Paul’s Forgotten ’00s

While not as groundbreaking or musically formative as the 1980s & 1990s, the 2000s is certainly worth a least one series of forgotten singles. In this instance your mileage will certainly vary and many will argue that some of these are quite well-remembered. Part 1 takes looks through the indie lens early in the decade – when John Peel was still alive. Part 2 concentrates on a mix of established artists primarily in the alternative sphere while the third instalment is purely pop. Part 4 will raise eyebrows and drive the hipsters mad as it could be viewed as an exercise in chilled blandness. The final part takes me back to the festival circuit as the Celtic Tiger came to an end. Many of these acts played memorable sets at Oxegen and / or Electric Picnic, both which now seem a lifetime away. The photo was taken in parents’ front garden during that glorious summer of 2000.

Part 1
01 Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan
02 The Gentle Waves – Falling From Grace
03 Broadcast – Come On, Let’s Go
04 Stereolab – Captain Easychord (Single Version)
05 Belle & Sebastian – Legal Man
06 PJ Harvey – Good Fortune
07 Cinerama – Wow (Single Version)
08 Helen Love – Shifty Disco Girl
09 Melys – Chinese Whispers
10 Pulp – The Trees
11 Ballboy – Where Do The Nights Of Sleep Go When They Do Not Come To Me
12 The Delgados – Coming In From The Cold
13 Low – Dinosaur Act
14 Monster Movie – Ooby (EP Version)
15 The Breeders – Off You
16 Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Twist The Knife
17 Hefner – Alan Bean
18 The French – Gabriel In The Airport
19 Looper – Mondo ’77
20 Boards Of Canada – In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country


Part 2
01 REM – Imitation Of Life
02 Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
03 Manic Street Preachers – There By The Grace Of God
04 U2 – Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
05 Peter Gabriel – More Than This (Radio Edit)
06 David Bowie – Everyone Says Hi (Edit)
07 Radiohead – Knives Out
08 Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life (Radio Edit)
09 The Cure – Cut Here
10 Blur – Out Of Time
11 The Divine Comedy – Come Home Billy Bird
12 Echo & The Bunnymen – Stormy Weather
13 Depeche Mode – Precious
14 The Tears – Refugees
15 Hal – Play The Hits
16 The Thrills – Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?
17 Interpol – PDA (EP Version)
18 Morrissey – You Have Killed Me
19 Paul Weller – Echoes Around The Sun
20 Neil Young – Let’s Impeach The President


Part 3
01 Madonna – Celebration
02 Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
03 Jamelia – Beware Of The Dog
04 Nelly Furtado – Maneater (Radio Version)
05 The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name (Radio Edit)
06 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – If I Can’t Dance
07 Alesha Dixon – The Boy Does Nothing
08 Annie – I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates You Now
09 Sugababes – About You Now (Radio Edit)
10 Lady Gaga – Poker Face
11 Robyn – With Every Heartbeat (Radio Edit)
12 The Saturdays – Up (Radio Edit)
13 La Roux – Bulletproof
14 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit)
15 Lily Allen – The Fear
16 Mini Viva – I Wish (Radio Edit)
17 Sebastien Tellier – Divine
18 Pet Shop Boys – Love etc
19 The Sound Of Arrows – Into The Clouds
20 Girls Aloud – Untouchable (Radio Version)


Part 4
01 Air – Playground Love
02 Britney Spears – Everytime
03 Norah Jones – Sunrise
04 Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles
05 Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
06 José González – Heartbeats
07 Richard Hawley – Coming Home
08 Emily Barker – Despite The Snow
09 Jane Weaver – Is Everyone Happy?
10 Kings Of Convenience – Mrs Cold
11 I Am Kloot – Dark Star
12 Badly Drawn Boy – Silent Sigh
13 The Feeling – Sewn (Radio Edit)
14 James Morrison – You Make It Real
15 Athlete – Wires (Radio Edit)
16 KT Tunstall – The Other Side Of The World
17 Coldplay – Clocks (Radio Edit)
18 James Blunt – 1973
19 Paolo Nutini – Last Request
20 Portishead – The Rip


Part 5
01 Schneider TM & KPT.Michi.Gan – The Light 3000
02 Royksopp – Remind Me (Radio Edit)
03 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
04 Goldfrapp – Strict Mountain (Single Mix)
05 Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch (Single Version)
06 The Strokes – 12:51
07 Tapes ‘n Tapes – Insistor
08 Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
09 Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
10 Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor (Radio Edit)
11 The Rapture – House Of Jealous Lovers (Radio Edit)
12 LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (Radio Edit)
13 Daft Punk – Human After All
14 Chemical Brothers – Galvanize (Edit)
15 Groove Armada featuring Stush & Red Rat – Get Down (Radio Edit)
16 M.I.A. – Paper Planes
17 Vitalic – My Friend Dario
18 Bloc Party – Flux
19 MGMT – Kids (Radio Edit)
20 Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

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