Top tracks of 2013 – Number Ones

grant

 

This will be absolutely no surprise to anyone who has heard me bang on about the brilliance of both the single and the album. My track of the year (and the decade so far) is ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ by John Grant. When Roy sent me a link to it back in January, I don’t know what the aural equivalent of my jaw dropping is, but my ears did it – my ears melted perhaps?

I could describe it as Twin Peaks meets The The and Sergio Leone via Scott Walker, but really nothing else sounds like this. As Andy has already posted the video as his number 10,  here is a great live performance.

2013

Scroll down for Andy and Roy’s Number Ones below. The full countdown is here

 

Over to Andy…

My number 1 has already been heard, so there’s not much to add.  The beautifully shot Anton Corbijn video adds to the overall pleasure, as does the addition of Bowie’s backing vocals (apparently he tried to nick the song for himself such was his liking for it!).  Whilst not quite as long as Primal Scream’s “2013”, what they both have in common is that they actually get better the longer they go on, and the tension towards the end of the song is its crowning glory.  A return to form for the Canadian outfit and a worthy number 1.  Happy New Year for 2014!

 

And Roy…,.

My number 1 is also ‘Reflektor’ by Arcade Fire – James Murphy’s production, Regine singing in French, Papier maiche heads and a mini Bowie cameo – what more could anybody want from a post-punk, haitian, dancefloor epic.

This footage is from Saturday Night Live where they obviously had a problem squeezing their mini orchestra on to the SNL stage.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2013 – Number Ones

  1. My number 1 is also ‘Reflektor’ by Arcade Fire – James Murphy’s production, Regine singing in French, Papier maiche heads and a mini Bowie cameo – what more could anybody want from a post-punk, haitian, dancefloor epic.

    This footage is from Saturday Night Live where they obviously had a problem squeezing their mini orchestra on to the SNL stage.

    1. So at the final count we have two tracks that were nominated by all three of us- Reflektor and Pale Green Ghosts. With two number ones and a three. It seems that Reflektor is the overall winner within our hive mind.

  2. As a bonus I had to post this – its my favourite cover version of 2013 and was part of a guerilla marketing campaign to promote the 40 year re-issue of Ziggy Stardust. The concept was that long-lost recordings of covers of Ziggy tracks by a ‘mysterious’ soul combo had been unearthed – some speculation was that it was Tom Jones on vocals ! Inevitably, although the true story of the scam has yet to surface, it is thought Bowie himself is involved. The whole EP is great but this is possibly the best…..enjoy and Happy New Year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s