The biggest disappointments of 2008
Under The Internet Act Of 2004 we are legally bound to post some lists in December. These lists (by design) are used to summarise the year in easy to understand bullet points and for the next week or so we will put together some carefully constructed summaries that hopefully capture our love, hate and concise feelings towards the last 12 months.
So let's kick this off with a list of things that let us down, angered us, frustrated us and made us laugh and/or cry.
TV On The Radio - Dear Science
Ok, so maybe we are in the minority with our thoughts of this album BUT we didn't want TVOTR to release a jazzed-up-pop-funk record. We wanted the love child of Cookie Mountain and Bloodthirsty Babes - with just a sprinkle of jizz from the Young Liars EP. Sure, Dead Science is still very very enjoyable BUT it's not good enough to lick the perspiration off the face of either of their previous two records.
At The Drive-In didn't reform
Mars Volta continue to make guitar masturbatory jams and Sparta continue to be boring emo pricks. Hurry up and repair the wounds and complete your destiny. Extra disappointment: Minor Threat also didn't reform.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring didn't win the ARIA
Sure they were an outside outside outside OUTSIDE chance AND there were conflicting stories on whether or not they even attended the award show BUT come on!!! It would have been the best thing to happen to Australian music since the time that Australian Idol dropout smacked Molly Meldrum in the face with his extended microphone.
Weezer released ANOTHER shit album
Despite the incredible album cover Weezer Red was an overcooked snooze-fest. For those playing along at home - that's 2 good albums, 2 average ones and 2 stinkers. The next one is the clincher.
Talons didn't release their debut album
Even with a handbag FUN-draising party and the band selling themselves, their hair and their dignity on several occasions OUR FAVOURITE Sydney band (yeah, we said it!) still didn't manage to CON-vince a record label to put their album out. 2009? Let's fucking hope so.
The new version of Beverly Hills 90210 got axed! TWICE!!!
We do realise that this isn't really music related BUT it makes it no less VERY VERY FUCKING TRAGIC. Words can't describe the pain. This never would have happened if they had just agreed to put Tori Spelling in the show. Sure, her acting skillz make Nicole Kidman look like Audrey fucking Hepburn BUT it was certainly the one thing that cursed the 'class of oh eight' from the get go.
The total lack of new albums by Die! Die! Die!, Sunset Rubdown and The Mint Chicks
On the flip side - all three bands are scheduled to release something new next year! 2009 will be greatest year in music history. It will probably be too good. The world will more than likely wank itself to death over the NEW HOT shit that is gonna come out next year. For realz.
Radiohead didn't make it to Australia
They found plenty of time to set-up remix contests, protest against everything and host a billion-or-so web/videocasts BUT couldn't be assed jumping on a plane and heading our way. Fuckers.
Not enough Dead Farmers
Someone PLEASE inject a billion dollars into the Marrickville music scene already. Fuck!
Coldplay didn't break up and/or die
Word is that the group will finally call it quits in 2009 and put the world out of it's misery BUT until then we have to continue to put up with their brainless self-obsessed crap. Urgh.
Black Kids didn't live up to their hype OR their awesome band name
Booooooooo. Music that went from lo-fi greatness to an over-polished turd in five minutes flat.
Feel free to throw your own list of things that let you down in 2008 in the comments.