Jim Carroll

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10, 20, 30: the magic numbers when it comes to pop anniversaries

Here are some of the anniversaries you can expect to see covered widely in 2014

Marvin Gaye: 2014 marks 30 years since his death in 1984

Fri, Dec 27, 2013, 10:00


Pop loves its anniversaries. There’s nothing like a ten or 20 year landmark to persuade record labels to reissue an album with new lavish packaging and extensive liner-notes to entice people to buy a phsyical copy of something they already own or can stream for free on Spotify or You Tube.

These events can also lead one of the few music magazines still on your newsagent’s shelves to do a lengthy retrospective piece on the band or album to go with the lengthy retrospective piece on the band or album from the previous anniversary. Everyone’s a winner!

You can easily predict what some of 2014’s big anniversaries will be. The death of Kurt Cobain in April 1994 will mean a flurry of grunge recollections and rewinds this coming year, while it’s 30 years since Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father. Meanwhile, you can expect plenty oral histories around the second Woodstock festival, which took place in 1994, and probably a flock of TV and radio pieces on Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” 30 years on.

It’s two decades since Jeff Buckley released “Grace” and, even though that album seems to have reissued and repackaged a dozen times, there’s sure to be another rush of blood to the head about it. It’s also 20 years since Oasis first swaggered into view with “Definitely Maybe” so, unfortunately, you’ll have to put up with lots of Gallagher guff in the months ahead.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the 10 year anniversary of Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Superbowl will be marked. It’s 30 years since BBC Radio One decided to ban Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” – perhaps the broadcaster should ban something else this year to mark the occasion?

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