If you ever happen to be in Camden and count yourself as a devoted independent rock fan then The Good Mixer pub will definitely be on your to-see list. Camden isn’t short of the odd landmark pub dedicated to this type of music with The Underworld, The Monarch, The Barfly and The Dublin Castle to name a few. But the unique thing about the Good Mixer is it’s the only one of the crop that isn’t a live venue for bands. Otherwise it would make sense that fans flock to the boozer where their favourite band is playing. So what made The Good Mixer such a place to be seen when bands such as Blur, Oasis and Pulp were in their ascendency during the nineties?
Because a lot of the indie labels are scattered around the Camden area it is inevitable that the artists would be seeking a drinking establishment nearby and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon was one of those. He wasn’t looking for anywhere Rock n’ Roll just sought a quiet place to disappear with a pint, and to be honest The Good Mixer is pretty nondescript apart from its reputation as a magnet for celebrity punters. You could almost walk straight past this small pub on Inverness Road, Camden Town as it isn’t on any major high street like the others mentioned. Convenience seems to have been the indie appeal until Liam Gallagher from Oasis walked in one day saw Coxon sitting in a corner and a throwaway comment turned into their much publicised feud and ultimately a battle to top the charts.
The pub was also a favourite for musicians from Pulp and Elastica signed their first major record deal at the bar. Pretenders to the indie throne such as Menswear, who never enjoyed the mainstream success of the aforementioned also wanted to be seen there. Sometimes what happens is a bit of a London buzz happens for no apparent reason. One or two make it their local and suddenly a movement emerges. Well for whatever reason The Good Mixer became ‘the’ pub at the centre of the Brit-Pop music revolution.