Music for the Masses 5 – 15 December 1999

The last show before Christmas 1999 was on Bay Radio on December 15th, and took an entirely non-festive turn. It continued after the New Year, so we’ll pick things up again in a few weeks’ time.

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Tracks played on the fifth show, Wed 15 Dec 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 10 tracks). L is dem dere tracks out of the drawer (Total 4 tracks).

  • 1. David Bowie “Thursday’s Child” L
  • 2. Longpigs “The Frank Sonata” A
  • 3. White Town “Your Woman” R
  • 4. New Order “Ruined in a Day” (K-Klass Mix) R
  • 5. Corrs “Radio” A
  • 6. Lighthouse Family “High” L
  • 7. Cuban Boys “Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia” A
  • 8. Peach “On My Own” R
  • 9. James “We’re Going To Miss You” S
  • 10. Europe “The Final Countdown 2000” A
  • 11. Erasure “Always” R
  • 12. Bob Marley & Funkstar Deluxe “Rainbow Country” B
  • 13. Beck “Sexxlaws” C
  • 14. Nine Inch Nails “We’re in this Together” B
  • 15. Stereophonics “Local Boy in the Photograph” L
  • 16. Pet Shop Boys “You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk” R
  • 17. Saint Etienne “I Was Born on Christmas Day” R
  • 18. Mr. Hankey “The Christmas Poo” A
  • 19. Human League “Stay With Me Tonight” R
  • 20. Rhinocerose “La Guitaristic House Organisation” B
  • 21. Tom Jones & Cerys “Baby it’s Cold Outside” A
  • 22. Charlatans “My Beautiful Friend” A
  • 23. Kraftwerk “The Model” R
  • 24. O.M.D. “Enola Gay” R
  • 25. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 26. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 27. Shamen “Ebeneezer Goode” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Not at all bad. Anyway, there’s definitely a conspiracy going on somewhere here, because it would appear that either I do a good show every other week, and alternate, doing a bad one every other other week, or I do my best shows in the face of adversity. Well, at any rate, that was probably my best yet, even though I had to set the studio up myself (which I almost managed too), meaning I didn’t start on time, and also my first link consisted of dead air, since the mic lead wasn’t working. Also, we would appear to have new equipment, just to make my life more complicated… aah well, ne’er mind, eh?

Music for the Masses 4 – 8 December 1999

Some radio shows go better than others, and sometimes the audience is more aware than at other times. According to my commentary below, this was a total disaster, but looking at the tracks played at least, it sounds like a pretty good show. Originally broadcast on Bay Radio.

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Tracks played on the fourth show, Wed 8 Dec 1999, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (8 tracks); B indicates B-list (2 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 I played with the general aim of impressing people (Total 7 tracks).

  • 1. Madonna “Nothing Really Matters” L
  • 2. Deep Forest “Boheme” R
  • 3. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 4. Cuban Boys “Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia” A
  • 5. Beastie Boys “Alive” A
  • 6. Groove Armada “At the River” R
  • 7. James “We’re Going To Miss You” S
  • 8. Depeche Mode “It’s No Good” R
  • 9. Corrs “Radio” A
  • 10. Everything But the Girl “Hatfield 1980” R
  • 11. Robert Miles “Children” R
  • 12. Sparks “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'” (Sticks & Stones Remix) R
  • 13. Solid Gold Chartbusters “I Wanna 1-2-1 With You” L
  • 14. Longpigs “The Frank Sonata” A
  • 15. Fun Lovin’ Criminals “Couldn’t Get It” B
  • 16. Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton “What I Am” L
  • 17. Heaven 17 “Another Big Idea” R
  • 18. Chicane “Saltwater” (Original Mix) R
  • 19. Tom Jones & Cerys “Baby it’s Cold Outside” A
  • 20. Charlatans “My Beautiful Friend” A
  • 21. Basement Jaxx “Rendez-Vu” R
  • 22. Mr. Hankey “The Christmas Poo” A
  • 23. Europe “The Final Countdown 2000” A
  • 24. Nine Inch Nails “We’re in this Together” B
  • 25. Beck “Sexxlaws”
  • 26. Gene “As Good As It Gets” L
  • 27. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 28. Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygène 8” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Eeeh dear, let’s see if we can not repeat that performance for a while, shall we children? Well, my defence is “Ugh, I feel bad ” (which I do), and I’m sticking to it… we had two records playing at once; sticky play button problems again; drying up on air… the list goes on and on…

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 1997

Girl power and all that. Ben Elton took the reins at Earls Court on 24th February 1997.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1996 ceremony here, and the 1998 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Zoë Ball. Nominees:

  • Kula Shaker – K
  • Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
  • Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
  • George Michael – Older
  • Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Samantha Fox. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Jamiroquai
  • Mark Morrison
  • The Prodigy
  • Underworld

Winner: The Prodigy

Best British Female

Presented by Naomi Campbell. Nominees:

  • Dina Carroll
  • Gabrielle
  • Donna Lewis
  • Louise
  • Eddi Reader

Winner: Gabrielle

Best British Group

Presented by Colin Jackson and Vinnie Jones. Nominees:

  • Kula Shaker
  • Lightning Seeds
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Ocean Colour Scene
  • Spice Girls

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Male

Presented by Elton John. Nominees:

  • Mick Hucknall
  • George Michael
  • Mark Morrison
  • Sting
  • Tricky

Winner: George Michael

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Alisha’s Attic
  • Ash
  • Babybird
  • The Bluetones
  • Kula Shaker
  • Lighthouse Family
  • Longpigs
  • Mansun
  • Mark Morrison
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Space
  • Spice Girls

Winner: Kula Shaker

Best British Producer

Presented by Sharleen Spiteri from Texas. Nominees:

  • Absolute and Richard Stannard
  • Mike Hedges
  • Hugh Jones
  • John Leckie
  • Tricky

Winner: John Leckie

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Mrs. Merton. Nominees:

  • Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
  • Kula Shaker – Tattva
  • Lighthouse Family – Lifted
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
  • George Michael – Fastlove
  • Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Underworld – Born Slippy

Winner: Spice Girls

Best British Video

Presented by Frank Skinner. Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
  • Dodgy – Good Enough
  • Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
  • George Michael – Fastlove
  • Orbital – The Box
  • The Prodigy – Breathe
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe

Winner: Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There

Best International Female

Presented by Eddie Izzard. Nominees:

  • Toni Braxton
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Celine Dion
  • Joan Osborne

Winner: Sheryl Crow

Best International Group

Presented by Lennox Lewis. Nominees:

  • Boyzone
  • The Fugees
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • R.E.M.
  • Smashing Pumpkins

Winner: The Fugees

Best International Male

Nominees:

  • Bryan Adams
  • Babyface
  • Beck
  • Robert Miles
  • Prince

Winner: Beck

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Gary Barlow from Take That and Louise from Eternal. Nominees:

  • Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  • Robert Miles
  • Joan Osborne
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • The Tony Rich Project

Winner: Robert Miles

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Lenny Henry. Nominees:

  • Madonna / Various Artists – Evita
  • Chris Rea – La Passione
  • Various Artists – Dangerous Minds
  • Various Artists – Mission: Impossible
  • Various Artists – Trainspotting

Winner: Trainspotting

Freddie Mercury Award

Winner: Elton John for Candle in the Wind 1996

International Sales Award

Winner: Spice Girls

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Tim Rice.

Winner: Bee Gees

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing