Posh Buckinghamshire’s solo musician Nick Bracegirdle, better known as Chicane (or occaisonally either some or all of Disco Citizens) has been releasing chillout, dance, and later electronic hits for two decades now, although you might not have noticed. His first two albums are unmissable; the third one never got released due to some kind of download-related hissy fit; and the latter years yield some great surprises.
Primarily Offshore (1997) and Saltwater (2000), as well as a blistering 2009 comeback in which he rehashed Sigur Rós‘s Hoppiholla as Poppiholla. Also his attempts to aid the careers of Bryan Adams, Peter Cunnah from D:Ream, Espiritu, and Jewel were valiant in the extreme.
Where to start
His Best Of 1996-2009 is very comprehensive, but make sure you get the version with the brilliant Poppiholla on it, rather than the 2008 version which gets another album track in its place.
What to buy
Debut Far from the Maddening Crowds (1997) and follow-up Behind the Sun (2000) are chillout classics. His later albums are less consistent, but Thousand Mile Stare (2012) is probably the best of the bunch.
Don’t bother with
The 2003 illegal-download-only album Easy to Assemble is largely forgettable, so definitely isn’t worth the considerable effort that’s required to track it down.
Giants (2010) includes an excellent track called So Far Out to Sea, and the 1999 mini-album Chilled is worth a listen.
Alexandra Palace in London was the venue on 20th February 1995, and Chris Evans took to the stage to present the awards, now with a “voting academy” (I’m sure you were just as excited as everyone else was).
This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1994 ceremony here, and the 1996 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.
Best British Album
Presented by Cindy Lauper. Nominees:
Blur – Parklife
Eternal – Always and Forever
Massive Attack – Protection
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
Best British Dance Act
Brand New Heavies
Winner: M People
Best British Female
Presented by Jarvis Cocker. Nominees:
Winner: Eddi Reader
Best British Group
Presented by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Nominees:
Best British Male
Winner: Paul Weller
Best British Newcomer
Presented by Ray Davis. Nominees:
PJ and Duncan
Best British Producer
Winner: Nellee Hooper
Best British Single
Presented by Lisa I’Anson. Nominees:
Blur – Girls and Boys
Blur – Parklife
China Black – Searching
D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
East 17 – Stay Another Day
Michelle Gayle – Sweetness
Tom Jones – If I Only Knew
Oasis – Whatever
The Grid – Texas Cowboys
Wet Wet Wet – Love is All Around
Winner: Blur – Parklife
Best British Video
Presented by Simone Angel and Tommy Vance. Nominees: