Courtney Love peeing on Damon Albarn and Justine Frischmann’s doorstep, instigating Oasis rage, and naming the Seattle musicians with the most “Jarvis Cocker-y” dance moves.
Marco Collins had a massive influence on what Seattlites heard on the airwaves in the 90s as a DJ on 107.7. The End. The Good Mixer recently sat down with the man, the myth, the legend to get his take on all things britpop.
What’s your favorite britpop memory? Could be a concert, a song, music video or a moment in time…
There were a couple moments. When I had Oasis on the air and even though I was warned not to ask them about Blur, I did anyway and things BLEW UP! Liam and Noel going OFF! Everybody had problems with those guys but I loved em. I also saw Oasis at the Reading Festival in the UK when they only had “Live Forever” out. They were fresh “it’ kids. That show was phenomenal.
In addition to the Oasis dudes, we know you met many icons of the britpop era such as Elastica and Blur while you were a DJ on 107.7 The End. Tell us about that…
Yup, this is one of Blur’s first appearances on the radio in the states ever! Look how young we all were! The whole whirlwind of Damon and Justine (Elastica) was also awesome. I remember Courtney telling me how she was envious of their newfound “couple” fame and went to their flat and peed on their doorstep. HAHA! I ended up telling Justine and the war of words began.
If someone had never heard of the genre and you had to pick a song for them, what would you choose?
The quintessential britpop song?
Hmmm… I mean, I think for me it would be Blur’s “Boys and Girls”.
The media hyped the Blur vs. Oasis feud in the 90s. Which side are you on? Team Gallagher or Team Dan Abnormal?
I’m definitely Team Blur. I like Oasis, but it just wasn’t that original. Blur was constantly pushing boundaries and suffered commercially for it…. Until “Song 2”!
The first ever Jarvis Cocker dance contest will occur at the Good Mixer on 4/17. As an esteemed tastemaker and man about town, what local musician do you think has the best dance moves and could take on the Pulp frontman’s legendary spastic gyrations?
I definitely think David from “Head Like a Kite" could fuck shit up. Maybe Brent Amaker? The Markel brothers for SURE! I’ve seen those fools dance! Who’s that dude that sings for Grave Babies? That guy.
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
I love Erik Blood. That guy’s a genius. Can’t wait to see what he spins.
Thanks Marco! Keep up with him on twitter (notmarcocollins) and if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer for the upcoming documentary film about his life, Glamour and the Squalor.