Most bands simply didn't bother this year....

Oh dear. Short of ideas and bored of touring, most bands simply didn’t bother this year. The kids, they decided, were all off fiddling with Playstations and raving to care about learning the bass. To prove it, NME burned a guitar and all hell broke out.

Still, no scene really manged to define 1998. Ian Brown released his solo album, Beastie Boys stormed back with ‘Intergalactic’ and Courtney Love reinvented herself for Hole’s ‘Celebrity Skin’ album. Album of the year: ‘Mezzanine’ by Massive Attack

Single of the year: ‘Rockafeller Skank’ by Fatboy Slim

Band of the year: Belle & Sebastian/Gomez

Year Belonged To: Nothing much

Even more notably, Gomez kickstarted a blues revival with the release of their debut album ‘Bring It On’ and turned into overnight celebrities by picking up the Mercury Music Prize.

Similarly, an commercially unknown band from Scotland called Belle & Sebastian had the cheek to beat Steps and win The Brits‘ Best New Band Award.

But, frankly, if you weren’t Robbie Williams , you had no choice but to go big beat. Fatboy Slim led the way with his album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’ and everyone else followed up with poorer and much less enjoyable imitations.

As Tony Blair had rejoiced in telling us only a year before, things could only get better.