James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 13: The Man Who

James Proclaims (6)

The halfway point of the alphabet lies somewhere between ‘M’ and ‘N’.

Which is where we’ll be at the end of this post.

For we are on ‘M’ today.

I’m not sure if the fact that we’re almost halfway there is a source of comfort or distress really.


M is for The Man Who


Yesterday’s entry was an album by James, a band who inexplicably have a person’s name (and my name). And Travis are a band who have a person’s name too. Namely Travis. Whoever he is.

Maybe he’s The Man Who. Although in fact he isn’t.

Anyway, weird band name and weird album title aside, ‘The Man Who’ is an album that inspires mixed feelings to say the least. Travis’ first album, ‘Good Feeling’ was an altogether more raucous affair and it was exactly the kind of thing I liked.

This is more melancholic and, well ‘ballady’. And I didn’t love it when it first came out.

But then it grew on me and I did love it.

But I can’t help but feel it was the record that paved the way for the likes of Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol to dominate the guitar-based music scene in the early noughties. Britpop was already on its way out by the time Travis released this record. The Spice Girls and a resurgent post-Take That Robbie Williams seemed to be dominating the charts by the very late nineties and early noughties, and popular music was…well much poppier.

But there was still a place for indie bands and Travis were the band that was supposed to keep flying the flag.

So ‘The Man Who’ was maybe not the record we indie kids needed them to produce.

Still, it was immensely popular and they headlined the 2000 Glastonbury festival off the back of it.

Seriously, they headlined Glastonbury.

I was there.

It’s hard to imagine Travis being that big now, but they really were back then.

Indeed it’s something of a Travis-ty that Coldplay went on to be a much bigger band than Travis.

A year before they headlined Glastonbury, they made the news at the 1999 version of the same festival, after the weather, during what had been a previously dry weekend, turned somewhat wetter during their rendition of their biggest hit ‘Why does it always rain on me?’

I’m not sure if it happened again the following year.

I was there, but I was also drunk.

Anyway, it seems as good a song as any to play us out today.

  23 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 13: The Man Who

  1. April 15, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Indeed it’s something of a Travis-ty…

    That was a truly terrible pun. I salute you 😉

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    • April 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Thanks, I was quite please with how shamelessly I dropped that one in there.

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  2. April 15, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    “Whoever he is”
    Indeed. I have no idea… as usual.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 15, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      But you’re sticking with it and that’s the main thing!

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        Absolutely. I think I’ll be disappointed if I recognize one now…

        Liked by 1 person

      • April 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm

        The odds are that you won’t be disappointed then…

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  3. April 15, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Sadly, you have lost me here James. I agree about the similarity with Coldplay. I don’t like them either 😉

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    • April 15, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Travis lost me after this album but it is what is, I liked them in 1999 so they made the cut. It gets louder again tomorrow…

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      • April 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm

        Oh, ‘N’. Now let me think…

        Liked by 1 person

      • April 15, 2020 at 4:27 pm

        Ooh, ‘N’… Well I would have to dispose of the indefinite article and go for an album by a band of royalty. Definitely before your timescale though…

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      • April 15, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        To be fair there’s nothing royal about my band tomorrow – they’re enjoyable but not seminal…

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      • April 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm

        Mm. Interesting. I look forward to hearing

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  4. Skrifer
    April 15, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Damn… I had your K and L guessed right but had Mosely Shoals for M…
    Doing pretty good on the JSNAZOATHLTLTWHWY Bingo card overall though.

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    • April 17, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Sorry, Travis was a bit of a departure but was never a massive fan of Ocean Colour Scene (liked them didn’t love them) and bizarrely did really like Travis for a while. Not sure why…


  5. April 15, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Loved this one, and the video!

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  6. April 16, 2020 at 7:40 am

    I had to look them up but after watching a few videos, I actually remember this band! They were ok. Only a few songs were good.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 16, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      That’s probably fair. I liked them a lot at the time but haven’t listened to them much since.

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  7. April 16, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Yes to all of this. Travis is an awesome band. Underrated. It is a shame Coldplay walked over them. Then again, not every Travis is good. They aren’t constant in the quality of their songs. But those are just my two cents. Why does it always rain on me?

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    • April 16, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      That was the problem with Travis, massive inconsistency. But they had potential and were definitely better than Coldplay!


  8. April 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I’d forgotten how good this song was:-)

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