As an interesting idea for a blog post, I thought about making a list of my favorite CDs from the past 10 years. Of course, most of them I found to be within the last 5, even if they originally released a while ago. Taking this into account, I decided to limit myself to music I was actually listening to that year, which cuts out a lot of brilliant stuff I’m sure you can presume I listen to and appreciate now.
We’ll start a good decade back (and one), to 1999, an interesting year of anticipation for the new millennium, joining secondary school and starting the interesting part of my teenage years was a fantastic opportunity for me to cultivate my interests away from the terrible taste I had as a child. This was one of those awkward beginnings for a list where I’m forced to reveal that, yes, I was only 11 years old and yes, I was still rocking out to bands like Backstreet Boys and Five, and hadn’t quite found my appreciation for the Beatles or Queen.
Still, it was the beginning of mainstream poppy rock and I was getting into this band called the Foo Fighters. They weren’t very popular before (as far as I knew) but they had this guy in them who was in Nirvana, and I knew I was supposed to like Nirvana so I gave them a go. There Is Nothing Left To Lose is still one of their best albums, and listening to them suddenly made me feel a bit cooler. A false cause and effect, perhaps, but it was a stepping stone at least!
Jumping into the new millenia with a bang, I started getting into this whole rock vibe a little more, and if it werent for these new broadened search terms I probably wouldn’t have found the next album on my list, Parachutes by Coldplay. Of course, I hear you bemoan, ‘but Kid A was as good as that, if not better!’ and I wouldn’t argue with you, but I didn’t really get into Radiohead for a whole 5 years later.
Of course Stereophonics, Just Enough Education to Perform was contending against albulms like Sum 41’s All Killer No Filler and that oh so memorable Tenacious D.
Was the year I was introduced to Badly Drawn Boy by About a Boy, Coldplay followed up with A Rush Of Blood to the Head