Top 777 Songs: 630 – 621

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Bunky
Chuy

Born To Be A MotorcycleTaken From: Bunky – Born To Be A Motorcyle (2005)

“Don’t you wanna be the man I adore?”

I have no memory of how I came across this band or this song, but there’s just something about it that I love. I’ve put it on quite a few mix CDs over the past few years, though am not sure if anyone else has really taken to it as much as I have. Meh, their loss. Here’s a cool live version of it:

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Euros Childs
Tête à Tête

Situation ComedyTaken From: Euros Childs – Situation Comedy (2013)

“I want to do so much more than just surviving”

I’m going to have to dig out the old favourite of ‘it’s just so catchy!’ It really is. It’ll get stuck in my head quite often.

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Ballboy
Sex Is Boring

A Guide For...Taken From: Ballboy – A Guide For The Daylight Hours (2002)

“Take me back to your room. Tie me up and strip me naked.”

One of the earliest Ballboy songs I downloaded. I often used to check out bands by downloading a small random selection of their songs – basing my choices purely on the song titles! So yes, ‘Sex Is Boring’ was one of those. As was ‘I Wonder If You’re Drunk Enough To Sleep With Me Tonight’. Both of which became and have remained firm favourites. Here’s the acoustic version from Club Anthems:

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Easyworld
2nd Amendment

Kill The Last RomanticTaken From: Easyworld – Kill The Last Romantic (2004)

“I get my killing in the free world, ain’t it fun?”

My main memory associated with this song is being on the chat room for the official singles chart during the top 40 countdown. I think it’s the only time I ever went on there, though it seemed like half of the Easyboard were on there that evening. 2nd Amendment just missed out on the top 40, sadly (you can actually see that week’s chart here), though I was also listening to find out where the new Suede single was going to chart. There were a few Blur fans on the chat room (as there was also a Blur single out that week) and I remember them slagging off Suede and saying how Blur would chart higher. I was therefore highly pleased and entertained when Good Song charted at 22 and Attitude came in at 14 😀 Anyway, despite 2nd Amendment just missing out on top 40, the fans were proud and excited. I remember lots of us quoting the lyrics on the chat room, then Nicky getting kicked off for quoting the sweary version rather than the radio-friendly version. Ha ha. It’s also a great song that manages to be upbeat and catchy whilst still making a political point.

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Ooberman
13

Blossoms FallingTaken From: Ooberman – Blossoms Falling (single) (1999)

“I used to love the sunset. I used to dream of spacecraft, honey.”

I feel like this song really encapsulates early Ooberman. I’ve also got a theory that if you hear Ooberman’s music and don’t like it, you’re probably slightly dead inside. Not that you have to like every song. Just most of them. Maybe I should apply for some kind of funding in order to fully test this theory out. Anyway… As I described this song last time:

One of my fave Oob b-sides. Very quirky and just well very Ooberman.

Indeed. All about the joys (and miseries) of being 13. Spectrums and Dunlop Green Flash. No YouTube vid – stick on the Mixcloud widget.

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Melys
Once Around Again

Taken From: Radio Wales session

“We’ve been messed up too much lately” 

I think I partly like this song so much because it was a bit of an unexpected treat. It’s not a song they ever released (or haven’t to date, anyway), but Adam Walton shared a radio session version of it a couple of years ago, for which I am incredibly grateful. Having not had any new Melys music for years, it was so exciting to get to hear this. Plus it’s just great – of course – it’s Melys! The thought of getting to see them again at Swn in October, plus the news that they’re planning to release some new music at some point is immensely exciting.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg
Beauty Mark

5:55Taken From: Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55 (2006)

“This precious jewel, this darling bud. This tiny reservoir of blood.”

I think this has basically been my favourite Charlotte Gainsbourg song since I first heard it. It’s just beautiful. I like how she almost whispers the vocals.

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Bree Sharp
The Ballad Of Grim And Lily

More B.S.Taken From: Bree Sharp – More B.S. (2002)

“If Grim gets there before his boss, he’ll pull the final double-cross.”

My instant favourite on this album, though you can probably tell that I don’t listen to it anywhere near as much as I used to. I love the storytelling in it though – it’s very Bonnie and Clyde. It’s also always reminded me a bit of ‘Me & You Vs The World’ by Space, though just because of the lyrics, not musically. Alas no video, so stick on the mix.

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Los Campesinos!
You! Me! Dancing!

Hold On Now...Taken From: Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster… (2008)

“All crop tops and testosterone passion”

Another song that’s just lots of fun and makes you want to dance about. I also enjoy the shout-out to the long-running Cardiff indie night Twisted By Design. Plus you don’t get enough songs with prominent glockenspiel on them.

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The Boy Least Likely To
When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade

The Law Of The PlaygroundTaken From: The Boy Least Likely To – The Law Of The Playground (2009)

“I got a bucket, filled it with raindrops. Then I put it in the fridge. And now whenever the sun is shining I make rainbows out of it.”

There’s something really comforting about The Boy Least Likely To songs. They’re like a hug in musical form. This one’s a particularly good example of that.

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

630. Space – Spiders

629. Tompaulin – All The Great Writers And Me

628. Hawksley Workman – Even An Ugly Man

627. Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun

626. Bernard Butler – Stay

624. Alisha’s Attic – The Incidentals

623. They Might Be Giants – Cyclops Rock

622. Queen – Princes Of The Universe

621. Marcus Krause – Wannabe

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Top 777 Songs: 640 – 631

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Frida Hyvönen
London!

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

“The way you hate me is better than love and I’m head over heels”

I developed a love for this song while I was living in London in 2011-2012. I feel like it encapsulates the love/hate relationship it’s very easy to have with the city. During those six months I basically decided that I love London a lot more when I only see it occasionally and don’t have to live in it!

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Fresher Than The Sweetness In Water

The Blue TreesTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – The Blue Trees (mini album) (2000)

“Now you know I’m where I belong”

My instant favourite on this mini album. Another song that’s suffered a bit from over-listening in the past though. This is what I said about it last time:

Oh I really love this song. It’s obviously facing some tough competition though if I’ve only placed it at number 335! I first heard it on a radio session late at night when in the car with my Dad and then-Step-Mum. I can’t remember where we were coming back from but I was v pleased at being able to catch the Gorky’s session. It was before The Blue Trees was released and this song stuck in my head and I couldn’t wait to get it on CD. It’s still by far my fave song on The Blue Trees and one of my fave Gorky’s songs generally.

It still reminds me of that car journey. Although I just discovered it’s actually a cover! I’ve been completely unaware of that for 16 years. Huh. Not that it matters, though I do always feel a little guilty when my favourite song on an album is one that wasn’t actually written by the band. Oh well. There are also a lot of other great songs on the album, I have to say, though I think this is the only one to make it in to the chart.

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Ed Harcourt
Born In The ’70s

StrangersTaken From: Ed Harcourt – Strangers (2004)

“My parents named me Ed. I tried my hardest to smile.”

It’s nice to see a song that’s climbed in the chart. This was the only Ed song to make it in last time, so was obviously my favourite of his. There is another song of his that I prefer now (so is still to come), but I still love this one too. I’m gonna pull out the old ‘it’s catchy!’ explanation again, as it is.

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Jeffrey Lewis
Don’t Be Upset

City & Eastern SongsTaken From: Jeffrey & Jack Lewis – City & Eastern Songs (2005)

“Don’t be upset, it’s only an octopus. Don’t bother it and I’m sure it won’t bother us.”

I already had a random selection of Jeffrey Lewis songs before I met my ex, but he was a much bigger fan and put this song on one of the mix CDs he gave me early on. I really like the conversational kinda style to a lot of Jeff’s lyrics. It’s a style you’ll probably either take to or you won’t really. You’ve got to listen to the lyrics with his songs though, as that’s generally where the brilliance of them lies. It’s kinda like musical poetry. I really like the bit in this song where he starts saying something his girlfriend said to him, then quickly stops and says ‘actually what she really said was…’.

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Bree Sharp
Dirty Magazine

More B.S.Taken From: Bree Sharp – More B.S. (2002)

“Everybody’s got their vices”

Another song that’s climbed slightly – yay! Also, can we take a moment of appreciation for that album title? Ok, good. I’ve always liked the Western type feel of this song. Plus, as I said about it last time, ‘just from the title you know it’s going to be great!’ It’s quite a short and sweet song. Well, as sweet as a song can be when it’s about living in a dirty magazine 😉

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The New Pornographers
The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism

Mass RomanticTaken From: The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000)

“I say my ever loosening grip on the commonest courtesies slipped” 

From the title you’d possibly think that this might be quite a dark, introspective, downbeat kind of a song. Though maybe not so much if you’re already familiar with The New Pornographers! It’s actually incredibly catchy and fun. If you’re not familiar with The New Pornographers, this is a fairly representative song of what their music’s like. Always good if you fancy a bit of a boogie.

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tobyslater
For You

ConsumptionTaken From: tobyslater – Consumption (single) (2002)

“I’m such a fool for you”

If I haven’t already mentioned this, Toby Slater was the lead singer of Catch (who I’ve definitely already mentioned). He recorded a decent number of solo songs in the early 2000s – mostly making them available for download through his website. As far as I’m aware, the only physical release was this single. I listened to his music a lot throughout the ’00s. I don’t listen to it so much now, hence the drop in chart position, but it was all great and well worth checking out. With this particular song you can make quite obvious Radiohead comparisons, though that’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s really emotional. I like this video for it too (unsurprisingly as it’s me who uploaded it to YouTube!):

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The Pierces
Boy In A Rock And Roll Band

Thirteen Tales...Taken From: The Pierces – Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge (2007)

“I forget I’m a lady. I’ve had too much wine.”

I listened to The Pierces a lot around the time this album came out (and for a few years after that). If I’d done one of these charts around that time, there’d be a decent number of songs from this album that would have charted fairly highly. However, I don’t listen to them much now at all, so they’ve kinda missed out. The only song that I do still listen to a decent amount is this one. Why this one? Aside from it being a catchy tune and having some great vocals on it, I guess I’m a sucker for songs about fancying people in bands. Particularly ones that also mention drinking too much wine! Not that I could possibly relate to either of those things… 😉

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Rhonda Harris
Think Of Me Naked

Rhonda HarrisTaken From: Rhonda Harris – Rhonda Harris (1995)

“Do you ever think of me naked? Do you resent that I mention it?”

I’m starting to realise how many songs I like that mention nakedness in the title… Huh. Anyway… Even though Rhonda Harris sounds like it should be a female solo artist, it’s actually a Danish band with a male lead singer. But of course! I have no memory of how I discovered their music, so it’s just as well my memory was better back in 2005:

Hee, I love this song. I found out about Rhonda Harris by reading a review of their album The Trouble With Rhonda Harris. It sounded like my kinda album so I wrote the details down and kept an eye out for it. Annoyingly it was really difficult to find, as was any information about the band. I managed to download a few songs of theirs though, including this one which actually isn’t on that album. It’s really chilled out and just incredibly cool. Quite a while after downloading those few songs, I randomly found a promo of the album in MVE in Camden (I love that shop!!) for about £4! So of course I bought that! The album’s great but it’s still frustrating not being able to find out more info about the band, like a website or something! If anyone knows if they’re still about making music let me know!

Awww, RIP Camden’s Music and Video Exchange. I found some gems there over the years. Since writing that post in 2005, I’ve gotten hold of their debut album on CD, plus I’ve downloaded their 2003 album on MP3. However, Danish Wikipedia tells me I’ve also got some more recent albums to locate. Ooooh.

No YouTube video available in the UK alas. Stick on the Mixcloud mix.

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Kunta Kinte
Stress

Tough LoveTaken From: Tough Love – Tough Love EP (2008)

“Your stomach’s turning over but you need to eat”

Toby Slater again – this time in a band that started out being called Kunta Kinte but then changed their name to Tough Love. It was only released under the Tough Love name, though my favourite version’s still the unreleased Kunta Kinte one (which is the version I’ve included on the Mixcloud mix). Both are great though and not really hugely different. The same as Toby’s solo songs, I listened to these songs slightly obsessively at the time they were released (and for a decent amount afterwards), but don’t listen to them so much now. The only exception to that being this song. I feel like it really successfully encapsulates the feeling of stress in a musical form. Albeit in a way that’s much more enjoyable than the actual feeling! The version in this video’s a slightly sped up version of the original Kunta Kinte one. Cool video too.

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

640. Ooberman – Goodbye Gadfly

639. Pulp – Bad Cover Version

638. Gay Dad – Joy!

637. Catch – The Better Me

636. Frente! – Let The Sun Shine In

635. Bif Naked – Tango Shoes

634. The Ark – One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young (though it was shortlisted)

632. Mansun – Decisions, Decisions

631. The Bluetones – You’re No Fun Anymore

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Top 777 Songs: 650 – 641

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Eleanor Friedberger
Stare At The Sun

Personal RecordTaken From: Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record (2013)

“If that was goodbye then I must be high”

My favourite song on this album and also my favourite Eleanor solo track. Musically it’s fun and cheery and summery and just a pleasure to listen to really. Lyrically it’s a bit less cheery and a bit more strange, but that’s just a bonus!

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Super Furry Animals
If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You

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

“Gravity. You just hold me down so quietly.”

Not sure why this didn’t make it in last time – I guess it must have been a slow burner. Classic Super Furries!

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Amanda Palmer
Map Of Tasmania

Goes Down UnderTaken From: Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (2011)

“If it get too bushy you can trim”

This album was released when I was Down Under myself – living in New Zealand. I saw Amanda (and Jason Webley) do a ninja gig in Wellington around the time of release, when my Dad and his wife were actually visiting from Australia. As I was saving for travelling at the time, I couldn’t really afford to buy a copy of the album from her, sadly, though my Dad did. I now kinda wish I’d asked to have that after he passed away – there’s a decent amount of his music collection I’d actually have quite liked to have had – but it wasn’t exactly at the forefront of my mind at the time and when it did occur to me later on, it partly felt too cheeky and selfish (I’m not good at asking for things), plus seemed like it would be too much of a hassle and expense with everything being at the other side of the world. Anyway… I should probably buy and read Amanda’s The Art Of Asking at some point! Ha ha. On to the actual song though – it stands out on the album as it’s quite a different style to the rest of the songs. It’s so catchy though. I challenge you to find a catchier song about pubic hair!! Ha ha. ‘Pubes’ by The Indelicates is a good song, but not on the same catchiness level as Map Of Tasmania I don’t think.

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M.I.A.
Paper Planes

KalaTaken From: M.I.A. – Kala (2007)

“If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name”

Another song that I probably wouldn’t like as much as I do if my ex hadn’t played it so much. It’s the only M.I.A. song I have, as her music isn’t generally my kinda thing, to be honest, but it is a really great song. I’m also a fan of the self-described ‘hootenanny banjo version’ by Beautiful Small Machines! You can find that on YouTube here if curious.

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Suede
Barriers

BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“But will they love you, the way, the way I loved you?”

Ah, the first track from Bloodsports, though definitely not the last. That album was 2013 for me in so many ways. It was a year of huge ups and downs (8 months of travel, the loss of a parent…) including the breakup of a long-term relationship, which is what this album particularly focuses on. So many of the tracks were particularly poignant at different times that year (and also beyond) that it very quickly became an incredibly important album to me – in a way that albums very rarely do these days. And that’s without taking into account that it was the first Suede album in over 10 years (Suede having become one of my all-time favourite bands). Anyway, the specific song that’s charted here – Barriers. This was the lead single and was unsurprisingly therefore one of the tracks I listened to a lot early on and was one of my early favourites. Unfortunately, as I did listen to it so much early on, it reached a bit of a saturation point, so it’s not as high in this chart as it might otherwise have been. It is a brilliant and emotional song though. Especially when the chorus kicks in – just yes!

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Avenue Q Soundtrack
If You Were Gay

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

“I would feel free to say that I was gay. But I’m not gay.” 

Ah, Avenue Q! I’m assuming I discovered this musical slightly too late for any of the songs to have made it in last time. Yep, Last.fm tells me I didn’t scrobble any tracks until 2005 (though I didn’t actually join last.fm, or audioscrobbler as it was, until 2005, so that’s not necessarily reliable) – with my slight obsession becoming apparent in October 2005 when I listened to tracks from the album 65 times! Like a lot of music during that period of time, I discovered songs from the musical (and therefore the musical in general) via LiveJournal. This is one of the earliest ones I remember listening to. The comedy reminded me a lot of South Park and therefore very much appealed to me. I was gutted that it was only on in America, but then delighted when I found out it was coming to the West End in 2006. I ended up going to one of the preview shows as was so keen to get to see it. I’ve since seen it a further 2 times, though still feel like that’s nowhere near enough! I blame being out of the country for quite a decent period of time. Anyway, like I said, this is one of the first songs I remember hearing and it’s stayed one of my favourites.

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Amy Wadge
Anywhere

WojTaken From: Amy Wadge – Woj (2004)

“All I want from you, my boy, is more”

I don’t listen to Amy so much these days, which is possibly evident from how much this song’s dropped in the chart. It’s a really beautiful and emotional song though, and still my favourite Amy song, hence it still making it in to the chart. Taken from the ‘Woj’ album (so titled because it’s how you pronounce her name), which is almost definitely my favourite album of hers. I only checked her music out initially (plus went to see her live) because Aled Richards became her drummer after Catatonia split. Thankfully her music was good enough to have kept my interest long beyond that slight novelty!! She is best enjoyed live though, I have to say. Alas no performance on YouTube though.

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Vampire Weekend
Diane Young

Modern Vampires Of The CityTaken From: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City (2013)

“Nobody knows what the future holds and it’s bad enough just getting old”

This song just makes me happy and want to dance about. I don’t think anything else really needs saying about it. Stick it on and have a good boogie.

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Cathy Davey
Little Red

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

“The devil was an angel ’til he took a little fall”

The first Cathy song in the chart! All of her albums are brilliant and I’m really looking forward to the new one this year. I also like how they’re now coinciding with new The Divine Comedy albums. I’m hoping this means she might be supporting Neil on tour again 🙂 Anyway, this track was a bit of a grower for me, though I’m now not really sure why as it also sounds like quite an instantly catchy track. I like the whole Red Riding Hood element to it. I can imagine someone singing it as they skip along through some woods (whether heading to their Grandmother’s house or not!). I’d not actually seen the video before, but it’s simultaneously kinda cute and disturbing! Like it.

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Queen
I Want To Break Free

The WorksTaken From: Queen – The Works (1984)

“I can’t get over the way you love me like you do”

See, I don’t just like the more obscure songs! 😉 This song’s charted quite consistently – I guess it’s always been amongst my favourites but never really a contender for my absolute favourite. I think I probably heard it first on Greatest Hits II – I feel like I got that a little while before The Works (though not by much). I loved Greatest Hits II at the time that I got it. Potentially even more than Greatest Hits (though that might just have been because I’d played that so much it’d lost all novelty). A lot of the 80s-era albums I’m not so fussed on now, at least as overall albums, though they do contain some really brilliant singles – including this one. Plus the video adds an extra element of awesomeness. I actually find it difficult to listen to this song and not picture Freddie in drag and doing the hoovering. But I mean that as a compliment!

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

650. Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You (What? Shut up! That is and always has been the best Robbie song.)

648. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch (It mentions The X-Files! What can I say?)

647. Ooberman – Lavender Blue

646. Semisonic – Chemistry (I used to love Semisonic but just never listen to them now)

645. Simple Kid – The Average Man

644. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

643. Big Leaves – Pryderus Wedd

642. tobyslater – Dumb Blonde

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Top 777 Songs: 660 – 651

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All Girl Summer Fun Band
Jason Lee

2Taken From: All Girl Summer Fun Band – 2 (2003)

“We both like obscure music and we’re both 33”

My favourite All Girl Summer Fun Band song. Partly because I like Jason Lee, so appreciate a song about him, though also because it’s just fun and catchy.

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Frida Hyvönen
Terribly Dark

To The SoulTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – To The Soul (2012)

“I’ll put myself on fire if I find a spark”

Last time we had the opening track from To The Soul and now we have the 2nd track! I find it really difficult to choose a favourite between those 2 tracks, which is why they’ve ended up so close together. I’d stick with my decision to rank this one ever so slightly higher though – I’d say it’s a bit more catchy than Gas Station and probably a bit more instant. Not that those things should make it a better song necessarily, but it’s enough to give it the edge in this case.

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Thirteen:13
Reconcile

Taken From: Free online download

“Pack a bag, take a drag of my cigarette”

I just spent quite a while figuring out where on earth I’d gotten this song from, as it’s not one that was released on a single and also isn’t included on the unreleased album. Eventually I found an old LiveJournal post that mentioned it was put online for free download back in 2005. This explains why it didn’t make it into the chart last time. It was recorded as a demo under the Thirteen:13 band name, which is the version I’ve put on the Mixcloud mix, then it was resurrected and released properly on the album by The Honeymoon. I slightly prefer this original version though. Neither version’s on YouTube, so treat yourself by sticking on the Mixcloud mix.

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Super Furry Animals
Crazy Naked Girls

Dark Days Light YearsTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years (2009)

“Crazy, crazy naked girls”

Like ‘Cardiff In The Sun’, I just really like the style of this song and it never feels as long as it actually is. Some great guitar on it. It’s great live too, as you can witness here:

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Ida Maria
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked

Fortress Round My HeartTaken From: Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart (2008)

“OK, you’re kind of sexy, but you’re not really special”

Continuing the nakedness theme, this is probably Ida Maria’s best known song. It’s catchy and fun and still my favourite song of hers.

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The Divine Comedy
Charge

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“Fighting naked in the open air” (might as well keep the nakedness theme going)

I’m really surprised I didn’t include this in my chart last time. It must have already been beyond the point when I’d listened to it a bit too much. On the rare occasions I do listen to it these days, I’m always reminded of just how good it is. It’s just not one I can listen to too often for some reason. I need to be in the right mood for it.

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Garfunkel and Oates
Fadeaway

SecretionsTaken From: Garfunkel and Oates – Secretions (2015)

“Like a baby in China, it’s better to have balls”

I think this has partly ended up as high as it is because I was listening to it quite a bit at the time when I was putting the chart together. Not that it doesn’t deserve a decent placing, of course. It’s about that awkward situation when you want to end contact with someone you’ve gone on a few dates with but don’t want to be mean or rude, so just fade away from their lives and stop contacting them, which is probably worse than just being up front and saying you’re not interested! Not that I’d have ever done such a thing of course…*ahem*

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Marcy Playground
Poppies

Marcy PlaygroundTaken From: Marcy Playground – Marcy Playground (1997)

“Instead from the ground, some magic they found, of something far better I’m told”

I’d not heard of Marcy Playground until someone on LiveJournal shared a music video they’d made to the song ‘Sex And Candy’, to accompany a Smallville Clex slashfic they’d written of the same name (but of course). I loved the song (and the video and fic), so got hold of this album not too long afterwards. This song was one of my instant favourites on the album. I loved the interesting ways you could discover new music on LiveJournal!

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Eels
Your Lucky Day In Hell

Beautiful FreakTaken From: Eels – Beautiful Freak (1996)

“Never know who it might be at your doorbell”

What I said about this last time is still accurate:

Fab song. I first remember being aware of it from the Scream films. Is it Scream 2 that uses it? Ah, love Scream 2!! 😀

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The Nu Forest feat. Jarvis Cocker & The Pastels
I Picked A Flower

The Last Great WildernessTaken From: The Pastels – The Last Great Wilderness (2003)

“Maybe you just didn’t dare plant your seed inside her flowerbed”

This album’s actually a soundtrack to the film The Last Great Wilderness. It’s a film I bought purely for Alastair Mackenzie’s presence in it – I’m not gonna lie! I had no notion that the soundtrack was by The Pastels or that there was a song featuring Jarvis Cocker in it. The song first appears right near the beginning of the film and actually plays quite a big part in the narrative of the film itself. It’s Jarvis at his lascivious best and is a great song. It’s also a great film – worth checking out. Quite dark and strange. Yay!

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

660. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Dyle Fi

659. Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Paul Newman’s Eyes

657. Delays – Long Time Coming

656. Seal – Kiss From A Rose

655. The Irises – I’m That Fool (though it was shortlisted)

654. Fur Patrol – Holy

653. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

651. Sheila Nicholls – Love Song

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Top 777 Songs: 670 – 661

You can listen to all of these songs by clicking play on this Mixcloud widget:

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Gemma Hayes
Ran For Miles

Night On My SideTaken From: Gemma Hayes – Night On My Side (2002)

“Today I ran for miles, just to see what I was made of”

I’m not sure I really need to add to what I said about this last time to be honest:

I think the first time I heard this song was when I saw Gemma supporting Suede at Leeds Uni. It was very moving and just beautiful.

That gig was back in 2002. Here’s a lovely live version:

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Pet Shop Boys
West End Girls

PleaseTaken From: Pet Shop Boys – Please (1986)

“You think you’re mad, too unstable. Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables.”

Another song that takes me back to childhood. I know there was something I’d watch on video (VHS) quite often as a child, which at the end would fade back into whatever had previously been recorded on that video, which included this song – possibly a performance on TOTP or possibly the actual music video. Anyway, for that reason I’ve always felt some kind of affinity with this song – there’s something about the style of it I’ve always liked. There’s a darkness to it. Although something in my brain’s also wanting to associate it with He Man & She Ra, so there’s a strong possibility that it was on the same video as the amazing cinematic experience that is the He Man & She Ra Christmas Special!

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The Wannadies
Yeah

YeahTaken From: The Wannadies – Yeah (1999)

“We are just a bunch of kids but we have a plan”

Again I pretty much summed this up last time:

The single for Yeah was actually the first Wannadies CD I bought. I’m not sure whether I’d heard Yeah on the radio and decided to buy it or whether I just bought it on a whim because I loved You & Me Song. Either way I thought it and the b-sides were great! I got the album soon after.

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Hot Chip
Over And Over

The WarningTaken From: Hot Chip – The Warning (2006)

“Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal”

There’s a decent period of time when this would have charted a lot higher, as it’s suffered a bit from over-playing, but it is a great, fun and catchy song. Probably the kinda song you’ll either love or hate really, as I get how it could be a bit irritating, but I personally love it.

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Frida Hyvönen
Gas Station

To The SoulTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – To The Soul (2012)

“They sighed and they screamed. They twisted like ants. They walked around in their underpants.”

Unfairly falling in the arguably satanic 666 spot is this opening track from Frida’s most recent album (my favourite album of 2012). Frida’s become one of my favourite artists over the last few years. I’m not sure how I heard of her initially, but I know I got hold of the track ‘I Drive My Friend’ from somewhere. It’s a decent track though didn’t hugely grab me or anything. Still, it was enough to make me check out her album ‘Silence Is Wild’ when it was released in the UK in 2009. That’s the album that got me hooked, though this one really cemented it. Both albums are definite growers, though there are some songs that are a bit more instant. The one I often put on mix CDs these days is ‘Dirty Dancing’ (which is still to come in the chart), as I feel like that’s a bit more of an instant one. This one potentially is too, actually (albeit to a lesser extent) – you tell me! Here’s a great live clip of it, though shame it’s not the whole song:

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Garfunkel and Oates
29 / 31

SecretionsTaken From: Garfunkel and Oates – Secretions (2015)

“I don’t expect it at all now, so I guess it’s right round the corner.”

The song that got me properly interested in Garfunkel and Oates. I’d previously heard the name but didn’t know anything about them. Someone shared a video of this song on Facebook and I just thought it was brilliant. And most definitely relatable!

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Suede
My Dark Star

Stay TogetherTaken From: Suede – Stay Together (single) (1994)

“And from the skyline shines the lies of the government’s singular history”

Although a b-side to Stay Together, I first heard this song when I bought the Sci-Fi Lullabies compilation. It was one of the tracks that really instantly stood out and has remained one of my favourite Suede b-sides (even if it’s not quite as much of a favourite as it used to be). Like a lot of my favourite songs, there’s just something about the style of it I really like.

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Catatonia
Acapulco Gold

Sweet CatatoniaTaken From: Catatonia – Sweet Catatonia (single) (1996)

“When all the dreams subside, they’re wrapped in America’s suicide”

It’s the first Catatonia song in the chart! Because I only selected my absolute favourite songs by each band/artist, there aren’t so many Catatonia tracks nearer the bottom end of the chart. This possibly means that I should have been less strict in my shortlisting, but hey, too late now. If you haven’t heard this song and only know the hits, it’s potentially not what you’d expect. They were a band with some really interesting b-sides – particularly in the early days. This is what I said about this song last time:

Brilliant song. Reminds me of the whole period of getting hold of Catatonia’s back catalogue and being totally in awe of it all.

Awww 🙂 No YouTube vid, so stick on the Mixcloud mix!

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Dirty Projectors
Gun Has No Trigger

Swing Lo MagellanTaken From: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (2012)

“You’d see a million colours if you really looked”

A favourite in recent years. And another that partly got into my head as well as it did because my ex would play it a lot. It is a really great song though – Dirty Projectors are a really interesting band. I enjoyed seeing them at Glastonbury in 2010.

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The Free French
How Vicious We Are

It's Not Me, It's YouTaken From: The Free French – It’s Not Me, It’s You (2003)

“If you promise not to bring the kinds of mood that tend to swing”

I like my comments on this song from the last time I did this chart:

My fave Free French song I think. At least at the moment. It’s the one I find most catchy and is most likely to get stuck in my head. Actually it’s there now. Mmmmmm 🙂

Ha ha. It’s actually not my favourite any more, though is still up there. I really liked that the last time I did this chart, via LiveJournal, my friend Will alerted Rhodri (of The Free French) to his inclusion in the chart and I actually ended up getting a free copy of the new-at-the-time album ‘A Place Of Our Own’. Yay! I’ve also been internet friends with Rhodri ever since.

No video (though searching for ‘free french’ in general can produce some interesting results), so check out the Mixcloud widget.

 

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

670. Crash Test Dummies – Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

669. Super Furry Animals – The Turning Tide

668. bravecaptain – I Was A Teenage Death Squad

667. U2 – With Or Without You (The TV show Friends is entirely to blame for this)

666. Easyworld – Other Man (I didn’t even shortlist this? I was proper brutal)

664. The Divine Comedy – Girl Least Likely

661. Easyworld – She’s Something Else

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Top 777 Songs: 680 – 671

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Space
Dopamine

ZombiesTaken From: Space – Zombies (single) (2002)

“I’m an anti-social personality”

Not exactly the most well known Space song, what with it being a b-side to one of their later and lesser-known singles, but it’s brilliant! Easily one of their best songs in my opinion. Well, obviously, as otherwise it wouldn’t have made it in here. With all of the bands in this chart, I limited my choices to just my absolute favourite songs of theirs. With some bands, including Space, I possibly limited myself a tad too much, so you’ll notice some major omissions as the chart goes on, but I just wanted the best of the best (in terms of my own personal preferences at this moment in time). I’m not going to attempt to describe this song, but if you’re only familiar with Space’s big hits, I don’t think it’s the type of song you’d expect from them. Though it fits in really well with the style of their recent live performances and current line-up. There’s unsurprisingly no proper video for it, though there is this somewhat odd one:

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Freddie Mercury
Mr. Bad Guy

The Freddie Mercury AlbumTaken From: Freddie Mercury – The Freddie Mercury Album (compilation) (1992)

“Let’s go chasing rainbows in the sky”

This song was originally on the 1985 ‘Mr Bad Guy’ album, but the version I’m most familiar with, and the one I fell in love with, is the version on The Freddie Mercury Album. I must have gotten that album at some point in the mid-90s and fell in love with it. However, as time’s gone on, I’ve listened to it less and less. The only song that’s remained an absolute favourite (and therefore the only one to make it in to this chart) is Mr. Bad Guy. It was an instant favourite and has stood the test of time. Unlike the song ‘Time’, ironically (which I do still like, just not as much as I did). The video below uses the original 1985 version, though you can hear my preferred version in the Mixcloud mix.

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Mandarins

LoungerTaken From: Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Lounger (single) (2004)

“This world is pear shaped and I feel like a lemon”

I bought the single of Lounger when it was released, so I must have had this b-side for quite a while without really listening to it much. It was only when it came on on shuffle one day in about 2009, when I was hanging out with my then boyfriend, and we were both like ‘what on earth is this?!’ that I properly discovered this song. It’s quite a silly song really, but so much fun and insanely catchy. Imagine a ska/reggae-esque song with lyrics about fruit. Or just press play and actually listen to it – that’s probably easier! I was pleasantly surprised to find it on YouTube, though it’s actually a slightly different version to the one I’ve got.

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Eisley
I Wasn’t Prepared

Room NoisesTaken From: Eisley – Room Noises (2005)

“When the morning came, the bees flew down and wrapped themselves around me”

I must have discovered this song a bit too late for it to make it into my chart last time. There’s a period of time when it would have ranked a lot higher than this, but despite it having fallen in recent years, I do still love it. It’s a beautiful and emotional song and I love the vocal on it.

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Queen
The March Of The Black Queen

Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“I’m lord of all darkness. I’m Queen of the night.”

When I got Queen II it very quickly became my favourite album of theirs. It was just the perfect album for me at that moment in time (it must have been about 1994/1995). Although there are others I slightly prefer now, it’s definitely still up there. I think one of my favourite things about it is how well it works as an overall album – it’s incredibly varied and takes you on a journey into some kind of magical land. This song’s a definite standout as it’s just amazing. I try to ignore the fact that the lyrics contain the N word, but it’s very much a product of its time in that sense, plus the lyrics are so fast and overlap each other that it’s not too overly obvious. More casual Queen fans, only familiar with the big hits, will probably be surprised by some of the songs of theirs that are missing from this chart, but listen to this and tell me it’s not a million times better than Radio Ga Ga and We Will Rock You! One downside to the album working so well as an album, however, is because most of the songs roll into each other, it’s difficult to separate them out and use them in a separate mix. So if you feel like the song cuts off quite suddenly on the Mixcloud mix, this is why. It’s not just my ropey DJing skills 😛 They’ve gotten around that problem on this video by just cutting off the end section. Not sure that’s really the best approach, as the end section’s brilliant, but hey, each to their own.

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The Flaming Lips
She Don’t Use Jelly

Transmissions From...Taken From: The Flaming Lips – Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993)

“I know a girl who reminds me of Cher. She’s always changing the colour of her hair.”

This song always makes me think of the Oobtube (Ooberman message board). There’s a decent bit of overlap between Ooberman fans (Ooberfans) and Flaming Lips fans and I remember someone on the Oobtube talking about this song and praising the skill of managing to rhyme ‘orange’ with ‘store’. That is a definite skill it has to be said! This was my favourite Flaming Lips song when I did this chart previously. It’s not anymore, though is obviously still up there.

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Right Said Fred
I’m Too Sexy

UpTaken From: Right Said Fred – Up (1992)

“I’m too sexy for Milan, New York and Japan”

This is what I said about this song last time:

I know, I know! It’s a brilliant pop song you must admit. It always makes me think of my Mum as she found it hilarious when it was released and of course proceeded to buy it on vinyl. Actually I might still have the vinyl! I had ‘Up’ on cassette and then when I first got a CD player the very first CD I was bought was the 2nd Right Said Fred album (was it called Sex And Travel? Something like that). So yes, they have a special place in my heart. Rather annoyingly though I actually sold both of those albums a few years later at a car boot sale when they just weren’t cool any more. I’d actually really like to own them again now so I may well have to go Ebaying! Oh and Richard Fairbrass is just fabulous!! I’ve especially enjoyed his appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks 😀 I also have a fab X-Files music video to this song, featuring Mulder, Krycek and Skinner! Hee hee. I can’t remember who made it but tis fab.

I can confirm that I did then go on to buy both Up and Sex And Travel on CD from Ebay. And they still have a special place in my heart. I also love the bit in The West Wing when CJ starts singing I’m Too Sexy, though with making up her own words. ‘I’m too sexy for all the other things’. I was hoping to share the X-Files music video here, but alas it isn’t on YouTube. I was also mixing it up with one I’ve got for ‘It’s Raining Men’ (which is the one with Mulder, Krycek and Skinner). That one is actually on YouTube (yay!) and can be enjoyed here (seriously, do it!). The ‘I’m Too Sexy’ one is just Mulder. I’ve still got it on my hard drive, though wouldn’t feel right about uploading it as it wasn’t me who made it. You can enjoy the official Right Said Fred video instead.

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Flight Of The Conchords
You Don’t Have To Be A Prostitute

I Told You I Was FreakyTaken From: Flight Of The Conchords – I Told You I Was Freaky (2009)

“Do you have any other skills? Like typing.”

I’ll quite often have the chorus of this song just pop into my head. Stylistically it’s actually quite similar to Mandarins (plus is obviously a take on Roxanne by The Police). Plus it has that same ear-worm quality. But with less fruit and more male prostitution. They’ve disabled embedding on the YouTube video but you can watch it here.

 

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The Ark
Clamour For Glamour

State Of The ArkTaken From: The Ark – State Of The Ark (2004)

“People here in your neighbourhood, act real cool but they dance no good”

Another upbeat, catchy, glam song from The Ark. I don’t really have anything else to say about it. Just enjoy!

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Sibrydion
Go!Go!Mo!

Uwchben Y DrefnTaken From: Sibrydion – Uwchben Y Drefn (2011)

I was already quite familiar with this song before it was released, as they’d been playing it live quite a bit. It was definitely a standout in the live performances as it’s high energy and very catchy. Here’s a live performance of it on top of Jacobs Market in Cardiff:

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

680. Jill Sobule – Joey

679. Alanis Morissette – Heart Of The House

678. The Vessels – Look For Me First In Any Crowded Room (though it was shortlisted)

677. Fur Patrol – Andrew

676. The Brunettes – Don’t Neglect Your Pet

675. Alanis Morissette – Still

674. Big Leaves – Fine

673. The Bluetones – I Love The City

672. Catch – Pity The Man

671. tobyslater – Begging Rebecca

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