My Misspent Youth: Music from 1999
13 by Blur
13 was one of those albums that would have passed me by if not for the video for Coffee & TV. In my opinion there's no better way of advertising your album than using an animated milk carton who's trying to find the 'missing kid' printed on his side.
I wasn't really into Blur, and it actually took a few years before I appreciated the album. But as background music when I was doing homework or just generally pottering around it was pretty cool.
Coffee and TV is definitely the top track on the album for me, and one for which I can watch the video over and over ad infinitum.
If you somehow missed the video first time around, I suggest you check it out. It's absolutely adorable, especially when the milk carton finds himself a girlfriend...
Enema Of The State by Blink 182
Enema Of The State is one of those albums you either love or hate. Personally I loved it.
With the hit tracks What's My Age Again and All The Small Things it was always going to be a great album, but it's Aliens Exist that gets my vote for best track.
I can't tell you anything about the music video, because it's an album track so there isn't one. The video here is a live performance at Sydney Big Day Out in 2000.
One thing I will say is that Aliens Exist is one of my favourite tracks to play on Lego Rockland, and if memory serves it was the second track I got 100% on.
The Man Who by Travis
Another of those albums I almost missed out on, The Man Who was a massive hit, but I just wasn't interested at first.
That said, Driftwood happened to be playing on MTV one day when I was flicking through the channels, and I loved the simplicity of it. It's catchy but without the typical thumping bouncing as of a summer hit. It's subtle and understated, like much of the album as it turned out, and great for just playing in background when you want to chill out.
The video's pretty good too, with the orderly procession of highschool children arranging themselves for their school photo, and then the madness that ensues when it starts raining.
I'm still not sure how the video is supposed to tie to the song, but it's fun all the same.
Millennium by Backstreet Boys
Something of a guilty pleasure, I would never publicly admit I like them, so it's with a fair amount of surprise I find myself mentioning Millennium here.
But Larger Than Life was such an infectious song, and had such an intriguing video that it was hard not to enjoy it. Set on a space ship, with great special effects - if a little cheesy - dancing robots and a galactic dogfight, the video really picked up on the Star Wars mania that was doing the rounds.
The effects look a bit dated nowadays, but it's still as fun as ever.
Brand New Day by Sting
I love this album so much that I still have a copy. I think I'm on my third copy now, but it's in the car for use on long journeys.
It's a somewhat eclectic mix, Desert Rose's 'world music' feel blends wonderfully with the airy country vibe of Fill Her Up, and the more mainstream pop offering in the title track.
Again, my top track is an album track, so there's no official video, so the I've provided a live version. It's not quite the same feel as the album version, but it's a great performance, and makes me rather annoyed I've never had the chance to see Sting live.
A Secret History by The Divine Comedy
I never owned this album myself, but I must have borrowed it from somewhere, most likely my sister.
It's not a bad album, but not really one of the best of those I've featured here. It does get an honourable mention because of the opening track, National Express.
It's another of those tracks that gets under your skin and you can't get it out of your head. I ask you, how are you supposed to ignore lyrics like "It's hard to get by, when your arse is the size of a small country"?
The video is pretty funny too, with a patient in a psychiatric ward who believes he's a bus driver, and singing a song about the National Express.
Millionaires by James
I love this album! It holds a lot of memories, both good and bad, and I listen to it at lleast once a week.
Before this album, all I'd heard from January,Mrs was their massive hit Sit Down, but then Millionaires was released and I was hooked. There's not a track on the album I don't love.
From the bouncy pop of Crash to the sorrowful and haunting Strangers, it's a miss-mash of different energies and tones.
It's hard to pick a favourite track from the album, because they're all great, but if forced to make a decision I'd have to say Just Like Fred Astaire. It's an unusual love song, and the video doesn't really suggest the genre either, but both the song and video are beautifully arranged.
Northern Star by Melanie C
I was never a Spice Girls fan, and I can't say I thought much of their solo careers either, with the exception of Mel C. She has a beautifully down to earth personal, without the hard as nails attitude that stopped Mel B from being truly likeable.
I adore the track Never Be The Same Again, and Melanie looks at her absolute best in the video. She was always gorgeous, but she has never been more beautiful than in this video, and the song is incredible too.
Greatest Hits III by Queen
What I love about Queen's third greatest hits album, is that instead of just putting together all the big hits that would have just made it a compilation of the first two albums, they used alternate versions of the tracks instead.
For example, Another One Bites The Dust is the version from Small Soldiers, and Somebody To Love is the George Michael performance from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the album is the tribute track No One But You (Only The Good Die Young). It's a heartbreaking track, I'm tearing up just thinking about it, but it's a perfect and lasting tribute to Freddie Mercury. In honesty, I wish this was where they'd left it, instead of 'reforming'. There's really no point in marketing themselves as Queen with Freddie dead and John long since retired.
Which is your favourite of these albums?
What else happened in 1999?
- January 1: The Euro is created
- February 11: Pluto moves further from the sun than Neptune for the first time since 1979, and will remain that way until 2231
- March 26: The Melissa worm attacks the internet
- April 20: The Columbine School massacre
- May 19: Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace is released in cinemas
- June 1: Music sharing program Napton is launched
- July 22: MSN release the first version of MSN Messenger
- August 11: A total eclipse of the sun is visible in Europe and Asia
- September 9: Sega release the Dreamcast in North America
- October 15: The National Geographic Society announce a fossil of the Archaeoraptor, which is later discovered to be a forgery
- November 19: Dr Jerome Teelucksingh of Trinidad and Tobago proposes an International Men's Day, which is now celebrated annually
- December 31: Boris Yelling resigns as president of Russia, leaving Vladimir Put in as acting president
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