I’ve already shared this with my facebook friends but, as promised, here are my top ten tracks of 2012. It’s one per artist, by the way, and often the song selection represents a particular album or band.
1, MORAIN – Animals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DAFxqTNulw
A choice which surprised me but I think the decision was the right one. Morain supported Dive Bella Dive in November – a support band supporting a support band. For me this was a band and a song so easily missed. However more, much more, than this – they were giving their EP away for FREE. When I think about some of the money I’ve wasted on crap this is a bargain. Do these guys know how good they actually are?
So nothing pretentious here, just a great song by some really nice lads (well they seem nice anyhow)
2, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Death To My Hometown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UASyS-jUKKI
He sells out stadiums, his albums top the chart and after thirty plus years people still don’t `get` The Boss. His music these days is rooted in the great American protest tradition. The world economy is in ruins, life is hard and there is little respite and less hope. Let the greatest songwriter and performer of all time tell us about it.
3, FOUR 45s – Encore Tricolore https://soundcloud.com/thefour45s/encore-tricolore
This blog is almost the Four 45s appreciation society anyway so just enjoy the link.
4, DIVE BELLA DIVE – School http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0kfJCf90k0
In a perfect world the charts would be full of stuff like this. Four amazingly good looking guys producing fantastic pop rock nuggets. That’s what rock music is about at the end of the day. Unfortunately the official video seems to have been removed so we’ll have to make do with a fan edit. Sorry about that. Incidentally on sex appeal Dive Bella Dive would be number one … we’ll all to have to live with that
5, STRANGERS IN PARADISE – Crosswire http://strangersinparadise.bandcamp.com/track/crosswire
As with the Four 45s, a band who should be well known to readers of this blog. They should of course be well known to everybody.
6, KILLERS – Runaways http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMbyWSGYUgc
The Killers remain arguably the best band of their era and when they hit form, as they do here, few bands can compete.
7 HOPE & SOCIAL – Saints Alive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWGm4dd9a28
This magnificent band coming up with the goods yet again. I was going to give the nod to the beautiful ballad One Way Home from their recent album but a link proved elusive so the storming opening track will have to do – even if it is somebody’s phone footage.
If you’ve never seen this band live make doing so one of your New Year’s resolutions. You will not regret it.
8 ADAM LAMBERT – Better Than I Know Myself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg31XQR22zg
If there was any justice Adam Lambert would be the biggest pop star on the planet. He’s got the image, the attitude – and the voice.
9 BOB DYLAN – Scarlet Town (no link available)
Like many latter era Dylan albums The Tempest was a curate’s egg but even at his lowest ebb there’s always a great song to add to the canon. Like this one.
10 FUTURES – Start A Fire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQygdQUsuc
Something of a slow burner this one. It spent several months on my Ipod without really standing out, but somehow it avoided the cull each time. This band have now split, just after I discovered them. Of such things are legends made.