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I hated 2003. It was officially the worst year ever. Blanking on it almost totally, although that doesn't seem to be unusual lately! The 2000s, scientifically proven to be the most forgettable decade on record. I do know that Bob Hope died this year. He was 100. I was listening to Mark Goodier on Radio 1, and heard it announced there (that's not an amazing feat of memory - I'd been listening to him since the eighties, and if I heard something on the radio, it's pretty much guaranteed it was from him). Sheb Wooley died too, though with far less fanfare. He played Pete Nolan on Rawhide, the 1950s Western series that gave Clint Eastwood his big break. Everybody remembers Eastwood, but Sheb Wooley was far better! He had a website way back in the 90s, and was very hands on with it. I remember him announcing there that he had leukaemia, probably in '01 or '02.

Otherwise, I had to resort to Wiki to help me out with 2003. Mick Jagger was knighted apparently! Boy do times change. Even as recently as twenty years previously, he was still seen as the bad boy of rock music. Or one of them anyway. It was also the year of David Kelly, the guy who blew the whistle on the fact that the government had lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, in order to press for a war. Or a not war. They were still insisting that it wasn't actually a war, although quite what they think the difference is, I don't know. Twelve years on, I don't think anything has happened about that yet. Tony Blair still seems to be walking around free anyway.

It was the year when Buffy The Vampire Slayer ended! Two years too late, one might argue. I was sorry to see it go though, even if I was largely left cold by those last two years. It's a show that I haven't seen in ages, and I would love to do a rewatch sometimes (it can join a long and growing list - where did all the time go?! Days used to be twenty-four hours long. I'm sure they did), but I don't know if I would bother with seasons six and seven again. Except for the musical episode, obviously. Still, everything tails off eventually, and it was a heck of a series.

I had a look through the year's top #100. Ouch. When did SClub7 become SClub8? Like seven of them wasn't already too much? How many people do you need to do synchronised movements to a rubbish song?! Anyway, they split up apparently, so the poor eighth member clearly didn't have a very long career. Um. Oh, I give up!

Foo Fighters, with the most appropriate song that anybody could ever have written for 2003, Times Like These:

The big hit of the year - Outkast with Hey Ya!:

Rock suddenly got fun again with the appearance of semi-glam-rock band the Darkness. From their debut album Permission To Land, this is their hit I Believe In A Thing Called Love:

Adam Faith died this year, apparently. So here's What Do You Want? from 1959:

Sheb Wooley and Purple People Eater, from 1958. Sorry. It's nonsense, but I couldn't resist. And all his other songs are country & western, and I hate that.

And here, have the BBC's fabulous little filler programme, Posh Nosh, which debuted this year. It really is brilliant.


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Dec. 20th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
I remember being super sad about Sheb Wooley. My grandma and mom both loved him and his "Purple People Eater" was one of the first songs I ever heard as a baby. And when I was a tiny bit older (six or seven, I think) the local oldies station starting playing Rawhide and I fell in love with it (at some point much later they started putting it out on DVD and a season was my standard birthday gift for the next several years).

I don't know Adam Faith at all (wow, new old singer!) but the song is great. <3
Dec. 20th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
That's my favourite of Faith's. He became better known as an actor ultimately, but he had some big hits at the start of the 60s. I think this is his other really big one: "Poor Me".

Dec. 21st, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
Cool. He sounds a lot like Buddy Holly there.
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
Most British singers seemed to spend the late fifties trying to sound either like Elvis or Buddy! It always amuses me to look back to early-era Cliff Richard, as he's such an Elvis clone in that period. He developed his own style pretty quickly, obviously, or he'd never have lasted this long, but in early footage it's like watching the winner of a look-alike contest. But then even back then, record companies knew how to best target their market, I guess.
Dec. 20th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, now, 2003 must have been one of my years as a CKG judge, probably the one I spent the latter half of hiding from school librarians because they hated the winner.

I expect I did do something the rest of the year, though. Probably. Spooks S2 would have been on and that was the point where I got hooked on it - there was Ruth in her wonderful earliest guise of the one who said "goody!" when given assignments and That Cliffhanger that they took about 18 months to come back from because it moved to the autumn the next year. (It was my big show of that decade - I can do 2000s by Spooks and children's lit. Otherwise, I know that 2005 wasn't great.)

Sorry you had such a bad year! (For me, it was fine, definitely not even in the race with 1998 and 2010-2012).

The hit of the year song is COMPLETELY UNKNOWN. Are you sure it was the hit of the year? ;-p
Dec. 20th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Goody is an excellent word. More people should use it. Perhaps I should start a campaign. :)

And I love the idea of working in children's literature. Being paid to read good books! Although admittedly it must have required you to read some terrible stuff too.
Dec. 21st, 2015 07:11 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, I was never paid to read books! (Well, on trains on the way to meetings, so I suppose technically on some occasions). I just did that in my breaks, at home, on trains etc. etc. I was paid to choose books, help people log onto the internet, find books that they knew only the colour of, cut out things out of paper and card, photocopy, plan, do storytelling (so I suppose... I was totally paid to read picture books, that much is true) and so on. But, yeah, no, you don't get paid to read books, and it's quite hard finding other librarians who read enough. Being part of the Youth Libraries Group, which was how I got to do CKG, was a life-saver, because that was where all the book-reading children's librarians hung out.

It was a job & like most jobs, it had bad stuff and boring stuff, but it was also a lovely job in many regards and I'll always be glad that I got to do it at least for a while. :-)
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I does sound like a good job - even if you weren't paid to read books! :) I hope you can go back to it some day. Certainly better than the usual kind of dull office job!
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Oh, I need to be glad for what I had - I can't have that back. There are no children's librarians jobs left these days - cuts = getting rid of any specialists. And at this point, I know I'm not going to be able to work at something like that again, unless someone comes up with a cure. (I mean, I'll keep trying, but once you hit the 4/5 year mark, you can be pretty sure you're never going to be really well again.)
Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
:( Hopeful wishes, always.

And an impotent fist shake at a variety of governments.

(That was a fish shake to begin with. Not sure if that's a really useless protest or just a bizarre dairy product).
Dec. 20th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
I believe that david kelly happened to die co-incidentally. So that happened.
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Yes, of course. That must have been this year as well, mustn't it. Poor sod.
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:03 am (UTC)
You are kidding me, no? Buffy ended in 2003? No way!!!
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
I know. It sounds so long ago! It probably didn't end in Europe quite that early though. May have been 2004 before it ended here.
Dec. 21st, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
Hey ya! I remember that so I know what I was doing in 2003: going out to the Leadmill drinking cheap vodka and coke and poss the year I twisted my ankle there. More impressive than it sounds as it has one step.
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well, that's the sort of thing that'll happen when you drink vodka and coke. :D
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