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The Best and Worst of 2000

As determined by BREDSTIK people.

Dubya: The Worst of 2000

Well, we’re done with that year that so many people wrongly described as the beginning of a new millenium and have now begun the year that actually is the beginning of the new millenium (so long as you’re a Christian, that is—not that those other people matter much). And while the year 2000 AD had a far less apocalyptic beginning than anticipated, its ending more than made up for any disappointment, granting the title of “leader of the free world” to a pampered, dyslexic ex-president’s son whose carelessly concealed criminal record was surely wiped clean when he accepted Jayyy-zis some years ago and began honoring him by executing everyone he could get his hands on from atop his throne in Texas’ governor’s mansion.

While the “election” may have been a severe letdown for any starry-eyed patriot who believed that democracy still functions the way it’s supposed to, luckily the year 2000 also yielded some pretty cool stuff, which, upon reflection, will hopefully help us to cope with the tumultuous four years that lie ahead. If you were able to make it through these two of many existing paragraphs of disenchanted citizens’ gripes, read on and find out what BREDSTIK had to appreciate from last year’s offerings.

Rob’s list

Albums

  • Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. Simply amazing double album from Montreal’s nine-piece atmospheric chamber rock ensemble. Best record of the year, hands down.
  • Cradle of Filth: Midian
  • Radiohead: Kid A
  • A Silver Mt. Zion: He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms
  • Don Caballero: American Don

Films

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Who knew a bone-crunching martial arts movie could succeed as a legitimate drama? Fantastic.

TV

Robot Wars

Jason’s list

Best comic book/graphic novel

Acme Novelty Library #13

Best theatrical film release

Princess Mononoke

Best home film release

Nightmare Before Christmas: Special Edition DVD

Best album

Murder City Devils: In Name and Blood

Best live musical act

At the Drive-In

Best thing Rob pestered Jason with

Jason needing to grow a mustache

Best website

The Iconfactory

Best television show

Futurama

Best video game

Perfect Dark (N64)

Best piece of furniture to ride down a flight of steps after an intoxicating BREDSTIK New Year’s Eve party

A mattress

Mary’s list

Albums

  • Radiohead: KID A
  • The Cure: Bloodflowers
  • Moby: Play
  • Cold Play: Parachutes
  • Keb Mo’: The Door
  • PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
  • David Gray: White Ladder

Films

  • The Virgin Suicides
  • High Fidelity
  • Best in Show
  • Chicken Run
  • American Psycho

Books

  • The Artful Dodger by Nick Bantock
  • Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

TV

The Powerpuff Girls Jackass

Shannon’s list

Top ten things of ’00

  1. ZOO Station
  2. Jackie ’O Sunglasses
  3. Mine and my boss’ oversized heads that house our oversized egos plotting away in our cubicle.
  4. The Word “gOOgle”
  5. The eyelets of the scissors that stab the bastards who live below me and play Dave Matthews at the ass-crack of dawn.
  6. Handcuffs
  7. Dunkin Donuts’ #1 breakfast combo
  8. Boobs
  9. Two South Of The Border elevator sombreros in one location.
  10. Ed McMahon