1996; the year everyone suddenly became a football supporter again. Football came home, too. No, wait, it came back to England rather than China hosting an international tournament. That’s coming, by the way.
Anyway, you couldn’t move for people in pubs watching Euro ’96 although there genuinely was no substitute for being at Wembley as the team progressed. Especially when David Seaman’s penalty save morphed into the second English goal.
It was a moment when the football was the perfect accompaniment to the summer sunshine. And Manchester United bought Karol Poborsky off the back of one outrageous goal (at Villa Park, I think).
We said “Hi” to,
- A relatively successful England football team,
- Arsène Wenger as Arsenal manager,
- Our Friends In The North,
- Never Mind The Buzzcocks,
- as well as the bizarre sight of Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor Who. Then again, during the early to mid ’90s, you couldn’t watch a tv show without one of the McGann’s pitching up in it, if only to deliver a line which complains about the lack of McGann’s in the show.
And we said “Ciao” to,
- Spitting Image,
- Michael Bentine,
- Gene Kelly,
- Bob Paisley,
- Margaux Hemingway.
- George Burns,
- Jon Pertwee (Crap gag time: “I don’t feel well darling . Would you call me a doctor?” “Who?”),
- Ella Fitzgerald,
- Bruce Rioch as Arsenal manager,
- Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, who found out the hard way you only live once,
- Leslie Crowther, for whom the price of a funeral was right,
- Beryl Reid,
- Willie Rushton,
- Carl Sagan found all the answers to his questions about the universe (it’s all a big gag by the Duckbill Platypus)
The British record-buying public continue to astound me as I look back on what made it to the top of the charts. For a nation which has produced a myriad of original musicians and songwriters, you lot have a long history of waging war on good taste by buying genuinely crap records.
1996 was no different as somehow, Babylon Zoo, Boyzone, Deep Blue Something, Gary Barlow, George Michael, Gina G, Mark Morrison, Michael Jackson, Peter Andre, Robson & Jerome, Spice Girls, Take That, and The Fugees, all topped the charts.
Why, Britain, why?
Breaking the monotony was the last half-decent record Oasis recorded, Keef from the Prodigy scaring your granny, and the Chemical Brothers.
While you lot bought that, I was listening to this:
|1||England’s Irie||Black Grape|
|2||King of New York||Fun Lovin’ Criminals|
|3||Apollo Go Go||The Solarflares|
|4||You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For||Catatonia|
|6||Something 4 The Weekend||Super Furry Animals|
|7||Dance Of The Bad Angels||Tim Booth, Angelo Badalamenti|
|9||Slight Return||The Bluetones|
|11||Light Aircraft On Fire||The Auteurs|
|12||The Noise Of Carpet||Stereolab|
|13||Something’s Missing||The Lemonheads|
|14||Paintball’s Coming Home||Half Man Half Biscuit|
|15||6 Underground||Sneaker Pimps|
|16||I Believe||Tim Booth, Angelo Badalamenti|
|17||The Riverboat Song||Ocean Colour Scene|
|18||Where It’s At||Beck|
|19||Unsolved Child Murder||The Auteurs|
|21||Jesus Is My Girlfriend||Babybird|
|22||A Design for Life||Manic Street Preachers|
|23||In It For The Money||Supergrass|
|25||Carnt Be Trusted||The Bluetones|
|26||Funk Off||A Certain Ratio|
|27||Jack The Lad||Dodgy|
|28||Policemen & Pirates||Ocean Colour Scene|
|29||God! Show Me Magic||Super Furry Animals|
|30||What’s In the Box? (See Whatcha Got)||The Boo Radleys|
|31||Something for the Weekend||The Divine Comedy|
|34||Becoming More Like Alfie||The Divine Comedy|
|35||Scooby Snacks||Fun Lovin’ Criminals|
|36||If I Could Talk I’d Tell You||The Lemonheads|
|37||Lovefool – Radio Edit||The Cardigans|
|38||One To Another||The Charlatans|
|39||Sugar Is Sweeter – Original Mix||CJ Bolland|
|40||Semtex||The Third Eye Foundation|
|41||Setting Sun (Full Length)||The Chemical Brothers|
|43||Three Lions||Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds|
|44||Female Of The Species||Space|
|45||Girl About Town||Helen Love|
|47||2, 3, Go||The Wedding Present|
|48||The Man Don’t Give a Fuck||Super Furry Animals|
|49||Everything Must Go||Manic Street Preachers|