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Badly Drawn Boy

David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2000

IN AN ANNOYINGINGLY loud Oxford Street pub, Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy, is struggling to make his voice heard above the raucously assertive blare of a series of triumphalist indie-pop jukebox anthems – Republica's 'Ready To Go', Blur's 'Parklife', and so on. The significance of his struggle hardly needs explaining. Finally, the tape dies away, the corporate Brit-guitar energy spent. Silence. Now, it's Gough's turn.

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