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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 07:28 GMT 08:28 UK
Britpop - Where are they now?
By Ian Youngs
BBC News entertainment reporter

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the chart battle between Blur and Oasis at the height of Britpop. But what has happened to the stars from that scene?

Oasis

Oasis

Oasis emerged as the giants of Britpop, but Noel and Liam Gallagher are the only remaining original members.

Former guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs is currently playing with Thai rock band Sek Loso.

Sacked drummer Tony McCarroll, who won 550,000 from the band in 1999, is said to be teaching young musicians.

And former bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan is reportedly working on a musical project with another ex-drummer, Alan White.

Blur

Blur

Blur were the quintessential Britpop band, making jaunty, intelligent hits.

Although guitarist Graham Coxon left in 2002, the other three members are still together while pursuing side projects.

Damon Albarn has found success with his cartoon pop group Gorillaz, whose 2001 debut album has sold more than six million copies around the world.

Bassist Alex James is in a group called Wigwam with early-1990s pop star Betty Boo, while Coxon was named best solo artist at this year's NME Awards.

Pulp

Pulp

Pulp have never officially split but are currently "hibernating". Jarvis Cocker moved to Paris and is reportedly working on his first solo CD.

He and bassist Steve Mackey will be seen in the new Harry Potter film in a band called The Weird Sisters alongside members of Radiohead.

Guitarist Russell Senior, who left in 1997, now runs an antiques shop.

Another guitarist, Mark Webber, stages classic and avant-garde film events and drummer Nick Banks has a ceramics shop.

Supergrass

Supergrass

One of the most consistent Britpop bands over the past decade, Supergrass broke through in 1994 with fizzing tales of teenage scrapes.

They may have mellowed slightly, but they are one of the few Britpop bands who are still going strong and still pulling top-notch songs out of the bag.

Hits such as Moving, Grace and new single St Petersburg have kept them in the charts and on the airwaves.

Their fifth album Road To Rouen came out on Monday.

Elastica

Elastica

Elastica singer Justine Frischmann is about to go back to university to study Psychology of Art in Colorado.

She recently wrote songs with MIA, her former flatmate who she encouraged to get into music and is now a Mercury Prize-nominated singer.

Guitarist Donna Matthews formed a new, experimental band, Klang, who released a mini-album last year.

Drummer Justin Welch has retreated to Devon, is teaching drums at local schools and married keyboardist Mew.

Menswear

Menswear

After the initial hype, Menswear sank - along with their country second album.

Singer Johnny Dean was said to be at a firm dealing in the "after-sale support of cellular equipment" and resurfaced with a solo gig about a year ago.

Bassist Simon White now manages Bloc Party - who are up for the Mercury Prize - plus Engineers and The Fields.

Guitarist Chris Gentry is in a new band, Vatican DC, while drummer Matt Everitt is news editor at London indie radio station Xfm. Photo: UPP

Sleeper

Sleeper

Sleeper singer Louise Wener has reinvented herself as a successful novelist, with three books published.

She also appeared on Celebrity Poker Club 2 on TV channel Challenge in 2004, facing Big Brother's "Nasty" Nick and snooker player Willie Thorne.

Guitarist Jon Stewart is now head of music business studies at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Bassist Diid Osman is in management and drummer Andy Maclure started a Punk Rock Karaoke night, in which fans sing with a live band, with Steve Lamacq.

Dodgy

Dodgy

Dodgy turned down an offer to appear on TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time last year and singer Nigel Clarke, who left in 1998, is preparing solo material.

Drummer Mathew Priest and guitarist Andy Miller asked fans to fund a fourth Dodgy album, which came out in 2001.

Miller now plays guitar in the band Mass, who are co-managed by Priest.

The pair also play in The Soul Winners while Priest manages Misty's Big Adventure and drums for The Electric Soft Parade and Ian McNabb.

Shed Seven

Shed Seven

Shed Seven were another band with a big following and healthy stock of songs.

They kept going until the end of 2003 and singer Rick Witter has now got a new band and is planning to launch a solo career at the start of next year.

The Bluetones

The Bluetones

The Bluetones are still going strong with a loyal fan base, although the media interest and commercial success they once enjoyed has dried up.

Their melodic compositions made them hot Britpop properties, but they have struggled to build on that promise.




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