I approached this one cautiously... "Britpop" seems like only yesterday, surely it's too soon for a feature-length retrospective? Clearly, yes. This DVD not only failed to meet my pretty low expectations, I found it a struggle to keep my finger off the FFWD button.
Live Forever is biased by the small number of britpoppers they could persuade to appear. The Gallaghers are as mouthy as ever, but Albarn and Cocker just seem embarrassed and don't say much. You get Louise Wener, Damon's mate from Massive Attack and, er... that's it! Harldy a mention (or no mention at all) of Radiohead, Suede, Supergrass, The Boo Radleys, The Manics, The Verve, Space, PJ Harvey, Elastica, Primal Scream, The Charlatans, The Divine Comedy, Black Grape or even the Spice Girls. Even two of the most seminal BritPop albums, "Modern Life Is Rubbish" and "His n Hers" don't get a look in. But you do get to see quite a lot of an Oasis tribute band, and S-Club Juniors. Er, hello?!?!?
There's no background on how the bands got together, no decent concert footage, and you learn nothing you couldn't have known from reading the Daily Mail between 1995 and 1998. There is, however, lots of annoying graphics and lots of pointless shots of buildings.
If you thought Britpop was just Parklife and Morning Glory, and you have the memory span of a goldfish, you might enjoy this. But probably not.