BlackBook Tracks #13: High School Called, It Wants Its Music Back
Maxïmo Park played in New York last night? The Killers are putting out an album next week? It’s time to reflect on the recent past. It seems like just yesterday that Brandon Flowers was perfecting his glossy pout, but that was 2005, or 16 blog years ago! Here are some other memories from my time as an entry-level alt teen, putting posters from imported copies of the NME on my bedroom wall.
Maxïmo Park – “Graffiti”
Back in the day, Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith was probably the smartest guy in British rock music. He might still be!
Hot Chip – “Over and Over”
Hot Chip had already released debut album Coming On Strong in 2004, but “Over And Over” was their breakout single in 2006, and for good reason. It’s got all the wit and tension that has led to their success since then.
The Lovemakers – “Prepare For The Fight”
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the sexed-up Oakland duo was always on heavy rotation on the alt-rock station LIVE 105. To this day, I’m not really sure how far outside the region they made it, but they had a good run while they lasted.
The Kills – “Love Is A Deserter”
The Kills have been going strong for ten years now, and “Love Is A Deserter” was the first song I remember hearing from them. They’ve mellowed out a little with age, but this cut from 2004’s No Wow shoots to kill.
Arctic Monkeys – “Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?”
Remember the halcyon days of Myspace, when bands like Arctic Monkeys could suddenly rise to international stardom? Well, now it’s 2012, and high school girls are cyberbullying each other on Tumblr instead.
The Rakes – “22 Grand Job”
The now-defunct favorites of Hedi Slimane were angular and anxious, loaded with sharp everyman observations.
Beck – “Girl”
Do you want to feel old? Guero was the Beck album that came out when I was the right age to get into his work.
The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
Remember when Brandon Flowers wanted to be Morrissey instead of Bruce Springsteen?
The Futureheads – “Hounds Of Love”
When the Kate Bush classic got this barbershop-inspired treatment, it was a big deal, or so I read on the internet.
Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
I’d be amiss if I didn’t include the song that completely changed my ideas about what music could be. While it hasn’t quite been canonized the way, say, Modest Mouse’s “Float On” has, there’s still plenty to look back on and love.