The Sound of 2008


sound of 2008

2008 was a great year for pop music, singles and the chart. I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of albums but the above are my favourites. I never really knew Elbow before but this album was just brilliant – musically and lyrically, Vampire Weekend continues to be exciting, bouncy and gleeful, and Neon Neon was a very strange idea turned into a great reality.  As ever I could endlessly ponder my songs of the year, and I’m really weird in how I define things. So while I might love ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘I Lust U’, I’ll include those via their respective albums in my albums list above because I don’t really think of them as singles just part of an album.

Song of the Year: Little Boots – Stuck on Repeat. It’s been out a bit but not properly properly so I was cautious about putting this in the 2008 chart, but it’s the only song that makes my jaw drop, still nearly a year after Victoria first sent it round. Totally brilliant and a huge year awaits.

Rest of Best: 2. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold, 3. Estelle – American Boy, 4. MGMT – Kids, 5. Miley Cyrus – See You Again, 6. The Saturdays – Up, 7. Solange – I Decided, 8. The Ting Tings – Great DJ, 9. Ne-Yo – Closer, 10. Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks – No Air

Most Listened to (according to Last FM): 1. Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me, 2. Sarah Brightman – I Don’t Know How To Love Him, 3. Miley Cyrus – See You Again, 4. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer, 5. Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning, 6, The Ting Tings – Great DJ, 7 Girls Aloud – Miss You Bow Wow, 8, Sara Barielles –  Love Song, 9. Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat, 10, Sam Sparro – Black & Gold

Dirty Diegos

In a brilliant moment of pop / tv crossover, Fascination Records (home of GA & The Saturdays) have signed up Hollyoaks very own band, the Dirty Diegos to release a single at the end of November. Now I love Hollyoaks and love Fascination, so to me this is hilarious but brilliant news.

They’re treating them totally in character and the promo cd reads, “The Dirty Diegos are a local band from the Chester suburbs. They met at Hollyoaks High where they are all currently studying. The band first started life as the baby Diegos with Amy as the lead vocalist but she stepped down when she gave birth to Leah. etc etc” Brilliant.

Of course, you would expect the song to be properly rubbish. But it’s not. Instead it’s a fierce 2.36 of Michaela McQueen actually on vocals sounding pretty hot. It’s originally a song by Dimestars, a short lived band in the early 2000s fronted by Roxanne Wilde (sister of Kim) and featuring Morgan who’s now in DoesIt Offend You Yeah. It’s snarly, snazzy and I’d be able to play it pretty much immediately main set at Popstarz and get people dancing with them having no idea what it is. Just listen to that middle eight.

Fascination are, however, RUBBISH because they won’t let me embed the video. I don’t understand when people do that on youtube, so lose your prejudices and go watch it here. The single is out on November 24.

Here’s the original: