The dreadful year in rock: July 1999...

RADIOHEAD, THE VERVE and Mansun all release new records on the same day. All leave is cancelled at the Samaritans as the outpouring of misery leads to a mass outbreak of teen angst on a scale previously unseen; the government passes hasty legislation making all buildings install safety nets after a rash of miserable indie kids convert themselves to street pizza…

Earl Brutus are officially recognised as an illness by the World Health Organisation…

After 1998’s short-lived craze for Absinthe, clubs now offer cocktails featuring Methylated Spirits, Brasso and milk with gas passed through it. Dosser-chic takes off in a big way with the society crowd as lines outside fashionable night spots start to resemble queues at the Salvation Army soup kitchen…

PAUL WELLER plays a charity gig that will definitely be the last of the year. NOEL joins him to play two acoustic songs…