A Year in Music Blog
Week 32 - 2002
21 Feb 2017 22:50 | By: William Noble
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For episode 32 we went to 2002, a year which saw the Euro officially became the currency of the Eurozone countries, the end of the Sierra Leone Civil War, the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the independence of East Timor from Indonesia, and victory for Brazil in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Korea and Japan (they beat Germany 2-0 in the final).
There was also a good deal of good music! (See below.)
Week 31 - 1971
15 Feb 2017 21:29 | By: William Noble
This week's show featured songs from 1971, including by the now sadly disbanded Black Sabbath. It was also a year which saw the Open University begin, the UK switch to decimal currency, the 'Fight of the Century' in which Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden, Arsenal win a First Division and FA Cup double, Jackie Stewart become Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion for the second time, the founding of Greenpeace, the death of Doors singer Jim Morrison, and the burning down of the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert (an event that would later be immortalised in Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water').
There was also a lot of good music, including these tracks below:
Week 30 - 1996
06 Feb 2017 22:23 | By: William Noble
This week's tracks were from 1996, a year which saw chess computer "Deep Blue" defeat world chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time, the birth of Dolly the sheep (the first successfully cloned mammal), the release of Pokémon Red and Blue, victory for Sri Lanka against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final, the first season of Major League Soccer, the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, victory for Germany against the Czech Republic in the final of the European Championships, victory for incumbent Bill Clinton against Bob Dole in the US presidential election, and the Ramones' final show.
And, as usual, a great deal of good music!
Week 29 - 2007
30 Jan 2017 20:22 | By: William Noble
This week the songs from 2007 (which is, scarily, now ten years ago), a year which saw Bulgaria and Romania join the European Union, Live Earth Concerts in 9 major cities around the world to raise environmental awareness, a 5-0 series whitewash for England's cricketers in the Ashes (the first since 1921), victory for Chelsea in the FA Cup final, the first game played at the new Wembley Stadium (they beat Manchester United 1-0) - England managed a 1-1 draw against Brazil in their first game to be played there, defeat for England against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final, Tony Blair step down as Prime Minister, with Gordon Brown replacing him, and the publication of the last Harry Potter book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.
And, as usual, too many good songs to fit into one hour. Check out the playlist below:
Week 28 - 1987
25 Jan 2017 23:45 | By: William Noble
This week the tracks were from 1987, a year which saw Aretha Franklin become the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Simpsons cartoon first appear as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom, led by Margaret Thatcher, re-elected for a third term at the 1987 general election, and world population reach five billion people, according to a United Nations estimate.
And then, as ever, there was a lot of good music, including the following:
Week 27 - 1990
17 Jan 2017 20:50 | By: William Noble
The last show of 2016 featured songs from 1990, a year which saw Poland become the first country in Eastern Europe to begin abolishing its state socialist economy, the release of Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, South Africa, after 27 years behind bars, Liverpool F.C. win their 18th and as to date last English Football League Title when they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield thanks to goals from Ian Rush and John Barnes, West Germany defeats Argentina 1–0 to win the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Tim Berners-Lee begin his work on the World Wide Web, East Germany and West Germany reunify into a single Germany, John Major take over from Margaret Thatcher as Conservative leader and prime minister, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed, establishing the first land connection between Great Britain and the mainland of Europe for around 8,000 years, the formal beginning of the Human Genome Project (finished in 2003), the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the separation of Namibia from South Africa, and the Baltic states declaring independence from the Soviet Union, as well as the beginning of the breakup of Yugoslavia.
All in all, quite a busy year, but there was still time for some music as well, including these tracks:
Week 26 - 1968
23 Nov 2016 21:23 | By: William Noble
For the penultimate episode of A Year in Music this term we went back to 1968, a year which saw the Green Bay Packers defeat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, the release of the groundbreaking sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, Enoch Powell make his infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech, Manchester United win the European Cup (the first English team to do so) and Italy beat Yugoslavia in the final of the European Championship, the last steam passenger train service in Britain, the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia and its suppression by the Soviet Union, victory for Richard Nixon in the US Presidential election, and Led Zeppelin make their first live performance, at Surrey University.
And... some great music (see below):
Week 25 - 1980
19 Nov 2016 14:22 | By: William Noble
1980 was the year of the week last Sunday at the 10-11 pm hour, a year which saw an old Republican man with a background in show business win the US presidency, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV, the Rubik's cube make its international debut at The British Toy and Hobby Fair, the Voyager 1 probe confirm the existence of Saturn's moon Janus, Robert Mugabe elected first Prime Minister of officially independent Zimbabwe, the Soviet Union hold its first rock music festival start, the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the death of Yugoslav president Jospi Broz Tito, the deaths of Ian Curtis, John Lennon and John Bonham (resulting in the break-up of Led Zeppelin), and... Pac-Man's release in Japan.
And, as per usual, too much music to fit into one hour!
Week 24 - 1973
08 Nov 2016 20:27 | By: William Noble
1973, what a good year that turned out to be - at least for music! It was something of a mixed bag elsewhere however. The UK, Ireland and Denmark joined the European Economic Community that year (which became the EU), the final Apollo mission took place (Apollo 17), the US withdrew from Vietnam, President Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal and was replaced by Gerald Ford, Chile's government was overthrown in a military coup and Pinochet became leader, and the UK had a three-day working week due to coal shortages due to strike action. On a lighter note, Jackie Stewart won the F1 World Drivers' Championship, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match, and in music Led Zeppelin broke the concert attendance record set eight years earlier by the Beatles of 55,600 people in New York - Zep played to 56,800 in Tampa.
Speaking of music, here is the playlist for the show (plus, as always, tracks that we didn't have enough time for):
Week 23 - 1992
31 Oct 2016 19:40 | By: William Noble
This week's show featured songs from 1992, a year which was pretty momentous in modern world history. It saw the beginning of the break-up of Yugoslavia, the formal declaration by George H.W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin that the Cold War was over, the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which founded the European Union (in its current form), the vote by white South Africans to begin reforms to end apartheid, victory for the Conservatives in the 1992 general election and the election of Bill Clinton as US president. And in lighter news we had Denmark defeat Germany 2-0 in the final of the European Championship, and the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
In addition, we also had some pretty good songs: