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2008 was a mental year. If you made it through, congratulations! Between air crashes, typhoons, hurricanes, mudslides and earthquakes, it's a wonder that anybody did. One earthquake in Sichuan wiped out upwards of seventy thousand people on its own. That's a lot of people.

My year was certainly better than that. Probably depending on which fandoms you swim in, 2008 was quite eventful. Over in Days Of Our Lives-land, recent madness (cost-cutting caused them to kill off their main star, then do a complete one-eighty due to the backlash) had led to many a disgruntled fan taking refuge in classic storylines, and putting them up on YouTube as they went. So I spent a good chunk of '08 up to my neck in dastardly kidnappings, demonic possessions, jungle escapades and mediaeval torture chambers. Truly Stefano DiMera and John Black are the pinnacle of soap. You can keep your EastEnders and your Coronation Street! I was also revelling in the first E Street Band tour since YouTube happened. Footage from all over the world! And boy do some fans have some good recording equipment. So that was nice.

Didn't all go well on E Street this year though, as 2008 was when we lost Phantom Dan Federici to cancer. They brought in a talented substitute, and the tour turned into a huge party in celebration of Dan's life, but it's never been quite the same since. Also bowing out this year were the great Eartha Kitt; Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience; and jazz band leader/I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again supremo Humphrey Lyttelton; so hopefully they all met each other on the way out, as the jam session would have been extraordinary.

The world trying to drown, crush or shake half the population to death aside, this was quite a quiet year, I think? I was rather buried in fandom, due to it being decidedly better than real life. Well, let's face it - how many of us can boast a real life filled with jungle adventures and dastardly kidnappings? Some stuff happened. It was the year of the American Presidential election, which meant that the rest of us had to put up with wall to wall coverage all bloody year. Do I have to put a spoiler warning before saying who won? (Clue - it was an Islamic illegal immigrant. Maybe).

Not much idea about telly this year. It was all happening on YouTube. The Beeb did bring out The Invisibles though, which I loved. It was a comedy drama about two ageing, sort of ex-thieves (Tony Head and Warren Clarke), but I must have been the only person who did like it, as it disappeared after six episodes, never to return. TV that I like is good at that. *grumble growl*

This was the year when Queen and Paul Rodgers brought out their album The Cosmos Rocks. This is the single from it, C-lebrity:

With the lead single from his upcoming 2009 album of the same name, this is Springsteen's Working On A Dream:

Because it's Christmas Day, and because she died on Christmas Day in 2008, here's Eartha Kitt with her classic Santa Baby:

Mitch Mitchell playing a brief solo during Voodoo Child (Slight Return) with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1969:

And because this was also the year when we lost Oliver Postgate, have an episode of Ivor The Engine. This is episode one, which appears to have aired for the first time on January 26th 1976 (at 17:40, fact fans):


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Dec. 25th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
Santa Baby is such a classic. :D
Dec. 26th, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
It is! There's been a lot of versions over the years, but so far I definitely think Eartha Kitt's is best.
Dec. 26th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
'The Invisibles' was invisible to me. (Sorry) Perhaps it was only screen to your TV.

I want to be evil:)

Did we really lose Humph in 2008, he can't have been gone that long? I think Samantha misses him.

<3 for Small films.
Dec. 26th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
Poor Samantha. :(

"The Invisibles" was good! But yes, perhaps you're right! Here's a trailer from the BBC YouTube Channel. Can you see it, or is that just for my eyes only too?!

Dec. 27th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
I can see it, but I don't remember it at all!
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
Somehow I don't think you're alone! But I liked it.

Dec. 27th, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
American soaps do sound more fun. Especially for the characters.

Noggin the Nog was my favourite Oliver Postgate. How stupendous it would be, if they made an MCU film about Asgard, but Postgate-style. I would go see it a dozen times. Chris Hemsworth pottering about in a bewilderingly lo-tech cartoon background, with a solemn BBC narrator.
Dec. 27th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Holy moly, I'd watch the heck out of that. Not a fan of Thor generally, but that sounds fab!
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