Archive for December, 2010

Ray Hendren sings

Friday, December 17th, 2010

We used to work with Ray. He was our studio manager.

Now he sings to old people.

He’s raising money for Alzheimer’s Society too.

Ray is lovely.

You can view his website here and there’s a link to his Just Giving page here.


Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Daniel just had a mini nap. See, it must be all the special lunch and Four Tet playing gently away in the background. Wakey wakey!

Top Albums of 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


Unbelievable but true… It’s time to look at the albums of 2010 that have influenced the Bigtoppers more than any others. Once again we are offering a special person the full set, all you have to do is watch this video on YouTube answer the following question…

Q: In the Bigtop video (below), what does Lola catch?

Send us you answer by email or fill in the contact form. On Monday 10th January, at 2.30pm, we’ll put all the correct entries into an empty chocolate tin and pick out the lucky winner.

The National – High Violet
Chosen by Amy
Hmm, this is a tough one because I love Villagers too. OK, I pick The National … The National have produced the sort of album to listen to with the lights off and a glass of red wine. Decadent and poetic, the emotional and self-destructive lyrics pull at the heartstrings, but with enough passion to make them far from depressing. Just a blooming good listen. But don’t feel down, put Villagers on afterwards or maybe a bit of Abba.

Midlake – The Courage of Others
Chosen by James
Way back in March, I chose this as my Record of the Week. I don’t think I need say any more. Nakedness, badger fat and leaves.

Caribou – Swim
Chosen by Lauren
This sounded interesting when we first played it in the office on April 21th, but I couldn’t get the image of Daniel trancing in a field wearing white gloves and blowing a whistle out of my head. It wasn’t until September 8th at 2.51pm that I really got into it whilst designing a 4 page leaflet. Then on October 16th I was listening on my headphones, walking through the graveyard to work, when I stared into a wood pigeons eyes who then proceeded to whisper into my ear that, ‘yes Lauren, this is your Album of the Year. Its got hidden depths you know that birds can hear too’. How could I resist?

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Chosen by Daniel
The Suburbs is my desert island disc of 2010. The one that I’d quite happily be stuck with if my hard drive melted. At 16 tracks, it’s a comprehensive listen and AF explore a surprising amount of influence and diversity in their songwriting. Despite this The Suburbs somehow still works best as whole. Clever bunch those Canadians!

Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Chosen by everyone at Bigtop
So before you take this song as truth
You should wonder what I’m taking from you
How I benefit from you being here
Lending me your ears while I’m selling you my fears

We all like Villagers.