10 episodes

Are you ready to go back to the year 2000?

Combining storytelling and commentary, this podcast returns to some of the noughties’ biggest cultural moments, trends and figures, and explores them with the added benefit of twenty years’ hindsight.

The world of entertainment is re-examined by hosts Simran Hans and Tara Joshi, two self-proclaimed fangirls who grew up on the internet. Film critic, Simran, and music critic, Tara, explore how it feels to return to the defining songs, shows and sleepover movies of their childhoods, and what they tell us about pop culture today. Special guests will be joining the hosts each month.

Join us on a journey into the new millennium, a period of change and optimism, examining the surprising, funny and poignant parallels between then and now.

Launching 6 October 2020 – new episodes available every Tuesday.

Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture Podcast Message Heard

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 89 Ratings

Are you ready to go back to the year 2000?

Combining storytelling and commentary, this podcast returns to some of the noughties’ biggest cultural moments, trends and figures, and explores them with the added benefit of twenty years’ hindsight.

The world of entertainment is re-examined by hosts Simran Hans and Tara Joshi, two self-proclaimed fangirls who grew up on the internet. Film critic, Simran, and music critic, Tara, explore how it feels to return to the defining songs, shows and sleepover movies of their childhoods, and what they tell us about pop culture today. Special guests will be joining the hosts each month.

Join us on a journey into the new millennium, a period of change and optimism, examining the surprising, funny and poignant parallels between then and now.

Launching 6 October 2020 – new episodes available every Tuesday.

    Award Season: The best pop culture of the year 2000

    Award Season: The best pop culture of the year 2000

    Award Season is a highlight of the pop culture calendar. From MTV’s Video Music Awards in September through to the Academy Awards in March, we are treated to nearly six months of red carpet looks, tearful acceptance speeches and, if we’re lucky, a healthy dose of celeb drama. What better way to end the first season of Twenty Twenty than by looking at who won big in the year 2000, and dishing out some awards of our own. Let the show begin...


    This is our last episode of the series, and we want to hear your feedback! Fill in this survey by Tuesday 15th December to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Sylvia Patterson’s, ‘I’m not with the band’: https://forms.gle/s5XBbYu3YSadRhCV8


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    • 57 min
    Gilmore Girls: A roundtable with Anna Leszkiewicz and Zarina Muhammad

    Gilmore Girls: A roundtable with Anna Leszkiewicz and Zarina Muhammad

    This week we’re hosting a special roundtable on everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo, The Gilmore Girls. We’re joined by critic Zarina Muhammad, who is one half of art collective The White Pube, and Anna Leszkiewicz, Culture Editor at the New Statesman.


     


    Together we discuss Gilmore Girls’ timeless appeal and its second life as a streaming sensation. We’ll also look back at how the show was received at the time as well as the grittier themes of class and privilege tucked beneath its cozy exterior.


     


    References 


    Gilmore Girls Review, Zarina Muhammad - The White Pube


    SRSLY Gilmore Girls Quiz


    SRSLY Gilmore Girls Special


     


    Clips:


    Where You Lead I Will Follow (Gilmore Girls Theme), Carole King


    Opening Scene, S1EP1


    Gilmore Girls Music - La La Song's

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    • 55 min
    Soundtracks: Coyote Ugly and the lost art of the movie single

    Soundtracks: Coyote Ugly and the lost art of the movie single

    Pure Shores by All Saints. Independent Women by Destiny’s Child. Can’t Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes. These chart-topping tracks are some of the year 2000’s most memorable pop hits — but none of them would exist if it weren’t for movies. Designed as marketing tie-ins for the original soundtracks to The Beach, Charlie’s Angels and Coyote Ugly, the legacies of these songs have outlasted the movies they were attached to. In this episode, we explore the increasingly entwined relationship between Hollywood, pop music and the hype machine and how it’s changed over the last 20 years.


    We talk to legendary music supervisor and record executive Kathy Nelson (Miami Vice, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Minds, High Fidelity, and SO MANY MORE) who tells us the story behind Can’t Fight the Moonlight. 


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    References and Clips


    Kathy Nelson, IMDB


    The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon, Elizabeth Gilbert 


    Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise


    Coyote Ugly (2000)


    Can’t Fight The Moonlight, LeAnn Rimes

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    • 53 min
    The Sims: The enduring appeal of the second life simulator

    The Sims: The enduring appeal of the second life simulator

    Twenty years after it first launched, The Sims is still going strong. Much more than a nostalgic relic of the noughties, the game has a thriving community of fans. In this episode, Tara, a longtime player of the game, explains it’s enduring appeal to Simran — a self-identified Sims noob.


    We get into the tensions of escapism and introspection within the game and talk about the challenges of reflecting the ‘real world’ in a simulation. We’ll also ask: is The Sims “a beguiling capitalist fantasy” or can a more meaningful commentary on consumerism be found amongst the hypnotic tones of the ‘buy mode’ music? 


    Got a favourite culture moment from 2000 you want us to talk about? Suggest an episode idea here. 


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    Clips used in this episode: 


    The Sims 1- House Fire


    Sims 1: Craziest Party Ever…


    The Sims 1: The Tragic Clown


    The Sims 1 - All Places to "Play with" (Woohoo)


    Lily Allen - Smile (Simlish)


    The Sims Soundtrack: Build Mode 1


    References: 


    The Nod, Autumn 


    Playing The Sims Is Better Meditation than Meditation, GQ


    I Think About My Painting Goblin in The Sims a Lot, The Cut


    My land of make believe: life after The Sims, The Guardian ,Liv Siddal


    Will Wright - New Yorker profile


    The Sims at 20: two decades of life, love and reorganising the kitchen, The Guardian 


    Playing "The Sims"as though you were Kurt Cobain, Miguel Sicart


    Inside the online communities making beautiful black Sims, Dazed


    The Untold Story of 'The Sims,' Your First Favorite Jazz Record, VICE 


     

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    • 47 min
    Craig David: Born to do it?

    Craig David: Born to do it?

    When Southampton teenager Craig David arrived into the mainstream with the help of production duo Artful Dodger in 1999, many considered him a poster boy for UK Garage. In his own work, he melded that 2-step sound with crooning R&B and even Spanish guitar to great effect. Born To Do It became the fastest-selling debut album ever by a British male solo act, a record the album holds to this day. So why was it that the following year he was snubbed at the BRIT Awards? Why, in 2002, was he already singing about fame’s inevitable ‘Rise & Fall’? And why was he the target of so many jokes? We consider the mythology and legacy of Craig David, and ask what happens when subculture goes mainstream.


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    Clips and References


     


    0:36 - Fill Me In, Craig David  


    0:43 - 7 Days, Craig David


    1:01 - “Soulful Craig David looks set to sweep Brit awards”, The Guardian


    1:07 - No BRITS for CD, Craigs performance at the 2001 BRITS


    3:34 - Re-wind, Artful Dodger


    5:32 - “Mature Ravers Only: The Story of UK Garage Fashion”, Red Bull 


    6:19 - “How Ayia Napa transformed from a fishing village to the heart of garage music”, New European


    9:11 - Pitchfork, Review of Born To Do It


    11:56 - Rolling Stone Review


    13:18 - What’s Your Flava?, Craig David


    14:08 - Sexy Willy Wonka


    14:19 - Rise & Fall, Sting and Craig David


    17:38 - Melody Maker cover


    18:22 - Simon Reynolds, Bring The Noise 


    19:20 - Bo Selecta - The Craig David Story


    23:00 - Liberty X, Being Nobody


    25:08 - Fearne and Craig David


    27:25 - People Just Do Nothing Trailer


    28:36 - Craig David on BBC 1 Xtra


    29:10 - When The Baseline Drops, Craig David x Big Nastie


    31:20 - Got It Good, Kaytranada ft Craig David


     


    Special thanks to Max Palmer for providing original music for this episode! You can listen to more of his music here: www.soundcloud.com/sundensound

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    • 38 min
    White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut

    White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut

    The new millennium brought with it a fresh wave of optimism and excitement for the future. Zadie Smith's best selling debut novel White Teeth embodied this mood and symbolised a changing of the guard. Smith was lauded with critical acclaim and lavished with media attention — an overnight literary sensation at just 24 years old. With special guest Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, we explore the impact of the novel and the legacy of its author.


    Content Warning: Mention of suicide  


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    Find out more about the Black Writers Guild here. 


     


    Select books Sharmaine mentions in the episode: 


    The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon


    Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta


    The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi


    The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi


    Blonde Roots, Bernardine Evaristo


    Girl, Woman, Other,  Bernardine Evaristo


    Queenie, Candice Carty Williams


    Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding


     


    Select work by Zadie Smith referenced: 


    Fences: A Brexit Diary, NY Books


    Stormzy at Glastonbury


    Intimations


    Sharmaines question to Zadie in the Guardian


     


    Clips Used: 


    Tony Blair wins landslide general election win for Labour (1997) - Newsnight archives


    America's Internet Trading Boom (1990) -  


    Journeyman Pictures


    Tony Blair on immigration (2004) -  London Business School

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Scaratash ,

Awesome podcast

Loved every episode. Perfect for an 30 something wanting nostalgia. Can’t wait for next season

Bex (: ,

MORE PLEASE

So so so enjoyable, I need more episodes please!

BuffyHunt ,

The critical nostalgia we need

This podcast is just a delight. It’s a delightful dose of nostalgia with a critical eye, but puts things in their context which helps to explain what and why things happened. I grew up in NZ but live in the UK now, so it’s also reminding me of things I grew up with - plus a couple of gems that passed me by as a kiwi.

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