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January 1999

Cold weather payments drop through the letter boxes of long-frozen pensioners as the rock and roll year kicks off with a whimper; at the Brit Awards, Annie Lennox is literally stoned to death by the crowd when her appalling self-righteousness becomes too much for anyone to handle…

Liam Gallagher announces that he will make a solo album; Noel rolls his eyes and says nothing…

A strange new musical form – Technobilly – starts to rear its ugly head in a few clubs around the country. A fusion of Hardcore Techno and Rockabilly, its adherents sport bizarre quiffs and blue suede trainers. Titles include classics such as ‘Charly Says (Do the Stray Cat Strut)’ and ‘Smack My Quiff Up’

Courtney Love is arrested after eating a member of the audience on her Australian tour…

Shock greets David Bowie‘s announcement that, as well as being an internet provider, he has now become a nuclear power with the acquisition of six ex-Soviet nuclear tipped SS-20s, dubbed Bowienukes (www.bowiefuckstheworld.com)…

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