Lisa has a really excellent post about the art of the compilation tape/CD. I’m currently struggling with a compilation that I want to do, but fear won’t happen before I go away at the end of the week.
My problem – I think – is that I’m falling between two stools. I can’t decide whether to try and stick to a “best of 2006*” or to try and do “my all time favourite soul songs you’ve never heard of”.
The dilema is enhanced because I didn’t buy as many CDs this year as I would normally, so the 2006 stocking is looking a bit bare. So far:
- Reena – Sonic Youth; Kim Gordon’s singing isn’t normally my favourite bit of what Sonic Youth do, but this has got a Blondie feel and is really cool.
- Je Fuckin’ T’Aime – The Saints; Chris Bailey showing he’s still got it.
- Zeno Beach – Radio Birdman; Another Aussie punk band comes back strong.
- 22 Grand Job – The Rakes; In the city it’s alright, v. catchy.
- Bang Bang You’re Dead – Dirty Pretty Things; Not entirely sure about this, but it’s a quiet year.
- Burning Love – Elvis; At least three years after it came out as part of the Elv1s album.
- Jesus is Just Alright – Shelagh McDonald; My thanks to Richard for putting me onto this one.
- Too Much Pressure – The Selecter; More backfilling.
- Phenomena – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s; They’ve mellowed a bit, from the first EP but still a pretty decent band.
- That Kind of Fool; Jerry Lee does a slow country boogie and allows Keith Richards come along for the ride. Once again “ta to Nigel“.
I think there’s a bit too much backfilling to be convincing. But you can tell me I’m wrong if you like.
* By which I mean things I bought in 2006.