Sunday, January 06, 2008

This week just gone

These are the most-accessed individual stories from 2007, counting only those published last year:

1. Beth Ditto strips naked for the NME
2. Radio One: the first 40 years
3. RIP: Casey Calvert
4. Kerry Katona: 'sex tape isn't me'
5. RIP: Tony Thompson
6. Mariah Carey does Playboy
7. Jo O'Meara claims she was the victim of her bullying
8. Casey Calvert - cause of death
9. Akon hands out free dildo vouchers to kids
10. Jo O'Meara: 'Indians are thin because they undercook their food'
11. Pete Doherty sells Kate out to papers to win her back
12. RIP: Rod Poole
13. Sarah Harding sells pants; Mail fumes
14. RIP: Donda West
15. Von Sudenfed video on YouTube

As part of Christmas in 1987, we suggested these were some of the year's best albums:

Wedding Present - George Best Probably the high-point of 1980s British indie

Husker Du - Warehouse Mould & Hart wrap up with double-length, softer collection

Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician We still maintain this is where Beck cribbed all his early ideas from

Pixies - Come On Pilgrim You know that he loves you

Jesus And Mary Chain - Darklands They were plotting their 2007 comeback even then, you know

Primal Scream - Sonic Flower Groove ... and the Mary Chain's drummer was doing alright, too

Eric B And Rakim - Paid In Full Possibly the start of the 'rappers obsessed with cash' cultural norm

Jane Siberry - The Walking Before she went on to invent Radiohead

Spaceman Three - Perfect Prescription Pierce, Boom and, erm, Bassman make their first post-percussive steps

Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun For their efforts, DCD are rewarded with the most point-missing Amazon review of all time ("ok if you are into indian restaraunt background music")

Belinda Carlisle - Heaven On Earth Not entirely the most successful of the post-Go-Gos transformations

Big Black - Songs About Fucking The start of Steve Albini moving into his Imperial Phase

REM - Document Stipe's breakthrough album; it would take a while for him to find his way home afterwards

The Go-Betweens - Tallulah Although overshadowed by Liberty Belle..., does include the sublime Bye Bye Pride