OF ALL the bands you’d have expected to spawn a side project of groovy dance-floor filling hip-hop, screaming hardcore outfit Glassjaw would be pretty far down the list.
However frontman Daryl Palumbo, whose inimitable vocal style is more heavily influenced by his Chrone’s disease than any singer, created Head Automatica in 2004 to indulge his love for the distinctly un-Glassjaw genres of hip hop and Britpop.
With Dan The Automator of Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School fame at the mixing desk, the resulting Decadance album is a triumphant clash of styles.
With reggae-influenced skanking hip-hop beats meeting glittery electronica and funk-soaked indie guitar licking backing a toned-down Palumbo, Decadance was a classic that woefully slipped under the radar.
OF LATE I’ve been listening to a lot of Britpop, the defining music of my yoof.
And by “a lot”, I don’t mean sticking on What’s The Story (Morning Glory).
I mean I’ve been listening to long-forgotten albums by the likes of Gay Dad and Spacehog, trawling charity shops for Gene singles, outbidding people on eBay for the right to hear Longpigs b-sides.
Basically I’ve pushed deeper and harder into the recesses of ’90s guitar pop than I’ve ever been.
Alas Spotify doesn’t allow for a lot of this, but nevertheless I felt compelled to put together a playlist showcasing some of this forgotten Britpop, dusting off the B-sides and album tracks, and featuring nothing ever released as a single.
Fall into the time tunnel below, and feel free to point out hidden gems I’ve missed in the comments section.