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Brit Pop's Coolest Heroes

This week, BBC 6 Music is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Brit Pop with a series of awesome shows featuring exclusive performances and interviews. We thought we'd do the the same, except with style, so here are five of the most iconic bands from back in the day.

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When they first arrived on the scene, Liam and Noel were a genuinely dangerous proposition and their style was as big as their swagger. Taking cues from their mod heroes, a decent parka was a must for any band member, and footwear was desert boots or old-school Adidas

Required listening: Supersonic

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Just like their music, Damon Albarn and co's style was unpredictable, fun and very cool. Albarn has always been partial to a bit of retro sportswear and a harrington jacket, and with good reason. It looked ace. 

Required listening: End Of A Century

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Gaz Coombes and his merry men were pure energy on stage, and consistently put on the most incredible live shows. Style-wise, think big baggy T-shirts: where these men really excelled was in the facial hair department. Mutton chops have never looked so good.

Required listening: Richard III

brit pop's coolest heroes

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Skinny jeans, a button-up shirt, a neat brown blazer with elbow patches and some killer glasses: that was Jarvis Cocker's default uniform, and it worked. No one stalks the stage quite like him, all long arms, legs and biting wit.

Required listening: Do You Remember The First Time?

brit pop's coolest heroes

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The down and dirty bad boys and girl of the scene, Ash walked the line between rock and Brit Pop with style, panache, and some of the catchiest riffs ever written. Frontman Tim Wheeler was as charismatic as he was awesome on the guitar.

Required listening: Girl From Mars