From The Killers and The Strokes to Gerard Way and Speedy Ortiz, 16 bands who’s greatest works wouldn’t exist without Oasis, Pulp, Suede and other Britpop crews.
Gerard Way recently told NME that he drew a lot of influence from shoegaze and Britpop for his new album ‘Hesitant Alien’ (September 29). “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn,” he says. Even though Britpop didn’t make a huge mark on the US market, there’s a number of anglophile bands in the US who hold 90s UK artists as strong influences. Like these guys…
The Killers – Oasis
Having covered the band’s famous ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ during their headline V Festival set, The Killers claimed Oasis have ‘left their mark on music’. Brandon Flowers may just be happy to avoid the scorn of the Gallagher brothers; he’s previously said ‘I’ve met [Noel and Liam] and they’ve been kind to me. I’m one of the lucky ones.’
The Pretty Reckless – Oasis
Lead-singer and former actress Taylor Momsen has called Oasis an influence for the band. She even covered ‘Champagne Supernova’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. The former Gossip Girl star claimed Liam Gallagher is ‘wicked cool’. A cameo appearance if Gossip Girl returns? We hope so.
Vampire Weekend – Blur
Vampire Weekend have showed their love for Blur in the past, choosing to cover ‘Song 2’ at their first ever hometown arena show in Brooklyn, last year. Front man Ezra Koenig has been open with his admiration, stating Blur’s Damon Albarn ‘always struck me as a good role model’.
Speedy Ortiz – Blur
Though singles like ‘Tiger Tank’ suggest Speedy Ortiz are more heavily indebted to the lo-fi, American alt-rock of the 90s, Britpop’s influence is still clear throughout their music. The band acknowledged this with a grunge-tinted cover of Blur’s ‘Bugman’ in our very own NME Basement Sessions.
Peanut Butter Wolf – Blur
In 2009, Californian DJ, hip hop producer and founder of the legendary Stones Throw Records Peanut Butter Wolf toured for 9 nights in 9 different states across the USA, playing music from multiple genres from the 90s – including a fair amount of Britpop. On top of this, Wolf appeared on hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030’s debut, alongside Blur’s Damon Albarn.
Drowners – Suede
Getting their name from Suede’s debut single ‘The Drowners’, our review of the American-Welsh band’s self-titled debut instead thought that the album “suggests a band digging back further than the ’90s Britpop revival, right back into the heart of the jangly ’80s’.”
Girls – Suede
Christopher Owens, former lead singer of the now-defunct indie band Girls, has stated that Suede is amongst his major influences. The emotional delivery of Owens’ vocal style definitely harks back to the Suede maestro Brett Anderson himself.
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Radiohead
It’s no surprise to learn that Jared Leto’s band Thirty Seconds to Mars have named Radiohead as an influence: who hasn’t. Finding those influences in Thirty Seconds To Mars’ music, however, is not an easy challenge…