Thursday, December 23, 2004

Top 10 Toons of the Year

Here are my top 10 songs of the year in no particular order:

LCD Soundsystem, "Yeah (crass version)" - the brilliance of this song has been well documented and I am just joining the majority pointing out the obvious but here goes: seamless amalgam of genres of "dance" music (disco, house, techno, funk, etc.) with some catchy lyrics and then a hyperbolic, freak out climax.
Annie, "Chewing Gum" - slick girly pop, the name of the song is so well used as a metaphor for men, and as a metaphor for the sticky nature of the song - it ain't coming out of your head any time soon.
Snow Patrol, "Spitting Games" - forget "Run" and the lighter in the air bullshit, this is the jam - perhaps my favorite song of the year - some sweet "ooos," some banging drums, and some serious synthesizer underscoring.
Franz Ferdinand, "Michael" - along with being the best track on Franz Ferdinand, if for nothing else, the controversy surrounding the lyrics - loved reading about fans that were made uncomfortable by the lyrics.
The Prodigy, Memphis Bells" - this album was not nearly as bad as the press had me believe before hearing it. It may be The Prodigy's worst album, but it has its moments and this track is the hardest, most evil thing I heard this year.
Jay Z, "99 Problems" - I can never study to rap, but should have listened to this to prepare for the bar exam - Hova certainly knows more about criminal procedure than I do.
Scissor Sisters, "Comfortably Numb" - I hated this at first because I only was hearing one of the remixes which just sampled "hello..." every time I went out; then I realized the disco genius.
Junior Boys, "More than Real" - jittery, playful and very pretty little song.
The Beta Band, "Out-Side" - a stomping rhythm with some great sound effects - dogs, trains, chipmunks singing - thrown in for good measure.

U2 , "Vertigo" - that commercial was omnipresent but, damn did it get stuck in my head...fuckin' catorce.


At 12:52 PM, Blogger rajeev said...

"40 ft" is the jam on the FF album, come on now.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Just because the song has a neat dubby melodica flutter, don't make it the's a quality song but the chorus on "Michael" is the money shot on that disc...

At 4:21 PM, Blogger dave said...

especially the money shot when he changes the pre-chorus bit from "come and dance with me" to "come all over me" in live versions.

Matinee is still my fav. track on that record....which is why it's so good. any track on that album can be someone's 'jam' with minimal argument.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats the difference between a toon and a choon? (rd)
(im siked about new daft punk too btw)

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Phil said...

it's the same difference between being "psyched" and "siked"

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