Music News: The Year That Was - October

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Mark Thomson

02nd January 2008
At 15:55 GMT

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October was always destined to be a quiet month. Everyone still proverbially hung over from the summer festivals, not particularly wanting to brave the climatic winter change.

But on the very first day of October, one of the biggest bands in Britain announced a new LP, and quite possibly changed the face of music forever. In an announcement less expected than the Spanish Inquisition, Radiohead set forth plans to release their new album on the 10th October.

Ten bloody days?! Are you kidding us?! How?! Why?! Those were just some of the emotions that we at the Strange Glue office went through.

Yet in one fell swoop, the band had created a second wave, a new wave (if you will) and suddenly everyone was thinking of "doing a Radiohead".

The LP came out on the 10th October, with a rumoured 1 million people scrambling to download the ten tracks. Radiohead may not have changed the world, but they certainly turned the music industry up on its head.

Here's one of the tracks from the album, 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place':


There was thankfully a period of October that wasn't infested with the nuances behind the making and downloading of 'In Rainbows'. On October 16th, we were greeted with the sensational news that Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, had had his brand new solo LP confiscated by America's Department For Homeland Security.

He explained: "He [the courier] got to the border and he had all his paperwork and it was all cool, only they turned him away, and they confiscated the drive and gave it to the computer-forensics division of our Homeland Security-type people... And now I couldn't even venture a guess as to where it is, or what it's doing there. I mean, I can't just call their customer-service centre and ask about my drive. There's nothing I can do. I don't know if we can hire an attorney ... is there a black-hole attorney? You can't take a black hole to court."

And finally, Liverpool was selected by MTV to put on the European Music Awards in 2008. The Echo Arena will put on its biggest gig yet, and it all fits in rather perfectly with Liverpool being the "Capital of Culture" during 2008.

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