March 22, 2013 15:33

Menswear react to Robbie Williams' Britpop slur

Matt Everitt describes his band as "the most artistically significant band in all of human culture"

Menswear react to Robbie Williams' Britpop slur

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Former Menswear drummer Matt Everitt has defended Britpop following Robbie Williams' criticism of the '90s musical movement earlier this week.

As previously reported, Robbie Williams hit out at the idea that the indie bands who made their name in the period of the 1990s were inherently better than pop acts from the same time following a quote from Brett Anderson alleging that was the case. Responding to William's claims that "any quarter decent three-chord knobhead could and did get a deal in the nineties", Everitt told The Times that he "met Robbie loads of times and found him a charming guy".

Speaking about the pop singer's knowledge of obscure Britpop acts such as Salad and Geneva, Everitt said: "I obviously wouldn't put all of those bands in the same group, my band Menswear being the most artistically significant band in all of human culture. To put us in the same category as Salad, as Robbie did, seems a bit steep. Menswear weren't manufactured, but I can see why people went on about the whole style over substance thing with us."

Following his blog post, Williams has backtracked on his criticism of Suede and posted a second blog post shortly afterwards which states: "It would appear that I've gone off on a tangent not entirely created by Mr Brett Anderson of pop combo Suede. It won't be the last time this happens and it felt good to get it off my chest. Thank you Brett, Suede's new album 'Bloodsports' out now." He adds: "It's good too."

Robbie Williams released his latest solo album 'Take The Crown' in 2012. 'Bloodsports' is Suede's first album since their 2002 release 'A New Morning'. Matt Everitt is now a DJ on BBC 6Music.

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