ON THE TWELTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

December 1999 - is this the rock apocalypse (like the cover of 'Bat Out Of Hell)?...

December 1999

The year ends with a series of apocalyptic singles. Prince‘s ‘1999’ predictably tops the charts with ‘Oh God, It’s Armageddon Time (Love You Baby)’ by F!ve close behind…

We look back on a year that has seen the country swept by craze for Dwobbles – which nobody had heard of 12 months before – and a revival of interest in Davey Crockett Hats, Hula Hoops and Aztec Bars. Big indie names include Grump, Socket, The Envelope Brothers, Sour Gravy and Frog Semen

Just on the stroke of midnight on December 31, all the lights go out. Is this the end for rock and roll at last?

Paul Weller plays a charity gig that will definitely be the last of the year. Noel joins him to play two acoustic songs…