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.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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1 Response to Compiled

  1. Andy says:

    Best track of the year for me is “Young Folks” by Peter Björn and John:

    No, I’m not connected with the band other than having seen them in Camden in September ;o)

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