In this episode, Soundcheck looks back on three different decades of Britpop. First up, The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones is of course one of rock’s greatest rivalries. But how did the bands themselves feel about it? It’s a topic John McMillian explores in his recent book, Beatles Vs. Stones.
Then, 25 years ago, a Manchester band called The Stone Roses released an influential, self-titled debut album. A recent documentary chronicles the unlikely reunion of the group, whose rise and fall is the stuff of rock legend. The film's producer Mark Herbert and New York Times writer Jeff Gordinier talk about the band's musical and cultural legacy.
And: When Arctic Monkeys emerged in 2006, the band did more than just turn heads. The English rock band’s first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was the fastest selling debut record in British history. Its latest album, AM, is full of layered, energetic, and always witty electro-rock songs. Hear Arctic Monkeys perform a stripped-down set in the Soundcheck studio.