Clive's Album of the Year 1993

1993 was the last year of my teens. I'd been playing guitar long enough to think I was pretty good, although that was wrong. In the first three days of this year alone, Czechoslovakia ceased to exist (becoming the Czech Republic and Slovakia), TV-am and TVS were replaced by GMTV and Meridian respectively (I lived in the south-east so those were the TV channels I knew), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began. A heady start to the year! Clinton (Mr) replaced Bush (Senior) as POTUS, James Bulger (a kid) was abducted and killed (by kids), Waco happened, there was…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1994

In 1994 apartheid ended in South Africa with the election of Nelson Mandela as the first multiracially and democratically elected president of that country. Orenthal James Simpson was arrested on multiple murder charges despite his excellent appearances in the Naked Gun movies. The cinema gave us Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction. The first passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel and Michael Schumacher won his first F1 World Championship. If you think the death toll in 2016 has been bad, consider that in 1994 we lost The Joker, Kojak, Bill Hicks, John Candy, Kurt Cobain, Richard Nixon, Ayrton…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1995

In 1995 I reached legal USA drinking age, ST:Voyager started, Richey Edwards disappeared, Kevin Mitnick was arrested, Nick Leeson collapsed an entire banking firm, Yahoo!, sarin gas, the Oklahoma bombing, Windows 95, the DVD, eBay, and OJ Simpson was acquitted. Bon voyage was bid to (as always, etc.) Larry Grayson, Peter Cook, Gerald Durrell, Donald Pleasance, Vivian Stanshall, Ronnie Kray, Kenny Everett, Ginger Rogers, Rory Gallagher, Jerry Garcia, Sherlock Holmes, Paul Eddington and Dino. Honourable mentions Faith No More - King For a Day… Fool For a Lifetime When my mate Justin came round with this album, I had…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1996

1996 was a leap year, and was designated as the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. So that went well, then. A blizzard hit the eastern States of the US killing over 150 in January, and the next day a cargo plane crashed into a market in Kinshasa killing 300. The IRA ceasefire ended with the Canary Wharf bombing. Deep Blue beat Kasparov. Pokémon. The Dunblane Massacre. Mad cow disease. The Unabomber was arrested. Chechnya. The N64. Yeltsin. Dolly the sheep. Apple bought NeXT. Setting out on the final journey were (as always, etc.) François Mitterand, Gene Kelly, Bob…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1997

1997 was the year I first got a modem and discovered the Internet, a move that ended up providing me with a career but started with a £10/month Demon account and a 19.2kbps (it was supposed to be 28.8kbps but I think it was a bit fucked and it never once connected at that speed) modem. Mike Judge's King of the Hill started, there were some strange lights in the sky, a load of idiots killed themselves, the first burials at space took place, Tony Blair, WinNuke, Harry Potter, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, South Park premiered,…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1998

1998 marked the end of a few chapters for me, and the beginning of actually having a proper job and getting on with things. Nineteen European nations banned human cloning, an earthquake in northeast Afghanistan killed over 5000 people, the Kosovo War began, it was discovered that Europa has a liquid ocean (under ice) and that the universe is indeed expanding at an accelerating rate, Titanic won 11 Oscars, Windows 98, Omagh happened, Bear Grylls (aged 23) climbed Everest, a different earthquake in northern Afghanistan killed about another 5000 people and two guys started a company. Auf wossname to Sonny…

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Clive's Album of the Year 2013

2013 was the last year of my 30s, and was a pretty OK year for me all round. I didn't have to move house, no-one super-close to me died, my work situation was good, and I played a couple of gigs. There was a pretty intense meteor over Chelyabinsk, Russia, a papal resignation, a 3D-printed ear, some Snowden disclosures, an Egyptian coup, an Indian Mars orbiter and a pretty bad typhoon. Oh, and a prince. 10-4, over and out, sayonara, take it easy to Michael Winner, Hugo Chávez, Clive Burr, Uncle Monty, Margaret Thatcher, Storm Thorgerson, Ray Manzarek, Iain Banks,…

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Clive's Album of the Year 1999

In Summer 1999 I met a girl. We hooked up for a bit and it didn’t really work out. But then in Autumn I met another girl. We hooked up and 15 years later I’m proud to call her my wife. :) The Sopranos and Family Guy both debuted on US television, Melissa "attacked the internet", the Columbine massacre happened, Jill Dando was shot dead on her doorstep, The Phantom Menace um… happened, Napster debuted, we had a total solar eclipse which I peered at through the clouds on a rooftop in Soho, having landed my first London job,…

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Clive's Album of the Year 2000

MM. Let's all meet up in the year 2000, won't it be strange when we're all fully grown? In 2000 not all the computers in the world blew up, the PS2 was released, PJ2 said sorry, Big Oily Vlad came to power, India's population reached one beeelion, the Tate Modern opened and the Nintendo GameCube arrived. Buh-bye Hedy Lamarr, Charles M. Schulz, Ian Dury, Walter Matthau, Kirsty MacColl and Sirs Stanley Matthews, John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and Robin Day. I'd pretty much just about landed what later turned into a career in web development, and I moved to London. Musically…

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Clive's Album of the Year 2001

2001 was of course released in 1968, and what's up with that monolith? Amirite? The US elected a barely intelligible hominid to its highest office, the UK got Foot and Mouth, Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist, we were gifted with Windows XP, and - of course - the World Trade Center was destroyed on the 11th of September, amid a coordinated attack on the USA by al-Qaeda. My grandparents had both just died the previous month and I was returning to London from their joint funeral in Eastbourne when we got the news. I expect you can…

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