This week marks the 10th anniversary of the chart battle between Blur and Oasis at the height of Britpop. In the first of a series of features, we look at how Britpop was born.
In early 1992, one band dominated the global alternative rock scene.
Nirvana had suddenly become the voice of a restless generation thanks to their seminal, seething album Nevermind and single Smells Like Teen Spirit, which were released the previous year. Grunge was cool, Seattle was the rock capital and other US bands like Pearl Jam, Metallica and Guns N' Roses were also enjoying mammoth success. In the UK, the "Madchester" scene of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays had burned brightly for a while but soon fizzled out. In its wake came little more than the underwhelming, unambitious "shoegazing" phase.