Ok, so it’s that time of year when editors ask me to put together a list of records for their (ultimately) pontless end of year polls. I’m not really into lists/listing things in general. For some reason my brain doesn’t work that way and my idea of hell is when people ask me who my favourite interview was or what my favourite gig was. I usually draw a blank.
This week ,the new issue of AU is out and and as usual they have their end of year album poll (http://iheartau.com/features/great-in-2008/). Although I’m still a contributer (six years and counting next year) I didn’t enter into the spirit of things this time around and never compiled a list. “It’ll only end up the usual, predictable indie shite” was my take and guess what? I was right! Still, if that’s what people voted for, then who am I to argue? I should also add that there’s nothing wrong with indie music,it’s just that too much of it makes Edwin an angry boy.
However, a month ago, while sitting in a Dublin hotel, I decided that since I’m still a new boy at Hot Press (nearly a year and counting) I’d put aside my misgivings on these things and send in my top 20 albums. It was all done anonymously through a feature on their website and I spent a LONG time putting it together because I just didn’t know where to start. Anyway, below is what I came up with. If you think I’ve missed something out let me know (it can be hard to remember everything when you review about 10records every single week of the year).
Anyway, without further ado, here’s Blogging a Dead Horse’s top 20 albums of the year.
1) Fight Like Apes-‘Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion.’
2)Sons and Daughters-‘This Gift.’
4)Fighting with Wire-‘Man Vs Monster.’ (It’s been kicking around for a while but this year it was officially released).
5)Geoffrey Oi!Cott-‘The Good, the Bad and the Googly.’
7)Girls Aloud-‘Out of Control.’
8)Blaze Bayley-‘The Man Who Would Not Die.’
9)Johnny Foreinger-‘Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light.’
10)The Night Marchers-‘See You In Magic.’
11)Horrorpops-‘Kiss Kiss Kill Kill.’
13)Black Kids-‘Partie Traumatic.’
14)The Sword-‘Gods of the Earth.’
15)Imelda May-‘Love Tattoo.’
16)Jaguar Love-‘Take Me to the Sea.’
18)Mindless Self Indulgence-‘If.’
19)Guns ‘N’ Roses-‘Chinese Democracy.’ (I’m probably the only one to vote for this but I love it because it’s as mad as a bag of hammers).
20)Story of Hair-‘Cheap Rate.’
So there you have it. It’s more than likely out of order and I’ve probably forgotten the odd thing, but fuck it. I’ve always been about looking ahead rather than looking back anyway.
Onwards and upwards!