And what do we have here? Is it the lineup for every major 2013 summer music festival? Just kidding! It’s the CMJ chart from a decade ago: February 11, 2003. Scroll down to see the chart.
First, let’s look at the No. 1 record: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ somewhat forgettable Nocturama. A year later, Cave And The Seeds would blow this album out of the water with the superior double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, which, shockingly, would only reach No. 4 on November 30, 2004.
In 2003 there was the Postal Service with Give Up (No. 11 on the chart below). The album would hit No. 1 two weeks later, and Give Up track “Such Great Heights” would go Gold in 2004 (thanks, Garden State). This year, the Postal Service strikes back with a reunion: a headline spot at every large-scale summer festival where they may have only made the mid-afternoon side stage in 2003. Time treats some bands well.
CMJ Chart For The Week Of February 11, 2003
ARTIST & TITLE
|1||1||NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Nocturama||Epitaph-Anti|
|2||2||CALLA Televise||Arena Rock|
|3||6||RAINER MARIA Long Knives Drawn||Polyvinyl|
|5||5||INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY Bigger Cages, Longer Chains [EP]||Epitaph|
|6||4||SEA AND CAKE One Bedroom||Thrill Jockey|
|7||8||TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS Hearts Of Oak||Lookout!|
|8||39||DATSUNS The Datsuns||V2|
|9||9||CROOKED FINGERS Red Devil Dawn||Merge|
|11||21||POSTAL SERVICE Give Up||Sub Pop|
|12||110||MASSIVE ATTACK 100th Window||Virgin|
|13||10||PRIMAL SCREAM Evil Heat||Epic|
|14||82||GO-BETWEENS Bright Yellow Bright Orange||Jetset|
|15||11||JOSEPH ARTHUR Redemption’s Son||Universal|
|16||12||JOHNNY MARR AND THE HEALERS Boomslang||ARTISTdirect|
|17||157||IDLEWILD Scottish Fiction [EP]||Capitol|
|18||23||MUSIC The Music||Capitol|
|19||15||BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Master And Everyone||Drag City|
|20||27||UNWRITTEN LAW From Music In High Places||Lava|
But others, not so much. The first question that came up when this chart was circulated: “Who is Calla?” Rainer Maria would disband in 2006, and the tail end of the pop-punk trend of the late ’90s can be seen with the success of Unwritten Law and the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
Zwan was Most Added for the week. Yeah, that champion-of-infighting supergroup of Billy Corgan, Matt Sweeney, Jimmy Chamberlin and David Pajo (All would chart, though maybe not as well, with their other projects.). Zwan lasted about six months before petering off into the ether, but the Pumpkins lived on.
Some artists, like Ted Leo, were just getting going. Here we see his pre-Lookout!/pre-Touch And Go bankruptcy sophomore album hitting No. 7, which would be its peak position. Others were just cementing their legacy: The Roots’ Phrenology (No. 10) had peaked at No. 4 two weeks earlier and was just two weeks away from taking the top spot at Hip-Hop, where it parked its groovy ass for a whopping seven weeks in a row.