Top 5 from 2004 #2: Banquet – Bloc Party

#2 – Banquet by Bloc party

A lot of people associate “Banquet,” Bloc Party’s definitive and catchy as hell dancepunk anthem, as coming out in 2005 on their debut Silent Alarm, but it actually appeared in March of 2004 on the band’s eponymous EP.The band had been steadily releasing amazing singles like “Always New Depths” in the UK throughout 2004 and almost everyone slept on them at first. Banquet and the EP didn’t even crack Pitchfork’s best 50 singles of 2004! Fun fact: when this song first came out it would completely kill a dancefloor, which always flabbergasted me as it’s such an amazing song. It wasn’t until the band started to get some hype and the album came out that it became the first pumping-anthem that it is now.

Best of 2004
#1 – “NY Excuse” / “Another Excuse” – Soulwax
#2 – “Banquet” – Bloc Party
#3 – “Hounds of Love” – the Futureheads
#4 – “I Predict a Riot” – the Kaiser Chiefs
#5 – “I Disappear” – the Faint

In preparing for our upcoming party Head On: 2014 vs 2004, we’re each counting down our 5 favorite songs from our respective years. I’ll be representing 2004 so my task is a pretty fun one for blogging. I thought about how to decide which 5 songs were best. I decided to pick the 5 best songs from 2004 to dance to, rather than just my 5 favorites or something, because that would get obscure and include stuff like Shocking Pinks. Some of these songs I remember dancing to in 2004, some I was playing at dance parties and loved the way people danced.