Top 777 Songs: 410 – 401

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The Decemberists
Grace Cathedral Hill

Castaways and CutoutsTaken From: The Decemberists – Castaways And Cutouts (2002)

“We were both a little hungry so we went to get a hot dog”

This song only really crept up into my favourites after Cerys Matthews released a cover of it as a b-side to Open Roads in 2006. It’s a great cover, though I still felt that I needed to include the original here as my favourite.

409

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Frida Hyvönen
December

Silence Is WildTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – Silence Is Wild (2008)

“We’ve had a problem with boyfriends. They often faint if they see blood.”

I love the honesty of Frida’s lyrics. At least I’m assuming this song has some personal experience behind it – if it’s purely fictional, it’s got some brilliantly specific and nuanced details thrown in. It’s a song about an abortion – hardly the most common of song subjects, but an important one. It became a favourite of mine very quickly as I just love how beautifully written it is. It’s the perfect balance of factual description, emotion and humour. Here’s a wonderful live performance of it:

408

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Pulp
Babies

His 'n' HersTaken From: Pulp – His ‘n’ Hers (1994)

“I only went with her ’cause she looks like you”

Following a song about abortion with a song called Babies seems somewhat inappropriate, but I swear it was unintentional! The last time I did this chart I mentioned how my favourite memory of this song was from the 4Scott tribute gig. My memory of that gig is somewhat faded now, with it being back in 2002, but happily someone’s put it up on YouTube, so I can remind myself of it! It was the first time I saw Pulp live – plus for quite a while afterwards, including when I last did this chart, I thought it was going to be the only time I got to see them live. So hooray for them then getting back together for some gigs and giving me the opportunity to see them a couple more times. Hopefully they won’t be the last chances either.

407

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Muse
Plug-In Baby

Origin Of SymmetryTaken From: Muse – Origin Of Symmetry (2001)

“The underneath’s no big surprise”

This has possibly ended up a little higher than I intended – mostly because I hadn’t listened to it in ages, so when I was considering whether it was still a favourite or not, I was reminded of just how good it is and instantly ranked it fairly high. It is really good though – I just don’t listen to it that often these days.

406

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Minuteman
Quality Time

Resigned To LifeTaken From: Minuteman – Resigned To Life (2002)

“I’m gonna do whatever makes me happy when so much makes me sad.”

My favourite Minuteman song, though one that was definitely a grower. I discovered Minuteman when I saw them support Suede at a gig at Birmingham Academy back in 2002. I bought a couple of their singles and then finally got hold of this album at some point. However, it wasn’t until about 2008 or 2009 that I really properly noticed this song and developed a love for it. I can specifically date it to that period of time as I remember which flat I was living in! One weird advantage to moving house so often I guess. I think it was the first time I’d properly listened to the lyrics. Maybe it was the name checking of Neighbours and Diagnosis Murder that did it.

405

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The Beatles
All You Need Is Love

Magical Mystery TourTaken From: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be”

This song clearly needs a lot of explanation as it’s so obscure most people probably won’t be familiar with it… Ho ho ho. As the original recording isn’t on YouTube, due to unsurprising strictness around the recording rights, I’m going to share a video of the version in the film Across The Universe, as it’s one of my favourite films. It is right at the end of the film though, so could potentially be a bit spoilery if you haven’t seen it and plan to see it (which you totally should if you remotely like Beatles songs and musicals).

404

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Martha Wainwright
Bleeding All Over You

I Know You're Married...Taken From: Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too (2008)

“You got a girlfriend and I can only talk about her for so very long”

My favourite song on this album – plus one of my favourite Martha songs in general, obviously. I just love the style of it – musically and vocally.

403

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The French
Porn Shoes

Local InformationTaken From: The French – Local Information (2003)

“He’d have a girl with flat-soled shoes but he wouldn’t know what to do with her”

The song that introduced me to The French as my friend Russo put it on the Sunset Beach themed mix CD he made me. It became and has remained my favourite song of theirs. I just love the lyrics and the whole idea of the song – it’s the type of song that Darren Hayman just does perfectly. Here he is performing it live:

402

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Beautiful Small Machines
Simple Joys (4 Roy & Pris)

Simple JoysTaken From: Beautiful Small Machines – Simple Joys (4 Roy & Pris) (single) (2009)

“If I could somehow spend another day with you, I’d pluck out the eyes of God”

As this is the first Beautiful Small Machines song in the chart, I feel like I should explain who they are, for anyone unfamiliar. A lot of the songs that ended up being released as Beautiful Small Machines were originally being recorded for Bree Sharp’s third album – they’d even been up on her MySpace page as I’d listened to them quite a few times. Anyway, she then decided that they should really be released under a new band name – a band consisting of her and Don DiLego – rather than just under her solo name. Hence, Beautiful Small Machines were born. Initially they released the Robots In Love EP, which included some of those MySpace songs, then they released this single, which features Simon Le Bon. They’ve also since released an album (The DJ Stayed Home – released in 2013). All are well worth getting. Anyway, this specific song I loved instantly – the mood of it is just really compelling. The video’s cool too:

401

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Queen
Dreamer’s Ball

JazzTaken From: Queen – Jazz (1978)

“Make my life worthwhile, with the slightest smile, or destroy me with a barely perceptible whisper”

Charting in a very similar position to last time, this is what I said about it then:

This song always reminds me of when I used to dance around my bedroom to it with my dressing gown. He he. It now also makes me think of Ally McBeal because of the whole dream-world type concept.

Wow, I’ve not watched Ally McBeal in years… Maybe it’s due a re-watch… But yes, I always identified with Ally a decent amount and this song definitely links to that. Although I don’t dance with my dressing gown any more, pretending that it’s a person (holding its arms whilst it’s hanging from the door – if you want to try it yourself), I do still relate to this song. Actually, I probably would still do the dancing thing if I happened to listen to music in the same room as my dressing gowns hang!! Who am I kidding?

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

408. Kendall Payne – The Second Day

407. Queen – Sail Away Sweet Sister

406. Cerys Matthews & All Seeing I – These Boots Are Made For Walking

403. Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket

401. The Cardigans – Erase-Rewind

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Top 777 Songs: 420 – 411

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Radio Luxembourg
Mostyn a Diego

Diwrnod...Taken From: Radio Luxembourg – Diwrnod efo’r Anifeiliaid EP (2007)

“I followed you in, so follow me out”

Before they became Race Horses (plus obviously before they then split up), they were Radio Luxembourg and they released this EP of aceness. This was the song that really made me fall in love with them – there’s an obvious Gorky’s influence (so possibly unsurprising it was produced by Euros Childs) and it’s just so much fun! Here’s a Welsh-language version of it being performed on Bandit:

419

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MC Mabon
Be Di Be

Jonez WilliamzTaken From: MC Mabon – Jonez Williamz (2007)

I got this song on a compilation called Dan Y Cownter 3 – a free compilation of Welsh-language music put together by Huw Stephens. It’s the only song I’ve got by MC Mabon, as although I love it, I’ve always assumed that his music in general is probably not likely to be my kind of thing. I know that sounds a bit odd. I should probably check out other songs of his to actually confirm or refute this theory, but as of yet I haven’t. Anyway, despite it not being the kind of song I’d expect to like, I think it’s ace!

418

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Jarvis Cocker
I Never Said I Was Deep

Further ComplicationsTaken From: Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications (2009)

“I’m not looking for a relationship, just a willing receptacle”

Easily one of my favourites on this album – mostly because I love the lyrics – it’s just classic Jarvis.

417

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Mansun
Slipping Away

KleptomaniaTaken From: Mansun – Kleptomania (2004)

“I drink to make you go away”

I remember hearing this on the radio for the first time – it was so exciting to have a new Mansun single, even if it was the last one. It became a favourite very quickly and is still up there.

416

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The Bluetones
Surrendered

The BluetonesTaken From: The Bluetones – The Bluetones (2006)

“You like to see those little veins pop in my brow”

This album tends to be quite overlooked – including by me, to be honest. However, I really love this song. The ‘Surrendered In The Living Room’ version on the ‘Head On A Spike’ single is really good too. I like the jaunty verses and then the harmonies on the more emotional choruses.

415

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The Hot Puppies
Theda Bara

Under The Crooked MoonTaken From: The Hot Puppies – Under The Crooked Moon (2006)

“Why don’t we synchronise our lunch hour?”

A bit of a grower in terms of it being a favourite – I can’t really think of anything particular to say about it – it’s just a good song! No YouTube video though, alas.

 

414

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Mansun
Taxloss

Attack Of The Grey LanternTaken From: Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern (1997)

“You’ll quibble that our drivel seems unsatisfactory”

I very rarely listen to Taxloss these days, though it’s a great song and had to have a decent chart position. I was going to share what I said about it last time, but I just said how it’s a great song with a great video. These things are true. I can’t go to Liverpool Street station without thinking of Mansun and looking around in the hope that someone might throw money around. As of yet, they haven’t, but I live in hope.

413

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Regina Spektor
Carbon Monoxide

Soviet KitschTaken From: Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch (2004)

“Carbon monoxide, soon I’ll go to sleep”

I’m just going to re-post what I said last time:

The first Regina Spektor song I heard. I got it on an HMV playlist CD infact! It’s a really beautiful song. Regina’s got a really emotive and interesting voice and the sections where she sings ‘come on daddy’ are just really haunting. I’d recommend her to people who like Martha Wainwright etc.

412

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Little Birdy
Relapse

Little Birdy EPTaken From: Little Birdy – Little Birdy EP (2003)

“I want to escape what you’ve done to my life”

I can’t think of anything to say about this that I haven’t already said about the previous Little Birdy songs – I love her voice, they’re ace… blah blah blah. Listen and enjoy.

411

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Wilco
Say You Miss Me

Being ThereTaken From: Wilco – Being There (1996)

“I’ve been sleeping alone, out on my own”

Wilco were one of those bands I’d heard of but wasn’t really familiar with. I have Teel to thank for suggesting I check them out. I downloaded a few songs of theirs randomly, initially, including this one. This one just really struck a chord with me at that time and I’d imagine I listened to it quite a few times in 2006 / 2007… *consults last.fm*… It’s in my top 50 songs on there as I’ve listened to it 63 times. And yep, the peak was in 2007 when I listened to it 33 times. I can’t imagine there are vast numbers of people who’d describe it as their favourite Wilco song, but it is mine.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

420. Big Leaves – Alien and Familiar

419. The Cardigans – My Favourite Game

418. Semisonic – Secret Smile

417. Easyworld – Luka

416. Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

414. Ooberman – Where Did I Go Wrong?

412. Alanis Morissette – Right Through You

411. Catatonia – Way Beyond Blue

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Top 777 Songs: 430 – 421

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Melys
Puppet

FragileTaken From: Melys – Fragile EP (1996)

“Put your name on my skin and brand me, but I’m not yours to own.”

The first Melys song I ever heard. As I explained last time I did this chart:

The first Melys song I ever heard. I had it on Dial M For Merthyr (Fierce Panda compilation) but hadn’t really listened to the compilation much as had basically just bought it for Catatonia collector type purposes! I read some great reviews of Melys though in Welsh Bands Weekly so then thought I should listen to Puppet. I loved it and listened to it loads. Since then of course they’ve become one of my favourite bands.

No video on YouTube, alas, but listen to the Mixcloud mix.

429

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Right Said Fred
Deeply Dippy

UpTaken From: Right Said Fred – Up (1992)

“Deeply dippy, I’m your Superman. I’ll explain – you’re my Lois Lane.”

This has probably ended up a tad higher than I really meant for it to, but I do love it. Definitely my favourite Right Said Fred song. I know it’s a long way from the greatest lyrics of all time, but musically I really like it – the bass line and the brass section particularly.

428

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Ooberman
Serotonin Smile

Shorley Wall EPTaken From: Ooberman – Shorley Wall EP (1998)

“Give me an E please Bob”

Probably the first Ooberman song I heard, as I got it on a CD that came free with Melody Maker, though it’s not one that I was initially keen on so I didn’t then look any further into the band. However, I did then start to get interested in Ooberman when I read a few reviews of The Magic Treehouse, which sounded like it should be my kind of album. I then bought Tears From A Willow when it was released and totally fell in love with it. At some point later I re-discovered I had this song and gave it another listen. It still wasn’t totally my thing at that time, though it gradually grew on me. I didn’t even consider it a favourite the last time I did this chart, though I obviously do now. I’ve always really liked the contrast between the verses and the chorus – it’s just that I wasn’t initially keen on the style of the verses. It’s got a great energy, though, plus references Blockbusters! I’m easily pleased by things like that. Plus I love the line at the end about them being the “second best unsigned band in Liverpool”. You can get an ace live version if you skip to 2:24 in the video below. Or you can treat yourself and listen to the whole thing 🙂 I really miss getting to see them live – still holding out hope they’ll gig again some day.

427

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The Wannadies
You & Me Song

Be A GirlTaken From: The Wannadies – Be A Girl (1994)

“You tell me I’m a real man and try to look impressed. Not very convincing, but you know I love it.”

A ’90s classic, surely. The kind of song that just makes you happy to hear it.

426

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Race Horses
Mates

FurnitureTaken From: Race Horses – Furniture (2012)

“All the times I used to doubt it, but now it seems I’m lost without it”

An instant favourite on this album. So catchy and just so good!

425

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Radiohead
Creep

Pablo HoneyTaken From: Radiohead – Pablo Honey (1993)

“I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul”

Another ’90s classic. I rarely listen to it these days, but I still felt like it deserves a place in here. As I said about it last time:

Classic indie anthem – has to be included. Amusingly though, the thing that always comes to mind when I hear this song is the programme Last Chance Lottery. Did anyone else used to watch that? It was fab! At the end of every show, Patrick Kielty would sing Creep, but with slightly changed words.

I still think of Last Chance Lottery whenever I see Patrick Kielty on TV. I don’t even remember anything about it now – other than the singing of Creep and also Sing by The Carpenters. It was probably awful, but I loved it at the time.

424

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Electric Light Orchestra
Mr Blue Sky

Out Of The BlueTaken From: Electric Light Orchestra – Out Of The Blue (1977)

“Hey you with the pretty face, welcome to the human race”

This is another song that possibly ended up a little higher than I meant for it to, though it’s such a jolly, upbeat kind of song, it’s hard not to love it. I’ve gotten to hear it a couple of times recently sung by the choir that my friend Emily’s in.

423

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Catatonia
Dazed, Beautiful and Bruised

Equally Cursed And BlessedTaken From: Catatonia – Equally Cursed And Blessed (1999)

“Cause me grief and my belief is harm will come to you”

Last time I said this:

Ooh I listened to this song a few minutes ago! It was my instant favourite on Equally Cursed And Blessed. The first time I listened to it I was just like ‘Wow! What a way to end an album!’ 😀 Just brilliant. I remember thinking it should be a single, though actually I don’t know if it would really have worked as a single or not. Maybe. It’s almost too good for a single, y’know? It works best just making you go ‘wow’ at the end of the album.

I rarely listen to it these days, hence it having dropped so much in the chart, though it’s still a brilliant song.

422

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Easyworld
A Stain To Never Fade

This Is Where I StandTaken From: Easyworld – This Is Where I Stand (2002)

“A blemish on an otherwise detestable career”

I’m surprised this charted so low last time. This is what I said about it:

One of the first Easyworld songs I ever heard. I downloaded A Stain To Never Fade and Junkies And Whores at the same time, after Kate had been recommending Easyworld on the CatBoard. They were a good introduction to the band before I then got to see them support The Bluetones just a couple of weeks later.

421

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Jens Lekman
The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love

I Know What Love Isn'tTaken From: Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t (2012)

“A broken heart is not the end of the world, ’cause the end of the world is bigger than love”

Really excited to hear that Jens has a new album coming out next month. I was also surprised reading his post here, where he talks about I Know What Love Isn’t and says how it wasn’t a hugely popular album. Personally it’s my favourite album of his! But it’s not unusual for me to disagree with the majority. Anyway, this is one of my favourite songs on the album. It’s a really comforting notion that a broken heart, whilst a difficult and awful thing, is quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things. It’s like when you watch a Brian Cox programme about the relative insignificance of human life – it just puts things in a different perspective.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

429. tobyslater – Next Life

428. Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo

426. Cathy Davey – Go Make It

425. OK Go – Hello, My Treacherous Friends (though it was shortlisted)

424. The Divine Comedy – The Frog Princess

422. Ash – Sometimes

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Top Albums of 2016

Another year’s worth of music comes to an end and it’s been a pretty good one. As always I have put a chart together. Check out my personal top 50 albums here.

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Top 777 Songs: 440 – 431

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Queen
Stone Cold Crazy

Sheer Heart AttackTaken From: Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

“If I can’t go to heaven, will they let me go to hell?”

Queen’s heavier, rockier tracks all tended to be growers for me – I didn’t really appreciate them as a teenager I guess – at least not as much as I do now. Even in my mid-20s I didn’t consider this song amongst my favourites, though I do now. It’s like a really pleasant punch in the face (which I can’t imagine exists as an actual physical experience, but it’s the best metaphor you’re going to get from me on a Wednesday evening after I’ve eaten too much cake).

439

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Sibrydion
V V V

JigCalTaken From: Sibrydion – JigCal (2005)

Short, catchy, aceness. Alas not on YouTube, though it is on Bandcamp here, along with the lyrics.

438

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Melys
Take Me Out

Casting PearlsTaken From: Melys – Casting Pearls (2003)

“Let’s walk the streets of Cardiff. Have sex in cheap hotels with you.”

An instant favourite on Casting Pearls. It’s all about trying to recapture the happy, carefree days of a relationship. I just love the lyrics – particularly the references to Barry, Penarth and Cardiff. As much as I enjoy a lot of music from other countries, there’s just something so much more personal and identifiable about music that so clearly comes from Britain / Wales / Cardiff / anywhere that feels like home. Another song that’s not on YouTube though, alas. Stick on the Mixcloud mix.

437

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Pulp
Underwear

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“If fashion is your trade, then when you’re naked, I guess you must be unemployed, yeah?”

Different Class is such a brilliant album and I feel like this track is a good representation of it. It’s got a sleazy element, but it’s also nuanced and clever and just, well… Pulp! They’re their own genre. Also, as I said last time…

This song reminds me of my first year at uni. Tilly, who was in the room next to mine, had Different Class before I did and I often used to hear this song playing through the wall. I just kept thinking ‘I really need to get that album!!’

436

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The Mountain Goats
No Children

TallahasseeTaken From: The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee (2002)

“I hope that our few remaining friends give up on trying to save us”

I love how bitter and twisted this song is. I think that’s what gives it the edge as my favourite song by The Mountain Goats. I’ll sometimes consider Half Dead as my favourite, but then I’ll listen to this again and hear John Darnielle’s shouts of “I hope you die! I hope we both die!” and remember why No Children is the best.

435

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Shirley Lee
The Smack Of The Pavement In Your Face

Shirley LeeTaken From: Shirley Lee – Shirley Lee (2009)

“When’s the last time you loved like this?”

If you’re not familiar with Shirley, he was/is the lead singer of Spearmint. If you’re not familiar with Spearmint… well… listen to some Spearmint. Anyway… this song’s from his first solo album and it was one of those tracks I just instantly fell in love with and listened to a rather large amount. It’s such a feel good song and really encapsulates that euphoria you get in a new relationship.

434

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Mint Royale feat. Lauren Laverne
Don’t Falter

On The RopesTaken From: Mint Royale – On The Ropes (1999)

“I’d think too slow and drink too fast”

Lauren Laverne!! Does this song require any more explanation as to why it’s great? The incredibly catchy tune helps too I guess. But Lauren Laverne! I first heard it when I saw it performed on a TV show, though I’m not sure which one. I was thinking it was Late Lunch, though the last time I did this chart I said that I thought it was The Priory! As the single was released in January 2000, The Priory is probably the more likely (what with Late Lunch having ended by then an’ all).

433

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Suede
Moving

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“We’ll stick like sick on the stars”

Definitely another grower – it’s only really become a favourite in the past 7 or 8 years I’d say. I really like the contrast between the verses and the chorus, plus it’s got a great energy to it. I like the imagery as well – even the notion of sick sticking to stars, which you mightn’t think I’d be a fan of as an emetophobic.

432

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Josh Ritter
Tonight You Belong To Me

Hello StarlingTaken From: Josh Ritter – Hello Starling (Snow Is Gone) (single) (2004)

“I know with the dawn that you will be gone”

I didn’t realise that this was a cover for quite a long time, I just thought it was a wonderful b-side! Well, it is a wonderful b-side. It’s Josh singing with Blake Hazard from The Submarines and it’s just a wonderful, beautiful song. Not on YouTube though.

431

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Queen & David Bowie
Under Pressure

Hot SpaceTaken From: Queen – Hot Space (1982)

“It never rains but it pours”

I don’t always consider this song to be one of my favourite Queen songs, hence it not making it in to the chart last time I did it. I tend to forget how good it is, basically. Luckily I’d heard it a few times recently when I was putting this chart together, so I decided it needed including. I mean, it’s Queen and David Bowie!! How could it not be good? It’s also the best track on Hot Space by a country mile (however long one of those is…), though that’s really not saying much.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

440. Freddie Mercury – In My Defence

438. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man

437. Suede – Young Men

436. Mansun – Shot By Both Sides

434. Catch – Simon Says

433. Alanis Morissette – Unsent

431. The Clash – London Calling

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Top 777 Songs: 450 – 441

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Simple Kid
The TwentySomething

SK2Taken From: Simple Kid – SK2 (2006)

“We are the TwentySomething. Don’t know where we are going.”

I actually was TwentySomething when this album was released. I think that helped give me a particular affinity for it. I still love it, clearly, though whenever I listen to it now I’m very aware I’m ThirtySomething and the song’s no longer quite for me, alas! Although not in a bad way. I’m curious as to what the ThirtySomething equivalent would be… less running in it, for sure. More staying in and watching TV. Probably wouldn’t make as good a song.

449

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The Decemberists
The Perfect Crime #2

The Crane WifeTaken From: The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

“The bagman’s quaking at the fingers”

The kind of song that just makes me happy to hear it and want to dance around.

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
The Humming Song

Spanish Dance TroupeTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe (1999)

“This is the Humming Song. You sing it when you’re on your own.”

A perfect end to the album. A really beautiful and emotional song.

447

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Iron & Wine
Such Great Heights

Such Great HeightsTaken From: Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights EP (2006)

“I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes”

I love the original too, but I’m a sucker for this version. I know the whole thing of slowing songs down and singing them more emotively has been somewhat overdone in recent years – mostly in Christmas adverts – but it was still a bit more novel back in 2006 (at least to me). Plus I’m still a bit of a sucker for it now, to be honest.

446

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Ooberman
Easy

Carried AwayTaken From: Ooberman – Carried Away (2006)

“After all this time the circle was a square”

One of my most played songs, as last.fm will evidence. The Andy songs on Carried Away are like a precursor to the Ooberon album that followed (very literally in the case of Eye Of The Storm) and I love me an Andy song!

445

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Fleming & John
Ugly Girl

The Way We AreTaken From: Fleming & John – The Way We Are (1999)

“Does she tell you what you want to hear? And I bet that she can grow a beard.”

Last time I said the following about this song:

Ah, this is an interesting song. When I first got into Jill Sobule I was downloading random songs of hers and I downloaded this song, which said it was by Jill Sobule. I totally loved the song and although there’s a slight similarity in the voice, plus a similar sense of humour, it just didn’t sound like Jill. I did a bit of googling and discovered it was by Fleming & John. Sadly this is currently the only song I have by them, although I’ve listened to the sound clips of some of their other songs at Amazon and they sound amazing!! I really really want to get their albums, but can’t afford to at the mo and sadly they never seem to be on Ebay or anything. They’re on my Christmas lists though so fingers crossed.

I’d forgotten that I didn’t get hold of any of their other songs until some time post-2005. I now own both of their albums on CD. This song’s pretty different to most of their other music, to be honest, but it’s still great fun and amongst my favourites. Enjoying this live performance of it:

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Super Furry Animals
Bad Behaviour

Fuzzy LogicTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic (1996)

“Tonsillitis was my alibi”

Last time I said this:

Brilliant anthemic type song. It often gets played on TV shows etc too. It always makes me think of when it was played on As If, when Sooz and Jamie stayed up all night and pushed each other around in a wheelie bin etc.

It still reminds me of As If!! Love it even more than I used to though. Looking forward to seeing them for the Fuzzy Logic / Radiator tour next week – eeeeee!

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The Bluetones
Solomon Bites The Worm

Return To The Last Chance SaloonTaken From: The Bluetones – Return To The Last Chance Saloon (1998)

“Tuesday, anointed by a man in a dress”

It’s dropped in my favourites quite a bit since I last did this chart, though I still love it. It did slightly blow my mind though when my friend Matthew pointed out to me that the lyrics are referencing the Solomon Grundy rhyme! It seemed so obvious once he pointed it out, though it had never occurred to me. It probably didn’t help that I used to mishear the ‘got hitched just like a good boy should’ lyric as ‘I kissed just like a good boy should’. I kinda preferred my lyric.

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Suede
Europe Is Our Playground

TrashTaken From: Suede – Trash (single) (1996)

“From peep show to disco. From Spain to Camber Sands.”

I love the style of this song – plus the whole notion of treating Europe like your playground (something we sadly mightn’t get to do from the UK for much longer *sob*). The original b-side version is slightly different to the version on the Sci-Fi Lullabies compilation. My favourite’s the b-side one, though largely because it’s the version I happened to rip to MP3 back when I was initially digitising my music, so it then became the version I heard most often.

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The Bluetones
Zorrro

Science & NatureTaken From: The Bluetones – Science & Nature (2000)

“It’s not the world we saw for ourselves but it’s the only one we’ve got”

This has weirdly dropped about the same amount as Solomon Bites The Worm. I suppose it’s another song I totally loved and therefore overplayed a little. Science & Nature was the first Bluetones album I bought and as an opening track this just blew me away. It’s still probably my favourite Bluetones album, even if I don’t listen to it as much as I used to. I’m not sure how you could hear this song and not be slightly impressed by it to be honest. As opening tracks go, it’s quite the statement of intent.

Songs that previously charted in these positions in 2005 but have now dropped out of the chart:

450. Bif Naked – Lucky

449. Suede – Lost In TV

447. Melys – Painfully Thin

445. Super Furry Animals – Presidential Suite

444. Easyworld – 100 Weight

443. The Bluetones – The Basement Song

441. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Poodle Rockin’

Reminder: You can listen to all of these songs right here:

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