Being British University of San Francisco professor Andrew Goodwin understands the ephemeral nature of pop. And in January of 1996, when he started the 3 p.m. Saturday KUSF radio show Britpop, he knew the trendy name used to tag acts like Blur, Pulp, Oasis, and Elastica would go fast out of fashion. He didn't care -- it wasn't going to be a show about that fab four anyway. "I wanted to explode the category," Goodwin says, "take it back to Dennis Potter pieces, vaudeville. And take it to the future too -- the new dance music. I wanted to situate the moment in history." For 100 shows he's done just that. Britpop works because it's smart. Goodwin researches and plots each show beforehand. Clerks at the Mod Lang record store in Berkeley help keep him up to date. Goodwin also taps his students, other KUSF DJs, his family in England (who send videotapes of Top of the Pops and the British music papers), and listeners who occasionally send taped John Peel shows. A music critic and an author (of among other things a book about music videos and MTV called Dancing in the Distraction Factory), Goodwin always looks beyond simple -- and not so simple -- pop songs. "We accept that there is a plastic, inauthentic aspect to pop music," he says. "The show does not have an expat-Union-Jack-flag-waving superiority complex. [It's about] what British music means here, in the Bay Area, in a multicultural environment." Last weekend's show -- the 100th installment -- broached that subject, what Goodwin likes to call "mapping transnational space." This weekend, he marks the occasion with the first of a two-part, two-hour show called "Britpop 101." Like all installments, the songs and the dialogue will be meticulously plotted. Goodwin promises two hours of original material, remixes, comedy, philosophy, and commentary. And if he's up to it, he'll play "Being British," one of his own songs. The chorus: "Being British/ Being British/ It's bloody boring/ Being British." (J.S.)

Riff Raff's First-Ever Big Contest: More Fun! More Prizes! As we announced last week, we're having a big name-that-dumb-quote contest. For the past five months we've closed this column with an inane remark made on a live concert album. All we want you to do is identify those remarks. The prizes are pretty spectacular already, and -- as we promised -- they are going to get better every week. The grand-prize winner gets a priceless night out on the town with Night Crawler and -- if you're fun or interesting -- a pleasant write-up in that column. As we said, first prize also includes pairs of tickets to shows at the Great American Music Hall, the Bottom of the Hill, and the Fillmore. And finally, we'll let you write your own Riff Raff item about whatever you want. (Accompanying this prize is another: an awesome editing session with the Riff Raff editors.) The second-prize winner gets a random assemblage of rock books, some kung fu movies and strange documentaries on videotape, and no less than 40 high-quality, top-of-the-line promotional CDs, most of them produced by international music conglomerates. The third-prize winner gets 50 of said CDs and a bunch of cheap promotional items lying around our offices. The winning entry will have the most matches between the 22 quotes that this space has printed and the names of the albums they came from. Get your entries to Riff Raff, c/o SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, S.F., CA 94107 (or jstark@SFWEEKLY.COM), BY MAY 15 AND WE'LL PRINT THE WINNERS THE FOLLOWING WEEK. (J.S.)

OOPS LAST WEEK'S HOUSE OF TUDOR SAID THAT THE BAND CHROME, INCLUDING DRUMMER DAMON EDGE, WAS RE-FORMING AT THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL ON APRIL 24. ACTUALLY, THE SHOW WAS A REUNION OF REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE GROUP; EDGE DIED IN 1995. SORRY FOR THE MISTAKE. (J.S.)

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