The Cardigans. Possibly my favourite band just for enjoying every iteration of their development.
1994 – “Rise And Shine”
It’s Sweden, it’s sunny, let’s all enjoy a smorgasbord of cabbage and forget our troubles!
1996 – “Lovefool”
Taking the delightful pop and merging it with the kind of desperate and awkward romanticising that was part of everyone’s 90s experience. Shakespeare didn’t hurt, either.
1999 – “Erase/Rewind”
Pop sensibilities with an edge for their infinitely listenable turn-of-the-century release Gran Turismo.
1999 – “Burning Down The House”
Same year, different sound – and probably the best cover to surface from that Tom Jones resurgence. Remember that?
2003 – “3.45 : No Sleep”
The closer of their under-appreciated but phenomenally good low-key record Long Gone Before Daylight, No Sleep is the soundtrack to shuffling around the kitchen at god knows what time of night.
2005 – “I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer”
A tongue-twistingly titled foray into a rougher sound, and a delightful “fuck you” to every shitty partner in the history of the world.
Right then. I’m off into the Baltic fucking Toronto Winter.