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2004

I moved house in 2004. This is probably my main memory of the year. Up a hill in the middle of nowhere. Windswept, desolate, silent - if it weren't for the fact that the whole of Gloucestershire seemed to use the local roads as a race track, it would have been damned near perfect. Well - that and if the local landowners hadn't had some kind of psychotic hatred of wildlife. I used to go for long walks with my sister's dog, and spend them disassembling snares and counting illegally shot badgers. It was a nice place to live though. Illegal fox hunts notwithstanding. Got stranded up there every winter, and the power used to go off at the slightest excuse, but the middle of nowhere is definitely the best place to live. Internet speed sucked, mind.

Other than that, 2004 was a quiet sort of year. Sad one too though. It was the year that Christopher Reeve died. Richard Biggs from Babylon 5 too - and he was young and healthy, and had just said good morning to his wife, when he dropped dead. Just goes to show! It was also the year when I rediscovered pop music, by unexpectedly becoming a McFly fan. They brought out their debut album this year, and I've followed them ever since.

Angel came to an end this year, a year after Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It should have lasted longer. Frasier ended too, although that one at least had had a chance to run its course. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet aired its final episode in this year as well. It had come and gone since... 1984? Always worth watching. The Magnificent Seven were two men down by that final episode, and they found a lovely way to end that really did the show and cast proud. And it was the year that Lost began. Hmm. Now there's one that went on much longer than it should have! I think it's the year that The OC and Nip/Tuck both started in the UK too, though they'd probably started earlier than that in the US. The OC was a teen drama that hooked me completely, despite me being a good fifteen years above the target age group! It lost me after a bit, but that first season was bloody good. And I fell hard for Nip/Tuck. That tailed off too when the showrunner bailed, and went off to do Glee instead, but for several years I thought it was the best thing on television. Properly clever stuff.

Cinema! This was the year of Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow. I love that film so much. It was a flop, which was a hell of a shame, as they'd intended it to be a new franchise. I could have had lots and lots of Sky Captains, but clearly nobody else wanted them. No fair. It's a glorious film, full of giant robots, and vintage touches that hark back to the weekly cinema serials from the pre-war days. And I wanted a sequel. I shall go away now and sulk.



McFly performing one of my favourites of theirs, live on Saturday morning TV. This is Hypnotised from that first album, when little Dougie was still about seven:



2004 was the year when Ray Charles died, so here he is with Hit The Road, Jack:



It was also the year of Green Day's controversial American Idiot album. This is the title track. I love it.



I suppose the big album of the year was Maroon 5's Songs About Jane. Saw them play Harder To Breathe, the first single from it, on Top Of The Pops, loved it, bought the album, waited impatiently for the follow up a year or two later... and have hated everything else they've ever done! Ah well. I do still like that album though.



And here, have a Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow trailer. Poor little unloved film...



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sarren
Dec. 21st, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about Richard Biggs :(

i have never seen Sky Captain movie, do you reckon it'd stand up now?

what was that about Mag 7? I loved the show but don't remember the men down or the ending?
swordznsorcery
Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
Last time I watched Sky Captain it did stand up, but then I'm a fan, so... ;) Basically they tried to make it look like a comic strip come to life, so the whole thing has a somewhat unreal look to it anyway; so any outdated SFX just look like a part of that now. Storywise it should be timeless, but such things are such a matter of taste of course.

And sorry, the Mag7 reference would be a bit confusing of course! There was a hugely successful TV series in the 80s called "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet", about a group of building labourers who had to go abroad in search of work. There were seven of them, and they were called the Magnficent Seven. By themselves a bit I think, but mostly by the TV critics. The series was revived for three mini-series years later, again hugely successful.
sarren
Dec. 26th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
Oh, okay, yes, I was confused. I vaguely remember my parents watching Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and I know Kevin Whately from Lewis was in it but that's all :)
emeraldarrows
Dec. 21st, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Loved Sky Captain. The whole concept and style was fabulous. <333
swordznsorcery
Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
I thought you'd like that one! Always good to hear from a fellow fan. Jude Law and Angelina Jolie make a fun team, and anything with giant robots in it has got to be good. :)
meathiel
Dec. 22nd, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
I still love that Green Day album ... :D

I tried to like Sky Captain ... I really tried ... because it looks so Steampunk. But I think it's soooooooooooooo boring!!!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 22nd, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
Well, it maybe is a bit longer than it should have been! I still love it though. :)

And yes, that is a great album. Their best, I think.
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