2002: A Year In Review
Bitter experience has taught us that there's always someone we leave out, so think of this piece as our contingency plan. Admittedly, 2002 hasn't been the greatest of musical years, but we're old enough to have seen worse . . .
David Bowie, Robert Plant and Johnny Cash proved they're all still out there for a reason - both Bowie's Heathen and Plant's Dreamland made it into the upper reaches of our pick of the year. Shakira, Sugababes, Pink and Avril Lavigne renewed our faith in the power of pop, and while there weren't a whole load of classic albums this year, there were a whole stack of fantastic singles. Please stand up Basement Jaxx, Jimmy Eat World, The Hives, Timo Maas, Busta Rhymes, Outkast, The Vines, Fischerspooner, N.E.R.D., Aqualung, Turin Brakes, Liam Lynch . . . hell, even Oasis.
In the book world, both Phil Rickman and Mark Billingham have upped the ante on the competition by delivering great novels - both have new material out early 2003.
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers destroyed all opposition in a furry footed fashion while Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones amazed by being not half as crap as its title, or Episode I, suggested.
The world in general delivered some fun: The World Cup was great - and that's from a bunch of non-football fans. We usually prefer pro-wrestling, but despite the much-needed influx of new blood, WWE need to seriously look at their game. Upstarts NWA-TNA on the other hand . . .
We don't get out much. Roll on 2003.