I’ve overlooked the Nineties, so I’ve picked one of its years completely at random for us to look at more closely today.
For once it doesn’t matter what was No.1 on this day back in the year in question; I’ve checked and can’t bear to repeat what I saw. But 1998 wasn’t a bad year, not by a long shot. Perhaps some of you will feel that the year’s best album release was Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (it wasn’t, by the way: it was This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours by the Manic Street Preachers), but in terms of single tracks, and not necessarily singles per se, here are a few tunes that I rather liked, starting with this one from the Stereophonics featuring the late Stuart Cable on drums: ‘The Bartender and the Thief’.
– The Black Crowes, ‘By Your Side’
– Jeff Buckley, ‘The Sky Is a Landfill’
– Caustic Resin, ‘Hate in Your…’
– Foo Fighters, ‘My Hero’
– Garbage, ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’
– Gomez, ‘Whippin’ Piccadilly’
– Sean Lennon, ‘Mystery Juice’
– Manic Street Preachers, ‘Nobody Loved You’
– Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Mexicola’
– The Superjesus, ‘Now and Then’
I’d love to share your memories from 1998 along with your personal song picks. Which albums did you buy? Whose concerts did you attend? Did you still buy singles then? As we’re so close to the anniversary of the Normandy landings, I think it only right to include Saving Private Ryan as one of the year’s most memorable statements. Maybe it left a deeper mark than anything the music industry could offer.
It was also the year, you may recall, we lost Carls Wilson and Perkins, Cozy Powell, Frank Sinatra and Linda McCartney, instantly making the world a duller place.
The chatroom will be open from 2pm (UK) tomorrow, if you’d like to chat more about this year, its decade or almost anything else that seems to fit. May I remind you apologetically that David does not visit the chatroom, it’s for fans only (neither does he blog, tweet or poke anyone on Facebook), and there won’t be a chat next week because I’m taking a short break. I hope you won’t miss me too much.