Autumn has officially arrived, and with it comes another season of having this glorious slice of perfectly-formed pop genius permenantly stuck in my head. Deliciously British and very distinctly Kinkish, you can immediately hear how the influence of this song and this band are still an integral part of modern music. Open all the windows to the Autumn sunshine and crank the volume high….
Inspired by a recent tweet on the subject of such songs, this time I threw the Playlisting suggestions box open to my Twitter followers. And, as ever, they didn’t let me down. Thank you to everyone (especially @sirsidneyp) who took part in the fun over on Twitter last night for their excellent contributions to this cracking playlist!
I’m sure I’ve forgotten loads of relevent tunes, so I’ll be adding to this playlist over time. If you have any suggestions of songs I might have missed, feel free to comment or tweet me, and I’ll add those too. Previous Playlisting posts can be found here, here, and here.
Update 14/12/15: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Watch out for a link to the Top 50 soon…
Update 18/12/15: Sadly, none of my choices made the final list, but you can check out the full Festive 50 for 2015 here!
You know me, I love my lists! Over on Twitter, @TheFestive50 is busy compiling a chart of this year’s favourite songs (voting on Twitter closes next weekend, and the 2015 Top 50 will be available on the Festive 50 Mixcloud soon – you can find the final lists for the last two years at that link too). Obviously, this was a challenge I couldn’t resist. In reverse order, here are my top five choices….
5) Therapy? – Helpless Still Lost (from the album ‘Disquiet’):
As a long-time fan who always welcomes a new album by this kick-ass Northern Irish punk/metal trio, it was inevitable that I would include one of Therapy?’s excellent 2015 tracks in my top five – but it was really difficult to decide which one, since Disquiet (incredibly, their fourteenth studio album – I feel old) has pretty much been glued to my stereo on repeat since it came out earlier this year. With a sound and production which echoes their earlier material but that still feels fresh, this sludgy, riff-heavy clatter of a track was my eventual choice. This is a real return to form, and, like all of Therapy?’s best moments, this track manages to weave a bleakly twisted melody into the distinctively tangled raw-edged mesh of driving guitars and breakneck drumming that the band have utilised to great effect over the course of their career. More please!
Finally made it to the top ten! Thanks to everyone who stuck with me through this epic musical journey – you can find the rest of the hundred here if you’ve missed anything. As promised, we’ll be returning to the usual Another Kind Of Mind mash-up of weird history, interesting quotes, political ranting and photographs of eccentric aquatic avians after this post…
10) SUGAR – Hoover Dam:
“And all that’s left of me is slight insanity. What’s on the right I don’t know”. From Copper Blue, one of my all-time favourite albums.
We’re now into the top twenty of my #Top100. I’ve loved some of the Twitter reactions to these choices, especially the responses to my not particularly obvious selections! Thank you again to everyone who has commented. If you’ve missed any of the previous parts of the countdown, you can still find them all in one place by clicking here.
20) BLACK SABBATH – War Pigs:
The men who invented metal. Couldn’t do my 100 without the mighty Sabbath!
And, finally for today, here’s last night’s #Top100 selections. Feel free to carry on letting me know what you think – I’m glad to see I’m not the only one out there with incredibly random taste in music! As ever, you can find all my previous #Top100 choices in one place by clicking here. We’re getting ever closer to the top twenty now…
30) BOB DYLAN – Hurricane:
A brilliant, classic example of the narrative song in the hands of a modern master of storytelling.
Bringing you (almost) up to date with the Top 100, here’s Friday night’s selections – and we’re finally into the top forty (saying that, I almost feel like I should be presenting Top Of The Pops here!). If you’ve missed any of my previous #Top100 choices, you can find all of them in one place by clicking here.
40) SISTERS OF MERCY – Dominion/Mother Russia:
Epic gothness from some epic goths (although I got told off for choosing this one over some earlier Sisters material!)
Here’s a quick catch-up of my Top 100 countdown from 50 to 41. Thanks again to everyone who has commented on my choices – feel free to let me know what you think. Only four more #Top100 posts to go, and I promise that we’ll be back to normal service on Another Kind Of Mind after those! If you’ve missed any of the previous parts of the countdown, click here.
50) GOLDIE – Inner City Life:
One of the tracks that defined drum ‘n’ bass.
We’re half way through the Top 100 countdown – here’s tonight’s selection of tracks. Don’t forget, if you’ve got anything to say about my choices, please feel free to let me know! For the rest of the rundown from 100 to 61, see here.
60) VERUCA SALT – Seether:
Grunge meets pop meets riot grrrl – and not the unholy mess of a noise that this suggests!
Absolutely loving all the responses to my Top 100 choices; from the comments I’ve been getting, it seems that there’s loads of people out there on teh interwebz who, quite frankly, have awesome taste in music too! If you’re on Twitter, by the way, you can follow the conversation at the hashtag #Top100. Here’s tonight’s ten tracks, and if you want to catch up with my previous selections, you can find them all here, here and here.
70) TORI AMOS – Silent All These Years:
A gorgeous song from a gorgeous, inspiring woman with a stunning voice.