So it’s 2017, at last.
For me, it was a beige, meh, 6.5/10.
Introspection’s never been my forté. What’s done is done, what’s not done is left to do. We move on.
If I dare tempt fate (and I do), there is cause for positivity in 2017, putting the inexorable march towards Brexit aside.
But first, a quick squizz through 2016 from this mawkish commentator, yours truly.
- The best thing I listened to last year was White by Weezer, quite possibly the best comeback album of all time and one that should rightly take its place alongside their 1994 classic Blue. It is, quite simply, flawless. If the Beach Boys were at their prolific best in 2016, this is the album they would have written. Honourable mentions include Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not by Dinosaur Jr, Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica, A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead, Music For An Infinite Universe by 65daysofstatic and, of course, Blackstar by David Bowie.
- The best things I watched last year were Hail, Caesar! and 10 Cloverfield Lane, although that’s just about it for 2016 films I actually saw.
I did some cool things last year, namely:
- Moved to London, specifically Tooting. It has been excellent.
- Finally saw Placebo after some 15 years waiting – and it was totally great too.
- Saw and reviewed Bowling For Soup (yes, really), Band Of Skulls (magnificent), We Are Scientists (nostalgic), The Stranglers (business as usual) and scratched my festival itch at BoomTown Fair and The Boileroom’s Always The Sun in Guildford.
- Also caught some of my favourite bands – Dinosaur Jr, 65daysofstatic, Alien Ant Farm performing ANThology in full and Weezer.
- I went to Croatia and Turkey (more on these shortly), made my now (very nearly) annual pilgrimages to Westendorf in Austria and Snowdonia (and later Anglesey too).
- Became a Top Gear presenter for a day, posed by the Cool Wall and became the star in the reasonably priced car (hot lap of 1:52:17 on a very wet track).
- Finally visited Kingfield to see Woking FC fight for a spot in the third round of the FA Cup. Sadly, it wasn’t to be.
- Interviewed Rob Llewellyn, Chris Barrie and Hattie Hayridge of Red Dwarf fame at Guildford Comic-Con.
- Got caught up in the Pokemon Go craze, resulting in this Surrey Ad spread.
- Got caught up in the No Man’s Sky hype too, spawning this equally wonderful Surrey Ad spread.
- Saw Gaz Coombes and Primal Scream at a pretty mega stag do (and the wedding wasn’t half bad either, ofc – ta Drennie and Jrennie!).
- Did important journalism about what people in Surrey call wood lice.
Et finalement, last year, I did a little round-up of those we sadly lost. This year, well, need I even remind you?