January 11, 2010

Ten Ideas for 2010



1 Greg (Lily Allen / Little Boots) Kurstin collaborates on songwriting for a new Human League album. Little Boots joins Joanna and Susan for vocals on one track.

2 The record industry finally gets off its ass and deals with trade issues surrounding digital purchases across borders. Charge me a small tax per song so I can buy from iTunes around the world.

3 Lucky Soul covers (for a b-side) a Kirsty MacColl song like Free World, A New England (well, that's Billy Bragg) or maybe even the later Angel.

4 The United States government calls a halt to the merger of LiveNation and Ticketmaster.

5 When Rihanna releases the inevitable Christmastime deluxe Rated R, she makes it a Gaga affair with no less than 6 new songs.

6 Vanity 6 is released on CD and The Sundays RETURN.

7 With the gradually improving economy, record labels begin to fund proper music videos once more. doubtful

8 Britain produces two good Britpop bands.

9 Madonna knocks Gaga on her ass with a monolithic ballad.

10 I hit London and meet up with my friends in a pub for an evening. In turn, some of them finally meet for the first time as well.

photo via londonstation.com

22 comments:

xolondon said...

I think I am repeating myself with a few of these.

Adem With An E said...

11. Win the lottery and visit Adem in Australia.

LOVE number 9, regardless of my love for GaGa, I WANT Madonna to show her she's not done yet.

xolondon said...

I agree about Australia, definitely. I could fly through HK for a weekend and then spend like 10 days there! Someday...

Meanwhile, I think YES, Lady Gaga needs to be kept on her game by Madge.

Love in C Minor said...

Of course you'll pop over to New Zealand as well for a few days.

A few more ideas perhaps:
- Pet Shop Boys finally follow up Relentless with an electronic instrumental album which non-fans actually buy.

- Lisa Stansfield meets Mighty Mouse and makes a nu-disco-style album

- Scritti Politti "best of" box set release with remasters and lost songs (Vinny will agree)

xolondon said...

Yes, Love. If we can see a Ladyhawke show one night followed by Neil Finn and Bic Runga the next. And Bic needs her orchestra. Can you set all that up?

I like ALL of your ideas actually. Why isn't there at least a Scritti Best Of?

Love in C Minor said...

I'll get on to Neil and Bic ;-) Ladyhawke has left the building I think.

countpopula said...

The Rihanna needs 6 new songs to replace the lackluster ones I would replace them with on my playlist. A flawed attempt at acting tough does not make for enjoyable music.

Hate to say it, but the only way non-Pet Shop Boy fans will buy an instrumental album is if their name is not attached to it as well. Andy Bell seems to be getting the hint by calling his Erasure side project Mimo.

I'm not sure Vanity 6 will EVER be released on CD (I mean, she's a preacher now), and Prince's controlling interest is a big hurdle as well. Is he STILL fighting with Warner after all these years and changes at the top? Time to remaster and re-release some of his fantastic albums--some of the most important in the last 30 years.

Similarly, Morrissey could work WITH Warner to get those Smiths and solo remasters out--the Smiths stuff has ALREADY BEEN RELEASED on LP for crying out loud!

Amen to some Scritti action too. At least Cupid & Psyche, which has to be one of the most flawlessly produced record of the 80's. A remastered 2-disc deluxe version will do nicely...my wish list expands...

countpopula said...

Oh, and it would be nice to have a remastered copies of George Michael's solo albums. He's OK with Sony now, right? I think they released his last couple albums. Some new material wouldn't go amiss either...just sayin'.

Mel said...

#2 is one of the best ideas I've ever heard. I would kill to buy from iTunes from the UK or Australia or Japan. Ugh...it seems so simple in context!

Parker said...

I love 1, 5, 7 and 9.

But 2 is the most important one. I think it's painful iTunes allows you to "see" other iTunes but not to buy on them.

Mr. Will-W. said...

great ideas all around. come to think of it it's been a good while since madonna has had a proper ballad hasn't it?

mfavre said...

2 should of already happened. it would be the dawn of a new day...and i would be oh, so happy!

great insight !

billcsistunedon said...

I've had a copy of the original Vanity 6 CD for years!

xolondon said...

@bill, can you even hear it? It must sound bad!?

Jason said...

I think Warners should re-release all the Prince and Prince offshoot records... if not in physical format, then on Amazon MP3 and iTunes.

I also agree about letting us buy stuff from international mp3 stores!

Good list!

jsd said...

Great list. I agree with all of it (although I couldn't care less about Rihanna or Madonna or anyone else with one name whose last 3 letters are "nna".)

I also have the Vanity 6 CD and it sounds fine for its age.

John said...

I don't think people realize just how disastrous the Ticketmaster/LiveNation merger will be. It's already a racket, and they have competition. Once they are the only game in town, it's all over with.

Would love to accidentally bump into you in London, but I won't be going back for a few years.

xolondon said...

I think we're more likely to bump into each other in a place I like very nuch: The Dushanbe http://www.boulderteahouse.com/inside.html

John said...

Bring it! There has to be some type of educational conference in Denver you could come to...

DanProject76 said...

Eek! Elephant and Castle tube station! What a horrible part of London.

Anyway, those ideas. Oh yes. We all want Vanity 6 on CD. Did The Family ever get a CD release? And at least the Human League have a record deal now so that'll be fun.

I'll take The Sundays over that other weekend-named 'band' any day.

There are/were good britpop bands, honest. Just not sure what hapened to them all! I should do some mp3 disc compilations for you and give them to you in London when you are here.

Anfunny said...

Vanity 6 was re-released on CD in 1988...

http://www.discogs.com/Vanity-6-Vanity-6/release/234594

It sounds fine. It was still in print in the 1990s. You snooze, you lose. Apollonia 6's album, on the other hand, was only re-released in Japan in 1990 and was out of print later the same year.

http://www.discogs.com/Apollonia-6-Apollonia-6/release/794057

I am fortunate to have both CDs. I adore them. : )

zooty23 said...

I'm down with #10. First one's on me!