In hindsight, my first three Festive Twenty choices all have really good animation/collage videos and this is probably the best of the three. It makes a change. The art of video making has waned since the 80s and 90s and an increasing number of our posts in these lists tend to be from Jools Holland or ‘in sessions’ for American PBS.
Superorganism feature members from Japan, the States, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. The whole album is great, and the three singles ‘Superorganism’, ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ and ‘Everybody Wants to Be Famous’ are all great pop songs, but I am going to go for the latter as my choice:
My next choice is from the same artist that also recently provided the best gig I’ve experienced in years. This particular track has familial relevance as my wife’s family are from East Belfast, close to where the Titanic was built and now home to the quite wonderful Titanic quarter; from where this live performance comes. Number 18, Public Service Broadcasting, ‘White Star Liner’.
#18 are Aussie beach-punks Skeggs. Hailing originally from coastal Byron Bay, their style brings to mind the skater/surfer-dude style and sensibility of bands like Green Day or Aussie label mates Dune Rats. Coming in at a punk-like 2:23 seconds, the beat, the guitar and the straight-forward lyrics are the complete package.
Following on from Richard’s comment, it seems highly appropriate to have this guy in at number 18. He’s just been to see him live, and if he was half as good as he was at the Barbican back in February, then he will have been in for a real treat. Like most music, completely and utterly so much better when you see it live. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying this is the longest track to feature in my Festive Countdown!
Let the chin stroking begin…