Day three of four. Two of you have had a rough start but four of you stand level on nine points. Let’s do this!
Oh, yeah, probably should mention that we have moved onto the 2000s.
Picky Bastards recommended Boxer by The National
It’s a very grown up choice, isn’t it, The National? Very mature. Very sensible.
James Park recommended The Noise Made By People by Broadcast
I hadn’t heard this album before. It reminded me a bit of Pram (and some very half-hearted research did reveal at least one person has been in both bands, so I’m not completely wrong on that). Given that listening to old Pram records* is complicated by the fact their singer went on to become one of Nigel Farage’s Nazgûl at the last general election, a band that sounds a bit like them that has a less… (I don’t want to say evil here, but…) vocalist is a useful thing to have. Having said that, I didn’t gel with this album on a first listen which is (obviously) going to mean a relatively low score in this round.
*I feel compelled to mention that the other members of Pram have distanced themselves from their former lead singer’s politics. (And that I’m not mentioning her by name in case she Googles herself – I don’t need the drama)
Sleepy recommended the original motion picture soundtrack of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
I have to confess that I have never seen the film despite, briefly, owning it on (I think) an ex-Blockbuster VHS cassette. Does that work, time wise? VHS? 2001? It seems to fit. Anyway, the point is that I heard these songs for the first time this week and completely without the context of the film and it felt like hearing half a story. Technically, it was, I suppose. That isn’t to say I didn’t like the half a story I did hear. Just that I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I might have.
John Power Jr recommended Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem
This, like The National before it, felt like quite a grown up choice. Almost too grown up. Sound of Silver is, arguably, less consistent than Boxer but the highs are higher. (New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down in particular, for me)
Donna Morris recommended Born to Do It
While I wouldn’t even begin to claim that Born to Do It was the best album of the six it is the one that feels most connected to a time and a place. And, for better or worse, 7 Days is part of the British consciousness now. A national catchphrase. A meme before memes. Sure, there are some absolute duffers on this album, but come on, Rewind is bottled joy. You can’t argue with Rewind.
Graham Cox recommended The Woods by Sleater-Kinney
It’s good, innit, The Woods.
Today’s scores then…
- Graham Cox – 6 points
- Donna Morris – 5 points
- John Power Jr – 4 points
- Picky Bastards – 3 points
- Sleepy – 2 points
- James Park – 1 point
…and the totals so far…
- Donna Morris – 14 points
- John Power Jr – 13 points
- Sleepy – 11 points
- James Park – 10 points
- Graham Cox – 9 points
- Picky Bastards – 6 points