My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Calls Britpop a Government Conspiracy

My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Calls Britpop a Government Conspiracy
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The Barclaycard Mercury Prize isn't the only institution that My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields has felt the need to rail against. After criticizing the award earlier this year, he's now set his sights on taking down the subgenre of Britpop.

Speaking with the Guardian, Shields didn't rail against Britpop for its sound but because he claims it was a government conspiracy.

"Britpop was massively pushed by the government," he explained. "Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone's eyes there."

He then went on to explain that Britpop icons like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn were cozy with Tony Blair in the early days of his time in office, often visiting him at 10 Downing Street.

While it'd be nice to have more context to understand what Shields means exactly, we're happy he's started the conversation about this dire conspiracy. It's time to wake up, sheeple.