Songs from 1998

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.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

56 thoughts on “Songs from 1998”

  1. I think one of the best songs from 1998 was The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony. Brilliant!!

  2. You’ve scared me now as I’ve just realised that I can’t remember anything about this year at all.

    Logic reminds me that I was freelance at the time and working abroad a great deal. I was also in a terrible and highly unsuitable relationship that I wanted to get out of but didn’t know how to.

    But those aren’t memories, they are facts gleaned from looking at my (now expired) passport stamps.

    What on earth has happened to my memories?

    Sad times.

  3. No.1 on this day back in 1998? ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Céline Dion? NO, please, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

    I don’t think that the music of 1998 inspired me so much, sorry.

    Honorable mention for:

    – Eric Clapton, ‘My Father’s Eyes’
    – The Verve, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’
    – Nightwish, ‘Sleeping Sun’
    – PLacebo, ‘Pure Morning’
    – Manau, ‘La Tribu de Dana’
    – Garou, Daniel Lavoie, Patrick Fiori, ‘Belle’ from the musical ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ which was played for the first time in 1998 in Paris, Palais des Congrès.

    I think that David played ‘Eyesight To The Blind’ with BB King in 1998. 🙂

    My fondest memory? The World Cup (football) that we won… 😉

  4. First and foremost, I hope you have a wonderful break FEd – no doubt well-deserved and much needed what with having to play mediator, instigator and analyzer around the likes of us. 😉 You will be missed very much!

    For me, 1998 was an absolutely stellar year – the be-all-and-end-all of my existence was born and what a joy he is. Not being quite as “evolved” as my peer group, he came rather ‘late’ yet at exactly the right time. A couple of weeks before he was born, I waddled off to see Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden (his Pilgrim tour I think – gosh I really enjoyed One Chance come to think of it). I could feel that poor, just about-to-be-born boy “clinging” to my spine as if his very life depended on it!

    I don’t recall 1998 being very memorable musically perhaps because I was so absorbed in trying to adapt to life anew. I did buy The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony but most days were filled with Pink Floyd, Genesis, amongst others, some classical music and a smidgen of opera. I suspect if I revisit 1998, treasures will be found. Other than a newfound concept of mortality, I distinctly remember thinking what a wonderful place the universe was!

    We did see a couple of movies: Run Lola Run being one of them.

    Elton John was knighted; “Slick Willie” remained very much in the news throughout the year; an unnamed movie with an unnamed theme song won best picture at the Academy Awards; and Sonny Bono met his demise after hitting a tree while skiing.

  5. 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.

    Not very B’Witchcing was it… :))

    The only album of note I purchased in this year was:

    Urban Hymns – The Verve (Sorry FEd, never got into the Manics.)

    I probably bought more compilations than ‘owt else.

    I was in full-on Dad’s Taxi mode in the late ’90s, proudly running my son around to his numerous sporting events, cricket and athletics in the summer and rugby and football in winter.

    I was still a season ticket holder at ER back in the day. Notable terrace tunes were:

    Brimful of Asha – Cornershop
    Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
    Vindaloo – Fat Les
    Three Lions ’98 – Badiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds

    George Graham was our manager back then, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink man of the moment. A young Alan Smith scored on his debut at Anfield in a notable victory (Jimmy getting the other two) I recall. Things were on the up then, before the wheels came off. :v

    Nine years on and young Smiffy suffered a horrendous leg-break at your place, playing for Scum in a FA Cup game.

    Speaking of breaks, I hope you enjoy your week off FEd. (I won’t tempt fate and say ‘break a leg’.)

    Cheers, have a good one. 😉

    1. Thanks very much, Ken.

      Harry Kewell was another member of that very strong Leeds side, I recall. The best thing he did as a Liverpool player was get injured 20 minutes in to the 2005 Champions League final. That substitution helped changed the game.

      Liverpool had a very, very bright yellow away kit in 1998. I wore Riedle’s name on my back that year, but Michael Owen was the star man. As a Leeds fan, I think you’ll enjoy seeing this goal of his again. Put your sunglasses on first, though.

  6. I didn’t buy singles in 1998, only albums.

    Here are some of my favourites, which I still like very much. 🙂

    Dave Matthews Band – Before These Crowded Streets
    R.E.M. – Up
    Pearl Jam – Yield
    The Offspring – Americana
    Tori Amos – From the Choirgirl Hotel
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    The Smashing Pumpkins – Adore
    Manu Chao – Clandestino

    I’m sorry I have not enough time to visit the chatroom this afternoon.

    Enjoy your break, FEd.

    1. Thanks, Alessandra.

      I have to confess, I bought quite a few singles that year. This was one of them: Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey, ‘History Repeating’. (Well, what can I say? It’s different.)

    2. I remember “History Repeating” very well. I once had “Decksandrumsandrockandroll” by Propellerheads, but I realised some years ago it had disappeared. Probably, I lent the CD to someone and it never came back. :/

      Speaking about Propellerheads made me think about another 1998 album I bought, Fatboy Slim “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”.

      As for singles, these two could be heard everywhere:

      Madonna – Frozen
      Alanis Morissette – Thank U

      I don’t think 1998 was a special year for me, just a nice and peaceful one. At that time, studying for exams and seeing my friends were my main occupations, so the music I was listening to only recalls positive feelings. 🙂

  7. Probably also not worth repeating: Britney Spears released her debut single “Baby One More Time” in late 1998.

  8. This was a very intense year for me, and I didn’t connect much with rock and roll. I became more immersed in folk and new age music in that year! More Enya, Loreena McKennit, Peruvian folk, Basoleil, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Russian folk, Woody Guthrie, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and Garrison Keillor!

    I think I was listening to Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” album in that year.

    1998 was full of very big gains and very big losses.

    1. Russian folk? Really? Something along the lines of Ochi Chernye? Of course that song is not from 1998.

      Very interesting.



    2. Da da, my husband has a degree in Russian language, and that folk song is a favorite! :))

      And yes, we were married in 98, a BIG gain! 😀

      He’s reading “The Brothers Karamazov” now! One of these days I’ll have the words to that folk classic memorized! But I read Cyrillic poorly.

      Coincidentally, we bought a matryoshka doll this week!

    3. Sharon,

      He must sing it to you all the time. (I do hope your eyes are black or that may be a bit embarrassing.)

      I couldn’t tell you how many of those dolls we have in the house along with all the other Russian folk art and toys.



    4. Sharon,

      Blue eyes huh?

      I am of Russian descent but have never been to the motherland.



  9. From Wikipedia:

    ‘Time Out of Mind’ (Bob Dylan) won Grammies at 1998 Grammy Awards in the following three categories:

    Album of the Year
    Best Contemporary Folk Album
    Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Cold Irons Bound”

    I have to confess I have never heard this song and I couldn’t find it on YouTube, but, ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance’… Really? 8|

    1. There are only two possible ways for Bob Dylan to have won best male vocal performance. One way is if no other men did vocal performances that year. The other way is if there were lots of REALLY, REALLY BAD male vocal performances that year!

      Sorry, I have to laugh. Dylan is a phenomenal songwriter and an astute social critic, but his singing voice has always sounded to me like rabid kittens being tortured. He got famous by singing his own great songs; imagine how famous he’d have been if he’d let someone else sing his songs!

  10. Not that I noticed them at the time as I was far too busy having babies (who didn’t sleep through the night until they were 2 years old) in the 90s:

    Iggy Pop – The Passenger
    Metallica – Fuel
    Don Henley – Boys of Summer

    I would love to have seen the original line up of the Stereophonics live too. Still, on the bright side I managed to miss Oasis.

    1. Don Henley – Boys of Summer

      Well remembered.

      Also re-released in 1998 was ‘Sit Down’ by James. I always liked that one.

  11. Some songs I remember from that time:

    If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next by The Manics.

    Aerosmith’s I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing meant a lot to me, I know some of you scoff at Aerosmith, I LIKE some of their stuff! I did stay awake sometimes just watching my children, or woke up and went to sit in their room.

    I liked some Foo Fighters stuff, one of my kids had some of their stuff but I don’t remember what it was called.

    I also Liked Whippin Picadilly Fed, very quirky I thought. 🙂

    Some albums I bought:

    U2’s Best Of 1980-1990
    Americana by The Offspring
    Mystery Disc by FZ
    No Security by The Rolling Stone
    Looking back to 1998 in music, there are still some albums I want to get.

    B*witched Fed! :))


    1. “Say you will
      Say you won’t
      Say you’ll do what I don’t”

      I remember some absolute rubbish, really.

    2. No scoffing at Aerosmith from me – quite a bit of stuff to like and some very interesting stories to tell if one listens very carefully!

  12. I don’t know if anyone here remembers this, I used to talk to some Pink Floyd fans online and one of the things under discussion was whether the Floyd would play during the solar eclipse of 1999. 🙂

    A total eclipse was visible from the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall and the buzz was that the Floyd could play Dark Side and it would be great for some Division Bell stuff too given that there was the huge communication station at Goonhilly and DB being about communication and all that.

    There is vast amounts of open space where an open air concert could be staged, logistics for that many fans could have been a problem, Cornwall is a nightmare to get into at the best of times.

    It occurs to me as I write that the electronics at the earth station could have been affected by a rock concert? I don’t know enough, maybe they wouldn’t have gotten permission anyway. Imagine beaming it round the world live though from somewhere as spacy looking as Goonhilly.

    No matter how hard any of the fans tried though, it seems Floyd didn’t get the message. 🙁

    ash :))

    1. Ash, I went to that do. To sum it up, not the best music festival I have been to. Definitely no PF appearance. ABBA tribute band played, LOL. The Levellers – great set “with glow paint etc”. Ended in almost anarchy when Tim Booth (James) had an on stage tiff with “Mr Security Man”. The weather of course was a major player! It was wetter than a duck’s foot.

      As far as the Eclipse went, I did catch a good view of it through the clouds, and it definitely felt a bit odd. Rumour had it lots of people didn’t get paid. 😉

    2. I didn’t attempt to go Mike. 🙁 I was busy getting a divorce! Best thing I ever did though. :))

      I remember watching the partial eclipse we saw in the Midlands and it was a bit of an anti climax because of the cloud cover. I distinctly remember thinking about The Lizard though and the many music fans that would have been going and wondered if the Floyd would put on a surprise performance. I didn’t know an actual concert took place. (I’d also lost the computer and internet access when I left so got news by ‘snail’ media if at all.)

      Like my term for paper music magazines and newspapers? Did I just invent a new term?


  13. In 1998 I was 16 and the only music I listened to was Pink Floyd and some classical music. It wasn’t until 1999 that I began to expand.

    It’s been quite a while since I posted on here. I hope all is well.

  14. Sorry to switch gears on you FEd but wanted to share this
    this with you. Have you ever heard this cover of a Neil Young song? I think that David should do some work with Grace but not sure if Polly would like it.

    And here is a song for Michèle by the same artist.



    1. ‘Paris (Ooh La La)’ – 8| the video… – 8| the lyrics…

      A song for me? That’s very kind of you, but I’m afraid I won’t thank you for the present. 😛

  15. Thanks for putting the Stereophonics on The Blog. This is the first time I’ve seen them and they were awesome. I very much enjoyed the Wall footage on the front page as well.

  16. Speaking of albums, how about ‘Walking Into Clarksdale’, by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant? I quite like it, especially the songs:

    ‘Most High’

    ‘Please Read The Letter’ – Re-recorded and performed a few years later by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. An unlikely duo, but doesn’t it work beautifully?

    Another unlikely collaboration in 1998: Pavarotti and Spice Girls, performing ‘Viva Forever’ (Pavarotti & Friends, ‘For The Children of Liberia’).

    I was wondering… Why not a future Blog post about ‘(Unlikely) Musical Collaborations’? 🙂

    1. (It hasn’t been done before, has it?)

      I don’t think so. But it depends on what you call ‘(Unlikely) Musical collaborations’.

      I do remember that we discussed ‘Musical Brothers’ and ‘Surprise Collaborations’ (which was about the artists we would most like to see David perform with).

  17. Hi Fed and all.

    Mmm, 98. Don’t remember much, but I am on Kintyre at the mo, place called Muasdale – stunning. Came down that very famous long and winding road. Who wrote that one, I ask! We went to visit Linda`s memorial garden at Campbelltown.


  18. 😀 This is a great song. Jean Lelliott, I love that song. It’s way different from this tune thought. I’d say this was on album I had back then.

  19. Happy Father’s Day to all of you who hold the honorific. A very Happy Father’s Day to David Gilmour, may it be filled with children’s laughter and sweet moments.

    If you’re looking to adopt an adult 42 year old man from the Bronx-New York as another son, I may just know of someone. 🙂


  20. As I remembered my favorite song in 1988 was “Need You Tonight” by INXS. It took me several hours to think of it till I decided to post my opinion. It’s just a sign of memory loss… funny! Those songs still linger and they can always be part of the past.

  21. FEd,

    A bit unrelated, but not entirely: I’ve tried to subscribe to receive your postings via email several times but it never seems to catch on and work! I’m talking about the email option on the top right hand menu of the blog page. Is that function still working? I still visit the blog regularly, but the email notices would help when I’m on the go and wanting to catch up!



  22. Are you back yet? (Bouncing up and down excitedly!) Did you bring presents? (Bouncing up and down excitedly!)

    Hulloooo Fed. 😀


    1. 😐 no presents. . .


      rock! you brought rock? (Bouncing up and down excitedly. . . again.)


  23. Credit crunch?

    Think of poor Ash’s crest fallen face after all that excitement, Fed.

    In this age of austerity, we weren’t expecting diamonds – a few hand-whittled pointy sticks, daisy chains and sheep poo necklaces wouldn’t have stretched the pocket too much though, would they.

    That said, we’re not a greedy bunch here so welcome back anyway … Did you get anything other than rain?

    1. Two days of solid rain, but the rest was pleasant. There wasn’t nearly as much mud as I’d expected.

  24. Ash, you can sup from my borscht gruel-bowl anytime! I’ll even present you a nice shiny rock …

    Fed, welcome back, I’d be honored to have a sheep poo necklace from you!

    1. I had to look up borscht. What a wonderful looking soup. PINK! Thank you Sharon and I like rock(s) very much. 😀

      It occurred to me that non-Brits may not know what holiday rock is, there has been a long standing practice (traditional now surely) of bringing sweets home for children from your holiday. The one I remember most fondly was a 12 inch long pink stick and had letters running through it that spelt the name of the holiday resort. (‘Pink Floyd Rock’ would be good. 😛 )

      Borscht is probably better for our teeth at our age though now!

      Fed, I have an image in my head of you and several dogs all wearing wellies and getting feet/paws stuck in mud and a sucking squelchy sound as each is freed. Some slipping over too and much swearing and merriment. :))


    2. Ash thanks for the laughs and the pleasant jolt of culture shock, I’d never heard the candy called rock before, but something tells me I’ve had it or its equivalent in the green childhood days!

      😛 Yes my borscht is PINK, it is one of the tastiest stews! I love making it. But be warned, beets stain all they touch, you could dye sheep poo paper with the color! 😀

      Fed, I love this whimsical website! I have a printed sheet of Elepoo paper from India, made from fine elephant product! … and zoopoopaper? Reduce, reuse, recycle! :))

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