Ok, the staff party went on a bit, then the bloody neighbours had a house party until 5 a.m., I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t sleep til 7 and blah blah blah…..
But the music plays forever, so let’s saucily reveal a little more musical ankle, shall we? Oooh!
20. Mumbai After Dark (Bootleg) – Jay Dabhi
No 1 on BBC Asian Network for weeks, this storming potential crossover is still unreleased officially.
19. Valentine – The Delays
I do like it when indie goes Moroder on my ass. Soaring!
18. Everybody’s Gone To War – Nerina Pallot
It’s a proper pop song by a grown up and some of those hooks have gotten caught in my eye.
17. We’re Here – Guillemots
Preposterous, swirling, kitchen-sink stuff. Think ‘Yes’ by McAlmont & Butler redone by naive romantics.
16. Washing Up (Tiga Mix) – Tomas Andersson
Yes, that Dyson-fucking-iMac track again. Disorientating and provoking mindless abandonment.
15. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
No. No. No.
14. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Susanna & The Magical Orchestra
I’ll see your bleak melancholy, Joy Division, and raise you a Scandinavian fuckload more.
13. I’ll Be By Your Side – Sally Shapiro
And Scandinavians even make cheesy Italo-Disco sound sad.
12. Razzle Dazzle Rose – Camera Obscura
Wall of Sound echo chamber & violins and perhaps the longest, most epic, outro committed to tape.
11. Numb – Pet Shop Boys
Diane Warren penned Big Ballard makes England cry during the World Cup (arf!).
The Top 10 tomorrow!!!!!
Who is left? Five acts I had not heard of this time last year and five who can’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong, as you’ll see.
I’m so excited (I could vomit).