Volume 92, Issue 54

Wednesday, December 9, 1998

and to all a goodnight


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 1998



Season's greetings from the Arts and Entertainment department. 1998 marked some highs and lows in the entertainment industry and we, the astute A&E editors, have taken it upon ourselves to provide you, the keen reader, with the year-end opinions from those in the field, as well as those of our fellow journalists. Ho Ho Ho.



Mark "The Big" Lewandowski, A&E editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Bobby Digital by RZA – Prepare to be digitized.

2. ACME by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Hottest man in rock and roll.

3. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill – Who knew?



Worst Album

Ghetto Supastar by Pras – Send this Fugee back.



Best Movies

1. There's Something About Mary – Funny.

2. Your Friends and Neighbours – Scary.

3. The Truman Show – Carrey.



Worst Movie

Ringmaster – Jerry Springer should keep it in the trailer park.



Best Music Artist

Beastie Boys – Still nasty.



Best Actor

Cameron Diaz – Hottest Hollywood commodity since rhinoplasty.



Best Music Video

"Space Lord" by Monster Magnet and "Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson – These guys should have a glam-off.



Worst Music Video

"Hard Knock Life" by Jay Z – The Rolls Royce really shows off the hard-knocks, Jay.



Christina "Veggie" Vardanis, A&E editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. This is Hardcore by Pulp – Exactly.

2. Hello Nasty by the Beastie Boys – Because they can't, they won't and they don't stop.

3. Navy Blues by Sloan – A huge leap for this Halifax band on all accounts. A defining album.



Worst Album

Jewel's new drivel. Shut up already.



Worst Movie

The Horsewhisperer



Best Music Artist

Lauryn Hill – Because she does it with class.



Best Actor

Ben Stiller – From a "Mary" addict to a smack addict to a sex addict. There's something to be said for versatility.



Worst Celebrity

Celine Dion – Near far, near far, yada yada yada. Let's try something new.



Best Music Video

"Poets" by The Hip – It's great to see Gordie have some fun. Honourable mention to "She Says What She Means" by Sloan – intelligent and infectious.



Worst Music Video

"You Get What You Give" by The New Radicals – They took a horrible song and made it garbage.



Clare "Cusack" Elias, A&E editor, The Gazette

Best Albums

1. Is This Desire? by PJ Harvey – An incredible diva. The album kicks ass from start to finish, in classic, distorted Harvey style.

2. Celebrity Skin by Hole – A break from their tribute to punk and definitely a change for the better. A solid album all the way through.

3. 1980-1990 and B-sides by U2 – Brought me back to my youth (sniff, tear) then comforted me with some awesome remixes I, of course, "the U2-live virgin," hadn't heard.



Worst Album

Closer I Get by Hayden – In Haydenesque style – slow and mellow. This album teeters on monotony and is in no way a break in new directions.



Worst Film

Deep Impact – Deeply wasted my time. I'll never get those two hours back.



Best Music Artist

Courtney Love – Despite it all she rises above the media with defiance, vengeance and intelligence.



Best Television

Sex in the City – A witty show which strikes a chord with reality.



Worst Television

Felicity – Completely unrealistic portrayal of a neurotic university student. Hey take a cue from me.



Best Music Video

"Spark" by Tori Amos



Worst Music Video

"Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant – Song's cool, but she's way too happy and the circus freaks really freak me out.



Rose Slanic, publicist, Attic Records

Best Albums

1. Visions of Disorder by Imprint – Loud and hard. One of the best new acts!

2. Strangeland ST. by Strangeland – all the best new metal/loud bands on one!

3. Obsolete by Fear Factory – Great band and CD! The digipak includes Gary Numan's "Cars."



Best Music Video

Fear Factory's Resurrection – too bad no one has seen it in Canada.



Worst Music Video

Alanis Morrisette's "Thank U" – Too much naked for one person.

Andrea Lewis, publicist, Mercury/Polygram Records

Best Albums

1. Phantom Power by The Tragically Hip – These Canadian geniuses continue to outdo themselves and prove their limitless musical talent. Some of Gord's most brilliant lyrics to date. They never fail to astound me

2. Wonderland Park by Ednaswap – The L.A.-based group who are responsible for Natalie Imbruglia's surprise ascent to the top of the charts.

3. Holiday Man by The Flys – Typical, perhaps... but I saw this band live and they totally kicked ass. The CD delivers more diversity than you may expect based on the first single, which is still one of the coolest sounding songs of the year.



Bryan Webb, music director, CHRW 94.7 FM

Best Albums

1. Kicking a Dead Pig Remixes by Mogwai – Some of the most innovative artists from the United Kingdom remixing Scotland's masters of atmospheric instrumentalism. Trendsetting.

2. End Hits by Fugazi – Powerful, political and innovative. This band is the reason punk's not dead.

3. TNT by Tortoise – The most versatile band of the decade.



Best Music Artist

Elliot Smith – The proof that the future of songwriting lies beyond the mainstream.



Perry "Elvis" Monaco, promotions director, CHRW 94.7 FM

Best Albums

1. Navy Blues by Sloan – Great guitar riffs. This will be a classic rock album one day.

2. Dance of the Headless Bourgoise??? by NoMeansNo – Another super album by a super band.

3. I Have Much to Report by Sully – The best album I have heard in a long time.



Worst Album

I Mother Our Lady Smash Mouth Goo-Suckatron 20.



Best Music Video

"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by the Offspring – I want to break dance like that guy.



Worst Music Video

"Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson – I thought this guy's whole goal was NOT to be a rock star.



Mark Pytlik, A&E writer

Best Albums

1. X/O by Elliot Smith – Consistently brilliant, emotional and innovative.

2. Rufus Wainwright by Rufus Wainwright – The classiest pop album of the decade.

3. You've Come a Long Way Baby by Fatboy Slim – A rare dance album that only gets better with repeated listens.



Worst Album

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too by the New Radicals – Someone owes Ben Folds a big thank you kiss.

Best Music Artist

Elliot Smith – In a year laden with rap, swing and boy bands, Smith made waves with an acoustic guitar and great songs.



Best Music Video

U.N.K.L.E., "Rabbit in your headlights" – Sadly underplayed. Cinematic and epic in scope.



Worst Music Video

Alanis Morrissette "Thank U" – She's back, she's thankful and she's naked. Make it go.



Jamie Lynn, Managing editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. This Is Hardcore by Pulp – The best album of Pulp's career too bad nobody heard it. The band's swaggering rhythms mixed with Jarvis Cocker's painfully sharp and sexy lyrics about coming to terms with life's changes made for 98's crowning listening experience.

2. Up by R.E.M - When the going got tough after Bill Berry's departure, R.E.M. got Up and made their finest record since Automatic For The People. Up is a challenging, but rewarding listen, filled with lush sounds and intricately layered melodies. Experimentally delicious.

3. Psyence Fiction by U.N.K.L.E. – Hearing a collaboration between Mo Wax's two premiere beat Messiahs, DJ Shadow and James Lavalle, is reason enough to love this trippy album. But the addition of artists like Thom Yorke and Richard Ashcroft only manage to sweeten the experience.



Lisa Weaver, Deputy editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Moon Pix by Cat Power – Beautiful and honest.

2. In an Expression of the Unexpressible by Blonde Redhead – Woohoo!

3. In an Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel – Great use of the sound of a saw instrument thingy.



Worst album

1965 by Afghan Whigs – Too many "ooh babys."



Best Music Artist

Sleater Kinney – Because they suggest a positive image of women in music by not being "women" in "music." And they put on a rockin' show.



Worst Celebrity

Courtney Love – She's a hypocritical sell out. I miss the old Courtney.



Aaron Cooper, A&E writer.

Best Albums

1. Hello Nasty by the Beastie Boys – They're better than Jesus and apple pie together.

2. Psyence Fiction by U.N.K.L.E. – Thom Yorke, DJ Shadow, Mike D., Richard Ashcroft. Nuff said.

3. X/O by Elliot Smith – Mucho good for a guy and a guitar.



Worst album

Can-I-Bus by Canibus – Way below expectations.



John Dinner, Sports editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Phantom Power by The Tragically Hip – Foot stompin' groovy.

2. Yield by Pearl Jam – Tame and wild at the same time.

3. Offspring – Funny, funny shit.



Worst Celebrity

Charlie Sheen – He gives a bad name to drugs.



Brahm Wiseman, Graphics editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Psyence Fiction by U.N.K.L.E. – Some damn good music.

2. This is the Tom Green Show by M.C. Face – M.C. Face is not Tom Green, but he's one bad ass rapper.

3.Tical 2000: Judgement Day by Method Man – Hey Meth! What's that shit that you be smokin'?



Best Music Artist

RZA – Wu-Tang Forever, Bobby Digital and Tical all came out this year.



Luke Rundle, Graphics editor, The Gazette.

Best Movies

1. There's Something About Mary

2. The Truman Show

3. Bret Hart: Wrestling With Shadows



Best Actor

Edward Norton – The next DeNiro in terms of intensity.



Worst Celebrity

Dr. Laura – for being the uber-hypocrite.



Neil Malhotra, Opinions editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Combustication by Medeski Martin & Wood – Their most original piece of work to date.

2. Painted from Memory by Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach.

3. Bobby Digital by RZA – A concept album that's actually good.



Worst Album

Stunt by The Barenaked Ladies.



Tom Everett, program director, CHRW 94.7 FM.

Best Albums

1. X/O by Elliot Smith – Wonderful lyrics, beautiful harmony and the song "Waltz #2" which I am very, very obsessed with.

2. Rhythm Combination by Clifford Gilberto – Really good Ninja Tune Drum and Bass mixed with Coltrane-esque Jazz. So good.

3. Second Palla by Toronto Tabla Ensemble – Quite simply one of the finest drum albums ever.



Worst Album

Hard to Swallow by Vanilla Ice.



Dipesh Mistry, Photo editor, The Gazette.

Best Albums

1. Mezzanine by Massive Attack – Made for some damn good Adidas commercials during the World Cup.

2. Hello Nasty by The Beastie Boys

3. Come Clean by Curve – It's everything all at once.












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