and you get bands writing about the mundane reality of british life. they may not be your favourite bands, but the libertines, the streets, jamie T, Get cape blah, arctic monkeys and hard-fi all talk about what your suggesting. Hardly as if its something british music avoids. so to say british music is all twee is a completely unfounded remark. I've never said there was a golden age, its just heritage. British people seem to have a unique pride for their country which with some bands comes out in the lyrics. I guess you could call it patriotism.
And your VU point is useless, that wasnt Reed's style.