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It’s amazing how much the world can change in 20 years and one true measure of that was reliving the triple j Hottest 100 from 1999 on the digital radio Double J. ’99, and maybe a couple of years either side, might just be one of the greatest triple j Hottest 100 eras ever. Compare the 100 from ’99 to what was voted as the hottest 100 songs from last year and you’ll get a completely different list. The only song that linked the 90’s to 2019 was a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Bulls On Parade’.
It’s not just that the world has changed, I feel like I have changed over the past 20 years (who knew, huh?) because songs I disliked or even hated back then are songs I really like now. Examples include Blink 182’s ‘All The Small Things’ and ‘What’s My Age Again’ and ‘Around The World’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers. But at the same time there’s songs I hated back them and I hate even more now; ‘Weir’ by Killing Heidi, almost anything by Powderfinger and most of the shit from Silverchair’s ’99 album, a lot of which landed in the ’99 Hottest 100. It seems the irony is, not matter which Hottest 100 I listen to, it’s almost always the more popular songs that shit me to tears. Sure, we all bemoan the fact that triple j doesn’t play the same sort of music they did back 20 years ago “when it was good” but let’s honest, apart from reliving one hundred songs from 20 years ago once a year, would you really want to keep listening to the same old music? Sure, we might have the CD compilations or Spotify playlists we’ve created, but I know for a fact I wouldn’t be able to listen to music from the 90’s for 20 years straight. Now, excuse me, I’m off to listen to some Fear Factory, Sepultura, Pantera, and early Tool.
In other news
Okilly Dokilly and Dr Colossus will be at the Corner Hotel on Saturday February 15.
Cattle Decapitation will play Melbourne’s Max Watts on Wednesday February 19.
Download Festival featuring Deftones, Carcass, Testament, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, and not much else, will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds on Friday March 20.
Me And That Man will release their new album New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1 on Friday March 27.
Blacken Open Air festival will be held over Easter weekend, 2020. Easter Sunday will be April 12. Handy to know if you’re looking for cheap flights to NT well in advance.
Abysmal Dawn will release their new album Phylogenesis on Friday April 17.
Nile will be at Melbourne’s Max Watts on Sunday April 26.
Iron Maiden will play Rod Laver Arena on Monday May 11.
Venom Inc. and Exciter will be at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday June 13.
Parkway Drive will play Melbourne Arena on Saturday June 20.
Abbath will be a Melbourne’s on Saturday September 26.
Check out this edition’s of THTH’s Spotify playlist by searching for playlist: THTH732 or by searching spotify:user:TooHeavyToHug or click here.
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Written by Paul Taylor