Top tracks of 2017 #18 – LCD Soundsystem, Bishop Briggs, Morrissey & Gulp

From the LCD Soundsystem ‘comeback’ American Dream album this is the lead track Tonite. I use the inverted commas, as for some artists the gap between albums would be entirely normal. It’s arguably James Murphy’s most consistent album, albeit without the killer track – I guess Tonite is the closest to that. Of course the best album James Murphy has been involved with is the mighty Reflector by Arcade Fire, arguably the album of the decade so far.

The track itself occupies the middle ground between New Order and Talking Heads. There are worse places to be.

“Oh I’m a reminder
The hobbled veteran of the disk shop inquisition
Set to parry the cocksure of mem-stick filth
With my own late era middle-aged ramblings”

He knows us so well…

Ian:

Track #18 first came to me via the the soundtrack to “Orange is the New Black” (Season 5) and then via a live to air version of the song on triplej, the Australian national youth radio network. With a huge set of pipes and obvious Motown influences, I’ll let the tune speak for itself (this is the live version from triplej; the official video – easily found – has a definite Monty Python/Terry Jones animation feel). Bishop Briggs with The Way I Do:

Roy:

This next artist is something of a Welsh supergroup, with Guto Pryce from the Super Furries being the best known and founder number. Quite distinct from his day job, Guto’s side project luxuriates in dreamy electropop – this grabbed my attention in January and hasn’t let go. Number 18 Gulp “Search For Your Love”

Andy:

You’re probably wondering when was the last time this particular artist made an appearance in my end-of-year rundown. Well, I can tell you. It was 13 years ago, and his “Irish Blood, English Heart” record just scraped into my top 10. To be honest, I’d pretty much lost interest in him since then, but as was evidenced by Grandaddy’s appearance at number 19, I’m not adverse to giving someone another listen. He played at the 6 Music Festival at Maida Vale in October, and although he’ll clearly never dominate these charts in the same way he did in the mid-1980’s, I feel his presence is a worthy inclusion.  
“And I recommend to all of my friends that they

Stop watching the news

Because the news contrives to frighten you

To make you feel small and alone

To make you feel that your mind isn’t your own”
Number 18…

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10 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2017 #18 – LCD Soundsystem, Bishop Briggs, Morrissey & Gulp

  1. Liked the new album a lot. I think my personal favourite of the album is the opening track “Oh Baby”, which brings to mind Midge Ure era Ultravox.

      1. Love this track, love the album – definitely a career high; which may or may not be a theme of one or more of my later chart entries.

  2. Track #18 first came to me via the the soundtrack to “Orange is the New Black” (Season 5) and then via a live to air version of the song on triplej, the Australian national youth radio network. With a huge set of pipes and obvious Motown influences, I’ll let the tune speak for itself (this is the live version from triplej; the official video – easily found – has a definite Monty Python/Terry Jones animation feel):

    1. Sorry. Huge oversight in the last post: the artist is Bishop Briggs , the song “The Way I do”. Hopefully Richard will fix this in post.

      1. You are not the first and you won’t be the last. Will do… BTW Have you spotted the uncanny similarity between the intro to the aforementioned Oh Yeah By LCD and Rise by Public Image, particularly the bass synth motif…..

  3. This next artist is something of a Welsh supergroup, with Guto Pryce from the Super Furries being the best known and founder number. Quite distinct from his day job, Guto’s side project luxuriates in dreamy electropop – this grabbed my attention in January and hasn’t let go. Number 18 Gulp “Search For Your Love”

  4. You’re probably wondering when was the last time this particular artist made an appearance in my end-of-year rundown. Well, I can tell you. It was 13 years ago, and his “Irish Blood, English Heart” record just scraped into my top 10. To be honest, I’d pretty much lost interest in him since then, but as was evidenced by Grandaddy’s appearance at number 19, I’m not adverse to giving someone another listen. He played at the 6 Music Festival at Maida Vale in October, and although he’ll clearly never dominate these charts in the same way he did in the mid-1980’s, I feel his presence is a worthy inclusion.

    “And I recommend to all of my friends that they
    Stop watching the news
    Because the news contrives to frighten you
    To make you feel small and alone
    To make you feel that your mind isn’t your own”

    Number 18…

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