‘Senses Working Overtime’ by XTC
The perfect breath of English pastoral pop. Eccentric but utterly loveable. XTC wrote a handful of delicious singles which wove their way through my childhood radio listening. ‘Senses’ is the one I cherish the most.
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division
Sleek, bitter, despairing, elevating, bleak and beautiful. ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ gets to the heart of what it means to be human but sounds like it was made by ghosts trapped in the studio. An eternal wonder.
WINNER: Joy Division