My penultimate choice is from 2004. Is it possible to be ‘Lost In Time’ after just a decade? Arguably even more so, as the recent past is often the least analysed and codified. Is ‘the Noughties’ even a definable coherent decade in the way we think of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s?
When I first saw this video I was hugely impressed, but despite releasing two fine albums, ‘The Lost Riots’ and ‘Blood Meridian’ Hope Of The States never really made it – either in terms of mainstream success or critical adulation. Perhaps they just didn’t fit into any recognisable musical movement at the time, or perhaps by the 21st century there are no ‘new’ movements or musical revolutions to be a part of – in the digital age we now have a multitude of genres in parallel, available on demand at the push of a button, with all of music’s past and present co-existing on youtube and spotify.
In any case ,their first single ‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’ features the only fiddle solo in our lists so far, but don’t let that put you off. It’s also one of my favourite videos of all time.
If you believe in Parallel Worlds Theory then in some other alternative Earth, Hope Of The States are the secret band topping the bill on the middle night at Glastonbury. Based on this video that isn’t such a daft idea. They could and should have been huge.
As usual, scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices or catch up on the story so far here.