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Postby AdvertBreak » 06 Jan 2018, 22:44

Who here is a fan of Romo? Must say I love the Melody Maker cassette 'Fiddling While Romo Burns' and numerous other tracks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romo

Me and a few friends are making an album called 'Fiddling While Romo Is Rebuilt' in which we do tracks in a Romo style, the idea being we're pretending there's a Romo revival even smaller than the original scene
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Re: Romo

Postby Mallard No. 22 » 09 Jan 2018, 22:47

I remember the music press (specifically Melody Maker, IIRC) giving a lot of copy to the Romo genre, at around the time that Britpop boomed. This would be c. winter 1995-96?

Though I don't remember Romo getting much airplay, and I don't think I know any of the songs.

It was probably too niche-orientated, and wouldn't sit easily with Oasis or Supergrass.
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Re: Romo

Postby AdvertBreak » 10 Jan 2018, 09:50

Yes you've got the time right and Romo had no hits. The package tour only attracted a surprisingly low people per concert tho, about 100 or so. It easily could have fit in alongside Britpop as well as handbag house and 90s Europop as some of its bands more or less resembled some of the key characteristics of those genres.
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Re: Romo

Postby Mallard No. 22 » 17 Jan 2018, 06:50

It was probably picked up on by one or two journalists, who socialised in London. They were in a position to see it, and write about it.

It was a kind of 'scene within a scene' - I don't think it crossed over to Radio One.

As you say, the music itself probably sat quite well alongside the other genres of the time, certainly in its production.

The 'Romo' imagery may have sat less successfully alongside the other genres.
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Re: Romo

Postby AdvertBreak » 17 Jan 2018, 22:05

It was probably? It was and I'm sure you know it was Simon Price and Taylor Parkes of the 'Maker that peddled it. Scene within in a scene I disagree with, given that it was a artifice-celebrating alternative to the Serious with a capital S rawk n rawl of Oasis. Some of it was Britpoppy but some (most?) of it was closer to europop and diva house. As for the imagery not quite fitting it, yeah I'd agree with that, this was the era of laddism after all and I'd bet my money some of the MM's readers in this transitional era would have sneered at the androgyny.
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Re: Romo

Postby Mallard No. 22 » 23 Jan 2018, 07:15

I knew that it was certain journalists who were pushing it, whereas virtually nobody else was. I don't remember mention of it beyond the music press.

Were Placebo/Brian Molko linked to that scene?
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Re: Romo

Postby AdvertBreak » 24 Jan 2018, 20:31

Mallard No. 22 wrote:Were Placebo/Brian Molko linked to that scene?

They weren't but I see your thinking

Romo got a few features on TV, in the papers and a tiny fraction of international coverage
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