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Britpop Battle: Robbie Williams vs. Brett Anderson

In the ’90s, Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher famously got into it when Liam referred to Robbie as the “fat dancer” out of Take That. The pair planned to settle the score in a charity boxing match that never happened. Ahh, but imagine if it had!

In a recent interview, Suede’s Brett Anderson commented on the current state of pop Brett Anderson Suede Livemusic. British rag the Sun – obviously desperate for page views – decided to put words into Anderson’s mouth claiming that his simple quote about manufactured “crap boy bands” was a direct attack on acts like One Direction and Justin Bieber. Again, Brett never mentioned anyone by name. Manufactured pop music has existed since pop radio started gaining popularity in the 1950s. Anyone remember the Monkees? I will defend them to my grave but at the end of the day, they were assembled for a TV show as a means to cash in on the success of the Beatles.

Robbie then took to his blog to rip apart bands from the Britpop era:

ANY QUARTER-DECENT 3 CHORD KNOBHEADS COULD AND DID GET A DEAL IN THE 90’S ….

I WON’T NAME NAMES COS IT WOULD BE UNFAIR ON

ECHOBELLY, SHED 7, SYMPOSIUM, MENSWEAR, SLEEPER,
HURRICANE NUMBER 1, RIDE, THE BLUETONES (APART FROM THAT ONE SONG),
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE (APART FROM THAT ONE SONG…HANG ON NAH NOT EVEN THAT SONG)
NORTHERN UPROAR, CHAPTERHOUSE, CURVE, SALAD, ADORABLE, CUD, SPACEHOG,
KULA SHAKER, THE AUDIENCE, POWDER, KING MAKER, GENEVA (SUB-SUEDE – CAN YOU IMAGINE?)

I genuinely like most of the bands on that list but that’s simply my taste in music. However, I am downright baffled as to why Robbie threw Chapterhouse, Adorable and Ride into the Britpop mix. These bands were shoegaze/alternative and aside from Andy Bell later joining Hurricane Number 1 and Oasis, they really didn’t have much of a Britpop connection. I guess Robbie just really hated “Pearl,” “I’ll Be Your Saint” and “Vapor Trail!”

Thankfully, Robbie has since issued an apology to Brett. Frankly, if I were Brett I’d go after the Sun for their shoddy journalism but knowing our Fringe King, he’s probably amused by the entire debacle and with this week’s release of the new album Bloodsports, he has far more important matters on his mind.

Update: Menswear’s Simon White weighs in on Twitter:
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