Richard Ashcroft of The Verve brimming with confidence
Growing up in suburbia in the 1980s, the lines of division were clear cut: you either liked Depeche Mode and Simple Minds (before “Don’t You” came out) or you were a fan of Motley Crue and Judas Priest. Thanks to the gift of CFNY 102.1 and some older cousins with taste I fell into the former category and eschewed the black leather/spandex/big hair of the latter. New Wave begat Madchester which begat Britpop and so on and so on. One thing remained constant though, the lead singer of any British pop band always had a swagger, a grasp on irony, intelligent banter, and was never more than a few seconds away from calling a boring American interviewer a “tosser”. I’m not exactly proud to link you readers to Muchmusic, but their blog has a listing of the 10 “most fierce” British leads in music. I guess the descriptor “fierce” is what excluded Thom Yorke…..