Wednesday 26 February 2014, 17:16
1st February 1994
Out now, the latest edition of SELECT magazine (an early champion of the Britpop movement) features Justine Frischman from Elastica on the cover above the headline ‘This Is The Future’.
2nd February 1994
Echobelly Record Session for the Evening session.
Tracks Perfromed: Taste of you, Father Ruler King Computer, Call me names, Give Her a Gun.
NME front Cover
5th February 1994
The new issue of NME features a trio of Brat Award winners on the front: Brett Anderson, Justine Frischman and Thom Yorke
8th February 1994
Liam and Bonehead of oasis are detained on a cross channel ferry for fighting in a bar en route to a gig in Amsterdam.
Transcript from infamous ‘Wibbling Rivalry’ interview
Noel: The thing about getting thrown off ferries - blah, blah, blah - and getting deported is summat that I'm not proud about because...
Liam: Well I am, la.
Noel: Yeah, alright. Well if you're, right, well if you're, right, well if, if you're proud about getting thrown off ferries, then why don't you go and support West Ham and get the **** out of my band and go and be a football hooligan, right? Coz we're musicians, right? We're not football hooligans....
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 17:47
7th January 1994
Following the release of their debut single at the end of 1993, SLEEPER start the year a with a gig at the Powerhaus in Islington supported by Casino.
9th January 1994
Oasis have a 12 inch promo single being plugged to radio stations of the track ‘Columbia’
Oasis Columbia 12 Inch
15th January 1994
This week’s issue of NME presents their tips for 1994, hinting at the short-lived, prototype Britpop scene, The New Wave Of New Wave (the name based on the ‘70s rock movement The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.) Among the bands on the approved list are Elastica, Smash, Shed 7, Compulsion, Tiny Monroe And Echobelly.
To coincide with the above, the paper’s new band page presents a gig at London’s LA2 with Elastica, Echobelly, Compulsion And Smash
Slepper play Sheffield Leadmill tonight, followed by the Duchess Of York in Leeds on the 21st, before heading off to support The Blue Aeroplanes and A House on a major UK tour.
These Animal Men
18th January 1994
These Animal Men sign to Hut records
20th January 1994
Boo Radleys are live at Glasgow King Tuts
22nd January 1994
NME make CATATONIA’s early single ‘For Tinkerbell’ their Single Of The Week
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 16:34
1st December 1993
Oasis begin a pre-Christmas tour at Birmingham Institute. Famously some promoters we’ve spoken to around the country managed to book the nascent Britpop legends for £50. Among the other dates on the tour are Glasgow on the 2nd and Warwick University on the 4th. It winds up at Liverpool Krazy House on the 16th.
Review of the gig at the Birmingham Institute:
“If Oasis didn’t exist, no one would want to invent them. For a start, they look and sound like they're long overdue product from a bankrupt Polymer Records Manc scally also-rans factory. Vaguely trippy guitar almost-tunes with vaguely late '60s rock tendencies, vaguely Ian Brown as Tim Burgess slob of a frontman, singing in a vaguely tuneless half-whine, vaguely shaking a tambourine, vaguely......er, yes, well, you get the picture.” - Johnny Cigarettes, NME, December 1993
8th December 1993
The Heartthrobs plus Sleeper play The London Highbury Garage
9th December 1993
Radiohead headline London’s Brixton Academy. They open with ‘The Bends’ and finish with ‘Stop Whispering’
Pop Is Dead
Faithless the Wonder Boy
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16:33
1st November 1993
Elastica release debut single ‘Stutter’ on 7 inch only. The run was originally going to be just 1,000 singles, but in the end 1,500 were pressed due to advance demand from indie record shops. See the video here
8th November 1993
Pulp begin UK leg of their Lipgloss tour, including Sheffield Leadmill on 20th November
15th November 1993
Pulp release ‘Lipgloss’ single & Echobelly release debut EP ‘Bellyache’ on Pandemonium Records. See the video here
20th November 1993
Pulp play a hometown gig in Sheffield with Elastica as support.
Leadmill Stage Times
22nd November 1993
The Auteurs latest single is the barmstorming ‘Lenny Valentiono’
Sleeper’s first single ‘Alice In Vain’ is out this month on CD and limited edition 7 inch (1,800 copies are pressed)
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 16:03
2nd October 1993
Blur begin autumn UK tour. See the full dates here
4th October 1993
Blur release ‘Sunday Sunday’
James release ‘Laid’
Teenage Fanclub are back with new album ‘Thirteen’Thirteen
8th October 1993
Sidi Bou Said supported by Drugstore at London’s Imperial College
9th October 1993
Radio 1 announce changes to their line-up, the first reshuffle of new boss Mathew Bannister’s regime. Steve Lamacq & Jo Whiley take over the Evening Session from 6.30-9pm and Mark Radcliffe gets the 10pm slot.
11th October 1993
Blur issue their infamous ‘Star Shaped’ video
16th October 1993
The hot ticket gig of the night in London sees The Revs and Passion Fruit & Holy Bread support headliners Elastica.
21st October 1993
Salad begin a series of dates to promoting their second single ‘Diminished Clothes’
27th October 1993
Oasis play Keele University, starting a run of four dates supporting BMX Bandits
29th October 1993
Sleeper play north London venue The Water Rats as a warm up for the release of their debut single.
30th October 1993
According to one of their fan sites Supergrass play the King & Queen in Wheatley.
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 15:09
BBC Radio 1 broadcast an event from the Glasgow Barrowlands that saw Blur and...
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 11:48
12th August 1993
Elastica head to the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios to record their very first Peel Session.
17th August 1993
Elastica shake on singles deal with Deceptive Records in the Good Mixer pub in Camden.
“Up to this point. I’d met with Justine in a pub in Cambridge Circus in the west end of London, and there were obviously a lot of labels interested in working with them. But in the end they went with us. There was no contract at the start. We just spent the afternoon in the pub. I think they signed their publishing deal with EMI at the top of Primrose Hill in the same week.” - Steve Lamacq
27th August 1993
Blur play Reading Festival warm-up at Windsor Old Trout. Elastica supported.
28th August 1993
The end of the month saw the Reading Festival kick off over three day Bank Holiday Weekend. While The The are on the main stage, Blur headline the Melody Maker tent, which remains for the most part influenced by Grunge and American Indie Rock.
Wednesday 25 September 2013, 13:55
3rd June 1993
The month kicks off with Teenage Fanclub in session on BBC Radio 1’s Evening Session, hosted at the time by our good friend Mark Goodier.Teenage Fan Club
4th June 1993
The next night Blur head to the capital in support of the Modern Life is Rubbish album, to headline the Astoria.
Blur Astoria June 1993
5th June 1993
NME review Blur’s appearance last week in Leicester where they encored with ‘Advert’ and ‘Parklife...
Tuesday 24 September 2013, 17:15
1st May 1993
The line up for the first ever Phoenix Festival announced. The festival was held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon and was one of the first four-day festivals in Britain.
The first year of the festival saw headline performances by Sonic Youth, Hole, Faith No More and The Black Crowes, Radiohead were billed as second-top on the second stage on the opening night, later pull out, but Pulp play the same stage, beneath Buzzcocks and The Family Cat.Phoenix Festival 1993
10th May 1993
The Auters release a single called ‘How Could I Be Wrong’. Also, gathering momentum...
Monday 23 September 2013, 18:24
April was a hive of activity for the Britpop Timeline, kicking off at the very start of the month as the as the nascent Oasis play Liverpool Krazy House, their third ever gig.
We mentioned this on the programme a while back and low and behold not only was one of the other bands that played that night listening, but also Tim, who actually put on the gig for his 18th Birthday.
Here, Tim and Jason from the support band Smaller, discuss the gig.
5th April 1993
Pulp played a hometown show at the Sheffield Leadmill for BBC Radio 1’s Sound City Event. The band were second...