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)
Band hold off competition from Beck and St Vincent to claim top spot
Band cover 'Wrecking Ball' during New York show
- Mar 4, 2014
The band say only 'rich kids' are able to go to art and music school
- Feb 19, 2014
For album number four, the Kendal band turn to the modern world and find their own unique inspiration and beauty
- Feb 17, 2014
The Lexington, London, December 7
- Jan 7, 2013
Wild Beasts, British Sea Power, Frank Ocean
- Jul 19, 2011