by Alessandro Brunelli
And then came that time of the year when Britpop icons decided to come back and shake the dust off their instruments: following Monday’s news of Pulp’s reunion, it is now time for Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye to announce the release of their first single “Bring The Light”, which will be available from their website tomorrow.
As a sign of the changing times, both bands have chosen the internet as the place to spread the news: in Pulp’s case, a short announcement on their Facebook page was followed by a link to their website, where the fans, “subjected to a barrage of cryptic questions”, could at least be reassured that the humour is still all there.
In Beady Eye’s case, the post appeared on their website wasn’t certainly as unexpected, as the younger Gallagher had already announced in May the release of a new single for the Autumn.
Even the plans for the future seem to set the two bands clearly apart: Pulp haven’t announced anything apart from a summer tour which will see them headlining next year’s Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona on May 27th and the Wireless Festival in London on July 3rd, whereas Beady Eye’s 7″ for “Bring The Light”, including the B-side “Sons Of The Stage”, will go on sale tomorrow and will be followed by their first full-length, set for a summer release.
These two comebacks are symptomatic of two completely different frontmen, as divisive and entertaining as only a few others over the past twenty years, each with his own approach to music, life and fame.
Quintessential Liam Gallagher’s claims that “Beady Eye will be bigger than Oasis”, and that his music “has never sounded better” are antithetical to the obscure and mystifying lines published by Cocker and co. , which, no wonder, have never felt quite comfortable about being lumped in with the rest of the Britpop bands.
Whatever the actual reasons for these returns are, festival organisers can already start rubbing hands: as 2009 Blur’s festival appearances can testify, Britpop nostalgia goes down pretty well with festival-goers.