My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields suggests Britpop was part of a government conspiracy

"It would be interesting to read all the MI5 files," says frontman of mid-nineties music scene

My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields suggests Britpop was part of a government conspiracy

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My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields has claimed that the success of Britpop in the 1990s was due to a "government conspiracy."

Shields, in a new interview with The Guardian, states that there were higher powers involved in the pop and cultural movement, which saw bands like Oasis, Blur and Pulp rise to prominence around the same time Tony Blair's Labour Party was voted into government.

Asked how he felt about the era, Shields says: "Britpop was massively pushed by the government. Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone's eyes there." The frontman also claimed his time playing with Primal Scream during the era was a blur. "I was terrible in my 30s. I did some silly, crazy things. That's when I really went for it in every respect. Taking drugs recreationally – lots of them. So it's all very hazy and jumbled up."

The comments come off the back of similarly outspoken views Shields revealed after My Bloody Valentine's new album 'mbv', their first release in 22 years, was left off the Mercury shortlist because the group didn't have a major distribution deal. "Isn't Mercury a phone company or something, anyway? What's that got to do with music? We're banned by them, and do you know why? Because we're not on Amazon or iTunes," he said at the time. "That's one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon."

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