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Favourites of 2005

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I figure there’s little more to come this year from the entertainment world, so, let the lists commence…

My Favourite Songs of the Year
1. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
2. Gone by Kanyé West
3. Push The Button by Sugababes
4. Heard ‘Em Say by Kanyé West
5. Krafty by New Order

Runners-up: Oh by Ciara, Can I Have It Like That by Pharrell Williams, Atomik Lust by Super Furry Animals.
(When I was going through iTunes sorting out which were my favourites and making sure I’d not forgotten any, I was kinda shocked that more guitars weren’t involved. Guitars tend to be all over most of my favourite albums, yet my fave songs this year are quite obviously huge, big, POP songs. Hurrah for pop music.)

My Favourite Albums of the Year
1. Late Registration by Kanyé West
2. Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
3. Transistor Radio by M. Ward
4. The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train by Whitey
5. Fall Heads Roll by The Fall

Runners-up: Take Fountain by The Wedding Present, I Am A Bird Now by Antony & The Johnsons, Floorshow by Baxter Dury.
(The first two albums on the list are miles ahead of the rest. Kanyé’s album soundtracked the second half of the year, Fiona’s the first half. Oh, and of course, I’m referring, rather nerdily, to the leaked Jon Brion version of the Fiona Apple album, not the official one which is lacking something. And there you have it, Jon Brion’s hands involved in both of them…)

My Favourite Films of the Year
1. Un Long Dimanche De Fiançailles
2. Dear Wendy
3. Crash
4. Team America: World Police
5. Wallace & Gromit – The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

(The first two films are exceptionally lovely and beautiful. Crash was a film I liked a lot at the time, and just couldn’t stop thinking about for the weeks afterwards. And the last two prove that computer animation still has a long way to go when making a film without human actors.)

My Favourite Books of the Year
1. My Friend Leonard by James Frey
2. To The Baltic With Bob by Griff Rhys Jones
3. Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
4. Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
5. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

(If you’ve not read James Frey’s first book, A Million Little Pieces, you should read that before My Friend Leonard cos they relate to each other. For those of you outside the UK, Griff Rhys Jones is mainly known for being mildly funny on British tellies in the eighties and nineties. His book, though, is a wonderful account of sailing in a small boat from England to St. Petersburg. Ice Haven is a comic book, and very very beautiful. Checkpoint is about two men discussing killing George W. Bush. You probably know about the last book so I’ll shut up.)

A couple of links to finish up the lists:
The Lister – A blog that likes lists by Flip Flop Flying regular comments-boy, Dave.
Keef’s Rants – A new strange little blog that I somehow came across last night by a bloke who doesn’t like these end-of-year lists. His writing style is, err, unique, but quite absorbing.

Those who read yesterday’s rant may be interested to know that the Telekom man came about half an hour ago. He was a nice lad, about 12 years old. Oh, and I found something I’ve never used in Microsoft Word before: AutoSummarize. I was trying to click Word Count, but, y’know, butterfingers. Anyway, it highlights the key parts of a text. So I put in yesterday’s post and this is the summary:

Between 8.00pm and 4.00pm. I used to work for British Telecom doing directory enquiries as a summer job. The truly mystifying thing is this: within hours of signing up for this new Internet service, I got an SMS text message on my mobile phone welcoming me and blah-de-blah-blah. Why treat customers with respect when they can treat them like shit? If only they were packets of marshmallow.

So there you go.

Oh, and nearly forgot, here’s today’s advent picture. It’s the big Christmas fair on Unter den Linden.

Written by Craig

December 7th, 2005 at 11:49 am

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  1. I loved ‘To The Baltic With Bob’! Its so grumpy, honest and funny at the same time. Hurrah for bringing it to more people’s attention.

    CoCo

    7 Dec 05 at 12:39 pm

  2. I’ve always felt the urge to buy the Kanye West album. I’ve loved every song I’ve heard from it so far. But when it comes to picking it up in good ol’ overpriced HMV, I think ‘You’ll never listen to it, it’ll gather dust’. Which is what I should have said to myself before I bought that god damn James Blunt album…

    Anna

    7 Dec 05 at 12:58 pm

  3. How come all of your advent photos look so christmassy? It doesn’t feel even a tiny bit xmasish here. Looking out the window it looks like any old winter day. Possibly in January when there’s nothing exciting going to happen.

    the brain

    7 Dec 05 at 2:00 pm

  4. I can’t agree with you more on the movies: i fell in love with audrey t. again….
    (and Jeunet isn’t bad either)

    and a new design for your blog! or did i miss something last week?

    frans theunisz

    7 Dec 05 at 6:37 pm

  5. Coco: I’m glad that I’m not the only one who’s read it!
    Anna: We all learn from our mistakes, no?
    Brain: Berlin ♥ Christmas
    Frans: It seems bizarre to me that it didn’t get as much good press as Amelie did, but that’s life, I guess. New design, yep. Wanted it to be a bit less blogger-template-y. Still not 100% keen on the top bit. Might eventually put some sort of picture up there, a la flipflopflyin.com.

    Craig

    7 Dec 05 at 6:51 pm

  6. You’ve inspired me to embrace my love of lists just a little bit more.

    I love your site and check on it quite often but haven’t commented until now. Does that make me sounds obsessive?

    Ice Haven would deffinitly be on my top five list of this year. Daniel Clowes is brilliant, what can i say.

    Rebecca

    7 Dec 05 at 10:53 pm

  7. aw shucks thanks craig!

    Mark

    8 Dec 05 at 10:25 am

  8. Rebecca. Hello. Always nice to have comments from comments virgins. Thank you. Ice Haven is wonderful, huh? ike the best soap opera ever.

    Craig

    8 Dec 05 at 11:59 am

  9. Atomik Lust is the schweetest.

    pauldwaite

    9 Dec 05 at 4:05 pm

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