Singles of the year: #15

15. Heartbeats / Heartbeats (rex the dog mix) – The Knife

1999: Flowerz – Armand Van Helden featuring Roland Clark
1994: Girls And Boys – Blur
1989: Eye Know – De La Soul
1984: Unity – Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown

The fifth Swedish act to make an appearance on this God-will-it-NEVER-end list, and the third single in which dance music’s man-of-the-moment Rex The Dog has had a hand. Like JC Chasez before it, this was first recommended to me last April, as part of the reader-compiled CD project, with the remix not coming my way until several months later.

Which, to be honest, is how I like it with remixes. To my mind, one of the great wrong turnings that dance music took in the early 1990s was when remixes started getting included on the original releases of tracks. Which is all well and good from a value-for-money point of view, but all wrong from a timing point of view. To enjoy a remix properly, you need to have spent at least a few weeks gaining familiarity with the original track, before being hit with the “bloody hell, what have they done to it?” shock of the new version. Now, back in my day, we…

…no, not going there again for a while. What is this: Grumpy Old Men? Let’s get straight back to the competition instead.

So, who has snatched the lead from Ben’s eager grasp? Why, if it’s not David: my original Blogdaddy, and former host of the still much-missed Swish Cottage. (Yes, I tried; no, he’s not, not never ever.)

Don’t forget (as if you could): the person who makes the closest guess to my favourite single of 2004 wins a self-compiled triple mix CD: 2004 – The Year In Song. Keep ’em coming, kids!

Already listed:
#15 Heartbeats – The Knife (Swish David) · #16 Trick Me – Kelis (Ben) · #19 Babycakes – 3 Of A Kind (dave) · #29 Girls (rex the dog mix) – The Prodigy (Waitrose David) · #32 Toxic – Britney Spears (Angus) · #36 I Believe In You – Kylie Minogue (Joe) · #38 Love Machine – Girls Aloud (Alan) · #49 The Show – Girls Aloud (Paul) · #64 Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters (Chig)· #85 Matinee – Franz Ferdinand (timothy)

Not (yet?) listed:
Tits On The Radio – Scissor Sisters (Todd) · Filthy/Gorgeous – Scissor Sisters (asta) · Common People – William Shatner & Joe Jackson (Gary F.) · Dry Your Eyes – The Streets (dave again) ·Real To Me – Brian McFadden (Alan again) · Music Is My Boyfriend – Hidden Cameras (timothy again) · Double Drop – Fierce Girl (Chig again)

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