Top 777 Songs: 490 – 481

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Belle And Sebastian
Write About Love

Write About LoveTaken From: Belle And Sebastian – Belle And Sebastian Write About Love (2010)

“Every day I’m stuck in an office”

Belle and Sebastian are one of those bands where I really enjoy their music whenever I listen to it, but for some reason I don’t choose to listen to it a huge amount. For that reason there’s only 2 of their songs in this chart – this being the first of them. The tune’s catchy and the lyrics are great – what more could you want, really?



Andrew Paul Regan
Mistakes Our Parents Made

The Signal And The NoiseTaken From: Andrew Paul Regan – The Signal And The Noise (2012)

“We are more than just strands of DNA”

Also known as Pagan Wanderer Lu (which you might notice is an anagram of his name), this album was released under Andrew Paul Regan, which I’m assuming is his actual name (though I like the notion his name might actually be Pagan Wanderer Lu and he discovered he could shuffle the letters round to make a more regular sounding name). It’s a great album and got to number 6 in my end of year chart in 2012. This song’s a duet with Liz Hunt from The School and The Loves. The lyrics and the whole notion of the song are just brilliant. It’s one I’ve put on quite a few mix CDs in recent years.



Sick Muse

FantasiesTaken From: Metric – Fantasies (2009)

“Watch out Cupid, stuck me with a sickness”

I think of this as the ‘Formula One’ song as I’ve always misheard the lyrics. I now need to check what they actually are, as I can never actually hear it as that… Ok, the lyric is supposedly actually ‘everybody just wanna fall in love’, but to me it definitely sounds more like ‘everybody just watch Formula One’. I can’t not hear it. And now you’ll probably do the same!! You’re welcome. Confusing motor racing lyrics aside, however, it’s a great and catchy song.



The Angels

Past LoversTaken From: Ballboy – Past Lovers (single) (2003)

“You lived your life for whisky and guitars”

This is what I said about it last time:

I bought the Ballboy single Past Lovers when I saw it in HMV as Leeree kept saying how fab they were. It’s still the only CD of theirs I have sadly, though I keep meaning to buy more. Anyway, the song on it that leapt out to me and which I really loved was this one. Tune wise it’s very simple and it’s just played with an acoustic guitar, but the brilliance is in the lyrics.

I have now also got ‘A Guide For The Daylight Hours’ on CD, plus most of their other albums downloaded (I’m just missing a Christmas album it seems! I should get hold of that). This is still one of my favourite songs of theirs though – even more so than it was last time it seems. If you also like it, you can actually download it for free (or whatever price you like) from Bandcamp.



Mark Morriss
I’m Sick

Memory MuscleTaken From: Mark Morriss – Memory Muscle (2008)

“And I queue in A&E and I spew in casualty”

I was about to say how this is one of my favourite Mark Morriss solo songs, then I remembered that that’s the whole point of this chart so it would be somewhat stating the obvious. It’s a song that I first heard in 2006 when it was released on the Fi-Lo Beddow EP, though it was then re-recorded for Mark’s first solo album. Unusually I actually prefer this later version, as generally I’ll always tend to prefer whichever version I hear first. I always love seeing Mark live, whether it’s solo or with The Bluetones, so enjoy this live performance of I’m Sick:



By The Sea

Coming UpTaken From: Suede – Coming Up (1996)

“Left Seven Sisters for a room in a seaside shack”

I tend to think of this as a partner song to The Next Life, which charted slightly lower at number 504 – just because they’re both about getting away from it all and heading to the coast. I think it’s quite easy to overlook this song on Coming Up, as it’s an album dominated by some classic singles (Trash, Filmstar, Beautiful Ones…), but it’s become one of my favourites in recent years. I also can’t quite believe it’s been 20 years since the album was released! Not that I actually bought it at that point – I was a latecomer to the Suede fandom – but still! Looking forward to indulging in my 20th anniversary boxset some time soon.



Big Leaves
Sly Alibi

Sly AlibiTaken From: Big Leaves – Sly Alibi / Double Trouble (single) (1999)

“We plant the seeds and you bring the weedkiller”

This was a vinyl only release, though there was also a version of Sly Alibi included as a b-side to Speakeasy in 2002. I quite like my succinct description from last time:

Just a perfectly formed little song. I love the reprise version too, though have put the original here.



The Hot Puppies
Clarinet Town

Blue HandsTaken From: The Hot Puppies – Blue Hands (2008)

“There’s a hydra in the corner. She’s not hissing at you, she’s hissing at me.”

An instant favourite on this album. How were The Hot Puppies not better known?? I miss them.



I’m A Man

This Is HardcoreTaken From: Pulp – This Is Hardcore (1998)

“You’ve nowhere to go but you’ll go there again”

I do enjoy a song about the ridiculousness of gender stereotypes. Not that any others are currently coming to mind… This one’s great though.



End Of A Century

ParklifeTaken From: Blur – Parklife (1994)

“The mind gets dirty as you get closer to 30”

Last time I said this:

It’s a shame this song didn’t really seem to be picked up and played at the millennium as that would have been cool. There aren’t really that many Blur songs I listen to with any kind of regularity, but this is one of them.

I don’t listen to it so much these days (even though it’s higher in the chart!) but it’s one of those songs I really enjoy when I do listen to it, as I tend to forget just how good it is. I remember enjoying the lyric I quoted above an increasing amount as I got closer to being 30 myself, though listening to it now at 36, it’s scary to think how quickly that time’s gone. My mind’s still fairly dirty though, don’t get me wrong 😉

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

490. Catatonia – What It Is

488. Space – Numb The Doubt

486. Suede – Sleeping Pills

485. Leona Naess – Promise To Try

484. Alanis Morissette – So Pure

483. Pulp – Dishes

482. Jonatha Brooke – Lullaby

481. Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song

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Top 777 Songs: 500 – 491

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Brett Anderson
The More We Possess The Less We Own Of Ourselves

Brett AndersonTaken From: Brett Anderson – Brett Anderson (2007)

“So Baby spent her everything on this lifestyle, but it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t exist”

Lyrically it reminds me of Branded by The Tears as they’re both about material possessions and how they can end up owning you (in a Fight Club kinda way). I slightly prefer Branded, though really like both songs.



Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra

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

“If I had one wish, just a wish, throw me in the water ’cause I wanna be a bottom feeder”

One of those songs that never feels as long as it actually is. It’s got a great atmosphere to it and builds really nicely as it goes on. I remember hearing it in a cafe in St Petersburg a few years ago, whilst having breakfast, which was a rather wonderful surprise. Here’s a rather awesome live performance of it:



Little Birdy
Dark Of Night

ConfettiTaken From: Little Birdy – Confetti (2009)

“In a moment you might not want to be here”

An instant favourite on this album. I love Katy’s pronunciation of the word ‘lover’!



Cerys Matthews
Weightless Again

CockahoopTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Cockahoop (2003)

“That’s why people OD on pills and jump from the Golden Gate bridge”

Last time I did this chart I mentioned how I love the style of this song and also the lyrics. I’d definitely stick by that, even if I don’t listen to it as much as I used to. It’s definitely one of the standout tracks on Cockahoop. I don’t think I’ve ever heard The Handsome Family’s original version – it’s often quite weird hearing originals of songs when you’re so familiar with a cover version, so I’ve kind of avoided it. I’m happy with this being my definitive version of the song – it’s ace. Looking for a YouTube video, however, I’ve come across this somewhat disturbing one that someone’s put together with a foetus in it (obviously! Not that I can really talk when I created this). It’s mostly the ending of the video that’s disturbing, but, er, yeah, enjoy the song at least!:



Allo Darlin’
Woody Allen

Allo Darlin'Taken From: Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’ (2010)

“But I wouldn’t like to be like Diane Keaton in Manhattan. So cerebral is she; runs away from any romance.”

I first discovered Allo Darlin’ when they supported The School at an album launch gig they did at Clwb Ifor Bach in March 2010. Pagan Wanderer Lu also supported – that was a pretty awesome lineup! I think I saw Allo Darlin’ 3 times in total (they’ve recently announced they’re splitting up, sadly) and their live performances were always so much fun, with lots of energy. As much as I also like their actual recorded albums, I feel like they don’t really capture the level of energy their live performances had. That’s possibly why this is the only track of theirs to actually make it into the chart, though I’m sure I’ll have shortlisted one or two others as well. I love the lyrics to this song. Here’s a live performance of it at End Of The Road in 2010, which was one of the 3 times I saw them!



Marcy Playground
Sex And Candy

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

“There she was, like disco lemonade”

I think what I said about it last time covers anything I’d potentially say about it now:

If I did this chart again, this song wouldn’t make it quite so high in the chart, but I was somewhat obsessed with it at the time I made the chart, hence it’s here! According to though, it was my most listened to song last year, so it does deserve some acknowledgment!! Granted a large part of my reason for liking it came from the fact I first heard it in a clex music video! 😉 Well, not just clex – it’s actually Clark, Lex and Adina/Adam. Tis brilliant, I have to say, and did also get me hooked on this song (and introduced me to Marcy Playground generally). Tis a rather sleazy song, which I am quite prone to liking! Despite the fact I probably wouldn’t chart it so high now, I do still love it and am pleased whenever it comes on my MP3 player.

Like most of the other songs that I’ve related to fandom music videos, I can’t find that specific video on YouTube, alas, so you’ll have to have the proper promo video instead. It’s quite strange and has unnecessary spiders (any spiders are unnecessary!).



The Drellas
Anthony’s Brainwaves

Taken From: MySpace (circa 2008)

“I can’t mess you up without messing me up too”

The Drellas were a band formed by Tommy Scott from Space, during the period of time when Space weren’t together. They never got to the stage of releasing an album, sadly (as far as I’m aware!) though they had some songs up on MySpace, released a couple of singles at least, plus I got to see them live one time at Cardiff Barfly (RIP). This song’s since been recorded and released as a Space song and is on the 2014 album ‘Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab’. Although I really like the Space version and the audio quality’s a lot better than the MP3 of The Drellas’ version that I, er, liberated from MySpace, I’d already been listening to and loving The Drellas’ version for about 6 years prior to hearing the Space re-recording, so it’s firmly my favourite version and the one I’ve put on the Mixcloud mix. I thought I’d only be able to find the Space version on YouTube, but no, here’s The Drellas doing it live:



The Boy Least Likely To
The Boy Least Likely To Is A Machine

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

“It feeds me shortbread biscuits and it makes my little dreams come true”

Another song where I just love the style of it – all the little robotic noises that help conjure up a sense of what a machine called The Boy Least Likely To could possibly look like.



Sweet Baboo

Motorhome SongsTaken From: Sweet Baboo – Motorhome Songs EP (2013)

“I want us to holiday in Northumberland and go to the beach at Bamburgh Castle.”

This EP does what it says on the tin*! Albeit in a much more interesting way than a collection of songs about a motorhome might imply. I saw Sweet Baboo live a couple of times in Spring/Summer 2014 and I think he played this song at both of the gigs. I didn’t get hold of the EP until 2014 anyway and then hearing this song live a couple of times was enough to start it creeping up into my favourites. I also really like Motoring Home, which is a more upbeat version of the song, but decided that Motorhome is my favourite (at least for now). Below is a Green Man session version of it.

*It doesn’t actually come in a tin



Made Up Lovesong #43

Through The WindowpaneTaken From: Guillemots – Through The Windowpane (2006)

“Now there’s poetry in an empty coke can”

I can’t remember how I first heard of Guillemots, but I’m fairly sure it will have been via this song in some way. I struggled choosing between this song and Clarion as my favourite Guillemots track – it tends to depend on my mood. As Clarion’s already charted though, I obviously decided to go with this one as my favourite. Listening to it again now I can understand why – I tend to forget just how good it is.

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

498. Melys – Porn Myself

497. Space – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

496. Semisonic – Sunshine And Chocolate

495. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life

493. Thirteen:13 – Under The Table (though it was shortlisted)

492. Ash – Burn Baby Burn

491. OK Go – Don’t Ask Me (though it was shortlisted)

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Top 777 Songs: 510 – 501

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Julee Cruise
Into The Night

Floating Into The NightTaken From: Julee Cruise – Floating Into The Night (1989)

“Night so dark. Where are you? Come back in my heart. So dark.”

Another track from the Twin Peaks soundtrack. This one’s actually my favourite – at least it is currently – ‘Falling’ charted highest last time. I love it for the same reasons as the other Julee Cruise tracks, though I think this one’s possibly the most dark and haunting.




Rough DreamsTaken From: Shivaree – Rough Dreams (2002)

“Now go before somebody drops a house on you”

No it’s not a version of the TV theme tune (as interesting as that would be!), it’s a very different song. It’s one that I used to put on mix CDs quite a lot. It’s hard to describe why I like it so much, it’s just got a great energy to it.



Jill Sobule
Youthful Indiscretions

Taken From: Unreleased (free download from

“When I light a big fat joint, I think the lord up high, that I was born bleached blonde and white”

This was one of the first Jill songs I downloaded. It’s short and witty and worked well as an introduction to Jill’s music. It’s all about George W Bush’s ‘youthful indiscretions’ and how someone from a less privileged background wouldn’t be able to get away with such things.



Lucky Soul
Ain’t Never Been Cool

The Great UnwantedTaken From: Lucky Soul – The Great Unwanted (2007)

“Won’t get in your gang, won’t fit in your clique”

A track from Lucky Soul’s first album. Like the other songs of theirs that have charted so far, it’s fun, upbeat and makes you want to dance. Here’s a live performance:



Franz Ferdinand

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

“Michael you’re dancing like a beautiful dance whore”

Further proof as to just how obsessed with Smallville and Michael Rosenbaum I was at the time of doing this chart previously. I still really like this song, but it was top 100 last time. This is what I said about it then:

This was the first Franz song I heard where I went ‘ooh I really like that!’. I also now always associate it with MR as have a fab music vid to it (done by mkitty3 I think) 🙂

I’m pretty sure I’ll still have that video, though it’s sadly not on YouTube (that I can find). Instead you’ll have to make do with the actual promo video (feel free to imagine Michael Rosenbaum dancing about though, if it pleases you).



The Wannadies
Don’t Like You (What The Hell Are We Supposed To Do)

YeahTaken From: The Wannadies – Yeah (1999)

“Whatever reason you’ve got, I disagree”

I tend to forget just how good this song is. Maybe that’s why it’s slipped down the chart a bit. Or maybe it’s just because there’s more competition now. Wherever it sits in the chart though, it’s ace!



The Next Life

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“Down to Worthing and work there”

Another Suede song that didn’t make the list last time but has now crept up into my favourites. It’s a good song for ending the debut album as it evokes that sense of running away and escaping but also starting fresh somewhere else. It manages to somehow be both sad and introspective but also uplifting. I like that. Here’s a beautiful live performance of it on Jools:



Why Did My Igloo Collapse?

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

“Radio’s announced that school is closed for today”

If this song doesn’t invoke your inner child then you’re probably dead inside. Not that I ever personally went sledging on bin liners (I don’t think… I wouldn’t rule it out but I was generally too much of a wuss for sledging!), but the song just captures childhood and how simple things like snow can bring both immense pleasure and sadness – often in quick succession. This is what I said about it last time:

Brilliant song about being young and playing in the snow etc. And the end’s so sad! Especially when they did it live. You wanted to give Danny a hug to make him feel better about the fact his igloo’s collapsed.

I just looked on YouTube to see if I could find the song in any form and someone’s uploaded a Peel Session with it in! Exciting. Skip to 5:14 for this song, or just treat yourself and listen to the whole thing:



White Queen (As It Began)

Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“Stars of lovingness in her hair”

Despite not charting at all last time, the White Queen has now trumped the Black Queen! I always see them as companion songs, though they’re pretty much opposites, as the names would kind of suggest. The March Of The Black Queen is more hectic and rocky and in your face, but White Queen is more gentle and sweeping, though still with a fair amount of majesty. Here’s a live performance of it:



Jill Sobule
Mary Kay

Pink PearlTaken From: Jill Sobule – Pink Pearl (2000)

“She didn’t know she was a star as she was steaming up the car”

The Mary Kay of the title is Mary Kay Letourneau, a school teacher who slept with an underage student of hers in the ’90s. Should you wish to read all about her, you can do so here. Not sure why this song isn’t mentioned in the ‘popular culture’ section on that page though. Maybe I should add it in. Anyway, it’s just a great song. Though weirdly not the only one on my chart about teachers fancying / sleeping with students… Disturbing.

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

509. Semisonic – Completely Pleased

507. Cerys Matthews – Caught In The Middle

505. Mansun – Until The Next Life

504. The Killers – Glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll

503. The Honeymoon – Passive Aggressive

501. Garbage – Grow Up

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Top 777 Songs: 520 – 511

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Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring

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

“I am a pleasure cruise, you are gone out to trawl”

I’ll often get the chorus of this song stuck in my head as it’s just so catchy. Plus it mentions baking a phallic cake! Not sure if it’s meant symbolically or literally… Not sure what Mary Berry would make of it.



It Starts And Ends With You

BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“Like a hairline crack in a radiator, leaking life”

This wasn’t a song that instantly stood out for me on Bloodsports – I enjoyed it, but it didn’t seem particularly special. However, at some point I quite suddenly developed a love for it. It’s not something I can explain. It’s just one of those songs that I really enjoy hearing and don’t get particularly sick of hearing. If it comes up on shuffle it’s rare that I’ll choose to skip it. It’s kind of similar to Autograph by The Tears in that way (which is still to come in the chart).



The Schema
Those Rules You Made

Those Rules You MadeTaken From: The Schema – Those Rules You Made (single) (2007)

“They moved too slow or they just held their knife like a pen”

This song was written by Rhodri Marsden of The Free French as part of an article he wrote for the Independent about YouTube sensations. You can read it here. The video became the most watched on YouTube for a day. I was one of the people who actually bought the single, rather than just enjoying the video, and I am still very much enjoying my purchase. I liked Rhodri’s music anyway, but this song’s definitely one of my favourites.



Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Stood On Gold

How I Long...Taken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart (2001)

“Have you seen her smile? Doesn’t it just make you want to cry?”

Such a beautiful song. Nothing else needs saying about it.



Doris Day
Secret Love

Secret LoveTaken From: Doris Day – Secret Love (single) (1953)

“All too soon my secret love became impatient to be free”

I grew up watching Calamity Jane and as a total hopeless romantic this was always my favourite song. I also really enjoy Cerys Matthews’ version of it (unsurprisingly), but the Doris Day version’s the one that conjures up the film and has that element of familiarity and comfort about it. I remember hearing it on the radio, slightly randomly, whilst in Liverpool for a Space gig back in 2002. It’s not the kind of song I’d expected to hear on the radio so it was a rather pleasant surprise.



Time Is Running Out

AbsolutionTaken From: Muse – Absolution (2003)

“How did it come to this?”

I’m not really sure how this ended up charting higher than last time when I don’t listen to it so much these days, but hey. I rarely listen to Muse at all these days (not that I ever really listened to them a huge amount to be honest), so I debated whether to even shortlist this song. But then I put it on and listened to it and I couldn’t not shortlist it. If I hear it I really enjoy it. Simple as that.



Indian Strings

Head MusicTaken From: Suede – Head Music (1999)

“Take a look inside me, inside my mind”

One of those songs I’ve always liked but have gained more appreciation for as time’s gone on and is now a favourite. It’s just a really beautiful song – I love the orchestration and the harmonies.



My Downer Pill

Casting PearlsTaken From: Melys – Casting Pearls (2003)

“Still think I’m 17 and free, but that’s not reality”

Definitely an instant favourite on Casting Pearls. I really like the darkness of it and the contrast of the male and female vocals.




Doris Day
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

Latin For LoversTaken From: Doris Day – Latin For Lovers (1965)

“If you can’t make your mind up, we’ll never get started”

The 2nd Doris Day song in this group of 10. Pretty sure they’re the only 2 in the whole chart and it wasn’t intentional for them to end up so close together. I’m holding the TV show Coupling responsible for my love of this song. Not that they use the Doris Day version on the show, but that’s the version I ended up downloading, just because I like Doris Day!



Manic Street Preachers
You Stole The Sun From My Heart

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

“I’ve got to stop smiling. It gives the wrong impression.”

It’s just so catchy and fun. And the video has rabbits! I know I’m probably meant to prefer Motorcycle Emptiness or something cooler, but I’m not enough of a proper Manics fan. I like the bunnies.

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

520. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

519. Melys – Diwifr

518. Five For Fighting – Superman

517. Super Furry Animals – Hello Sunshine

513. Jill Sobule – Guy Who Doesn’t Get It (though it was shortlisted)

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Top 777 Songs: 530 – 521

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Red Right Hand

Let Love InTaken From: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In (1994)

“You’re one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan, designed and directed by his red right hand”

I love the style of this song and the creepiness of it. This is what I said about it last time:

Love this song. Can’t remember where I first heard it but I’ve got it on my Songs In The Key Of X CD, plus it’s played in the Scream films. But yeah, brilliant.




Running GirlTaken From: Ooberman – Running Girl (mini album) (2001)

“I raised a hand to a girl that I knew, having sex on a car park wall. Welcome to the high life.”

This has always been one of my favourites on the Running Girl mini album. I first heard it live at a gig at Leeds Cockpit. I’d thought that this wasn’t long before the mini album was released, but my gig list tells me that it was a gig on 10/12/2000, whereas the mini album wasn’t released until almost a year later, on 29/10/2001 (if Wikipedia is accurate)! Wow. I only found out fairly recently that Leeds Cockpit has closed down. I went to uni in Leeds and saw some great gigs there (including a couple of Ooberman ones) so was rather sad to hear this. Ghosts seems quite a fitting song to commemorate it, though of course it isn’t on YouTube, so put the Mixcloud mix on and enjoy.



Simon Love

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

“Self-righteous, insane, but hopefully they’ll die in screaming pain”

Hey, what can I say? There’s just something incredibly satisfying about a song with refrains of ‘fuckers’ and ‘motherfuckers’. Listen to it and tell me I’m wrong! I’m also proper chuffed for Simon that this album’s been nominated for the Welsh Music Prize. You can hear The Loves’ version of it here (after drunken goings on with a lion):



Jarvis Cocker
Further Complications

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

“Your life is just a carrier bag. Overfill it and the straps will snap.”

Is there going to be a third Jarvis album at some point? I hope so. This is the title track from his 2nd album and it’s just great. I don’t have more to say about it than that. I rather enjoy this video for it too.



The Indelicates

ClassTaken From: The Indelicates – Diseases Of England (2013)

“You’re vulgar for wanting money and ugly for wanting fame and lazy for never getting off your arse”

Has it already been 3 years since this album was released?! Yikes. It’s a great album and this is my favourite song on it (though I’m also very partial to Pubes. – not a sentence I’d been planning to say today). It wouldn’t sound out of place in a musical, which I mean as a compliment – it’s got that element of theatre and grandeur to it. I’ve not seen this video for it before, but it’s great!



Barenaked Ladies
When You Dream

StuntTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Stunt (1998)

“With so little experience – your mind not yet cognisant – are you wise beyond your few days?”

Stunt was the first Barenaked Ladies album that I got and it’s still my favourite. This song was my favourite Barenaked Ladies song for quite a long time, hence it charting so highly previously. I don’t listen to it so much now, but it’s still a brilliant song. It’s about looking at a sleeping baby and wondering what it dreams about. But in a much more poetic and beautiful way than that description possibly suggests. It’s the only song I’m aware of that manages to include the word ‘fontanelle’ in the lyrics.



Bree Sharp
Morning In A Bar

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

“And the ashes of my great undoing lay scattered on the floor”

I like the way I described this last time, so I’m just going to stick with that:

A pretty short song but it totally creates an atmosphere of waking up in some sleazy western bar after having gotten completely trashed the night before. Not that I know this from experience but er y’know! I love the way Bree’s voice sounds like she’s just woken up and is rather hungover! 😀




SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“All relationships are emptying and temporary”

Six is one of my favourite albums and this is the first of six tracks (I swear that number wasn’t intentional) that have made it in to the chart. So my sixth favourite song on Six! It used to be more of a favourite, hence the drop in chart placing, but I still love it. The awesome video doesn’t hurt either – I do often find myself picturing it when I hear the song. I first got to see it on a video that my friend Joop made for me (which I still have) 🙂



Everything Will Flow

Head MusicTaken From: Suede – Head Music (1999)

“Watch the early morning sun, drip like blood from the day”

Last time I said this about it:

Beautiful song, though I do tend to skip it quite a bit these days. I feel this is the right place in the chart for it though. I remember it getting played on As If once. That show had some fab music on it! They really need to release it on DVD.

Since then I’ve re-gained more of an appreciation for it (and am less likely to skip it), hence it moving up in the chart. I’d still like As If to be released on DVD though… At least you can find it on YouTube now. I might possibly have gotten slightly off-topic here… It’s a really beautiful song, like I said last time, though the video for it’s overly glossy and like some kind of cheesy ad for mineral water. The band themselves recognise this on the Lost In TV DVD. But hey, here it is:



Y Cyrff
Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst

Taken From: Y Cyrff – Yr Atgyfodi EP (1989)

For those unaware, Y Cyrff were a Welsh punk band that included Mark Roberts and Paul Jones who both went on to be in Catatonia. As a big Catatonia fan (and a big Mark Roberts fan) I had to check out Y Cyrff. I initially got to do this by ordering the cassette of the ‘Mae Ddoe Yn Ddoe’ compilation via the Welsh Bands Weekly mail order offering (not like today when you could just go on Spotify or something eh?). This was one of the songs on that compilation and I was aware of it as being their best known song. With it being such a different style to Catatonia, it took a while for Y Cyrff to properly grow on me, though I did take a liking to this song fairly quickly. It translates as ‘Wales, England and Llanrwst’ (with Llanrwst being where Mark and Paul are from). I love how you can now find old live performances of it on YouTube, like this one:

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

530. Kaiser Chiefs – Born To Be A Dancer

529. Y Cyrff – Llawenydd Heb Ddiwedd (though it was shortlisted)

528. Mansun – Promises

527. Gary Jules – Mad World (though the original has charted)

526. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Iechyd Da

525. The Tears – Song For The Migrant Worker (you can definitely tell I was somewhat obsessed with The Tears at the time I previously did this chart)

523. Melys – Dirty Whore

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Top 777 Songs: 540 – 531

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Slow Club
Because We’re Dead

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

“I borrowed a book that I saw was planted deep inside your bag. It gave me an excuse to see you again, but I’m not a thief, I’ll give it back.”

This is one of the earliest Slow Club songs I got hold of (probably unsurprisingly as it was their first single) and it’s the one that got me really interested in them. Its chart position has suffered a little bit from over-listening, but I still love it. It’s another song that really builds and gets even better as it goes on. It was my favourite song of theirs for quite a while, though there are now a few others that I prefer and are still to come in the chart.



Carried Away

Carried AwayTaken From: Ooberman – Carried Away (2006)

“At the setting of the sun, he answered their prayers with a gun”

I remember tuning in to hear the first radio play of this song, as the single was released prior to the album coming out. I think it was Mark Radcliffe who played it. Anyway, I remember sending him my initial thoughts on the song, which he read out on air. They cheesily started with ‘Carry me away to heaven’. Ha ha. Although that was just based on first listen and the beautiful orchestration on it. When I later listened to the lyrics more closely and realised what the song was actually about (someone who murders his own family), I retrospectively felt that my comments hadn’t been entirely appropriate!! I now think of that every time I hear this song. It is really beautiful though. Plus I always enjoy songs that sound like they should be about something really beautiful and uplifting, sung in a really angelic voice, but actually have really dark and twisted lyrics (see also: Melys).



Lucky Soul
Ain’t Nothin’ Like A Shame

A Coming Of AgeTaken From: Lucky Soul – A Coming Of Age (2010)

“Every time I hear your name I lose a little heart, I shed a little tear, I die a little death”

Is this the first Lucky Soul song in the chart? Their music just makes me happy. It’s the kind of music that manages to both sound new but also like you’ve known it forever. They’re supposedly going to be releasing a new album at some point in the not too distant future, which I’m really looking forward to. 2010 seems like quite a while ago now (well, 6 years ago, to be all exact about it). It was a joy to get to see them at Glastonbury that year. So in that spirit, here’s a live performance of the song:



Kate Bush

Never For EverTaken From: Kate Bush – Never For Ever (1980)

“Just like his wife, but how she was before the tears”

I think my peak listening period for this song was during my third year at uni. Partly because my friend and flatmate Anna took a particular liking to it as well. Plus it was her who told me that Babooshka means grandmother in Russian (she’s Russian), which I’ve always found really odd in the context of this song, but hey. The video’s a classic!!



Joy Zipper
Out Of The Sun

American WhipTaken From: Joy Zipper – American Whip (2003)

“And they’re right, the body’s just a shell. If you stare hard enough you’ll notice.”

Charting in a very similar position to last time. I’m going to be lazy and just share what I said about it then:

Oh I love this song. I first heard it when I saw the video on one of the music channels. I was totally intrigued as it’s quite bizarre (both the song and the video!) but I thought it was great.

Although it possibly says something about the shift in my music tastes that I wouldn’t even think to describe this song as being particularly strange now.



Out Of Time

Think TankTaken From: Blur – Think Tank (2003)

“Tell me I’m not dreaming, but are we out of time?” 

I remember my Dad particularly loving this song, then also this album when it was released. He was more of a Blur fan than I was actually, so was definitely an influencing factor in terms of my love of this song. It was released whilst I was living with him (during my fun time of leaving uni and being unemployed) and he played it quite a bit. Plus, as I mentioned last time I did this chart, it’s one of very few Blur songs I’ve actually bought the single of. The only other one I bought at the time of release was Parklife (which was the first single I ever bought on CD).



Murry The Hump
Pigs On Parade

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

“What your momma saw is against the law”

It’s another Murry The Hump b-side! I wonder how many of their b-sides I haven’t included… not many, that’s for sure. It’s another one that took a while to become a favourite, but it’s really good fun. It includes Matthew Evans making pig noises! What’s not to love?




Pagan Wanderer Lu
European Monsoon

European MonsoonTaken From: Pagan Wanderer Lu – European Monsoon (2010)

“If I was registered to vote I’d vote BNP, ’cause immigrants are why it always rains on me”

This was one of my favourites on the album when it was released (plus from seeing him live a few times around that period), but I’ve developed even more of a love of it within the past few years. I confess that one of the things to really hook me in to listening to it more in 2014 was the lyric ‘I saw rain falling buckets over Adamsdown’. Where did I move to in 2014 (though moved away from this year)? Oh yeah, Adamsdown. I’m so easily pleased by areas of Cardiff being name-checked in songs. Even ignoring that though, the lyrics are brilliant in general. I’ve started associating it with the EU Referendum more recently, as I feel like it encapsulates a lot of the whole UKIP/Brexit frame of mind. Plus the ‘European Monsoon’ refrain is just really catchy!



Hopelessly Devoted To You

You & MeTaken From: Easyworld – You & Me (single) (2002)

“I’m not the first to know there’s just no getting over you”

This has dropped quite a bit as I don’t listen to it anywhere near as much as I used to, but it’s still brilliant. This is what I gushingly said about it last time:

One of the best covers ever. It was always one of my fave songs in Grease and one where I’d rewind the video and watch it again and again (yeah deep down I’m just a soppy romantic! :-P). So when I heard Easyworld were covering it I was rather surprised but v intrigued. And as you can tell, I think it’s brilliant!

The closest I can find to a YouTube video of it is Dav doing it solo at Milk & Cookies, so here you go:



My Insatiable One

The DrownersTaken From: Suede – The Drowners (single) (1992)

“On the escalator, we shit paracetamol as the ridiculous world goes by”

After having To The Birds last time, here’s the other b-side to The Drowners! It definitely wasn’t intentional for them to end up so close together, but I kinda like it. Definitely a fan favourite – it’s even been covered live by both Morrissey and the Manics (with Bernard Butler)! Not bad for a b-side eh? Here’s a live performance of it:

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

539. Sarah McLachlan – Adia

538. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

535. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go

534. The Thrills – Big Sur

532. Mew – Am I Wry? No

531. Idlewild – American English

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