Saturday, 17 October 2009

Radio 1 Celebrates The Noughties - But Why?

Kicking off this Monday(19th October at 9pm) Radio one are running a huge ten part series celebrating the music and culture of this decade as we approach 2010
"Every Monday night at 9 Radio 1 takes you back in time to revisit
the music and the people that shaped the decade - this Monday -Zane Lowe takes you to the year 2000!"
The series features the the likes of Ricky Gervais, The Kings of Leon, The Mighty Boosh, Jay Z, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Strokes, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, NME editor Conor McNicholas, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis, Stringer Bell/Idris Elba from The Wire, Frankie Poullain from The Darkness, The Arctic Monkeys, Chantelle, Nikki and Craig from Big Brother, Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, Luke Wright, The Cheeky Girls and Lethal Bizzle
Kicking off this Monday 19th October at 9pm….ZANE LOWE takes us back to the millennium….the year 2000….we hear how Kylie reinvented herself by donning some gold hotpants and doing Spinning Around. Coldplay experienced a meteoric rise to fame. Eminem was THE hip-hop artist of the moment. And Big Brother launched, starting what was to become THE TV phenomenon of the decade - reality tv.

The question is does this decade really deserve 'celebrating'?
Musically it (in my opinion) was a period of little innovation, a time where production values went up whilst imagination went down.This was the decade that being famous while having no discernible talent became celebrated, where a Heat review was deemed more important than that of specialist publication and where Chico had a number one!!!

Marketing became the more important than the product and 'names' sold records not the song.There was certainly a case of 'Emperors New Clothes'with a lot of personalities involved and any decade where the producer became more famous than the act should probably not be lauded.

This is my opinion but as someone who believes that 'music died after '95' it's probably more than a little biased why not tell us what you think? The Noughties (see even the name is stupid) the best musical decade so far or the period where Muse & Coldplay were allowed the reign supreme?

For me, well, it's like punk never happened!

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