20 years, eh? Jockrock celebrated two decades online this year – though the internet is such a transient, shifting thing that the precise date it first appeared online isn’t all that clear (the site started out as a subdomain of something else considerably older – check out an interview with John Peel which was conducted in 1994 (!) – before being reworked for four issues of a paper zine and then, eventually, becoming the Jockrock.org that we all know and love.
In fact, the site in its current form – a WordPress CMS – only stretches back as 2009. (The current ‘look’ is new-ish, given a cleanup by none less than RM Hubbert a couple of years ago).
There is a lot more in the archive, a sprawling mass of long rambling pages that cover whole years of Scottish indie news, such was the way that (many) websites looked back in the day.
Sadly, the messageboard, which was Jockrock, pretty much, and which hopped between various free hosting platforms in its early years, is like the news and reviews from the late 1990s, lost in the mists of time.
And since we’re rounding up the year and have just published the Albums of the Year for 2017, this is from around 2002, when we actually (gawd help us) let the readers have their say.
Anyway, to celebrate what was a momentous milestone (for us if not for you, dear reader), we had a gig in October.
A few of our friends in the press previewed it including The National and The Skinny, while The Courier, Access All Areas Edinburgh, and The List were good enough to give the thing a lengthy plug. Oh, as did the Daily Record, in print… with the full text version here.
And after the dust had settled, Manic Pop Thrills reviewed the show.
However, you can relive some of the key moments from the gig here as we give ourselves (and everyone involved at the show and indeed with the site over the past two decades ) a well-deserved pat on the back.
Here’s to the next 20 years!