ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS…

Belle & Sebastian and Oasis' wives and more...

May 1999

Technobilly disappears without trace; record companies are stuck with rosters of increasingly embarrassing alcoholics. Variations such as Hardstep Technobilly, Handbag Technobilly (or Hipflask Technobilly) or Trip Hop Technobilly fail to reignite the dead genre…

Belle & Sebastian kick off a trend of “demixing” old dance records; basically, they take sample-laden club tracks, add instruments and vocals and remove any semblance of a breakbeat. Their first ‘demix’ is Snap‘s ‘You’ve Got The Power’ which is converted into a twee sub-Field Mice ballad about a girl with a terminal disease who lives in a small town and doesn’t have any friends under 60…

Meg Mathews and Patsy Kensit record a joint single together, calling their project Pin Money, raising money for a charity that buys designer clothes and cocaine for washed-up rock wives such as Britt Eckland and Jerry Hall

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