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

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