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Every week we give away a voucher to the value of 25 big ones to spend with abandon at any of the 13 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play TODAY.

This week’s theme: Instrumentals

What lyric-free choon tickles your ear buds?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘The finest  contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be__________________________________’

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65 thoughts on “There Are No Words

  1. carnie

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be TOKiMONSTA – The Center.

    PS. Who won last week?

  2. Andrew Brennan

    ‘The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra’s rendition of the Rolling Stones: The Last Time.

  3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be The In Sound From Way Out by the Beastie Boys. The entire album. Take a slice of chill cake and have a listen.

  4. Mourinho

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be

    Albatross by Fleetwood Mac.

    I have to say that because it’s the first tune I ever heard,
    It was playing in the maternity ward.

  5. ManAboutCouch

    ‘The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be “My Father, My King” by Mogwai, or maybe “Mogwai Fear Satan” by, er, Mogwai.

  6. Mysterybeat

    Either ‘Albatross’ by Fleetwood Mac, or ‘Set Guitars to Kill’ by And So I Watch You From Afar.

    Albatross reminds me of summers working on a boat in Donegal when I was young, bobbing up and down on the flat water with the sun beating down (yes, I may have a selective memory with this!)

    Set Guitars to Kill is the first track on the music memory stick in my car, so normally pops on as I leave the car park after work. It’s an exhilarating way to round off a day in the office!

  7. MintyFresh

    I’m going with Glen Miller, “In The Mood”. Only cos I heard it on Dublin City FM this morning and it made me smile. Even sat in stupid traffic from Foxrock to Stillorgan.

    Ah, Golden Discs. Worked for them in Bray for 7 years. Longest time I ever held job, good times.

  8. Starina

    Some Summers They Drop Like Flies by the Dirty Three, because it’s a mournful beauty and i don’t generally like instrumental but Warren Ellis’ violin is as emotive as any singer.
    plus, it was repurposed for my favourite film of all time: The Proposition. it perfectly suited the savage violence and endless dusty landscape of that very atmospheroc film.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      That opening clarinet swoop gives me the shivers. Brilliant.
      I saw it performed live in the Hollywood Bowl a long time ago. I’ll never forget it.*

      *untrue. I just remembered that I’d seen it now. Totally forgot about that night.

  9. Specific Gravity

    Memories of Green, Vangelis

    Betty et Zorg, from Betty Blue, Gabriel Yared

    Windowlicker, Aphex Twin

    Lauras Theme from Twin Peaks, Badalamenti

    Forbidden Colours, Sakamoto

    Cluster One, Pink Floyd

    Brothers, Ry Cooder

    Pretty much anything from Talk Talk’s last two albums, as Mark Hollis’ lyrics by then were mere accompaniment to the delicious, sparse sounds.

      1. Specific Gravity

        Very true. Donal Dineen used to play it regularly on his show a long time ago. Great stuff for the small hours.

        Amazing that Hollis seemed to vanish completely after that.

  10. Spaghetti Hoop

    Morricone’s ‘the Good the Bad and The Ugly’ OR his ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’
    ‘Elegy for Dunkirk’ by Dario Marianelli
    ‘Shopping’ by Stereo MCs

  11. Kolmo

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be An Ending by Brian Eno and I’ll tell you why if you care to listen – when you put in your earphones and play this tune on repeat, every single thing you do will turn into a surreal music video in your own mind, from walking to the train station or even going for a pee, shopping in Lidl is a masterpiece in videography, going to pick up the dole doesn’t probably doesn’t seem so bad, wading through the many, many colourful characters on Talbot St is like a moving work of art of the Flemish School, watching the skrotai wheelying up the street on really, really lovely mountain bike fills one with a temporal joy at the nature of movement, strolling past the perennially arguing non self-aware shouties on O’Connell street combined with the gentle warm waft of doughnuts being fried there is like live theater, with the volume turned off and replaced with the goosepimple inducing sounds of The Ending by Brian Eno, all is well in the world.

  12. Niall

    Dark was the Night-Cold was the Ground by Blind Willie Johnson.

    I’m always awestruck by the creativity of the human spirit that someone could encapsulate the emotion of despair so beautifully.

  13. Unlucky in locks

    The Big Ship from Another Green World by the great Brian Eno, the way it builds to the guitar coming in half way through always gets me.

    Or else Flim by Aphex Twin from the Come to Daddy EP

  14. Alvy Singer

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be F**k This S**t by Belle and Sebastian, from the Storytelling soundtrack album. Its harmonica-driven melody and John Barry-esque strings tread a impressively fine line between melancholy and jaunty. It’s also evocative enough to be played at a funeral and – as such – startle everyone who reads the title listed in the Requiem Mass booklet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcmkaLJRfg

  15. Zimmerbuddy

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be Time by Hans Zimmer. Not only does it make absolutely everything more dramatic but is a superbly composed work, delivered with incredible passion.

  16. Rich Uncle Skeleton

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be ‘I Love NYE’ by Badly Drawn Boy as it’s just so very pretty.

  17. Iwerzon

    The finest contemporary musical composition without lyrics or singing would have to be Riverdance! The music is newly composed borrowing from the traditions of Ireland, the Balkans, Middle East and European cultures.

  18. Leopold Gloom

    There are so many to choose from. People have already mentioned Mogwai, there are plenty more by them, Boards of Canada, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, KLF, Future Sounds of London, Amiina, The Orb, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Nitin Sawhney, some classic Miles Davis (Blue in Green maybe) I don’t know.

    I’d be torn between so many, but maybe Mylo’s Emtion 98.6 as it’s pure bliss but there are better. So It will have to be Orbital – Belfast. A classic piece of electronic from legends. The Glastonbury rendition is amazing. Seeing them in Belfast playing it twice in 2012 was a truly special moment, after 20 years since their previous show. They did it mid show and got everyone lifted and then again for the encore and it brought everyone together and the house down. A sublime piece of music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIMnUFCy458

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