The TATP Years: 2004
2004? But that was only last week surely, Ben! Well, as much as it feels like it was nary a blink ago, a newly enrolling uni student this year would have been only just in double figures then. Bastards. Hating all young people aside, 2004 was an odd year for pop stood as it was on the cusp of Simon Cowell‘s forthcoming domination of the chart landscape but also coming just before downloads and broadband internet were taken for granted.
TATP’s musical palette hopefully gets a good selection of all this with tunes from The Concretes, Fountains Of Wayne, Girls Aloud, Air, The Polyphonic Spree, Kelis ft Andre 3000, Jamie Cullum, Annie, The Futureheads, The Go! Team, Kylie, They Might Be Giants, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Travis and a fascinating guide to some place called Stoke On Trent.
It was also the year that at least one of the TATP team stopped listening to Radio 1 as Mark and Lard (heard at the start of the run on the ascendant in 1997) finally hung up their pixiedancing boots and went to pastures new (or Radios 2 and 6 to be more accurate.) And with them went much of the playfulness and the final embers of the old R1 to be replaced by post-ironic over enthusiasm and shouting.
Along with their final moments, there are clips from The Wire, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Harry Hill’s Ghost Of A Christmas Past, Mean Girls, Veronica Mars, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, French and Saunders, Armando Iannucci – Mobile Phones Off!, Napoleon Dynamite, Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow, Strong Bad’s SBemails and Lost.
Download it here or via our new iTunes page which you can find here. A Mixcloud upload will be along later but no bugger uses it much so it might be a while yet. Thanks to everyone who gave us a nice review / rating on iTunes – more are always appreciated though. YEAH!