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Britpop Now: Sleeper, S*M*A*S*H, and Elastica

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:22 PM by Vu Nguyen
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I love fanzines. How I got into them were through Tower Records' massive magazine stand. They would sometime carry local fanzines. Usually the type of 'zines I was interested in were Morrissey, Suede…

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What kind of A to Z would get you here.

I’m probably the biggest Sleeper fan you’ll ever meet... and I’m super excited to see them reform to play a few dates for the upcoming Star Shaped Festivals.

Personally speaking, the rumors of them reforming started in 2015, on the 20th anniversary of the release of their ‘Inbetweener’ single, which is the band’s signature song (although not my personal favorite single from them). The rumors were actually pretty solid, as I even got word from the rarely heard (or seen) original bassist, Diid Osman in 2015. We talked over email and I learned that he was still keeping in contact with guitarist Jon Stewart, so it felt like the time was right.

Anyway, it’ll be good to have Louise Wener and company back. I wish I was going!

P.S., Other Britpopsters The BLuetones, Space, and Salad will be joining Sleeper.

Tour dates:

Birmingham, O2 Institute (July 29)
London, O2 Forum (August 5)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (August 12)
Manchester, O2 Ritz (August 19)

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Just a quick note on that S*M*A*S*H / NxtGen Split Single Launch, taking place 29 March 2014 at The Portland Arms in Cambridge. As I suspected, the lyrics …


You’ve been on my mind, like a tumor, eating away at my every thought...

Before Britpop, there was a New Wave of New Wave (NWONW) and S*M*A*S*H was part of this movement... Unfortunately, the quick shot to fame left the band crashing and burning and died in January 1996. As a big fan of S*M*A*S*H, I’ve been following their movement post-long hiatus.

S*M*A*S*H recently released their new album, Goodbye W.G.C., with album title logo and cover artwork inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.. As of this writing, I do not believe the record is available to buy in the U.S.A., but you can always import it.

The trio (Ed, Salv, and Rob) just headlined The Green Room earlier this week (February 11th) and their next gig is at Banquet Records on February 26th - it’s £11 but includes CD. No excuse if you live in the area. Go take some photos for me.

Goodbye W.G.C. Tracklisting:
                  1. Art Therapy
                  2. Erin
                  3. Hedy Lamarr
                  4. I Thought I Was Right
                  5. My Father
                  6. Secret Bruise
                  7. Goodbye W.G.C.
                  8. You In Me (Blondes & Guns)
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Here's a band I know a lot about: Elastica. I have all their singles, EPs, albums, bootlegs and miscellaneous releases (booklets, playing cards, etc). I was a pretty massive fan, I guess.…


I'd work very hard but I'm lazy, I've got a lot of songs but they're all in my head. I'll get a guitar and a lover who pays me, if I can't be a star I won't get out of bed.

In mid/late January 2017, Abbey Roads Studios mastering engineer Sean Magee wrote on his twitter that he “cut a record for Elastica today.”

Hold the phone. What?

A photo of Donna, Justin, and Annie, appearing at Abbey Roads came online via @Britpopmemories with singer Justine Frischmann obviously missing. She wasn’t at the studio with them, but the band promised that Justine is involved and that we should not worry. Justine has been a U.S.A. resident for a long time now, so it made sense that she couldn’t easily make it to the British studio.

There probably won’t be a tour, as I know Annie notoriously hated being on the road, but I will settle for a new Elastica record!

NOTE: The inside scoop I was given is that Elastica met in the studio to remaster their old albums, so I’m told there will not be any new songs from them.

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