Today should have been all about Kanye West because 2005 was the year, that he really arrived. Yes there were a few hints at what was coming a few years earlier, but it was 2005’s ‘Late Registration’ album of which the track that stood at Number three in my run down ‘Gold Digger’ featured that catapulted him into one of the planets biggest stars. Sadly, Kanye has turned into an antisemitic bellend of massive proportions and this is last time you will read his name on these pages. He has joined an illustrious list. I can only apologize for defending him in the past. I could try and link it back to some obvious mental health issues, but I’m not sure I want to.
So instead lets talk about LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, both of whom dominated my top ten tracks for 2005. I can’t get explain the buzz I got when I first heard ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’. It was like I’d been shocked. I was in, yet again, a cool clothes shop in Exeter and I was looking at their retro band tshirts but yet again decided against shelling out £20 on an Allman Brothers shirt, when it came on over the speakers. It sort of froze me to the spot, well until James Murphy hollers “Solo” and then you kind of just want to leap about, but you can’t do that in a trendy clothes shop that sells Rod Stewart Tshirts for twenty five pounds a pop. So I stood there casually pretending to look at the beanie hats even though I definitely do not want a beanie hat that has the word ‘Dickies’ emblazoned on it but I have to hear how this cowbell solo ends.
Of course, a few weeks later the debut album dropped and the rest is pretty much history.
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem (2005, DFA Records, Taken from ‘LCD Soundsystem’)
It was kind of similar with the Arcade Fire and in particular the song ‘Rebellion (Lies)’. The first time I heard that I was at the Cavern Club having just watched (British) Sea Power tear the place apart – and as it happens they were at number five on the top ten – and I don’t feature them nearly as much as I should.
Please Stand Up – Sea Power (2005, Rough Trade Records, Taken from ‘Open Season’)
Anyway, the DJ popped ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ on just after the lights came on, and again I kind of just stood there, a lone idiot on a deserted sticky dancefloor covered in plastic glasses, taking it all in, nodding along like I knew what this was and that I was already far too cool to shout “YES” at the top of my voice. But it was astonishing from the way the strings crackles into life around sixty seconds and the way the “Wah, Wah” bit joins in at around one minute 40. Astonishing. All of it.
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire (2005, Sony Music, Taken from ‘Funeral’)
Ironically, the record at number four in my 2005 was in stark contrast to me that night, because as I stood their clutching my British Tea Power Mug, nodding, like a lost tourist. I definitely didn’t look good on the dancefloor.
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys (2005, Domino Records, Taken from ‘Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not’)
Finally for today, some leftfield French electronica, which found itself at number seven in the top ten. Its pretty wonderful this.
My Friend Dario – Vitalic (2005, Play It Again Sam Records, Taken from ‘Ok Cowboy’)
I’m going to come back to this series a bit later in the year, because I want to start something new from Monday. Thanks for all the nice comments I’ve had on this series so far.