Top 777 Songs: 570 – 561

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Ambrosia Parsley

Weeping CherryTaken From: Ambrosia Parsley – Weeping Cherry (2013)

“I know it won’t be long until I’m here and then I’m gone”

My favourite song on Ambrosia’s first solo album (she’s the front-woman of Shivaree, if you’re not familiar with her). I just love the style of it. Plus I’ve always liked Ambrosia’s voice. It was fellow Catatonia fans who first alerted me to Shivaree, which I am very grateful for. Here’s a live performance of it:



The Decemberists
16 Military Wives

PicaresqueTaken From: The Decemberists – Picaresque (2005)

“Fifteen celebrity minds, leading their fifteen sordid, wretched, checkered lives”

Picaresque was the first The Decemberists album that I bought. I can’t remember when exactly it was, but I know I bought it in Newcastle (either in HMV or Virgin, I’m not entirely sure now) when I was visiting my grandparents one time. I think it was in the sale. Anyway, it’s definitely one of my favourite albums of theirs and this is just a really great and catchy song.




Use These SpoonsTaken From: Heypenny – Use These Spoons (2005)

“Go, go moped, go”

Heypenny was the band of Ben Elkins who I became familiar with when he produced Cerys’ 2nd solo album and also toured with her in 2006. He told me and my friend Joop about Heypenny when we were queued outside the Scala in Kings Cross before one of Cerys’ gigs. I think I checked them out on MySpace initially and then ordered this album on CD. I then also went on to fund the Kickstarter for their 2nd album, which also sadly became their last album. Both albums are great and I think they’ve got a really unique and interesting style. This is obviously one of my favourite songs of theirs – there’s just something really charming and lovely about it.



No Surprises

OK ComputerTaken From: Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)

“They don’t speak for us”

This song’s grown on me more and more over the years. I think my initial thoughts on this song, and Radiohead in general, were basically ‘wow, this is depressing!’ A common thought I’m sure. I’m still only an incredibly casual Radiohead fan – only really liking the older and slightly more commercial stuff – but hey, I’m fine with not really getting the more experimental stuff – it’s just not for me. Definitely an interesting band though.



Los Campesinos!
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future

Romance Is BoringTaken From: Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring (2010)

“She spent the rest of her teens experimenting with prescriptions in a futile attempt to know more than the doctors”

One of Los Campesinos!’ most interesting and affecting songs I reckon. The lyrics are great and it’s just really powerful, plus an interesting style shift from most of the earlier stuff. Not sure about the video like, but hey, here it is:



Jens Lekman
A Man Walks Into A Bar

Oh You're So Silent JensTaken From: Jens Lekman – Oh You’re So Silent Jens (compilation) (2005)

“I know why Mona Lisa smiled, Da Vinci must have been a really funny guy” 

This song was originally released on the Julie EP in 2004, though I only know that because I just looked it up! I know it as being from this compilation, though initially it was just a random song I downloaded when I was checking out Jens Lekman. My friend Russo put his song ‘You Are The Light’ on a compilation CD for me, which then inspired me to check out more of his music. This song was actually my favourite of his for quite a few years. It’s quite a simple song really, but I just love the lyrics and the overall feel of it. I really enjoyed Jens’ Postcards project last year, where he released a postcard-esque song every week (you can still download some for free here) but I’m also hoping we get another regular album from him some time in the not too distant future.



David Bowie
As The World Falls Down

LabyrinthTaken From: David Bowie – Labyrinth (soundtrack) (1986)

“I’ll place the moon within your heart”

Probably stating the obvious here, but I love Labyrinth!! It’s a film I grew up with – I used to have it on video – and now I have it on DVD and still enjoy watching it just as much as I always did. Can you get it on Blu Ray?? *looks* Ooh, it’s due for release next month! Awesome. That’s going on my Christmas list. Anyway… this particular song and this whole scene in the film where there’s the masked ball and it gets weirdly romantic and it’s like they’re inside the snowglobe, I was never actually that keen on when I was young. I found it the only slightly dull and unnecessary part. However, I totally appreciate it now and really love this song, it’s beautiful.



Garfunkel and Oates
Self Esteem

SecretionsTaken From: Garfunkel and Oates – Secretions (2015)

“I wouldn’t touch your dick if I’d been poisoned and the antidote was in your sperm”

Most definitely one of my favourite Garfunkel and Oates songs. So funny and so catchy, plus kind of life confirming and empowering as a single woman not willing to settle or be messed around.



James Marsters

Civilized ManTaken From: James Marsters – Civilized Man (2005)

“Who’s that girl who smiles and hides at the same time?”

In a batch of songs that are almost entirely new entries, it’s nice to have one that was on the chart previously – plus one that’s actually climbed in the chart (spookily by exactly 100 places). Yes, for those unaware, James Marsters writes and records music as well as doing the acting. As well as the solo stuff he’s also in the band Ghost Of The Robot, who actually included a version of this song on their 2015 album ‘Bourgeois Faux Pas’. It’s a really good version, though as I’d already been listening to this one for 10 years, it’s kinda cemented as my favourite. It was my instant favourite on this album and has remained so.



Slow Club
When I Go

Yeah SoTaken From: Slow Club – Yeah So (2009)

“If I get to forty and I don’t have a spouse, I’ll fashion you a letter and I’ll send it to your house”

I love Slow Club’s first album. This is something that’s likely to become more and more apparent as the chart goes on. Not that I haven’t also enjoyed their albums since then – I love that they keep trying out different styles (and I’m looking forward to checking out their new album), but I guess the style of the first album was just a better fit to my personal tastes. Though it was also a bit of a grower, so maybe I just haven’t let the other albums grow on me enough yet. Anyway, this is the opening track of the album and sets the album up really well. I love the simplicity of the guitar and the harmony of their voices together.

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

568. Melys – Baby Tornado

567. Alanis Morissette – You Learn

566. Don Mclean – American Pie

563. Suede – Waterloo

562. Melys – Ni Ddisgynna’r Aderyn

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Top 777 Songs: 580 – 571

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Jill Sobule
Under The Disco Ball

Underdog VictoriousTaken From: Jill Sobule – Underdog Victorious (2004)

“Johnny’s mom kept quiet about her son’s sin. Afraid that Dad would beat the holy shit out of him.”

Prior to this song getting a proper release, it was made available for free download on Jill’s website, so it’s one of the earliest songs of hers I got hold of and fell in love with. Below is an ace live performance of it. Though as a side note, if you’re a fan of Jill’s (and/or Amanda Palmer, Garfunkel and Oates etc. etc.) you should check out her current crowdfunding project here – you can get yourself a copy of an album with a rather awesome sounding line-up.



Regina Spektor
You’ve Got Time

You've Got TimeTaken From: Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time (single) (2013)

“Taking steps is easy. Standing still is hard.”

Any fans of Orange Is The New Black will already be familiar with this song. And if you’re not familiar with Orange Is The New Black, where have you been? I personally became familiar with the show whilst travelling in 2013. We couchsurfed with a guy in Seoul who was watching episodes of it one evening. It looked really interesting so we joined him and were very quickly hooked. Discovering a new awesome TV show is always exciting anyway, but when it also has a theme song by Regina Spektor?? Huge added bonus. This song was initially released in 2013, though it was then also released on vinyl for Record Store Day in 2014. It’s one of the records I bought after queuing outside Spillers for hours. And yes, the vinyl itself is orange. Had to be, right?




Head MusicTaken From: Suede – Head Music (1999)

“Looking at the lovers under covers. Come in and let’s be friends.”

I guess this has only become a favourite Suede song in more recent years, although Head Music was actually my favourite Suede album for quite a while in the early 2000s – partly because it was the first one I actually got. It’s a good mixture of instant songs and growers – this being one of the growers. I feel like it gets overlooked as an album quite a bit – it’s really interesting and there are some great songs on it. This particular song’s always reminded me a bit of West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys. Not because they’re musically that similar (although they do have a similar kind of dark vibe) – it’s mostly the ‘suburban girls… suburban boys…’ element to the lyrics. I obviously mean that as a compliment though as West End Girls already made it into this chart.



Super Furry Animals
Ymaelodi A’r Ymylon

MwngTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Mwng (2000)

I’m quite surprised this didn’t make it in last time as I’ve always loved Mwng as an album and this has always been one of my favourites on it. It translates as ‘banished to the periphery’, or if you ask Google translate ‘join the edges’, which I suppose is just a less eloquent and poetic way of putting it! Regardless of translation it’s a really captivating song. Here’s a live performance on Jools:



Lou Reed
Walk On The Wild Side

TransformerTaken From: Lou Reed – Transformer (1972)

“But she never lost her head even when she was giving head”

Another Lou Reed classic – it’s just great!



Cerys Matthews
An Occasional Song

Hands Across The WaterTaken From: Various Artists – Hands Across The Water (compilation) (2005)

“And when from the wilderness completely I’ve gone, I hope I’ll sing more than the occasional song.” 

This compilation CD was released in 2005 to raise money for the victims of the tsunami. It’s an old Welsh folk song – Ambell i Gan – which Cerys sings bilingually. I just love it – the whole style of it, instrumentation, Cerys’ voice (of course) – it’s just great.




Dawn Kinnard
Clear The Way

The Courtesy FallTaken From: Dawn Kinnard – The Courtesy Fall (2008)

“It’s just a slap on the wrist”

Dawn’s an artist I discovered via MySpace and particularly via Cerys in some way shape or form as they know each other. In fact I once spotted Dawn in the audience at one of Cerys’ gigs, I think in Pontypridd. Anyway, she’s got a great voice and this is a brilliant song. The album version (which I put on the Mixcloud mix) features Ed Harcourt, though Dawn did also record a version with Cerys that I’ve got on a promo CD and which is also great. Here’s Dawn and Cerys performing it live:



Charmless Man

The Great EscapeTaken From: Blur – The Great Escape (1995)

“He knows his Claret from his Beaujolais”

Fun, catchy… of course it’s one of my favourite Blur songs. Proper Britpop innit?



Stop Buying Things

Less Than ZeroTaken From: Splendid – Less Than Zero (single) (1999)

“Someday I’ll stop buying things like I’ll stop missing you”

Yay, another Angie Hart band. Plus a band that appeared in Buffy – they had some awesome bands on that show. I discovered some awesome bands through that show – quite likely including Splendid actually. This song’s a b-side that I must have just downloaded randomly but which I totally love. There’s also a version of it on Angie Hart’s 2007 solo album Grounded Bird, though this version’s still my favourite. It’s emotional and wonderful. Here’s Angie performing it live:



Stay In The Sun

Get InTaken From: Kenickie – Get In (1998)

“A moving target is easier to miss”

I feel like Kenickie’s 2nd album doesn’t get enough love – there are some brilliant songs on it. This one’s just so much fun – I’ve actually put the radio edit on the mix though as I had the single before the album so it’s the version I’ve listened to most over the years.

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

580. Sherbet Antlers – Let Yourself Go (though it was shortlisted)

579. Catatonia – Stone By Stone

577. Melys – Thought You Would Never Go

576. Suede – Jubilee

575. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

573. Bree Sharp – Guttermouth

572. Mull Historical Society – It Takes More


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Top 777 Songs: 590 – 581

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The Dø
Bohemian Dances

Both Ways Open JawsTaken From: The Dø – Both Ways Open Jaws (2011)

“Believe me the best is never around if you’re trying too hard”

Another band that I can’t remember how I discovered. I know it was around the time that I was posting a lot on the Cerys forum, so it might have been via someone on there. Or it could well have been a recommendation or something. Anyway, this is my favourite track of theirs. It’s another song that I’ve put on a decent number of mix CDs as it should encourage more people to check out The Dø. It’s the kind of song that will get stuck in your head quite easily though. At least it does in mine.



Labour Of Love

Marvin The AlbumTaken From: Frente! – Marvin The Album (1994)

“Do you fall for it all or do you just see right through?”

I quite like the succinct way I described this last time:

Angie Hart’s got such a sweet voice. Lovely little song, complete with recorder solo!



Sex Sells

Dau BysTaken From: Poppies – Dau Bys (single) (2005)

I talked about Poppies quite a decent amount last time. I’m still rather excited by that MySpace discovery. Anyway, this is one of the b-sides to their only single. Dau Bys itself hasn’t made it into the chart, though it is a great song. I’ve always liked that it includes the Eddie Izzard line of ‘Etch-a-sketch end of the world’. Anyway, Sex Sells is seemingly my current favourite song of theirs (or was when I put together this chart at least). And it’s on YouTube!! The performance of it on Bandit that is. I miss Bandit. It’s how I discovered Poppies in the first place.



The Shangri-Las
Remember (Walking In The Sand)

Leader Of The PackTaken From: The Shangri-Las – Leader Of The Pack (1965)

“Whatever happened to the boy that I once knew?”

There was a period of time in my teens when I listened to vast quantities of Queen and not a lot else. However, one of the few other things I did have a penchant for at that time was ’60s girl groups. I had (and still have) a CD titled ‘Girls On Top’ which features 3 songs by The Shangri-Las, including this one. My favourite always used to be Leader Of The Pack, which I do still love, but this song’s overtaken it as my favourite in more recent years. There’s just something about the style of it and the emotion in it.



Gregory And The Hawk
Oats We Sow

In Your DreamsTaken From: Gregory And The Hawk – In Your Dreams (2007)

“I want to do what pleases me but I can’t”

My favourite Gregory And The Hawk song. It’s just so beautiful. There’s also a version of it on Moenie and Kitchi, their 2008 album, but I prefer this version. Also loving this live performance:



Barenaked Ladies
If I Had $1000000

GordonTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Gordon (1992)

“Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?” 

I debated whether or not I still considered this one of my favourite BNLs songs, but it’s kind of hard not to! I hope they play it live when I see them next month. Excited to finally get to see them live – even if I’m a little gutted I never got to see them whilst Steven Page was still in the band. Loving this live performance with the random bit of Wonderwall at the start!:



Novocaine For The Soul

Beautiful FreakTaken From: Eels – Beautiful Freak (1996)

“You’d better give me something to fill the hole”

All I said about this last time was ‘brilliant song’. Not sure I’ve actually got anything to add to that!



Frida Hyvönen
My Cousin

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

“Would you be the dad of the children I most likely won’t have? Is that how much you like me, or is it not even close?”

I’d listened to this song a few times without really properly listening to it and I’d enjoyed it enough but it hadn’t stood out to me or anything like that. It was only whilst I was walking home from work one day whilst living in Toronto that I properly listened to the lyrics and then fell in love with it. You know those songs that just manage to describe exactly how you’re feeling? The comfort in knowing that someone else has felt that way too and managed to articulate it so perfectly. Makes you feel less alone. I’m not saying that the whole song is directly relevant to me – the whole first verse about her cousin definitely isn’t – but the vast majority of the second verse onwards encapsulates how I was feeling during that period of time. Wanting to know if I was with someone who cared about me as much as people do when they choose to get married or have kids, despite not wanting to have kids and knowing that he wasn’t really fussed on marriage. Although I now know the answer to that question and am no longer in that relationship, this song still means a lot to me.



Too Many Memories

First Day Of The HolidaysTaken From: Ooberman – First Day Of The Holidays (single) (2003)

“Nobody saw the hopeless love burning on our faces”

I know it’s technically a re-recording (and re-naming) of ‘The Things I Have Lost’, which was a vinyl-only b-side to Blossoms Falling, but I either didn’t get that vinyl until later on, or more likely I did have it but just hadn’t listened to it much, so it was this version of the song I fell in love with. I described it last time as a ‘really beautiful heart-breaking song’, which I think covers it fairly well.




Sweet Baboo
Darlin’ If You Think My Songs Are Fun Then Darlin’ You Are Wrong

Hello WaveTaken From: Sweet Baboo – Hello Wave (2009)

“He said rip your lungs right out of your chest”

I discovered and fell in love with Sweet Baboo when I saw him at Green Man Festival in 2009. I’m fairly sure he played this song during that set. It always makes me think of that set anyway. I really need to go to Green Man again some time… Anyway, just from the title you can tell it’s going to be great, right? And you wouldn’t be wrong.

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

590. Gay Dad – Oh Jim

589. Catatonia – Nothing Hurts

587. Astrid – Kitchen TV

586. Amy Wadge – Breathe

585. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Desolation Blues

584. Kasey Chambers – We’re All Gonna Die Someday

583. Babybird – You’re Gorgeous

582. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – The Johnny Cash Lawsuit Song


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Top 777 Songs: 600 – 591

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Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
Roll Bus Roll

Em Are ITaken From: Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard – ‘Em Are I (2009)

“A rolled sweatshirt makes the window soft”

My favourite Jeffrey Lewis album. I’d say it’s definitely the most instant and catchy of his albums. This song being a good example of that. I can also relate to it a lot – having been on a rather large number of coach journeys. I don’t think I’ve quite perfected the skill for sleeping on them though.



Emilíana Torrini
Unemployed In Summertime

Love In The Time Of ScienceTaken From: Emilíana Torrini – Love In The Time Of Science (1999)

“Sorry, don’t get mad at me, I just did the sex quiz from your magazine”

This song always reminds me of my friend Andrew as I remember him talking about it on LiveJournal quite a bit. It evokes that feeling of having just graduated University and being unemployed but not really being that bothered and wanting to just enjoy the summertime. Not that my own summer after graduation was quite so carefree, but I can still relate to the sentiment.



The Electric Soft Parade
Empty At The End

Holes In The WallTaken From: The Electric Soft Parade – Holes In The Wall (2002)

“All I know is no-one is my friend and it’s empty at the end”

I don’t listen to The Electric Soft Parade so much these days, but this is such a good song it just had to remain in the chart. It was one of the first songs of theirs that I heard and I think it’s always been my favourite.



Regina Spektor
Back Of A Truck

11:11Taken From: Regina Spektor – 11:11 (2001)

“And there’s a back of a truck selling alien pods”

My favourite Regina songs tend to be the slightly more odd and interesting ones as a general rule. This one being a decent example of that. Possibly more of an acquired taste than something like ‘On The Radio’, but that’s why I like it.



Jeffrey Lewis
Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror

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

“Had he come to walk among the Williamsburgers of his kingdom?”

This song follows ‘Don’t Be Upset’ on ‘City & Eastern Songs’, though both are songs that I initially got via mix CDs that Jamie made for me. ‘Don’t Be Upset’ being on ‘CD1’ and this song being on ‘CD2’ (they weren’t the most imaginatively titled mix CDs!). I also remember him showing me the video for it on YouTube – possibly on multiple occasions – though understandably as it’s a great song and a great video. It has the same poetic storytelling quality as ‘Don’t Be Upset’, but with an added disturbing element. I think that’s why I like it!



Cheese People

Cheese PeopleTaken From: Cheese People – Cheese People (2008)

“I don’t want to be a reason of your erection” 

Another song that was on ‘CD2’ from Jamie. I can’t imagine I’d have heard this song or anything by this Russian band otherwise. It’s one that’s grown on me a lot over the past few years. In my head I kinda group it together with songs like ‘Chuy’ by Bunky or ‘Be Di Be’ by MC Mabon in that there’s just something pleasingly catchy about it.




RedTaken From: Guillemots – Red (2008)

“It’s like covering a bird in solid steel”

My favourite track on ‘Red’. It became a favourite quite quickly, though it’s difficult to say why – there’s just something about it that made it stand out.




Fresh Welsh Talent 2006Taken From: Various Artists – Fresh Welsh Talent 2006 (2006)

“Dancing topless with a streetlight”

Ah, Poppies. The last time I did this chart I only had the one song of theirs – Mini. It charted at 761 (and has now dropped out of the chart) and this is what I said about it:

Ok, back to the obscure Welsh bands with this one. Poppies are fronted by the ex-lead singer of Mozz. I saw Mozz support Sherbet Antlers last year and really enjoyed their set. They reminded me quite a bit of Suede, though strangely the only Mozz song I actually have a recording of sounds nothing like Suede! Poppies don’t sound like Suede either, but they’re still good! This is the only song of theirs I actually have, though I’ve heard them perform others on Bandit on S4C. It’s in Welsh and reminds me quite a bit of Big Leaves in that it has a catchy tune and the same upbeat sense of fun about it that they had.

After that they went on to release the single ‘Dau Bys’, plus this song was released on this compilation CD. However, aside from some additional songs being made available on MySpace, that was it for Poppies, sadly. There’s a bio on them on Wikipedia here (where for some reason they’re called ‘The Poppies’). I’d actually forgotten that Owen Powell was their manager for a while – how did I forget that?!! Shameful. I also find it really odd now that I compared them to Big Leaves. I guess it made sense to me at the time. Anyway, I’m in no way surprised that Streetlight isn’t on YouTube, though I just discovered it’s still on MySpace!! Where the band are called ‘The Poppies’. Huh. Is that a change they made at some point? I just double-checked on my copy of the Dau Bys single and they’re definitely just called ‘Poppies’! Anyway, there are actually a few songs of theirs on MySpace that I haven’t heard, as they must have been added at some point after I stopped using MySpace. Eeee, I’m quite excited!! New (old) Poppies songs. Awesome… Except I might have spoken too soon – I can’t get the MySpace songs to actually play! Grahhhh. Stupid MySpace. *googles* Aha, it’s a Flash Player plugin issue. Got it working!! Woohoo!!!



Ben Folds
You Don’t Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor)

Way To NormalTaken From: Ben Folds – Way To Normal (2008)

“Why the fuck would you want me back?”

I do like me a good indie pop duet! I feel like this song speaks for itself really.



Simple Kid
Supertramps And Superstars

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“She’ll always remind ya that she shagged the Ramones in her teens”

From the position it charted in last time, you could possibly guess that this used to be my favourite Simple Kid song. I do still love it and the whole glam rock / T-Rex type style to it, though there are other songs of his that I prefer now. Here’s a live recording of it:

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

600. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

599. Black Box Recorder – Ideal Home

596. The Bluetones – Last Of The Great Navigators

595. Magnet & Gemma Hayes – Lay Lady Lay

594. Easyworld – This Is Where I Stand

593. Cartoon – Chinese T

592. The Bluetones – Fast Boy

591. Jill Sobule – Lucy At The Gym

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Top 777 Songs: 610 – 601

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Brett Anderson

Black RainbowsTaken From: Brett Anderson – Black Rainbows (2011)

“And we’ll move like actors on a burning mattress”

Of Brett’s 4 solo albums, this one’s definitely my favourite. I really enjoyed his debut solo album, then wasn’t so fussed on Wilderness or Slow Attack (I found them a bit too samey), so when he then came out with this album, which is so different to all the previous ones, I was quite blown away. It also worked really well as a precursor to Suede releasing Bloodsports. Not that they’re similar albums at all – it’s more that it seemed to mark the start of an exciting new chapter in Brett’s songwriting. There’s a darkness to this album that I really like. It’s both instantly enjoyable but also really grows on you with repeated listens, as all the best albums should really. This song’s definitely one of the ones that’s grown on me more and more – gradually working its way up into my favourites.



Euros Childs

Bore DaTaken From: Euros Childs – Bore Da (2007)

I’ve always found the spelling of ‘cwtsh’ a little strange in the song title, as am used to seeing it spelled ‘cwtch’. However, there’s a great article here about how both spellings are correct (whilst simultaneously being incorrect! It’s basically more of a Wenglish word than a proper Welsh one). Anyway, however you spell it, it’s a great word and also a great song. Another catchy Euros tune.



The Mountain Goats
Half Dead

Get LonelyTaken From: The Mountain Goats – Get Lonely (2006)

“I sang songs to myself, didn’t have any words”

I find it difficult to explain why my favourite The Mountain Goats songs are my favourite The Mountain Goats songs – just have a listen and enjoy!



Golden Gun

AttitudeTaken From: Suede – Attitude (single) (2003)

“Can you feel our steel devotion? Can you feel our love become strong?”

I already briefly talked about the release of this single when I talked about 2nd Amendment by Easyworld (obviously) as they were released the same week. On the official chart it says that Golden Gun was a double A-side with Attitude, though I’ve never personally seen it like that. Only Attitude is included on the artwork and Golden Gun’s only on CD1, just like any other b-side. Anyway, a-side or b-side it’s a great song. Even if you think you’ve never heard it before, you might well find it familiar if you watched the Charlie Brooker show ‘You Have Been Watching’, as a slightly reworked version was used as the theme music. If you’ve never watched ‘You Have Been Watching’ then get yourself on YouTube!! Charlie Brooker!! During the period when Suede were on hiatus, it always pleased me watching that show, hearing that music and seeing ‘Mat Osman and Alex Lee’ mentioned in the credits. I’d be similarly pleased by 8 Out Of 10 Cats (as Mat Osman composed that theme music). Talking of which, I wish they’d make more series of that and less of the Countdown one. Though I’m possibly getting a tad off topic… Anyway, although some (or possibly most) of the A New Morning era of Suede music wasn’t always up there with their best, I did really like Attitude and the general direction they seemed to be starting to head in just before they split. Golden Gun being one of the songs that’s remained a favourite of mine.



Letters To Cleo
I Want You To Want Me

10 Things I Hate...Taken From: 10 Things I Hate About You (soundtrack) (1999)

“I want you to want me. I need you to need me.”

I’ve never actually heard the original, I have to confess, but I love this version. With the connection to this film, I feel like it invokes the spirit of ’90s teen movies. In a good way. I love a ’90s teen movie. Maybe because I was a teen in the ’90s. The intro and general style of it also reminds me a lot of Supermodel by Jill Sobule, which is of course on the soundtrack to another great ’90s teen movie (possibly the best ’90s teen movie?) – Clueless!



Aimee Mann
Invisible Ink

Lost In SpaceTaken From: Aimee Mann – Lost In Space (2002)

“But nobody wants to hear this tale. The plot is clichéd, the jokes are stale.” 

This is one of the first Aimee songs I got hold of – it’s one I downloaded randomly because I liked the title. It quickly became a favourite and has stayed one. It’s just beautiful.



The Ark
Father Of A Son

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

“And you’re totally fogged in your head if you were serious right now when you said ‘that it’s because they will be bullied in school’ ’cause that means you let the bullies set the rules”

It’s another catchy song from The Ark. I love the lyrics to this one too – arguing against people who object to gay couples having children.



The Beatles
Love Me Do

Please Please MeTaken From: The Beatles – Please Please Me (1963)

“Someone to love. Someone like you.”

There’s something about the early Beatles songs that’s just really comforting and easily pleasing – they just make me happy. They also now make me think about driving round Mongolia, which sounds a bit random, but they were playing on the stereo of the guy who drove us around part of Mongolia (should you wish to read about my adventures in Mongolia, my travel blog is here). This particular song’s possibly ended up slightly higher in the chart than I meant for it to, but hey.



The Wannadies

Before & AfterTaken From: The Wannadies – Before & After (2002)

“I love your skin. And what’s within.”

Just a great and catchy song. This is what I said about it last time:

Whenever I listen to this now I can’t help but remember that advert for…was it Impulse? I just remember something to do with body parts as I’d be too busy getting excited by the song to actually pay attention to the advert.

It still reminds me of that advert a little bit, though not so much now that it’s not been on TV for years.



Lou Reed
Perfect Day

TransformerTaken From: Lou Reed – Transformer (1972)

“I thought I was someone else. Someone good.”

I have to confess that my introduction to this song was via the BBC Children In Need single with all the different artists on it in 1997. I bought that single (and still have it) and still have a bit of a soft spot for it (I’ll happily put up with Bono and Boyzone for Bowie and Brett!!). In more recent years, however, I’ve gained more of an appreciation for the original and for Lou Reed in general.

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

610. Super Furry Animals – Chewing Chewing Gum

609. Jill Sobule – Bitter (though it was shortlisted)

608. Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Celebrity Sanctum

607. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Faraway Eyes

605. OK Go – Get Over It (though it was shortlisted)

604. The Irises – Perfect Boyfriend (though it was shortlisted)

601. Pulp – She’s A Lady

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Top 777 Songs: 620 – 611

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Murry The Hump
Kebab Or Shag

Don't Slip UpTaken From: Murry The Hump – Don’t Slip Up (single) (2001)

“Kebab or shag? Shag or kebab?”

Ah, the first Murry The Hump song on the chart. I think I discovered Murry The Hump via Welsh Bands Weekly. I bought the Cracking Up and Don’t Slip Up singles when they were released and then eventually bought the album Songs Of Ignorance, which became and has remained one of my favourite albums. I’m gutted I never got to see them live. Anyway, this song’s a b-side to Don’t Slip Up. It’s not a song I took to instantly at all, but it’s grown on me more and more over the years. I think maybe my music tastes have just shifted a bit more in its direction, so I can appreciate it more. It’s a good, fun, raucous song about that age old dilemma – kebab or shag? Here’s the live version from the Colouring Book EP:



Neutral Milk Hotel
Holland, 1945

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaTaken From: Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)

“The earth looks better from a star. That’s right above from where you are.”

Neutral Milk Hotel were a band I had a few songs by but had never really listened to that much. However, this was the favourite album of my ex, so I became much more familiar with it during our time together, for which I’m really grateful. He also bought me it on CD for my 29th birthday. When we split up I found it really difficult to listen to Neutral Milk Hotel songs for a while, though I’m pleased I’ve moved beyond that now. I really like the energy in this song – it feels slightly chaotic, but I like that. I guess it’s kind of fitting for the subject matter.



The Hot Toddies
Wet Dream

Smell The MittenTaken From: The Hot Toddies – Smell The Mitten (2007)

“I think I read in a magazine how science proved that the universe is someone’s erotic dream”

I’m sure I mentioned already that Jamie introduced me to The Hot Toddies. This was the specific song he’d play all the time and yep it’s become and stayed my favourite of theirs.



Depeche Mode
Personal Jesus

ViolatorTaken From: Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)

“Lift up the receiver. I’ll make you a believer.”

I really love the Johnny Cash cover too, but decided to go for the original. It’s just a really good song – I don’t have anything more to say about it than that.



Murry The Hump
Pussy Willow

Colouring BookTaken From: Murry The Hump – Colouring Book EP (1999)

“Wouldn’t you like to stay and see my stamp collection?”

You wait ages for a Murry The Hump song and then 2 show up at once 😉 As far as I’m aware, there was only a live version released of this song. I have got a couple of studio versions of it from an early demo (which I acquired MP3s of from someone via I think), but the live version’s still my favourite. I find it really difficult to choose between this and Kebab Or Shag – hence them ending up so close together. No YouTube vid, sadly, so stick on the widget.



Crashing Ellipticals

Carried AwayTaken From: Ooberman – Carried Away (2006)

“Come together we gravitate, then we instantly separate.” 

This album was quite a treat, as it was released after the band had originally split up. You can kinda tell that it was slightly pieced together, rather than having been deliberately conceived as an album, but it still works well and there are some great songs on it. This was my instant favourite on the album and I listened to it loads when it was released. tells me I scrobbled it 24 times in 2006, though that won’t include all the listens on my MP3 player – plus I had it as my ringtone for quite a while too (“you only call when you want me!”). It’s another song that’s suffered from over listening, so is lower in the chart than it maybe should be.



Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Murder Ballad

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

“Took the dagger from his side. Drove through the hearts of them that lied.”

I’m going to be lazy and just quote what I said last time:

It took me a little while to fully appreciate this song as the real brilliance of it is in the lyrics. It’s definitely one of my favourite songs on Spanish Dance Troupe now though.



The Ark
Let Your Body Decide

We Are The ArkTaken From: The Ark – We Are The Ark (2000)

“Am I straight or gay?”

The Ark being The Ark. Love them.



Simple Kid
Breakups Breakdowns

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“So we got road rage, hit the stage in camouflage, all dressed up like Jimmy Page”

I’m really surprised this song didn’t make it in last time. I guess I just didn’t consider it a favourite at that point, though definitely liked it a lot. Both of Simple Kid’s albums are brilliant, but SK1’s my favourite. I miss Simple Kid. I know he randomly released The Road in 2012, but would love to hear more from him. No YouTube video sadly – his videos often seem to get taken down from there 🙁




I’m Leaving

Walk In The ParkTaken From: Lodger – Walk In The Park (1998)

“‘You say I’m crude’ ‘I say we’re through'”

I got this song on a mix CD made for me by my friend Andrew. A mix CD titled ‘Pirate Rand’s CD For Birthday Chantal’. Hee hee. I’m assuming it was my 25th birthday, as that’s when we first met up in person. Anyway, I’m very grateful as it’s a great song. I then went on to download some random songs by Lodger, though was slightly confused by some of them sounding very different in style. It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered some were by the British band Lodger (who released this song) and others were by a Finnish band called Lodger! Ha ha. Both are good, just in slightly different ways. I’ve since gotten this album on CD – I’m fairly sure I got it from Music and Video Exchange in Camden (RIP again).

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

620. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – If Fingers Were Xylophones

619. Andreas Johnson – Glorious

617. Pulp – Lipgloss (really don’t know why I didn’t shortlist this – I guess I wasn’t in a Lipgloss kinda mood when I went through the Pulp songs)

616. Sherbet Antlers – Hikikomorai

615. Space – Only Half An Angel

614. Placebo – Pure Morning

612. Schmoof – Chocolate Boyfriend

611. Alanis Morissette – Front Row

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