BEFORE they became Scotland’s answer to REM and thier members began releasing solo folk projects, Idlewild used to rock, and rock hard.
100 Broken Windows, the group’s 2000 breakthrough release, is a brilliant collection of hook-laden tracks that hinted at the softening to follow, but wrapped in an aggressive barrage of grungey overdrive.
And with catchy tracks like Actually It’s Darkness, Roseability and These Wooden Ideas, it’s no wonder that 100 Broken Windows broke the band.
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.