TRADITION MEETS… WRESTLING?
Some seemingly inexplicable choices in our history were tradition — our December/ January covers were always illustrated, until 2002. And this image is supposed to suggest 1999 taking down the previous year in a wrestling-themed pose. But it also coincided with an actual feature about wrestling and music; we’d do it again, in September 2000.
THE WELL-TEMPERED INNOVATOR
This issue included a fascinating, in-depth interview with electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos, famous for her work with early synthesizers that resulted in 1968’s Switched-On Bach becoming the best-selling classical music album ever. She was also among the first to experiment with vocoder, and reveals that her work led people to believe that the synth and vocoder would, and should, only be used for classical music. Turns out she was a hip-hop pioneer as well.
BEST OF THE YEAR IN RETROSPECT
Twenty years ago, we didn’t yet do ranked best-of-the-year lists, but 1998 was stellar: Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children; Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea; Air’s Moon Safari; Talvin Singh’s OK; Amon Tobin’s Permutation; Richard Buckner’s Since and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of…