Times Of Our Lives: 2004 – Stopped Dead In My Tracks

I stopped dead in my electronic tracks the other day. Kidd Creole was up before the beaks on a murder charge, so the headlines screamed, with a photo below which showed the years had not been kind to August Darnell nor the apparent facelift he’d had.

Indeed, there was something of the Jocelyn Wildenstein about him, a face defiled beyond recognition by the surgeon’s scalpel. This generation’s Elephant Man.

You’re way ahead of me, of course. It wasn’t August Darnell but one of the members of the Furious Five, bringing to mind the Not the Nine O’Clock News sketch about Gerald the Gorilla; “Wild? I was absolutely livid”. If murder is only them being furious, I’d hate to know them when they are jolly angry.

It was the first time I’d known there was another Kidd Creole. The extra ‘d’ being quite important you sense but not enough for many others like myself. August had to announce the difference between the two men on social media…

Not that this case of mistaken identity is particularly new, as any Jimmy Hendricks will tell you. H suffered as well, in a particularly gruesome way. And don’t get me started on the case of Janis Japlin; it took her years to recover.

Another thing I didn’t know was that Mick Talbot had been a member of the house band on the National Lottery Show in 1999. I never watched it is probably the reason why I didn’t know this but it was something of a shock to find that out this morning. Mighty have fallen, etc.

Almost as much as seeing Rick Astley on the same bill as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds for a concert where the proceeds go to the victims of the Manchester bombing. Enjoy that day, one and all.

But today’s post is about 2004 as it’s the year Times of our Lives reached and in time-honoured tradition, we bade farewell to:

  • Peter Ustinov
  • Ray Charles
  • Marlon Brando
  • Jerry Goldsmith
  • Johnny Ramone
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Christopher Reeve
  • John Peel
  • Doris Troy
  • Gene
  • John McGeoch
  • Les Gray
  • Russ Meyer

So to the playlist. A half-decent year music-wise, which you won’t be able to discern from this lot….

Title Band
The Revolution Will Be Televised Smoove
I Have To Quit You The Solution
The Power Is On The Go! Team
There She Goes, My Beautiful World Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I Can’t Get Behind That William Shatner
The Bottle Paul Weller
Take Your Mama Scissor Sisters
Somebody Told Me The Killers
Something 4 the Weekend Super Furry Animals
The Day John Henry Died Drive-By Truckers
You Byrn Me Up & Down The Satelliters
Me and Mia Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
45 R.P.M. The Alarm
It Don’t Get Much Better Than This Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club
Thinking Of You Paul Weller
Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
The Bucket Kings of Leon
Stack Shot Billy The Black Keys
(Drawing) Rings Around the World Super Furry Animals
The Happy Goth The Divine Comedy
An Open Letter To NYC Beastie Boys
Hit The City Mark Lanegan
Bittersweet Bundle of Misery Graham Coxon
The Outsiders R.E.M.
Whorehouse Blues Motörhead
What Became of the Likely Lads The Libertines
In the Poppy Fields The Alarm
Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe? The Dears
Abattoir Blues Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Spiders (Kidsmoke) Wilco



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