Palma Violets react to winning NME’s track of the year

Bassist Chili Jesson says hitting top spot is 'amazing' as full list is revealed

Palma Violets’ Chili Jesson has spoken to NME about his band’s single ‘Best Of Friends’ being named number one in NME’s Best Tracks of 2012 – and you can see the full list of 50 tracks in our interactive countdown.

The song is the first single released by the hotly tipped new band and their debut single on the legendary Rough Trade label. Speaking to NME about the success of the song in the poll, Jesson was dumbfounded, stating: “That’s amazing, that’s fucking cool. It’s such a rough, raw song. We wrote it one day and recorded it the next, so it was all pretty quick. That song is at its freshest point. Every note we’re hitting, like, no one really knows what they’re playing. It’s tongue-in-cheek. We’re making shit up as we go along and I think that’s maybe why people like it. We didn’t even want it to be the first single because it was so under rehearsed, but Rough Trade liked the fact anything could go wrong at any point. It’s been great playing it live. People know all the words, which is amazing.”

Jesson went on to play down Palma Violets achievement, humbly adding: “I really don’t think it’s a worthy winner. There are probably hundreds of better songs, but we’re over the moon about it. I hope you guys aren’t lying. Is this a prank phone call? I’m looking around for a camera.”


You can read the interview in full, as well as more on every one of NME’s top 50 albums and tracks of the year, in this week’s magazine, which is on newsstands from today or available digitally.

Check out NME’s interactive 50 Best Tracks of 2012 countdown here, and view the full lists from previous years here.