Festive 5 and a bit

December 23, 2010

Back in the day (I have to stop saying that!) by far the most exciting part of the Christmas build-up (apart from the Blue Peter advent calendar) was listening every night to John Peel’s Festive 50 (I didn’t get out much). Especially in the late 70’s when it really was out with the old – Stairway to Heaven, Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun, and in with the new – Pistols, Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Jam, Siouxsie et al. The revolution may not have been televised, but the end of year roll call sure meant we could listen to it on the radio. I’d religiously tape every show on a crappy old radio cassette. I still have them somewhere, rotting probably, with no cassette to play them on any more.

Uncle John is still sorely missed, but I thought I’d fill the  void by polling the indieanorak household for their top tunes of 2010. I’ve edited it down to the best half dozen (kicking out anything Glee related). So here are the best tunes of 2011 – as voted by family anorak:

6. Crystal Castles – Celestia

5. JonsiGo Do

4. Delphic Counterpoint

3. Beach HouseZebra

2.Gorillaz featuring DaleyDoncamatic

1. SwansReeling the Liars In

Now there have been allegations of vote rigging, but these have been looked into and the vote has been declared valid. (How can the best song from the first  album in 14 years from New York’s finest not be the best track of 2011?)

So happy Christmas from everyone at indieanorak. Take it away Michael…



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