Okay - it seems like I'm just about the only person who's chosen to actually visit UKMIX on Christmas Day.
Happy Christmas to all the Christians on the site!
Happy Hannukah to all the Jews
If anyone of any other religion has a special occasion around this time then best wishes for them as well
Anyway - I've gotta come on, because I need to get into my top 10 songs of 2003 - and here's two that no-one guessed
10. Thrills - Big Sur
Just don't go back to Big Sur. We're hanging around, when we're almost down. Just don't go back to Big Sur - baby, baby, please don't go.
Observant people will realise that this was still to come - my favourite track from the Thrills is "Big Sur". It sums up their entire style of incredibly simple catchy indie songs that sound amazingly similar to the 60s West Coast USA sound of the Beach Boys and every bit as good. This track only ever made No. 3 on my chart - but seeing as it was released the same week that Amy released "Misfit" - you can see why it couldn't top the chart. Nevertheless, this is the greatest song of the year from one of the year's brightest new bands. Looking forward to the second album to see if they still deliver songs as good as this one.
9. Mark Joseph - Get Through
'Cause living in the summer is easy. It's living in the winter that's hard - but we'll get through
Okay - history lesson everyone - a story you might not know. Mark Joseph is a completely independent singer songwriter. He recorded this track in a local recording studio and mastered the entire project himself. He then went around record stores around the country - and apparently only managed to get the record stocked in 5 stores nationwide. This song was so good that it still got into the top 40
. That suddenly fuelled a mass interest in him from record labels, resulting in major record stores stocking the second single "Fly" and the resulting album "Scream". "Fly" got mass videoplay on "The Box" and suddenly every man and his dog on here was praising the name Mark Joseph - for what in all honesty was a hugely disappointing second single. So, what is it that makes Mark's first single so much better than the overhyped follow-up song "Fly"?
Well, this song - in both style and quality - harks straight back to the classic Oasis album "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" - the defining album of indie music. This song is quite simply on a par with the greatest indie songs ever released.
I first heard the song on the chart the week it was released and thought it was totally amazing. However, it got no airplay and no commercial release - so there was absolutely no way of re-listening to it - and tragically it dropped down my chart very fast. Then I considered getting the album and I've never looked back since. "Fly" is weak, but the new single "Bringing Back The Memories" is a much better song. My prediction for next year is that "BBTM" will go top 20, and then this track will be rereleased in its full glory - and dareIsayit, it could even go straight to the top of the chart
Top 8 tomorrow - and it's time to start removing options from the poll again. That will leave one song surprisingly high up that no-one guessed... anyone have any ideas?