BARBARA MENDES-JORGE REVEALS HER CHOICES FOR A NEW FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION
The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.
Barbara Mendes-Jorge is a sustainability communicator, music podcaster and occasional DJ based in Brussels, Belgium. She co-hosts Over/underrated: a music podcast a playlist-focused podcast where she discusses bands and artists potentially given undue credit and promotes musicians who should be more famous. Previous guests include Karlyn King (Songs are Spells podcast), KobiOmenaka (Flixwater podcast) and comedian Matt Hoss.
“An incredible opener from a phenomenally original album. Starts intriguingly then builds with the bass, drums, Matt Bellamy’s falsetto – then that RIFFFFFF comes in! Late 90’s-mid 00’s Muse is some of the best music of all time – including their b-sides from that period.“
“I am lucky to have had a cool mum introduce me to Radiohead as a teenager – they quickly became my favourite band. Quite simply, this is the best song ever, the 90’s Bohemian Rhapsody with a million ideas thrown at it – but somehow it works. I never get sick of listening to it on repeat.”
“Yes, I know this comes from Your New Favourite Band which is TECHNICALLY a compilation album…but that record was my introduction to one of the best Swedish bands of all time – and probably the album I’ve listened to the most in my life. This song rocks hard but became popular clearly because it’s catchy as fuck.”
“Chilled music – especially rock ballads – is not my usual cuppa tea. Aussie band The Vines are an exception. Perhaps more well known for their equally excellent rockier tunes, you should really check out their quieter songs like this one, simple and gorgeous – mainly due to Craig Nicholls’ beautiful voice and the way he harmonises with himself.”
“This song topped a lot of “Best of 2011” lists and that’s how I heard about it – I remember checking out the song and video open-mouthed – so much going on! What raw and incredible lyrics! Rapping over a house beat, wow! Azealia Banks is an incredibly underrated artist – and remains the only musician I’ve seen live at an aquarium.”
“One of the best Belgian bands of all time – I live in Brussels and know there’s a lot to pick from – this song totally wrongfoots you. It does not end how you think it will…the build up is so worth it, the final minutes euphoric. I love all the influences dEUS draw from in their music, elevating them beyond your average rock band.”
“A French new wave band formed in the early 80’s and still going strong, I discovered them aged 14 when my mum chaperoned me and friends to the Steelworx festival in Luxembourg – also on the bill that day was Muse (Sneaker Pimps and Dandy Warhols were also there but we missed them!)! After really enjoying Indochine’s set, mum bought their greatest hits CD Le Birthday Album – and a family love affair with the band began.”
“My Tom Vek obsession began with his second album Leisure Seizure, but this song and I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes are nostalgic staples from mid-00’s indie discos. I think he is criminally underrated, fusing guitars and synths perfectly on every album“
“Also one of Dave Grohl’s favourites, their only album Fantasy Black Channel is perhaps my favourite debut of all time. Difficult to categorise – “indie electro” does not do justice to their avant-garde, experimental stylings, especially when compared to other British bands of the mid-00’s – I feel very lucky to have caught them live at Erol Alkan’s Bugged Out in 2008. Also, this video fucking rocks.”
“Taking a different direction on their second album, I remember sitting down to watch this video and feeling over-awed by the end. This is The Horrors’ best song by a mile, an epic that builds to the best arpeggio motif of all time. Its beauty frequently makes me cry, I can’t help but feel hopeful when I listen to it.”
It’s a crying shame that dEUS’s Instant Street couldn’t have been the final track as it has the perfect climax for any album; but that’s the trickiness of Fantasy Album tracklisting.
You can check out Barbara’s excellent music podcast Over/Underrated here