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BBC To Shock Everyone By Celebrating Yet More Music Played By White People: The Britpop Years

by | 17th, March 2014

Manchester pop group Oasis accept the Brit award for Best Video (for 'Wonderwall') from Inxs frontman Michael Hutchence (left) at a star-studded ceremony at London's Earl's Court. Liam Gallagher, with beard, confronted Hutchence, once linked to Gallagher's present girlfriend Patsy Kensit, and said "Has-beens shouldn't present awards to going-t-be's'.


THE BBC have been doing a lot of reminiscing of late. They set up BBC Four and filled it with old episodes of Top of the Pops and documentaries about the kind of music 40 year old middle class white men like.

It’s been blues this, Beatles that; classic soul this, Danny Baker talking about his record collection that. It is all perfectly lovely and often worth celebrating.

However, get the feeling there’s a whitewash going on?

The BBC give blanket coverage of Glastonbury and white rock music throughout the year. When it comes to black music, they apply the classic rule of ‘Black music is only credible if it is 20 years old, or more.’

With that, the only black music you’ll get on the BBC is stuff about disco, rhythm & blues, 60s soul music, jazz and at a push, maybe a fleeting nod to some of the hip hop released in the late 80s. Again, this is not some shrieking liberal complaint, but it certainly feels like the BBC are more likely to do a show about The Mighty Wah rather than The Wu Tang Clan. And while it is fine to like and celebrate both, you have to concede that the boys from Staten Island are infinitely more influential than Pete Wylie & Co.

However, the BBC is moving away from the 70s and 80s and looking at the 90s! Surely, the birth and globalisation of hip hop is going to get a look in! How could any discerning record nut ignore the impact of Public Enemy, NWA, Wu, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie Smalls, De La Soul and so much more?! The bands that sat alongside acid house! The bands that influenced baggy! The acts that paved the way for the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk and more?! The acts that helped to tread a path which so many would

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