Music for the Masses 40 – 14 May 2005

This was the last ever Music for the Masses, just a little over a decade ago, and it would go out with nothing but a sombre wave on the webcam, ten minutes before the end. Over the preceding five years, I had immensely enjoyed doing the show, and would spend another eight years or so wondering how to recapture those times. Eventually, it was reincarnated in the shape of the blog you’re reading today.

The last track had to be, of course, the fantastic Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.

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Show 40: Sat 14 May 2005, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Everything But The Girl.

  • Portishead – Glory Box
  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
  • Kings Have Long Arms feat. Phil Oakey – Rock & Roll is Dead
  • Sohodolls – Prince Harry
  • Everything But The Girl – Missing (CL McSpadden Powerhouse Mix)
  • Underworld – Pearl’s Girl
  • Client – Don’t Call Me Baby
  • Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  • Garbage – The World is Not Enough
  • Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
  • Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück (Live) [The Live Bit]
  • Vic Twenty – Wrong
  • Moby – Raining Again
  • Luke Slater – I Can Complete You
  • Röyksopp – Poor Leno
  • Everything But The Girl – Blame
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 2)
  • Goldfrapp – Tiptoe [Electromix]
  • Jolly Music – Radio Jolly (ADULT Remix) [Electromix]
  • Massive Attack – Butterfly Caught (Paul Daley Remix) [Electromix]
  • Alpinestars – Green Raven Blonde
  • The Beloved – Sweet Harmony (Live the Dream Remix)

The Electromix feature from this show still exists, and will be included on a future Playlist for stowaways.

Garbage – Garbage

A couple of years ago I wrote about Garbage‘s second album Version 2.0 (1998) to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary and found myself impressed by its consistency, but generally underwhelmed by its content. Their first album does include some of their biggest hits, so it must be better, surely?

Debut Garbage (1995) opens with the unremarkable but grungy Supervixen, setting the scene for a patchy and occasionally great album. Garbage meld together many styles, including pop, synthpop, grunge, and whatever else you want to add to the list. They’re definitely at their best when they tick all the boxes, and Queer does exactly that. Speaking of which, even Queer would have been a better album title than Garbage – but they never really got the hang of good album titles.

Another of the big hits follows, Only Happy When it Rains. This was the first of the big hits in the UK, just sneaking into the top thirty, and sets a good blueprint for what Garbage would be like at their best. It’s a great pop song, and if you ignore the first track, this album is looking pretty promising.

But nothing else really grabs you in the same way for the next fifteen minutes or so. As Heaven is Wide is good enough, and you might well nod your head or tap your feet to the manic rhythm, but it totally lacks any sort of memorable chorus, which is an important oversight. Not My Idea is almost entirely lacking in anything noteworthy.

A Stroke of Luck has a surprising melancholy, which makes it a little more compelling than some of the earlier songs, but it still doesn’t quite grab you in the way you might hope. And then Vow, which was their debut single, scraping into the lower reaches of a few worldwide charts. It might have grabbed some people’s imaginations at the time, but in all honesty there isn’t a whole lot to it.

Then – finally – comes their biggest hit single, the hugely iconic Stupid Girl, which just overflows with attitude and energy in a way that nothing else really has so far. They clearly pulled all the stops out here, even if they dropped the ball somewhat on some of the other entries.

Things fall apart again for the next few songs. Dog New Tricks is really trying to be something, but the ridiculous title lets it down and it just comes across as meaningless. My Lover’s Box starts off promisingly, but doesn’t really build into much. And Fix Me Now is completely forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all entirely listenable, but some tracks really grab you more than others.

By this stage we’ve reached the last track with very mixed feelings. But it’s Milk, the final single from the album, and possibly the best song on here. Its soft and gentle backing is perfect, and Shirley Manson‘s vocal comes together with the synths perfectly. They pulled all the stops out again here. What a way to finish an album!

Ultimately Garbage is a good enough debut, but sets Garbage up very much as a singles band. The follow-up may well have been more consistent, but it also lacked the charm that the big hits brought the first time around.

You can still find Garbage through all major retailers, such as here.

Archive Review – Garbage – Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)

In November 2001, I wrote a second review for Aberystwyth’s student newspaper The Courier, in exchange for a promo copy of the latest Garbage single. The review was never published, perhaps because it isn’t very good (although that probably shouldn’t have stopped it).

Garbage have always known how to craft the perfect pop track, and this latest single from their current album Beautiful Garbage is no exception. Inspired by some writer who I’ve never heard of (J.T. LeRoy), it features everything we know from Garbage, from the characteristic bleeps and boings to the grungy guitars. The single comes jam packed with new tracks and excellent remixes by the likes of Roger Sanchez and Howie B. It’s not exactly new ground for Garbage, but it’s far from textbook stuff, and if all the schoolchildren of pop learnt from this then nobody would have any cause to complain. 4/5

Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day always ruffles a few feathers, although the charming story about a mini-popup shop opening in London this year on the NME website does make up for some of the controversy.

In previous years, we’ve taken a spin through a selection of the special releases for Record Store Day, and this year is no exception. The list starts here:

  • a-haTake on Me (7″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, 1,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • AirPlayground Love / Highschool Lover (coloured 7″, 5,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • Amorphous Androgynous (still also known as The Future Sound of London) – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding in Your Mind) / The Wizards of Oz (2xLP, 500 copies, UK and Germany)
  • David BowieChanges (7″ picture disc, 6,000 copies in the US, 3,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) Kingdom Come with the same song by Tom Verlaine on the other side (7″, 9,600 copies in the US, and 2,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) and also 1966 (white LP, 2,000 copies, UK only, also Germany)
  • Buena Vista Social ClubChan Chan (7″, 1,000 copies, regional release, US / Germany / Netherlands)
  • CamouflageShine + Remixes (12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • ChvrchesGet Away / Dead Air (7″, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Empire of the SunWalking on a Dream (LP)
  • Brian EnoMy Squelchy Life (2×12″, 4,000 copies, US / Netherlands)
  • ErasureThe Violet Flame Remixes (12″, 400 copies regionally in the US, and 700 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • GarbageChemicals / On Fire Stunvolume (10″, 4,000 copies in the US, and 500 copies in the UK)
  • GoldfrappFelt Mountain (coloured vinyl LP, 3,200 copies – first US LP release, US only)
  • Happy MondaysPills Thrills ‘n’ Bellyaches (coloured 12″, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands) and Live Brixton Academy 2012 (orange double LP, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands)
  • Jon HopkinsI Remember (Nils Frahm Remix) (10″, 1,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK)
  • LambTrans Fatty Acid (Pure Filth 2014 Mix) / SH09 is Back (10″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Little BootsBusiness Pleasure (180g white 12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • MadnessLovestruck / Le Grand Pantalon (7″, pop up sleeve, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkJulia’s Song (Dub Version) / 10 to 1 (10″, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • The ProdigyIbiza (glow in the dark vinyl, Germany only)
  • The ResidentsIntermission (LP, 1,000 copies, US only) and Satisfaction (7″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Donna SummerAnother Place and Time – The UK 12″ Singles (5×12″ box set, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Tears for FearsShout / Everybody Wants to Rule the World (180g 12″, Germany only)
  • Tracey ThornSongs from the Falling (Germany only)

Remember, some of these will be available in different countries, so they may vary where you are… More details at the official US Record Store Day website, the UK one, the German one, the Dutch one, and you might also want to look at Wax Poetic.

Music for the Masses 10 – 23 February 2000

By February 2000, it seems Bay Radio was actually starting to run pretty smoothly, and my show was starting to go pretty well. Although I was still having problems with timing…

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Tracks played on the tenth show, Wed 23 Feb 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 9 tracks). L is the ones out of the drawer (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Corrs “Radio” L
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Dead Prez “Hip Hop” B
  • 3. REM “The Great Beyond” L
  • 4. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 5. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” R
  • [Guild Election Advert – 1]
  • 6. Sgt. Rock “Yeah Word Party” C
  • 7. Jean Michel Jarre feat. Natacha Atlas “C’est la Vie” R
  • 8. Air feat. George Tracks “Playground Love” L
  • 9. Bluetones “Keep the Home Fires Burning” A
  • 10. Henrees “Half Crescent” A
  • 11. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” R
  • 12. York “The Awakening” L
  • 13. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • 14. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” A
  • 15. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” L
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 16. Enigma “Silence Must be Heard” R
  • 17. All Seeing I “1st Man in Space” R
  • 18. Wannadies “Yeah” S
  • 19. White Town “Wanted” (Vince Clarke Remix 2) R
  • 20. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 21. Dark Star “Graceadelica” L
  • 22. Big Yoga Muffin “Is that How You?” A
  • 23. Electronic “Get the Message” R
  • 24. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • 25. Brassy “Work it Out” A
  • 26. Groove Armada “At the River” R
  • 27. Southern Fly “Maybe It’s the Right Time” B
  • 28. Bob Marley vs. Funkstar de Luxe “Rainbow Country” L
  • 29. New Order “Blue Monday 88” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Umm… I think fairly normal and uneventful except when I started cursing Indie Rock bands for making their tracks too short (before the 12.00 news – off air, naturally).

The BRIT Awards 2005

On 9th February 2005, Chris Evans hosted what was billed as the 25th anniversary BRIT Awards show (history seems to prefer to pretend that the first show was in 1981, rather than 1977). The venue was Earls Court in London, and an average of 6.3 million people watched the coverage the following day on ITV.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2004 ceremony here, and the 2006 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Clive Owen. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Muse – Absolution
  • Snow Patrol – Final Straw
  • The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free

Winner: Keane

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Minnie Driver. Nominees:

  • Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • Jamelia – Thank You
  • LMC vs. U2 – Take Me to the Clouds Above
  • Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
  • Will Young – Your Game

Winner: Will Young

Best British Male

Presented by Naomi Harris. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Lemar
  • Morrissey
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: The Streets

Best British Female

Presented by Lisa Stansfield. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Jamelia
  • PJ Harvey
  • Joss Stone
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Group

Presented by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • Keane
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane
  • Joss Stone
  • The Zutons

Winner: Keane

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV, and presented by Brian May. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Jazzy B. Nominees:

  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Jamelia
  • Lemar
  • Joss Stone
  • The Streets

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Live Act

Voted for by The Live Music Forum, and presented by Shirley Manson from Garbage. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse

Winner: Muse

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and readers of The Sun, and presented by Jodie Kidd. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Girls Aloud
  • Avril Lavigne
  • McFly
  • Westlife

Winner: McFly

Best International Album

Presented by Siouxsie Sioux. Nominees:

  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  • U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Male

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Usher
  • Tom Waits
  • Kanye West
  • Brian Wilson

Winner: Eminem

Best International Female

Presented by Charlie Creed Miles. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Kelis
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Gwen Stefani

Winner: Gwen Stefani

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Green Day
  • Maroon 5
  • Outkast
  • Scissor Sisters
  • U2

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Jet
  • The Killers
  • Maroon 5
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Kanye West

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Jools Holland.

Winner: Bob Geldof

BRITS 25 Best Song Award

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2. Presented by Matt Lucas and David Walliams in character as Mark Owen and Howard Donald from Take That respectively. Nominees:

  • ABC – The Look of Love
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • David Gray – Babylon
  • The Jam – That’s Entertainment
  • Elton John – Sacrifice
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Annie Lennox – Why?
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Seal – Kiss from a Rose
  • Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
  • Spandau Ballet – True
  • Rod Stewart – I Don’t Want to Talk About it
  • Sting – Fields of Gold
  • The Stranglers – Golden Brown
  • The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

The top five entries made it from round 1 to the final list of nominees, leaving:

  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

Winner: Robbie Williams

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Music for the Masses 3 – 1 December 1999

History doesn’t record who Phil and Mary-Jane were, although as I recall their “thing” was to argue live on air, in addition to apparently destroying the studio while broadcasting, neither of which are likely to make particularly good listening. But these were early days on Bay Radio.

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Tracks played on the third show, Wed 1 Dec 1999, from 1pm-3pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 7 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 tracks); B indicates B-list (0 tracks) and C indicates C-list (1 track). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 10 tracks). L indicates tracks I snatched at random in the vain hope of impressing people (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Beastie Boys “Alive” A
  • 2. Primal Scream “Swastika Eyes” L
  • 3. Dubstar “It’s Over” R
  • 4. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 5. Olive “You’re Not Alone” R
  • 6. Chicane “Saltwater” L
  • 7. Pet Shop Boys “Closer to Heaven” R
  • 8. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” (Ferry Corsten Remix) L
  • [Advert Break]
  • 9. Grid “Diablo” (The Devil Rides Out Mix) R
  • 10. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” A
  • 11. Murry the Hump “Colouring Book” S
  • 12. Catatonia “Londinium” L
  • [News Break]
  • 13. Suede “She’s in Fashion” L
  • 14. Electronic “Get the Message” R
  • 15. Beloved “Deliver Me” (Salt City Vocal) R
  • 16. Amar “Red Sky” A
  • 17. Kraftwerk “Pocket Calculator” R
  • 18. Yazoo “Nobody’s Diary” R
  • 19. O.D.B. “Got Your Money” A
  • 20. Offspring “She’s Got Issues” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 21. Ace of Base “Beautiful Life” R
  • 22. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” L
  • 23. Peach “From this Moment On” R
  • 24. Groove Armada “I See You Baby” (Full Frontal Mix) A
  • 25. New Order “Touched by the Hand of God” (Biff & Memphis Remix) R

Producer: None.

Notes: Well this was just plain bizarre. Probably the best show I’ve done yet, but still bizarre. Basically, Phil and Mary-Jane, who are normally after me on Wednesday afternoons, elected to swap with me for one week only, and I obliged. So, I arrived in the studio at about 12.45, to find the studio in complete disarray, with CDs scattered everywhere. The line-in input for CD2 was hanging out of its socket (so presumably they had been broadcasting in mono all morning) – which made it impossible to check levels until I plugged it back in. I couldn’t work out which microphone I was using, so for the first link had to turn them both right up… and then there was another thing. When I arrived, I discovered that the people before me had very kindly played all my tracks off the playlist, so I had nothing to play. I eventually arranged with someone who was kind of in charge, to play most of the tracks off the A-list and the single of the week, which left me with quite a lot to fill. Fortunately I was, of sorts, prepared for this (as boy scouts always are), and duly played loads of bizarre remixes and obscure dance tracks. Whether the open day visitors really appreciated this is debatable, but I did get one “What was that last track?” and one request, so it can’t really have been too dire. Well, not really. The lessons to learn from this are, firstly, never to do a show after Phil and Mary-Jane, and secondly, that it probably isn’t a good idea to do a section in which Yazoo follow on from Kraftwerk. They worked well together, but it suddenly dawned on me half way through, that 1983 was quite a long time ago. Eeeh well, we live and learn. Hopefully.

Music for the Masses 1 – 17 November 1999

Hopefully you’ll excuse the interruption of normal service, because I stumbled across this in my archives and wanted to share it! Long before this blog existed, there was a student radio show called Music for the Masses, and the first ever show took place fifteen years ago today, on Aberystywth’s brand new student radio station, Bay Radio. The gaps in the playlist are the bits where I talked.

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Tracks played on the first show, Wed 17 Nov 1999, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates tracks we grabbed from the drawer to impress people (Total 9 tracks).

  • 1. Everything But The Girl “Before Today” R
  • 2. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” A
  • 3. Jamiroquai “Canned Heat” L
  • 4. Manchild “Return to the Dragon” C
  • 5. Gay Dad “Joy” L
  • 6. Offspring “She’s Got Issues” S
  • 7. R.E.M. “At My Most Beautiful” L
  • 8. New Order “World (The Price of Love)” R
  • 9. Amar “Red Sky” A
  • 10. Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygène 10” R
  • 11. Beastie Boys “Alive” A
  • 12. Cartoon “Alcoholic Show” L
  • 13. Murry The Hump “Colouring Book” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 14. Barenaked Ladies “It’s All Been Done” L
  • 15. Spacedust “Let’s Get Down” L
  • 16. Beloved “Sweet Harmony” R
  • 17. Primal Scream “Swastika Eyes” C
  • 18. Cast “Magic Hour” L
  • 19. Atomic Kitten “Right Now” B
  • 20. Pet Shop Boys “Happiness is an Option” R
  • 21. Roni Size/Reprazent “Watching Windows” L
  • 22. Wheat “Don’t I Hold You?” B
  • 23. Olive “Miracle” R
  • 24. Glamma Kid “Why?” L
  • 25. Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” R
  • 26. Madonna “Nothing Really Matters” L
  • 27. Muse “Muscle Museum” A
  • 28. Depeche Mode “Only When I Lose Myself” R
  • [Advert Break]
  • 29. Aim & Kate Rogers “Sail” B
  • 30. Longpigs “The Frank Sonata” A
  • 31. James “We’re Going To Miss You” A

Producer: Mark (and, unofficially, Karl Homer)

Notes: A reasonable flow to the tracks, considering the complete lack of planning. A slight surplus of playlist tracks at the end meant that I over-ran by about 2 minutes. Odd selection of music I suppose, but given the limitations, this is unsurprising. Better luck next time!

The BRIT Awards 1996

Ah yes, the year in which Jarvis Cocker found Michael Jackson‘s pretentious performance of Earth Song a little over the top. Chris Evans was the host at Earls Court in London, on 19th February 1996.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1995 ceremony here, and the 1997 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Lenny Kravitz. Nominees:

  • Blur – The Great Escape
  • Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
  • Pulp – Different Class
  • Radiohead – The Bends
  • Paul Weller – Stanley Road

Winner: Oasis

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Vic ReevesBob Mortimer and Ulrika Jonsson. Nominees:

  • Eternal
  • Leftfield
  • M People
  • Massive Attack
  • Tricky

Winner: Massive Attack

Best British Female

Presented by Tina Turner. Nominees:

  • Joan Armatrading
  • PJ Harvey
  • Annie Lennox
  • Shara Nelson
  • Vanessa-Mae

Winner: Annie Lennox

Best British Group

Presented by Pete Townshend from The Who. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Lightning Seeds
  • Oasis
  • Pulp
  • Radiohead

Winner: Oasis

Best British Male

Presented by Iggy Pop. Nominees:

  • Edwyn Collins
  • Van Morrison
  • Jimmy Nail
  • Tricky
  • Paul Weller

Winner: Paul Weller

Best British Newcomer

Presented by Robbie Williams. Nominees:

  • Black Grape
  • Cast
  • Elastica
  • Supergrass
  • Tricky

Winner: Supergrass

Best British Producer

Nominees:

  • Brian Eno
  • Nellee Hooper
  • John Leckie
  • Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher
  • Stephen Street

Winner: Brian Eno

Best British Single

Presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Blur – Country House
  • Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
  • Everything But the Girl – Missing
  • Annie Lennox – No More I Love You’s
  • Oasis – Roll with It
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Pulp – Disco 2000
  • Simply Red – Fairground
  • Supergrass – Alright
  • Take That – Back for Good

Winner: Take That

Best British Video

Presented by Michael Hutchence from INXS. Nominees:

  • Blur – Country House
  • Blur – The Universal
  • Massive Attack – Protection
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Pulp – Common People
  • Radiohead – Just
  • Rolling Stones – Like a Rolling Stone
  • Simply Red – Fairground
  • Supergrass – Alright
  • Take That – Back for Good

Winner: Oasis

Best International Female

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Björk
  • Mariah Carey
  • Celine Dion
  • kd lang
  • Alanis Morissette

Winner: Björk

Best International Group

Presented by Celine Dion. Nominees:

  • Bon Jovi
  • Foo Fighters
  • Garbage
  • Green Day
  • TLC

Winner: Bon Jovi

Best International Male

Nominees:

  • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
  • Coolio
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Meat Loaf
  • Neil Young

Winner: Prince

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey. Nominees:

  • Tina Arena
  • Boyzone
  • Foo Fighters
  • Garbage
  • Alanis Morissette

Winner: Alanis Morissette

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Nominees:

  • James Horner / London Symphony Orchestra – Braveheart
  • Various Artists – Batman Forever
  • Various Artists – Muriel’s Wedding
  • Various Artists – Natural Born Killers
  • Various Artists – Waiting to Exhale

Winner: Braveheart

Artist of a Generation

Meaningless special award presented by Bob Geldof.

Winner: Michael Jackson

The Freddie Mercury Award

Presented by Roger Taylor from Queen.

Winner: The Help album for the charity War Child. Collected by Brian Eno and Thom Yorke from Radiohead.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by, you know, Tony Blair from off of the Conservative Labour Party.

Winner: David Bowie

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: this piece originally omitted Annie Lennox’s nomination for Best British Single. Incidentally, my notes from 1996 also list Cast as nominated for Best British Video (for Alright) instead of Supergrass, but I suspect this is an error.