Monday, January 08, 2007

Alan McGhee Blog: My top tips for 2007

My predictions include the most uniquely talented American musician since Kurt Cobain and the latest screamo-touting MySpace success story.

1. Viking Moses
The most uniquely talented American musician since Kurt Cobain. He played down my club Death Disco in November and it was the best gig anybody has played there since we started - and that includes The Hives, The Libertines, The Killers, Kasabian, Razorlight and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Brendon is an absolute genius, and one of the best musicians I have ever released.

2. Glasvegas
Best Scottish band since the Mary Chain. I've no idea if the English will ever get it. I first spotted them at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, third on the bill, which is where I first spotted Noel and Liam. They have a great manager who I love, otherwise I would have applied for the gig a long time ago.

3. The Revelations
They're a three-piece London girl band. They were on Mercury and for whatever reason it never worked out, but they'll have a hit single in February. I DJ for them at their club once a month. We're mates but they deserve to be on the list as they are a great pop group, like Abba meets Phil Spector. They could be huge.

4. The Sessions

I found them bottom of the bill at Death Disco so have put them in the studio with Paul Tipler to record a single for their own label. They sound like a punky Curtis Mayfield circa '74. Maybe it's punk funk - all I know is that they are again unique and brilliant and the guitarist Taz is the bastard offspring of Santana and John Squire. I love them.

5. The Peth
Imagine the Mary Chain doing Cold Turkey - they're that good. The singer is a character and the drummer is a legend. They're Welsh and they rock like motherfuckers.

6. Once
I found them in LA with Tim Burgess. Sami, the singer, works as a DJ at a hotel that I stay at and we became mates and after a bit he gave me his CD. God knows if the UK will get this one. They've just been signed by Noiselab for South America.

7. Suicide Dogz
My kid Dan has played me this and I just can't see it not blowing up in the UK. He DJs and again is brilliant but better still, he's the producer who's about to happen.

8. The Horrors
You're not supposed to like them if you're over drinking age, but I love them - again, my kid has bullied them into my life. They remind me of The Cramps which can only be good.

9. Cherrystones
Now all I do is fund Poptones it's lovely to just be objective. This and Viking Moses are the best things my colleague Paul has signed to the label. The album is brilliant. He's the bollocks.

10. Enter Shikari
Again, my kid turned me on to them; then I did a radio show with Tony Wilson who is in love with them. They're massive on MySpace and can sell out the Astoria without a deal. I am told it's screamo, whatever the fuck that means, but I'm getting to like it. They will be massive this year.


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