Here It Comes

Its the calm before the storm here. Later this week I will posting the results of the poll I set-up last year asking you all to name your top five favourite doves songs. Over 1500 of you have voted so the results will be hard to argue with! Thanks allot. I will be asking you all to vote for your one favourite track from the top 20. The main poll will be staying up indefinitely, but if you want your vote to count towards the top 20 then vote before Wednesday.

Othewise no real news. Though do keep your eye on the official site doves.net tomorrow as I hear there will be some news posted there.

Kingdom Of Rust Poll

Those of you who have followed the blog since last April may recall I set up a poll to find out your favourite track from Kingdom Of Rust. The poll ended January 1st..

With 730 unique votes, the winner is the title track Kingdom Of Rust by four votes! Closely followed by 10.03 & The Greatest Denier which were seperated by one vote. You can see the results in full below.

87 (11%)
Kingdom Of Rust
140 (19%)
The Outsiders
41 (5%)
Winter Hill
115 (15%)
136 (18%)
The Greatest Denier
135 (18%)
Birds Flew Backwards
17 (2%)
59 (8%)
100 (13%)
House Of Mirrors
42 (5%)
43 (5%)

Votes 730

The new poll once again on the right menu asks what is your favourite doves album. The poll will once again run til the end of the year.

A reminder, if you have not voted in the Your Favourite Doves Songs poll, then please do so. The poll will stay open indefinitely, but I shall post results as they stand once the best of album is released. So far over 1000 of you have voted! Thanks so much.

Tunes Of The Decade: #28 Pounding

Here’s an article flagged up on the forum, by Richtdev from whatisthegrain.com

Back to the song itself and ‘Pounding’ is a track so good it is embarrassing. Yes it’s simplistic in its chord progression and arrangement, but it’s effective. Yes, it’s deliberately anthemic and hook-filled, but it really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you can’t help but sing along. Yes, it owes more than a little of its origin to erstwhile Mancunian sing-along-an-anthem ‘I Am The Resurrection’ in the strict, unerring 4/4 drum beat and euphoric chorus that provides the sonic and emotional pinnacle for the melody, but ‘Doves’ takes this previous musical generation’s masterpiece and use it in a forward-facing, progressive way. The emotion is not “oh, remember this tune from the good old days” it’s “right, let’s take this musical heritage we’re so blessed with and use it to create something new –something that’s ours.” This rallying cry is expressed overtly in the lyrics as Goodwin almost pleads with the country’s aspiring musicians:

We so down, but it’s now or never baby
We don’t mind, If this don’t last forever
See the light, But it won’t last forever
Seize the time, Cause it’s now or never baby.

To read the full, rather long winded at times article, click here.

Coming soon will be a poll soon you can vote for your favourite doves songs from the entire back catalog, that will run through til the greatest hits album is put out.

Archive: 4music Favourites: Doves

Finally, here’s the long-awaited video of the show ‘4music Favourites: Doves’, which aired on Channel 4 in the U.K., nearly a week ago. The show contains brief interviews with the band and live performances of four songs.

4music Favourites

Click here to download the show.

The video is an Xvid-encoded MPEG4 AVI file which should be standalone-compatible with most new DVD or AV players which are equipped to play DivX files.

Live Session MP3s

With many thanks to Jimi’s Beard, here are 320 bitrate mp3s from the channel 4 “4music Favourites” show that aired last week. Featured are an acoustic performance of the Greatest Denier and electric performances of Jetstream & 10.03


Also from Jimi’s beard, here are mp3s from the Jools holland performance. Included are Kingdom Of Rust, Winter Hill & 10.03. These are excellent quality mp3s from one of the best live sessions doves have ever performed.

Kingdom Of Rust/Winter Hill


Cheers Jimi’s Beard!

Much more to come over the coming days.

4music Favourites: Doves

Channel 4 in the U.K. have a half-hour show entitled “4music Favourites: Doves” listed in their schedules at midnight on April 16th.

Link here.

There’s currently no other information online, regarding the show’s content, but it may be worth noting in your diary.