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Have a feeling this article will be doing the rounds for a bit:
Went to their final gig. They were way more fun than pretty much any of the rest of that second wave of Britpop bands.
There were lots of great early/mid 90s indie bands that weren't boring/white/blokey and they pretty much all got drowned out in favour of the OasisBlur template. And yes, I'm still irked about it.
Listening to their music again now though, two things spring to mind:
1) The music's a *lot* flimsier-sounding that I remember it being.
2) It sounds really weird these days hearing a semi-mainstream band with an obvious non-LME/SE England accent front and centre. Pretty depressing.
Upstairs at the Laurel Tree in Camden (now a Brewdog pub). Simon Williams from the NME was there too and asked them to do a single on his label, Fierce Panda. This resulted in the Skillex EP, released the following year.
I remember that they couldn't really play their instruments, but they were having loads of fun regardless.
Kenickie were the first band I ever got properly obsessed with - buying all the singles, fanzines, etc. I remember reading about their split in The Sun of all places - so gutted I never saw them live.
at the time they felt like the start of something rather than a flash in the pan anomaly. I think I was most gutted when Laverne became a TV presenter and said that's what she'd wanted to be all along :(
And will forgive Lauren Laverne for pretty much anything as a result. One of the few bands from that era who still get a listen.