As the millennium approaches, Travis are the cover stars of Melody Maker, having hit the big time in 1999.

Kelly Jones of Stereophonics talks to Melody Maker about working with his namesake (and no relation) Tom, with a duet between Tom Jones and Stereophonics due to be released in the new year.

In news, Melody Maker was in the news, with Cerys Matthews comments on drugs in a recent edition of Melody Maker being debated on Question Time.

There is a profile of one of the cult TV shows of the year, Rock Profile on UK Play, starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Travis get four pages as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Europe.

Hoping to be as big as Travis in the future are Muse, who get a full page profile on the following page.

The early months of 2000 will see Oasis release a new album, and Melody Maker gives a track by track review, courtesy of a “shadowy insider”

In reviews, Melody Maker pays a visit to Brighton to see James in concert, and a trip to Glasgow to see Pet Shop Boys.


  1. Alphabeat – Danmark’s Dynamite
  2. The Alarm – The Red Wall Of Cymru
  3. Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
  4. Marshmello X Jonas Brothers – Leave Before You Love Me
  5. Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin

You may or may not have noticed, but an international football tournament starts today.

As is tradition, here’s a group by group chart by acts from the competing countries.


  1. Yello – Oh Yeah
  2. Spagna – Call Me
  3. Stereophonics – Dakota
  4. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  5. Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita


  1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
  2. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
  3. The Rasmus – In The Shadows
  4. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
  5. Rasmussen – Higher Ground


  1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
  2. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
  3. Shocking Blue – Venus
  4. Focus – Hocus Pocus
  5. Opus – Life Is Life


  1. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
  2. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
  3. Del Amriti – Always The Last To Know
  4. Echo and the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
  5. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew


  1. Roxette – Joyride
  2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
  3. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
  4. Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie
  5. ABBA – Supertrouper


  1. Daft Punk – Robot Rock
  2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
  3. Freiheit – Keeping The Dream Alive
  4. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
  5. Lena – Satellite


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.