Tom's Best of 2012

17 Jan 2013

1. Favourite album of 2012?   
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave, Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship. Both utterly spellbinding albums and impossible to choose between them.

2. Favourite single?   
Don't know about singles but I loved Always Been Your Love off In Our Heads by Hot Chip.

3. Best gig you saw?   
Neil Hannon at the Royal Festival Hall. I also fulfilled a dream by getting to sing on stage with him. Every Divine Comedy album is a work of art - particularly Absent Friends and Regeneration.

4. Best gig you played?
Hands down it would have to be the one in Paraguay. It was awesome in every way - the venue, the warm evening breeze, the fans and we played with a lot of passion.

gabicanatAe's photo of the Paraguay show

5. Best film you saw?   
A lot to choose from - Killer Joe, Searching For Sugarman made me cry, Cabin In The Woods is a left turn for a tired old genre - which is nice(!).

6. Best journey you made?   
Wandering the streets of Ljubljana in the snow then sitting down to eat roast chestnuts on a bench by the river.

7. Best TV show you watched?   
The Hour is pretty great, Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 was the best season yet.

8. Best book you read?   
The Crow Road by Iain Banks - bittersweet and lovely.

9. Best meal you ate?   
Noma in Copenhagen. Although how can it be that despite a 20 course lunch, I felt hungry three hours later? Greed perhaps?

10. Best thing you bought yourself?   
I'm struggling here - I honestly can't think of ANYTHING useful that I bought - it's just a succession of useless things that I don't need.

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
My wife bought me a bird table for outside the kitchen window - now I'll never get bored doing the washing up.

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
TuneIn Radio - Test Match Special and Radio 4 can now be with me wherever I am in the world.

13. Best thing that happened in 2012 for Keane?
Number 1 album for the fifth time. Not many bands can say that… apart from The Beatles!

14. Best thing that happened in 2012 for you?   
See above. Escaping with my sanity - there were some dicey times in there.

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
Doing some songwriting, becoming the fittest I've ever been in my life, breaking 70 on a golf course (don't worry if you don't know what that means), spending some time in my garden and my studio.

- TIM'S BEST OF 2012

Comments (49)

I'm from chile and i went to the show in paraguay, i was amazed about how much people were there in the concert plus the band played awesome, thanks paraguay and the band, now im going to see them again in my country, so see you soon

Posted by BastiAn12 at 5:01am, 31 Jan 2013

Hi, Tom! Thank you for sharing with us your best of 2012! If you break 70 on a golf course then you can play with the pros!!! In sweden is so cold we can't play all the year... I'll be satisfied only by starting to play again this summer (I havent play for 8 years) and having some nice rounds. And of course it would be nice to see you guys again! Have a great 2013 and good luck!

Posted by monimed_75 at 10:03pm, 25 Jan 2013

:-) :-*

Posted by SylliBee at 2:50pm, 22 Jan 2013

Let us clap for Tom for doing his best of 2012👏 Praise the Lord! Thanks Tom!!!

Posted by yel-yel at 8:34am, 21 Jan 2013

yoooooooooooooooooooooooooo was there ....... my cries and my emotion I passed Tom, my proudly Paraguay

Posted by NATHIFERZ at 3:42pm, 19 Jan 2013

keren,, :)

Posted by DAHVALMA at 7:41am, 19 Jan 2013

ISA, from Brasil, Sao Paulo *** Best answear: the best journey you made... great! I could picture the scene... Lots of love! ( I am trying to figure out what a bird table is... I have an idea of it, but I am not sure of it... ). :.) Lots of love! XXXX

Posted by Isa at 7:10am, 19 Jan 2013

What exactly is a bird table??:)

Posted by DHBull at 6:45am, 19 Jan 2013

I would love to see a picture of some of the birdies outside your window. Twice I went to England, in 1988 and in 1995, and that was way before I looked for birds. I wonder how similar they are to what we have here in Vermont. Probably lots of English sparrows, yes? See you guys soon at the soundcheck party then the concert in Burlington!

Posted by karen222 at 2:12am, 19 Jan 2013

Dear Tom, thanks for your nice comments, you're a very special person .. when you mention the best of 2013 I hope you're having played in Argentina .. hope to see you soon! I love you-Romina

Posted by nikitanqn at 1:59am, 19 Jan 2013

tommy pero si el mejor concierto fue en mexico todos los fans gritamos a morir :D

Posted by angelicattrj at 1:39am, 19 Jan 2013

I love u so much Tom!! Kisses!! :)) USA/MEX

Posted by Nelly Chaplin at 11:05pm, 18 Jan 2013

It's about flipping time Tom does some songwriting! From what we've heard in the past he's really quite good. Good job Tom. Looking forward to actually hearing some of YOUR stuff!

Posted by annie nyc at 7:31pm, 18 Jan 2013

this is incredible, I mention Paraguay is exciting, and certainly are the best! =)

Posted by emilia dominguez at 4:23pm, 18 Jan 2013

You will never walk alone, Tom ( Liverpool FC ). T'estima Marisa.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:01am, 18 Jan 2013

hi! it is great that you like Ljubljana! If you come again, me and my friend would like to be your tourist guide:)

Posted by arianna76 at 8:14am, 18 Jan 2013

I could see that the gig in Mexico was not special for any of you ... sorry if we were not the audience that you expected but anyway for me was a great concert MÉXICO LOVES YOU!!

Posted by ANACAHAPLIN at 1:04am, 18 Jan 2013

Hi Keane Please, please play Bruce Springsteen "The River" the whole song with orgue. The Live Version 2008 is fantastic but too short. It´s even better than Fix You...

Posted by juliabaer at 11:56pm, 17 Jan 2013

Great 2012 Tom!!! Finaly!!!! Kisses and Hugs :D ^^

Posted by pri_loves_keane at 11:41pm, 17 Jan 2013

is it any wonder ? Song Tim' s The best. Energy. Love is the End Tom voice ' s The best. Silenced by The night song Tim's The best Strangeland. Disconnected for Tom.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:53pm, 17 Jan 2013

Tomch, Tom, Tomy, Tom Chaplin, Sir. Tom. Your voice actually is excellent. But you can't be alone. Keane = Tom + Tim + Richard + Jesse Football Club Barcelona = Messi + Xavi + Iniesta + Pujol = Pep Guardiola Te aprecia Marisa. Barcelona. Una aprendiz de piano.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:13pm, 17 Jan 2013


Posted by STEPHIE at 9:17pm, 17 Jan 2013

Your answer for #11 was so adorable! I can so imagine you looking outside the kitchen window and humming beautiful Keane songs while washing the dishes. You're sweet beyond words. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Have a fantastic 2013! Cheers!

Posted by Griet at 8:24pm, 17 Jan 2013

Hi Tom! Tom thank you very much thank you very much guys for coming to Paraguay. Mourn, cry, sing, the whole concert was just to show them that we love them and we want them back soon! WE LOVE are incredible live. And Tom did your voice temper the floor .. And many souls .. Come back soon! We love you! AGATHA DE OZ

Posted by Agathadeoz at 7:55pm, 17 Jan 2013

It's about time, Tom! But that is seriously a good song...

Posted by broadwaybaby at 7:36pm, 17 Jan 2013

Ciao Tom, sono contenta di aver trovato oggi le tue risposte, molto simpatiche ed interessanti davvero! Mi è piaciuta molto quella in cui dici che il miglior viaggio che hai fatto è stato proprio quello in Lubiana dove poi hai mangiato caldarroste in una panchina in riva al fiume: sembra un quadretto tanto carino e allo stesso tempo semplice e spontaneo! Anch'io adoro le caldarroste , è un cibo sano e genuino e in più anche gustoso! E' bello godersi le cose semplici della vita, sono le migliori! Un abbraccio da Sabrina dalla Sicilia!!!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 6:19pm, 17 Jan 2013

It was a very good year (apart of course from the sad loss of Scotty). There is a bird survey next weekend if you're interested. The only problem with bird tables is keeping the cats and squirrels off them. I should think that doing (or being made to do) ordinary things like the washing up, ironing, putting the bins out etc are what has kept Tom's feet on the ground in recent times. No-one should ever get so big and important that they can't put their own bins out!

Posted by indiegirl1980 at 6:18pm, 17 Jan 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR TOM :) You played an amzing show in Edinburgh. Keane always deserve to be at number 1

Posted by Delta at 6:09pm, 17 Jan 2013

Hi tom, glad you had a great year, it was also pretty awesome for me, seeing as I attended my first EVER gig, which happened to be you guys :) ahh, bird tables are a very lovely feature for the garden, they attract lovely wildlife and not all of them birds! You may get the odd squirrel trying to climb up! And you completely deserve the 5 no.1 album success! It just shows how hard you have all worked and how beautiful your music is :)

Posted by ecowitch at 5:54pm, 17 Jan 2013

Tom have a rest you deserve it - I can't wait to hear your songs especially your singing them (what a voice) - they'll be great! And go and enjoy those birds they ones outside my window are beautiful and varied! And thanks to Keane for all those wonderful gigs last year and the brilliant Strangeland! That was some songwriting Tim!!

Posted by AnnetteM at 5:51pm, 17 Jan 2013

I'm having visions of you doing the washing up- rock stars don't do that do they?

Posted by moira196 at 5:48pm, 17 Jan 2013

Amazing Tom :) :) :) Hugs from COLOMBIA. :) :)

Posted by paliz at 5:45pm, 17 Jan 2013

Hi Tom hope that this year will be full of success and satisfaction, you have a beautiful voice and you in if all are wonderful not only outside but inside, your soul, your thoughts are a great person, I love KEANE and hope to see you soon in Mexico city! = 0)

Posted by lizzy_77 at 5:35pm, 17 Jan 2013

Wonderful, Tom! You have a way with words that makes everything you say sound so romantic---hopefully if you're planning on writing some songs that will come out with them as well. Glad you had a nice year!!!

Posted by Hattie at 5:33pm, 17 Jan 2013

Tom, you're so charming! I'd like to write more but I have to leave. The Beatles is my fave band ever but I couldn't help falling in love with keane since I heard "Everybody is changing" for the first time . Mr. Km.com, thanks. Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 5:12pm, 17 Jan 2013

Thanks Tom! for sharing that perfect concert night here in my country. Lot of love from Paraguay...

Posted by Jessicapepi at 5:12pm, 17 Jan 2013

Thank you Tom for finally writing you best of 2012! I love all your answers... I´m so glad it was a successful year for you and Keane, I´m so anxious to hear your new songs, I wish all the best in 2013 !!... Lots of kisses and hugs from Mexico.XXX

Posted by malurami at 5:01pm, 17 Jan 2013

SALUT TOMY!! quel grand BONHEUR * que tu es pu avoir le temps pour ce Best of !!!quand je lis tes réponses* je retrouve ce garçon sensible rêveur aimant la vie enfin telque je t'imagine à travers tes commentaires (ou les articles ecrit sur toi) je suis trés heureuse que STRANGELAND est autant de succès les chansons sont tellement belles et puis entre nous l'interprete a une voix merveilleuse tu vois il n'ya rien t'etonnant je te souhaites le meilleur pour 2013 merci a toi de nous avoir consacrer ses quelques lignes ** avec tout mon amour je t'embrasse tres tendrement

Posted by choupette94 at 4:59pm, 17 Jan 2013

Can't wait to hear some of your own songs tom!!:D

Posted by @abbiekay at 4:39pm, 17 Jan 2013

Hi, Tom, thank you so much for your answers, they're lovely! I always get to know new realities and perspectives through you and yr mates, which is fantastic. Loved that you mentioned the bird table...the 'simple' things are indeed the most beautiful, important and inspiring! Thanks again for all that you gave us in 2012, you were a huge contribution for making my year a very happy one! Wish that you may accomplish your wishes for 2013 in full, and most of all, that you are Happy as you so much deserve. Lots of love from Portugal ***

Posted by hlimpo at 4:18pm, 17 Jan 2013

Thanks Tom, I too would love to see you doing the washing up, do you wear an apron? Like the song by Hot Chip, good to relax to. All the very best for 2013 for KEANE and for you all personally, you are the best. Love to you all, Kathleen in Kent, xxx

Posted by Kathleen at 4:17pm, 17 Jan 2013

OMG! are you kidding me? THIS IS SO AMAZING! YOU'VE MADE MY DAY TOM.. like everyday! forever that concert will be THE BEST for me.. for my entire life.. I think that when I have children, I'm gonna tell them that Keane Concert was the best of my life. Thanks for everything.. And please come soon! please please! each of you are special to me.. thanks for make songs extremely beautiful.. kisses and huges from Paraguay! COME BACK PLEASE! :)

Posted by aramii_o at 4:10pm, 17 Jan 2013

Awesome. =)

Posted by Ninaaaa at 3:45pm, 17 Jan 2013

I'm too happy that you have come to Paraguay, that gig is archived at my best memories, always welcome, a big hug from fan, 23 - 08 - 12 best night ever ♥ :]

Posted by estefih.py at 3:45pm, 17 Jan 2013

I´m from Paraguay and I thank you for that unforgettable concert; thank you for letting us know that you felt the positive feelings that we wanted to give to you! Me (and my wife since then) will never forget you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Posted by mirror mirror at 3:39pm, 17 Jan 2013

Such an amazing gig last night, what a true blessing to be in the audience!!! I am praying for a wonderful 2013 for all y'all (even thought Im an Essex gal!).....

Posted by andreaedwards30 at 3:33pm, 17 Jan 2013

bird table??? oh...I would like to see how about it. Tom's bird table?outside the kitchen window? sounds interesting. anyways, Thanks a lot for this!!! I really love KEANE's best of 2012!! Love from Taiwan-Chi xx ...Hope we'll be able to see you in Taiwan again very soon!!!

Posted by rainborn8228 at 3:13pm, 17 Jan 2013

OMG. Am I dreaming?. I feel so excited that the best gig was in Paraguay. Please come back someday at least like tourist. I offer myself as a tour guide. Thanks Tom.

Posted by beafer at 3:09pm, 17 Jan 2013

I'd love to see a photo of you doing the washing up... =) Have a GREAT 2013, Tom!! HUGE HUGS FROM CHILE =)

Posted by Dra_House at 2:57pm, 17 Jan 2013

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