Bloodhound Gang are this week’s cover stars, billed as “America’s most outrageous band” after their massive hit The Bad Touch.

In news, Richard Ashcroft has just launched a solo career, but has promised to play some of The Verve’s songs at V2000.

In other news, Black Box Recorder hit out at their record label for sending out booklets on safe sex alongside promotional copies of their new single to radio stations.

Sara Cox has just taken over Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, and Melody Maker does a three way comparison against Virgin Radio (Chris Evans) and XFM (Ian Camfield)

Cover stars Bloodhound Gang are inteviewed, proudly declaring that they would love to be at the forefont of the dumbing down of America.

Danny and Richard McNamara of Embrace are the subject of a Q and A, and have differing opinions about the subject of watching an execution on TV. Danny wouldn’t but Richard would.

In reviews, Daphne and Celeste are reviewing singles, giving the Single Of The Week award to Thong Song by Sisqo.



After a five year absence, Elastica are back with a new album, and take their place on the cover of Melody Maker.

In news, it’s all about Oasis, as Melody Maker canvasses fans on their US tour, supported by Travis. Oasis Spokesperson has denied that the band are splitting up, while Limp Bizkit claimed Oasis had them demoted on the Reading and Leeds bill.

Noel Gallagher hit back by wondering if Korn or Limp Bizkit will still be around in 2004.

Alex James of Blur gets interviewed as he launches his side project Fat Les, while revealing that he supports both Bournemouth and Arsenal.

In competitions, you could win a Manic Street Preachers video, Kevin and Perry merchandise, and a monkey suit as worn by Bloodhound Gang.

Elastica get a four page feature, as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Manchester and Leeds.

My Vitriol get a full page feature as they are described as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands, as does Elliott Smith as he prepares to release his new album, Figure Eight.

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit gets interviewed, where he describes being a Rock Star as “fucking awesome”.

Live Reviews focus on Gomez in Manchester, with the general consensus being positive.

Also reviewed are Korn, Puff Daddy, Black Box Recorder and L7.

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave from Radio 1 are doing singles reviews, with single of the week being Idiot Radar with Lowfinger.

There is a full page feature on Embrace, as they go through the process of recording their album Drawn From Memory.

The magazine ends with a short Q and A with Jimmy Pop from Bloodhound Gang.


Hello, and welcome to this week’s round-up of the TOTP archives. We begin, with one of the most criminally under-rated bands of the 1980s.

This is brilliant. Remember, other brands of breakfast cereal are available.

Keith Moon would have been the craziest 68 year old in town this week. Here’s Oasis performing My Generation from a TOTP Special (It got released as a single in 2002 as a triple A-side)

Not quite in the Moon league, but Shaun Ryder celebrated his birthday this week.

Hitting the big 40 this week, is Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town

Also celebrating a milestone birthday this week, is Jet Black of The Stranglers, hitting the big 75.

And now, some Garbage, a joke, which has been recycled from earlier in the year. Just doing my bit for the environment.

Here’s the Bloodhound Gang with a beautiful love ballad.

Florence from Florence and the Machine turned 28 this week.

Last week, we marked the death Elvis, this week, the birth of the other Elvis.

Not TOTP related, but an absolute treat ……. the time when Elvis Costello gave up pop to become a football pundit for Channel 4.