Last Saturday was National Album Day which was brought to my attention by Jon (of course). Now, almost a week on, and following Jon's Top Ten, I bring you my own top ten albums.
This was a difficult and somewhat harrowing choice to make, whittling down square plastic cases containing delightful discs of divine ditties. I flicked through my shelves of Air and Alcazar, The Divine Comedy and Dannii Minogue, Girls Aloud and Goldfrapp, Kylie and Kula Shaker, Robyn and Röyksopp, Shakespears Sister and Steps - following Jon's rules: No "Various Artists" compilations, no "Greatest Hits", no soundtracks, reminding myself that I was choosing my favourite albums, not necessarily my favourite artists.
Eventually, I settled on my final selection. But before I get to them, here are the "almosts": Moon Safari by Air, Meccano Mind by Syntax, Sun Structures by Temples, Buzz by Steps, I Say I Say I Say by Erasure, All Possible Futures by Miami Horror, Wanderlust by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp.
Now, counting down from ten to one (the order of which is subject to change depending on my whim), here are my top ten albums:
Light Years made Jon's list too, as did the video for the absolutely fabulous "Your Disco Needs You", so I've chosen a different version:
My favourite track from the Scissor Sisters debut album isn't their brilliant cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" as illustrated below, but "It Can't Come Quickly Enough" which was written by band members Jake Shears and Babydaddy.
|The Inevitable End|
The fourth single - "I Had This Thing" - from Röyksopp's final studio album is my number one, closely followed by "Save Me" which features Susanne Sundfør.
|Read My Lips|
(UK reissue 2003)
I've chosen the single "Get Over You" to feature here, mainly because I really like the slightly creepy mannequins. It's a fab track - on a par with "Murder On The Dancefloor" - but I prefer "Sparkle".
Another non-single track is my favourite from Ta-Dah, "Might Tell You Tonight", so here's something to brighten the place up a bit:
My favourite track from this album is "Tiptoe", but as it wasn't released as a single, it doesn't have a video, so here's my second favourite, "Strict Machine":
I used to do my ironing to this album (I don't anymore because I no longer do any ironing)! The title track and "Invisible Light" (featuring Sir Ian McKellen!) tie for my favourite.
The sublime Silver Eye's third single video features an athletic young man running (and falling) through a desert without any clothes on! What's not to like?
Ah. Here we go. Erasure, at last!
The title track "Chorus" can be found below, but it's the final three tracks that take the biscuit for me: "Siren Song", "Perfect Stranger", and "Home".
The most played, most sung along to album in my collection. I fear that one day soon I'm going to wear it out!
My favourite track from this album is "Rescue Me", from which this post's title is from. Closely following in the favourite stakes are the final two tracks, "I Love You" and "A Long Goodbye" but, like a few of the albums featured here, they weren't released as singles so have no videos. Instead, you're going to have to put up with the almost-as-good "Fingers & Thumbs" and "Rock Me Gently", below:
Thank you, Jon, for showing us yours and prompting me to show mine!
Anyone else fancy a go?