Top Britpop parties
Who needs London?
Mon Jun 13 2011
Ever since Merseybeat started ferrying itself across the Atlantic in the early '60s (not to mention the rise of some little combo called the Beatles), New York City has been in the midst of a love affair with British popular music. But there are few bands that inspire the kind of devotion that the Smiths, in particular lead mopester Morrissey, do. The proof can be found at Sway's long-running, ridiculously popular Sunday-night shindig devoted to the Manchester band, helmed by Ben Cho and Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw. It's packed every week, so get there early, or you'll be stuck humming "What Difference Does It Make?" to yourself. 305 Spring St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-620-5220, swaylounge.com); Sun 10pm; free.
Does Britpop make you happy? Well, give Feeling Gloomy a go and you'll be in the dumps—in a drolly amusing way, of course. The brainchild of London's Leonard and Cliff Gloomy, this bash was exported to Lower East Side bote Fontana's last year and it's had kids crying in their beers ever since, with DJ Gertrude Gloom spinning teary-eyed tunes from the likes of Pulp, Suede, the Cure and (of course) the Smiths. 105 Eldridge St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-334-6740, fontanasnyc.com). Sat 18 at 11pm; $6. Go to feelinggloomy.com for more info.
The British Invasion
Not exactly a Britpop party, this cover-band extravaganza at The Bell House features sets from the Depeche Mode--aping Violator and U2 tribute band Beautiful Day. Yes, we know that U2 is from Ireland, so please don't start a guerrilla campaign. But there will be a war at this party, as a combo called the Streamers focuses its onstage time on the real battle: It's a Blur versus Oasis set, with all the cutie-pies--against--tough-guys drama that implies. 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com); July 2 at 8pm; $12, advance $10.