Shane Meadows' This Is England has returned for another series. The acclaimed series, spawned by the 2006 film, comes to a final chapter as we follow Shaun, Kelly, Trev and Gadget out of the 80's and onto 1990. That year Maggie Thatcher ended her 12 year reign as Prime Minister, the Super Nintendo was released and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had their first movie.
The acid-faced cult of rave spread across abandoned warehouses across the country. Jeans got wider and shorts got tighter and tie-dye and bowl-cuts became acceptable . Grunge had not yet becomes a global sensation so hair metal like Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi were still the biggest bands on the planet. NWA had taken hip-hop back to the streets whilst MC Hammer and C 'n' C Music Factory just wanted to dance. Indie music had gone the way of the 'baggy' on a wave of adoration for The Stone Roses and Bros were still on the walls of teenage girls.
But what were the best British albums of the year? Take a look at 10 albums that defined 1990.
The La’s – The La’s
Some artists just never wanted the 60’s to end including The La’s frontman Lee Mavers who famously wanted a studio that had authentic dust to help capture the Mersey sound he aspired to. The studio took the album away from Mavers and released it themselves. ‘Timeless Melody‘, ‘The Looking Glass’ and of course the majestic ‘There She Goes’ are reasons enough to love the album/
Twenty five years has gone and the influences of these albums are still heard throughout 2015. The dream-pop, shoegaze of Ride hasn’t been more popular as bands like Wolf Alice have proven. Sparking enough interest in Ride to have a reunion, Depeche Mode became a huge live act paving the way for the likes of The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. The Charlatans earned their badges as the godfathers of Britpop and Sean Ryder against the odds is still alive and appearing in reality shows. .. and Lee Mavers is still fine-tuning The La’s debut album.