Retro chart for stowaways – 16 July 2005

These were the top ten singles, thirteen years ago this week:

  1. Röyksopp – Only This Moment
  2. Sohodolls – Stripper
  3. Daft Punk – Technologic
  4. Rachel Stevens – So Good
  5. Saint Etienne – Side Streets
  6. Erasure – Here I Go Impossible Again / All This Time Still Falling Out of Love
  7. Ladytron – Sugar
  8. Moby – Raining Again
  9. New Order – Jetstream
  10. Moby – Put the Headphones On

Retro chart for stowaways – 24 July 2004

Here’s another singles chart from ye oldene dayse!

  1. Front Line Assembly – Vanished
  2. Faithless – Mass Destruction
  3. Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
  4. Girls Aloud – The Show
  5. Client – In it for the Money
  6. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
  7. Kylie Minogue – Chocolate
  8. Kings of Convenience – Misread
  9. Air – Cherry Blossom Girl
  10. Orbital – One Perfect Sunrise

Retro chart for stowaways – 18 September 2004

Here are the top ten singles from a year ago this week:

  1. Faithless – I Want More
  2. Air – Alpha Beta Gaga
  3. Bent – Comin’ Back
  4. Sugababes – Caught in a Moment
  5. Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
  6. The Prodigy – Girls
  7. Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance with You
  8. Faithless – Mass Destruction
  9. Enigma – Boum Boum
  10. Front Line Assembly – Vanished

Beginner’s guide to Goldfrapp

What do you get if you cross an experimental art student with a reclusive multi-instrumentalist? Well, an Alpine spectacular, followed by innovative electro, then pastoral folk-pop, retro revival, and symphonic splendour. That’s what. Goldfrapp‘s albums still go unnoticed by the masses, but every one is full of delights and surprises.

Key moments

If you don’t know what crotch theremin playing looks like, then get ready to find out. They channeled the Alps on Felt Mountain (2000), invented Rachel Stevens‘s career with Strict Machine (2003), and reimagined the eighties with Head First (2010).

Where to start

Start with 2003’s seminal Black Cherry. Their second album, it blends elements of the first with sounds which would be explored further on the next release.

What to buy

After Black Cherry roll back to the marvellous debut album Felt Mountain (2000) and then the third album Supernature (2005) – ideally the US version including exceptional bonus track Beautiful. Top it off with Tales of Us (2013).

Don’t bother with

The 2006 US-only remix album We Are Glitter should be considered by completists only. The 2012 compilation The Singles is something of a failure, for reasons which I outlined in my review below.

Hidden treasure

Their covers of UK Girls (Physical) – on the special edition of Felt Mountain (2001) – and Boys Will Be Boys – from the Satin Boys, Flaming Chic 7″ single (2006). The live-only track Sartorious – available on the b-side of the 2004 reissue of Strict Machine is also a delight to hear.

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The BRIT Awards 2004

Finally, our journey through the history of the BRITs ends, and we’re only a decade behind now! The 2004 BRIT Awards ceremony took place at Earls Court in London on February 17th, where the host was Cat Deeley.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2003 ceremony here, and the 2005 ceremony next time.

Mastercard British Album

Presented by Scarlett Johansson. Nominees:

  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Blur – Think Tank
  • The Coral – Magic and Medicine
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land
  • Dido – Life for Rent

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Demot O’Leary. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Goldfrapp
  • Groove Armada
  • Kosheen
  • Lemon Jelly

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Ronan Keating. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Jamelia
  • Annie Lennox
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • The Coral
  • The Darkness
  • Radiohead
  • Sugababes

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Male

Presented by Kerry Katona from Atomic Kitten. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • David Bowie
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Will Young

Winner: Daniel Bedingfield

Best British Breakthrough Artist

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Chris Moyles. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • Jamie Cullum
  • The Darkness
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar

Winner: Busted

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV. Presented by legendary heavy rocker Jamelia. Nominees:

  • The Darkness
  • Feeder
  • Muse
  • Primal Scream
  • Stereophonics

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Neil “Doctor” Fox. Nominees:

  • Dido – White Flag
  • Gareth Gates feat. The Kumars – Spirit in the Sky
  • Jamelia – Superstar
  • Mis-Teeq – Scandalous
  • Rachel Stevens – Sweet Dreams My LA Ex

Winner: Dido

Best British Urban Act

Presented by N.E.R.D. Nominees:

  • Big Brovaz
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Lemar

Best International Album

Presented by Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal from No Doubt. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera – Stripped
  • Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
  • Justin Timberlake – Justified
  • The White Stripes – Elephant

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Female

Presented by LL Cool J. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Beyoncé
  • Missy Elliott
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Beyoncé

Best International Group

Presented by Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • Outkast
  • The Strokes
  • The White Stripes

Winner: The White Stripes

Best International Male

Presented by Shania Twain. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • 50 Cent
  • Sean Paul
  • Damien Rice
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Breakthrough Artist

Presented by Alicia Keys. Nominees:

  • Evanescence
  • 50 Cent
  • Kings of Leon
  • Sean Paul
  • The Thrills

Winner: 50 Cent

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK. Presented by Bo Selecta‘s Leigh Francis in character as Mel B from Spice Girls. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Busted
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Busted

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Justin Timberlake.

Winner: Duran Duran

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing