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Rick Witter Singer/songwriter with Shed Seven. Radio DJ on Minster FM

So 2005? Pah, I was way too old then (what does that make me now?). No, 1995 was where it was at, and to some extent, it still is if you listen to some new bands breaking through (Peace, Swim Deep etc etc).

It's not just about 1995 for me either to be honest. We actually only released one single that year Where Have You Been Tonight and the rest of the year was spent writing what would become one of our most popular albums A Maximum High which we gave birth to in '96. No, for me the whole decade was just a great, great time to be in a band and also to be a fan of music. Plain and simple fact.

The decade started with the dregs of Madchester, of which I was a big fan, and after a slight lull and a bit of shoegazing - again I was a big fan of Ride - there was suddenly a big rush of bands who wanted to be noticed, stand out and be different - which was ironic as somehow everyone got lumped into the same scene fondly remembered as Britpop.

This gave way to a lot of landmark events. Not least in '95 when the news at 10 were reporting the chart battle between Oasis and Blur!

Sadly, I think, that will never happen again as this generation of kids can just click a button and instantly have a song. I explain to my kids that I had to cycle into town, go to my local record store, browse the racks and agonise over desicions.

Do I get The Smiths Sheila Take a Bow 12 inch or the new release by the Soup Dragons with my milk round money? Oh the anguish! The kids look at me like I'm a nutter...

The point is, the excitement has been lost somewhere down the line. You don't generally get bands writing albums where every track's a winner anymore, whereas in the 90s, there were hundreds.

And I just can't see there being another big scene in music like there was in the 90s. Don't get me wrong, there's still some great music around nowadays as there was in the noughties but as I say, there is nothing like the excitement of the 90s.

Granted there are hardly any bands left from that era who are still active. However, The Sheds will be out on the road in December. If you want to relive the times I suggest you get yourself down to your nearest venue.

2005? It was okay but quite boring compared to the majesty of 1995.

I rest my case.

Oh and I'm 40, by the way.

For more details of Shed Seven's December tour, click here.

Meanwhile, Rick will be arguing the case for British music in 1995 on Channel 4's That Music Show which is hosted by Nick Grimshaw and is on Friday 2 August at 10pm.

Maggot Member of comedic rap group Goldie Lookin' Chain

Being asked to write about how 2005 was a good year for music and why it was better than 1995 filled me with some trepidation, how could you even compare the two, seeing that 1995 was the year that was covered in Britpop and its crowning glory was the unforgettable top of the chart rivalry between Blur and Oasis.

It's tough but don't discount 2005 as a lame duck in the history of music even if the biggest selling record of that year was James Blunt's You're Beautiful as there were many high points to celebrate (depending on your opinion) to go along with the inevitable lows of novelty hits and charity records that record companies insist on furnishing us with throughout the course of any year.

The heralding of new bands and the emergence of new scenes was a defining point when looking back to 2005 where we were introduced to a collection of a new wave of acts that have managed to stay the distance and are more prolific than ever. We were introduced to the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest selling debut album in British music history - no mean feat. And the Kaiser Chiefs were another Great British invention, storming the charts with their debut album Employment which included the chant-along anthem of I Predict A Riot. Bloc Party, Editors and The Rakes were other notably successful bands with angular guitar stylings who rocked countless festivals and concert venues up and down the country and led to a revivalist movement in British rock music coined 'Math rock' or 'Art Rock'.

Many bands saw their efforts being tagged a return to form in 2005 by critics and you'll have to agree that acts that had been around a while produced some of their best work in this year. Take, for example, Oasis with the album Don't Believe the Truth which spawned two great singles in Lyla and The Importance of Being Idle.

Another Manchester band, Doves, returned with their third studio album entitled Some Cities and it went straight to number one in the album chart. Super Furry Animals, who I rate as being the best band in the UK, released their seventh album Love Kraft and it was bloody marvellous. Add the Damon Albarn-fronted Gorillaz, who came back with their second album Demon Days, and you can see that 2005 was no slouch when it came to memorable popular music.

If you were a fan of Madonna then her come back in 2005 would have got you excited with the release of her album Confessions on a Dancefloor and number one hit Hung Up but I'm not and I didn't. While we are on the subject of high octane tit-rushing pop music special mention has to go the Sugababes who unleashed the raucous electropop hit Push the Button which grabbed hold of you if you went anywhere near it.

And if you need further convincing that 2005 was a good year for music then look no further than the return of the wonderful Kate Bush who, after 12 years between releases, came back with the album Aerial... And if that doesn't make 2005 a good year for music then I don't know what will.

So while 2005 might not have had the orchestrated drama for the top spot of the charts, the memorable sub genre of indie music swathed in the Union Jack and Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise, this year certainly held its own in terms of well rounded, well meaning popular music. I like to think that when you compare 2005 to 1995, the former has the edge because you got to see and hear acts who had honed their sound, knew what they were doing and matured to produce some of their best work to date.

On a personal note, 2005 was a year that I'll always remember as it was a great year for Goldie Lookin' Chain as we got to experience the higher echelons of the music industry, touring around the world and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney and U2 at award ceremonies. It's now our 10th anniversary year of doing live shows and to celebrate we're going back on the road in October and releasing a new album in September. You have been warned.

For more information about Goldie Lookin' Chain's new music and tour dates, click here.

Meanwhile, Maggot will be arguing the case for British music in 2005 on Channel 4's That Music Show which is hosted by Nick Grimshaw and is on Friday 2 August at 10pm.



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