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1999 was a bit uppy and downy, I suppose. Some stuff undoubtedly happened on the world stage. Insert a meaningful bit of commentary here about world politics, etc. Or don't. I haven't bothered. For me it's mostly the year when, after dithering about not quite knowing what to do with themselves, following their reformation in 1995, the E Street Band set out on a world tour. There was, sadly, no YouTube at this point, but lots of footage has obligingly found its way there since, and the DVD of the concluding show in July 2000 is barnstorming. Here, have the opening two songs from the North American tour debut in New Jersey, on July 15th. Aren't I kind. :)

Elsewhere, 1999 was the year when, for the first time, somebody I knew, and who was the same age as me, died. His name was Chris, and it was an accident. One of those things that's absolutely nobody's fault, and that could happen to anybody at any time. Makes you think. Didn't know him well (me and people generally find it in our best interests to avoid each other as much as possible). But he was a nice guy. One hell of a pianist too.

Good year for the movies! The World Is Not Enough made three great Bonds in a row for Brosnan, and he also had The Thomas Crown Affair out this year, one of the few cases when I prefer a remake to the original. Also out this year was The Mummy, which I love to pieces. Didn't like the sequel, and didn't make it beyond the halfway point of the threequel, but that first one is wonderful. If you haven't seen it, do so this very minute.

Tellybox wise, this was the year of more new Doctor Who, in the shape of a Comic Relief special that saw the Doctor played by just about everybody with a British passport, and culminating with Joanna Lumley running off with the Master. It was very silly, lots of fun, and helped to make us all forget about the Children in Need EastEnders thing of a few years earlier. Channel 5 started a new telefantasy series that they'd co-made with New Zealand, a show called The Tribe that, unbeknownst to me at the time, was going to completely eat my brain, and lead to a Niagara Falls of fanfic over the next few years. It tailed off eventually (it lost its teeth when it became a global cult hit, and they started to water it down for American audiences - and then they changed the show's premise in season four, and I gave up on it). That original storyline, and the little group of characters at its core, though, still holds a part of my brain hostage. I really must get around to a rewatch sometime.

But elsewhere in Tellyland, rather than mentioning a few famous people who died this year, it might be quicker to list the ones who didn't. Helen Rollason! Poor Helen. With the greatest respect to John Craven, Helen and Roger were my Newsround team (here they are battling the Blue Peter lot on Double Dare back in 1989). Ernie Wise, Bob Peck, Oliver Reed, Dirk Bogarde, Dusty Springfield... Jill Dando (what the bloody hell was that all about?!). Poor old Desmond Llewelyn, dear old Q from the Bond movies, killed in a car accident. And, in "I'm the only one around here who has heard of him" news - Guy Mitchell, one time American singing sensation. My father, who pre-dates rock & roll, has always liked early 50s music, and I had Guy Mitchell tattooed into my brain at an early age. Ridiculously catchy stuff. There may conceivably be an example under the cut.

One of the year's biggest hits, from one of the year's biggest albums, Supernatural (get it, it's fab) - this is Santana with Rob Thomas, and Smooth:

Coming back with a blinder of a reunion album, the excellent No Exit, Blondie had a massive hit this year with Maria. I love this song.

Also this year, the irresistable (sorry, but it is!), Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin:

Another band who came back this year (it was catching, clearly) were Madness, with this hit Lovestruck:

And another terrific Bond theme, this time from Garbage - The World Is Not Enough. I had never seen the video before today! It's worth watching.

And finally, from 1953, here's Guy Mitchell with Look At That Girl:


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Dec. 16th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Love Guy Mitchell. <3
Dec. 16th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
I should have known you'd have heard of him! :) Are you sure you're only 26?!
Dec. 16th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)

Haha, yes I'm sure. My grandmother lived with us from before I was born and played her records all the time ("Singin' the Blues" was one of her favorites) and my mom hated all music made after 1988 so I grew up with nothing but old stuff until I was a teenager. So I have all these videos of me as a toddler dancing to Glenn Miller and super old stuff. :P
Dec. 17th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
Cool! "Singin' The Blues" is a good one, though I prefer his faster stuff generally. And Glenn Miller is excellent. My parents aren't into jazz, sadly, so I had to find all that stuff myself. Still, black and white film soundtracks are great for that.
Dec. 17th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC)
... and I became a librarian for real in early 99 and stopped having the radio at work and thus know even less of those songs than usual. :-) (It wasn't until the very end of the year that I got my first car, with a car radio, which explains why I'm particularly blanking on almost all of that. But, hey, I had 13 libraries to play with and a flat by the North Sea.)

(99 was better than 98.)

Dec. 17th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Being a librarian does sound very cool, I must admit. So does a flat by the North Sea! (Actually, the flat sounds cold, as well as cool).

I'm glad it was a better year. :)
Dec. 17th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
A female Dr at last for five seconds:)

I have a slightly soft spot for Oliver Reed after seeing a tribute prog to him which interviewed the kids who played outside the Irish pub(really!) he frequented before he died and they said he was alright.

Was 'Maria' that long ago?

Dec. 17th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
It was, I'm afraid! I keep thinking that I'm getting onto more recent stuff now, but 2000 turns out to have been fifteen years ago! When did that happen?!
Dec. 17th, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hmmm ... this time I at least know 2 of the songs. Though "La Vida Loca" has been on the radio so much I'd rather not listen to it anymore.

Wait - Desmond Llewelyn died in 99? Who'd been Q then until Ben Whishaw took over?
Dec. 17th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
John Cleese did it for the last Brosnan Bond. I don't think Daniel Craig's Bond had a Q to begin with.
Dec. 18th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh yes ... how could I forget John Cleese?
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