Music for the Masses 14 – 22 March 2000

By March 2000, Bay Radio had existed as an actual thing for about a year, and it was going from strength to strength. They still hadn’t quite found the strength to get rid of me yet, but the shows were pretty good all round.

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Show 14: Wed 22 Mar 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 13 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 5 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 7 tracks). X indicates tracks from ents’ record collection (Total 2 tracks).

  • 1. Ouch “Seen the Light” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Chicane “Don’t Give Up” A
  • 3. Beloved “Ease the Pressure” R
  • 4. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 5. Merz “Lotus” B
  • 6. Supergrass “Alright” L
  • 7. Rage Against the Machine “Sleep Now in the Fire” A
  • 8. Madonna “American Pie” (Richard “Humpty” Vission Radio Mix) L
  • [Coming Events Feature]
  • 9. Planet Perfecto “Bullet in the Gun” L
  • 10. Fragma “Toca’s Miracle” B
  • 11. U2 “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 12. Big Yoga Muffin “Is that How You?” C
  • 13. Beck “Mixed Bizness” A
  • 14. Grid “Rollercoaster” (Album Version) R
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 15. Space Brothers “Legacy (Show Me Love)” L
  • 16. New Order “Blue Monday 88” R
  • 17. Asian Dub Foundation “Real Great Britain” C
  • 18. Jamiroquai “Half the Man” X
  • 19. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” L
  • 20. Moby “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” L
  • 21. David Arnold & Nina Persson “Randall & Hopkirk Theme” S
  • [Chart Feature]
  • 22. Electronic “Disappointed” (Original Mix) R
  • 23. Patti Smith “Glitter in their Eyes” B
  • 24. Clinic “The Return of Evil Bill” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 25. Progress presents The Boy Wunda “Everybody” L
  • 26. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 27. Jean Michel Jarre “Hey Gagarin” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Excuse me while I blow my own trumpet, but what tunes!!! It definitely helps to know what the record library includes beforehand! Ooh, that’s better. Anyway, on the whole not too bad, including the return of ADVERTS!!! Thus I could roll around almost in hysterics while uncharismatic people rattled on about new launderettes opening soon to the tune of “Popcorn”. Never have I been so amused. Anyway… Oh yes, I also rather naughtily made use of ents’ record player to play some of their records on. “Half the Man” isn’t nearly the tune I remember it being. Also I had my first impartial feedback today, which was “You sound a bit like Simon Bates.” I’m still not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing, but so long as I don’t start sounding like Neale James. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, baby…

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Music for the Masses 13 – 15 March 2000

Very much in the spirit of recycling, Bay Radio playlists used to be printed on the back of scrap paper. So comments like, “Eat chips. Ooh baby,” should come as no surprise.

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Show 13: Wed 15 Mar 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 13 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 7 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 7 tracks).

  • 1. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” C
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Madonna “American Pie” L
  • 3. Faithless “Salva Mea” R
  • 4. Ooberman “Shorley Wall” S
  • 5. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” A
  • 6. Mishka “Give You All the Love” L
  • 7. Travis “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” L
  • 8. Charlatans “Scorched” B
  • 9. Robert Miles “Children” R
  • [Entertainment Feature]
  • 10. Clinic “The Return of Evil Bill” A
  • 11. Human League “Stay With Me Tonight” R
  • 12. Chicane “Don’t Give Up” A
  • 13. Air “Playground Love” L
  • 14. Sparks “When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way'” R
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 15. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 16. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 17. David Arnold & Nina Persson “Randall & Hopkirk Theme” A
  • 18. Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” R
  • 19. Beth Orton “Central Reservation” (The Then Again Mix by Ben Watt & chums) L
  • 20. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • [Sport Feature]
  • 21. Beck “Mixed Bizness” A
  • 22. Patti Smith “Glitter in their Eyes” B
  • 23. Gene “As Good as It Gets” L
  • 24. Monaco “What Do You Want from Me?” R
  • 25. U2 “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” A
  • 26. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • 27. Heaven 17 “Being Boiled” (Live) R

Producer: None.

Notes: To be honest, I can’t remember – maybe it was so bad… actually I can remember. There were lighting people there for ages at the start, making lots of noise, hence the lack of talking in the first half hour. The sports feature was appallingly bad (mistakes, mispronunciations… I mean, how many ways of pronouncing Basel are there? Baysel, indeed…) and beyond that I can’t remember a thing, so it must have been quite bad. It was nice to have features for a change though…

Music for the Masses 12 – 8 March 2000

While I was presenting my show on Bay Radio fifteen years ago, I would keep some pretty detailed notes – it was a daytime show, and I needed to play the role of DJ. On this particular occasion, someone must have come up with a good quote about how the purpose of marriage is to have children, and for some reason I’ve noted down Ken Livingstone‘s name. I wonder why…

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Show 12: Wed 8 Mar 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (3 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 6 tracks).

  • 1. Wannadies “Yeah” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” R
  • 3. Chemical Brothers “Music: Response” A
  • 4. Ooberman “Shorley Wall” A
  • 5. Bluetones “Keep the Home Fires Burning” A
  • 6. Corrs “Radio” L
  • 7. Beck “Mixed Bizness” A
  • 8. Cast “Free Me” L
  • 9. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” R
  • 10. Charlatans “Scorched” B
  • 11. White Town “Another Lover” R
  • 12. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 13. Moby “Natural Blues” S
  • 14. Basement Jaxx “Rendez-Vu” R
  • 15. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 16. Olive “Miracle” R
  • 17. Patti Smith “Glitter” B
  • 18. Erasure “Am I Right?” (The Grid Remix) R
  • 19. Jean Michel Jarre “Hey Gagarin” R
  • 20. Mel C “Never Be the Same Again” C
  • 21. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” A
  • 22. Stereophonics “Just Looking” L
  • 23. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” R
  • 24. Kawala “Humanistic” L
  • 25. U2 “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” A
  • 26. Madonna “American Pie” (Richard “Humpty” Vission Radio Mix) L
  • 27. Oasis “Little James” L
  • 28. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” C

Producer: None.

Notes: Err… ooh, I don’t know! Well, the only feedback I ever seem to get is “Good music” or “Sounded fine to me…” which isn’t overly constructive really. And a little planning here & there might not go amiss. Eeh well!

Q Awards Winners 1990-2012 (Part Two)

We’ll look at this year’s ceremony next week, but for now here’s a continuation of the list that we started last week, of all the winners to date, by award:

Songwriter and Producer

Although seemingly now discontinued, these were a couple of Q’s better awards, recognising the contributions of the people behind the music.

Best Songwriter / Q Classic Songwriter

  • 1990 – Prince
  • 1991 – Richard Thompson
  • 1992 – Neil Finn
  • 1993 – Neil Finn
  • 1994 – Morrissey
  • 1995 – Van Morrison
  • 1996 – Rod Stewart
  • 1997 – Paul McCartney
  • 1998 – Paul Weller
  • 1999 – Ian Dury / Chas Janke
  • 2000 – Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams
  • 2001 – Kate Bush
  • 2002 – Jimmy Cliff
  • 2003 – Dexys Midnight Runners
  • 2004 – Elton John
  • 2005 – Nick Cave
  • 2006 – Noel Gallagher
  • 2007 – Billy Bragg
  • 2008 – John Mellencamp
  • 2009 – Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
  • 2010 – Neil Finn
  • 2011 – Gary Barlow

Best Producer

  • 1990 – Paul Oakenfold / Steve Osborne
  • 1991 – Trevor Horn
  • 1992 – Daniel Lanois / Peter Gabriel / The Orb
  • 1993 – Flood / Brian Eno / The Edge
  • 1994 – Stephen Street
  • 1995 – Tricky
  • 1996 – John Leckie
  • 1997 – Nellee Hooper
  • 1998 – Norman Cook
  • 1999 – William Orbit
  • 2000 – Pete Devereux and Mark Hill (Artful Dodger)
  • 2001 – Nigel Godrich
  • 2002 – Moby
  • 2003 – Nigel Godrich
  • 2004 – Mick Jones
  • 2005 – Gorillaz / Danger Mouse

Best Newcomer

One thing the Q Awards do pretty well is having lots of almost identically-named awards. They do show a pretty good track record with the newcomer and breakthrough artists though…

Best New Act

  • 1990 – They Might Be Giants
  • 1991 – Seal
  • 1992 – Tori Amos
  • 1993 – Suede
  • 1994 – Oasis
  • 1995 – Supergrass
  • 1996 – Alanis Morissette
  • 1997 – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  • 1998 – Gomez
  • 1999 – Basement Jaxx
  • 2000 – Badly Drawn Boy
  • 2001 – Starsailor
  • 2002 – Electric Soft Parade
  • 2003 – The Thrills
  • 2004 – Razorlight
  • 2005 – James Blunt
  • 2006 – Corinne Bailey-Rae
  • 2007 – The Enemy
  • 2008 – The Last Shadow Puppets
  • 2009 – White Lies
  • 2011 – WU LYF
  • 2012 – Django Django

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

  • 2007 – Kate Nash
  • 2008 – Duffy
  • 2009 – Mr Hudson
  • 2010 – Plan B
  • 2011 – Ed Sheeran

Q’s Next Big Thing

  • 2010 – Clare Maguire
  • 2011 – Lana del Rey

Best Live Act

One of the jewels in the Q Awards’s crown:

  • 1990 – Rolling Stones
  • 1991 – Simple Minds
  • 1992 – Crowded House
  • 1993 – Neil Young
  • 1994 – Pink Floyd
  • 1995 – Oasis
  • 1996 – Pulp
  • 1997 – The Prodigy
  • 1998 – Roni Size / Reprazent
  • 1999 – Stereophonics
  • 2000 – Oasis
  • 2001 – Manic Street Preachers
  • 2002 – The Hives
  • 2003 – Robbie Williams
  • 2004 – Muse
  • 2005 – U2
  • 2006 – Muse
  • 2007 – Muse
  • 2008 – Kaiser Chiefs
  • 2009 – Arctic Monkeys
  • 2010 – Biffy Clyro
  • 2011 – Blur

Best Artist

The oddly named ‘Best Act in the World Today’ Award goes right back to the Q Awards’ beginnings in 1990, but was also recently joined by special solo awards too…

Best Act in the World Today

  • 1990 – U2
  • 1991 – R.E.M. / U2
  • 1992 – U2
  • 1993 – U2
  • 1994 – R.E.M.
  • 1995 – R.E.M.
  • 1996 – Pulp
  • 1997 – Oasis
  • 1998 – Manic Street Preachers
  • 1999 – Blur
  • 2000 – Travis
  • 2001 – Radiohead
  • 2002 – Radiohead
  • 2003 – Radiohead
  • 2004 – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2005 – Coldplay
  • 2006 – Oasis
  • 2007 – Arctic Monkeys
  • 2008 – Coldplay
  • 2009 – Muse
  • 2011 – Coldplay
  • 2012 – Muse

Best Male

  • 2010 – Paolo Nutini
  • 2011 – Tinie Tempah

Best Female

  • 2010 – Florence + The Machine
  • 2011 – Adele

Best Solo Artist

  • 2012 – Emeli Sandé

Q Innovation Award / Innovation in Sound

Perhaps the most fascinating of all the awards, except for the couple of years when it was given to really dull and non-innovative artists.

  • 2002 – Depeche Mode
  • 2003 – Muse
  • 2004 – The Human League
  • 2005 – The Prodigy
  • 2006 – The Edge
  • 2007 – Sigur Rós
  • 2008 – Massive Attack
  • 2009 – Sonic Youth
  • 2010 – Mark Ronson
  • 2011 – Kaiser Chiefs
  • 2012 – Underworld

Outstanding Lifetime Icon / Idol Achievement Awards

I suspect that, like me, you’re totally taken aback by this slew of near-identical awards. But hats off to them for finding a hundred different ways to honour U2 and R.E.M.!

Special Merit Award

  • 1990 – Paul McCartney
  • 1991 – Lou Reed
  • 1992 – Led Zeppelin
  • 1993 – Elton John
  • 1999 – Keith Richards
  • 2000 – Jerry Dammers / The Specials
  • 2001 – Elvis Costello
  • 2002 – Tom Jones
  • 2004 – Shane McGowan
  • 2006 – Manic Street Preachers
  • 2007 – Ryan Adams

Q Inspiration

  • 1992 – B.B. King
  • 1993 – Donald Fagen
  • 1994 – The Kinks
  • 1995 – David Bowie / Brian Eno
  • 1996 – U2
  • 1997 – Patti Smith
  • 1998 – Blondie
  • 1999 – New Order
  • 2000 – Joe Strummer
  • 2001 – John Lydon
  • 2002 – Echo and the Bunnymen
  • 2003 – The Cure
  • 2004 – Pet Shop Boys
  • 2005 – Björk
  • 2006 – a-ha
  • 2007 – Damon Albarn
  • 2008 – Cocteau Twins
  • 2009 – The Specials
  • 2010 – Suede
  • 2011 – Fatboy Slim
  • 2012 – Pulp

Lifetime Achievement

  • 1997 – The Who
  • 1998 – R.E.M.
  • 2003 – Duran Duran
  • 2004 – Roxy Music
  • 2005 – Bee Gees
  • 2006 – Peter Gabriel
  • 2007 – Johnny Marr

Q Icon

  • 2003 – Jane’s Addiction
  • 2004 – U2
  • 2005 – Jimmy Page
  • 2006 – Jeff Lynne
  • 2007 – Sir Paul McCartney
  • 2008 – Adam Ant
  • 2009 – Marianne Faithfull
  • 2010 – Bryan Ferry
  • 2011 – Noel Gallagher
  • 2012 – Dexys Midnight Runners

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

  • 2005 – Paul Weller
  • 2006 – Smokey Robinson
  • 2007 – Johnny Marr
  • 2008 – David Gilmour
  • 2009 – Robert Plant
  • 2011 – Siouxsie Sioux

Q Legend

  • 2005 – Joy Division
  • 2006 – The Who
  • 2007 – Ian Brown
  • 2008 – Glen Campbell
  • 2009 – Edwyn Collins

Q Idol

  • 2006 – Take That
  • 2007 – Kylie Minogue
  • 2008 – Grace Jones
  • 2009 – Spandau Ballet
  • 2010 – Madness
  • 2012 – Brandon Flowers

Hall of Fame Award

  • 2010 – Take That
  • 2011 – Queen

Q Awards 1997-1998

We continue our romp through the history of the Q Awards in 1997…

1997

November 4th 1997 saw the eighth Q Awards ceremony. Here are some scans of Q Magazine’s coverage from January 1998. Here’s a picture of Danny Baker pointing at Chris Evans.

BEST ALBUM

Presented by Eddie Izzard. Nominees:

  • Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
  • Texas – White on Blonde
  • Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself
  • Oasis – Be Here Now
  • The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
  • Radiohead – OK Computer

Winner: Radiohead

BEST REISSUE / COMPILATION

Winner: Various Artists for The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers

BEST LIVE ACT

Winner: The Prodigy

BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY

Winner: Oasis

BEST NEW ACT

Winner: Fun Lovin’ Criminals

BEST PRODUCER

Winner: Nellee Hooper

SONGWRITER AWARD

Or, the “Person Called Paul” award. Presented by Bob Geldof. Nominees:

  • Paul Weller
  • Paul Heaton / David Rotherhay
  • Thom Yorke
  • Beck
  • Paul McCartney

Winner: Paul McCartney

Lifetime achievement

Winner: The Who

Q INSPIRATION AWARD

Winner: Patti Smith

Special AWARD

Winner: Phil Spector

1997

November 1998 saw the ninth Q Awards ceremony. Here’s a picture of Debbie Harry after, and here she is before, wearing some razor blades. Here she is again, looking less surprised, and here she is with her friends.

BEST ALBUM

Winner: Massive Attack for Mezzanine

BEST SINGLE

Winner: Catatonia for Road Rage

BEST LIVE ACT

Winner: Roni Size / Reprazent

BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

BEST NEW ACT

Winner: Gomez

BEST PRODUCER

Winner: Norman Cook

SONGWRITER AWARD

Winner: Paul Weller

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Winner: R.E.M.

Q INSPIRATION AWARD

Winner: Blondie

Epilogue

After 1998, you can find pretty good coverage on Wikipedia’s Q Awards page. Next week we’ll summarise the winners to date…

FURTHER INFORMATION

Various Artists – (Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered

Ah, Achtung Baby. An incredibly important album, or so we’re told. So important that a little under two years ago Q Magazine put together a compilation of covers entitled (Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered.

The original by U2 isn’t actually an album that I know, and if I’m honest I actually only tracked down this album so I could hear the Depeche Mode track. But in a way, having tracked it down, I feel I should be fair and review it in full, and so here we go. To make this a little more challenging, I’m not going to look up anything about the original album or the artists, so we’ll see where this takes us. Let’s hope I don’t say anything too stupid or rude, and there aren’t too many real U2 fans passing.

The first track is Zoo Station, covered in an industrial rock style by Nine Inch Nails. Since this genre is pretty much what U2 do, it would be interesting to know how different it is. It’s pretty pleasant, but it does drag on a bit at six and a half minutes, including a minute or two of droning feedback in the middle. I guess Zoo Station is a reference to the Zoologischer Garten railway station in the central shopping area of West Berlin.

Second is actually a remix rather than a cover – Jacques Lu Cont takes on one of the huge hits from this album Even Better Than the Real Thing, and rather wonderfully turns it into a modern rock/dance crossover track. I think it’s probably fair to say that this is the best track on this album, melding together the original elements (such as the drumming) with the more contemporary sounds.

Acoustic / folk singer Damien Rice‘s take on One is very good, full of emotion and feeling, although it does rather lack the energy of the original. Patti Smith‘s Unti the End of the World is just about listenable. I wonder what her fans thought of this? Or maybe she’s always as bad as this; I really don’t know.

Then another track where I know the original, albeit not especially well. Garbage have taken Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, and they have turned it into a typical Garbage track. Which is all good and fine – all the ingredients are there for an excellent song. Unfortunately somewhere it slightly misses its mark – the softer verses are pleasant, but the rocky chorus doesn’t quite work somehow.

Which is symptomatic of the whole album really for me – there are lots of great artists, performing great pieces of music, and not doing a particularly great job of it. Depeche Mode suffered a lot of criticism from their fans for So Cruel, but when you listen you realise that, unfortunately, this is entirely right. From the fun growly overloaded synths at the start through to the clicking and bleeping half way through, and with Dave Gahan‘s typically powerful vocal, all the ingredients are there. The end result isn’t bad, but it just isn’t particularly memorable, in any way. As with much of this album.

The original Achtung Baby obviously took a lot of influences from Germany, but don’t take that to mean the pronunciation guide on this album is correct – Ahk-toong Bay-bi would give you an entirely erroneous impression of the name (actually I believe the album title is correctly stylised as (Ǎhk-to͝ong Bāy-Bi) Covered, which I suspect is closer, but I didn’t want to use that everywhere in this post as it would probably quickly start to become illegible to anyone without access to those symbols). I wonder therefore if that’s an in-joke that I’m missing.

Gavin Friday turns up next to do a really adventurous take of The Fly, full of wobbly electronic noises and creaking sounds, and successfully sounding absolutely nothing like the original but also very good at the same time. It’s another strong track, probably second only to Even Better Than the Real Thing on this collection.

Snow Patrol‘s version of the brilliant Mysterious Ways starts off pretty unpromisingly, but builds into a good track towards the end, and then just as it’s getting started it’s over already. Of course, what made the original special was the combination of all its parts, but in particular the guitar effects, of which there is no sign this time around.

Then The Fray take on Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World for one of the less notable tracks on the whole compilation, followed by The Killers doing a pleasant but largely forgettable version of Ultra Violet (Light My Way) and just in case you thought the mediocrity was become a little monotonous, Glasvegas turn up with a largely hideous take of Acrobat.

The final track sees Jack White take on Love is Blindness, again leaving something pleasant but fairly unremarkable behind him. Things get a bit more exciting as he wanders towards the crescendo at the end, but then most of the tracks on this album had something going for them.

The general theme of (Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered, then, is “pleasant but forgettable.” As a tribute to a great album, is this really doing its job? I’ll let you decide. At least it’s all for charity.

You can find (Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered on iTunes and all the normal download locations. The physical format is probably available second hand too, but of course that’s not for charity…