As you may be aware I have been tracking my top 20 songs of the year over the last 20 days.
Flying in formation with me have been Andy and Roy who have been posting their own choices under mine. As their lists were so good, and also to make them easier to find for ‘posterity’, I have digested each of them into one simple blog entry for you to enjoy.
Firstly here we have Roy’s wide-ranging picks of the year. Some of it so cutting edge there isn’t even a video for it.
Number 20: Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings
The Strokes giving Sonic Youth a good kicking – not even the best track on his very fine album ‘Attack On Memory’
Number -19 Disparate Youth by Santigold
Ms Gold does her New Wavey, Hip-hoppy, Electronicy thing – in an alternate universe all ‘pop’ music sounds like this. Remarkably unsullied by subsequent use in a car advert.
Number 18 – Die Life by The Soft Moon
The sound of a retro-futuristic John Carpenter movie staring Gary Numan and the Sisters Of Mercy. Absolutely no surprise that they have already colaborated with Trent Reznor and John Foxx. So dark it made me want to dye my hair black (again), drink snakebite and go and form human pyramids with complete strangers at a Fields of the Nephilim gig.
Number 17 – Gods and Masters by WAKE
Agit-prop hip hop, what’s not to like ? Definitely got a feel of Eminem’s MOSH about it.
Number 16 – Evil Coast by The Mary Onettes
I’m putting this forward as a ‘loveliest song’ contender. Released last month and just sneeking in under the wire, another slice of sublime scandipop and, whisper it quietly, a bit 10CC.
Number 15 – Doom & Gloom by The Rolling Stones
Where the hell did this come from ?Geriatric multi-millionaires in ferocious garage-punk stomper shocker ! If Bobby Gillespie is thinking of another Stones pastiche for the next Primals album, he’d best have a re-think.
Number 14 – One Drop by PiL
You are now entering a Pil zone; the return of the national treasure that is John Lydon with his finest work for a very long time. Not sure if you saw him verbally eviscerate Louise Mensch on Question Time, but one of the TV highlights of the year.
My Number 13 – Peach Blossom by Eels
Love this – even if its is highly reminiscent of FLC’s ‘Scooby Snacks’ as interpreted by Jack White; very much looking forward to the new album – thanks to Richard for flagging up this one.
My Number 12 – Inhaler by Foals
Gets better and better each time I hear it and all the better for them discovering their inner Mudhoney. A brilliant video always helps
Number 11 – Wrath Of God by Crystal Castles
If its dystopian electronica fit for a post-apocalyptic party that you are looking for, this is the go-to band. Alice Glass’ vocals are even more frightning than usual.
Number 10 – Pythagorean Fearem by Howler
Arriving fully-formed with a set of JAMC meets the Strokes via Bo Diddley, anthems of youth disillusion; this is the most raucous track from their very fine debut album ‘America Wake Up’
Number 9 – Reagan’s Skeleton by Yeasayer
From the centre of the indie universe that is Brooklyn; this is that rare beast, an indie-electropop tune with political punch. If Obama had used this as his re-election campaign song it would have been all over by New Hampshire.
Number 8 – Lafaye by School Of Seven Bells
Cocteau Twins meets Propaganda with better haircuts. This is the lead track from their album ‘Ghoststory’ – so good it will sends a shiver down your spine !
Number 7 – ‘Temporary’ by White Rabbits.
To quote Andy, ‘an absolute gem of a song’. Like Bloc Party if they remembered how to still write songs and lived in Brooklyn.
Number 6 – Pelican by The Maccabees
This is the track that got me into the album; angular and anthemic in equal
Number 5 – ‘Stranglin’ You Too’ by Slug Guts
Crawling out of some antipodean backwater is this lo-fi swamp rock corker. My guess is that they’ve got a few Birthday Party and Cramps albums between them.
Number 4 – Doused by DIIV
There was a veritable torrent of shoegaze/dreampop stuff released in 2012 but this topped the lot – Ride with an infusion of New Order – always been a sucker for a flanged guitar riff.
Number 3 – ‘Bronto’ by Baddies
Track and video that got me into their wonderful, fan-funded ‘Build’ album. Seemingly a band completely under anybody’s radar, but should have much wider recognition for their Devo/Wire infused New Wave pop nuggets
Number 2 – ‘The Messenger’ by Johnny Marr
The incomparable Mr Marr returns with a song that would have not been out of place in his Smiths golden period.
Number 1 – No Light, No Light by Florence & The Machine
Where pop, goth and orchestration intersect you find Flo in full flow – one of the very few, credible mainstream ‘pop’ artists today who might actually have a career beyond the lifespan of a an infirm firefly.
…and finally as an exclusive for this site, the ones that nearly made it. Roy’s 21 through 30…
|30||Gravedigger’s Song||Mark Lanegan|
|29||Night Swim||Frankie Rose|
|27||The Descent||Bob Mould|
|26||The Base||Paul Banks|
|25||Staring At The Wall||Jeff The Brotherhood|
|23||So Far Away||A Place To Bury Strangers|
|22||Ill Manors||Plan B|
|21||Sixteen Saltines||Jack White|