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
Mad, bad and good with a penis joke – Future Of The Left’s 30-year old arch linguistic freedom fighter might be the angriest lyricist ever to pick up a pen
The Welshman has served as UK indie’s Agitator-In-Chief in two bands as seminal as they have been undervalued. In screech-punks Mclusky he turned in a fantasy stream-of-consciousness ridden with slasher-movie tropes and weird-ass sexual degradation. In Future Of The Left he’s doing more of the same. His recent band employ the same magic realist shtick as Mclusky, but with an embittered sneer, plus a pre-occupation with Satan, boy-on-boy sex and stuff that makes him really, really angry. DM
Key lyric: “Morgan Freeman would roll in his grave/If he were dead/Which he nearly was if you believe the hysterical gung-ho Technicolor crapfest that is Sky News”
(‘Lapsed Catholics’, from ‘Travels With Myself And Another’, 2009)
Cult Welsh bands reunite for one night to save Newport's Le Pub
The Cardiff trio call it a day...
- Jan 10, 2005
The band follow their festival appearances with shows of their own...
- Jul 28, 2004
Grimy Cardiff rock. Seamy stuff...
- Sep 12, 2005
...toast its evil brilliance with a pint of goat semen and the smile of Satan...
- Sep 6, 2002
Sure, the title is ironic...
- Dec 14, 2000