For as long as I’ve been reading the music press (c. 1988-2012, RIP) bands and solo artists have always been at pains to emphasise their working class credentials and try really hard not to seem in any way privileged.
But how many truly working class bands of note have there been?
The Manics were. Oasis too. John Lydon, sure. But I suspect they’re pretty notable by their rarity, aren’t they? I’ve always been quite struck by pop’s (well, rock’s) tendency to protest a bit too much on the class front. What’s that about?
Isn’t pop essentially a bit of a middle class affair? How many truly working class musical heroes have there really been? And if the answer is “not many”, why is being openly middle class so uncool in pop?