1999

Call it Pre-Millennial Tension if you like, but in 1999 the world went mad....

Call it Pre-Millennial Tension if you like, but in 1999 the world went mad. Despite fantastic albums from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Shack, Death In Vegas and Mogwai, the world was more interested in Posh Spice’s latest dress.

Add that to Geri Halliwell’s solo, ahem, career, Ricky Martin’s Latin invasion and celebrity weddings every weekend and pop reclaimed its glittering crown. Album of the year: ‘The Contino Sessions’ by Death In Vegas

Single of the year: ‘Northern Lites’ by Super Furry Animals

Band of the year: Shack

Year belonged to: Anything without substance. Pop, Posh and Beckham and the Millennium Dome, in other words.

That left the rest of us up to our necks in trance, this year’s sound of Ibiza.

Though many DJs were keen to distance themselves from the doubtlessly short-lived movement, there was no escaping the mountain of Ibiza compilations flooding the shops.

At least, in a world where Manumission reigned supreme, we could seek refuge in the few precious people doing anything original and thank God for the Aphex Twin, Basement Jaxx and, even, The Blair Witch Project.

Roll on the 21st Century, we say…