In the early '90s a genre of music called Britpop swept the UK, making bands such as Blur and Oasis famous. While the explosion of the genre seemed organic, one musician is skeptical of the music's rise.
"Britpop was massively pushed by the government," My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields said in an interview with The Guardian, after a reporter for the publication reportedly mentioned the genre in favorable terms.
"Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop," Shields continued. "The wool was pulled right over everyone's eyes there."
After going on hiatus in the '90s, My Bloody Valentine reunited earlier this year to release a third studio album, "m b v." The band is currently in the midst of a fall tour, hitting cities across the U.S. and Canada.
For more from Shields, head over to The Guardian.