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Dig Your Own Poll - NME, 30th January 1999

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Title: Dig Your Own Poll
Publication: NME
Date: Saturday 30th January 1999
Photos: Roger Sargent


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Last year it was Veve, Verve, Verve...with a little Radiohead chucked in for good measure. But 12 months is an awful long time in rock'n'roll and this year The Verve are pretty much stuck on the ring road outside Nowheresvile when it comes to your affections.

Nineteen-ninety-eight was the year that proved that size does matter. The Manics got their first Number One, began playing stadia and romped home with the lion's share of the votes in four major categories. They won Best Band with over twice as many votes as their nearest rivals, the fast-rising Stereophonics. 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' again polled double the shout for Embrace's 'The Good Will Out'... and then some! Ditto 'If You Tolerate This...', which went near to trebling the vote for Placebo's 'Pure Morning' and repeated the romp in the Best Music Video category.

So there's no doubt about it: in 1998 the Manics were guv'nors. Elsewhere it was all change, too. After wowing us all at the summer festivals, Robbie stormed home well ahead of the pack to win Best Solo Artist; Gomez - who, remember, were hardly even around this time last year - won the majority of your votes in the Best New Band section and Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, did the double in the dance department, just squeaking home ahead of the Prodigy to win Best Dance Act and nipping in ahead of Stardust's 'Music Sounds Better With You' to win Best Dance Record with 'The Rockafeller Skank'.

Despite the torrential rain and neck-deep mud, you still voted Glastonbury your Musical Event Of The Year, you masochists! But the winner with by far the biggest margin in any category was South Park, which spanked the rest of the opposition to carry off the Best Show accolade with a record vote nearly four times its nearest rival, The Simpsons.

So that was your 1998. You can relive the best of it all over again in the NME Premier Review at 11.30pm on Channel 4 this Wednesday, January 27. This flashback's on us!

James Dean Bradfield's Poll Form

Best Band
New Order

Best Album
Mercury Rev, 'Deserter's Songs'

Best Single
Ooberman, 'Shorley Wall'

Best Solo Artist
Jeff Buckley

Worst Record
'Horny', whoever that was (Mousse T)

Best Film
Live Flesh

Musical Event Of The Year
John Frusciante rejoining Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best TV Show
Bagpuss

Best Dance Act
Super Furry Animals

Best Radio Show
Parky on Sunday (Parkinson's Sunday Supplement) - Radio 2

Best New Band/Artists
Patrick Jones

Best Club/Venue
Lisbon Coliseum

Best Music Video
Massive Attack, 'Inertia Creeps'

Best Dance Record
David Holmes, 'Let's Get Killed'

Dickhead Of The Year
Pierre Van Hooijplonker (Er, I think he means 'Van Hooijdonk', the rebel Nottingham Forest striker who refused to play for the team on the grounds they were crap - Footie Ed)

Most Desirable Person
Catherine Zeta Jones

Nicky Wire's Poll Form

Best Band
Massive Attack

Best Album
The Beatles 'White Album' reissue

Best Single
Super Furry Animals, 'Ice Hockey Hair'

Best Solo Artist
PJ Harvey

Worst Record
Beastie Boys, 'Intergalactic'

Best Film
There's Something About Mary

Musical Event Of The Year
Playing Belfast

Best TV Show
The Larry Sanders Show/rugby

Best Dance Act
David Holmes

Best Radio Show
Mark Radcliffe/Radio 5 Live

Best New Band/Artists
Mogwai - well newish

Best Club/Venue
Who cares?

Best Music Video
REM, 'Daysleeper'

Best Dance Record
Air, 'Kelly Watch The Stars'

Dickhead Of The Year
Beck/Beastie Boys

Most Desirable Person
Nicole Kidman/Tracey Emin

Sean Moore's Poll Form

Best Band
Super Furry Animals

Best Album
Ian Brown, 'Unfinished Monkey Business'

Best Single
Ian Brown, 'My Star'

Best Solo Artist
Wynton Marsalis

Worst Record
Fat Les, 'Xmas Shite' (That'll be 'Naughty Christmas (Goblin In The Office)', then)

Best Film
As Good As It Gets

Musical Event Of The Year
Duran Duran, Prince's Trust

Best TV Show
Milllennium

Best Dance Act
Aphex Twin

Best Radio Show
Chris Evans on Sky TV (not on Virgin Radio)

Best New Band/Artists
Charlotte Church

Best Club/Venue
Mt front room

Best Music Video
The Cardigans, 'My Favourite Game'

Best Dance Record
Stardust, 'Music Sounds Better With You'

Dickhead Of The Year
Richard Madeley

Most Desirable Person
Kathy Burke