In June 1998, the earliest version of Bruuuce.com was released, or as it was catchily titled at the time, http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~sitwi.
Fifteen years on, we can say that we’ve published chats with Bruce and the band, held Daily Dose Days which raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity, and released four cover song projects. None of that could have been done without your good selves, and the input, contributions, photos, setlists and conversation is always really appreciated. Close to two million visits to the site says something for you all!
So what else was happening in the world during the birth of Bruuuce.com?
Well, in the same week, in 1998 World Cup was kicking off in France. Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan were leading the Chicago Bulls to a third consecutive NBA title win, this time over the Utah Jazz. Microsoft released Windows ’98 in the same month, and Sex and the City debuted on HBO.
And how about this for a jaw-dropping reference to American culture – on the very day that Bruuuce.com started, the TV show Geraldo ended. Planet Earth continued, undeterred.
Top of the Billboard charts on June 12 1998 was “The Boy is Mine”, by Brandy and Monica. I defy anyone to listen to that and remember it fondly. Or even remember it.
Movie releases in June ’98 included A Perfect Murder, The Truman Show, The X-Files, Dr Dolittle, and on the release date of Bruuuce.com, Harrison Ford’s Six Days Seven Nights.
There was much discussion around Bruce Hornsby’s music on the old “discussion group”. Rumours were rampant of a new title later in the year, tentatively entitled “Spirit Trail”. The one-letter-from-hotel-greatness Howard Johnston wrote:
I have seen and heard from my local retailer in Los Angeles, that “Spirt Trails” is due out July 14th. Can anyone confirm, because I also read posted here that bruce has been quoted that it’s 2-3 months away… ANYONE? I CAN’T WAIT!!
Mats Eriksson responded:
According to Bruce’s official website the new album “Spirit Trail” will be out this summer. As I am living in Sweden I have not attended any of the recent shows, but I have read some reviews and setlists on this newsgroup. Thanks for spreading the information.
I have picked up the names of a few new songs, maybe some of you frequent concertgoers could help fill out the list?
New Bruce Hornsby songs: - King Of The Hill - Preacher In The Ring - Sneaking Up on Boo Radley
(Waiting eagerly for the new album and hoping Bruce and the band will tour Europe in 1999).
And then http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~sitwi stuck its nose in on June 8th.
As promised, I’ve made a start on a site to find the all-time favourite Bruce songs. Please visit http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~sitwi and place your votes!
It needs decorating, but it’s fully functional. I’m hoping to set up some trading deals through the page as well.
Thanks for your time… Si Twining, Plymouth, UK
I’ve now fitted a guestbook, and a regularly updated poll (this time asking the obvious question, “Name your favourite Hornsby record”).
Thanks to all those who have contributed so far – and again, I’m open to any suggestions/topics for discussion.
And then fifteen years went by really quickly. Once again, I really appreciate the time that you’ve all spent contributing to the content, and long may that continue. Thank you very much!
– Si Twining, now in Newcastle, UK.