After the 90s the English influence on North American music goes into an unmistakable decline. Here are some tunes that were part of the last hurrah. See “Brits, 80s” here. Frye’s observations on rock ‘n’ roll here, here, and here.
My Bloody Valentine, “Soon”
This remarkable band is one of a kind but had a tragically short career that never allowed it to rise above the cult status it still retains. Rumor has it that the readers of NME in Britain voted Loveless the best album of the decade, but that the editorial staff intervened and replaced it with Radiohead’s OK Computer; a great album to be sure, but maybe they should have left well enough alone. By the way, the lyrics are supposed to be unintelligible and merely part of the dense of weave of sound that is the band’s hallmark.