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my iTunes Top 20, week ending 17.09.10

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I’m only including one track per album (aside from the omnipresent Bluebeat 45s, from which I’ve drawn three) as to do otherwise would unbalance the entire chart. This isn’t accurate by any means, and complete omits any listening that takes place (for example) at the office, on the bus, in the car, on vinyl, in the CD-player…. but I would totally swear by all these songs. Especially The Thin Kids one.

The links I’ve provided are mostly to my original blog entry, complete with video.

1. She & Him – In The Sun
….not only is it adorable and cute and catchy and fun and swirly but it also has my very own M. Ward on…
2. Soda Fountain Rag – Don’t Kill The Clowns
…I can’t get this song out my head, and I don’t want to either. It’s absolutely competing with ‘Crazy In Love’ and ‘Dumplins’ for my Song of the Year right now…
3. Busty & Cool – Mr Policeman
From Bluebeat 45s.

4. Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
…first, I think it rules. Second, I’m astonished that even one person should think I’m being sarcastic when I say I think it rules…
5. Byron Lee And The Dragonaires – Dumplins
…music that lifts the mood, and is immediately catchy, and lovable, and spirited…
6. Lloyd Clarke – Good Morning
From Bluebeat 45s.

7. Best Coast – When I’m With You
…Jerry, you’ll like this one,” writes a trusted confidante. “Like Viv Girls with a fuzz box.” And damn it, if he isn’t right…
8. The Thin Kids – I Don’t Like What You Like/You’re Not From Queensland
…this is the fourth tour of Australia I’ve been offered as support. Family commitments have stopped me from taking up any of the previous offers…
9. Neverever – Here Is Always Somewhere Else
…there’s so much of this awesome echo-drenched, female-led pop around right now…
10. Woom – The Hunt
…melodic and inventive and sweetly surreal and wonderfully, blissfully refreshing…
11. Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah
…everything about this song, the mentions of Bondi Beach and St Kilda and Talulah Gosh and The Maytals, the helplessness in the girl’s voice, the callow nostalgia, the mandolin, the minimal drumbeat…
12. Can – Yoo Doo Right (greatest rock’n’roll song ever recorded)
… there are SO MANY groups their experimental, insidious, motorik beat influenced. Care to name a few?…
13. Betty And The Werewolves – Paper Thin
…just plenty of fun and spirited melodies, and fuck when did I – or anyone else – look for ‘original’ as a criteria for loving music?…
14. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
…much as I love yer Beyoncé, she can’t come anywhere close to capturing her voice, throwing in far too many sugary frills to be able to approximate Etta’s raw soulful howl…
15. Las Kellies – El Cabezón
…fun, and beautifully concise, and funny, with harmonies and scratchy guitars and clattering rhythm and everything…
16. Everybody Was In The French Resistance… Now! – He’s A “Rebel”
…this is just wonderful, pure el Records – Bad Dream Fancy Dress, Louis Phillippe, Songs For The Jet Set…
17. The Deadnotes + The Legend! – Whistle Song
Here’s the link.
18. Jad Fair – Apples And Strawberries
From the forthcoming three-CD Best Of. I don’t have a link to this song at hand, so try this…

19. The Unthanks – The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw
…(Asked why he chose this particular song, the critic replied laconically, “It has everything”)…
20. The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
The link I’ve given you is to the original. Here’s The Specials’ timeless cover.

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