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I seemed to spend half of 1996 trapped in an underground train at Liverpool's Lime Street Station, while the police checked out some suspicious object or other. The IRA had decided to start blowing stuff up again, which was nice of them, and this seemed to lead to just about everything being labelled a possible bomb. Not that I blame the authorities for being overly cautious, but it does begin to get boring after a while! Especially when it's an underground station, and there's sod all to look at while you wait.

The rest of that year was spent online (I say "the rest", presumably I did some work at some point). By now the Net was growing and changing so fast that you'd practically notice the difference over a weekend. Probably inevitably, although most of us didn't have anything much faster than a 28.8K dial-up modem, already the video sharing had started. This meant tiny little videos, barely bigger than an LJ icon, and rarely more than a minute long. Mostly, from what I saw, they were Methos soundbites from Highlander, or clips from Late Night With Conan O'Brien; usually Max Weinberg doing something brilliantly ridiculous, or reading one of his fake public service announcements. Happy days. :)

Otherwise it was a year of highs and lows. Take That split, which was a high. The Spice Girls appeared, which was a low. Doctor Who returned for a one off special, with a truly terrific Doctor, and a truly dreadful script. Well, that's being a bit unfair I suppose. Only half dreadful; the bit with the shoes is genius. A sad time for Who fans otherwise though, as Jon Pertwee died shortly before the film aired. Also bowing out this year was TW3 and I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue star Willie Rushton. There's been a Rushton-shaped hole in that show ever since. In American Tellyland, it was also the year that Greg Morris died. He played the great Barney Collier, easily the best thing about Mission: Impossible.

Elsewhere of course, this was the year of Dunblane. Not the best thing to remember a year by. On a distinctly happier note, it was also the year when Jarvis Cocker, slightly the worst for alcohol, gatecrashed Michael Jackson's performance at the BRITs, on the grounds that Jacko was being a tit. In all fairness, he was. I was listening on the radio, and it got a lovely running commentary! Annoyingly though, it was another good year for music, and I have a "short" list of about a hundred songs that I obviously can't fit all of under the cut. It doesn't matter how many times I stare at the list - it refuses to get any shorter!

From '95's Made In Heaven album, this is the awesome Let Me Live:

One of the big albums of 1996 was Kula Shaker's K. It's a huge favourite of mine, and this is my favourite song from it, Hey Dude:

The Manics returned this year, after taking a break following the disappearance of Richey James. I hope we find out what happened to him one day. In the meantime, this is the title track from the album - Everything Must Go:

Space, with Female Of The Species:

One of the best bits of music news this year was that of an upcoming collaboration between David Bowie and the Pet Shop Boys. This was the result, and it's fab - Hallo Spaceboy:

And oh, so many that I would have also liked to include! Ocean Colour Scene's second album Moseley Shoals became a smash, with some great songs - The Riverboat Song was my favourite, I think, but The Day We Caught The Train was also a good one; Republica's Ready To Go; Garbage's Stupid Girl; Deep Blue Something brought out the very catchy Breakfast At Tiffany's; Mansun's Wide Open Space; Bjork baffled us all by being brilliantly weird on It's Oh So Quiet; Dodgy hit the big time with Good Enough. Also the Monkees came back for their thirtieth anniversary, with the album Justus... On the plus side, in a few more years I won't be listening to the radio anymore, and I won't know what to include! The list will then rapidly dwindle away to nothing at all.


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Dec. 13th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
I loved Barney in Mission Impossible. And Eight was such a fabulous Doctor. <3
Dec. 13th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)
Have you been able to follow Eight in his book/audio adventures? Although he didn't get to do much on screen, he did get some great stuff over the years. His comic strip adventures in Doctor Who Magazine were particularly good.
Dec. 13th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
No, I've seen people talk about them but I don't know what they're called or where to find them.
Dec. 13th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
List of 8th Doctor adventures (books, audio, comics, etc):


How to get hold of them is a different question though, I'm afraid! Amazon's second hand service/eBay might give you a start. Quality varies wildly, but there's a lot of good stuff. I'm sure at least some are available by "other means".
Dec. 14th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll check it out.
Dec. 14th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm trying to figure what music I listened to in the mid-90s ... not this definitely ... oops ...
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
I don't know that I'd recognise many German hits, so that's probably perfectly understandable! I'm never sure which bands are big in which countries.
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
Well, we do/did get a lot of American and British music really. Back then definitely. It's only been in the last 10 years or so that German artists get more play time on the radio!
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. Doesn't sound very fair on the German artists!
Dec. 14th, 2015 09:24 am (UTC)
I know I'm not the first to say it, but your memory really is incredible. (Or if it's not, and this is the norm, then I'm worried about my own, which is one big vague grey haze, unless I really stress and work to distinguish a year or era.)

You didn't like Take That? You didn't like Take That? I mean, I know they were charmless little buggers if you look at the documentary and interviews, but... but the music... the vibe... Oh, dear. I was rather charmed by them despite my best efforts, as I suppose is evident.

Jarvis and Jacko really was a glorious moment. We few, we happy few blah blah etc., shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, to live through that little bit of immortality for Jarvo.

That waspy yellowjacket yellow stripy jacket of Freddie's is pretty impressively tailored. And I was with the Manics for the first few singles – I used to have some of them on vinyl – then they lost me when it came to the albums. I could not follow. Motown Junk was fairly genius though. And the Space record was very delightful too.

And in a completely irrelevant aside, I want to know, have you seen Suits? Because I've seen White Collar, and now I'm snorting Suits in great fat wodges, and what I want most in the world is Mozzie and Lewis Litt in their own show. Brothers, cousins, lovers, whatever, as long as they're together and being cultured, paranoid, manipulative little bastards and ruling the world together, over a nice bottle of vino and a brace of tickets to the Bolshoi!
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
My memory is actually really awful, at least for anything that isn't music or the telly! It's just that most of these bits here are inextricably tied up with being at college, which for some reason makes them easy to remember. I do always check the relevant year on Wiki, to make sure I'm not missing anything that ought to warrant a mention.

I haven't seen "Suits", no, but you're not the first to mention it as a possible "White Collar" substitute. I should probably give it a go when I've got a bit more spare time.
Dec. 14th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Take That split, which was a high evil lol.

Yes, it was a shame about Eight getting a pants script. And the Moff winding up the old Who fans with it this year. Still, look money spent!

Argh, not Ocean Colour Scene. Garbage were ace though:)

Dec. 14th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Garbage were good, yes. My favourite of theirs is "The World Is Not Enough", but they had a good run in the nineties.
Dec. 14th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who! For one night only! alt.drwho.creative flared into life and I had such fun with the resulting Internet Adventures round robins. :-)

And, aha, I remember that Jarvis.Jacko moment, too, though I wasn't watching. (My lack of music cool...) And the Spice Girls might have been annoying but they were iconic for the time and great for 2nd year students to dress up as ironically. Or maybe not ironically, you know how it goes. And invent new variants of Spice Girls for everything.

Another one of my flatmates was really into Manic Street Preachers, though it's mainly If You Tolerate THis I remember being around all the time.
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
That's from their next album, which is further evidence of your university years being out of step with mine! :)

Oddly, I don't remember anybody at college being into the Spice Girls. Maybe they hadn't quite taken hold yet. Mind you, I can't lay claim to any kind of a social life, so I very likely just didn't notice!
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, that's true - you would have been heading into your third year of uni and maybe even thinking about exams and stuff instead. ;-) But despite the poppiness of them, they genuinely had this Girl Power thing going and a lot of people picked up on that, both sort of in fun and seriously. I think people were into them more in 97. Mind, I say that, but my housemates were also totally into the Teletubbies that year, too...
Dec. 15th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
I think I'm glad I left before the Teletubbies took over student culture!

And yes of course, I was working. Hard. Yes. *cough* I actually got a good degree, so I must have worked at some point! Damned if I remember it though. Uni seemed to consist of wallowing in an amazing library (relevance to my course be damned), and surfing the net. :)
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