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The ‘Review of the Year’ is nigh

Listen to your heart

I usually hate it when someone does a cover version of an old favourite/classic of mine, but I’ve just seen on The Box a version of ‘Listen to your heart’ – the old Roxette classic from 1990 – by an artist called ‘DHT‘ whom I’ve never heard of before. It’s actually not that bad, but then again it’s actually not too dissimilar from the original – which kind of begs the question – why cover it in the first place if it sounds so much like the original?

I found out last night as well that as I moaned a bit the other day, Coldplay’s new single ‘Talk‘ (easily the best track on X&Y) is being released in a few weeks time – vying for that No.1 Xmas chart spot. It won’t get it (all the hot money is on the JCB song), but I did find out that on the flip side will be the original Coldplay demo version of ‘Gravity‘, a song which Chris Martin & Co. decided to nicely give to Embrace instead who had a hit with it just over a year ago. I’d like to hear that.

Also music-wise, I’m also in the middle of making my ‘Review of the year’ CD right now. Non regular Geofftech-readers, may like to know that for the last six years, instead of sending out Christmas cards, I’ve sent out a CD that I make instead, which is a music & news review of the last 12 months.

ROY 2004Last year for the first time I put all the tracks up for download, as I also ask people for their votes on what their five favourite five songs of the year were. I then compile all the votes and turn them into a top ten chart of our fave songs of the year. Last years Top 10/Results are still up online here if you want to get an idea for how it works.

I’ll be doing this again in the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas, but when I mentioned this to someone today, they said to me “So what would be your top five tunes of the year?”. I had a thought about it, and although the Depeche Mode track, Maddona song and Audio Bully single would all be in there, I rather bizarrely managed to come up with five songs which have all meant a lot to me – and I’ve been playing a lot recently – but none of them have been technically ‘released’ this year or in the charts to be classified as votable.

Pete Docherty & Wolfmans “For Lovers” – is a single release last year that would actually be a ‘this year’ song for me, as would Embrace’s “Glorious Day” (from the album ‘Out of nothing‘, but never released as a single), ditto U2’s “Original of the species”, not (yet) released a single although it bloody well should be. The Killers “All the things I’ve done” has been storming up my iTunes ‘most played’ recently – but again it was a single last year, and (as already mentioned) Coldplay’s “Talk” is in my ‘most played’ list, but it isn’t a single. Yet. It is of course coming out in a couple of weeks time. Bah!

So maybe I’ll make it that you should be allowed to vote for any song – not just tunes that have been ‘out’ this year. We’ll see.

25 responses to “The ‘Review of the Year’ is nigh”

  1. Mikey says:

    Geoff, u made a typo on the link for that 2004results picture, needs to be http, not ttp
    besides that, nice post 😉

    [Geofftech] Thanks, Mikey. Corrected!

  2. Dave says:

    Hi Geoff, I think you should keep it to this year only but maybe have the best videos of the year as well?

  3. Anthony says:

    I’m not entirely sure that opening it up to any year is a good idea – as that effectively turns it into a “best songs ever” opinion poll.

  4. geofftech says:

    Yeah, I just kind of meant that usually I’ve restricted it to chart singles that have been hits this year. But me personally would like to vote for that Embrace song which is ‘just’ an album track. We’ll see.

    Videos? Oh gawd. Kris will be on here now raving about the James-bleeding-Blunt video.

  5. Dave says:

    James Blunt? Good Video? Both in the same sentence?

  6. Miles says:

    Long-time lurker, first time commenter (and self-appointed music police) says: “Roxette classic”???? Surely we’re all in agreement that classic is not not a word that belongs in the same sentance as Roxette.

  7. Ian says:

    Yes. As in “Help me video James Blunt being decapitated for the greater good

  8. N.o.rthener says:

    You can’t say Roxette weren’t classic, their use of and Aeroplane sound effect in the song “The big L” was, well lets face it, genius. And they did the song to the Super Mario Brothers film!!!!

  9. Chris says:

    It’s been a shit year for videos, though (although it’s perked up with the recent Franz, Coldplay and White Stripes ones- regardless of whether you like the songs, the videos are truly fantastic!).

    And for god’s sake, Geoff- it’s Audio Bullys! They’ve got a bleedin’ s on the end!

  10. ian says:

    I think the Audio Bully gave up all rights to correct spelling when they themselves abandoned it.

  11. Anthony says:

    Thank God they don’t use an apostrophe, that’s what I say. As soon as they do, all is lost.

  12. Mikey says:

    Woo, Firefox 1.5!!

    All my extentions except one, and my theme is gone 🙁

    Better be worth it

  13. Sadly I have not been able to play the video but from what I hear JB is quite the babe in it. You lads better get used to it. Women are falling at his feet worldwide. James Blunt rocks.

  14. Ian says:

    Now James Blunt and rocks in the same sentence is a good idea. All we need is “Crushed under” or “throw at” and we’re done.

  15. Anthony says:

    Buried alive under a million tons of.

  16. Highly irrevant but just thought to post … I love my new iPod!

  17. geofftech says:

    Which one did you get Paul? Video one? 30/60? What colour?

    Firefox 1.5 is out? Oh.. nice one. Better to check it out…

  18. Paul Webb says:

    James Blunt does have a use…as a metaphore. On Radio 2 last night somebody was describing an accident that they had in a car wash. It finished with the rather wonderful description “by the time I got out, I was wetter than James Blunt”

  19. Miles says:

    I find it disturbing that people have compared James Blunt favourably to Coldplay, David Gray, Damien Rice etc. To me he’s like a low rent Chris De Burgh

  20. Ian says:

    Isn’t that a simile?

    Don’t forget his use as rhyming slang.

  21. Paul Webb says:

    A simile compares one thing with another, a metephor is an expression which describes a person or object in a literary way by referring to something that is considered to possess similar characteristics to the person or object that is being described. A close call, but I’m sticking with metaphor

  22. The 30 white video one … took me bleeding ages to get it to work! Its not that I was being thick (Really? -Ed) but iTunes was having a laugh at my expense!

    Which reminds me Geoff, I might be emailing you about how to get my own videos on it using that program!

  23. geofftech says:


    being ‘techy savvy’ doesn’t actually tell us WHERE to source the video from. it pops up still on the Box/MTV here at home, but the ONE downside to my Tivo is that I can’t rip the buffer that it has of what’s showing now to MPEG.

    I can only rip things that I’ve specifically asked to record. i.e. I would have to record an hour (or whatever) of MTV, hoped that James Blunt would pop up during that time, and then extract it for you.

    Unless anyone has the CD single. the video might be on that.

    or it’ll be on iTunes videos to download… eventually..

  24. Well Geoff, why not record an hour of MTV to get it for me? I have waited long enough!!

  25. Ian says:

    I’m not condoning Blunt viewing, but if you press record on your tivo, and accept the defaults, it will include the last 30 minutes from the buffer in the recording.

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