Where’s My Dentures, I’m Ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Crawfords Best of 2012
The Mayans may have said it’s Two Thousand One Two, party’s over (oops, out of time), but many music fans decided to party like it was 1979. Fearing changes to the Consumer Price Index calculation of Social Security, a slew of AARP members released new albums including Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Graham Parker & the Rumour, Ian Hunter, Van Morrison, and Patti Smith.
Of course, sometimes we partied like it was 1967, enjoying new music and/or concerts from the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Even good old dead Jimi Hendrix is preparing a new album release for March of 2013. Other whippersnappers with new product included Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, Springsteen, Donald Fagen, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould, Public Enemy, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Iris Dement. (Recommendations from this typist: Mould, Dement, LWIII, and RWH).
Jack White, Green Day, and Fiona Apple competed with the Japandroids, Best Coast, and the Cloud Nothings in critic polls. From my brief exposure to country music in 2012, it seems like tattooed good ol’ boys still like to party on Saturday nights.
Of course, it wasn’t all about the old folks. Teenage girls across America dumped their boyfriends for the honor of singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and feeling solidarity with Taylor Swift. Justin Bieber returned with less hysteria but still hitting the charts. Let’s hear it for the girls, as Adele and Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson had #1 singles. Maroon 5 made their unnecessary return and 2012 not only brought us a new album from Mumford & Sons, but there are now M&S imitators (I’m looking at you with evil intent, Lumineers). Gotye wins the award for the most irritating monster hit of the year. On the pop rap scene, Kanye West and Jay-Z flexed their stardom, Kendrick Lamar drank his way until the Top 20, and Frank Ocean, who led the way in commercial success merged with critical hosannas, might like boys.
Of course, no review of 2012 would be complete without mentioning “Gangnam Style” and “Call Me Maybe.” Which must mean I’m done.
My top songs of the year:
18. Rolling Stones , “Doom and Gloom.”
17. Van Halen , “Honeybabysweetiedoll .”
16. Bob Dylan, “Duquesne Whistle.”
15. Dr. John, “Revolution.”
14. Japandroids, “The House That Heaven Built.”
13. Donald Fagen, “I’m Not the Same Without You.”
12. Cloud Nothings, “Stay Useless.”
11. Aimee Mann, “Charmer.”
10. Van Morrison, “Born to Sing.”
9. Public Enemy, “Run Til Its Dark.”
8. Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines.”
7. Iris DeMent, “Living on the Inside.”
6. Bob Mould, “The Descent.”
5. Drew Nelson, “In the Promised Land.”
4. Lupe Fiasco, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).”
3. Best Coast, “The Only Place.”
2. Loudon Wainwright III, “In C.”
1. Ray Wylie Hubbard, “New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell.”
1. Spoon (Dallas, Texas)
2. Cheap Trick (Austin, Texas)
3. Asleep at the Wheel (Fort Worth, Texas)