REVIEW OF 2009: Top 20 Songs

So here it is – My choice of 2009’s top tracks. This actually took me ages to compile so please to be giving it a good look over. As usual, opinions/comments = love.

I’ve set a few rules. Every track is a single – no album tracks or B-Sides and no re-releases.

If you click on the song, you will directed to Youtube for the vid.

HCP – Highest UK Chart Position Reached

‘L’ next to the title – Seen live by me and The Wifey

LET’S GET THIS SHIT GOING, RIGHT?

SPECIAL MENTIONS

The ones that nearly made it:

  • Love You Better – The Maccabees
  • Turn The Lights Out – Hadouken! (L)
  • The Kids Are Sick Again – Maximo Park (L)
  • Who Can Say – The Horrors
  • Get Shaky – Ian Carey Project
  • Embers – Just Jack
  • Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal
  • Song Away – Hockey
  • Sticks N Stones – Jamie T
  • Last Of The English Roses – Pete Doherty
  • Crying Lightning – Arctic Monkeys (L)
  • Treat Me Like Your Mother – The Dead Weather
  • When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft Kelly Rowland
  • Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz
  • Cheat On Me – The Cribs
  • The Captain – Biffy Clyro

 

20      ‘Zero’ – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (L)

            HCP: 49

            Album: It’s Blitz!

            Genre: Alt. Dance

            NME’s Top single of the year, This is a sexy sexy song. From the opening drum beats perfectly complimenting Karen O’s vocals it builds and builds to a crashing crescendo of synths and shrieks. Hot.

           

19     ‘Juggernauts’ – Enter Shikari (L)

         HCP: 28

         Album: Common Dreads

         Genre: Post Hardcore/Alt. Rock

          Probably the most mished-mashed song in the countdown – that’s a good thing. Short explosive passages, melodic meandering  and a good old scream along. Sounds great live too.

18     ‘I Don’t Care’ (This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things) – The Blackout feat. Josh Franceschi (L)

          HCP: 107

         Album: The Best In Town

          Genre: Post-Hardcore

This is such a fun song and you know I have a thing for these boys. Gav’s vocals perfectly compliment Sean’s screaming and the catchy hooks are bound to get stuck in your head.

17     ‘Papillon’ – Editors

          HCP: 5

          Album: In This Light And On This Evening

          Genre: Post-punk/Synthpop

Despite my feelings towards the band themselves (not good) I am unable to deny the quality of the songs produced and this is no exception. A perfect example of electro-indie and one of the best bass lines around.

16     ‘End Credits’ – Chase & Status feat. Plan B

          HCP: 9

          Album: More Than Alot

          Genre: Dubstep

Chase and Status have been massive on the dance scene since 2008 and this single had crossover help by featuring on the soundtrack to the 2009 film ‘Harry Brown’. Not that help was needed as this is a storming track. A mix of Plan B’s impressive vocals, haunting lyrics and an irresistible bass. Quality

15     ‘Supernova’ – Mr Hudson feat. Kanye West

          HCP: 2

          Album: Straight No Chaser

          Genre: R&B

This is one of my favourite pop hits of the year. Catchy and summery it brings a smile to the face. Mr Hudson = Definitely one to watch in 2010.

14     ‘It’s Not The End Of The World’ (But I Can See It From Here) – Lostprophets (L)

          HCP: 16

          Album: The Betrayed

         Genre: Alt. Metal

First for fucking ages doesn’t disappoint and a good taster for Jan 2010’s VERY eagerly awaited ‘The Betrayed’. TBH, it’s not one of their best ever singles – I don’t know if I would even place it top 10. But it’s Lostprophets, kay? Objective reviewing goes out the window here and Ian reading the phonebook would be better than 85% of the shit that’s out there today. TOON!

ETA: AFTER A SUGGESTION FROM THE WIFEY, MY NEXT BLOG WILL BE: ‘IAN WATKINS: LOOKS GREAT FROM ALL ANGLES’

13     ‘One More Chance’ – Bloc Party (L)

           HCP: 15

           Album: N/A

           Genre: Alt. Dance/Alt. Rock

Bloc Party doing what they do best. A storming indie-dance hit this was one of the songs of the summer and went down such a storm at Reading. The boys are going on hiatus now and will be leaving a massive hole in the British Indie scene. At least we have such a class back catalogue of hits to keep us going ’til their back.

12     ‘Omen’ – Prodigy (L)

          HCP: 4

          Album: Invaders Must Die

          Genre: Rave/Punk Dance 

“The writing’s on the wall, it won’t go away. IT’S AN OMEN.”  What. A. Fucking. Tune. The prodigy are untouchable when it comes to dance and this is the sort of song that makes you want to dance and mosh til your head explodes. Which, at Reading, we did. Good. Times.

11     ‘Fire’ – Kasabian

          HCP: 3

          Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

          Genre: Indie Rock

I don’t mean to sound smug but I’ve been trying to champion Kasabian for a few years now. This year, Oasis split, and suddenly Kasabian are being extolled as the UK’s Top Rock band. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, EH PEOPLE! Fire – what can I say. Top TOP tune. A sleazy beat, Tom’s superior vocals and a catchy as hell chorus. Awesome vid too.

10     ‘Remedy’ – Little Boots

          HCP: 6

          Album: Hands

          Genre: Electropop

This catchy hit has been absolutely everywhere this year and I for one, love it! A great party tune that will always get you dancing, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with liking pure fun hits like this.

9      ‘Audacity Of Huge’ – Simian Mobile Disco

         HCP: 60

          Album: Temporary Pleasure

          Genre: ElectroHouse

This song, is just absolute genius. There is no other way to describe it. Probably the most unique song I’ve heard this year. I don’t know how to describe it other than fucking awesome. If you’ve not heard it, click on the link and check out the brilliant vid while you’re at it.

8     ‘Heads Will Roll’ – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (L)

          HCP: 5

          Album: It’s Blitz!

         Genre: Alt. Dance

 

Off Off with your head. Dance Dance ’til your dead.” If there is a sexier, sleazier dance track this year, I challenge you to find it. Nope. Didn’t think you could. Once again YYY prove they are at the top of their game and deliver tune after tune. Off the charts this, fab vid too.

7      ‘Paparazzi’ – Lady Gaga

         HCP: 4

         Album: The Fame

         Genre: Synthpop

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying Gaga’s massive influence on the music scene. I am absolutely, positively not ashamed to admit I love this crazy-ass girl. Just Dance and Poker Face were fantastic but Paparazzi is just LUSH.

6      ‘Underdog’ – Kasabian

         HCP: 32

          Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

          Genre: Indie Rock

This is an ANTHEM baby! Catchier than a case of the herp, this is the type of song that was made to be sung along too. THAT IS ALL!

5      ‘Undisclosed Desires’ – Muse

          HCP: 51

         Album: The Resistance

         Genre: Alt. Rock/Synthpop

When Undisclosed Desires first hit, there was some derision about ‘Muse trying to be sexy’ Well? So what. You can keep your insipid R&B shit. THIS is one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard. Perfect synths, Gorgeous lyrics and who will refute that Matt Bellamy is one of todays best vocalists? I was – actually still am – slightly obsessed by this song. Utter quality.

4      ‘That Golden Rule’ – Biffy Clyro

         HCP: 10

          Album: Only Revolutions

          Genre: Post-Hardcore

Undoubtedly the best rock song of the year. No contest. this has everything you need. Slammin’ guitars, A perfect rhythm and Simons’  powerful rawk vocals. The last minute is just pure rock instrumental euphoria. This is music people, long may Biffy reign

3      ‘Jump In The Pool’ – Friendly Fires

          HCP: 57

          Album: Friendly Fires

          Genre: Alt. Dance

My God, I fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it. Starting off with a cool carnival-like beat and then does an about turn into one of the most ethereal dreamy choruses you will ever come across. It works absolutely perfectly. This is one of the best floorfillers you will have the luck to come across and also goes down a storm at Rock & Indie festivals.

2      ‘Farewell To The Fairground’ – White Lies (L)

         HCP: 33

         Album: To Lose My Life

         Genre: Indie Rock/Post Punk

 First off,  let me say that I am not biased. Ok fuck it – I am biased. But even if I didn’t have connections to the band I would still think the band, their album, this single are pure pure class. They have received massive critical acclaim and rightly so. To Lose My Life is an album in which every single song is a gem. Having to choose out of the singles released, I’ve gone for this. Fantastic drums, guitars are keyboards combined with Harry’s trademark moody yet angelic vocals. The tune is fantastic, the hooks are awesome and it’s just a god-damn pure perfect song. Many will try to copy this, none will come close. White Lies are here to stay, and thank fuck for that.

1      ‘Sometime Around Midnight’ – Airborne Toxic Event

 

          HCP: 33

          Album: Airborne Toxic Event

          Genre: Indie Rock

 

Not only is ‘Sometimes Around Midnight’ one of my favourite songs of the year, it’s now one of my favourite songs ever. This is the absolute epitome of an indie love song. It has everything. Opening with beautiful strings, It has an unbelievably haunting, melodious score and heartbreaking lyrics. If you are in love, if you are heart-broken, if you are missing someone, if you’ve just had the best fuck off your life….This song can evoke so many pure emotions. I don’t know if we will ever come across a song like this again, so enjoy.

And it starts, sometime around midnight.
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself
for a minute or two.
As you stand, under the bar lights.
And the band plays some song
about forgetting yourself for a while.
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile.
And that white dress she’s wearing
you haven’t seen her for a while.

But you know, that she’s watching.
She’s laughing, she’s turning.
She’s holding her tonic like a cross.
The room’s suddenly spinning.
She walks up and asks how you are.
So you can smell her perfume.
You can see her lying naked in your arms.

And so there’s a change, in your emotions.
And all these memories come rushing
like feral waves to your mind.
Of the curl of your bodies,
like two perfect circles entwined.
And you feel hopeless and homeless
and lost in the haze of the wine.

Then she leaves, with someone you don’t know.
But she makes sure you saw her.
She looks right at you and bolts.
As she walks out the door,
your blood boiling
your stomach in ropes.
Oh and when your friends say,
“What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk, under the streetlights.
And you’re too drunk to notice,
that everyone is staring at you.
You just don’t care what you look like,
the world is falling around you.

You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You just have to see her.
You know that she’ll break you in two.

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Movie Review: Saw V

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Released: 24 October 2008

Director: David Hackl

Cast: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw/John Kramer) Costas Mandylor (Mark Hoffman) Scott Patterson (Agent Peter Strahm) Julie Benz (Brit) Meagan Good (Luba) Mark Rolston (Dan) Carlo Rota (Charles)

In the fifth installment of the SAW franchise, Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.

 

WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS

 
So I really like the first Saw movie. It was original, gruesome, gritty and had a great twist. Sadly, the franchise went  downhill from there in terms of storyline and writing, but the films were still great due to the ingenious traps which I love.
 (Yes, I’m twisted, yes it has been pointed out, no I don’t need therapy thanks.)
This film, however, I struggled with. To put it bluntly – I’ve seen scarier episodes of Scooby Doo.
Where are we. It turns out: Detective Hoffman has been Jigsaw’s apprentice…FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
dun dun DUN.
Laziest twist ever. Lazy seems to be the go-to word for this film. I swear half of it was made up of flashbacks to previous installments.
The film starts out with some – yep flashbacks – and shows us this years bunch of ‘victims’. I say ‘victims’, all of them are so hopelessly unlikeable that you have to applaud Jigsaw for his choice of numbskulls to torture. You actually find yourself excited for the blades to start swinging and the blood to start flowing from these cretins. (Including Darla from Buffy and Morris from 24)
Th first trap is pretty neat. I approved of this. The rest of them? What a letdown! Stupid, boring and entirely uncreative. Jigsaw must have been having an off day.
Agent Strahm, who shall be re-christened Agent Exposition, literally wanders round the whole film talking to himself out loud so the audience knows what’s going on. Slick move, writers! The poor guy becomes the patsy in the end when in another “shocking twist” Jigsaw and Hoffman set him up to take the fall.
So the Famous Five get knocked off one by one. More down to stupidity than anything else. Darla from Buffy and Junkie Man are the last two standing and realise – OMG! They were suppose to work together! Then they all would have survived!
Tut tut – shoulda listened to jigsaw people – He did try and tell you.
To summarise: Saw started off as an exciting new franchise. Jigsaw is a complex character, and his psychologies brought us some of the best moral debates to be had on film. The traps were clever and shocking and the tone dirty and grimy – perfect.
At this stage, Five films in the franchise has become a mockery. IMO They need to bring back original writer/director team Leigh Whannel and James Wan. (Leigh also played Adam in the first film)
A young talented pair. Actually, scrap that – let them go on to have a good career.
Saw VI has just been released. Yes, I will be watching it, but by the time Saw XVI comes round I think I’ll be ready to offer myself up for one of the traps…..
AWFUL

 

BONUS FEATURES

Total Film Essay:
The story behind Torture Porn
(This is very interesting if you’re a freak like me)
Also, was looking for something to watch at 3am this morning and I came across this:
Scream Queens
It’s a reality show. Basically there are 10 girls competing to be the next ‘Scream Queen’. Incidently, the prize is a role in the next Saw film. It’s hosted by Shawnee Smith (who I do actually love a bit)
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and judged by James Gunn and John Homa.
It’s total trash of course but I’m interested to see what they get the girls to do. Last night the had to recreate a scene from the film Slither!
Finally, say what you want about the films, this is one of the best scores ever
  
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