Singles of 2014

Playlist here.

No particular order here though Ghost is easily my most played single released this year. My most played song is the demo of Rebel Heart by Madonna, which will shock precisely no-one. The Kira Isabella song was a great discovery – definitely an artist to get excited about. And it’s amazing to have a properly brilliant Smashing Pumpkins song again. If it was on Spotify I’d have had Morrissey’s Istanbul too.

Ghost – Ella Henderson
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Ghosttown – Madonna
Crying for No Reason – Katy B
Wrong Or Right – Kwabs
Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands
Quarterback – Kira Isabella
Say Something – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Dark Sunglasses – Chrissie Hynde
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson
High Society – Betty Who (from Worlds Apart EP)
Solo Dancing – Indiana
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
Walk Me to the Bridge – Manic Street Preachers
Going Out – Dinner
If It Wasn’t True – Shamir
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Living – Adna
Being Beige – Smashing Pumpkins
Falling Short – Lapsley
B a noBody – SOAK
Queen – Perfume Genius
Disclosed – Call Me
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) – David Bowie

And not on Spotify, the first EP from Alphabetical Order Orchestra:

That neither party has ventured beyond nebulous responses in explaining this melodrama only adds to the mystique around this second album, which as a result will inevitably be forensically examined for ‘clues’. It’s difficult, of course, to read too much in this regard into the lyrics of a band who have always described their work as concerning “the good, the bad, and the ugly of relationships”. Nonetheless, opener The One That Got Away suggests at least that whomever sequenced the album knew all too well the reception which awaited it. It’s a suitably portentous introduction, its tone echoing the black smoke billowing into a clear sky depicted on the album’s artwork. The song cleverly inverts the clichés suggested by its title, finding the pair tremulously singing “I wish you were the one that got away” and declaring “I wish I’d never seen your face”. It’s impossible not to feed the album’s backstory into it, yet this only adds to, rather than creates, its compelling dynamism.

The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

‘1979’ was the song that got me into Smashing Pumpkins. I bought the single in the ‘reduced’ bin when I went to buy Madonna’s dreadful ‘One More Chance’ single, only to find that John Menzies didn’t have it in stock yet. Those pre-mp3 and Amazon days when singles could be ‘out of stock’ and it would ruin your day! Except in this case it resulted in me finding a wonderful band. ‘1979’ came on my iPod at lunchtime and it sounds as sublime now as it ever did.

I can’t bring myself to go and see Billy Corgan and whomever he’s got in the band these days at their forthcoming London gig. By the end the band had collapsed under Billy’s ego and their ‘farewell’ gig at Glasgow SECC was utterly dreadful. We played ‘Paper/Scissor/Stone’ throughout.