Britpop Tribute Act – Being Britpop
Andy Starkey from the UK’s most recommended Britpop tribute act ‘Britpop Reunion‘ has amassed a great knowledge of Britpop & the 90s and he loves to talk about it to anyone who will listen to him. He is always searching out original 90s clothing, music, videos, guitars and promotional material steadily increasing his collection and knowledge of the best decade in music and fashion. When you hire a Britpop tribute act like Britpop Reunion with someone running the band with such a keen eye for detail as Andy, you know you’re going to get the best looking and sounding amalgamation of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, and Supergrass tribute around.
A Britpop Tribute Act should strive to give you the most authentic 90’s experience.
Andy believes that there are too many lazy bands out there who think that a crummy camera phone photo is good enough to convince you to part with your hard earned cash to book their britpop tribute act. Andy is completely different and takes everything not just to the next level, but to the extreme. As you look across the Britpop Reunion website everything you see and hear is completely self produced by Andy and the band. Videos, audio, images, even this very website is all written and coded by Andy. He strives to provide you with the things that no other britpop tribute act have the ability or can even be bothered to attempt to try.
Photoshoots, promo and interviews.
Andy Starkey & His 90’s NME Collection
Andy has one of the largest collections of 1990s NME’s in the country being very close to owning every single issue from January 1990 to December 1999. It was always about the NME, not the Melody Maker for Andy and why not. What with amazing writers like Stuart Maconie, Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs. Here stands (and sits) Andy proudly with a batch of his favourite copies.
Andy Starkey as ‘Beetlebum’ Damon Albarn
Andy recreates this classic 1998 Damon Albarn ‘Beetlebum’ image taken from the 1997 album by Blur. This look was also sported by Damon in the music video for Beetlebum. Therefore Andy assumes the photo shoot was on the same day. Replica grey sweater, blue straight leg jeans, beads and Damon fringe.
Being a member of Elastica
Justine Frischmann and Elastica certainly had their own take on the Britpop sound and image based on 1970’s New Wave. Occasionally they would take it too far though. Elastica’s “Line Up” sounding like “I Am the Fly” by Wire. “Waking Up” is incredibly similar to “No More Heroes” by The Stranglers”. “Connection” sounds remarkably like the Wire song “Three Girl Rhumba”. The disputes were eventually settled out of court. Andy decided if its OK for Elastica to rip off other bands then why couldn’t he steal their image for a photo shoot too.
As mid 90s Damon Albarn from Blur
Andy dresses up like frontman singer Damon Albarn from the Britpop indie band Blur once again. This time in the exact same jacket worn by Damon in the original image taken by photographer Derek Ridgers at Holborn Studio, Hoxton, London in 1997.
As mid 90s Jarvis Cocker from Pulp
Andy’s favourite Britpop band has always been Pulp. He first saw them support Blur (Parklife Tour) at Aston Villa Leisure Centre on 5th October 1994. Pulp were touring their “His ‘n’ Hers” album. Completely blown away by Pulp’s performance with Jarvis rolling himself on stage sitting in a wheelchair, Andy went to Our Price records the next day. He then purchased the entire Pulp back catalogue some of which Andy will admit is still “Difficult” to appreciate even today.
Here Andy recreates Jarvis Cocker circa Different Class era. Andy purchased this suit from a charity shop back in 1995 knowing how very close it was to Jarvis’s. It still fits Andy to this very day and you will often seen him wearing the full ‘Cocker Outfit’ onstage. One day Andy hopes to own the Jarvis Cocker life size stand up cutout he’s modelling below often seen in the background of 90s Channel 4 program “TFI Friday” set.
Britpop Reunion – A Different Class Of 90s Tribute
Promotional material borrowing from the front cover of Pulp’s “Different Class” album which featured the hit 90’s singles Common People & Disco 2000 performed by Britpop Reunion.
Andy regularly gives talks and interviews on Britpop & The 90’s. He’s been on the radio, TV and in many magazines over the years. Here is an interview with him for a festival in 2019.