Richey shaped the entire band. Even if he scarcely played. Though before he vanished, when he was plugged in, he sounded pretty damned good, he was sloppy, but it fit his style and their style at the time. He was and is the spirit of the band. Lyrics, artwork, political and social outlook, and he actually did have some songwriting credits as mentioned before.
jespreblow:Richie did a lot of shit for the band: design,lyrics two guitar lines at GOATS and EMG, chorus at Nostalgia Pushead,and few bootlegs i own where he is strumming (badly) but I think you are alone in this one
I guess there is a fair bit of a 'britpop' feel about Everything Must Go. It's just a term that no-one likes to use or be associated with so people get very defensive when it's used. I read recently in Q that Nicky described Further Away as sounding like 'a great Oasis track, and there's no shame in that at all'. So I guess that's pretty much Britpop then. They've covered a lot of genres over their career though!