Monthly Archives: December 2008

Fresh Produce 2008

2008 – MMVIII

It has been designated as the International Year Of:

The Frog
Intercultural Dialogue
Planet Earth
The Potato

And the Year Of:

Fresh Produce

In January:

+ Petrol reaches 100 US dollars per barrel for the first time.

+ Rage Against The Machine headline the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand.

+ Radiohead release ‘In Rainbows’.

+ Basshunter have the Number 1 single with ‘Now You’re Gone’.

+ Actor Heath Ledger dies at the age of 28.

In February:

+ Fidel Castro announces his resignation as President of Cuba.

+ The Spice Girls perform live together for the last show of their ‘The Return of the Spice Girls’ tour in Toronto.

+ Los Campesinos! release ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’.

+ Duffy has the Number 1 single with ‘Mercy’.

+ Author William F Buckley dies at the age of 82.

In March:

+ A star explodes halfway across the visible universe and becomes the farthest known object visible to the naked eye.

+ The Miami Winter Music Conference is held in Miami Beach Resort & Spa.

+ REM release ‘Accelerate’.

+ Estelle and Kanye West have the Number 1 single with ‘American Boy’.

+ Author Arthur C Clarke dies at the age of 90.

In April:

+ Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London perform the first operations with ‘bionic’ eyes, implanting them into blind patients.

+ Scott Weiland leaves Velvet Revolver to reunite with his former band, Stone Temple Pilots, and begin a reunion tour.

+ Portishead release ‘Third’.

+ Madonna has the Number 1 single with ‘4 Minutes’.

+ Actor Charlton Heston dies at the age of 84.

In May:

+ An earthquake in China, measuring 8.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, kills more than 69,000 people.

+ The 53rd Eurovision Song Contest is held in Belgrade, Serbia.

+ Scarlett Johansson releases ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’.

+ The Ting Tings have the Number 1 single with ‘That’s Not My Name’.

+ Actor Sydney Pollack dies at the age of 73.

In June:

+ Bill Gates steps down as the Chairman of Microsoft after three decades to concentrate on philanthropy.

+ ‘Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’ is released, making it the first video game in the ‘Guitar Hero’ series to be based around a single music group.

+ Motley Crue release ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’.

+ Coldplay have the Number 1 single with ‘Viva La Vida’.

+ Musician Bo Diddley dies at the age of 79.

In July:

+ World Youth Day takes place in Sydney, Australia and is attended by Pope Benedict XVI.

+ Numerous Rock Festivals, including Crue Fest, O2 Wireless Festival, T4 On The Beach, Oxegen and T In The Park Festival, take place around the world.

+ Beck releases ‘Modern Guilt’.

+ Dizzee Rascal has the Number 1 single with ‘Dance Wiv Me’.

+ Politician Jesse Helms dies at the age of 86.

In August:

+ Michael Phelps breaks the record for Olympic Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, previously held by Mark Spitz, with eight victories.

+ Lollapalooza Music Festival takes place in Chicago.

+ Bloc Party release ‘Intimacy’ (digital download).

+ Katy Perry has the Number 1 single with ‘I Kissed A Girl’.

+ Musician Isaac Hayes dies at the age of 65.

In September:

+ Hurricane Ike strikes Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the United States, killing more than 100 people.

+ Paul McCartney plays a single concert in Israel at Tel Aviv Park for the first time since the Beatles were banned in 1965.

+ Kings Of Leon release ‘Only By The Night’.

+ Kings Of Leon have the Number 1 single with ‘Sex On Fire’.

+ Actor Paul Newman dies at the age of 83.

In October:

+ A global financial crisis strikes resulting in President Bush signing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which creates a 700 billion dollar Treasury fund.

+ Britney Spears sets a new record for the largest jump to Number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts when her single, ‘Womanizer’ moves from Number 96 to Number 1 in a single week.

+ AC / DC release ‘Black Ice’.

+ Pink has the Number 1 single with ‘So What’.

+ Singer Dee Dee Warwick dies at the age of 63.

In November:

+ Barack Obama is elected as the 44th President of the United States.

+ Vanilla Ice releases ‘Vanilla Ice Is Back!’.

+ The X-Factor Finalists have the Number 1 single with ‘Hero’.

+ Author Michael Crichton dies at the age of 66.

In December:

+ Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon announce that Blur will reunite for a concert in Hyde Park on 3 July 2009.

+ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ becomes the first song to simultaneously reach the Number 1 and Number 2 positions in the UK Singles Chart since 1957 when cover versions by Alexandra Burke and Jeff Buckley hold the top two places in the chart.

+ Leona Lewis has the Number 1 single with ‘Run’.

+ Singer Eartha Kitt dies at the age of 81.

Fresh Produce 2008 Scroll Call

A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
Boom – Zoe & The Buttercups
Colourful Life – Cajun Dance Party
Death To Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
Epic Air Voyage – The Submarines
Far Away – Cut Copy
Going Up The Country – Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Honey Bee – My Federation
I Know A Place – Jay Reatard
Jackie Jackson – Franz Ferdinand
Lights Out – Santogold
Maladies – Windsor For The Derby
Not On Top – Herman Dune
Old White Lincoln – The Gaslight Anthem
Picnic – Young Fresh Fellows
Questions And Answers – Biffy Clyro
Standing Next To Me – The Last Shadow Puppets
That’s What Counts – We Are Scientists
Unsuccessful Club Nights – Cadence Weapon
Vanished (Vinyl Album Version) – Crystal Castles
Would You? – Richard Swift
Wreck My Flow – The Dirtbombs

Rewind – Twelve.0

December – In Rock History

Number One Songs

1957 Jailhouse Rock – Elvis
1961 Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
1964 Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri-Las
1966 Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967 Daydream Believer – The Monkees
1971 Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
1972 Me And Mrs Jones – Billy Paul
1975 Fly Robin Fly – Silver Connection
1978 Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
1981 Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
1982 Mickey – Toni Basil
1986 The Final Countdown – Europe
1988 Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – Poison
1991 Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn
1994 Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
1996 No Diggity – Blackstreet ft Dr Dre
2000 Stan – Eminem
2003 Hey Ya! – Outkast


Glenn Miller’s plane crashes and goes missing over the English Channel. Later, evidence suggests that the plane may have been shot down accidentally by a missile from a Royal Air Force plane.


Carl Perkins records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis. Several months earlier he witnessed a dancer getting angry with his date for scuffing his blue suede shoes and just days afterwards Johnny Cash remarked that a song about blue suede shoes would be a good idea. Perkins couldn’t sleep the night of Cash’s comment so he got out of bed and wrote the song.


Four Sun Records stars, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash (later known as The Million Dollar Quartet) record and impromptu session in Sun Studios by chance. Carl Perkins plans to record several songs and Sam Phillips insists that he use a piano man, Jerry Lee Lewis, to ‘fatten’ up the sound. During the session both Elvis and Johnny Cash ‘pop in’ to the studio. Phillips records the entire session and even rings the local newspaper for some publicity. The following day an article entitled “The Million Dollar Quarter” appears in the Memphis Press-Scimitar. The recordings, however,  are not released for another 25 years.


The Beatles release ‘Rubber Soul’, which is certified Gold (100,000 sales) by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) only two-and-a-half weeks after it’s release.


Ray Charles is convicted for a drug possession charge from a bust that occurred two years ago in Boston. Charles, who has been a heroin addict for nearly 20 years, quits the drug and pays a ten thousand dollar fine.


Montreaux Casino burns to the ground during a concert by The Mothers Of Invention. The incident is later immortalised by the opening band at the gig, Deep Purple, when they write the song ‘ Smoke On The Water’.

One week later Frank Zappa is pushed into an orchestra pit by a fan and suffers a broken leg and ankle as well as a fractured skull. He has to spend nine months in a wheelchair and an additional three months in a surgical brace.


‘Saturday Night Fever’ premieres in New York City, which popularizes and spreads the Disco craze.

The film is based on a 1976 New York magazine article entitled “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, whose author knew nothing about the Disco subculture, so he used his imagination and made the entire story up.

The film is one of the first to use cross-media marketing, where the single from the soundtrack, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ was used to promote the film and after it’s release the film made the entire soundtrack popular.

The ‘Saturday Night Fever’ album would go on to become the biggest selling soundtrack of all time.


‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ by Rupert Holmes ends the year at Number 1 and spends a total of three weeks in the top spot.


Hall & Oates have the Number 1 song in the US Singles chart with ‘Maneater’. The song would go on to become their biggest hit and help them become the most popular recording duo of all time.


Lionel Richie reaches Number 1 in the US Singles chart with ‘Say You Say Me’. It marks the ninth consecutive year that Richie has a chart topping hit, which began in 1977 with the Commodores and the song ‘Three Times A Lady’.


Kenny G sets a world record during a promotional stop in J&R Music World for his greatest hits album in New York. He takes a deep breath and then holds an E-flat tune on his saxophone for an amazing 45 minutes and 12 seconds.


James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, dies at the age of 73 after being hospitalized in Atlanta for pneumonia.

Scroll Call – December 2008

This month my iPod is randomly playing:

Alright, Okay, You Win! – Buddy & Ella Johnson
Brother’s Gonna Work It Out – Willie Hutch
Cafe Regio’s – Isaac Hayes
Drink To Moving On – Grand National
Easin’ In – Edwin Starr
Fragment Four (Love Won’t Leave Me Alone) (Idjut Boys Remix) – Kenneth Bager ft Jean Luc Ponty
Getting Cosy (Extended Mix) – The In Crowd
Hawaii 5-0 (Main Theme) – Morton Stevens
Indivisible – The Dirtbombs
Like You (Supermayer Mix) – Gui Boratto
Michael (Radio Edit) – Roy Davis Jr
New Slang – The Shins
Outside (Summer Remix) – Flipside
Pacific 101 (Remix Edit Version) – 808 State
Retarded – Afghan Wigs
Swan Lake – Blackalicious
Time Of The Seasaon – The Zombies
Witness Dub – Roots Manuva
Your Name – Tricky