If nothing else, the '98 end of year round ups betrayed a dearth of exciting new music. What a year previously was only an intimation was rapidly becoming a consensus - that much of the music currently in the public eye has stagnated and the record-buying public's more inquisitive minds are desperate for something new ("Time for another recession?" - Simon Reynolds).
Feted in an infamous Wire magazine cover story ('Harder! Faster! Louder!' Oct 1998), Manchester's DJ Speedranch and Jansky Noise (the latter one half of the notorious V/Vm crew) are lighting the blue touch paper beneath the remains of the established music industry. Love them or loathe them, these two are provoking a welcome reaction, a kick up the arse of music.
Take an infamous London appearance, where their highly anticipated performance disintegrated in a barrage of projectiles and invective thrown by the audience - the sound engineer pulling the plug after just 1....... more