Jun 23, 2017
1997: what the flip was going on?
Someone tweeted about 1997 being an incredible year for music. Can't remember who. (Cool story, Fats.)
And yeah, there was Daft Punk and Propellerheads and Prodigy and Chemical Brothers and Roni Size. You were right, tweety person, you were right. 1997 was a great year for music.
It's good to measure these things so let's get specific. I decided to look at the singles chart exactly 20 years ago. 23rd June 1997. Let's wallow in a memorable year of fantastic tunes, shall we?
1. Puff Daddy's mawkish I'll Be Missing You was number one. Okay. Not so great. But all the good songs get to number two, right?
2. Bitter Sweet Symphony. And there's the good number two. Never did make it to the top of the charts. THANKS, Puff.
3. Mmm Bop by Hanson. Three flesh muppets talking nonsense. Oh dear.
4. Ocean Colour Scene? Bog off. I'd drain the oceans and watch all aqua life writhe and die before listening to this shambles again.
I'm not convinced this is really working. Let's speed things up. Time to skip some numbers and get to the real meat of this burger of musical joy.
9. Guiding Star by Cast. Possibly the most annoying band of the 90s, and the band I have heckled the loudest. Make them stop.
11. Celine Dion? Crumbs. I'd forgotten about the boat-mouthed siren that was Celine. Ouch.
18. Savage Garden?! Worst S-band name ever. Apart from Shed Seven. And Salad.
22. The Friends theme tune that was in the charts forever. I'd rather have the clap clap clap clap.
This is terrible. This week in 1997 was a travesty. Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Brightman, Brand New Heavies, Wet Wet Wet. All this chart proves is that 1997 was a verruca on the foot of the 1990s - and even then it's not a foot, it's just some weeping stump on the diseased leg of the 20th century.
No wait. I've found something.
87. The Saint by Orbital. Not their most remembered track, but with 11 weeks in the chart and a high point of number 3, it remains their best charting single. Kept off the top spot in April 1997 by I Believe I Can Fly and Song 2.
Yay! Told you 1997 was good.