Every year, for the past few years I've done a cd to give to people with my Christmas cards. It's an extension of those best of year lists that start circulating around this time of year and seems to go down really well.
Now in days gone by, when I was young and "new" music was strictly whatever came out that particular year, then a best of year cd would be a best of that year.
But these cds make no claim to be that, they're merely a glimpse at some of the stuff that's been playing on my stereo in any particular year.
Which is another way of saying I have so little connection with "new" music nowadays that it actually scares me.
It takes an age to put them together, these end of year cds. It's not simply a question of whacking 14 tracks onto a cd. A lot of thought goes into them. What tracks to actually go on there and more importantly, what order they go on to give a seamless cd. It's very much like the scene in Fever Pitch where they're talking about doing a mix tape for someone.
Anyway, this year's cd:
Young Marble Giants - Final Day
Scritti Politti - Dr. Abernathy
The Flaming Lips - The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Lily Allen - Knock ‘em out
The Boo Radleys - Lazarus
The Polyphonic Spree - Move Away And Shine
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Donna Summer - I Feel Love (12" Version)
Duran Duran - Hold Back The Rain (Remix)
Charlotte Gainsbourg - AF607105
Ultra Vivid Scene - Don't Look Now (Now!)
Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue
Kate Bush - Aerial
Guillemots - Sao Paulo
Denis Leary - Merry F#%$In' Christmas
So that's me done, how about yours?