Here’s a thing that occured to me late yesterday evening: 10-or-so years ago, everyone was sick to the back teeth of John Major’s Conservative government. At the same time, the britpop, jungle and triphop scenes were flourishing.
Ten years later, everyone is sick to the back teeth of Tony Blair’s Labour government. At the same time, the dubstep, grime and, er, britpop scenes are flourishing.
This suggests two things: 1) bad politics seem to foster good electronic/urban music in often unpredictable ways, but 2) the cycles of British guitar bands and their popularity is eminently predictable, and dull.