Rather a lovely track this – starts off as pleasantly spoken word but end up with a sung chorus that you will be singing to yourself soon after, I guarantee. This is Leeds’s own Mik Artistik describing a trip down to London for a gig, taking a leaf on his windshield along for a ride: the titular sweet leaf of the North ‘a symbol of hope in world that’s cold and grey’
Acclaimed by no less a luminary than Iggy Pop as the song of the decade…
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The track I have chosen as my #19 is by a Brooklyn band that share 2 members with the much better known Bodega. The yang to Bodega’s art punk ying, The Wants choose instead to head off to the 80’s disco with Talk Talk influenced angst-pop. Number#1 for months on end somewhere in an alternative universe.
The Wants – ‘Fear My Society’
No, this is not a reformed Smashing Pumpkins song, nor a solo project from Billy Corgan though there are enough similarities. Violent Soho is a band from suburban Brisbane with fairly obvious Seattle/grunge influences (their biggest hit from a few years ago, “Covered in Chrome”, is almost Nirvana with an Aussie accent). They have a new album out next year, and my #19 pick, “Vacation Forever”, is one of the first singles from the forthcoming record. The song was drawn from the tribulations of lead singer Luke Boerdam’s life as he ended up living in a basement of his parent’s house yet again after touring America. The key line “There’s a Baby Boomer across the street and it won’t stop staring at me” was in fact written well before the “OK Boomer” meme appeared and, in context. is a frustrated cry about being judged. How very grunge.