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Top tracks of 2016 #9 – James, Toy & PJ Harvey

I am sticking with the political theme of my last choice with this video for the James track ‘To My Surprise’.

The video was made much earlier in the year, so the dystopian world it depicts seems far more real, looked at in the cold light of December . Whatever the pink liquid that the heroine is carrying, we certainly could do with some of that in 2017 – you will see what I mean.

A brilliant animation, directed by Chris Merc and a fine song from the underrated James, with that trademark awkward danceability. No idea whether it charted, but its repeated use of the word ‘arsehole’ may have limited its plays on Radio 2…

By the way who is Donald Trump kissing at 3:20? It can’t be Birmingham’s new manager surely?

Scroll down for Andy and Roy’s number nine choices.




Top Tracks of 2014 – Number 2: James, The Villagers & The Black Keys



Well I was wondering about this one as it didn’t seem to qualify as a single, but then I came across this video on vevo, which seems to make it a late qualifier. From the immense ‘La Petite Mort’ album this is James with ‘Curse, Curse’. In a World Cup Year this seems appropriate, as I am not sure how many other songs reference the Copa Del Rey.

I would not classify myself as a massive James fan, indeed in true Alan Partridge style my favourite album of theirs up to now has been Greatest Hits, but do check the album out.

So just one more choice left. Will this be the first list in five years not to feature an Eels track? All will be revealed.

Scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices, or check out 20 through to number 3 here