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THE GREATEST LYRICISTS IN THE WORLD TODAY

 

Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.

Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.

Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson

 
 
 

All in their teens, Kendal’s floweriest fop- popsters write words wiser than their years

Like Jamie T – but really not– flapping a foppish fan around the masked balls of the Regency period, Wild Beasts utilise similar techniques but in a more classical, baroque manner: billowing out rhymes like powder tumbling from a three-foot wig, eschewing coherence in favour of expressionist imagery.

Theirs is stuff where double-meaning abounds: “This is a booty call/My boot up your arsehole/This is a Freudian slip/My slipper in your bits” goes ‘The Fun Powder Plot’, having already confounded us with “For the yippee-less swing/For the tot-less cot/For the mock, for the shock/For the fun powder plot”. Wild Beasts are masters of the Byronic turn of phrase. MB

Key lyric: “They passed me round them like a piece of meat/His hairy hands/His falling fists/His dancing cock/Down by his knees”
(‘Two Dancers (i)’, from ‘Two Dancers’, 2009)

 
 

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