Spillyear 2012

Cast your mind back to the bygone age of 2012.

It was a more innocent time back then. There were Liberal Democrats (remember them?) in the government. We celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee, not knowing she was a child Nazi. Instead of cowering in fear of plagues of marauding immigrants, we cheered on Mo Farah. Ah, those were the days…

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51 thoughts on “Spillyear 2012

  1. My Festive Spill picks at the time were all Swedish:

    3. Jens Lekman – The World Moves On
    2. Frida Hyvonen – Picking Apples
    1. First Aid Kit – Emmylou

    I don’t see any particular need to change these, but have chosen three different tracks for the playlist:

    Alt-J – Matilda [when 2012 began, my Matilda had just got home from intensive care at the Evelina Children’s Hospital]
    Frida Hyvonen – Saying Goodbye [I especially love the acceleration towards the end]
    Sun Kil Moon – Richard Collopy [it’s not often that a song actually makes me cry]

  2. Well, it doesn’t seem as long ago as all that so my choices are still favourites, albeit not hits in any recognised way

    1. Mark Lanegan – Gravediggers Song
    2. Ulterior – Body Hammer
    3. Patrick Duff – Thought Birds

    I’ll mention Storm Corrosion and Tindersticks too.

      • your picks are splendid, never apologise, I just like a mean and moody video!

        I have an unusual memory of the Carley Rae Jepson song. My son’s year 6 had a talent show where they showed off various skills, talent might be overstating it, but still. One of the boys bravely got up on the stage and mimed and danced along to the song and I cannot hear it without seeing him in my mind. He carried it off, but it both gained and lost something. Hooray for individuality anyway.

  3. Some great picks from barbryn. Mine are largely based on what my son was listening to, catchy music that seemed to be in the background most of the time. So:

    Maroon 5 – Payphone
    Carley Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe (he had this on an X-Box “Let’s Dance” game so picture, if you will, scruffy old hippy me trying to dance to it … sorry, TMI …
    Labrinth ft. Emile Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful

    I’ll get me coat

  4. Just off the top of my head ** some amazing albums plus 10″ or 12″ records I adore:

    3호선 버터플라이 – Dreamtalk
    Whitey – Lost Summer
    Krasnoznamennaya diviziya imeni moey babushki – S/T
    Liz Green – O, Devotion!
    Diablo Swing Orchestra – The Butchers Ballroom
    Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista

    Brockdorff Klang Labor – 1989
    Withered Hand – Heart Heart
    The Lovely Bad Things – New Ghost/Old Waves

    **(indeed – you can’t spell in English… let alone Russian or Korean! – me thinks iTunes dating service has been used)

    will try to pick 3 tracks – and 3 only – I forget what my festive spill choices were.

  5. The UK release of “A Kiss Before You Go” was May 2012 although it was released in Norway the previous year so…..


    I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)
    Lady Marlene
    God’s Great Dust Storm

  6. Lost Cherrees – Hung Drawn & Quartered
    A sensitive number about Baroness Thatcher. Actually quite nice and tuneful.

    Bad Sam – Black John Wayne
    Obama gets similarly respectful treatment

    Bite Back – Ignore Those Fools
    Not about a politician, but it does mention them in plural. A rousing anthem that feels like it should be played to a huge crowd, but in reality was probably just played in the back rooms of pubs.

    Close but not quite:
    The Wankys – Poundland
    Sick On The Bus – We Are Sick On The Bus
    English Dogs – Fuck The Delta Riot Dog
    The Warriors – Reap What You Sow
    Paranoid Visions – On The Run (probably would’ve made it if the studio version was on youtube)

      • “habut I need a cup of tea” – is usually my response to the next question my 4 year old asks – he’s at the stage that every 10 seconds another question is needed to be explained – first question for teacher at taster day at school was “if there’s gravity why don’t bats and owls stay on the ground”
        my answer of ‘because the elastic band attached to the clouds’ is why he is in desperate need of some real information rather than the years of Mr. Daydream Papa he’s coped with so far.

  7. Is it just me? This year sucked, but maybe i just didn’t listen to enough. Donds for Mark Lanegan and Carly Rae. It was just a couple of years ago and i can’t even remember what i was doing. Thank fuck for indie psych.

    Mark Lanegan – Phantasmagoria Blues
    Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving
    Tame Impala – Elephant
    Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus

    • btw, how did those 2012 Olympic work out for you all in the aftermath, financially? Did you get stuck with a huge tab afterwards for cost overruns, like most cities seem to? As you probably know by know, my little city won the Olympic bid for the USA, and ultimately told the IOC to fuck off.

      Sometime last fall, we worked a gig where we heard the Olympic pitch to the chambers of commerce of some surrounding towns by the chief architect of the deal, who happens to own the biggest construction firm in the New England. We were like, this is bullshit, it’s just using the Olympics in the city to make a shedload of money for this guy. While we get stuck with the tab.

      Every politician seemed to be in the bag for it and the fix was supposed to be in, but support was so low, and we were going to be expected to foot the tab for (inevitable) cost overruns, the mayor was finally forced to scrap it. A godawful winter that showed up the weakness of our not ready for primetime infrastructure and public transit system didn’t hurt.

      I always wanted to go to an Olympics since i was a teen, but when it came time to have it in my own town it was the last thing i wanted. Although i’m a by a wide margin a winter sport fan over summer.

      • The Olympics left me cold, apart from the cycling and football, because I have no interest in athletics, swimming or the other things they put on, like Disco for Horses, for example.

        Apart from footie, rugby, cycling and a small amount of cricket, I am not interested in sport. I was a sprinter and long jumper at school and school is where those things can remain, thank you all the same.

      • I was one of the army of cynics before it all started muttering ‘What a waste of money!’ ‘What a corporate stitch-up!’ ‘This is going to be embarrassing…’ etc. Like the others, I was blown away by the opening ceremony and stayed impressed throughout the whole shebang, including the hugely positive Paralympics.
        I’m not sure about the financial legacy – they still seem to be trying to figure out what to do with the Olympic Park – but the idea that people would be inspired to do more sport seems to have been undermined by our Tory overlords removing facilities and impoverishing the very people who it needed to inspire. Shall we eat today or pay for a swim?
        George Osborne’s revenge for the Olympic crowd booing him: ‘Let them eat cake and die from Type II Diabetes!’

      • One thing Boston didn’t need the Olympics for was to inspire more people to take up sport, as Boston sports are already blown out of proportion here to the level of insanity. Couple that with all of the sport available via the vast glut of universities in the area (whose facilities the games were counting on co-opting – from venues to dorms, and most likely sticking them with the tabs as well. Not to mention them being forced to all but scrap their lucrative summer programs and institutes as well.), and i don’t think we needed the xtra incentive from the IOC.

        I can get into watching most any rigorous sport, especially winter sports, and my faves these days seem to be the X versions. I don’t follow any. But i’ve come to the conclusion that with rare exceptions, they’re better on TV.

        The tab for cost overruns is one thing we really couldn’t afford. This is a union town, and they’re still paying for the cost of a massive infrastructure overhaul that went way over schedule, and still didn’t get finished. The budget is goes up and up due to pension obligations as well, and we still need to figure how we’re going to upgrade a genuinely creaking transit system. Anyone used to the sleek London Tube would be appalled at ours.

      • I didn’t expect to be very interested by the London Olympics but I really enjoyed the gymnastics and being able to watch all the heats with the great BBC coverage made it special for me. I don’t know about the costs, I imagine it has left debts, but there doesn’t seem to be much news about it.

    • @ amylee
      Our former mayor, and current federal inmate, Larry Langford had the bright idea of Birmingham hosting the 2020 Olympics. I can remember him pitching the idea on sports talk radio host Paul Finebaum’s show. “F-Baum” is known for his dry, sarcastic style and just let Larry keep talking and making a fool out of himself pitching this hare-brained idea.

      Even knowing that the IOC is as big a bunch of snakes as FIFA (or the NCAA or NFL for that matter), the Olympics opening parade is still appointment TV for me. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

      • I think the Olympics started to lose me the year they had the winter Olympics in Japan. Because of the time difference, we’d see the winners in the paper before we got to see it on TV. Kinda lost something there. (Leaving out the fact that i haven’t had a TV in close to a decade.) And alas, Jim McKay is no longer with us.

        Don’t even get me started on the NFL, they make the IOC look like rank amateurs.


        And on top of it, you get to pay a few hundred bucks for crappy Patriots or Bruins tickets to boot. Good thing i couldn’t give a flying rat’s about Boston sports. Hey, at least you have real college football there. No so much here. For obvious reasons they kinda seem to stick to the Patriots round these parts.

    • Parquet Courts and Thee Oh Sees donds. I’m currently reading Quest Love’s history of Soul Train and that my have affected my picks from 2012! 😉 Fuel

  8. A couple of oldies and a pair of newbies.

    ‘Amen’ from Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas.
    ‘Ramada Inn’ from Neil Young’s Psychedelic Pill. I’ll spare you the 23 minute ‘Drifting Back’.
    ‘To a Poet’ from First Aid Kit’s The Lion’s Roar. Such confident voices.

  9. 2012, a year that I definitely have enjoyed a lot, musically speaking. I certainly bought quite a few albums with Mark LaneganBlues Funeral, SpiritualizedSweet Heart Sweet Light, Jack WhiteBlunderbuss, Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe, the xxCoexist, Tame ImpalaLonerism, Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘​Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge all being ones that are worth mentioning.

    It isn’t easy to pick out three standout tracks but here goes;

    Richard Hawley – Don’t Stare at the Sun
    Mark Lanegan – Bleeding Muddy Water
    Jack White – Sixteen Saltines

  10. I’m struggling to remember much about 2012… Fairly sure that Plan B‘s She Said must have been around then (at any rate the album appears in a load of ‘Best of 2012’ lists) so I’ll offer that for the most memorable pop song. Shane has grabbed 1989, but in any case I have a marginal preference for Brockdorff Klang Labor‘s Festung Europa. Finally, Carol mentioned the GY!BE album but didn’t pick a track, so I’ll go for Mladic.

  11. Come Healing – Leonard Cohen, from Old Ideas
    Salter’s Road – Karine Polwart, from Traces
    Jesus’ Chariot – Neil Young and Crazy Horse, from Americana

    • Sorry that was a bit terse, was hurrying to go out and make the most of a beautiful day – also my eldest daughter’s birthday!! I seeTempusfugit has also picked a song from Old Ideas but I couldn’t not have a LC nom – for one thing he’s an all-time favourite but also because 2012 was most memorable for me for his concert at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham in Dublin. In the open air, we were blessed with fine weather, and an enthusiastic crowd of fans most of whom (it seemed) knew all the words….slightly to his surprise at one point! Lovely atmosphere, great concert, it was the last of his that I went to, and now it looks as if he’s not going to be touring again….hope he’s OK.

      Karine Polwart is another favourite singer/songwriter, I was tempted to choose We’re All Leaving but firstly, I seem to have nommed this so many times on RR and secondly, given the songs preceding and following it, I felt I needed something with a happier mood. I think this is about a relative of hers, a grandmother or great-aunt (can’t remember) when she was young. The final Neil Young/Crazy Horse song is just a great version of the old spiritual.

      Having been sceptical about the Olympics, they unexpectedly provided some happy memories, including getting up very early to see the Torch pass through our town. It was a surprisingly emotional moment, and I loved the opening ceremony.

  12. my 3 festive choices were:

    brains – lower dens
    the modern age – exitmusic
    fear of darkness – disappears

    so 3 different ones:
    don’t look at me – twilight sad
    my heart skips a beat – toy
    mine tonight – dum dum girls

    or brats – liars, wet blanket – metz, you’re the doctor – ty segall for a bit more noise

  13. I got nuthin’ at all. I shall listen to the playlist hoping to find something I would have liked at the time, had I paid attention.

  14. An international supertrio from me:

    1. Kid Kopphausen – Das leichteste der Welt
    collaboration between two German singer-songwriters, Nils Koppruch (RIP) and Gysbert zu Knyphausen, resulted in some beautiful songs, this is one of them

    2. Het Zesde Metaal – Ploegsteert
    From Belgium, singing in a nearly completely ununderstandable dialect, fine song about cyglist Frank Vandenbroucke, who died much too young after a life full of very high highs and very low lows

    3. The Magnetic North – Bay of Skaill
    from one of the most beautiful albums of the year, a concept album about the Orkneys (sort of)

    added them to the playlist (I hope…)

  15. Festive ‘Spill picks were, I think:

    DIIV – Doused
    Halls – Shadow Of The Colossus
    Heartless Bastards – Parted Ways


    Patrick Watson – Lighthouse
    Advance Base – My Sister’s Birthday
    Laura Gibson – Mik Heavy, Pollen Eyed
    Rachel Zeffira – Star
    Why? – The Sod In The Seed
    Tindersticks – Frozen
    Stranglers – Another Camden Afternoon
    Mark Stewart, Keith Levine & Factory Floor – Stereotype
    Damien Jurado – Same Time Next Year
    P!nk – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

    A good year.

  16. I got a chance to listen to the whole playlist to date, lots of lovely mellow folkie stuff. Special faves were Frieda, I Will Dance, and Katrine Polwart. Hmm, all females. Like Labrinth a lot too.

    Also loved Toy and Ulterior.

    Sixteen Saltines and the Stranglers (and the Tindersticks’ Chocolate) also nearly made my list until i remembered about my psych stuff. Love the Stranglers tune, and Sixteen Saltines was for my money the best song on that album, but for me can’t touch the Stripes’ best. Still, sounded a lot better here now than i remembered it.

    Thanks, all.

    • I’m glad you liked Karine, Amy! She really is a very talented songwriter – don’t know how well -known she is in the US. Not even sure how well-known she is outside ‘folkie’ circles in the UK. I must make time to listen to the list but at the moment it’s not easy.

      • She has a beautiful voice, and i’m a sucker for a Scots accent.

        Don’t know how well known she is in folkie circles here, the music market seems so fragmented here these days.

  17. I thought it would be easy once we hit recent years, just roll out your Festive Spill picks et voilà…
    only I have NO idea which songs I chose. So, a little google-fu reveals that debbym fave Rachel Sermanni was first recommended by His Blimpness on this very blog in 2012. Forget the Olympics (not easy, as the city where we live would like to host 2024), it was the year an Englishman won the Tour de France for the first time ever – Allez Wiggo! – so I’ll choose a song I believe I’ve earwormed before which was a summery hit in France that year. Finally, and most importantly of all, it was the year I realised TheBoyWonder was all grown up at 17!

    Rachel Sermanni – The Fog
    C2C – Down the Road
    The Box – Time

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