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1999 - The Best Year in Music?

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FIVE REASONS WHY.......

1999 was the best year in music for me:

  1. Sigur Ros - Svefn-G-Englar (EP) - the vocal just sends a shiver down my spine and something which sounded so original and remote at the same time.

  2. Godspeed You Black Emperor!'s Peel Session - having heard only a brief snippet of their music before, listening to 'Hung Over as the Queen at Maida Vale' was just amazing - a pioneering moment in music for me. BBF3 from that year's Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada (EP) is equally just a stunning piece of music .

  3. Falling in love with Low due to their Secret Name LP - I'd heard of a few songs by Low but never really paid enough attention to them but this was a flawless LP and one of my favourites of all time.

  4. Birmingham as the centre of the universe. Plone, Broadcast, Miss Mend, Woodbine, L'Augmentation and Novak - such a great centre of music at the same time, all championed by Peel.

  5. The Flaming Lips 'Race for the Prize' - after years of underachievement and oddness (Zaireeka for one!), 'Race for the Prize' was a delirously poppy bolt out of the blue. Though arguably surpassed by 'Do You Realize??' and 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' on their follow-up, and not their first hit (the US success of 'She Don't Use Jelly' was an earlier exception), it is difficult not to understate how surprising and welcoming the song was.

So was 1999 a good year in music for you? What is arguably your best year in music?

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Great article Steve. I do remember thinking around '99/2000 there was suddenly a surge in interesting, inventive new music. For me it was stuff like Add N to (X), Elastica's EP and Campag Velocet as well as Sigur Ros and Godspeed.

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Definately a great year. Blurs '13' and 'The Ideal Crash' by Deus are personal highlights!

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I think for me I'd say the best years have been 2003 for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell, White Stripes' Elephant and Dizzie Rascal as well as lots of great singles, and 2006 for CSS, Erase Errata's Nightlife. Belle & Sebastian's The Life...

I think for me I'd say the best years have been 2003 for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell, White Stripes' Elephant and Dizzie Rascal as well as lots of great singles, and 2006 for CSS, Erase Errata's Nightlife. Belle & Sebastian's The Life Persuit, The Research's Breaking Up, YYYs' Show Your Bones and lots of great gigs I went to.

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1997 makes me pretty nostalgic, listening to all the Britpop stuff, good times. Mansun 'Attack of the Grey Lantern', Blur 'Blur' and Supergrass 'In it for the Money'- played them a lot!

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99 was the year REM released their most underrated album - "New Adventures". A good year.

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Yeah, that's a pretty great album, possibly their last consistently great LP (although I really like 'Up' as well)...wasn't it 1996 though? 1997 had the second, self-titled, Portishead album too, also an underrated album and a pretty intense...

Yeah, that's a pretty great album, possibly their last consistently great LP (although I really like 'Up' as well)...wasn't it 1996 though? 1997 had the second, self-titled, Portishead album too, also an underrated album and a pretty intense listening experience....

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi was released in 96, Dan.

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Up is my second fave REM album after Murmur.

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Apologies! New Adventures was 96 as stated and Up was 98. Seem to have my years mixed up. Still, 99 was a good year indeed

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I'm struggling to get excited by 1999 to be honest. Everything mentioned is great, all the post-rock stuff but overall I thought it was poor. I can't help but think of Coldplay, Travis, Starsailor and the arse end of Britpop. I think to be truly...

I'm struggling to get excited by 1999 to be honest. Everything mentioned is great, all the post-rock stuff but overall I thought it was poor. I can't help but think of Coldplay, Travis, Starsailor and the arse end of Britpop. I think to be truly classed as a great year, or the best year, it has to have more than a handful of great albums and has to have one or two defining scenes, or at least the first fruits of these scenes.

1977 obviously springs to mind, for completely changing the landscape of music. For me though I'd say 1988; Pixies Surfer Rosa, Dinosaur Jnr, Acid House, the start of the whole Madchester thing, Superfuzzbigmuff, Daydream Nation, some great indie from My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Viva Hate and then of course Public Enemy. Also REM released Green for you REM fans.

Also 1991 was pretty special, Nevermind, Screamadelica and Loveless to name three very different classic albums. A lot changed in '91.

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