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Friday, December 23, 2005

Dylans Best Bits of Music: 2005 Edition

3. Girls Aloud – Swingin’ London Town
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Cracking tune that has finally sold me on Girls Aloud. Although they are maligned by the vast majority of the population over here (understandably) their producers create some really good music. This is my favourite track of the album. By a fair margin.


2. Maximo Park – Signal and Sign
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My favourite song that refers to semiotics, it would be my number one except for the unforgivably out of tune ‘illumination’ vocal. Every time I hear that I shudder. On the plus side there is great example of one of my favourite trick in pop music – the one word chorus.

I also love the way the fucked synth melody in the verse.


1. Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass
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It’s so cold in this house

Another London song and one that really captures the bleak emptiness of this city. There’s nothing I don’t love about this song. From the clipped drum sounds, the helter skelter lead guitar riff, the bridge which is just a complete mess, to the backing vocal wailing to the way it all magically comes together for the chorus, to the way it all falls apart in the outtro. But these are things that are present in any Bloc Party song.

To me, what sets these guys ahead of the rest is Kele Okereke. While he is not the most accomplished vocalist, he is adventurous with his style and he means what he is singing.

I don’t know why he’s got crosses on his eyes and he’s walking into the furniture, but I believe him.

Honourable Mentions
  • Arctic Monkeys – I bet you look good on the dance floor
  • Wilco – Ashes of American Flags (Live)
  • Rachel Stevens – Crazy Boy
  • Editors – All Sparks
  • Coldplay – White Shadows (Don’t hate me, this is a good song)
  • Dirty Three – Great Waves
  • Fiona Apple – Red, Red, Red (Non Jon Brion version)

Piece of shit song not including Crazy Frog
Akon - Lonely

Album of The Year
Sigur Ros – Takk…
The masterpiece album that they have been threatening to deliver for the past couple of albums. If you don’t own this album yet, get thee to a recordstore – posthaste.

Honourable mentions

  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
  • Josh Rouse – Nashville
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (Obviously)

Disappointment of the Year
Kanye West – Late Registration
Yeah it’s kinda ok, but it’s pretty fucken far from The College Dropout innit.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Gabriel-era Genesis



Warning: contains mythical lyrics and organ solos.

Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Released: 1973

This could have been an 8, however 1 point must be taken off for that ghey shouty-chorus bit.

7/10

Firth of Fifth
Released: 1973

This could have been an 9, however 1 point must be taken off for the following lyric:
The mountain cuts off the town from view,
Like a cancer growth is removed by skill.
WHAT?

8/10

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Best Album of the 80s



Well, it's The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, innit? What else was there? Disintegration? Doolittle? Joshua Tree? Bah!

Two choice cuts for the uninitiated:

Bigmouth Strikes Again
Released: 1986

Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking when I said /
I'd like to smash every tooth in your head


Enough said.

9/10

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Released: 1986

Morrissey switches into whimsical romantic mode, with Marr's jangling, florid guitar lines again providing the perfect accompaniment.

9/10

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Bloc Party - Two More Years (MSTRKRFT Remix)



Released: 2005
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Less wussy than the original.

8/10

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pixies - Head On



Released: 1993
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Gareth's been hitting the Pixies a bit lately and I was reminded of this song, a slice of mid-90s pop-punk perfection from the masters. It was this song that spawned a million Jimmy Eat Worlds.

The best thing about Head On is that Black / Frank / Charles was inspired enough to take the sludgy dull original (Jesus and Mary Chain) version and turn it into this.

Enjoy.

8/10

Friday, December 02, 2005

Brian Eno - The True Wheel

Released: 1974
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Before Brian went off the deep end and decided it would be interesting to listen to the same 3 notes played over and over and over again for 25-fucken-minutes, he managed to release a few decent pop albums.

7/10