Top 10 1999

Happy Y2K everyone. A very eclectic bunch of lists from this year's 17 contributors, there was some agreement on the following albums:

1. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
2. Gomez - Liquid Skin
3. Beth Orton - Central Reservation
4. Pavement - Terror Twilight

Films were more in common:

1. The Matrix
2. La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)
3. The Fight Club
4. Festen (Celebration)
5. The Sixth Sense
6. Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)

Lists

Scott Balikian  Enda Bates  Garbhán Blake  Darren Butler  Gerard Cagney  Karen Clayton  Tom Corcoran  Tony Corrigan  Katja Driesel  Lucas Hilbert  Gary Lampard  Niall Lynch  Kevin McGrath  Dave McGuinness  Derek Murphy  Martin O'Gorman  Michelle O'Gorman  Conor Wilson 

All time Contributors

Scott Balikian

Alrighty - my top ten (or what's been in rotation of my cd player):

Beth Orton - "Central Reservation"
Air - "Premiere Symptomes"
Kruder und Dorfmeister - "K&D Sessions"
Tom Waits - "Mule Variations"
Mogwai - "Young Team"
Kid Loco - "A Grand Love Story"
Mouse on Mars - "niun niggung"
Willie Nelson - "Yesterday's Wine"
The Beta Band - "The Three E.P.s"
Marc Olsen - "Didn't Ever...Hasn't Since"

Funny how memory fails you when you try to remember the beginning of the year.

Maybe I should include some other bests:

Best Shows:
(although I didn't see too many. All the shows I wanted to see were in London and sold out. Blah!!! Damn large metropolises)

1. Tom Waits - Beacon Theatre, NY Sept. 1999 (best I've ever seen)
2. Beck - Top of the Pops!, London Nov. 1999 Also saw Culture Club and Baby "spank me" Spice *snicker*
3. Mouse on Mars - Embassy Rooms, London Oct. 1999
4. Some DJ's with cellist - ARO.space, Seattle Summer 1999

Best show's I've missed:

1. Fila Brazilia - Scala, London
2. Chemical Brothers - Brixton Academy, London
3. The Beta Band - ?? sold out
4. Beth Orton - ?? sold out
5. Spice Girls - Wembley Arena - ok, so I had to put this in here!
6. Gomez - ?? sold out

Best films:

1. Rushmore
2. Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
3. Fight Club
4. The Matrix
5. Mystery Men
6. eXisTenz
7. PI
8. Guest House Paradiso (hey it wasn't all that bad!)

Enda Bates

Music:

1. Paddy Casey - Amen (so be it)
2. Gomez - Liquid Skin
3. James - Millionares
4. David Gray - White Ladder
5. Travis - The Man Who
6. Stereophonics - Performance and Coctails
7. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of..
8. Moby - Play
9. Red Hot Chilly Peppers - Kalifornication
10. Pearl Jam - Yield

Here's a top 5 films as well:

1. Life is Beautiful
2. The Matrix
3. Fight Club
4. The 6th Sense
5. Human Traffic

Darren Butler

(in eurovision voice)"thank you wellington, new zealand, here is the results from harrogate, england:
best music:

1 shed 7 going for gold
2 cinerama va va voom
3 paul mccartney run devil run
4 the beatles abbey road
5 chet baker the best of chet baker sings
6 alan price o lucky man
7 vivaldi the four seasons
8 the frames dance the devil
9 catatonia international velvet
10 paul weller stanley road

best films:

1 elizabeth
2 plunket and mcclaine
3 the sixth sense
4 the matrix
5 brighton rock
6 the godfather
7 the godfather II
8 the godfather III
9 La story
10 star wars the phantom menace

something old, something different and something new.

Gerard Cagney

1. flying saucer attack - new lands
2. stereolab - cobra & phases group play voltage in the milky night
3. pedro the lion - it's hard to find a friend
4. bonnie prince billy - i see a darkness
5. mojave 3 - out of tune
6. dynamic syncopation - dynamism
7. kristin hersh - sky motel
8. pavement - terror twilight
9. kruder and dorfmeister - sessions
10. jega - spectrum

some other stuff i liked...
handsome boys modelling school - so...how's your girl?
mogwai - come on die young
autechre - peel sessions
beth orton - central reservation
andrea parker - kiss my arp
wilco - summerteeth
kid loco - a grand love story
flaming lips - the soft bulletin

best movie - thin red line

Karen Clayton

My top 10 favorite ALBUMS of 1999 are:
(these are the ones I listened to the most)

1. Those Bastard Souls: Debt And Departure
2. Guided By Voices: Do The Collapse
3. Longpigs: Mobile Home
4. Red House Painters: (rollercoaster)
5. Joel R.L. Phelps: Blackbird
6. Charlatans: Us And Us Only
7. Built To Spill: Keep It Like A Secret
8. The Gloria Record (s/t)
9. Red Stars Theory: Life In A Bubble Can Be Beautiful
10. Idaho: Three Sheets To The Wind

Tom Corcoran

Albums:

1. Sly & Robbie - Drum & Bass strip to the bone by Howie B
2. Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Arkology
3. Cannibus - Can I Bus
4. Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
5. Smog - Knock Knock
6. Nightmares on Wax - Carboot Soul
7. Howie B - Turn the Dark off
8. David Holmes - Let's Get Killed
9. Howie B - Snatch
10. RZA - RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo

Honourable Mentions:

Belle and Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap
Genius/GZA - Beneath the Surface
Armand Van Heldon - 2Future4U
Stereolab - cobra & phases group play voltage in the milky night
Gomez - Liquid Skin
Peshay - Miles from Home
Pavement - Terror Twilight
Leftfield - Rhythm And Stealth
The Flaming lips - The Soft Bulletin (I only heard the tracks on Dineen and live but I haven't got my hands on the album yet)

Disappointment of the year:
Luna - The Days of our Nights

Films:

1. Festen (Celebration)
2. Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
3. The Matrix
4. The Fight Club
5. Cookie's Fortune
6. The Hi-Lo Country
7. Human Traffic
8. Praise
9. The Ideal Husband
10. The Sixth Sense

Honourable mention shoutouts to:

Austin Powers The spy Who Shagged me
Rushmore
Eyes Wide Shut
Scarfies
Summer of Sam
Hillary & Jackie
Affliction
A Simple Plan
Go

Videos/Re-release highlights:

Lock Stock and two smoking barrels
Get Carter
Vanishing Point

Worst Films of the year (what was I thinking):

1. Krippendorf's Tribe (force fed on a plane)
2. Entrapment (ditto)
3. 8mm (how about some mindless entertainment I said)
4. Blair Witch Project (after all the hype)
5. Star Wars - The Phantom menace (didn't help that we were kicked out on first viewing after 20 minutes at 1am because the second reel was upside down and backwards)

Gigs:

1. Nick Cave, The Dirty Tree - Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 28 March
2. Mercury Rev, Red Box, Dublin, 9 January
3. SUV - Funnel, Dublin, 16 July
4. The Flaming Lips - Olympia, Dublin, 31 August
5. Belle & Sebastian - Olympia, Dublin, 28 April
6. Bonny Prince Billy - Whelan's, Dublin, 28 January
7. Orbital - Olympia, Dublin, 31 March
8. The Frames - Vicar Street, Dublin, 12 February
9. Billy Bragg - Opera House, Cork, 6 March

Sports:

European Rugby Cup Final, Ulster V Colmiers, Landsowne Road, Dublin, 30 January
Eurp 2000 Qualifier, Ireland V Yugoslavia, Landsowne Road, Dublin, 1 September

Tony Corrigan

Top 10 albums:

Bryan Ferry - the new jazzy one (Ed: As Time Goes By?)
David Bowie - Hours
Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 1,2
Luka Bloom - Salty Heaven
Vanessa Mae - Four Seasons
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
Elvis Costello - Trust
John Cale - Fragments of a Rainy Season
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Beck - Mutations

Top films:

The Matrix
Fight Club

Katja Driesel

my favourites of 1999:

1. deus - the ideal crash
2. travis - the man who
3. suede - headmusic
4. Moby - play
5. blur - 13
6. bandaloop - aromatik
7. kruder&dorfmeister - peace orchestra
8. air - premiers symptomes
9. foo fighters - there is nothing left to lose
10. gusgus - this is normal

Lucas Hilbert

Top 10 Mainstream CDs that rocked the LUCASH boat in 1999:

1. Flaming Lips, Soft Bulletin
2. Belle and Sebastian, Tigermilk
3. Beth Orton - Central Reservation
4. Olivia Tremor Control, Black Foliage
5. Neutral Milk Hotel, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
6. Mogwai, Come on Die Young
7. Arto Lindsay, Prize
8. Tom Waits, Mule Variations
9. Roots, Things Fall Apart
10. Latin Playboys, Dose

Top 10 indie releases that made my job more satisfying in 1999 by offering pure aural ecstasy in a pile of otherwise utter indie crap : (shameless plug: available first through Amazon.com Advantage!)

1. Soma Sonic, Future
2. Dallas, Dallas
3. Limitless Luxury Mach 1.5 Compilation
4. Ventilator, Desert Station Frequency
5. Kathleen York, Bird
6. Sonogram, Heartbeat Submarines
7. Le Mans, Aqui vivia yo
8. Nina Hynes, Creation
9. Utah Carol, Wonderwheel
10. Brilliant Trees, Wake Up and Dream

Lucas Hilbert
Music Account Manager
Amazon.com Advantage

Gary Lampard

Anyway, here goes. And I make no claims to be at any forefronts here, and don't forget that Australia is a few years behind the rest of the world - centuries in some cases..

1. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot. The standout.
2. Georges Bizet - Carmen
3. The Whitlams - Eternal Nightcap
4. Wild, Cool & Swinging - compilation. Standout tracks "Jump. Jive An' Wail" by Louis Prima, "Fever" (of course) by Peggy Lee and "Closer To The Bone", also by Louis Prima.
5. Andrea Bocelli - Romanza
6. Australian Chamber Orchestra - Classic Classics, another compilation,full of standouts.
7. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Desireless
8. Texas - White On Blonde
9 & 10 - Zoot Suit Riot again, as I have no more favorite discoveries.

Movies :

I have seen 3 all year. La Dolce Vita, excellent, but then again you voted it into first place last year. That Pierce Brosnan movie that wasn't James Bond. Forgettable. And Saving Private Ryan. But that could have been last year. So I won't cast any votes for movies.


Niall Lynch

Here are the votes from the Lynch jury.

Albums:

1. Tindersticks - Simple Pleasures
2. Pavement - Terror Twilight
3. The Arsonists - As the World Turns
4. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
5. Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
6. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
7. Rinocerose - Installation Sonore
8. Ibrahim Ferrer - Ibrahim Ferrer
9. Bonnie Prince Billie - I See a Darkness
10. The Chemical Brothers - Surrender

Singles:

1. Badly Drawn Boy Once around the Clock
2. Aphex Twin Window Licker
3. Leila Soda Stream
4. The Flaming Lips Race for the Prize
5. Mr. Scruff Get a Move On

Kevin McGrath

There's probably a gem or two right on top of the CD pile that been played all year but is, alas, forgotten!

1 Massive Attack : Mezzanine
2 Paul Westerberg : Suicaine Gratification
3 Belle & Sebastian : If you're feeling Sinister
4 REM : Up
5 Belle & Sebastian : The boy with the Arab Strap
6 Elliot Smith : Either Or
7 Wilco : Being There
8 Spiritualized : Ladies & Gentleman....
9 Fatboy Slim
10 Cassius : 1999

The good old honourable mention goes to DJ Shadow : Endtroducing...I only listened to it for the first time last week....good though!

Dave McGuinness

Albums :

1. R.E.M. - Up ( one of their best )
2. Wilco - Summerteeth ( a grower - top 3 for third year in a row )
3. Belle & Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap ( #1 last year, but I'd never heard of them back then )
4. Beck - Midnite Vultures ( just bought this - funky stuff )
5. Gomez - Liquid Skin ( no problem with the 2nd album here )
6. Elliot Smith - Either Or / XO ( couldn't seperate these two )
7. Pavement - Terror Twilight ( their last album ? )
8. Nightmares on Wax - Carboot Soul ( with thanks to Dineen )
9. Beth Orton - Central Reservation ( what a voice ! )
10. Ibrahim Ferrer - Buena Vista Social Club introduces ( not bad for a guy in his 70's )

Honourable mentions :

StereoLab - Cobra & Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night ( too long at 75 minutes, but 60 of those are class )
Katell Keineg - O Seasons, O Castles
Luna - Bewitched
Beck - Mutations
Bassment Jaxx - Remedy
Terry Hall - Laugh

Gigs :

1. Nick Cave - Gaiety ( one of the best gigs EVER, even better from the 2nd row )
2. Mercury Rev - Red Box ( awesome stuff - and played Neil Young's Cortez the Killer... )
3. Katell Keineg - Whelan's ( first gig in a while, but worth the wait )
4. Belle & Sebastian - Olympia ( rock & roll moment of the year, as Stuart Murdoch smashed his guitar on the ground in the middle of a song )

Films :

1. Life is Beautiful
2. My Name is Joe
3. Festen
4. Summer of Sam
5. Praise
6. The Fight Club
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. The Phantom Menace
9. Scarfies
10. Central Station

Honourable mentions :

American History X
The Thin Red Line
Cube
Shakespeare in Love

Books :

( in no particular order... )

Into Thin Air - Jon Krakkeur
This Game of Ghosts- Joe Simpson
V - Thomas Pynchon
Identity - Milan Kundera
Memoirs - Pablo Neruda
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Derek Murphy

Murph's list of things most favourite whilst travelling in New Zealand.

Top 10 most listened to albums:

1. The Beatles - Greatest Hits 1967-70
2. Gomez - Bring it on
3. Sublime - 40oz to Freedom
4. The Beastie Boys - Check your head
5. FSUK3 (Future Sound of UK 3) - Mixed by Benthley Rhythm Ace
6. Cuba - Leap of Faith
7. Roni Size Repazent - New Forms
8. Gomez - Liquid Skin
9. Sublime - Sublime
10. Busted - A summer driving compilation (Ska/Punk & Horns)

Honourable Mentions/Discoveries/Enlightenments or additions to the collection:

1. Donal Dineen and everything he plays
2. Sublime - All their albums...awesome band
3. Jeff Buckley - Grace
4. Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday night
5. Organised confusion
6. Head like a hole - Do you want to kiss it or shoot it
7. Cake - 1st album
8. Mos Def
9. The Roots - Do you want more?
10. They might be giants - Flood
11. Jurassic 5 - Quanum

Top 3 films:

1. Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels
2. Life is beautiful
3. The Big Lebowski

Top 3 books:

1. Barry Miles - Paul McCartney - Many years from now
2. Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume
3. Joe Simpson - Dark shadows falling

Top 3 Irish sayings:

1. Oh the Lord! Garbhán Blake
2. Deadly/Brutal
3. ...so it is
4. fuck, fucking, fucker, etc...general swearing

Martin O'Gorman

So, the final lists of the millennium. It's been a wild and wicked year, lots of new musical exposure, from the hot and sensual Casa de la Trova on Cubas back streets to the hoary old rockers of New Zealands south island,home of the legendary Splitz Endz!! Here goes-


1 Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Arkology
2 Wu Tang Clan - Wu Tang Forever
3 Nick Cave - The Boatmans Call
4 Sly and Robbie - Drum & Bass strip to the bone by Howie B
5 Gomez - Bring It On/Liquid Skin
6 RZA - RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo
7 Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
8 Cuba - Leap of Faith
9 Unkle - Psyence Fiction
10 Howie B - Turn the Dark off

Notable Mentions

Herbalizer - Blow your Headphones
Nightmares on Wax - Carboot Soul
Belle and Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap
Miles Davis - Bebop/Sketches of Spain/Panthalasa
Dreadzone - 360
Luna - Bewitched
Galaxy 500 - This is our Music
Roots - Do You Want More
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels soundtrack

A special mention for Donal Dineen and the 120 TDK's that have spread his word throughout NZ.

Gigs of the Year

1 Nick Cave with The Dirty Three - Gaiety, Dublin
2 Orbital - Olympia, Dublin
3 Bonny Prince Billy - Whelans, Dublin
4 DJ Krush - Temple Street, Dublin
5 Billy Bragg - Opera House, Cork
5 DJ Krust/SUV - Studionine, Wellington
6 The Frames - Vicar Street, Dublin

Events of the Year
in no particular order, some of the highs of '99

Diving on New Years Day in Cuba, on the way to my PADI
Snowboarding at Les Deux Alpes, my first time! An 'out of control madness' week
A weekend of fun at the Galtee Mountains
Incredible New Zealand treking, the Routeburn,Caples and Copeland tracks
All Blacks vs. South Africa. Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin. Seeing Jonah Lomu keep 7 SA's at bay in a charge to the line. They held him, a yard out, but couldn't bring him down.
Finally finished my masters!
A season of snowboarding in Queenstown. Still out of control. Roll on Canada.
The Big Air, Wanaka. Seeing the best skiers and boarders getting awesome air and a whole range of acrobatics.
A six week road trip around the NZ's South Island.
Six weeks working on as film crew on big budget movie set in the mountains, being chatted up by Isabella Scorupco (Goldeneye Bond girl). Must have been the accent!

Films of the year

1 Festen (Celebration). IFC,Dublin
2 Das Boot. Paramount,Wellington
3 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. IFC,Dublin
4 La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful). Screen,Dublin
5 Once Upon a Time in the West. Video
6 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Video
6 Summer of Sam. Paramount,Wellington
7 Run Lola Run. Paramount, Wellington
8 Hilary and Jackie. Video
9 Praise. Rialto, Wellington
10 Scarfies. Hoyts, Dunedin

Films that just didn't do it for me

American History X
Blair Witch Project

Books

Memoirs - Pablo Neruda
The Complete Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
Travels in Antarctica - Sara Wheeler
In Patagonia - Bruce Chatwin
Touching the Void - Joe Simpson
V - Thomas Pynchon
Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes
Faucoults Pendulum - Umberto Eco

Michelle O'Gorman

Michell's intro TOP CARTOONS OF ALL TIME

BATMAN
THE GARGOYLES
EARTHWORM JIM
PHATHOM CAT
JOHNNY BRAVO
TOM AND JERRY
PINKY AND THE BRAIN
THE TICK
HE-MAN
ROAD RUNNER

NOTABLY MENTIONS

ANGRY BEAVERS
THE SMURFS
SPEEDY GONZALAS
HEY ARNOLD

TOP FILMS OF THE 1999

THE OMEN 1
THE SIXTH SENSE
AMERICAN PIE
AUSTIN POWERS 1
AUSTIN POWERS 2
THERS SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
STOCK,LOCK AND TWO SMOKIN' BARRELS
WILD,WILD WEST (COME ON WILL SMITH GETS HIS KIT OFF!!!)
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

FILM OF THE MILLENIUM

WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (ONE REASON I APPLUADE RTE FOR RERUNS)

DUD OF THE MILLENIUM

DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS (THE MAIN REASON I HATE RTE, THEY DAMAGED MY NON-SOCIAL NEW YEAR EVES IRREPAIRABLY)

TOP GIGS OF 1999

CHEMICAL BROTHERS - AVALON, BOSTON
JACK L - DCU BAR
NICK CAVE - GAIETY THEATRE
THE FRAMES D.C - DCU CANTEEN
BETH ORTHON - SUFFOLK DOWNS, BOSTON
SHANE MCGOWAN - SUFFOLK DOWNS, BOSTON

FIRST SONG I REMEMBER THIS MILLENIUM
CAMELIA - BOY GEORGE (THE ONE WHERE HES IN THE BOAT IN THE VIDEO)

WORST SONG OF THE MILLENIUM
"THE HAMSTER DANCE" AND "CLASS OF 99" (IT'S A TIE)

THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT THIS MILLENIUM
LIKE A PRAYER - MADONNA

MOST MEMORIBLE OF THE MILLENIUM
THE DAY ZIG AND ZAG KEPT POPPING UP BEHIND IAN DEMPSEY........

Conor Wilson

After reading last years top 10s, I thought I should join the fray especially 4 Brian and his 1derful rant against interlish/weblish/netican/ispian/e-lic langauges. Nadsat is only a few conjunctions and routers away.

Oh yeah, before I start my own list, to all those who purchase platters over the wibbly wobbly: remember you can't stand out of the rain on a saturday afternoon and browse some second-hand records in a bit-stream of credit card numbers or in the warm foyer of a 'portal'.


I don't have a top ten as such, but here goes :

1. Takako Minekawa - Roomic Cube
2. Edvard Lieber - Music to Pictures
3. Gillian Welch - Hell among the Yearlings
4. Edgard Varese - 'Complete Works' (Decca)
5. Bob Dylan - Highway 61
6. Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
7. Von Groove - Chameleon

Bad grooves I luv :
8. That really bad raver 'The Launch' (Guilty m'lud)
9. 'No way no way'
(cheesadelic sarf london lovelies play hard to get at the lido)
10. The rave version of "The fields of Athenry" (sublime)
Major disappointments of the Year :

Electronic's album. (Way too processed and lush)
PFP and the Irish political malaise
Strategic planning by the government (What .... ?)
The Flaming Lips gig

FILM :

1. Grey Gardens - The Maysles Brothers
2. Pecker - John Waters
(I missed Afterlife but I reckon it would be on the list)
4. South Park - The movie (I forget the subtitle, anyway, who gives a f**k)

GIGS :
The WARP night out (Warp is TEN)
Some of the Sunday Hugh Lane gigs

(Actually, I was lying about Von Groove, but I really like the name.)

Enjoy XMAS and Y2K, one and all.
I'm off to buy some spam, candles and a nice sharp machete. Must watch that copy of Alive! again.