Tom's Best of 2013

06 Jan 2014

1. Favourite album of 2013?
Kanye West, Yeezus.

2. Favourite single?
Not sure it's a formal single, but "Blush" by Wolf Alice

3. Best gig you saw?
Well Glastonbury was as phenomenal as ever. A band called Telemann - first thing I saw on Friday and thought they were fantastic.

4. Best gig you played?
The Myth in Minneapolis in January, Cap Roig in Spain in August, Northside Festival in Denmark. Impossible to pick a clear winner.

5. Best film you saw?

Hands down, Zero Dark Thirty.

6. Best trip you made?
I went to Australia to see the Ashes. It was so depressing as an England fan that I decided to go exploring in the Bush. The Flinders Ranges in South Australia - simply stunning.

7. Best TV show you watched?
Homeland Season 3 was epic. As was the end of Breaking Bad. The US version of The Office is wonderful.

8. Best book you read?
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. Also loved The Crow Road by Iain Banks, who sadly died this year.

9. Best meal you ate?

My wife and I cooked a big Christmas roast for the family - it made me realise what a saint my Mum has been all these years. It's not easy to get it all hot and on the table at the same time!

10. Best thing you bought yourself?
A proper coffee machine. Like, a proper one...

11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
Socks. There's nothing like a pair of brand new socks. I'm easy to please.

12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
I've started to use Twitter. I'm being sucked in…I said I never would. But I have!

13. Best thing that happened in 2013 for Keane?
10 years of making music celebrated with gigs and a best of.

14. Best thing that happened in 2013 for you?
My Dad was awarded an OBE for services to charity in Rwanda, He's a legend and he thoroughly serves it.

15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2014?
Becoming a father. Making my solo record. It doesn't get any better than that!

Comments (35)

Congratulations to your father on his OBE. Congrats to you on your new baby, born March 19th, 2014, from what I've gleaned from your tweets. Were you joking when you said you named your daughter "Sherlock"? (my original longer comment isn't showing, took so long I was logged out.)

Posted by pink hibiscus at 9:09am, 27 Oct 2014

Tom you are amazing, I love you ;)

Posted by Iveth at 5:32am, 07 Feb 2014

I wish Tom had mentioned some other bands he likes that we could try out during the very sad Keane hiatus. Does he like The Candle Thieves? The Beautiful Sky? And we need to know a lot more about Tom's solo project? When? What style? Any demos?

Posted by LIKE2KEANE at 5:22pm, 16 Jan 2014

I am sorry, TOM+TIM= I LOVE YOU

Posted by OXFORDD at 7:22pm, 12 Jan 2014

Keane - Live at V Festival 18th August 2012. Me encanta como baila Tim en "Spirilling". Me encanta como baila en "You haven't told me anything". Me encanta Tom con "Under Pressure" live Pinkpop 2009. "Pretend that you are alone" con el saxofon. Y hoy me he dado cuenta que "Disconnected" es preciosa. Marisa. Barcelona. TOM+TIM = I LOVE US

Posted by OXFORDD at 7:20pm, 12 Jan 2014

Congratulations to Matthew Fearon who was named winner of the John Lewis Reworked competittion. Me gusta mucho su voz y muy apropiada para la canción "Somewhere only We Know". Para mi mejor que Lily Allen. Es una canción que a mi humilde entender está compuesta para ser cantada por una voz de hombre. Matthew Fearon podria ser el posible sustituto de Tom Chaplin si Tom le fuera bien su carrera en solitario. Hemos de esperar el primer CD de Tom para ver hacia donde encamina su estilo. Besos. Keane es mi primer amor musical i será unforgettable. Barcelona. Marisa.

Posted by OXFORDD at 10:27pm, 11 Jan 2014

Hello Tom, congratulations to your father for his charitable commitments, a person must be a very good disposition and selfless! It 's very cute and cuddly your wish for the new year to become a father, I hope that we can achieve, I think it's the most beautiful thing that can happen in life! A hug from Sabrina, Catania, Italy!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 2:43pm, 11 Jan 2014

ISA, from Brasil, Sao Paulo *** Hello dear Tom, all the best in 2014, your own cd and being a good father to your child and a great husband, I am sure you will. I am a huge fan of your voice and I think you´re very cute. Thnak you for all these past years being part of my life. Lots of love! :.) XXXXXXXXXX

Posted by Isa at 7:11pm, 10 Jan 2014

Hello Tom. ‘May good fortune surround’ you in 2014! All the luck and happiness in the world for you, your wife and baby boy/girl that’s on the way. Great idea to offer the opportunity to help Rwanda Aid with a gift as a present to ‘babychaplin’. I saw it on Twitter. Fountains of inspiration for your solo album. I hope you’re not going to write 88 songs before making a selection. Anyway, your voice that sings the songs will be the same and great to listen to. As all the other fans I’m looking forward to the album. But don’t stay away from Keane too long, though. The sum of the four of you makes it all so special. When I listen to Keane ‘I open my eyes it’s a lovely day’. JoyceG, Holland.

Posted by JoyceG at 11:14pm, 09 Jan 2014

Yes Tom, the Ashes was very depressing! Best of luck to you for next year. You will be a good father, patient, kind and funny. Congratulations to your Dad too.

Posted by indiegirl1980 at 8:06pm, 08 Jan 2014

I'm with Tom on this one; happiness IS a pair of new socks!!

Posted by TheWiseGeordie at 4:56pm, 08 Jan 2014

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany. I like to know something more, Tom.

Posted by OXFORDD at 4:51pm, 08 Jan 2014

Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London. Soundclound What is it ?

Posted by OXFORDD at 4:48pm, 08 Jan 2014

Bless you Tom for the good you have done sharing your voice with the world. Many congratulations to your father for his OBE I'm sure it is well deserved. I wish you and your wife every happiness and of course a safe arrival for Baby Chaplin. A new baby brings overwhelming joy, savour every minute of parenthood.

Posted by CAILY at 2:29pm, 08 Jan 2014

Hi Tom, Thank you to you and the band for this great year 2013. Three beautiful new songs on the best of. Good things and a first concert for me: the one of 6 November remains a great moment for me. To you I wish you a happy 2014. This year promises to be great for you with your future baby and your solo album. I hope you will give news on the realization of your disk. Also, I really hope that the group will reform one day. We will wait and we will answer present at that time. Sorry for the mistakes. Kisses from the south of France.

Posted by bibounette at 6:27pm, 07 Jan 2014

I really enjoyed reading this! Can't wait for your solo album, Tom!! X

Posted by ClearMoon at 3:55pm, 07 Jan 2014

Te deseo lo mejor para 2014. tu hijo sera el gran amor de tu vida. i Keane es el primer amor. marisa barcelona. gracias por lo de Cap Roig.

Posted by OXFORDD at 1:34pm, 07 Jan 2014

Good luck for 2014 and all that it brings to you. Looking forward to hearing your new material but in the meantime please keep introducing us to new bands such as Wolf Alice......amazing!!

Posted by kate61 at 11:16am, 07 Jan 2014

SALUT TOMY !! Que je suis impatiente de pouvoir écouter ton album ; je sais que c'est beaucoup de travail mais j'éspère que cela se fera pour la fin de cette année ;d'ici là TOMY junior sera né . Quelle belle source d'inspiration tu ne trouves pas!!; ETRE parent c' est un métier à temps plein , mais tellement Merveilleux ; donner tout son temps mais surtout son amour à un petit Ange tu va voir c'est le BONHEUR !! tout fois TOMY si je peux me permette de te donner un conseil ne laisse pas s'intaller la routine dans ta vie c'est la pire des choses encore plus pour un artiste ; restes créatif ; rêveur ; restes cet EXCELLENT chanteur qui nous donne tant de bonheur sur scène *** Gardes de tes rêves !!!! je te souhaite plein de BONHEUR et d'AMOUR pour 2014 ** Je t'embrasse tendrement **

Posted by choupette94 at 5:06am, 07 Jan 2014

Tom, I loved your answers, especially about being an easy person to please. You're pure and simple, sweet and true. Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 2:59am, 07 Jan 2014

Hi dearest Tom, always so lovely to read you, you never fail to put a smile on my face :)) Well, 2013 was an incredible year for Keane and for Keane fans as well! What a blast of a year! Tks for having introduced me to 'Blush' by Wolf Alice, I didn't know them, you're so right, they're really good and this song is indeed amazing; tks for having come back to twitter, you're being just brilliant in there; huge Thanks (never enough!) for having contributed immensely for making my 2013 so magical, for the whole lot of good you bring to my life. Wish you an outstandingly Happy 2014, in all terms, this one will be truly exciting!! ;) All the happiness in the world to you and Nat *** looking forward to yr solo album, of course! Much love from Lisbon, always ♥

Posted by hlimpo at 9:41pm, 06 Jan 2014

Great year for you Tom. Wish you all the best for 2014! All of your fans are also looking forward to the release of your solo album and it would be lovely to get to know your baby as well. I'm sure he/she will be lovely and full of talent just as you. Congratulations for everything you've achieved so far. I can tell many great things are still coming for you and the band. XOXO. Marie :)

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Posted by gabriela at 8:20pm, 06 Jan 2014

you rock

Posted by lulu99 at 7:42pm, 06 Jan 2014

Don't bother with Twitter, if you know how to use it, it can be a great ally in your solo career. Happy parenthood for you and Nat and happy 2014!

Posted by angelrosie2011 at 7:26pm, 06 Jan 2014

Hi Chouchou ! Let 2014 overflow with socks, happiness and inspiration. Fatherhood may be a sweeter source of inspiration than pain and nothing is stronger than maternal or paternal love.

Posted by french burning heart at 6:09pm, 06 Jan 2014

I'm really glad you had an amazing 2013 justo like I did by making some dreams come true like seeing Keane for the first time :) hope you have a great 2014, I'm sure you will. Lots of love from Argentina xx

Posted by pskeane at 5:47pm, 06 Jan 2014

I thought it was First Avenue in Minneapolis in January... ;-) Either way, glad you enjoyed the Minnesota chill!

Posted by ohiofan at 4:50pm, 06 Jan 2014

I hope all the best for you Sometimes I see you have here a new fans of

Posted by Katka201 at 4:48pm, 06 Jan 2014

Thank you for consistently listing Minneapolis as a Best Gig over the years. We love Keane and I've been lucky to see you here many times (and in London June 2012). Wishing you all the best for 2014 and beyond!

Posted by MichelleP at 3:44pm, 06 Jan 2014

Tom you are a great singer, i´m waiting to hear you album, congrats for you baby!!

Posted by maluchaplin at 3:07pm, 06 Jan 2014

Funny you liked Jonassons book, you should see the movie ;)

Posted by o.therese at 3:06pm, 06 Jan 2014

Tom - you'll be a great dad all the best to you and your wife - kids are the best thing ever! And cant wait to hear that much hinted at solo album!

Posted by AnnetteM at 3:04pm, 06 Jan 2014

You deserve all that happiness, Tom... Try to keep it in your heart. All the best and only the best!!!

Posted by SylliBee at 2:48pm, 06 Jan 2014

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