PRINT October 1995


the Britpop Scene

LONDON, POP METROPOLIS, is periodically celebrated in song and lyric, which in turn redraw the capital’s psychic map. You only have to hear Kinks vignettes like “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Big Black Smoke,” or Clash communiqués like “London’s Burning” and “White Riot,” to freeze the city in 1966 (the spiritual emptiness beneath the “pretty colored clothes”) and 1977 (inner-urban speed surfing, social/ political polarization). Here are the twinned totems of white British pop: Mod and Punk.

In the last few years the inner city has been an unpopular pop location: those touched by the post-House explosion demanded physical and mental space—and despite a battery of legislation employed against them, ravers can still be found in places where inaccessibility is the key, on mountains and wide beaches. Too far away for most people, so the cycle turns back to inner London—this time to Camden

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