Andy worked on the idea of the band trying to keep the audio as close to the original recording as possible. Therefore Britpop Reunion faithfully replicated every guitar lick, bass note, exact drum pattern and keyboard part. Andy then also went on to direct and star in this self produced music video for James Laid cover version. It was filmed on the abandoned train track at Lichfield Staffordshire on the South Staffordshire Line. Is the video not loading? Then why not view it on our 90’s YouTube channel

James tribute band?

Britpop Reunion also perform a number of songs by James the band. So perhaps you could even call us a James Tribute Band of sorts. We also perform Sit Down (released numerous times by the band) and from time to time occasionally perform She’s A Star from Whiplash released 1997.

Laid was released November 1993 from the album of the same name ‘Laid’ peaking at number 25 in the UK charts. But it gained the band huge success in the USA on college radio also being featured towards the end of the nineties in the film ‘American Pie’. Can you believe that there are three official videos by the band for this song? Laid Album (Produced by Brian Eno) also features the singles Sometimes and Say Something / Jam J. The album sounds as Fresh As A Daisy today as when it was released in the 1990’s. The song Laid by James is a very easy to master featuring only three different chords played as:

Chords for Laid by James

C – Csus4 – G – F – G

Lyrics for Laid by James.

Verse 1
This bed is on fire with passionate love,
The neighbours complain about the noises above,
But she only comes when she’s on top.

Verse 2
My therapist said not to see you no more,
She said you’re like a disease without any cure,
She said I’m so obsessed that I’m becoming a bore, oh no,
Ah, you think you’re so pretty.

Chorus
E-e-ee

Bridge
Caught your hand inside the till, Slammed your fingers in the door,
Fought with kitchen knives and skewers,
Dressed me up in women’s clothes, Messed around with gender roles,
Line my eyes and call me pretty.

Chorus
E-e-ee

Verse 3
Moved out of the house so you moved next door
I locked you out, you cut a hole in the wall
I found you sleeping next to me, I thought I was alone
You’re driving me crazy, When are you coming home?

Laid, Laid

Chorus
E-e-ee


Laid James Cover Song – List of James musicians who recorded Laid were:

  • Tim Booth – Lead Vocals
  • Saul Davies – Violin & Guitar
  • Larry Gott – Guitar
  • Mark Hunter- Keyboards
  • Jim Glennie – Bass Guitar
  • David Baynton-Power – drums
  • James Mike – Drums

Who sang Laid?

Laid was sang by Tim Booth by the band James.

Who wrote Laid?

Laid was written by Tim Booth, Larry Gott and also Jim Glennie for the Manchester band James. As with a number of James albums it was produced by Brian Eno.  Did you know there is also a “Clean radio edit” of Laid by James too? The lyrics “She only comes when she’s on top” are changed to “She only SINGS when she’s on top”. 

James also continue to tour live in 2020 and 2021 for their newer albums including “Living In Extraordinary Times”. 

James Laid Cover Version Video
James Laid Cover Version Video

Subtitles for Laid.

Some lovely folks have translated Laid into various different languages for us including Portuguese, German, Mexican Spanish and English of course. So hopefully you’ll be able to sing along in your preferred language too. If you’d like to add a language to our cover song then please get in contact

Other James videos by Britpop Reunion.

 

Other musings about the band called James cover song.

Tim Booth (Full name Timothy John Booth born 4th February 1960) portrayed the minor villain character Victor Zsasz in Batman Begins – The first Christopher Nolan directed reboot Batman film in 2005.

Married With Children Oasis Cover Version Video Acoustic Britpop Tribute Band

To celebrate the anniversary of ‘Definitely Maybe’ Britpop musician Andy Starkey decided to take time out of his holiday to live stream this Married With Children Oasis cover version.  Andy hadn’t played this song for over 20 years and it is actually one of first Oasis tunes he ever mastered as a teenager. Married With Children is the final song from the Oasis debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ which was released August 1994 on Alan McGee’s Creation Records. Britpop Reunion perform many songs by Oasis from their nineties repertoire including Roll With It, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall, Cigarettes & Alcohol and more.  To book a Britpop tribute band for a 90’s party contact for more info on price and availability.

Married With Children Oasis Cover Version Video

The lyrics for Married With Children were somewhat inspired by Louise Jones, who was Noel Gallagher’s girlfriend at the time . She was constantly being kept awake by the Oasis songwriter while he was writing songs and practicing his guitar. Louise would get annoyed telling Noel, “Your music’s shite.” Gallagher said that he had to keep those lines and wrote them into this song.

The song was also inspired by the USA sitcom Married… with Children. Noel Gallagher told nineties music paper Melody Maker “I looked at them two in the show (Al Bundy & Peggy Bundy), and looked at us two, and I thought, that’s us, that is!”. Furthermore he said “It’s another song that anybody could relate to, because if you live with a girlfriend or just a flatmate, there are always petty things that you hate about them. And this song’s just about pettiness.”

Married With Children Oasis Cover Version Video Acoustic Britpop Tribute Band
Married With Children Oasis Cover Version Video Acoustic Britpop Tribute Band

Further musings about the Oasis song Married With Children.

This original of this very acoustic sounding song is actually ever so slightly out of tune from regular 440Hz tuning. This suggests it was probably slowed down slightly after recording. Married With Children was an album only track and was never released as a single. Andy’s Married With Children Oasis cover version stays close to the original but has the guitar solo section removed.

Noel Gallagher is known for borrowing/plagiarising other artists songs.  If you listen to Lithium by Nirvana (From the 1991 album Nevermind) you’ll notice it has very similar chords played with a similar rhythm.

The final song was supposedly recorded in about half an hour on a broken Four-Track multitrack recorder in producer/engineer Mark Coyle’s bedroom.
The very dry sounding guitar part was played by Noel on a Gretsch ‘Country Gent’ that used to be owned by John Squire from The Stone Roses that was round at Owen Morris’s house. The final products is a great link between the demo stages with Mark Coyle and the finished album track.

Alan McGee from Creation records was quoted as saying “It works and when it works its charming and when it’s charming it goes on the record”.

During the recording of Married With Children the following musicians and producers were involved with Oasis (Although not all featured on this song).

  • Owen Morris & Mark Coyle – Producers
  • Liam Gallagher – Lead Vocals
  • Noel Gallagher – Lead Guitarist & backing vocals
  • Paul Arthurs (aka Bonehead) – Rhythm guitar
  • Paul McGuigan (aka Guigsy) – Bass guitar
  • Tony McCarrol – Drummer

Married With Children Lyrics

There’s no need for you to say you’re sorry
Goodbye I’m going home
I don’t care no more so don’t you worry
Goodbye I’m going home

I hate the way that even though you
Know you’re wrong you say you’re right
I hate the books you read and all your friends
Your music’s shite it keeps me up all night, up all night

There’s no need for you to say you’re sorry
Goodbye I’m going home
I don’t care no more so don’t you worry
Goodbye I’m going home

I hate the way that you are so sarcastic
And you’re not very bright
You think that everything you’ve done’s fantastic
Your music’s shite it keeps me up all night, up all night

And it will be nice to be alone for a week or two
But I know then I will be right, right back here with you, with you….

There’s no need for you to say you’re sorry
Goodbye I’m going home
I don’t care no more so don’t you worry
Goodbye I’m going home


Chords to Married With Children by Oasis

Slightly above a beginners level of playing, yet still pretty simple enough. You can play along to Andys Married With Children Oasis Cover Version Video by following the following guitar chords.

E G# C#m A C B7 E
A A7 E – F# A G

Earlier recordings of Married With Children.

A demo version of Married With Children was released on the Deluxe Edition version of the Oasis debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’. A slightly less refined version yet it doesn’t actually differ very much from the final album release. But it does feature a very loud shaker throughout and then a loud tambourine during the solo. Also it has slightly clearer lyrics sung by Liam. It clocks in at one second shorter than the final album release being three minutes and sixteen seconds.

If you are looking to hire an Oasis wedding band , or 90’s tribute band then contact Britpop Reunion for a quote. 

Blur Parklife Alternative Titles Soft Porn Softporn London Sport Magic Arrows Britpop Tribute Band

Every Britpop band & Blur fan instantly recognises the front cover of Parklife by Blur (By photographer Bob Thomas) featuring Greyhounds at Walthamstow Stadium Dog track races. But did you know Blur’s Parklife was going to be called a multitude of alternative titles first? Britpop Musician Andy Starkey from Brit pop tribute band Britpop Reunion takes you through the stories behind the naming of and various front covers of Parklife. Hire a Blur tribute band

Blur Softporn
Blur Softporn (Alternative Parklife title)

Blur Parklife Alternative Titles

While Parklife by Blur was being recorded there were a number of possible alternative titles and many different sleeves/artwork going around.  Chris Thomson & Rob O’Connor (Graphic designers at Stylorouge and designers of Parklife album sleeve) met Damon Albarn and Blur at Worlds End pub on Kings Road,  Chelsea where they proceeded on to a William Hill betting shop. Between them all they had been exploring “Britishness”. Including the atmosphere within betting shops and bookmakers and the types of punters visiting these types of establishments.

Damon was also reading ‘London Fields’ by Martin Amis, a novel about the seedier, working class side of London lives and realised his songs for Parklife were somewhat based on that book. (Drinking, sex etc). In fact I personally would say the book was a HUGE influence to Damon.  Subjects like visiting America…”Magic America”, fast cars driving curiously through London streets as in “London Loves” so there are the lyrics “The mystery of a speeding car.”

London Fields / London Loves
London Fields / London Loves

Having read ‘London Fields’ myself, I feel that Damon Albarn may have started reading it even further back than Parklife. Specifically during the recording of Blur’s second album ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish.’ There are multiple mentions of Portobello Road. There’s a character called “Missy” and going to “America” (Miss America)  There is a chance Damon was still reading it while writing songs from their fourth album “The Great Escape” as London Fields features a character called “Kwango”. A variant spelling for the song Mr. Robinson’s “Quango” perhaps?

Queens Guards Parklife Blur Alternative
Queens Guards Parklife Blur Alternative

The alternative titles suggested instead of Parklife included:

  • London.
  • Sport.
  • Soft Porn (Spelled as one whole word ‘Softporn’ on the album sleeve).
  • Magic Arrows.
  • Park Life (Two separate words)

Parklife artwork

Chris & Rob’s images depicted the class divide in London, but leaned more towards the Upper Middle Class of society. As can be seen in the 1960s image of a posh tennis player. But Damon wasn’t 100% sold on this exactly and seeing these images helped him to focus on his working class and social class ideas. Between them they were using images of every day mundane things in London and reappropriating them. “Tourist Tat” like images of The Queen’s Guards would now be made newly famous for use within a different format. This was similar to how Pop Art artists like Peter Blake had done so back in the 1960s with The Beatles and The Who. 

Blur Parklife Alternative Titles Tennis Player
Blur Parklife Alternative Titles Tennis Player

As you’ll see a number of different album sleeves were also trialed for Parklife including:

  • Park Life (With a space) featuring the front grill of a Rolls Royce car.
  • 1960’s image of a male model dressed as an upper class tennis player.
  • Toy models of Buckingham Palace Guards aka The Queen’s Guards dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats (Tourist Tat)
  • Soft Porn featuring Buckingham Palace and its guards (Again)

Another alternative cover for the Parklife album cover featured a fruit and veg stall in London’s Portobello Road but no images of this are available (as far am I am aware). The alternative album sleeves were shown to the band at Maison Rouge Studio where they were recording and mixing Parklife with Stephen Street in London during 1993 & 1994. Finally of course they settled on the Greyhounds artwork and the name ‘Parklife’. But where did the name ‘Parklife’ come from?

Blur Park Life Rolls Royce Grill
Blur Park Life Rolls Royce Grill

A possible reason Blur’s third album ended up being called Parklife.

Dave Rowntree (Blur drummer) shared this image on Twitter from the Evening Standard newspapers ‘Flat Buyers Guide” that was pinned to the studio wall during the recording of Blur’s third album giving insight into the possible naming of PARKLIFE. It shows an advert for newly built flats for sale on Empire Wharf (On the banks of Hertford Union Canal) which overlook Victoria Park. Thus you can have a “Parklife” starting from £54,995 for a one bedroom apartment. Or £69,995 for a two bedroom flat. Imagine how much they must be worth now?

Dave Rowntree Blur Drummer Parklife
Dave Rowntree Blur Drummer Parklife

Track listing for Parklife

There are 16 songs on Parklife by Blur, two of which are instrumentals. The whole albums run time is 53 minutes.

  • Girls & Boys
  • Tracy Jacks
  • End of a Century
  • Parklife (featuring Phil Daniels)
  • Bank Holiday
  • Badhead
  • The Debt Collector (instrumental)
  • Far Out
  • To the End
  • London Loves
  • Trouble in the Message Centre
  • Clover Over Dover
  • Magic America
  • Jubilee
  • This Is a Low
  • Lot 105 (instrumental)

Other musings about Parklife.

Considered by many to be ‘The Best Blur Album’ Parklife wasn’t just 16 songs. There were also eleven b-sides in total from various formats of singles Girls & Boys, To The End, Parklife and End Of A Century. They were all recorded during the same sessions as Parklife but we’re kept back for none album / b-side tracks. These included:

  • Magpie
  • Anniversary Waltz
  • People in Europe
  • Peter Panic
  • Threadneedle Street
  • Got Yer!
  • Beard
  • Supa Shoppa
  • Theme from an Imaginary Film
  • Rednecks
  • Alex’s Song

All of which are featured on the “The Special Collectors Edition” Blur compilation album. If you’re a big Blur fan (Especially so of the ‘Britpop’ era) then this a great selection of tunes. You really can hear the Parklifeness in all of the songs……I bet ‘People In Europe’ very nearly made it onto the actual album.

Below is a nice bit of Blur memorabilia from back in the day. It is a tracking sheet for the song ‘This Is A Low’ recorded at Matrix Studios, Little Russell Street, London WC1.  A track sheet displays what track numbers were used for each instrument while being recorded.

This Is A Low Blur Track Sheet Matrix Studios London
This Is A Low Blur Track Sheet Matrix Studios London

Britpop Reunion perform numerous Blur songs from Parklife and their follow up Blur album Great Escape including Parklife and County House. Below is live video footage from a recent festival performance. If you enjoyed this article then please follow us over on Facebook. Similarly contact to hire a 90’s tribute band for a festival, wedding, birthday, corporate event or party

Britpop Artist Andy Starkey

Britpop Artist Andy Starkey has seen it all and done it. All through through the 90’s and also into the modern day Andy has been pushing live Britpop out to mass audiences. He performed in original Britpop bands throughout the nineteen nineties in Camden Town, London. As an accomplished Britpop musician Andy Starkey then moved onto the professional tribute scene. He now fronts the UK’s only professional Britpop tribute band ‘Britpop Reunion‘. 

Britpop Artist Andy Starkey
Britpop Artist Andy Starkey

Andrew Starkey and his band ‘Britpop Reunion‘ capture exactly what it is to be Britpop artists. You’ll hear live performances of songs by Britpop bands like:

  • Oasis.
  • Blur.
  • Supergrass.
  • Pulp.
  • The Cure.
  • James.
  • The La’s.
  • The Stone Roses.
  • Also The Verve and more.

But more than just the music you’ve also got the indie image, the original period guitars, amps and clothing too. Also with the bands britpop 90’s swagger you’ve got one heck of a live performance too. Britpop Artist Andy Starkey knows how to handle crowds of all sizes and has been doing so for the past 30 years. Whether you’ve got 30 guests or 30,000 Andrew will have them eating out of the palms of his hands.  He’ll make sure everyone’s singing and dancing along to his britpop band

Andrew Starkey Britpop Artist performs live songs like:

  • Don’t Look Back In Anger & Wonderwall
  • Parklife & Country House
  • Disco 2000.
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony.
  • Alright.
  • There She Goes.
  • Laid and more.

When you think of Britpop artists you think of:

  • Guitar based indie pop.
  • Brit pop hair styles.
  • Cool guitars by brands like Fender & Gibson and also Epiphone.
  • Telecaster, Stratocaster also ES-335 guitars. Fender Precisions bass guitars.
  • Amplifiers by Vox and similarly Marshall.
  • Clothing by brands like Fred Perry, Adidas Originals and more. 
  • Wooden beads and necklaces.
  • NME & Melody Maker newspapers.
  • Also magazines like Select.

All this attention to detail by Andrew Starkey and his fellow brit pop artists make Britpop Reunion the ideal choice for your festival band or wedding band. Similarly hire a birthday party band, corporate event band or band for a ticketed event. Contact to check on price and also to enquire about availability to hire a britpop artist.

Andrew Starkey Britpop Artist
Andrew Starkey Britpop Artist

Top Ten Songs Of The 90s By Year

Here’s our round up of the Top Ten Songs Of The 90s By Year. We’re only allowing one song per year from 1990 to 1999 and it can be from any genre. Be that Britpop, pop, rock….whatever, as long as it’s a great party tune. The nineties were such an amazing time for new and older artists to make their mark in this incredible decade. Bands like Nirvana, Suede, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, No Doubt and more. Many of these songs are performed live by 90s tribute band Britpop Reunion and are the main reasons we formed our professional group. There have been some tough decisions that you might not agree with but here’s what we think anyway.

Top Ten Songs Of The 90s By Year
Top Ten Songs Of The 90s By Year

Top Ten Songs Of The 90s – Nineteen Ninety to Nineteen Ninety Four

1990

The perfect pop song from Liverpool based band THE LA’S originally released in 1988 from their self titled debut (and only real release) album. Subsequently re-released in October 1990 so we can thankfully play it ourselves.  Note: This pop song has no real chorus much like ‘Losing My Religion’ by REM doesn’t have one either. A staple in our live set list and adored by all ages.

‘There She Goes’ – The La’s from the album ‘The La’s’

 


1991

Manchester based band James with their most well known song is our choice for 1991 (Although ‘The One & Only’ by Chesney Hawkes was nearly our choice). James singer Tim Booth belts out this anthemic chorus in a way that always gets everyone singing along when we perform it live at weddings, birthdays, festivals and corporate events. This song was recorded and released multiple times (The original clocks in at 8m 31s on the 12 inch record) before it eventually gained the chart respect it deserved. Fun fact: Tim Booth appeared as a baddie in Batman Begins as Victor Zsasz

‘Sit Down’ by James from the album ‘Gold Mother’


1992

Continuing with our top 10 songs of the nineties during the year that Black Wednesday occurred Blur released ‘Popscene’ and Suede released ‘The Drowners’. This (arguably) was pretty much the start of Britpop as we know/knew it.  Yet one band who had existed since the the late 70’s / 80’s had one of their biggest chart successes to date during this year. ‘Friday I’m In Love’ written by Robert Smith was released May 1992 and reached number 6 in the charts.

An uplifting song and with much happier tones than what you’d come to expect from a “Goth” band. The Cure still perform this live to this very day and so do Britpop Reunion. Another notable tune from 1992 was Mrs Robinson’ by The Lemonheads from the album ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’. This was many peoples introduction to a ‘Grunge’ type sound later mass marketed by Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl from Nirvana & Foo Fighters. 

‘Friday I’m In Love’ by The Cure from the album ‘Wish’


1993

Carrying on with our top 10 songs of the 90’s but where to start? There was 4 Non Blondes with ‘What’s Up?’, Lenny Kravitz with ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ and REM with ‘Everybody Hurts’. Plus Whitney Houston with ‘I’m Every Woman’ and Arrested Development with ‘Mr Wendal’. But then you had the amazing come back of  Duran Duran with their hit superb worldwide hit single ‘Ordinary World’ (Where they looked more like a Britpop band than an 80’s pop band).

Then also Irish-American rappers House Of Pain hit the charts with incredible ‘Jump Around’. All that said, for us, we have to move across the pond back home to Manchester. Our Top Ten Songs Of The 90s for 1993 is ‘James’ again with ‘Laid’. Very much a pure Britpop song about what you hear your neighbours getting up to. 

‘Laid’ by James from the album ‘Laid’


Top Ten Songs Of The 90s – 1994

Argh, it’s pretty much impossible to choose ‘The best song” from 1994 as this really was the year that Britpop bands went mainstream and so many other fantastic 90’s acts broke through. Where to even start when you’ve got such poptastic hits like ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ by Deep Blue Something from ‘Home’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ by Oasis from ‘Definitely Maybe’ & ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ by Ocean Colour Scene from ‘Moseley Shoals’. Also ‘Rocks’ by Primal Scream from ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ & ‘You & Me Song’ by The Wannadies from ‘Be a Girl’.

Winning by default in our opinion though in our top 10 songs of the 90s for 1993 is ‘Parklife’ by Blur featuring Quadrophenia star (And Eastenders star) Phil Daniels. This song really is exactly what Britpop was about, telling tales about the every day lives of normal, common people. A highly Ray Davies/The Kinks inspired indie pop tune that caught the ears of many none indie folk, turning them on to Blur forever. Yet strangely topping out at only number 10 in the UK charts. At every single performance ‘Britpop Reunion‘ have done since we formed in 2014 we have performed ‘Parklife’ live and it continues to be enjoyed by crowds many decades later.

‘Parklife’ by Blur from the album ‘Parklife’


Top Ten Songs Of The 90s – Nineteen Ninety Five to Nineteen Ninety Nine

1995

During the year of nineteen ninety five we were solidly into the era of Britpop bands dominating the UK charts. By this point in the 90’s it was VERY COOL to be in an indie pop guitar based band. Every late teen/early 20 something was in a Britpop wannabe band. You had ‘Country House’ by Blur, battling it out with ‘Roll With It’ by Oasis for number 1 in the charts. Also ‘Alright’ by Supergrass and another Oasis firmfavourite ‘Wonderwall’ (And the list goes on). But how do you choose just one song to sum up this amazing year of music?

Well, we’re going to give it a go. For us it has to be the Laura Branigan inspired corker ‘Disco 2000’ by Pulp. Again this is the epitome of what we consider to be Britpop. Songs about every day folk like you and me. Agreeing to meet up with an old pal years later if things haven’t quite gone to plan throughout the rest of their life.

‘Disco 2000’ by Pulp from the album ‘Different Class’


Top Ten Songs Of The Nineties – 1996

We’re still in the era of full on Britpop bands mode in the mid nineties with huge crowd favourites to chose from by Reef, Cast, Radiohead and The Bluetones. But also the 90’s were a huge mixed bag of genres too from artists like  Republica, Spice Girls, Mark Morrison, Gina G, Coolio and more. But Britpop artist Andy Starkey says there is only one song from 1996 that sums up this year, if not the whole 90s decade and Britpop movement. And thats ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis.

The song starts off with a piano tribute/rip off to ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon (Surely they had to pay some royalties along the way due to similarities?). Then goes full on Noel-Rock. Liam Gallagher takes a backseat and lets his brother sing this one. (As Liam, given the chance to choose one song had chosen Wonderwall instead). Probably the biggest song in our live performances enjoyed by every single person on and off stage.

‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis from the album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’


1997

Heading out of Britpop era now but still firmly in the realms of 90’s pop music. We had Blur with a totally new American sounding style with ‘Song 2’ (Inspired by bands like Pavement). Also ‘Karma Police’ by Radiohead and the fantastic ‘Torn’ by Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia (Did you know this is a cover version?).  Britpop Reunion perform the 1997 hit ‘Ironic’ by Alanis Morissette which always goes does incredibly well at weddings. Also ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba is an insane live song with people literally loosing their minds and going full on mosh-pit.

But for us the winner of 1997 has to be ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve. Using a sample by the Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral cover of the Rolling Stones’ song “The Last Time” Richard Ashcroft and his fellow band mates created this new 8/4 looped time signature track. An absolute classic banger of a 90’s song about how life treats you.

‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve from the album ‘Urban Hymns’


Up next 1998 in our Top Ten Songs Of The 90s

By 1998 what we classed as ‘Britpop‘ was pretty much completely totally over.  An indie band that remained though still releasing Brit pop esque songs were the likes of Catatonia (feat Cerys Matthews from BBC Radio 6 Music) with ‘Road Rage’. But even Shed Seven had moved on to become more like Happy Mondays/Black Grape with the lad chanty ‘She Left Me On Friday’. Ex Suede guitarist Bernard Butler re-emerged with his debut solo album ‘People Move On’ album. Featuring the dreamy esque single ‘Stay’ which is a little to derivative of late period Beatles (even though it had that amazing Bernard Butler guitar tone solo).  Still, there were massive chart pop hits emerging from B*Witched with ‘C’est La Vie’, Massive Attack with ‘Teardrop’ and Aerosmith ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’. 

‘Dance The Night Away’ by The Mavericks and ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams are unstoppable to this day and still on heavy rotation on daytime radio. But for Britpop Reunion, the crazily big chart hit from Britney Spears ‘Baby One More Time’ is where its at. We’ve changed the key of this tune every so slightly and rocked it up a little bit. Feel the power of this 90’s pop tune below in our live video at a 90’s Night at a University in Cornwall.

‘Baby One More Time’’ by Britney Spears from the album ‘Baby One More Time’


 

Finally we’re at the end of the decade with 1999

1999 was a funny old year for music. Britpop had completely disappeared (Quite rightfully) and much of the charts were filled with R&B. Eminem broke though with The Slim Shady LP featuring ‘My Name Is’, Christina Aguilera had ‘Genie In A Bottle’ (Theres a great mash up of this with The Strokes’ track “Hard To Explain”). Mr Oizo ‘Flat Beat’ hit number one from Levis commercial and still sounds great to this very day. A little more guitar based The Offspring ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ is a superb track. But pop wise for us it has to be ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ by Ricky Martin. This has to be one of the catchiest songs ever. Latino style melody, beats and horns combined with cool surf guitars. It almost has a Dick Dale feel to it.

‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’’ by Ricky Martin from the album ‘Ricky Martin’


Summing up Music In The Nineties.

Every decade of music has huge differences in genres dominating at certain points but the nineties for us is where it was all at. Pop, rock, indie, grunge, goth and dance all produced great high chart scoring songs. Indie became Britpop which then just became ‘Pop’ music for a few years. Record labels scrambled to sign ANYTHING that looked remotely like a Britpop band even into the mid nineties. But by then though Britpop had come and gone which lead to record companies folding due to huge loses and debt from lack of sales. Big lessons all to be learned from to this very day.

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Scottish 90s & Britpop Tribute Band Scotland
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We’ve performed nineties music live all over Scotland and also beyond. Below are images from 90s Weekender festival at Hunters Quay Holiday Village, Dunoon, Argyll.