Top 777 Songs: 340 – 331

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Beautiful Small Machines
Counting Back To 1

Robots In LoveTaken From: Beautiful Small Machines – Robots In Love EP (2009)

“I’m just another blister in the mouth of shame”

3/5s of the songs on the Robots In Love EP have made it into this chart – that’s how good it is. The first to chart was Superconducter and this is the 2nd. I often struggle to choose which I prefer, plus change my mind a lot as well, though I’m currently still in agreement with the ordering I went with here. I particularly love the end section of this song.



Bright Eyes
First Day Of My Life

I'm Wide Awake...Taken From: Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)

“I think I was blind before I met you”

This is an interesting song in that on first listen it sounds incredibly romantic, as it has some really beautifully romantic lines and sentiments in it, but it’s not quite as straightforward as that – there’s also a sense of something having gone wrong in the relationship and not being totally sure about it, but leaning towards giving it another go as they’d ‘probably be happy’ and it’s better to keep working at something than to hold out for something better that might never happen (‘waiting to win the lottery’). When I first noticed those lyrics I was a bit disappointed, as I liked the notion of it being really romantic, but actually I quite like the realistic honesty of them now. It also amuses me that lots of people have used it as a wedding song – have they just not listened to it properly?? I’m guessing probably not.




Intergalactic Sonic 7"sTaken From: Ash – Intergalactic Sonic 7″s (2002)

“I can’t even think with you still in my head”

The last time around this charted after a lot of slow, introspective songs, which is why my comments on it started like this:

Ah, hoorah, an upbeat song! My fave Ash song in fact. It’s just so catchy!! It always reminds me of being at V2002 as they kept playing the video on the big screens. I love Charlotte’s dress in that video – she looks amazing.

It’s still my favourite Ash song (which I’m aware is probably unusual, but I don’t care). And Charlotte Hatherley still looks amazing in the video. The video’s awesome in general, actually – I’d forgotten about all the references to other bands.



The Beatles
Across The Universe

Let It BeTaken From: The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)

“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”

I think the first version of this song that I had was the Suede cover. This largely explains why it became a favourite. I’ve also got versions of it by Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie and Fiona Apple. Plus the version of it in the film Across The Universe. So yeah, probably not surprising that I quite like it!! I felt like I had to include The Beatles’ version here though really. I mean, it’s The Beatles!



I’ve Seen The Top Of The Mountain

FoolTaken From: Mansun – Fool (single) (2001)

“Downhill could be my best direction”

Wow, this has climbed a lot since last time. All of the b-sides to Fool are actually really strong – I probably prefer them to a lot of Little Kix! This is the only one that’s charted though – it’s so good!




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

“Give me all your demons. They don’t scare me now.”

This has always been a favourite on This Is Where I Stand. I don’t listen to it quite so much these days, which is why it’s dropped in the chart, but it’s still a great song.



Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?

Love BitesTaken From: Buzzcocks – Love Bites (1978)

“I’ll only end up losing you and that’s worse”

I struggled in knowing where to put this song in the chart as it’s not one that I’ve played a huge amount myself over the years (I’ve actually scrobbled the Nouvelle Vague version a few more times!) but it’s one of those songs that will come on at an indie night, or such like, and it’s always a joy. I tend to forget just how much I like it until I happen to listen to it. After listening to it for this chart I decided that it needed a decent placing, so here it is.



Cathy Davey
Army Of Tears

The NamelessTaken From: Cathy Davey – The Nameless (2010)

“One by one, they formed a line, and pledged allegiance to this salty heart of mine”

By far my instant favourite on The Nameless – it kinda blew me away. I possibly over-played it a bit at the time, which is why it isn’t as high up as it possibly deserves to be, but it’s such a powerful song. This live version’s brilliant too:



Cerys Matthews
Open Roads

Never Said GoodbyeTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Never Said Goodbye (2006)

“Hold on to dreams and to memories, they’re the only things that really exist”

I know some people weren’t totally sure about the mixing on this album and the prominence of the vocals, but I’ve always totally loved it – maybe it just suits my ear and the way I hear things, I don’t know. This song in particular stands out for that – especially if you listen on headphones – it kinda sounds like Cerys is singing from inside your own head. I mean that as a good thing (though realise it sounds a bit creepy). I find that it helps the song to resonate and makes it more emotional, though I find it quite an emotional song anyway. The end bit in particular really hits me right in the heart. Here’s a wonderful live performance of it with Mason, Teel and Wal:



The Drowners

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“We kiss in his room to a popular tune”

My wordy description of this last time was ‘brilliant song’. Y’know, I sometimes feel like I’ve gotten more lazy as I’ve gotten older, but I definitely haven’t in relation to doing this chart! Not that I’ve really got a huge amount extra to add to that description, to be honest, but last time I didn’t provide the info on where the song was taken from, there wasn’t an embedded YouTube video and I didn’t put together a mix of all the songs for people to listen to. So I’m giving myself props for being less lazy this time around – go me! My favourite version of the video (as there are 2) is the foamy fan club one (largely for the beautifulness of Brett in it, I’m not going to lie), so here you go:

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

339. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train

337. The Divine Comedy – Life On Mars (the song itself might possibly still have charted, though this version hasn’t)

334. Amy Wadge – Valley Boy (though it was shortlisted)

332. No Doubt – Don’t Speak

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Top 777 Songs: 350 – 341

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Simon Love
**** (Is A Dirty Word)

It Seemed Like A Good Idea...Taken From: Simon Love – It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time (2015)

“Love is a dirty word. It’s true, no matter what you’ve heard.”

The part that really makes this song for me is the impressive chain of swearing followed by the music suddenly getting louder. It’s so good! Great live as well. So here’s a live recording of it:




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

“And you know, when you’re just hanging on, that’s enough”

Last time I said this about it:

I first heard this song when I saw them support The Bluetones. It was my favourite of the tracks they did during that set and it’s stayed a favourite song of theirs generally.

As you can see, it’s dropped down a bit in my favourites since then, as I feel like it was more of-it’s-time than a lot of other Easyworld songs that feel a bit more timeless, but I do still love it. In a word association kind of way, if I hear ‘Easyworld’ I probably do think of Bleach first. Plus I love the video – it’s really simple but still memorable and just feels perfect for the song.



The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Hot Air Balloon Heart

At Breakfast, Dinner, TeaTaken From: The Voluntary Butler Scheme – At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea (2009)

“I’ve been dreaming of you too regularly”

Is this the first entry for The Voluntary Butler Scheme? Wow. I guess all my favourite tracks of his charted quite high. I’ve got my ex to thank for introducing me to The Voluntary Butler Scheme aka Rob Jones. Of all the music he introduced me to, I think I’m most grateful for this one. I probably became a bigger fan than he was. This album in particular I just love. I wish Rob would gig more as The Voluntary Butler Scheme though – I saw him twice in 2009 (one of those being the gig at Buffalo Bar where I bought this album) but haven’t had the opportunity since. He seems to do more production work and session musician type work these days. In fact he recorded and played on Simon Love’s album! He’s done lots of work with Sweet Baboo as well – including my favourite album of his, ‘Ships’. Anyway, this particular song is just really wonderful. Enjoy:




Life's Too ShortTaken From: Melys – Life’s Too Short (2005)

“You’ve got to know how it feels to be a girl”

I mentioned last time that there was still another song to come from Life’s Too Short – you didn’t have to wait long for it! I feel a bit bad that this has slipped so much in the chart as I’ve actually been rediscovering my love of it recently, so would probably rank it higher again now, but hey. I think it’s since I saw them perform it at Sŵn Festival – I was reminded of just how good it is. I’ve always loved the lyrics to this song – it’s about not being interested in really macho guys and instead asking a man to get in touch with his feminine side and put some eyeliner on. And awwww, here’s John Peel introducing it on the radio:



The New Pornographers
Myriad Harbour

ChallengersTaken From: The New Pornographers – Challengers (2007)

“All I ever wanted help with was you”

My favourite song by The New Pornographers. It was one that I downloaded randomly when I was checking out their music and I just fell in love with it. I think I slightly overplayed it at one point, so I don’t listen to it too often now, but it’s so good. One of those songs where I don’t see how anyone could fail to enjoy it.



Manic Street Preachers
No Surface All Feeling

Everything Must GoTaken From: Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (1996)

“No not blood just liquid from you”

Last time I oh so eloquently described this as ‘One of my faves on Everything Must Go.’ That’s it – that’s all I said! Though frustratingly I can’t think of much more to say about it this time. It’s just a really good song. I really like the guitar intro – is that a slightly more interesting thing to say? Meh, just listen to it and enjoy it yourself 😛



The Divine Comedy
Through A Long & Sleepless Night

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“The casualties of casual sex”

This has only snuck up as a favourite in the past 10 years – I want to say that it was round about 2008/2009 that I properly started to appreciate just how good it is. Doing this chart again has also helped me realise that Casanova is still definitely my favourite album by The Divine Comedy. As much as I love some of the later ones, this has sooo many of my favourites on it. Anyway, this song’s quite a difficult one to describe, but there are so many great bits in it – the lyrics are brilliant and it’s pretty much impossible to choose a favourite – though a contender has to be ‘you deserve to be horse-whipped, but I’ve no horse, that joke’s so shit’, ha ha. The music’s also really diverse and changes styles all over the place – you get the slow and hypnotic part of ‘bored of normality, why not go daft…’ then it builds up to the brilliant moment of ‘then again you could try just to live your own life in the way that you find most amusing’ and the scream of ‘I don’t really care!’ Ahhhhh, so good!!!



Murry The Hump

Songs Of IgnoranceTaken From: Murry The Hump – Songs Of Ignorance (2001)

“I would screw ya, I would screw you up”

Last time I mentioned how this was one of the last songs that I got to hear from the album, as it was one that I didn’t hear until I actually bought the album on CD (whereas I’d already downloaded most of the songs from it on MP3!). I’d kinda forgotten that, though knew it was one that took a little while to become a favourite. Pleased it’s continued to climb though – I do still listen to it quite a lot.



Bulimic Beats

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

“I treat him as I would he unto me”

One of my instant favourites on this album. I don’t really know why I so rarely listen to it these days as I previously loved it so much. This is what I wrote about it last time:

This song makes me want to cry. This song probably *has* made me cry in fact. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Especially if you play it really loud and put your head quite close to the speakers so that the orchestra kinda rolls over you.

The orchestration and vocals are incredibly beautiful. One of my favourite performances of it is the one from TFI Friday, which I’m hoping might be on YouTube… Yay it is (thanks Jamie!):



Cathy Davey
Cold Man’s Nightmare

Something IlkTaken From: Cathy Davey – Something Ilk (2004)

“It hurts sometimes to have you so alive kicking inside”

The last time all I said about this song was ‘More people need to check Cathy out, they really do. She’s brilliant!’ Still true, granted. I love this album – it’s still probably my favourite of Cathy’s, even though I know she wasn’t that happy with it and it was more the album that her record company wanted. I particularly love the prominence of the drums on it, which are played by Cathy herself. This song’s a good example of that.

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

347. Mansun – Lemonade Secret Drinker

346. Pulp – F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.

344. Leona Naess – I Tried To Rock But You Only Roll

342. Space – Charlie M

341. Alanis Morissette – Joining You

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Top 777 Songs: 360 – 351

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Jarvis Cocker
Girls Like It Too

Further Complications / Girls...Taken From: Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications / Girls Like It Too (single) (2009)

“Her name is Karen. Now that’s the only word you want to say.”

I was unaware of this song for a while as it isn’t on the album. Although it was a double A side with Further Complications, that knowledge initially passed me by. It wasn’t until I heard it on the radio one day, by chance, that I became aware of its existence. I think that surprise element of suddenly discovering a new (to me) Jarvis song helped with it becoming a fast and firm favourite. I have no idea what’s up with the choice of background image for the below video, but ignore that and enjoy the song. Or just put the Mixcloud mix on actually, as the sound quality’s pretty bad on the video…



You Wannit Deep

Life's Too ShortTaken From: Melys – Life’s Too Short (2005)

“There’s a little piece of me that wants you”

I’m not surprised this charted higher last time as it wasn’t long after the album had been released. This is what I said about it back then:

I think this must be my favourite track on their most recent album (Life’s Too Short). Yes it’s very catchy and it’s one of their rockiest tracks – the opening riff being very similar to Smoke On The Water.

I still pretty much agree with that, though there’s one song on the album that I prefer to this one now – you’ll have to wait and see what it is. Shame it’s still their most recent album though – can we have a new one please?? Pretty pretty please?? No YouTube video to share, alas.




CatchTaken From: Catch – Catch (1998)

“They made me pay a hundred pounds for a diet coke, or they would call my mother”

And so we reach the first song that was previously in the top 20. Not only that but it was top 10. Top 5 even!! I rarely listen to it now, which is why it’s dropped down so much, though it’s a song I still love and will always be a defining Chantal song. I guess I related to it quite a bit in certain ways. It’s always fun when a song mentions being a certain age and you’re of the exact same age at the time you first hear it. Although it now feels a long time since I was ‘only seventeen’, that’s when I discovered and fell in love with this song. I also still agree with everything I said about it last time:

Maybe not an obvious choice to a lot of people, but I really love this song! The lyrics, the change in tempo…everything. Pretty much as soon as I heard it for the first time I became rather obsessed with Catch. I bought both formats of the CD single and also fell in love with the b-sides. I then bought both CDs of Dive In when that was released. I played them endlessly and kept waiting for the album release that didn’t come. I’m v pleased to finally have a copy of it now though. But yes, during my years of living at home, there were only 3 bands that I played so obsessively I made my sister really hate them! *lol* One was Queen, one was Catatonia and the other was Catch! For a band that had only released 2 singles, that’s a pretty impressive feat! Also, whenever I hear this song now, I’m reminded of when I was going to do a dance to it as part of a show we were working on at dancing. I think I may have even started the dance, but the show didn’t happen in the end. But yeah, how odd would that have been?! He he.

For the video, I was expecting to embed the promo video (which I actually uploaded to YouTube a few years back) but just discovered that someone’s uploaded the TOTP performance! I’m therefore sharing that instead as I’m slightly in love with it. Also amused by the changing of ‘piss’ to ‘spit’.



The Beatles
Happiness Is A Warm Gun

The BeatlesTaken From: The Beatles – The Beatles (1968)

“She’s not a girl who misses much”

Is it slightly strange that most of my favourite Beatles songs are ones that have become favourites due to them being used in my favourite scenes in the film Across The Universe? It probably is, though I’m cool with that. I just love the visuals used. It’s also quite handy in terms of posting videos on here, as original versions of Beatles songs on YouTube aren’t really a thing you can easily find. This one features Salma Hayek as multiple nurses, should such a thing be of interest to you:



Closed For Business

Closed For BusinessTaken From: Mansun – Closed For Business EP (1997)

“Hope was the one thing I sold”

Brilliant song – I’m pleased it’s climbed higher. No specific memories or anecdotes associated with it, it’s here purely on the strength of how good a song it is.



Super Furry Animals
Fire In My Heart

GuerrillaTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Guerrilla (1999)

“You’ve got needles and pins and the seven deadly sins”

A really wonderful, beautiful song. Plus the video is so damn cute – the bit when the alien smiles!!



Godley & Creme

History Mix...Taken From: Godley & Creme – The History Mix Volume 1 (1985)

“You cheat. You lie. You make me want to cry.”

One of the songs that remind me of childhood. It’s so good. You can’t easily forget the video either – even if it seems a lot less impressive now than it did back in the ’80s!!



Lily Of The Valley

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

“Cast me from your spell and let me go”

I mentioned this song briefly when Nevermore charted, as I tend to group them together – both being really short songs that almost act as more of a bridge than a song on their own. This is also why the transition into this song on the Mixcloud mix isn’t brilliant – you get a bit of the end of Flick Of The Wrist at the start of the track – it’s not just my ropey DJing skills!! It’s a wonderful song though – kinda magical. It wouldn’t be out of place on an album like Queen II, though I really like that it’s on Sheer Heart Attack – it’s such an incredibly varied album – part of the reason why it’s almost definitely, probably my favourite Queen album.



Jens Lekman
I Know What Love Isn’t

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

“A relationship that doesn’t lie about its intentions and shit”

I love the lyrics to this, though that always seems like stating the obvious when it’s a Jens song! Summing it up to its basic elements it’s about asking a lesbian friend to marry you for the citizenship! But with a lot more charm and imagery and interesting turns of phrase than that might suggest. Plus a really catchy chorus.



Evelyn Evelyn
A Campaign Of Shock And Awe

Evelyn EvelynTaken From: Evelyn Evelyn – Evelyn Evelyn (2010)

“Smile for the camera, Evelyn”

Ah, the first Evelyn Evelyn track in my chart. This was my 2nd favourite album of 2010 and so you can read a bit more about my general love for it here. My favourite tracks on the album haven’t changed since I wrote that in 2010. I love the whole circus feel of this track. It’s theatrical and creepy – yay!

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

359. The Divine Comedy – Gin Soaked Boy

358. Weezer – Hash Pipe

357. The Bluetones – Emily’s Pine

356. Semisonic – Closing Time

355. The Ordinary Boys – Seaside

354. Pulp – Last Day Of The Miners Strike

353. Jill Sobule – Supermodel

352. Space – Spooky Bitch

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Top 777 Songs: 370 – 361

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You’re Too Beautiful

The Lost TapesTaken From: Ooberman – The Lost Tapes: Rare Recordings 1991-2007 (2007)

“The years that I wasted on you, just letting me down”

A beautiful song indeed. Before it made it on to The Lost Tapes, I had it as a free download, though I’m sure it was under a different band name. I thought it was under Symphonika (which then became an instrumental project of Dan Pop’s) but if it was, I’ve deleted the MP3 for some reason, which doesn’t seem like something I’d do… I’m sure there was also talk of it being on the first Magic Theatre album, though it didn’t end up fitting in to that and so was only released on this rarities collection. It’s bugging me that I can’t find my original MP3 of it though – I didn’t imagine it being available under a different name, did I?? I’m now scrolling back through pages of the Oobtube (which I hadn’t realised was still online, so that’s a nice surprise)… Nope, can’t find it. I didn’t make this up, did I?? I’m asking Ooberfans on Facebook… Wait, I’ve found it!! Good ol’ – I scrobbled it as Symphonika (like I thought I had) – I must have just deleted the MP3 at some point after I had it tagged as Ooberman instead. Way to confuse yourself in the future Chan. Anyway, my doubting of my own memory aside, enjoy a wonderful song that’s somewhat of a hidden gem.



Manic Street Preachers
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

This Is My Truth...Taken From: Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998)

“Holes in your head today, but I’m a pacifist”

I remember the excitement of this going to number one – it was during the period when I was first getting into the Manics. I rarely listen to it these days, though I did listen to it recently and found it quite scarily relevant in current climes.



Comes As No Surprise

Little KixTaken From: Mansun – Little Kix (2000)

“Died alone a junkie”

I like how I described this last time – it was brief but accurate:

Whenever I hear this song I imagine everything moving in slow motion. Is that just me? Love it.



The Moldy Peaches
Anyone Else But You

The Moldy PeachesTaken From: The Moldy Peaches – The Moldy Peaches (2001)

“You’re a part time lover and a full time friend”

Such a great, quirky, non-traditional love song by Kimya Dawson and Adam Green. It’s sweet and romantic but also mentions video game cheats and includes the word ‘turd’. It’s probably now best known for being in the film Juno, which I should really get on DVD at some point.



Cerys Matthews
Arlington Way

Don't Look DownTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Don’t Look Down (2009)

“I won’t make the same mistakes again”

I listen to this song a lot – I love the whole style of it – it’s a great opening track to this album. It’s also been the ringtone on my phone for quite a few years now – even if I mostly have it on silent these days, as seems to be a general trend. Not sure if I miss hearing people’s random ringtones or not. I definitely don’t miss Crazy Frog. Anyway – slightly off-topic – this song’s like the opposite of Crazy Frog! And so much more.



Super Furry Animals
Hermann Loves Pauline

RadiatorTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Radiator (1997)

“Why do you do what they tell you?”

This song was definitely one of my highlights when I saw them live at the end of last year – it’s just great! As you can see from the very similar chart placing, it’s stayed a consistent favourite over the years. The ‘french bread’ lyric always pleases me too.



Murry The Hump
Booze And Cigarettes

Songs Of IgnoranceTaken From: Murry The Hump – Songs Of Ignorance (2001)

“Booze and cigarettes go together like hair on a soap on a rope forever”

Last time I mentioned how I’d included most of the songs from Songs Of Ignorance in the chart. This time around I’ve probably got a higher percentage of b-sides and slightly less album tracks, but still, I just checked and there’s a total of 12 Murry The Hump songs in this chart (many of which are still to come). For a band that only released one album, that’s a pretty high percentage of their overall output. Their songs were just consistently great! Like this one, for example.



Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Do It With A Rockstar

Theatre Is EvilTaken From: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil (2012)

“Do you wanna get drunk and stay the night?”

One of the songs that was made available to Kickstarter funders before the album was released. Those songs quickly became and stayed amongst my favourites on the album. This song in particular kept getting stuck in my head when I first heard it and I kept feeling the urge to play it again and again.



McAlmont & Butler

McAlmont & ButlerTaken From: McAlmont & Butler – The Sound Of McAlmont & Butler (1995)

“I feel well enough to tell you what you can do with what you’ve got to offer”

I didn’t really get into McAlmont & Butler until around the time of their second album. Although I did then get hold of ‘Yes’, I didn’t properly appreciate it for quite a long time, which is why this is a new entry. That appreciation’s still growing now – I’ve actually developed even more of a love for it in the past few weeks, so would probably rank it even higher now if I was doing the chart again (which I won’t be, don’t worry!!). This new found appreciation has partly come from looking up the lyrics, as I couldn’t make out a lot of them and so didn’t totally get what the song’s about. Discovering that the song’s about having moved on from a relationship and being able to say ‘yes I’m so much better now without you’ has just made me fall in love with it on a whole new level.



Hello Saferide
The Quiz

Would You Let Me Play...Taken From: Hello Saferide – Would You Let Me Play This EP 10 Times A Day? EP (2006)

“Do you get racist or sexist when you’ve had a few? Is it fine if I make more money than you?”

I think I came across this song (and Hello Saferide in general) via LiveJournal somehow. I fell in love with this song and it’s still my favourite of theirs. The lyrics are just wonderful – it’s all about quizzing someone prior to dating them, in order to try and minimise the risk of heartbreak. I’ve put it on a large number of mix CDs over the years in order to share the awesomeness.

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

370. Cerys Matthews – If You’re Looking For Love

369. Space – Zombies

367. Catatonia – Karaoke Queen

363. Shawn Mullins – Lullaby

361. Meredith Brooks – Bitch

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Top 777 Songs: 380 – 371

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Super Furry Animals
Keep The Cosmic Trigger Happy

GuerrillaTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Guerrilla (1999)

“We hailed a taxi to save drinking time”

This was my favourite SFAs song for quite a few years – including back when I previously did this chart. It’s gradually slipped down and been overtaken by other songs of theirs, but I still love it, it’s ace.



Amanda Palmer

Who Killed Amanda PalmerTaken From: Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer (2008)

“Melissa’s gonna wet herself I swear”

This song always reminds me of when I saw Amanda play a ninja gig in Wellington (New Zealand). She played this song, which I wasn’t previously familiar with (being a relative newcomer to Amanda’s music), but it pretty much became an instant favourite from that point onwards. I’d imagine it’s quite difficult to write an upbeat song about rape and abortion, but if anyone can manage it…



The Crimea
White Russian Galaxy

Tragedy RocksTaken From: The Crimea – Tragedy Rocks (2005)

“Who knows what goes on in her pretty little head”

Apologies if I’m a bit brief in my descriptions today (or maybe you’ll all be thankful!) but this is just a great song – nothing else to say.



Beautiful Small Machines

Robots In LoveTaken From: Beautiful Small Machines – Robots In Love EP (2009)

“I got the frequency to turn you on”

I was so excited when the Robots In Love EP was released – it seemed like such a long time since the songs first started to appear on Bree’s MySpace. It probably was quite a long time in fact… Anyway, this was my instant favourite on the EP – it’s so good and instantly catchy.



Jens Lekman
An Argument With Myself

An Argument With MyselfTaken From: Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself EP (2011)

“You wanna keep fighting? Yeah I wanna keep on fighting. Alright, fair enough.”

Jens has some great lyrics – I love the whole notion of walking down the street and having an argument with yourself. It’s very stream of consciousness – I like the bit where he checks if he has enough cash for a taxi (and doesn’t). It’s brilliant.



Heavy Duty

Heavy DutyTaken From: Ooberman – Heavy Duty (single) (2000)

“Second is for losers and I am not a quitter”

Last time I recounted this story:

I can’t listen to this song without remembering the pain in the arse it was to download! In the small period of time it was available (was it just a few hours?) I happened to be at my Mum’s. I asked Nick if I could use the computer to download it but he was being stroppy for some reason and said no. So instead I texted/phoned Dad and asked if he could download it for me instead. Of course he said yes though he did have some problems with it and in the end didn’t manage to download it all before it was unavailable again. However, thankfully in the meantime Nick realised (or was probably told by Mum!) that he was being a miserable bugger and said that I could download it 🙂 And happily it worked fine for me.

Was the original free download the only version of this song that was available back in 2005?? Hmmm… maybe the only ‘Ooberman’ one I had at the time – I’ll definitely have had the Phantom309 version from the Different Places EP. I’m not sure at what point I got Hey Petrunko Plus (which has a different version on), though it’ll have been before The Lost Tapes was released in 2007. The version on The Lost Tapes is pretty much the same as the Hey Petrunko Plus one anyway, it just doesn’t have the ‘your battery is fully charged’ bit at the end (which I do really like). Anyway – there’s not really a huge amount of difference between the different versions, which is why I struggle to choose a favourite – I’ve gone for the ‘original’ one here but just because it’s the first one I heard. However, despite the multiple versions, none are on YouTube, alas.



Franz Ferdinand
Take Me Out

Franz FerdinandTaken From: Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)

“I know I won’t be leaving here with you”

Last time I said this:

It took me a little while to get into this song for some reason but tis one of my faves now. It reminds me of seeing Space in Stourbridge last year as it played between support bands.

Huh. Random little memory there that I’d since completely forgotten. Well, not *completely* I guess – I remember the Space gig! It was actually the last time I saw them before they split up for a while. Very very pleased they’re playing again now though – their recent gigs have been ace. And I’m possibly slightly off-topic… Franz Ferdinand! Yes. Still a great song. Embedding’s disabled for the video on YouTube, but it’s here.




The BendsTaken From: Radiohead – The Bends (1995)

“You do it to yourself”

This was my favourite Radiohead song back in 2005 and it still is. Always gotta mention the greatness of the video too, just because. Hee hee, just because. Shut up.



Avenue Q Soundtrack

Avenue QTaken From: Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2003)

“Fuck you lady, that’s what stairs are for”

My favourite song from Avenue Q – no question. I just love it – it’s funny, it’s catchy, you get to spell a long German word – what’s not to love?



Hawksley Workman
Wonderful And Sad

Lover/FighterTaken From: Hawksley Workman – Lover/Fighter (2003)

“I wish that happiness could just be pretended. The closest thing to that is a bottle of whiskey, dear.”

A fitting title – it’s definitely wonderful, plus sad in a beautiful way. The lyrics are great – I particularly love the opening lines, plus the lyric I’ve quoted above (I’m a sucker for mentioning alcohol, what can I say?).

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

380. The Cardigans – Losers

379. Alanis Morissette – Head Over Feet

374. The Divine Comedy – Absent Friends

373. Catch – Expensive Kiss

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Top 777 Songs: 390 – 381

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Massachusetts Avenue

Theatre Is EvilTaken From: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil (2012)

“I chased you for so long and when I caught you I gave up”

A catchy tune and great lyrics – I put it on quite a few mix CDs in 2014-2015. I haven’t made any mix CDs in a while actually – maybe I’ll offer some to people after I’ve finished this chart countdown (which won’t be for a while yet as we’re just hitting the half way point with this post!).



The Divine Comedy
Becoming More Like Alfie

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“It saves time to say what you mean”

Casanova is such a good album. I’d say that if you only ever buy one album by The Divine Comedy, it should be this one; though obviously you should treat yourself to more than one ideally. I sometimes forget just how good an album it is. Similarly, I find that this song can often be overlooked in terms of greatness – at least by me. There are quite a few The Divine Comedy singles that I prefer to this one but it definitely deserves this respectable chart placing.



Simple Kid
The Commuter

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“I smoke the brands with the cancer guarantee”

This song didn’t make it into the chart last time – I’ve always liked it but it was a bit of a slow burner in terms of becoming a favourite. It’s definitely one of my most listened to Simple Kid songs in recent years though. Someone’s made their own video to the song and it’s rather good:



The Ark
The Most Radical Thing To Do

In Lust We TrustTaken From: The Ark – In Lust We Trust (2002)

“I could try every drug, give everyone a hug, set every prisoner free and claim I’m Jesus’ son”

I’m surprised this is a new entry, but I guess I didn’t really get into The Ark until around the time that I was doing the chart in 2005, so they kinda missed out. The only song of theirs that made it into the chart then was ‘One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young’, which is one of the first songs of theirs I got hold of. My peak listening to The Ark was between 2006 and 2008 and this very quickly became one of my favourites. In fact it’s my 2nd most scrobbled song of theirs on I love the lyrics and the contrast between the verses and the chorus. It manages to be flippant and entertaining but then also quite emotional and affecting. Loving this live performance of it:




Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“You send me to the path of nevermore, when you say you didn’t love me anymore”

This song really works best within the context of the album, as it’s so short that it’s almost hard to consider it as a song in its own right – I think that’s why it didn’t make it into the chart last time. I have the same difficulty with ‘Lily Of The Valley’ on Sheer Heart Attack. Anyway, length doesn’t matter right (heh heh)?? This is a beautiful song and deserves to make it into the chart. The part with the lyrics I’ve quoted above just hits me every time – it packs quite an emotional punch for such a short song.



The Bends

The BendsTaken From: Radiohead – The Bends (1995)

“I wish that something would happen”

I’m not that big a Radiohead fan in general, though The Bends is a great album and here’s the title track. Radiohead always remind me of my Dad too as he was a much bigger fan of theirs than I am.



Little Birdy

ConfettiTaken From: Little Birdy – Confetti (2009)

“It was not just my pride, it was physical”

Another great Little Birdy song. Don’t really have more to say than that.




SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“If you were the one, would I even notice now my mind has gone?”

I can’t see a Volvo and not think of this song. I love the way it builds and gets more emotional as it goes on. It acts as a bit of a precursor to the epicness of Dog Man Star.



Black Box Recorder
The Goodnight Kiss

The Facts Of LifeTaken From: Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life (2000)

“A fairy tale with a sting in the tail. Tonight we’ll draw blood.”

This has been my favourite Black Box Recorder song for quite a long time. Last time I said this about it:

For some reason the memory I have associated with this song is sitting on a bus on my way back to Stourport from Kidderminster. I have a really clear vision of myself sitting on the bus and looking out the window at one of the charity shops while this song was playing. Random thing to remember I know. I’m not sure if it was when I was working at CAB or when I was going to the stupid New Deal 2-week nonsense thing but it was that kinda time when I listened to BBR quite a bit.

I’d kind of forgotten about this specific memory, though I do still picture Stourport high street when I listen to this song – it’s just become so subconscious that I don’t really think about it or fully take it in.



The Ark
A Virgin Like You

In Lust We TrustTaken From: The Ark – In Lust We Trust (2002)

“I wish I was as simple as you seem”

Two songs from this album in the same entry. It is a great album!

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

390. Suede – Heroin (Note the spelling. I don’t mean ‘Heroine’!)

388. Ooberman – Danny Boy

385. Suede – Untitled

384. Alanis Morissette – 21 Things I Want In A Lover

381. Catch – No-one Knows

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