So folks, here it is, we had 19 Contributors this year. We might find a few ideas for the Christmas stockings :-)Music
Top 3 called by Enda Bates
Films1. Welcome to Sarajevo 2. Nil by mouth 3. Fifth element 4. Pat Garett and Billy the kid 5. The boy from mercury 6. Mama Roma 7. Select Hotel 8. Seven years in Tibet 9. Romeo and Juliet 10. The Pillow book
Gigs1. Red House Painters - Garage, London 2. John Simms - Physio n Firkin, Leicester 3. Arab Strap - Physio n Firkin, Leicester 4. Prolapse/Volcano the bear - Tube bar, Leicester 5. Grieg, Piano concerto - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Films1. Dead Man walking 2. Dazed & Confused 3. L.A. Confidnetial 4. Trainspotting 5. Romeo & Juliet 6. Shawshank Redemption 7. Heat 8. Cinema Paridiso
Honourable Mentions:Yo La Tengo - Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Pixies - Death To The Pixies Blur - Blur Scud Mountain Boys - The Early Year Bluetones - Expecting To Fly Terry Hall - Laughter Tindersticks - Curtains Prodigy - Fat of The Land
Live performances1. Spiritualized - Nov 17, Eagles ballroom, Milwaukee 2. Spiritualized - Aug 6, Rave bar, Milwaukee 3. Gus Gus / Cornershop - Nov 25, Eagles ballroom, Milwaukee 4. Yo La Tengo - Sep 17, Shank Hall, Milwaukee 5. U2 - Soldier Field, Chicago 6. Blur - July, Eagles ballroom, Milwaukee 7. Scud Mountain Boys - Mar 12, Shank Hall, Milwaukee 8. Jonathan Richmann - Oct 4, Shank Hall, Milwaukee 9. Seahorses - Aug 13, Rave Bar, Milwaukee 10. Moby - Dec 2, Eagles ballroom, Milwaukee
Films1. Swingers 2. Shine 3. When We Were Kings 4. Chasing Amy 5. The Full Monty 6. Sleepers 7. Ridicule 8. Men In Black 9. The English Patient 10. Big Night
Honourable mentions:Welcome to the Dollhouse Basquiat Brassed Off The Wings of The Dove
Worst films/videos1. The End of Violence (First movie I ever walked out of). 2. Crash (Nearly the first movie I ever walked out of) 3. The Pillow Book 4. The Devil's Own 5. Star Wars Trilogy (Not because they were that bad - just because there was so much bloody hype over an extra 6 minutes of superfluous footage added to films that were cutting edge 20 years ago).
Honourable mentions:Bjork - Homogenic (got it only recently, otherwise it would likely be higher) U2 - Pop Primal Scream - Vanishing Point Alex Reece - So Far Genius/RZA - Liquid Swords Luna back catalogue Aphex Twin - I care because you do & Richard D. James Ivy - Realistic Orbital - Snivilization Prodigy - The fat of the land Spiritualized - Pure Phase Blur - Blur Tricky - Pre-millennium tension Loop Guru - Amrita Banco de Gaia - Last train to Lasla Beck - Odelay Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Stuff I listened to too late in the year to make the list:Stereolab - Dots and Loops Tindersticks - Curtains Gus Gus - Polydistortion Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
Stuff on my wish list that I never heard:Roni Size - Reprazent Daft Punk - All around the World Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker Howie B - Turn Off the Dark Cornershop - When I was born for the 7th Time Black Grape - Stupid Stupid Stupid Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain Portishead - Portishead
Live perfomances1. Yo La Tenga - Jun 17 Fox Theatre Boulder 2. U2 Popmart - May 3 Rice Stadium Salt Lake City 3. Stereolab/Mouse On Mars - Nov 17 Bluebird Denver 4. Spirtualized - Aug 26 Fox Theatre Boulder 5. Pavement - April 23 Ogden Theatre Denver 6. Blur - June 22 Ogden Theatre Denver 7. Western Conference MLS final Colorado Rapids v Dallas Burn Sep 17 Mile High Stadium Denver 8. Spring Heel Jack - March 11 Ogden Theatre Denver 9. Spirtualized - Nov 15 Bluebird Theatre Denver 10. Sinead O'Connor - Aug 18 Paramount Theatre Denver
Films1. L.A. Confidential 2. Boogie Nights 3. Career Girls 4. Il Mostro 5. When we were kings 6. Shine 7. Breaking the waves 8. The Full Monthy 9. When the cat's away 10. Shall we dance 10. Ulee's Gold
Honourable mentions:Face off Breakdown Slingblade Ponette Grosse Point Blanke The Ice Storm
Videos:1. Normal Life 2. DayTrippers 3. Il Postino 4. Kolya 5. Highway Patrolman 6. Seconds 7. Whitnall and I 8. Traveller 9. Bound 10. Heavy
Worst films:1. Speed 2 2. The Peacemaker 3. Crash 4. A life less Ordinary 5. The Crucible 6. Excess baggage 7. Kiss the girls 8. Event Horizon 9. The Saint 10. Air Force One
Live performances1. David Bowie - Olympia 2. Sinead O'Connor - Olympia 3. The Go-betweens - Mean Fiddler 4. A-house - Olympia 5. Radiohead - RDS 6. Cast - Red Box 7. Pavement - Red Box 8. U2 - Lansdown Rd
Films1. A life less Ordinary 2. The Full Monty 3. LA Confidential 4. Shine
I'm afraid my list is almost the same as last year's! I thought it was a poor enough year musically. Lots of good albums, very few greats. Not even Radiohead pulled it off. Oh dear!
Had to be Veneer at the Temple Bar music centre. A typical Dublin beer-swilling music crowd was left gob-smacked and open mouthed after a spine-tingling performance, carefully built up from bare voice with gently strummed acoustic guitar to a full-on raging distortion topped with squealing organ and throbbing bass. Intensity on a stick. Also, Nick Cave in Skibbereen.
BooksJD Salinger - Franny and Zooey Milan Kundera - Immortality Henry Miller - Nexus Schumacher - A Guide For The Perplexed
Best Bustop MomentHas to be Danni Minogue's bust-op, doesn't it?
Best Michael Hutchence impressionDiamanda Galas live in New York - froze my blood.
Honourable Mentions:Pavement - Brighten the Corners Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain EATB - Evergreen, Crocodiles (Each new release sends me into a bout of listening to the old stuff, a pity really) Radiohead - The Bends Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
Singles:1. Longpigs - On and On 2. Lou Reed et al - Perfect Day (Charity Single of the Decade? I think so!!) 3. U2 - Discotheque 4. Radiohead - Paranoid Android 5. Nathalie Imbrughlia - Torn (I'll hate it within a month, tells you a lot about the transient nature of these thingys)
Live Performances (As you can see I've been watching a lot of comedy in the last year)1. The Go Betweens - Mean Fiddler (Dublin) 2. Colin Murphy - UCH (Limerick) 3. Veneer - Costelloes (Limerick) 4. Justin ? (why can't I remember his surname?) from Galway - International Bar (Dublin) 5. Tommy Tiernan - King's Head (Galway)
Films1. Grosse Pointe Blank 2. LA Confidential 3. Seven 4. Raging Bull 5. The Shawshank Redemption 6. Un coeur en hiver 7. The English Patient 8. Schindler's list 9. Lone Star 10. Paris, Texas
Worst Films (I will inflict no more than 3)1. The Peacemaker 2. The Lost World 3. Batman and Robin
I would have also put in One Fine Day but having George Clooney in 3 out of 4 may have smacked of victimisation.
Music Videos1. Prodigy - Smack my bitch up (completely prurient, disgusting and riveting. So far ahead of the rest as to be untrue)
Joke of the year :- From Colin Murphy in Limerick, "Have you ever noticed how pigeons are always looking for a fight?" Cue great visual gag of a pigeon walking which quite resembled Grant Mitchell (but with bigger elbows) on acid.
Sunset of the year: The blood red retina burner on Nairn Beach in Mid west Donegal on the third Sunday of August this year.
Surreal half-hour of the year: From this year's Jim Finn stag bash. It involved observing an in-depth argument about whether chips had been mashed on top of somebody's head, or had it in fact been merely a case of downward pressure of chips being applied.
Gigs1. Red House Painters - The Garage (London) 2. The Go-Betweens - Mean Fiddler 3. Tindersticks - Music Centre 4. Spiritualized - Red Box 5. Mark Eitzel - Whelans
Notes:1. 3 cd boxed set of Perry's recordings at his own Black Ark studio in Jamaica from 76 to 79 2. Re-issued this year, these were originally released towards the end of the sixties. They consist of 6 volumes of one brilliant Motown single after another, all from the period 65 to 71. This is about as good as Pop Music gets. 9. 3 double cd volumes of music from the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Quincy Jones and Isaac Hayes, mostly from the seventies and concieved as soundtracks to imaginary "Blaxploitation" films. Just about every track has been sampled by someone recently. 9. Compilations from the Mo'Wax stable. The "James vs Nigo" compilation isn't as strong as the others, but is worth getting for Money Mark's "Cry", which would sit comfortably on any of the Blaxploitation compilations.
Honourable Mentions:Blur - Blur Portishead - Portishead Edwyn Collins - I'm not following you Beck - Odelay Luscious Jackson - Fever in, Fever out The Chemical Brothers - Dig your own Hole Pidgeonhead - The Full Sentence Howie B - Turn Off the Dark This only narrowly missed out on the Top 10. "Take your Partner by the Hand" is brilliant. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Shadow This is a track off his posthumously released, and dissapointing, remixes album. This track, remixed by "State of Bengal", is the business, as they say. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain & Around Midnight I had "Sketches of Spain" on tape years ago and bought it again this year on cd. "Around Midnight" is new to me this year. Both feature Davis as the collaborator supreme: with Gil Evans on "Spain" and with John Coltrane among others on "Around Midnight". MasterCuts - Classic Electro Vol 1 & Classic Hip Hop Vol 2 Two very intelligentcompilations. I seriously considered including the electro compilation in my top 10, including, as it does, Rockers Revenge, Herbie Hancock and the absolute classic "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. Whale - We Care The lyrics suggest that they'd be arrested in most countries for lewd behaviour. The Wannadies - You & Me Song The most infuriatingly catchy pop song of the year. Cornershop - When I was born for the 7th Time Especially for their version of "Norwegian Wood" sung in an asian language (Punjabi, I think). Afro-Cuban All Stars - A Toda Cuba le Gusta I didn't know much about Cuban music before I bought this. This compilation shows that there's great depth and variety to it. The band is a kind of dream team of Cuban music. A compilation by the Bueno Vista Social Club is also worth mentioning, as it contains great Cuban music from the thirties to the present day. MC Solaar - Paradisiaque Demostrating ably that the French language lends itself very well to Rap. Sophisticated production by Le Funk Mob. Daft Punk - All around the World The album, "Homework", was slightly dissapointing. Even so, this track is very entertaining and memorable.
Singles1. Tindersticks - Rented Rooms (Swing version) 2. DJ Shadow - High Noon 3. Cornershop - Brimful of Asha( Norman Cook Full Length mix) 4. Morrissey - Alma Matters 5. Bjork - State of Emergency
Gigs1. Red House Painters - Garage 2. Mark Eitzel - Whelans 3. Tindersticks - TB Music Centre 4. Pavement - TB Music Cantre 5. Pj Harvey, John Parish - PlayHouse 6. Bjork - Olympia 7. Deus - Mean Fiddler 8. Gallon Drunk - Mean Fiddler 9. Wannadies - Knaack Club 10. Placebo - SFX
Films1. Fargo 2. Shine
Films1. shine 2. big night 3. l.a. confidential 4. mars attacks 5. get shorty
Videos1. Fargo 2. Mars Attacks 3. The Last of the High Kings Can't think of 5 really bad videos - special mention for the atrocious Broken Arrow
Gigs1. Radiohead - Jun 24 R.D.S. 2. A House - Feb 28 Olympia 3. U2 - Aug 30 Landsdowne Road 4. Sinead O'Conner - Jul 17 Olympia 5. The Blue Nile - Jul 1 Olympia
Books1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera 2. Catch 22 - Joseph Hellar 3. The Beach - Alex Garland 4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 5. Excession - Iain M. Banks
Honorable mentions:Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder - Talking Timbuktu (this is a gem and would have easily been in the top 10 but I only heard it a few days ago...get it....african beats and new orleans blues)
Gigs1. Yo La Tengo - Garage,London 2. Red House Painters - Garage,London 3. U2 - Landsdowne Road
Best Sporting MomentsClare winning the All-Ireland Hurling Championship Ken Doherty crowned Snooker World Champ.
Films (in no particular order)Koyla The Eliminator Palookaville Albino Aligator Blue Velvet (again) Mars Attacks Carla's Song Shine Beyond the Clouds The Full Monty
BookMichael Ondaatje - In the Skin of a Lion
Top 5 Cartoons of all time1. Earthworm Jim 2. Pinly & the brain 3. The new batman 4. Phantum cat 5. Angry beavers
The varigated vegetables for soup of the day 19971. Pippy parsnip 2. Corny carrot 3. Ollie onion 4. Percy pea 5. Tim the terrible turnip
Films1. Shine 2. Shindler's List 3. 5th Element 4. Romeo and Juliet 5. Twelve Monkey's
Worst film's3. Batman and Robin 2. First Contact 1. The James Bond take off with the guy from Wayne's world and Hugh's bit on the side - the name of which and all other information I want to remove completly from my mind (the film and not what's her name). [Ed - Austin Powers]
The order is pretty random except for Radiohead which wins by a country mile, being, in my view, the best album in the last five years.[Ed: Radiohead was given a #1, all others were given #5]
Needless to say, the top two were Radiohead. The Posies get a couple as well. The list would be rounded off by Guided by Voices, U2, Oasis, Paul Weller and Robbie Williams (this is not a joke: it was a real stonker of a gig!). And to top it off, I'm expecting Ocean Colour Scene next week to finish off the gigging year nicely.
Albums that I didn't get to listen to enough to add (due to being stuck in Sweden):Prodigy - The Fat of the Land Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in Space Oasis - Be here now
Films1. Gross Point Blank (excellent soundtrack) 2. My So-called Life 3. Le Haine 4. Shine