Times of our Lives: 2008 – Same As It Ever Was

After the violent authoritarianism of the Spanish establishment in Catalunya, it was a staggering coincidence to find Bob Marley’s fine 1979 album was released 38 years ago on this day. From memory, it was the second Marley album I heard after Rastaman Vibrations, which a friend opens. While The Clash and The Ruts opened my ears to reggae, friends once again opened my eyes.

2008 was little better than now for different reasons, as the greed of the banks and financial ‘elite’ wrecked the world, forcing a recession upon all of us. The poorest were hardest hit, with uprisings across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mother Nature then wrought havoc with a cyclone hitting Myanmar and an earthquake in China.

The journey to hell in a handcart is taking us a lot longer than I thought it would.

As well as sanity, we said goodbye to:

  • Gus Chambers
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Richey Edwards (declared legally dead)
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Roy Schneider
  • Reg Varney
  • Harold Pinter
  • Barry Morse
  • Jack Douglas
  • Danny Federici
  • Al Wilson
  • Jimmy McGriff
  • Bo Diddley
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Johnny Moore
  • Neal Hefti
  • Levi Stubbs
  • Odetta
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Vincent Ford

The playlist for the year is here:


Title Band
I Ain’t Mad At Ya Lady Dottie & The Diamonds
The ’59 Sound The Gaslight Anthem
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Gamma Ray Beck
Standing Next To Me The Last Shadow Puppets
Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk The Wedding Present
Roscoe Midlake
Dance Dance Dance The Burning Hell
Amylase Cajun Dance Party
Paris Friendly Fires
Down, Down, Down A Certain Ratio
On The Night Train Trevor Exter
Started Out With Nothin Seasick Steve
Take My Love With You Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves
White Hair The Wind-Up Birds
The Thrill of Thirty Seconds Skint & Demoralised
Queen Of The Supermarket Bruce Springsteen
The Thing I Like Best About Him is His Girlfriend The Wedding Present
Mr. Love & Justice Billy Bragg
Give ’em What They Want The Love Me Nots
The Neautral Countries The Wind-Up Birds
Standing Next To Me The Last Shadow Puppets
Have You Made Up Your Mind Paul Weller
Wanna Smoke Graham Day And The Gaolers
Gunpowder Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Am I Wasting My Time Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves
Miserabilia Los Campesinos!
Soul Of A Man Beck
The Backseat The Gaslight Anthem
Mama’s Fried Potatoes The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band



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