Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Top 13 Manchester/Baggy/Shoegazing Bands

In the late 1980s and early 1990s a slew of bands sprang up in Europe that mixed elements of ‘60s psychedelia, acid house, power pop, and rock, taking influence from acts such as New Order, The Smiths, and The Jesus & Mary Chain.  The scene’s success peaked in ’91 and subsequently disappeared after the Nirvana explosion.  Some bands that had started as part of this scene (Blur and Oasis for example) went on to be part of what became known as Britpop. 

In recent years there has been a bit of a shoegazing revival with artist like Tiger High, R.M. Hendrix, Mean Tom, Easter Island, La Sera, and Eux Autres bringing the sound to a new generation.  For the purposes of this list, I am focusing only on the bands that were active in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. 

For more information on these sub-genres, checkout out the following articles on Wikipedia:  Manchester, Baggy, Shoegazing, and Britpop

1.  Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

2.  Jesus Jones

3.  The Soup Dragons

4.  The Charlatans UK

5.  EMF

6.  The Ocean Blue

7.  The Farm

8.  Inspiral Carpets

9.  Happy Mondays

10.  Blur

11.  The Dylans

12.  Chapterhouse

13.  Oasis   

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