Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about the music of 1998.
- 1998 was 25 years ago!
- Jay turned 31, Phil turned 29
- The one-hit wonders were abundant
- Alt-rock was fading in popularity
- MTV was predominantly airing programming that wasn't videos
- MP3s became another way to share/steal music
- Paved the way for Napster and eventually the near-collapse of the music industry
- Pop was taking over: Britney, Backstreet Boys, N Sync
- Artists who started out great and then just sold out/sucked
- Phil's non-top 5's: PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Drive-By Truckers, Pearl Jam, Government Mule, Mark Lanegan, Jerry Cantrell, Tragically Hip, Neutral Milk Hotel
- The Hip played at Woodstock '99 (correction: it was the weekend after JFK Jr.'s plane crash)
- To be continued
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