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Review of the Year 2008

It’s that time of year again …

When I was about 13 or 14 in High School, I was obsessed by the Top 40 music charts, and used to listen to them religiously, write them down, track the progress of a favourite song of mine, and generally became a ‘chart geek’. A friend of mine and I used to also compile our own charts by asking our school friends what their favourite songs at the time were and making a weekly Top 10 of our own, based on our classroom.

When I was 17 years old, at the end of 1989 as we were about to go into a new decade (The 90’s) I remember that Capital Radio (as it was then), broadcast on New Years Eve an amazing two-hour programme called “The Eighties” which took all the popular songs from the past ten years in chronological order, and mixed them in with news clips from the last decade too. I loved that programme and to this day still have it to listen to on cassette tape.

In 1997, I decided it would be fun to get a ‘chart’ of peoples favourite songs from all of my group of friends, and sent round a mass email to everyone that I knew asking for what their favourite Top 5 songs of the year were. I did this for a couple of years, but didn’t get a great response mainly because people struggled to remember what songs had been hits that year.

So in 2000 – when digital production on a home PC finally because easy and affordable (I bought my first CD-R burner in 1999), I made up a compilation CD of all the top hits from that year, with me talking inbetween presenting it radio style – and again I asked people to vote for their favourite tunes – a reminder of which they could hear on my CD. It was my first proper Review of the Year.

Over the last nine years, this has morphed slowly into what you can now download today. I first introduced news clips in 2003 – an idea directly taken from that Captial Radio programme. In 2006 I stopped bothering to ask people to vote for their favourite songs. I just liked the fact that over the course of the year, I would slowly make this programme to give out to all my friends and family at the end of the year.

Then last year in 2007, I got so much webspace from my host provider, and I could finally stop making CD’s, just upload the tracks (and in fact, all the previous years tracks) to my website, and let people download it.

So that’s what you have today – A twelve track, over one hour ‘programme’ which I’ve spent a lot of time making this year for you to listen to. People currently know me as being ‘Mr Video’ as that’s my current job and hobby. But the truth is editing audio is possibly more fun, and I’ve been doing it a lot longer.

So enjoy : Geoff’s UK Music & News Review of the Year for 2008.

And have a Merry Christmas.

8 responses to “Review of the Year 2008”

  1. G's Mum says:

    Thanks Geoff, I have downloaded some months already, and look forward to doing the rest soon. From what I have listened to up to now, you have done a grand job, as ever.

  2. almost witty says:

    You could have put it on YouTube, with appropriate photos to turn it into an audio slideshow πŸ˜‰

  3. almost witty says:

    Oh, and you can always use in-line widgets to play the MP3 on the screen… and boy do you have a radio voice or what ?!

  4. geofftech says:

    Except that the ‘review’ page, is still hard coded in Dreamweaver & HTML, and not a WordPress page! πŸ™

    I have been working on my voice, daaaahling. Glad you noticed.

  5. DivineMrsM says:

    Hey Geoff – looking forward to listening to all this at some point over the Christmas period. Particularly your new Radio Voice (TM)….!

    “People currently know me as being β€˜Mr Video’” – you will forever be “50p Man” in our house πŸ˜‰

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  6. tami says:

    Thanks for the all the downloads, your blog, etc. That is a great gift to me!

  7. parker says:

    well done sir! I listened to it twice over on my drive up to greenville. Then it got jammed in my cd player, and i thought i was going to have to kill you… until i got it out. good thing, cuz i didnt want to have to do that

    i also have an idea: you should publish a list of all the music you played. i would like to go back and dl them and it would be helpful if you made the list and i didnt have to try and catch what you say.


  8. geofftech says:


    Erm, if you look on the label of the CD, it says

    if you look at that page on t’internet…. there is… a list of all the music i played!!

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