OK, so this morning’s eclipse was pretty anticlimactic (another cloud-related disaster: we’re sure Apple can sympathise), but do you remember how the world looked last time the sun disappointed us? We do. Here’s how things were on 11th August 1999, and how they are now.
1. We’ve all stopped buying Ronan Keating CDs
When the 1999 eclipse happened, the number one single was Ronan Keating’s ‘When You Say Nothing At All’. Coincidentally, the number one album was Boyzone’s ‘By Request’. You’d almost certainly have bought them on CD: Napster had only been going for two months and iTunes was still two years away, since there were no iPods yet.
The radio was full of ATB’s ‘9pm (Til I Come)’ and Alice Deejay’s ‘Better Off Alone’.
Here in 2015, we’ve sadly lost a member of Boyzone, Stephen Gately, who died in 2009. Boyzone’s last album, ‘Dublin to Detroit,’ was released in November 2014 and reached number 14 in the UK album charts. Ronan Keating is currently performing the lead role in the West End musical, ‘Once,’ which closes in two days’ time.
Meanwhile, digital downloads have been and gone, and now just about everyone streams their music. The UK number one for today’s eclipse was ‘Lay Me Down’ by Sam Smith featuring John Legend, and Smith is also number one in the album charts with ‘In the Lonely Hour’. His first number one was in 2013, on Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’.
The most popular songs on the radio are Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ and Bruno Mars/Pharrell Williams’ ‘Uptown Funk’ – at least in our office, where it’s pretty much like someone’s just left a playlist of those two songs on loop.