In this edition of The Magazine Archive, i’ll be looking back at the August 2005 edition of Q, featuring Oasis on the cover, but also including a feature on Charlotte Church, then just about to release her first ‘pop’ album, and Michael Jackson, who had just been on trial for child molestation.
I should issue a disclaimer that when I was searching for magazines to review, a lot of them are editions of Q with Oasis on the cover.
In the news section, three pages are dedicated to a feature on a trend of bands reforming, prompted by rumours of a Stone Roses reunion.
A picture of the Spice Girls during their 1990s peak is caption “Spice Girls : returning in 2006”
In fact, it was 2007 that the Spice Girls would reform, releasing a single called “Headlines” for Children In Need.
The song failed to reach the top ten, and Spice Girls have never recorded since.
A sub-feature looks at the possibility of other bands reforming.
The Verve were listed at 10/1. They did reform and release an album in 2008 titled “Forth” but split up again soon after.
Take That were listed as 25/1, with the text stating “Robbie Williams is unlikely to be keen on playing second fiddle to Gary Barlow again”
Bet you wish you took up the offer of those odds back in 2005.
In the section titled “Rising”, looking at up and coming bands, this month’s feature focuses on Arcade Fire, who won Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 Brit Awards.
Not only that, but Arcade Fire also do the best walkout music of any football team in the world, I say without a hint of bias.
In the album chart, very few ‘pop’ acts are in the Top Twenty, with Coldplay just holding off Oasis at Number One.
In the download charts, animation ruled as Gorillaz were keeping Crazy Frog off the top spot.
The middle of the magazine was dominated by a feature called “Scandal” with a compilation of “The 50 Biggest Villains In Music”, and features on “Wildchild” Charlotte Church, and Michael Jackson’s recent trial.
Eight pages are then dedicated to an interview with Oasis. It’s standard Gallagher interview, with the obligatory swearing.
And that, was the world of music in August 2005.