The Second British Invasion Music Series — Introduction

 

I’ve decided to start a new music series about the Second British music Invasion based on a box set, The Brit Box, 4 CDs, from Rhino Records (2007)  that has so much music I never knew about before. It will be a learning experience for me as we go through it. The plan is to go down the playlist in order and feature one song a week. There are 78 songs total. In addition, I have another CD, “The British Invasion: The Essential Album” that has 20 more songs on it, which, allowing for a few weeks of vacation in there, should take me 2 years to finish. It is my hope that any of you audiophiles out there who are well-versed in this marvelous era of music, will offer comments, trivia, etc. on the music to even further enhance this delectable feature. By the end of the 2-year sojourn, I hope to be way more educated in it right along with the readers.

My plan is to # them as they are numbered on the discs.

The Brit Box:  amazon UK reviewer “For Tomorrow 24” said this about the box set:

I know that there are countless compilations on the market focusing on the wonderful musical phenomena that was Britpop, but how many do you know come housed in a very familiar (to us Brits) tall red telephone box with an actual on/off switch? The answer to that is only one, Rhino’s four CD set ‘The Brit Box’.

It’s a great set of songs as well, offering up a massive 78 tracks recorded from 1984-1999, by some of the UK’s biggest, and much more obscure acts. This gives newbies one hell of an introduction to this varied genre, from The Smiths to Gay Dad, you name it. Each artist is evenly respected with one track each, and the song choices are excellent. Secondary known hits such as Blur’s ‘Tracy Jacks’, Oasis’ ‘Live Forever’, and ‘Laid’ by James make for a refreshing change, whereas some artists such as Supergrass and Ash see their predictable songs ‘Alright’ and ‘Girl from Mars’ issued once again. The CDs offer a chronological journey, beginning with the ’80s stars who started it all such as The Smiths, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Stone Roses, and finishing off on disc four with the likes of Mansun and Placebo, and everything in between.

As for the product itself, it really is great, the unique design looks fantastic, with the four discs inside made to look like ash trays, and they have one to four cigarettes on them, depending on the CD numbers. There’s also a great book also included in the deal, which details each band’s contribution. All big fans of indie rock and Britpop music will lap all of this up. I’ll happily confess that I’ve been in heaven since I purchased ‘The Brit Box’. Don’t be put off by the price, it’s worth it dudes, every penny. “

I’m getting started on writing the posts on 6/20/21, but I’m scheduling this for Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in order to get fairly far ahead of things.  Looks like Wednesday will be the day each week to look for more.  

Be looking for the first song next Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Ron Rowland says:

    As a fan, I am looking forward to this. This is the British Invasion CD set that I have: https://www.amazon.com/Gold-British-Invasion-2-CD/dp/B000GBEOKU/

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ron, that looks like an awesome set with the few names they mentioned in the description. Glad to know you will be following the series 🙂

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    This is a fun idea, and it will be great to hear some music and learn more about the songs. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Barbara. I should be a Brit-Pop expert by the end of it 🙂

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  3. Dave says:

    Gotta love Rhino Records! I have several of their 70s compilation albums and used to have some of their “new wave” 80s compilations as well. the only place you’ll find many obscure tracks on hard copy anymore.
    Sounds like an ambitious undertaking but I look forward to following it along!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, I agree, Rhino has been a good music source for me also. One a week is very low pressure, so hoping it continues to the end. I’m glad you plan on following it, Dave 🙂

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      1. Dave says:

        and seems like Hans postcard’s started a look at the hits of the First British Invasion. Good reading/listening ahead, mate!

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  4. Fandango says:

    Looking forward to your posts! Sounds like fun!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Fandango. Glad you’re on board with them.

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  5. sdtp33 says:

    Looking forward to this, there are gaps in my Brit music knowledge, that I hope you will fill! By the way, for some reason, you are periodically dropping off my follow list.Some kind of wordpress glitch, any idea why?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Haha! Don’t expect too much personal knowledge of it, I will be learning right along with everyone else. I do know some folks who have knowledge that I hope will pipe up though 🙂
      No clue on why I’m dropping off of your follow list. WP does random ghost in the machine things quite regularly from what I’ve seen and heard. Glad you keep re-following, Jim!

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  6. Wow, you definitely got a long series lined up.

    When I read “British Invasion”, my first thought were the ‘60s and bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, Dave Clark Five, etc. I also thought, what a coincidence, given Hanspostcard just started a related series.

    But then I realized your CD box covers a different time span. In any case, it sounds like a fun idea, and I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Hans and I both are covering the invasion (totally by chance!) but different time periods. Thanks and so glad you plan on checking out the series.

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  7. What a great idea. This Brit might just learn something new!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith, glad you’re on board with the series and hope if you know about the groups you can comment as well. It will be a shared learning experience for everybody I think.

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Looking forward to this Lisa!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I’m glad you had time to catch up on my posts.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        But of course Lisa…I’m just glad to have some breathing room. I’m still a week away from having everything finished but I can do the rest on my time….no more emergencies.
        PS…I didn’t mean to blitz your blog in one night lol.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Glad you are past the emergency stage with your task. Bet that feels better to be able to do the rest without the stress.

          Perfectly ok and welcomed to see your blitz 🙂

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  9. Paul says:

    Kudos to you Lisa for this undertaking! Saw you and Hans discussing on his blog about the first wave and headed over. I know next to nothing about Brit music in this era so look forward to learning abit more

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul, thank you. I hope to learn along also with the series. Glad you want to learn more 🙂

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