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Twenty Years of triple j's Hottest 100

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    January 13, 2018 9:57 AM HKT

    It's hard to overstate how important 1998 was for me. I'd just moved to Sydney to start university after fucking up my final exams years earlier. After various jobs and knocked back applications, I studied again and it all led up to this moment. The second reason 1998 was momentous was I got a job at a local record store in Newtown and this was the coolest thing I could imagine.

    I was into hip hop. I used to catch a 4 hour return trip to Sydney from the Blue Mountains to visit specialist record stores like Next Level and I immediately took a keen interest in the rap section of the shop. I'd always had an open mind to music thanks to my big brother but the store policy of each staff member choosing an album to play (one after another) meant that I was exposed to not only new music Cheap Cigarettes For Sale Online, but the passion that co-workers had for that music.

    I was a huge fan of Regurgitator's first album Tu-Plang and I loved their adventurousness and humour so when the more electronic pop of their next album Unit came out, I was all over it. They were exciting and a great live act. 1998 was also the year I finally appreciated Powderfinger. I remember completely falling for 'The Day You Come' - it felt like a revelation. Internationalist went from being another staff member's pick to being on my playlist Buy Discount Cigarettes.

    Speaking of Powderfinger, I'd taken to a song called 'Cigarettes Will Kill You' by Ben Lee cos there was something hip hop about the production of the song Newport Cigarettes For Sale. I loved the riff. I recently programmed it when I hosted Rage and the outro of the clip is horrible! I should've watched it first. Shit was like an awkward Bondi Gollum. I'd been going out with a girl at the time and she dug the song too - it was through her that I met Kenny Sabir, the founder of Elefant Traks and my life changed forever.

    What can I say? 1998 was when I was excited about The Living End. It was the year that You Am I released 'Heavy Heart' and the number one song in the Hottest 100 was 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy' by Offspring. YOU did this Australia! Eskimo Joe arrived on the scene with 'Sweater' and the only hip hop songs in the countdown were Tupac ('California Love') and Wyclef with 'Bubblegoose'. Bubblewhat? What were we thinking? And didn't Tupac die in 1996? Another stat from that year is Chef from South Park had 2 songs in the 100.

    Elefant Traks began in 1998 and we released music by hand delivering it to stores after burning the CDs on our home computers and printing artwork on our printers. CD-Rs used to cost a couple of dollars each and we could only print one disc at a time. Things have changed.

    You should check your music collection or the Hottest 100 from 1998 - there are some true classics from both Australia and beyond Cigarettes Online Store.

    What were you listening to music on?Mainly CDs

    What sort of gigs were you going to, and where?Lofi hip hop gigs at venues like Newtown Globe, The Hopetoun and The Metro. Acts like Meta Bass Breath, Frenzal Rhomb and heaps of local underground hip hop. There was some exciting hip hop shows but they always incorporated a big element of DJs and breakdancing. A lot of the shows advertised graff being part of the show. It was all about embracing the whole culture Newports Cigarettes Price.

    How did you find out about new music?Through record stores and friends.

    How did you contact your friends?Mainly landline and mobile phones. Sometimes email but it wasn't as immediate as it is now - email wasn't on phones.

    What were you reading, watching playing?I read a lot of street press and music mags like Juice, Stealth Mag and Rolling Stone. I was watching South Park and The Simpsons among other shows.
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