Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Music From 2009 Means Nothing to Me

I honestly can’t figure out what this article is supposed to accomplish, other than making me feel a decade older and more out of touch with things in the world of music.

There isn’t anything about the bands listed here that I find remarkable, other than the fact that I don’t know the Arctic Monkeys song that was such a “banger” from 2009. I like a pair of their albums - the first one and the second to the last one. I like the band as a whole, but I’m not obsessed with them.

There are some really fallow periods in music for me, I guess. That whole Neutral Milk Hotel thing? I missed all of that. I didn’t get to enjoy Wilco when they were making their best albums and now I have to catch up with that stuff. I can’t get very excited about any of the other bands listed here:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Zero’

Kickstarted by a neon synth line straight out of the year 3009, NME voted the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ stomping single the best track of 2009.

The Horrors – ‘Who Can Say’

The lead single from their game-changing ‘Primary Colours’ LP, ‘Who Can Say’ established The Horrors as one of the country’s most idiosyncratic groups, the fusion of blown-out guitar work and buoyant melody making for a confusing-but-captivating concoction.

Phoenix – ‘1901’

Still an indie disco classic, ‘1901’ is Phoenix at their most high-spirited – a combo of crisp percussion, chirpy melody and effortless Parisian cool.

The xx – ‘Crystalised’

They’ve become such a musical mainstay, it’s easy to forget The xx haven’t been around for millennia. A decade ago, they dropped this game-changing fusion of gothic post-punk and underground UK dance music on an unsuspecting public. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Maccabees – ‘No Kind Words’

2009 also brought ‘Wall Of Arms’, another British indie classic. From that LP came ‘No Kind Words’, a track that captured the moodier side of one-time frivolous bunch The Maccabees for the first time – a side which would soon become their calling card

Jamie T – ‘Sticks N’ Stones’

Another one that’s still filling dancefloors to this day, Jamie T’s boisterous sound became household fodder in 2009, his ‘Kings & Queens’ LP still held up as the gold standard of cheeky-chappy indie.

Wild Beasts – ‘Hooting and Howling’

Another intellectual prospect here, Wild Beasts’ most poppy endeavour (at least until ‘Boy King’ came along) was another track that made 2009 one of British indie’s very best years.

Biffy Clyro – ‘That Golden Rule’

Mumford & Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’

The stompy-stompy folk-pop bunch exploded in 2009; ‘Little Lion Man’ and it’s yelp-along chorus was integral to that breakthrough.

Swear to God - I’ve never heard any of these songs, and I barely know who Mumford & Sons were. I’m sure they’re all great artists and that this is a gold mine of amazing, unheard gems, but I am completely in the dark and have no idea if this is a prank on me or not.

If you were to run a list of fake songs by fake bands by me, this would convince me that everything was real and that I was just an idiot who didn’t know what any of it meant.

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