Singles of the Year Countdown: 30-21

I bought way too many seven inch singles this year. I’m not trying to brag. It’s a problem really. The seven inch is like crack to the record geek, a fleeting moment of pop perfection and then it’s off to either flip the record or put on another one. This was a daunting task this year and I feel like I left out a lot of stuff, but a top 60 would have been too much and limiting it to 40 makes you have to really decide, what were your favorite singles of the year. Here are numbers 30-21.

21. Cave Weddings – Never Never Know (Bachelor)

Sadly this will be the last time the Cave Wedding appear in the countdown.  Prior to releasing this single they called it quits and wiped their MySpace page from existence.  Fortunately we have this single and last year’s Hozac one to remember them.  Powerpop is rarely done this well and Never Never Know ranks up there with Nerves and the Beat.

mp3: Never Never Know

22. Dum Dum Girls – Stiff Little Fingers (Hell Yes!)

I’m not sure why this Dum Dum Girls single won out over Bang Bang I’m a Burnout or Jail La La, because surely both of those singles are worthy.  Maybe I’m capricious.  Maybe I just like being a contrarian.  Maybe it was because the melody cut like ice.  Maybe it was the overt reference to the Stiff Little Fingers…

mp3: Stiff Little Fingers

23. Boomgates – Bright Idea (RIP Society)

Those Eddy Current guys are busy dudes and side projects seem to pop up from the Supression Ring like dandelions in green grass.  If not for the like-minded blog the Creative Intersection I would have most certainly missed this record.  Bright Idea doesn’t tread too far from ECSR, but on the B-Side the Boomgates get their Comet Gain on.  Jeez, they had me at the A-side.

mp3: Bright Idea

24. The Knocks – Make It Better (Neon Golden)

Everyone has their guilty pleasures and the Knocks’ Make It Better is mine.  Otherwise known as the rump shaker in this year’s list.  Yes, my ears have been ruined over the years with too much shoegaze and garage, but  they’re not totally gone and this song makes them prick up whenever it comes up on shuffle or on some playlist I’ve made. Bust out the disco ball.

mp3: Make It Better

25. Fresh & Onlys – Vanishing Cream (Plastic Spoons)

As I kid I always was sending off for stuff from the advertisements in the backs of comic books.  I got a pair of x-ray specs that didn’t work, and some invisible ointment that was a bust.  If the Fresh and Onlys would provide an address I would send off for this Vanishing Cream of which they speak, as it is I just send them money for records.

mp3: Vanishing Cream

26. Magic Bullets – Lying Around (Mon Amie)

San Francisco’s Magic Bullets know their 80’s as in General Public, Haircut 100 and Orange Juice.  I said it before and I’ll say it again Lying Around is like a button and I can’t stop pushing it.

mp3: Lying Around

27. Times New Viking – No Room to Live (Self-Released)

So it finally happened, Times New Viking turned down the distortion and let us hear the melody.  Did they get tired of their bleeding in the red sound?  Is this just a dalliance?  Will they be playing their drums with brushes and using a ukulele in the future?  Only time will tell, but for now there is this tender Beth sung A-side.

mp3: No Room To Live

28. Mind Spiders – Worlds Destroyed (Dirtnap)

I love how the cover of this single evokes some kind of nerdy rockabilly goth image in my head.  Worlds Destroyed with its watery Morricone intro quickly transitions to a punk rock ballad for punks that wear eyeliner and go to rodeos.  I’m not in that category, but could easily be swayed.

mp3: Worlds Destroyed

29. Electric Bunnies – Pretty Joanna (Sacred Bones)

No countdown is worth its salt without a Spacemen 3 inspired single on it.  Lucky for us the Electric Bunnies chose that style for their only outing this year.  Buzzing, hissing  guitars plunge the depths of the earth.  These guys may not be from Caerbannog, but they are killer bunnies nonetheless.

mp3: Pretty Joanna

30. Internet Forever – Break Bones (Art Fag)

So this is what it’s come to, eh?  Bands naming themselves after the internet.  I haven’t looked lately, is there a band named Hootie and the Wikis yet?  Internet Forever’s Break Bones is good enough to overcome their unfortunate band name.  This song has been floating around on the afore mentioned internet since sometime last year, and fortunately Art Fag saw fit to put it on a slab of wax.  I said back in August of 2009 that they evoke the beauty of the much underrated It’s Jo and Danny.  I hope they don’t wallow in obscurity like Jo and Danny.  A few more singles of this quality and maybe they won’t.

mp3: Break Bones

[40-31] [30-21] [20-11] [10-1]


  1. bill p · December 14, 2010

    I never quite got the General Public comparison…but then i thought about the hiccup thing he does, which is totally stolen from Dave Wakeling.

  2. Steve X · December 15, 2010

    Electric Bunnies are much more JAMC than Spacemen 3. In fact, Pretty Joanna sounds like something (everything) from Psychocandy.
    Not a bad thing, by the way!

    • Toby · December 23, 2010

      The singer sounds like a Reid brother, but the music to me is more Spacemen 3. Either way, like you said, not a bad thing.

  3. alex twist · December 22, 2010

    your top is awesome

    have got 10 of the 40 7 inches and now want 12 more!
    thanks a lot for that!

    great great choice

    • Toby · December 23, 2010

      Thanks Alex. You must have the bug for singles too. My new year’s resolution is to cut back on buying records. I wonder how long that will last?

      • alex twist · December 29, 2010

        I should do the same! i buy too many records, sometimes i don’t have the time to listen to them the way i should

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