What a fabulous year it’s been musically and otherwise! Thanks to the Interweb and the whole Web 2.0 business, I’ve discovered and sampled a huge range of artists that I otherwise would not have heard at all.
And, Mr Record Company, I went out an bought loads of them too. Sure, I grabbed mp3s here and there from other bloggers or wherever they had been placed legitimately. And yes, I occasionally had some magically appear in my inbox or hard drive where the torrents do fall.
But if I love it, I buy it. If it’s mediocre or worse, I delete it. But when I spend money now (and I have spent more on music this year than any other year before), I spend it on quality.
More of the recipients of my wealth later, this week, we’re counting down the Daddy or Chips Top Tracks of 2006!
Starting with 40-31!
40. Song for Sunshine / Belle and Sebastian
Former fey indie kids discover they can make super funky pop with aplomb.
39. Discopolis (Original) / Lifelike & Kris Menace
Ten-minute epic dance track which you can lie down to.
38. Speechless (Extended Mix) / Mish Mash feat. Lois
Andrew’s ringtone, a delicious slice of what I call Wendy House.
37. God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get) / El Perro Del Mar
Miserable Scandinavian with Phil Spector-like production teeters perilously close to high camp.
36. I’ll Be Ready / Sunblock
If you must have one slice of cheese, then this Baywatch theme sampling will fill you up!
35. You Got the Love (New Voyager Mix) / The Source feat. Candi Staton
Because sometimes you feel like putting your hands up in the air.
34. Paperback Bible / Lambchop
If Lambchop get any slower, they may halt completely. And then we’d not get beautiful things like this.
33. Angel Eyes / The Czars
Supercharging the oblique misery of Abba’s original and presenting it as a same-sex alt-country wallow.
32. Set The Fire To The Third Bar / Snow Patrol feat. Martha Wainwright
The new Travis joined by a Wainwright on a most oddly-affecting duet. And what the hell does it all mean?
31. God Lead Your Soul / The Sleepy Jackson
Aussie megalomaniacal indie kid channels Brian Wilson and makes ace album.
30-21 tomorrow, pop-pickers! Will (Let Me Be Your) Dirty Fucking Whore make it? (Hint: It won’t)