The Best Songs Of 2011: #1 – The John Knox Sex Club ‘Kiss The Dirt’

So this is it. My #1 song of the year. It nearly went to american newcomers Howler, but literally in the final days of compiling the top ten I had an epiphany with Scottish Band The John Knox Sex Club and I song I’d overlooked. I’m ashamed to say I came to this band rather late. Initially I’d dismissed them as a bit throw away or novelty because of their name and never actually had a listen to them. People I know kept mentioning them but still they passed me by. Then about a month ago someone ranted about this song, so I caved and headed to their band camp and gave it a listen.  At first I was in denial and didn’t think it was all that, then a couple weeks back I revisited it and it blew my fucking socks off. This song is Beautiful, Creepy and  Mental in equal measures. The sound of a group not holding back. It’s an unashamedly Prog Folk Rock song full of huge rock crescendoes and dense layers, and I fucking love it for that. It has more ideas packed into its 13 minutes than most bands albums. Sean Cummings Scottish brogue is spat out with a fiery intensity almost like a preacher as he’s joined by Jill O’Sullivan from Sparrow & The Workshop. John Knox Sex Club are top of my list of bands I must see in 2012. I urge you to go buy their album ‘Raise Ravens’ which this is taken from. Join the club before it’s too late!!

TOP 20 BEST SONGS OF 2011 in full

1. The John Knox Sex Club ‘ Kiss The Dirt’

2. Howler ‘This One’s Different’ E.P

3. Josh T Pearson ‘Woman When I’ve Raised Hell’

4. Adam Stafford ‘Step Up, Raise Hands’

5. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins ‘ Bats In The Attic’

6. PET ‘What You Building?’

7. This Many Boyfriends ‘ Young Lovers Go Pop!’

8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘ Fffunny Frends’

9.  St Vincent ‘Cruel’

10. Kid Canaveral feat King Creosote ‘Missionary’

11. Friends ‘ I’m his girl’

12. Arctic Monkeys ‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’

13. Allo Darling ‘Let’s Go Swimming’

14. Cold Specks ‘Holland’

15. Cashier No 9 ‘Lost A t Sea’

16. King Post Kitsch ‘ you talk too much ‘

17. Spook School ‘hallam’

18. Summer Camp ‘better off without you’

19. The Strokes ‘under cover of darkness’

20. Los Campesinos! ‘hello sadness’

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