MEANWHILE, IN REAL WORLD... THE
EVERYTHING ELSE THAT HAPPENED IN 1997
HEADLINES Labour win their first general election in 18 years and Tony Blair is elected Prime Minister… Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris… The original Black Sabbath line-up reunites for only the second time in 19 years… 70s pop star Gary Giltter is arrested for possession of child pornography.
David Lynch’s warped Lost Highway features a cameo appearance by Marilyn Manson and a stellar Trent Reznor soundtrack… Deeply weird indie film Gummo comes with a soundtrack that includes Burzum, Sleep, Bathory and more… Brilliantly over-the-top space shoot ’em up Starship Troopers is released.
The gloriously controversial South Park kicks off two decades of offending anyone and everyone… Rubbish early 90s movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer is turned into one of the greatest TV series ever… Chris Morris nails absolutely everything with genius satire Brass Eye. Remember, kids: avoid Cake if you value your Shatner’s Bassoon.
Elton John rules the roost with Candle In The Wind, his tribute to Princess Diana, and still the biggest selling single ever. No Doubt’s huge hit, Don’t Speak, gives So-Cal ska-punk a look in.
Buffy Summers. She saved the world. A lot. What more do you
Marilyn Manson – at least according to the religious groups, who force the authorities in Columbia, South Carolina, to cancel one of his gigs.
Acid Bath bassist Audie Pitre (car crash)… Warzone singer Raybeez (pneumonia)… Original Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton (pneumonia).
Thirty-nine members of the Heaven’s Gate religious cult commit mass suicide in San Diego, believing they will reach a spaceship trailing the Hale