"Where Are We Now?" The song seemed to drop from the heavens. I'll remember the day the video appeared (without warning) like some recall where they were the day Kennedy was shot. Sorry, that was in bad taste. Yet, I kept in there, didn't I?
"I Know It's Over" from Math and Physics Club was right behind Bowie on the list. It takes me back to playing 'London 0 Hull 4' in Mom and Dad's basement circa 1986. 'English Electric' was my top album, and if I only had a few minutes and needed an OMD fix, my go to in '13 was "Helen of Troy." Edwyn Collins really touched me with the ballad "It's a Reason." I could go on and on, but I have decided to nip it and give a brief list of the songs in my top 25 that didn't come from selections on my favorite albums list. Perhaps something here will be new to you and keep you from catching my dreaded list fatigue.
La Luz - "Brainwash"
I still haven't bought the debut full length from these Seattle gals, but I loved the '60s sounds from this non-album single.
Just Handshakes (We're British) - "London Bound"
Add this little synth-pop nugget to your next road-trip mix. Reminds me of early New Order.
Seabirds - "Real Tears"
Matinee has mined another precious jangly gem, this time from landlocked Nottingham of all places. It's as impressive a debut single as I heard all year.
The Primitives - "Lose the Reason"
I really enjoyed the covers album 'Echoes and Rhymes,' but it's nice to know they can still write perfect pop songs after all these years.
Parquet Courts - "Stoned and Starving"
I'm already regretting the exclusion of 'Light Up Gold' on my favorite albums list. These guys definitely jam econo.
Dream Boys - "Born Yesterday"
I saved the best for last. The self-titled album from this L.A. paisley-pop outfit probably should have made my list too. For now, give this ode to c86 a sample.