If yesterday’s choice was somewhat last-minute, today brings a choice of such certainty that it was amongst the first to be jotted down for inclusion. It has stood there like a spare stone from Stonehenge from the moment I heard it on the work radio, and as anybody who knows our office at all, having a song like this on the radio is a miracle in itself.
Let me count the ways I love this record. It’s short, sharp, hi-tempo, low-brow, good old dirty punk attitude bonkers fun. On stilts. And on fire.
The title is a mystery, the lyrics are delivered in a style somewhere between Jack White and Sparks, it’s all over before it gets going and I can’t get enough. More please.
Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.
One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).
This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.