Back for our eighth year – at least in our online incarnation – it’s our top 20 tracks of the year.
For the next 20 days Roy, Ian and I will be posting one track a day as we countdown our favourite tracks of the year, heading towards our number ones on Christmas Eve. yes it’s a Christmas Advent calendar with three musical chocolates each day. Possible four if Andy joins in as get closer to the end.
My first choice is possibly the first sax instrumental to feature in any of my lists over the years, but fear not it is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the Kenny Gee or Courtney Pine oeuvre. This leapt out of the radio when I first heard it and never fails to cheer me up. So, for my number 20 some straight blowing from London jazz psychedelia trio ‘The Comet Is Coming’.
Over to Ian and Roy to get their lists underway and feel free to add your own nominations in the comments below..
12 months ago Toni Watson was busking on the street of Byron Bay in regional NSW. A year on, as performer Tones and I, she has won four ARIAs (Aussie Brit Awards) including best female artist, performed at festivals and on late night talk shows around the world and broken all sorts of Australian chart records. Most significantly, she knocked off Kylie’s “Locomotion” for most weeks at #1 by an Aussie solo artist and subsequently went on to spend a total of 17 consecutive weeks at #1 in the Aussie charts. The ear-worm of a song was a huge hit elsewhere, topping charts in a list of countries that could well comprise a United Nations roll call including Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand and Finland. The original video for “Dance Monkey” can be found online easily, but the clip which captures her spirit best is the live performance at the 2019 Splendour in the Grass Festival:
Ok here we go again. Who would have thought back in the heyday of The Smiths that Johnny Marr would be releasing a synth soaked single that nicked the intro from ‘Fade To Grey’? Number #20 – Johnny Marr ‘Armatopia’