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Big White Stairs

It’s a rare thing indeed when someone “out-Britpops” me.  Despite the fact that I am an American with memories of the ’90s that include little more than the Spice Girls, I’ve managed to become a Britpop aficionado. So imagine my surprise when I’m dancing it up at the Beauty Bar in San Francisco’s Mission district and my friend Sean puts on a 7″ single by Big White Stairs. “Big White What?”

Big White Stairs formed in 1990 and saw minor success in their native England during the ’90s. According to Sean, they could have been bigger had Suede not stolen their thunder. Obviously that’s speculation but the similarities between Suede’s debut and Big White Stairs are clear. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a more psychedelic version of Suede, listen on: