Looking back at 2014

Well, way back at the start of 2014, we tried to predict what might be coming up this year. Let’s see how accurate those predictions were!


With a lot of care, we made our way into a brand new year by officially getting very excited about Awards season!


We went all out on investigating the history of the BRIT Awards, as well as covering the Grammys and – exclusively – our own Stowaway Awards!


Launching “exciting” new features in March seems to have become traditional on this blog, and sure enough, March 2014 saw the start of the hugely successful Beginner’s guide series. Which, incidentally, will be back very soon…


We celebrated the 30th anniversary of West End Girls, the 20th anniversary of Liberation, the 10th anniversary of Flamboyant, and the 5th anniversary of Yes, all in one action-packed Week of Pet Shop Boys.


In May, as every year, we celebrated the latest Eurovision Song Contest.


The middle month of the year saw us running the last series of reviews of early demos from Joy Division, New OrderDepeche Mode, and The Beloved.


In the height of summer (in the northern hemisphere), we celebrated our second anniversary, celebrated the addition of streaming to the UK chart, and looked at new releases from Sébastien Tellier and Andy Bell from Erasure.


In August, we ran a series of movie reviews, including Tomb RaiderThe Beach, and Sparks‘ wonderfully obscure movie-to-be about Ingmar Bergman.


We held our second annual Week of oldies, with reviews of great and not-so-great albums from Lightning SeedsEverything But The GirlYazoo, and others.


We posted our 808th post, and rolled back to see the finest singles of 2003 and 2004, as well as celebrating the 2014 Q Awards!


We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of Kraftwerk‘s Autobahn by reviewing a selection of their fantastic back catalogue.


… brings us to the end of 2014! Happy new year!


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