The M&E Best Sellers Chart – New Year 2001
– New Year 2001, the
current chart, period ending December 31st.
position, Fall 2000, period ending August 31st.
– and the one before that,
Rise 2000, period ending April 30th.
– we’ve done that one, it’s
the posh name for underground bands, old chap. Cucumber sandwich anyone? I
say, eh, what.
– that’s the big place with
lots of people in that they come from.
– that’s in case they’re a
Lord or Knight or something. Like Stephen Spielberg. No, hang on, I’m
getting confused there, it’s the actual title of the album. Silly Magic.
Cat.No. / DD
– Now this one confused a lot of people, so let me clear it
up… it does NOT mean the number of their cat. Don’t feel foolish
though, easy mistake to make. It actually refers to the M&E CATalogue
(geddit?) number, should it be one of our cassette releases.
If it is available on another format, that’ll be listed as
“DD” (“Distro Direct”, for the benefit of those who remember a Double
Diamond working wonders), followed by the initials of the format, which only
seems to be CDs or CDRs at the moment. Good of us to keep things so simple,
huh? “LP” might have complicated things just too much.
So here we are, the latest look at what’s going down
in the underground! And you get the chance to work out how everything fared
in the unpublished Rise and Fall charts from last year too. And I would like
to firmly scotch the rumour that the only reason we didn’t publish the Rise
2000 chart was coz Judge Trev & Nik Turner
were no.1 and we hate anybody being no.1 but us. Hah! As if we would ever be
that petty and childish! Can’t believe anyone could ever think that of us.
Anyway, Judge Trev
was just lucky to be no.1 and we reckon he buys all the copies himself, so
there, na-na na-na-na, bagsy no returns.
Childish and petty?
Moi? Oh, the
pain, the pain…
Most annoying thing about this particular chart is that six
bloody albums had the unmitigated gall to tie for 47th position.
Like hmmph, eh? That means a top 52 really, which wasn’t quite what I had in
mind. That’s why we call it a “Top 50”. Thinking about it, we don’t call it
a “Top 50” though. Ahem. It’s nice and easy to read in columns and boxes
though, don’t you think? They are very clever things, these computers, if
only they were a little more stable. Then again, that’s been said about me
too. Man and machine in perfect harmony or what? I still can’t find the
button to make it get me tea and cake though.