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2008 Year End Best Of

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Highlight of the year?


Julian Cope playing to a small gathering on an extremely cold October evening in Liverpool's Mathew Street. Not a venue in Mathew Street I should add, because this was part of the former Teardrop Explodes frontman's three day busking tour and this was a street performance with Cope playing a magical sixteen minute version of the Teardrop's favourite, Sleeping Gas.

You don't believe how good it was?

Well, think of your favourite living artist and imagine being one of just twenty or thirty people watching he or she play a lengthy version of their first ever single in the street. That way you'll get some idea of how utterly brilliant this appeared to me…

The biggest surprise of 2008, musically speaking, is that Bruce Springsteen was responsible for my favourite single of the year, Dream Baby Dream. Now, being a non-betting person, I don't know what the odds on this were, but if I tell you that the last Brucie album I bought was Darkness On The Edge Of Town, and that the last one I actually liked was Born To Run (when I was still in high school!), you will get the general idea. This version of the Suicide classic (as part of an going tribute to Alan Vega that has also seen releases by The Horrors, Primal Scream, and Lydia Lunch), however, truly is one of the greatest things I have heard all year. That Springsteen should be covering a Suicide track at all seems, on face value, something of a surprise, but get beyond the initial shock and perhaps it makes more sense. Two men of a similar age from a similar part of the world, who presumably grew up on the same diet of rock'n'roll. It's just that when it came to making their own music they went in different directions, whilst never totally losing that early rock'n'roll influence. Whatever. Bruce Springsteen took a great song and made it his own. It's already shaping up to be one of the great cover versions for me.

Anyway, enough of all that. Here's the list business…

  1. Black Sheep by Julian Cope
  2. Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  3. Miracle Kicke by Dark Captain Light Captain
  4. Object 47 by Wire
  5. Ever After Monkey by Neon Electronics
  6. Chemical Chords by Stereolab
  7. Imperial Wax Solvent by The Fall
  8. Exotic Creatures Of The Deep by Sparks
  9. Midnight Boom by The Kills
  10. Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp
  11. Ana Hina by Natacha Atlas & the Mazeeka Ensemble
  12. Three by Junkboy
  1. Dream Baby Dream by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Jealous Enemies by Dark Captain Light Captain
  3. Preaching Revolution by Julian Cope
  4. Circles by Dark Captain Light Captain
  5. Mercy by Duffy
  6. Ringer by Four Tet
  7. That's How People Grow Up by Morrissey
  8. Shadazz by The Horrors
  9. Age of Understatement by Last Shadow Puppets
  10. Outta My Head by Ashlee Simpson
  11. King Of The Mountains by Jonteknik
  12. American Boy by Estelle ft. Kanye West
            Live Album  

Live In Paris by The Nightingales

Live At The Knitting Factory
by The White Hills

            Live Performances  
  1. Julian Cope (Mathew Street, Liverpool)
  2. Wire (Academy 2, Manchester)
  3. Wire (Stuk, Leuven)
  4. Julian Cope (Carling Academy 2, Liverpool)
  5. Cat Power (Academy, Manchester)
  6. My Bloody Valentine (Apollo, Manchester)
  7. Pete Burns (Carling Academy, Liverpool)
  8. The Witches (Zavvi, Manchester)
  9. Young Knives (Central Station, Wrexham)
  10. Appaloosa (Academy, Manchester)
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