It’s hard to believe that only ten years ago 2006 was a plethora of indie acts, pop delights and, urm ,Nelly Furtardo’s. As we find ourselves in another new year, looking forward to revivals from the likes of The Stone Roses and exciting new artists such as Blossoms, The Big Moon and Rat Boy, we wanted to take a nostalgic look back at some of those popular bands and artists that were dominating our playlists and radios in 2006.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers:
2006 saw the Red Hot Chilli Peppers release their ninth studio album. Stadium Arcaduim saw the Chilli’s return in spectacular fashion. With long lasting hits such as Dani California, Snow (Hey oh) and Hump de Bump. The album itself gained seven Grammy Award nominations and won the prestigious award for Best Rock Album and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. It was the most nominations the band had received in their 28 year long career. The albums success was credited to their chemistry being stronger than ever. 2016 sees no new album on the horizon, but after their roaring success in the 2013 supoerbowl halftime show performance, The Chilli’s have found themselves in demand. They have already been booked to headline festivals in both Holland and Leeds, with more possibly to come! The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are timeless and will never loose their touch, it’s the classic definition of rock that will live forever.
Empire, Kasabian’s second studio album, was released in August 2006. It peaked at number 9 in the UK album charts with the hit song Shoot The Runner reaching number 17 in the singles charts. Featuring other hit singles such as Empire Kasabian saw their popularity rising. Their debut album gave the world the classic tracks, L.S.F, Processed Beats and Club Foot, singles which still give modern day releases a run for their money. 2016, Kasabian are one of the largest bands in the world. They have reached peaks that have allowed them to rival the likes of The Stone Roses and Oasis in terms of success levels. Adding to Empire and their self titled debut album were: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Velociraptor! And 48:13. They are now regulars at headlining festivals and enjoy fully sold out tours across the globe.
Fall Out Boy:
Fall Out Boy entered 2006 with their album From Under the Cork Tree still selling strongly. Sugar, We’re Going Down and Dance Dance were reaching a mass audience and featuring heavily across many radio platforms. They earned a Grammy nomination under the category of Best New Artist, and sold over 2.7 million copies in the United States alone. Now, in 2016 the band have both split and reformed. Their latest album release, Make American Psycho Again, debuted at number one in the US charts. The song Immortal also featured on the Disney Pixar smash hit film Big Hero 6.
2006, the birth of the now global super-band known as The Arctic Monkeys. Their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not became the official fastest selling debut record of all time, topping the previous leader held by the album Popstars by Hear’Say (you read correctly). It sold as many as 365,735 copies on its opening week. This album was followed by a short five track EP titles Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? This album didn’t get much air time due to the expletive in the title and the fact that the shortness of the album meant it was not able to be charted in the UK. Modern day Arctic Monkeys are currently on a hiatus following their whirlwind tour across the globe and a headline slot at Glastounbury. Their latest album AM debuted at number one in the UK charts and is widely considered to be their most favourable album, blending elements of hip hop with their core indie roots.
After signing to their first high profile record label in 2005, the Kooks were initially reluctant to create a debut album. After touring and supporting The Thrills, the band decided it was finally time to record that first album. Inside In/Inside Out was released on the same day as the Arctic Monkey’s debut album, which unfortunately dominated the vast majority of the media attention. It entered the charts at number nine whist singles such as: Eddie’s Gun, Sofa Song, You Don’t Love Me, Naïve, She Moves In Her Own Way and Ooh La all found their way into the UK top 40. Naïve and She Moves In Her Own Way put The Kooks into the top ten for the first time in the bands existence. 2016 sees the band embarking on a new tour, playing key cities across the UK and Europe, in some very unique venues. Their latest album, Listen, enjoyed chart success and saw a resurgence in popularity for the band.
“We will play anywhere for fuel money and a crate of beer.” One of the best quotes of 2006 belonged to The Cribs. This relaxed approach to touring gave the band their unique and admirable motives which won them a very passionate fan base. The New Fellas was the second album released and was recorded by A Girl Like You singer Edwyn Collins. In 2006, NME decided the The New Fellas was the 11th best album, and awarded the single Hey Scenesters the single of the year, a huge achievement for the band. 2016 has seen the band have a resurgence, playing a string of live dates and festival performances. Although no new music has been seen on the horizon, The Crib’s passionate fan base have grown from strength to strength.
Panic! at the Disco:
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was the breakout album for the Maryland based band Panic! At The Disco. In describing the creation of this album the band stated that, “We didn’t have a day off in five – and – a –half weeks, we were there, 2 or 14 hours a day.” The album itself found itself being made up of two different styles. One half was more electronic punk, the other more vaudevillian. Their album charted at number 112 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Number 6 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The single I Write Sins Not Tragedies won the band a huge amount of popularity. 2016 sees the release of a new album, titled Death of a Bachelor. Many hope this will lead to a new tour and a stream of singles. The band have a very unique fanbase who, despite the bands ups and downs, still continue to support and love the band.