I think it has to be Ruby by The Kaiser Chiefs, but Do You Want To by Franz Ferdinand surely runs it pretty close.
probably single-handedly resulted in me losing faith in print music journalism.
look at kaiser cheifs, killers & kol - ha, the KKK of krap
Even with Intimacy, Mercury was a banger.
It would have been great. Not that Four is bad, but it takes an odd diversion given the direction their sound was going in pre-hiatus.
'Our love could have soared over playgrounds and rooftops'. That one did sound a bit like a ITV daytime show theme tune.
had that shit video on the train
thats the best one
(My New Year's Resolution this year was to stop listening to Bloc Party. Don't make me fail hyg!)
So weak you don't even remember it.
I've just proved you wrong, but I think you're still the real winner here
but still a much better single than most mid-noughties indie bands managed in their entire careers...
A great friend of mine who liked Kiss, Iron Maiden and Living Colour, and would normally baulk at anything with an "indie" image, was in love with them around the time of Take Me Out because they seemed to have a lot more humour and spunk than the average trendy band. Thought they could become a British institution like Pulp, but they pretty much gave it away in interviews they didn't have the balls.
I'd love to see them do a cookery show, mind.
it was the first single from the follow-up to a really successful debut album. hardly an indie band in decline.
I like Ulysses. More so that Do You Want To
Agree wholeheartedly with the OP choices, and would add 'Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors' I guess. Wasn't exactly bad, but pretty tired-sounding. Meh.
I used it as my A2 music tech coursework to record and produce a cover of it. It was pretty much the only half decent track on the album though.
So I can thank the Editors for getting me into Carter USM roughly a decade after anyone knew who they were.
Had to Google the title, it's that forgettable.
That then faded into the utter shite of the rest of the song? If so, I agree.
Do You Want To was garbage.
I hope so.
ditto the lead single from the Rakes second album
I actually heard Strasbourg by the Rakes on 6Music yesterday, good song.
Echoes was the Klaxons song. Both were alright, I thought
but your enthusiasm is endearing. if the Rakes are reading this, they probably have tears in their eyes.
Human by the killers
Bloodless MOR. I loved the first, and second Killers albums - there was a certain barmy endeavour to them. But like everyone else on this thread, they became slaves to their influences.
Wire To Wire is the absolute choice. Second album is one of the biggest selling of the decade, so they release a shitty piano ballad with no real hook as the lead single to the third.
What about that America one?
I was feeling really sensitive to death and that at the time, and I took it to be essentially a relatively pared back pop song about death-shadowed love.
never bothered with the album because the next single was boring.
you're totally anmd objectively wrong.
"Skip To The End" is brilliant. possibly my favourite Futureheads song.
is laughably dreadful, not to say they werent from the off
'tired of england' by dirty pretty things was kinda sad, especially cos i liked the first album a lot and still do. and yeah, 'i still remember' was the song that killed bloc party for me.
Really liked their debut. Shame.
Clue was in the title of that one...
and somehow also provided the worst opinion in it anyway
I think you took the bait there.
I can tell you at least 10 amazing LCD Soundsystem songs better than "Losing My Edge".
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
All My Friends
Sound of Silver
All I Want
You Wanted a Hit
Dance Yrself Clean
but half that list is bollocks
its the peak for me by a long shot, love that tune. I enjoy some other stuff by them: Beat Connection and Yeah all from the same time as Losing My Edge really. All My Friends and Someone Great are the last of it for the good stuff. But yeah none are as amazing as Losing My Edge. So downhill from there for me.
It's very good song; amazing lyrically, but musically it's a bit monotonous.
What about songs off their last album like All I Want?
Sticks out like a sore thumb like *oh, we better whack a single on there*
just opinion innit.
Didn't like anything off the last album, first album was poor too would have been dire if it wasn't for the bonus disc with Losing My Edge, Beat Conection and Yeah on it. Sound of Silver was prob the most listenable album all the way thru but even then I don't need more than the two tracks I mentioned really. Use to like LCD more but everytime I revist them I feel less and less for them.
you can't, you just fucking cant, pack it in mate, go home
I mean it's irrelevant that they make utterly mundane music, you just can't badmouth them, they're what keeps this place alive, man
...pack it in mate, go home. bye! ;)
Though that's possibly just "worst noughties single" tbf
Won't hear a bad word on the Libs, fuck that.
they were always shit.
he can't hear you
Total failure as an experiment & a complete head-scratcher for both casual and devoted fans alike at a time when the band were both massive and disappearing out of sight of their mid-90's fanbase. The pointless 'release two singles on the same day' gimmick meant the pretty decent Found That Soul got totally overshadowed as a result too.
"you stole the sun" - that band was an over hyped disappointment. no wonder that guy disappeared.
Also I never understood the love for You Stole the Sun either
There's something about a summery, Beach Boys esque songs with dark, ambigous lyrics which just makes you think "YEAH!" Was gutted when It Wasn't Me blocked it from UK number 1.
Know your Enemy was the first Manics album I ever bought. I wasn't expecting much, but I was delighted a band could follow up something tasteful, clean and mainstream with an album that was.. well.. a glorious mess, and let's be honest, Miss Europa Disco Dancer and Freedom of Speech.. are pretty damn funny
Because it all stinks of shit.
what a letdown.
Sounded like the Barney the Dinosaur theme.
But then that album was superb. I always skip that song but Under Control WOOOOOOOOOOOO best Strokes song
Cant think of this song without having this song and video in my head
The mid noughties was as tedious and derivative a time for 'indie music' as the Britpop fall-out. People either did third hand Clash or third hand Television or third hand Gang of Four. I was listening to electro all that time.
Having said that, personal taste and all. I must admit that I lap up anything psychedelic or shoegazey, no matter how derivative. I guess I just associate it with the NME of the time, which was so bad I'm surprised it was able to continue (it did improve).
Love it when someone like this comes along and just casually drops music-related truth bombs left right and centre.
Especially when it's followed by "I was listening to electro all that time."
I feel like I've been told.
I can't believe you weren't listening to electro all that time.
beeep blooop di dooodi bloopy
is one of the best sentences I've ever read on here :'D
Do I win a prize?
dance music is the future and has been since 1989
I bet if you were to play that at a club, you'd still get people going nuts for it.
But I remember thinking when I first heard it "this is quite nice but I hope there's a bit more on the album"
And then of course there wasn't, bar the odd song.
I really don't understand all the hate (it's not really hate though, more like general apathy) towards Neon Bible. I haven't heard it in ages, but I'm pretty sure I much prefer it to Funeral.
and wasn't that lead single from pre-Funeral anyway?
could've been a lead single, just wasn't the first one. Its a good song. And I actually think the Neon Bible one is better, though I'm in a minority.
is fine by me.
and thinking it was someone ripping off Arcade Fire but not doing a very good job of it.
a really awful song. but it wasn't the comeback single- Intervention was.
Neither are great
it's not, they're all wrong.
WORKING FOR THE CHURCH WHILE YOUR FAMILY DIES.
Looking at the thread title again, I'm not sure they fit the, 'declining,' description either.
At the time I think I was vaguely dismissive, preferring finding the not-Nirvana grunge-etc. bands like Screaming Trees, Smashing Pumpkins, L7...
Now I personally feel like there were some very pop single type songs that I can non-ironically enjoy, but a vast swathe of soundalike boring rubbish.
We're all waiting for Royter to tell us what to think. While listing to electro.
and the Libertines and Franz Ferdinand and whatever else was on the NME best of the year compilation, until I got angsty and moved on to Muse. I do still like a good chunk of it though, just not The Wombats.
and the bottom with "I was listening to Modern Life is Rubbish and Some Might Say all that time"
and you have the teenage me in 2001 in a nutshell.
how could you do this
I had to turn it off after the first minute. How could they follow up Six with that?!
They followed up Six with this - which is great....
that was pretty good, great b-sides as always too
My Little Kix b-side of choice is (thus far) the wonderful I've Seen The Top Of The Mountain, which would have crushed the rest of the album* if it'd been included
*I have a weakness for Forgive Me and Goodbye but the rest...
make their Youtube way longer than the song, the resultant dead air at the end being no better than that before the dismally non-hidden track at the end of a lot of albums during the 1990s
and when you're right, you're right
Where they were all wearing SUNGLASSES in the video to show you how SERIOUS about MUSIC they were
but wombats were always massively terrible
Still, I'll take unpretentious shit over pretentious shit anyday
on their second album. That song was 'Empire' and I've never liked Kasabian since. Still, no one can deny the quality of those singles on the debut though right?
But nothing duller than bands pretending to be the Mondays 15 years after they were the zeitgeist
I used to DJ at quite a well known former London venue during this period and it's funny to see most my playlist listed above, some was dross compared to some of the debut singles these bands put out!
Although The Rakes and Klaxons 2nd albums were corkers
I lost interest in them when they played on Jools Holland singing something that sounded like Bernard Manning covering Cruel Summer.
I swear down that listening to the Automatic*, the Fratellis and Kaiser Chiefs caused me single-handedly to screw up my English Literature degree at UWE.
Me if I was a girl back then:
When I heard New Young Pony Club - Chaos - I thought "this is brilliant, they've put the stupid new-rave away and started to become a genuinely great electro-pop band." If only they could get Tahita's voice to stop being so posh and mannered..
Hands up anyone here who took new rave seriously? Bet you have some Trash Fashion CDs under your bed you don't want anyone to see, I know you do.
I always thought these New Rave bands, especially Klaxons, missed a trick there, they could have easily developed into that kinda thing and put off the whole 'fading into irrelevance' for a few more years. They would've had a bit of a head start too, what with being an actual band rather than a laptop & soundcloud project.
Went to see them at Benicassim in 2006 because there was nothing else on and they were incredible, and I was like *Oh I'm an idiot* <3 Do You Want To