INPRESS 2007 WRITERS POLL – James McGalliard
TOP 10 ALBUMS
1. Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters THE TWILIGHT SAD
2. Yes, U DEVASTATIONS
3. A Weekend In The City BLOC PARTY
4. Boxer THE NATIONAL
5. Grinderman GRINDERMAN
6. The Dreamer Evasive APARTMENT
7. Everything Last Winter FIELDS
8. A Brighter Beat MALCOLM MIDDLETON
9. About What You Know LITTLE MAN TATE
10. Home Improvements MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE
TOP 3 ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
1. The Twilight Sad
3. Spiritualized Acoustic Mainline
TOP 3 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST GIGS
1. The Early Years @ The Luminaire, London
2. Spiritualized Acoustic Mainline @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona
3. Gallon Drunk @ The Borderline, London
TOP 3 LOCAL ARTIST GIGS (Australian acts in Europe)
1. Grinderman @ The Forum, London
2. The Scientists @ Dirty Three ATP, Minehead
3. Ed Kuepper @ Dirty Three ATP, Minehead
TOP 3 RADIO SHOWS
Phill Jupitus – BBC 6Music weekday breakfast
Andrew Collins – BBC 6Music Sunday Afternoon
Gideon Coe – BBC 6Music weekday mornings
- ALL GONE NOW
TOP 3 TV SHOWS
2. Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe
3. Battlestar Galactica
TOP 3 ONLINE DESTINATIONS
2. Guardian Unlimited
3. BBC (esp. News)
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES AWARD (MOST OVER-HYPED)
Radiohead – if only the product was as good as the marketing
IF THE CRAPTASTIC SLOGAN OF THIS YEAR WAS KEVIN07, WHAT WILL 2008'S BE?
Barrack for Barack?
HIGHLIGHT(S) OF THE YEAR
UK live scene; friends
PREDICTIONS FOR 2008
More use of classical instrumentation in rock, especially string sections. More acts reforming who should have stayed split. Blues crossing into the indie fanbase. More talk about green politics. Recession.
QUOTE OF THE YEAR
James Press Release for April Tour 2007
To any of you cunts at the NME who thought we're past our sell by date;
To any of you cunts at the NME who thought we were over;
To any of you cunts at the NME who thought we couldn't cut it no more;
In less time than it takes for most people to go to the toilet and have a shit we sold out Brixton Academy not once but twice.
Forget the Clash because we fucking own Brixton you cunts!
In less time than it takes most people to count from 1 to 20,000 we sold out out Manchester Arena and we could have sold it out twice but we couldn't be arsed to.
In less than it takes to catch a plane from Birmingham to Newcastle we sold out out both towns easy.
Stick that up your stelios and smoke it.
We are JAMES.
We're fresh as a daisy.
You don't own us.
You don't control us.
If you step in our way you're fucked because the music is back.
We are JAMES.
BEST MEDIA MOMENT
Nick Cave and Grinderman on The Culture Show with Zane Lowe well out of his depth
“No. You're wrong. Really, you haven't understood it at all…”
2007 IN REVIEW
Consistency was the key word - there were no great high or low points. Although there were many wonderful tracks, few great albums were released, making it harder than usual find ten albums to nominate for this poll. In the UK, a Prime Minister, marred by actions in foreign wars, chose the time of his departure after more than ten years in the job and successfully abdicated. As an Australian living in London, 2007 was a particularly tough year, as summer decided to bypass the UK, even though mainland Europe suffered a lethal heatwave. Festivals were washed away, and the country never experienced the extended period of goodwill the warm season traditionally brings. There was little to challenge on TV – too much reality and lowbrow entertainment; too little original drama. Radio suffered similarly, with BBC 6Music in particular parting ways with many of their stalwarts, replacing them with ex-XFM staff.
© James McGalliard 2008