VICE UK Is 15

To mark the 15th anniversary of VICE's export to London, we're running a bunch of stories on British music in 2002.

VICE UK Is 15

The Cheeky Girls Sent Us a 1500-Word Music Industry Conspiracy Theory

I spent a week trying to track down 2002's biggest one-hit wonders and then shit just got weird, in a really long email.
Tom Rasmussen
12.1.17
VICE UK Is 15

'Pop Idol' Fucked the Music Industry Up Forever in 2002

Sure, it was just a reality TV show, but Simon Cowell's fingerprints are now smudged all over the pop world as a result.
Lauren O'Neill
11.30.17
VICE UK Is 15

The Novelty Hit Singles of 2002 Were Pure, Untainted and Absurd

As products of their time, their messages were simple – “Have a go on this whistle” or “Touch my arse, please”.
Sam Diss
11.30.17
VICE UK Is 15

Remembering The Hawley Arms, the Pub That Became Indie's 2000s Hub

Stories from the paparazzi-stalked Camden boozer where Amy Winehouse was renowned for hopping behind the bar to pull pints.
Kevin EG Perry
11.29.17
VICE UK Is 15

British Pop Hit Its Endearingly Crap Peak with Girls Aloud

In 2002, girl bands could be kitsch, camp and low-budget in a way that just doesn't make sense now.
Lauren O'Neill
11.29.17
VICE UK Is 15

Mash-Ups, Bad Haircuts, the New Rock Revolution: 2002 Was a Load of Shit

Let's be honest, the year was a dismal one for music in the UK – propagated by marketing execs who had discovered cocaine and Hoxton.
Josh Baines
11.28.17
VICE UK Is 15

Investigating The Libertines Alley, a Piece of Dying Musical History

"Keryarggggghhhhhaveit!"
Niloufar Haidari
11.27.17
VICE UK Is 15

NME Created an Indie Scene Out of Thin Air in 2002 and Made It Stick

Former NME mag staff tell us how how they made so many people care about The Strokes, The Libertines and other "The bands".
Alexandra Pollard
11.27.17
VICE UK Is 15

No One Asked for This Timeline of 2002's Stellar Chart Number Ones

It was a banner year for novelty singles, wet ballads, reality TV rivalries and absolutely nothing in between.
Emma Garland
11.27.17