It was almost a decade ago now.  In the early hours of a winter's morning in Nottingham, staggering back to digs after having danced ourselves dizzy at The Irish nightclub, I was having a conversation with housemate Rich wherein we were trying to enumerate our five "Best bands in the world, ever".  Yeah, it was one of those typical drunken conversations, and it was punctuated on at least one occasion by me falling A over T on the icy pavement.  Anyway, having named the usual suspects in my list, I then made the sudden inclusion of The Delgados.  I seem to remember this being met with drunken snorts of derision from Richy...

Well, this week I have been mostly listening to the recently released double CD of Peel Sessions, and it's bloody brilliant - reminded me why I loved the band in the first place.  The recordings sound fresh and new, yet the songs are familiar - it's an absolute joy to listen to.  There are also some fun cover versions here, including a lovely rendition of ELO's Mr Blue Sky, with Emma on vocals.  Definitely one of my albums of the year (if compilations are allowed...?)

Maybe I was right all those years ago, after all...