The dreaded ‘X’. Perhaps if I lived in Albania, I might have more choices? I did have a top pick from the start though, and it looked like it might be the only entry. I have left you some popular songs, and a film soundtrack, to comment on. If you can think of them.
Please (try to) play along. Any song, artist, album, or band, as long as there is an ‘X’ in there somewhere.
London Indie trio The xx have been around the scene since the release of their debut album in 2009. They have a big following, and have received a lot of critical acclaim. The throaty vocals of female singer Romy Madely Croft stood out for me when I first heard them, and the group’s unusual sound continues to grow on me.
I wouldn’t usually feature British punk band X-Ray Spex, but I wanted to have at least three songs in this letter. The rather abrasive lead singer Poly Styrene was a matter of taste, to be sure, and the harsh Punk sound may have been popular at the time, but perhaps fails to endure. Despite that, it has some historical merit, especially since that same singer died in 2011, aged just 53. I suppose you had to be there, and to be of a certain age.
World turned dayglo
English band XTC were responsible for some clever and catchy songs during their short burst of fame in the late 1970s. They managed to keep going until 2006, but never had any major chart success after the 1980s. This song is my top pick for today. I always liked it. Very English, and very pertinent too.
Making Plans For Nigel
Just scraped through with ‘X’. Glad to see the back of that letter!