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2014. Guess what?! Yep, still drawing a blank. British politicians being horrible, although admittedly that doesn't narrow it down much. Fabulous summer, if you like hot weather (I do). I spent most of it renovating my mother's garden, digging flowerbeds and unearthing very old dead things, back from when round here was still a sea. I rather wish it still was. Not that I'm entirely advocating life in the Jurassic, as I'm pretty sure the music was rubbish, and internet speeds seriously sucked; but on the plus side I'd be living in an ocean paradise. Also, no electricity bill. Although there's probably a good reason for that.

Yes, I am blatantly avoiding the topic of 2014. It was a pretty good year for television. How To Get Away With Murder started. The first season was very watchable, and so far the second season has been pretty much unmissable. I think it's away until February, dagnabbit. Wretched mis-season hiatuses! (Hiati? No, that sounds more like a country). I only started watching because of Baby Ian Chesterton, but it's so much more than that. He's great, incidentally. Deserves to go far.

Also starting this year was Constantine, which I loved, and Forever, which I adored. Neither made it to a second season, and I am still in mourning. Television is a cruel mistress. Or something.

Good year musically. I discovered a new band, although I can't remember how off hand. Probably mucking about on YouTube. Very good debut album, but it remains to be seen if they'll be worth following further. Queen dug an old song out of the archives, which was nice; and the E Street Band continued to galavant about the globe, and wilfully distract me with YouTubery (Kitty's Back! Stayin' Alive! Hurrah)!

A bad year for fandom, though. Alexandra Bastedo, who played Sharron in The Champions, died this year. Those three were always so close, and as the extras on the DVD release showed, they'd remained so, which somehow made it all the sadder (and turned out she'd opened an animal sanctuary after she quit acting, so she was clearly Nice People). James Garner died too. Not so unexpected, that one, but he was Old Hollywood, and we're running out of them. And of course Mike Smith. And there's nothing else I can say about that.

New Queen! This is Let Me In Your Heart Again, originally recorded in 1983:

New band! With what I think was the lead single from their album Everybody Wants..., this is the Struts and Could Have Been Me:

Rather like this one. There's a pleasing silliness to it all. This is Neon Trees and I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends):

The frighteningly young Vamps with Can We Dance:

Blondie, who this year released their Ghosts Of Download album, singing Sugar On The Side:

Back this year with their ninth album, The Way, this is Buzzcocks and Keep On Believing:

*collapses in a heap* If I ever decide to embark on something as long and involved as this again, somebody please hit me. Still, I made it! Not doing 2015, because this is 2015, even if it won't still be tomorrow. I can hardly say "Remember when...?" when we're still here. So instead I shall just say Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (three hundred exclamation marks), and leave you with two songs from a pair of bands who came back unexpectedly in 2015.

With the title track from new album Last Of Our Kind, here's the Darkness. The video features new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Roger).

And from Cast In Steel, here's a-ha and Under The Make-Up:

Have a good 2016!


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Dec. 31st, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
Well done!! You did it! Thank goodness you didn't wait any longer, you'd have had 2016 to do as well. ;-)
Dec. 31st, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
The state my memory is in, I think I already remember more of 2016 than I do of 2015!
Dec. 31st, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats on doing all this! I wouldn't have the patience. :P
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:04 am (UTC)
I nearly didn't. :D
Jan. 1st, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
My own house was on a beach in the Jurassic. We have land snails with sea shells on their back as a result.
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
Lovely! Have you been finding interesting things while you've been doing your place up?
Jan. 1st, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
The house was built in 1922 by a government game warden. While fixing up the dining-room built-ins, we found the remains of a secret cupboard, originally 2' x 5.5'. Judging by the timeline, it might well have been meant for moonshine.
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool. Pity it was empty. ;)
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
It's not; it's full of clothes. :) It had been turned into a closet for the room on the other side back in the 70s. All that's left is a sealed panel door forming one side of an upper cabinet.
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
It sounds fascinating. Older houses are definitely best.
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm sorry they axed Forever ... damn ...

Jan. 1st, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yes. :( They should put me in charge of television!
Jan. 1st, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
You too:)

Well done for getting through the years and keeping us all entertained! I also learned an E-Street Band gathers no moss;)

The Vamps are too young to make music. I'm calling their Mums or the truant squad.
Jan. 1st, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
They swear in that song too. I'm definitely telling their mums.

And yes, a busy band is a happy band. The ESB is off again soon. Just a short tour this time, but I can already hear YouTube calling. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
Wut? ESB stop touring and do short ones???? This is not what I have been led to believe;p
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ha. Bruce has to take time out to write songs. Max has his jazz band to frolic with. Stevie makes TV shows. The rest of us have to sit around making whimpering noises, and hoping for a get-together.

I had to fall in love with a band of over-achievers...
Jan. 4th, 2016 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh my God! Springsteen doing 'Stayin' Alive'! And I thought, "Can it possibly be the Bee Gees song? Can it be?" And I clicked on it, and It Was! One of my favourite songs ever!

Also, his saxophonist looks like a chubby Moss from The IT Crowd, which is pretty cool in itself.

*applause* Yes, JS&MN. Barely any more need be said re: 2015.
Jan. 4th, 2016 06:14 pm (UTC)
Fab, isn't it! They did a few covers of Australian artists during that tour. That was definitely the stand out though.

That's Jake Clemons on sax. His uncle Clarence had the post from 1972-2011. Jakey has some very big shoes to fill, but he's acquitting himself rather well so far.

And yep, JS&MN is definitely the 2015 high point! I should probably have mentioned "Ash vs Evil Dead" too though, which is ten episodes of utter joy. Have you seen the Evil Dead films? (Technically you only really need to see ED II). If you know the films, you need the series. You probably need it anyway. It's great.

Dagnabbit, fingers! Behave!

Edited at 2016-01-04 09:15 pm (UTC)
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