Monday, 27 November 2017

Top 30 #4

It's about a year since the last installment of my top 30# so time for an update..

Everyday - Buddy Holly (1957)
Be My Baby - The Ronettes (1963)
Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground (1970)
Optimo - Liquid Liquid (1983)
Carry On Bring Come - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes (1963)
Baby Please Don't Go - Them (1964)
Gimme Danger - Iggy & the Stooges (1973)
Beardsman Ska - The Skatalites (1965)
Winter Rose - The Bees (2010)
Odesa - Caribou (2010)
I Want More - Can (1976)
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order (1986)
Radio Head - Talking Heads (1986)
Osalobua Rekpama - Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros (1969)
Since I Left You - The Avalanches (2000)
Rival Dealer - Burial (2013)
Sound and Vision - David Bowie (1977)
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)
Ordinary Joe - Terry Callier (1972)
You Should've Seen the Other Guy - Nathaniel Rateliff (2010)
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros (2001)
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1968)
Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground (1970)
Late for the Sky - Jackson Browne (1974)
Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club (1981)
Home - LCD Soundsystem (2010)
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads (1983)
Please Stay - The Cryin' Shames (1966)
Seabird - Alessi Brothers (1977)
Keep Your Dreams - Suicide (1977)

As an Editor it makes sense that I find myself drawn to compositions that are concise, economical and fat free. A third of the tracks here clock in at 3 minutes or less, in my mind the optimum length for the perfect song. 

One of the exceptions at the heart of the new list is Burial's sprawling 10 minute epic 'Rival Dealer', a track that throws the rule book out of the window and defies categorization or genre. Other standout new entries include a track that one band named themselves after and another (Vampire Weekend) based their whole sound on; 'Radio Head' by Talking Heads, the sample-tastic; 'Since I Left You' by The Avalanches and the sublime 'Wichita Lineman', it's greatness brought into focus by the passing of the legendary Glen Campbell last year.

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