MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – DECEMBER 1999

It’s the end of the 20th Century, and the last edition of the century from Manchester United’s official magazine sees Jaap Stam mocked up to look like a giant, crushing opposing strikers.

United are getting set to head to Japan to take on Palmieras in the Intercontinental Cup Final, and the Brazilian side gets a profile.

United have made a new signing this month – off the pitch, as George Best joins the magazine as a columnist and he gets introduced, as if he needed to be introduced.

Cover star Stam gets a five page profile, revealing he enjoyed making tackles as much as scoring goals.

There’s a Dutch theme to this magazine, as United’s back-up goalkeeper Raimond Van Der Gowu gets interviewed.

In his column, Sir Alex Ferguson talks about new signing Mark Bosnich, describing him as “The best keeper in the country”

Which lead nicely into an advert for the next edition, which will see Bosnich’s predecessor in United’s goal, Peter Schmeichel, being interviewed.

United are through to the Second Group Stage of the European Cup, and their three opponents – Fiorentina, Valencia and Bordeaux all get profiled.

The magazine ends with a quiz between David May and Steve McClaren, with McClaren winning by a score of 7-3.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – JANUARY 1999

Ian Wright is the cover star of Football Europe as the final year of the 20th century is about to start.

There is a look at demanding schedules and club’s abilities to balance domestic and international commitments, prompted by the fact that Arsenal, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all lost on the weekend prior to Matchday 5 in the group stages of the European Cup.

In news, Ronaldo of Inter Milan is suffering injury problems, while Jean-Pierre Papin has announced his retirement from football, and Peter Schmeichel has announced he will be leaving Manchester United at the end of the season.

There is a profile of German football, with the national team struggling, as the country aims to bounce back to the top of European football at both club and international level.

There is a look at Qualifying for Euro 2000, with Belgium, who will co-host the tournament, and Norway both having bad form in friendly games, while Pippo Inzaghi has finally got his first goals for Italy.

After a successful World Cup, the focus is now on France’s domestic game, with the top flight getting a four page feature.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – APRIL 1999

Michael Owen of Liverpool is the cover star of Football Europe as the 1998-1999 season enters it’s final weeks.

There are potentially big changes in Europe coming up, with club football now taking place from February to November across Europe, while the Spanish FA has suggested that cup winners get a place in the expanded Champions League.

In France, Bernard Lama has called for unity in PSGs squad, as the club are battling against relegation.

Benfica get a double page profile as they continue to struggle under new manager Graeme Souness.

Also getting a double page profile is Marcelo Salas, who is riding on the crest of a wave after a successful World Cup and a big money move to Lazio.

There is a feature on both Madrid clubs, title Mayhem in Madrid, as both Real and Atletico have been trigger happy firing managers.

The clubs making up what is known as G14 are profiled, as well as predictions for their future.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 22.12.1999

It’s a special Christmas edition of Melody Maker this week. Not only a new year coming up, but a new decade and a new century. It can only be 1999.

In news, Travis are doing homecoming gigs in Glasgow, and hoping to avoid playing large arenas, despite the success of their album The Man Who.

Justine Frischmann is subject of a Q and A, being asked to give her opinions on Blur and Suede’s new albums.

Meanwhile, The Charlatans have denied that their new single My Beautiful Friend is about Rob Collins, the band’s former Keyboardist who died in 1996.

There is an unscientific test of the bets Hangover TV, with SM:TV Live, Live and Kicking, T4 and Soccer AM all in contention.

There is a guide to the best Christmas TV, with Kevin The Teenager doing a guide to being a teenager being advised as “Don’t miss”

Naturally, 1999 gets reviewed, with a month by month look, as well as some of the best quotes.

There’s even a world exclusive interview with Santa Claus, conducted by Rick Witter from Shed Seven.

Metallica are interviewed about their perfect Christmas, declaring there is nothing more Christmassy than hardcore porn.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few drinks, and Melody Maker goes out to get drunk with the band A.

Meanwhile, Longpigs give a guide to the best Christmas food.

Cover stars Stereophonics are interviewed, declaring 1999 to be a brilliant year.

Roddy Woomble from Idlewild talks about his favourite films of 1999, including Fight Club and South Park, while Dermot O’Leary talks about TV in 1999 including Friends, Eastenders and Louis Theroux.

In a magazine full of lists, Head Music by Suede wins Best Album, while I Try by Macy Gray wins Best Single, ironically not becoming a massive hit until 2000.

In concert reviews, Melody Maker took a trip to Belfast to see Travis at the Waterfront Hall.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Macy Gray where she reveals she laughs when people sing Happy Birthday to her, while Noddy Holder discusses the lyrics to Merry Xmas Everybody.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – MAY 1999

Paul Scholes is the cover star of Football Europe, in an edition that looks at England’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2000.

Headliners this month include Pep Guardiola, who doesn’t share the opinion of some of his Dutch team-mates that the La Liga title race is over and that Barcelona will stroll to the title.

Meanwhile, Kevin Campbell is also labelled as a “Headliner” having gotten off to a goalscoring start to his career at Everton, having returned to English football following a short spell in Turkey.

Inter Milan get a profile amid a turbulent season where they had three managers, but look set for no trophies.

Henrik Larsson gets profiled, having signed a four year deal with Celtic, with Football Europe asking why he doesn’t consider a move to England’s Premier League.

There is also a profile of football in The Balkans and the potential affect of Civil Unrest in the region, which has already seen various Euro 2000 Qualifiers postponed.

There are then four pages dedicated to the latest progress in the Euro 2000 Qualifiers.

There is a feature on the best football websites on the web, with UEFA’s official site getting a mention for having a section dedicate to the bids to host Euro 2004.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – SEPTEMBER 1999

Teddy Sheringham dressed as a 1970s Medallion Man is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, as he shows off the medals he won during United’s historic treble season.

In news, there is a report on United’s friendly against Omagh Town which United won 9-0. The game was arranged to raise funds for victims of the bomb in the town the previous year, while Andy Cole has launched a music career with the release of a single called Outstanding.

Cover star Sheringham gets a five page interview as he looks back on a change in fortune after a difficult first year at United which failed to bring a trophy and he got criticism from fans and press.

Mark Bosnich has rejoined United from Aston Villa, and there is a look back at his first spell at the club, and the formative years of his career.

United have just brought out a dark blue away kit, and there is a behind the scenes feature of the promotional campaign and photo shoot for the kit.

An advert for the kit appears a few pages later.

The recently knighted Sir Alex Ferguson uses his monthly column to declare himself an honourary Mancunian.

There is a review of United’s pre-season games, which includes a match against Australia.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 23.10.1999

Not a large magazine this week, as we look back at a free sampler edition of Melody Maker, which was free for one week only as it changed to an A4 sized publication.

This edition saw Cerys Matthews as the cover star.

As you open the magazine, there is an editorial explaining the new look, as well as a look at some classic Melody Maker covers.

There is an article called Maker Breakers, detailing the breakthrough acts interviewed by Melody Maker in 1999 such as Groove Armada, Gay Dad and Muse.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring is subject of a Q and A, revealing he would watch an execution if it was broadcast on TV.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Travis in Aberdeen, gave four and a half stars to The Charlatans new album, while Ian Brown, Cerys Matthews and Ash were celebrity Singles Reviewers.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 17.11.1999

Nina Persson of The Cardigans, or Nina Cardigan as she has been dubbed, is the cover star of this week’s edition of Melody Maker, having been dubbed “The Sexiest Woman In Rock”

In other news, Ian Brown has made a comeback gig at Conway Hall in London, performing a cover of Billie Jean by Michael Jackson during the encore.

Oasis and Blur are also in news, with Blur subject to a South Bank Show special, while Oasis have announced Andy Bell of Hurricane #1 as a new member.

Blur were among the winners at the MTV Awards in Dublin, an event which gets covered by Melody Maker.

Skin from Skunk Anansie gets asked about the forthcoming new Oasis album, and she describes herself as being “intersted” in hearing it.

Making a comeback is 1980s TV show The Tube, with Donna Air and Chris Moyles presenting alongside original presenters Jools Holland and Paula Yates.

Mark McKeever won the letter of the week for e-mailing in to complain about how crap the music scene in Belfast is.

Cover star Nina Persson gets a double page interview, stating that the majority of her fans are female.

There are two pages dedicated to 1993, as Melody Maker looks back at the 90s, during the decade’s final days.

Brian Molko gets interviewed as Placebo are busy recording their third album.

Jonathan Davis of Korn talks about his five obsessions, one of which is playing a bagpipe.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Badly Drawn Boy in concert, though not at the same time.

Rick Witter of Shed Seven is subject to a Q and A, revealing that he would watch a public execution if it was broadcast on TV.

If you wanted, there was a lyrics sheet for So Low, Ocean Colour Scene’s new single.

In gigs, James (with support from Cast), Ian Brown and Shed Seven were going on tour in the coming weeks.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 8.12.1999

Liam Gallagher is the cover star of this edition of Melody Maker, as Oasis face what is described as a “Do or die” period for their career in America.

Noel Gallagher is fuming with his brother Liam for going on a “lost weekend” with Huey from Fun Lovin Criminals.

Mark Williams of The Fast Show is interviewed ahead of the release of Fast Football, a spin-off video starring Ron Manager, revealing himself to be a season ticket holder at Brighton.

There is also an interview with Charlotte Hatherley of Ash, taking up three pages.

Discussing their obsessions this week was Roddy Woomble from Idlewild.

Oasis are on tour in America, showcasing their new line-up in Philadelphia.

In posters, you could get one of Rick Witter dressed up as John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Stereophonics gig in Glasgow gets reviewed, only getting one and a half stars out of five.

Nine Inch Nails gig in London got four and a half stars out of five.

Fun Lovin Criminals give their single of the week award to Baby It’s Cold Outside by Tom Jones and Cherys Matthews.

Shirley Manson of Garbage is the subject of a Q and A, revealing that she has a fear of exams.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 10.11.1999

It’s a special James Bond edition of Melody Maker, as Huey from Fun Lovin Criminals and Shirley Manson from Garbage cosplaying on the cover.

In news, Feeder play their biggest ever indoor concert, supporting Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Wembley Arena.

Elswhere, Oasis are filming a new video, with Gem Archer, formerly of Heavy Stereo, now confirmed as a member of the band.

Bobby Gillespie talks about Primal Scream’s new album, describing it as both a Punk record and a Dance record.

Gillespie is one of a series of musicians from both countries commenting on the forthcoming England v Scotland Euro 2000 Play-Off, stating that he doesn’t give a fuck.

Cover stars Huey and Manson relive their favourite Bond memories, with Garbage having done the soundtrack.

Eminem is interviewed, denying that he glorifies violence.

In reviews, Melody Maker pays a visit to see Suede in concert in Reading.

Paul Draper of Mansun is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he once shoplifted from Boots in Chester.