Monday 25 September 2017

The cult of TFI Friday

The zany Chris Evans chatshow perfectly defined the Britpop era

Nostalgic: Chris Evans returns to Channel 4 with 'TFI Friday' for one night only, to celebrate the show's 20th birthday.
Nostalgic: Chris Evans returns to Channel 4 with 'TFI Friday' for one night only, to celebrate the show's 20th birthday.
The Edge and Bono were special guests of the Irish special which filmed in Eamon Doran's in Dublin in 2000
Shaun Ryder
Samuel L Jackson
Peter O'Toole
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It was the mid-90s and for a generation of people who now find ourselves on the wrong side of 40, things had never been better.

Britpop had arrived with a bang and a swagger and while Blur and Oasis stole the lion's share of the headlines, each week seemed to see a new band emerge - Suede, Gene, Echobelly, Ash and the Divine Comedy had all brought their own dark and quirky slices of pop to the masses while Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, fresh from rushing the stage and mooning Michael Jackson at the Brits, was fast becoming the Poet Laureate for the jilted generation.

Loaded foisted the first lads' mag onto an unsuspecting world in 94 and a publishing phenomenon was born - one that is still with us, but utterly unrecognisable from the fresh and vibrant and furiously iconoclastic scene ushered in by Loaded and, to a lesser extent, Maxim and FHM.

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