This month we’ve left the 60’s behind and leapt forward to 1979 where we’ve been watching Alien & The Muppet Movie at the cinema, eating the first McDonalds Happy Meals & listening to all of these songs on newly introduced Sony Walkmans (walkmen?) . We’ve also been talking about unexpected Bill Bailey, the worlds first gothic spelling bee, & Kate Pierson’s spectacular marine animal impressions.
We’ve each chosen our 10 favourite songs of the year and sent them over to Ian’s wife Lydia, who put the playlists together and distributed them so we were each given a playlist of the 20 songs from the other two hosts, along with our own 10. We then ranked the playlists in order of preference and sent them to Colin’s wife Helen, who totalled up the points and worked out the order. Helen also joined us on the episode to read out the countdown, which we found out as we recorded so all reactions are genuine.
Now, admittedly, in parts we’re a little bit brutal to some of the songs in the list as we’re three separate people with differing music tastes, but please remember that to be in this episode at all the songs have to have been in one of our top 10’s of that year.
Bands featured in this episode include (In alphabetical order, no spoilers here!) – AC/DC, The B-52’s, The Clash, The Cure, Gang Of Four, The Hollies, Joy Division, Motorhead, Gary Numan, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Prince, The Raincoats, The Ruts, The Shadows, Sham 69, Sheila & B. Devotion, The Specials, The Sugarhill Gang, Supertramp, Talking Heads, Thin Lizzy, Throbbing Gristle, Tubeway Army, U.K. Subs, Tom Verlaine, Wire, XTC, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, & ZZ Top.
Find all songs in alphabetical order here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0I1F0TjW4bWbLLOt7xzjAn?si=aojJ0-IdSKCycBBh9XDhNg
Find our We Dig Music Pollwinners Party playlist (featuring all of the winning songs up until now) here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/45zfDHo8zm6VqrvoEQSt3z?si=Ivt0oMj6SmitimvumYfFrQ
If you want to listen to megalength playlists of all the songs we’ve individually picked since we started doing best of the year episodes, you can listen to Colin’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5x3Vy5Jry2IxG9JNOtabRT?si=HhcVKRCtRhWCK1KucyrDdg
Ian’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2H0hnxe6WX50QNQdlfRH5T?si=XmEjnRqISNqDwi30p1uLqA
and Tracey’s here – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2p3K0n8dKhjHb2nKBSYnKi?si=7a-cyDvSSuugdV1m5md9Nw
The playlist of 20 songs from the other two hosts was scored as usual, our favourite song got 20 points, counting down incrementally to our least favourite which got 1 point. The scoring of our own list of 10 is now slightly more complicated in order to give a truer level of points to our own favourites. So rather than them only being able to score as many points as our 10th favourite in the other list, the points in our own list were distributed as follows –
1st place – 20 points
2nd place – 18 points
3rd place – 16 points
4th place – 14 points
5th place – 12 points
6th place – 9 points
7th place – 7 points
8th place – 5 points
9th place – 3 points
10th place -1 point
Hosts – Ian Clarke, Colin Jackson-Brown & Tracey B
Guest starring Helen Jackson-Brown.
Playlist compiling/distributing – Lydia Clarke
Recorded/Edited/Mixed/Original Music by Colin Jackson-Brown for We Dig Podcasts
Thanks to Peter Latimer for help with the scoring system.
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