Top 777 Songs: 210 – 201

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Angie Hart
Blue

Radio SunnydaleTaken From: Various Artists – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (2003)

“Can I spend the night alone?”

I’m not sure I’ve got much more to say than what I said about this last time:

Unsurprisingly I first heard this song on the Buffy episode Conversations With Dead People. Ah, I love that episode!! I was most taken by this song so managed to download it either that same night or the following morning and then listened to it endlessly! Since then I’ve actually gotten it on the Radio Sunnydale CD too and although I don’t actually listen to it much now, I still think it’s a beautiful song.

This video isn’t the full song – it’s just the clips of it from the start and end of the Buffy episode, plus weirdly with the credits at the end too, but it felt like the most appropriate video to share. Plus you can listen to the Mixcloud mix if you want the full song.

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The Divine Comedy
Bad Ambassador

RegenerationTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Regeneration (2001)

“I’m not the Pope and I don’t want to be the Archbishop of Canterbury”

My favourite song on Regeneration. No songs from that album actually made it into the chart last time, so it’s nice that a couple have this time, even if it’s never going to be my favourite Divine Comedy album – I do have more appreciation for it these days. I also enjoy this fairly odd video choice for the song:

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Ooberman
First Day Of The Holidays

Hey PetrunkoTaken From: Ooberman – Hey Petrunko (2003)

“As the years go by, all the strings we tied that connected us to home, pull us back, like elastic bands, only everything is gone”

Not sure why I so rarely listen to this these days – maybe it suffered from over-listening. This is what I said about it in 2005:

My favourite track on Hey Petrunko. Amazing song. That bit that builds up and then kinda explodes is just auralgasmic! I fail to see how anyone could hear this song and not be mightily impressed.

The bit that builds up is still brilliant and it’s a really affecting song, though it’s no longer my favourite on Hey Petrunko – there are 2 other songs on that album I now prefer.

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Murry The Hump
No Girl No Sex

Cracking UpTaken From: Murry The Hump – Cracking Up (single) (2001)

“Tonight I toss… and turn, just like a hundred nights before.”

Another song in the collection of Murry The Hump b-sides that I initially wasn’t sure about but now totally adore. It’s become one of those songs that I’m always happy to hear and very rarely choose to skip. It’s got quite a sleazy feel to it, which I like. No video to share, sadly, but treat yourself to the Mixcloud mix.

 

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Queen
Tenement Funster

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

“Give me a good guitar and you can say that my hair’s a disgrace”

Another Roger Taylor song that I’ve gained more and more appreciation for as time’s gone on. It feels really evocative of the ’70s (not that I was actually alive then, granted). It’s the kind of song that feels like it should really be played on vinyl. Alas I don’t actually have Sheer Heart Attack on vinyl, though feel like I should – especially as it’s probably my favourite Queen album… Ok, I’m watching one on Ebay now – that’s better.

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Heypenny
Parade

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

“I love chocolate cake, bring me a few pieces”

There’s also a version of this song on their 2nd (and sadly last) album, ‘A Jillion Kicks’, though I have a slight preference for the original as it’s the one I heard first. Both are great though. Definitely my favourite Heypenny song. I should try and find out what Ben’s up to music-wise these days. Anyway, enjoy the awesomeness of the video  (I’m a sucker for a dance routine).

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The Magic Theatre
Your Hateful Armchair

The Long Way HomeTaken From: The Magic Theatre – The Long Way Home (2013)

“Far beyond the mess you’ve made, I’ve almost disappeared

I didn’t get to hear this album until quite late in December 2013, just after I’d broken up with a long-term partner and returned to the UK. It was perfect timing for this song, which is easily my most listened to song on the album (with peak listening unsurprisingly being in 2014). It’s quite heartbreaking, but also empowering – “I’m doing this. I’m leaving you.” Love it.

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Melys
Don’t Let The Sun See Me Cry

Casting PearlsTaken From: Melys – Casting Pearls (2003)

“I’ve spent too much time as part of your fairytale. Not gonna waste another day.”

Lyrically on a similar kinda theme to the previous song, though musically pretty different. Both equally great though, obviously (hence the chart positions!). I’m not surprised by the lack of YouTube video, as very few Melys songs are on there, but it’s very much a song worth listening to, so another reason to stick on the Mixcloud mix.

 

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Jeff Buckley
Hallelujah

GraceTaken From: Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

“And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah”

Surely everyone’s aware of this song by this point – whichever version it is you know/prefer. I’ve got the Leonard Cohen original, plus versions by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Kathryn Williams and K’s Choice, but my personal favourite is Jeff Buckley’s. Slightly randomly, listening to Jeff Buckley always makes me think of Gillian Anderson. I remember being at my Mum’s house, quite a long time ago now, and radio 4 was on in her and my Step-Dad’s bedroom (as it was most of the time). Anyway, on this particular occasion, I caught most of Desert Island Discs with Gillian Anderson, where her song of choice was this one. This was seemingly back in 2003 and you can still listen to it online here. I’m not sure at what point I then started listening to Jeff Buckley, though it can’t have been too long after that. Anyway, Gillian was very much right about the awesomeness of this song (as she is about plenty of other things too).

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Alanis Morissette
The Couch

SFIJTaken From: Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998)

“You say his interjecting was him just calling me on my shit”

Last time I succinctly just said this, which I don’t think I’ve got anything to add to:

Ah, brilliant song. I love singing along to it so much as the lyrical structure’s really interesting.

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

209. Sheila Nicholls – Breath

207. Joydrop – Beautiful

206. The Polyphonic Spree – Soldier Girl

204. Catatonia – Dead From The Waist Down

203. Pulp – Disco 2000

202. Queen – You’re My Best Friend

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Top 777 Songs: 220 – 211

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Martha Wainwright
Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole

Martha WainwrightTaken From: Martha Wainwright – Martha Wainwright (2005)

“I will not pretend, I will not put on a smile. I will not say I’m all right for you.”

I’m pretty sure this was the first Martha Wainwright song I heard – it’s definitely always been my favourite. I discovered it via LiveJournal, like quite a few songs on this chart. I also really like the use of it in the show Big Little Lies, which I watched the entirety of last weekend! Definitely recommended if you haven’t seen it. As is this song if you haven’t heard it.

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Mansun
Wide Open Space

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

“I’m all alone and staring into space”

Probably the Mansun song that most non-Mansun-fans would recognise. I remember seeing the weird vampirey video on TV quite a few times, long before I properly got into Mansun. Last time I said this about it:

I think my favourite memory of Wide Open Space is when it was played at the Suede-fan get-together before the Astoria gig. What was the name of that club? The Ghetto, or something like that?!

Awww, nice to be reminded of that. Although I’m now craving a Suede gig… Anyway, here’s the aforementioned vampirey video:

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The Hot Puppies
Somewhere

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

“I never said I’d take you there. I choose my words with care. I only said that I would take you somewhere.”

An instant favourite on this album. How were The Hot Puppies not better known? It’s so good!! I miss them.

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Barenaked Ladies
One Week

StuntTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Stunt (1998)

“Watching X-Files with no lights on, we’re dans la maison, I hope the smoking man’s in this one”

The song that introduced me to the Barenaked Ladies. A sneaky X-Files lyric in there wasn’t exactly going to hurt was it? Although it’s also just a great song. I got Stunt not long afterwards and loved it – it’s still my favourite BNLs album. I don’t think I’ve watched the promo video since about 1998 though – it’s kinda funny watching it again now – it’s a lot cheesier and way more technicolour than I’d remembered! Ah, the ’90s.

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Ooberon
Thunder Before Friday

Waiting For The Sonic BoomTaken From: Ooberon – Waiting For The Sonic Boom (2007)

“It was so hot, who could sleep?”

My favourite Ooberon song. It’s about the unusually hot British summer of 2006, which I remember well and have fond memories of (the ridiculous heat aside!). It’s not on YouTube, but you can listen to it (and buy it) on Bandcamp here. I wonder if we’ll ever get a 2nd Ooberon album… hint, hint, Stevis and Andy 😉

 

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Hawksley Workman
Smoke Baby

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

“Cocaine in Montreal and back out on a plane, baby”

This is one of those songs that snuck up on me unexpectedly. I didn’t initially take to it, as it wasn’t obviously my kind of song – partly because of the rap part in it, I guess – but at some point it just kinda clicked and I fell in love with it. It’s now one of my most listened to Hawksley songs. From looking at the last.fm stats, I’m assuming it was 2007 that I fell in love with it! I’d not realised it was that long ago, to be honest. 10 years ago! Woah… Here’s a great live version of it, which doesn’t actually have the rap section, though does include a brief rendition of Wicked Game, which is a decent trade.

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Ooberman
Shorley Wall

The Magic TreehouseTaken From: Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse (1999)

“If life is an open book, she’d rather read the pictures for a while

Initially released on the Shorley Wall EP (obviously), though the album version’s my preferred version – probably because I had that first. I’m going to repeat what I said about it last time, as it’s still accurate:

I’m sure some people will be surprised this isn’t higher as it does seem to be a lot of peoples’ fave Ooberman song. It’s never been mine though I must admit. Not that I don’t love it, as I do, obviously, but there are other songs I prefer. It is very beautiful though and I love the poetry part from Sophia.

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David Bowie
Magic Dance

LabyrinthTaken From: David Bowie – Labyrinth Soundtrack (1986)

“You remind me of the babe…”

This possibly ended up slightly higher than I meant for it to, but at the same time it does make you think of David Bowie dancing around in tight trousers with lots of puppets and throwing a baby around, so what’s not to love? Labyrinth has been a favourite film of mine since I was fairly young and this has always been my favourite song on it. I’m only surprised that I didn’t include it in the chart last time.

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Barenaked Ladies
Alcohol

StuntTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Stunt (1998)

“And would you please ignore that you found me on the floor, trying on your camisole.”

I think I covered my love for this song pretty well last time around:

My instant fave on Stunt I have to say! Probably not surprising considering it’s an upbeat bouncy song about alcohol! You can’t go wrong.

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Catatonia
Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful

Way Beyond BlueTaken From: Catatonia – Way Beyond Blue (1996)

“Moved him in to share the bed. Turns out he’s sharing her instead.”

First off – how great is that song title? I tend to just take it for granted and not really think about it, but it’s kinda awesome. As you can possibly tell from the chart placings, it’s one of those songs that I’ve just gained more and more affection for over the years. Last time I shared the below anecdote, which I’d kinda forgotten about, but made me smile to re-read:

This song always reminds me of the first time I played Way Beyond Blue to my Dad and who was my Step-Mum at the time. We were in the car travelling to Norfolk (where they lived) and when this song came on my Dad was like ‘ooh what’s this one called? I really like it’. I said ‘Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful’ and unsurprisingly he kinda went ‘what?!’, so I said ‘or Mickey for short’, to which he said ‘Mickey? Ah, cool’. Hee 😀 Not sure why that sticks in my head but it does. And it is indeed a fab song.

Here’s the BBC acoustic version from Volume 17, which is also fittingly wonderful:

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

218. Abba – Dancing Queen

217. Ooberman – Open The Hatch

214. Catatonia – Apple Core (Full Length Version)

213. Queen – Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

212. Catatonia – Shore Leave

211. Eric Carmen – All By Myself

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Top 777 Songs: 230 – 221

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Mansun
Television

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“Documentaries are the best”

One of the many reasons why Six is one of my favourite albums. This song was a grower, initially, but has remained a firm favourite ever since. Compulsive behaviour meets Sky News. So good.

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Super Furry Animals
Golden Retriever

Phantom PowerTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (2003)

“‘Stop!’ said the puppy, when I met him at the zebra cross”

Such a catchy and fun song – I don’t listen to it so often now, though it used to be one of those ones that I’d never choose to skip as it’d always make me happy to hear it. One weird upside/downside to doing this chart though, is that I look up the lyrics for songs and quite often they’re not what I thought they were! Or the people posting them on the internet are just wrong (that happens quite a lot). I thought the lyric on this song was ‘and then she’ll cream you dry’, but the internet reckons ‘and then she’ll bleed you dry’, which kinda makes more sense, I guess, though disappointingly in a less dirty sounding way! Ooh, are there lyrics in the CD inlay?? Aha, yes – ‘and there she’ll creem you dry’. Yes!! Damn you internet and your false information. But yay that I haven’t misheard that for 14 years (other than hearing ‘there’ as ‘then’). Although I’m sure someone once told me it was about Margaret Thatcher, which again I can’t find any evidence of – just interviews where Gruff says it’s about his girlfriend’s dogs! Misinformation is everywhere…

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Mansun
She Makes My Nose Bleed

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

“I vowed to my god I’d give it all up if he would bring her on down from heaven”

Last time I said this about it:

This song reminds me of my last year at uni as I listened to it a lot and was one of the songs on my playlist that my friend Anna really liked.

Yes! It still always reminds me of Anna. Plus we both went to see Mansun live that year at the Cockpit – it was the only time I got to see them live. Looking forward to seeing Anna in a few weeks time when she’s visiting Cardiff 🙂

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Jill Sobule
Vrbana Bridge

Jill SobuleTaken From: Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule (1995)

“He said ‘if love was their only armor, well it did no good at all'”

A really beautiful song, based on a true story as covered in the documentary ‘Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo‘. When I previously did this chart, it was my favourite song of Jill’s at the time. It’s dropped down into 4th place now, but is still just as wonderful. Here’s a beautiful live version:

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Super Furry Animals
Ysbeidiau Heulog

MwngTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Mwng (2000)

Translating as ‘sunny intervals’, this was an instant favourite on Mwng as it’s just so damn catchy! Or, as I put it last time:

Has always been, and probably always will be, my fave track on Mwng.

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Kate Miller-Heidke
Motorscooter

CuriouserTaken From: Kate Miller-Heidke – Curiouser (2008)

“Every time I see you it’s like I’m in Quadrophenia, I’m a mod again”

I think I discovered Kate Miller-Heidke via last.fm, from having listened to similar artists. This must have been one of the first songs of hers that I downloaded and I just fell in love with it. I always associate it with New Zealand now, as it’s one of the songs I put on a CD that got played multiple times in the car that we hired to drive round the country when Jamie’s Mum and half-brother were visiting.

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Catatonia
International Velvet

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“Deffrwch Cymru cysglyd gwlad y gân”

I’m just going to re-post what I said last time about this song, as otherwise I’d just repeat myself anyway:

Before I even heard this song I’d taken a liking to it! I remember looking through the lyrics booklet on my 18th birthday, before I had the chance to actually play the album. Just the idea of a song in Welsh and English with the chorus ‘every day when I wake up I thank the lord I’m Welsh’ was highly appealing to me! Catatonia were my first introduction to the Welsh music scene and up to that point the only bi-lingual song I had was Teo Torriate by Queen. But yes, it was an instant fave on the album when I then got to hear it. So anthemic. My other favourite memory associated with this song was when we were staying with Auntie Margaret and Uncle Bernard in Wales. We went to the Golf Club for lunch and I think Catatonia must have come up in conversation somehow as both Auntie Margaret and Uncle Bernard suddenly burst into a rendition of International Velvet! *lol* Totally brilliant. It was just the chorus I have to say, but I loved the fact that that was the one Catatonia song they knew – not any of the singles, but one that must get played on Welsh TV etc quite often.

There are surprisingly few live performances of it on YouTube, though there is this one from the El Rey gig in early 2000. The vocals are a little quiet in it, especially at the start, but it’s still awesome, plus you get a bonus recorder solo!! Sex and drugs and rock’n’roll…

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Evelyn Evelyn
You Only Want Me ‘Cause You Want My Sister

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

“We stopped off at the drug store by the drive-in, for some Trojans and a six-pack, but still your eyes kept wandering back to her”

Another song that I put on the mix CD for the car journey around New Zealand. It’s a song that’s beautiful, funny and disturbing. Hoorah! I didn’t want to post any spoilery lyrics for anyone who hasn’t heard it before, as the lyrics are much more fun if you don’t know what’s coming! You need to listen to it.

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Cerys Matthews
Trwy’r Drych

Awyren = AeroplaneTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Awyren = Aeroplane (mini album) (2007)

“Paid siarad, cymer bwyll”

This has always been my favourite song on this mini album – I just love the style of it. It’s also on ‘Paid Edrych I Lawr’, plus there’s an English version (Through A Glass) on ‘Don’t Look Down’. I really like it in both languages, though the Welsh is my favourite – I think largely for the sound of some of the words. ‘Cymer bwyll’ in particular I just love the cadence of. This live performance of it on Bandit’s ace:

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How To Cure Dyslexia
Little Else

The Tempo Of Bicycles...Taken From: How To Cure Dyslexia – The Tempo Of Bicycles And Boats (2007)

“My point of view is always looking back at you”

I’m pretty sure I discovered this band and this song via MySpace. I then found a copy of this album in a charity shop on Albany Road (if my memory serves my correctly, which it potentially doesn’t, but it’s all I’ve got to go on). This is such a perfect little song – I’ve put it on a lot of mix CDs over the years as don’t see how you couldn’t be charmed by it.

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

229. Garbage – Androgyny

227. Catatonia – Jump Or Be Sane (surprised I didn’t shortlist this)

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Top 777 Songs: 240 – 231

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Pulp
I Spy

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“My favourite parks are car parks.”

I described this song last time as ‘voyeuristic glee’, ha ha. On the Pulp scale of pervyness, it’s quite high (which I mean as a compliment). Here’s a great performance of it on Jools Holland:

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Catatonia
You Can

WhaleTaken From: Catatonia – Whale (single) (1994)

“I saw the photographs too. Frozen reminders of what interest can do.”

The song that introduced me to the word ‘recumbent’. It was originally released on the Whale 7″ (as part of the Rough Trade Singles Club), though was then also a b-side to You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For in 1996. I really like the style of it – especially the intro – there’s a bit of a retro quality that fits particularly well with it being originally released on vinyl only. It’s not on YouTube, probably unsurprisingly, but you can hear it via the Mixcloud widget. I just had a look to see if it’s on any of the Greatest Hits / Best Of type albums, but weirdly it doesn’t seem to be (unless it’s on one I don’t have?!) – I kinda like that though as it makes it a bit more of a hidden gem 🙂

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Hawksley Workman
A House Or Maybe A Boat

Almost A Full MoonTaken From: Hawksley Workman – Almost A Full Moon (2001)

“So bring your kisses and a couple of clementines, to go with the wine, and we’ll keep the rind, cos the smell is just right at Christmas time.”

Kinda technically a Christmas song, though one that I’ll happily listen to at any time of the year. Almost A Full Moon is easily one of my favourite Christmas albums, as it’s not in-your-face Christmassy and is also just a brilliant album in its own right. The re-recorded version from 2011 (Full Moon Eleven) is great too.

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The Smiths
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

The Queen Is DeadTaken From: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)

“To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”

The Smiths are a band that I’ve never hugely gotten into in general, though if you’re an indie fan at all, this song’s going to find you. I have to confess that I’ve almost definitely listened to the version by The Divine Comedy a lot more than I’ve listened to the original, but I feel like the chart entry should belong to The Smiths. I’ve also got versions of it by David Ford and Angie Hart. Like I said, it’s inescapable! But for a good reason.

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The Knack
My Sharona

Get The KnackTaken From: The Knack – Get The Knack (1979)

“Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?”

There’s just something about this song that makes me happy. The music has an almost addictive quality – it’s just like ‘yes! More of that!’

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The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Multiplayer

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

“Love is a game, a game for two. Love is a game I wanna play with you.”

Talking of songs that just make me happy – this would definitely be one of those too. More people need to be aware of the awesomeness of The Voluntary Butler Scheme.

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The Magic Theatre
Silent Snow

London TownTaken From: The Magic Theatre – London Town (2010)

“Because space-time is soft enough, it’s just that no-one knows”

Really beautiful, haunting and moving song. More people also need to be aware of the awesomeness of The Magic Theatre!

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Easyworld
You Were Right

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

“And you’re less fucked up than the average girl”

Great closing track on the album – it’s always been one of my favourite Easyworld songs.

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The Magic Theatre
Summer Sun

London TownTaken From: The Magic Theatre – London Town (2010)

“Would you feel nervous to give your heart away, in a day, to someone strange?”

I really struggled to choose my favourite between Silent Snow and Summer Sun, hence them ending up so close together (with an Easyworld filling). As the title suggests, this song’s much more cheery and uplifting, which actually made me sway a bit more towards Silent Snow as a favourite (ha ha), but then I love the ending of this song so much that that ended up being the deciding factor.

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Ed Harcourt
This One’s For You

StrangersTaken From: Ed Harcourt – Strangers (2004)

“I’d wear you on my arm like a brand new scar”

My favourite Ed Harcourt song. It’s so emotional and raw, I just love it.

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

240. REM – Everybody Hurts

236. Blur – Song 2 (though it was shortlisted)

235. Suede – Beautiful Loser

233. Remy Zero – Bitter

232. Simple Kid – Truck On

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Top 777 Songs: 250 – 241

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Johnny Cash
Hurt

The Man Comes AroundTaken From: Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)

“You are someone else. I am still right here.”

Wow, I’d forgotten just how high this charted last time. It must have been during my peak period of listening to this song. Although it’s dropped down quite a bit, I still agree with what I said about it last time:

Such an amazing song. The first time I heard it was actually on Smallville and both my Dad and I thought it was brilliant and instantly went and looked up what it was. Totally heartbreaking.

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Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

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

“But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see.”

Despite an inability to mentally separate this song from my ex, which results in a kind of involuntary stomach-sinking heart-stabbing feeling when the intro starts up, this is a brilliant song.

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The Free French
Do You Come Here Often?

Running On BatteriesTaken From: The Free French – Running On Batteries (2002)

“I wish I knew what to say. Maybe ‘how are you?’ or ‘do you come here often?’ But as you’re here every day, the words are meaningless and the joke is rotten.”

Although this is the first The Free French album, it’s actually the last one I got hold of, which is why this song didn’t chart last time. I only got hold of it in 2013 when Rhodri made the album available for free download (thanks Rhodri!). This song instantly stood out and has since become my 2nd most played Free French song on last.fm (only a couple of plays behind Metaphorically), plus it’s my current favourite song by The Free French. I just love it – the lyrics are great and the music’s catchy – surely the core things you want in a good song. No YouTube video to share, but you can hear it via the Mixcloud widget.

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Elliott Smith
Say Yes

Either/OrTaken From: Elliott Smith – Either/Or (1997)

“I’m in love with the world, through the eyes of a girl who’s still around the morning after”

The last time I did this chart, I incorrectly said that this song was called Morning After, as that’s what the MP3 I’d downloaded had been tagged as. Anyway, whatever you call it, it’s a wonderful song.

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Jarvis Cocker
Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time

JarvisTaken From: Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis (2006)

“Then some skinny bitch walks by in some hot pants and he’s a-running out the door”

A song about not wasting your time with someone who’s not really committed to the relationship. I’ve probably spent far too long pondering whether it’s just a less in-your-face way of expressing the Beyoncé sentiment of ‘if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it’ (*shudders*). I’ve pretty much convinced myself (rightly or wrongly) that it’s more about avoiding toxic relationships in general than some antiquated notion that all women are desperate to get married and that that’s the only way to prove commitment. Anyway, it’s a fun and catchy song and the video is awesome:

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Big Leaves
Hang On To Your Halo

Alien & FamiliarTaken From: Big Leaves – Alien & Familiar (2003)

“Affinity with streakers. They should all be leaders. To stand there and be counted. Even if they’re naked.”

Initially on the Animal Instinct EP, this song also made it on to the 2nd (and last *sob*) album. It’s such a good song. Searching for it on YouTube, the only version there is the one below, which is a slightly different version that was on something called the ‘God Only Knows promo CD’. What is this and why don’t I have it?? It’s not even mentioned on Discogs. *creates an Ebay alert*

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars
I Love You ‘Cause I Have To

Please Describe YourselfTaken From: Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Please Describe Yourself (2004)

“And now I spend most of my time playing computer games”

Not sure I’ve really got anything to add to what I said last time – “Such a damn catchy song!”

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Space
Neighbourhood

SpidersTaken From: Space – Spiders (1996)

“In 666 there lives a Mr Miller. He’s our local vicar and a serial killer.”

Another Space song that most people are likely to recognise even if they don’t think they know it. It’s been used on lots of things, including Carlsberg adverts. Anyway, I feel a little bad that it’s not higher in the chart. At the time of doing the rankings, I hadn’t really been listening to much Space for a while, which is why their songs have generally dropped down, but since then I’ve been listening to them quite a bit, so I’d now rank them all higher again!! But hey, that’s just an unavoidable outcome of doing this kind of a chart.

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McAlmont & Butler
Falling

Bring It BackTaken From: McAlmont & Butler – Bring It Back (2002)

“Feeling lost and I don’t wanna be here.”

This has been my favourite McAlmont & Butler track since it was released. It was also a joy to see them do it live at the 4Scott gig at The Scala in 2002.

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Queen
’39

A Night At The OperaTaken From: Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)

“Your mother’s eyes, from your eyes, cry to me”

Last time I said this:

A pretty simple song really though it’s always been a fave from A Night At The Opera. Even more so now that I’ve seen Brian May perform it live. Beautiful.

Yep, Brian doing this song followed by ‘Love Of My Life’ was my definite highlight of seeing Queen + Paul Rodgers at Hyde Park in 2005. No question.

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

248. Catatonia – Immediate Circle

247. Sheryl Crow – Everyday Is A Winding Road

244. The Cardigans – Lovefool

243. The Divine Comedy – My Imaginary Friend

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Top 777 Songs: 260 – 251

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

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Space
Female Of The Species

SpidersTaken From: Space – Spiders (1996)

“She wants to conquer the world completely, but first she’ll conquer me discreetly”

One of those songs that’s so iconic, it becomes quite difficult to rank it. I put it as my top Space song last time around, though largely because I tried to include some element of objectivity, which isn’t something I’ve bothered with this time. It’s one of those songs that most people will know, even if they don’t think they know any Space songs. If you were of any kind of cognisant age in the ’90s, you’ll definitely have heard this song. This is what I said about it last time:

I find it difficult to compare this song to other Space songs as I’ve heard it so many times. I’ve ranked it as their best though as it is such a brilliant song. I remember first being aware of it when it was used on 2 different adverts for TV programmes on Trouble and Nickelodeon. One advert used the chorus, whereas the other advert used one of the verses – I didn’t actually realise for a long time that they were both from the same song! *lol*

YouTube also just reminded me that it was used on an Impulse advert in the ’90s. 🙂

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Melys
Ambulance Chaser

Ambulance ChaserTaken From: Melys – Ambulance Chaser (single) (1998)

“I had my life all planned out. Showed potential as a farmer’s wife. Still, I had no doubts about it.”

I like all the versions of this song, though the single version’s my favourite (and is the version on the Mixcloud mix). I really like the cover art too. No version on YouTube, sadly.

 

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Alanis Morissette
Uninvited

City Of AngelsTaken From: Various – City Of Angels Soundtrack (1998)

“Like any uncharted territory I must seem greatly intriguing”

This was my favourite Alanis song for years and I still love it, even if I rarely listen to it now. I remember loving the film as well, though haven’t seen it for years. It’s a really powerful song and the orchestration’s wonderful. Here’s a brilliant live performance of it:

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Frida Hyvönen
Farmor

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

“I’m in a church singing for the dead again”

I associate this album with my walk back from work when I was living in Toronto and working at Desjardins. This song specifically conjures up images of reaching Bloor, from Avenue, and being outside the Royal Ontario Museum, as that’s how far I must have managed to walk by song 6. It was winter and cold (unsurprisingly) and the brilliance of this song just hit me – Frida’s voice sounded amazing and just perfect against that backdrop.

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Melys
Beautiful Breakdown

Un Darllenwr LwcusTaken From: Melys – Un Darllenwr Lwcus (single) (2000)

“Don’t want to know about tomorrow. You’ve only just got through today.”

I’m really surprised this didn’t chart last time. Maybe I’d overplayed it at that point or something, as I’ve always thought it’s a brilliant song. I’m always surprised when I look at how long it is too (7:08) as it doesn’t feel anywhere near as long as that. I really like the mix of male and female vocals, plus there’s a really interesting use of sounds in it. I’m not surprised it’s not on YouTube – you can’t even find all the singles on there, so looking for a b-side is a tad optimistic. You can find it on the Mixcloud mix though, of course.

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Choir Of Young Believers
Hollow Talk

This Is For The White In Your EyesTaken From: Choir Of Young Believers – This Is For The White In Your Eyes (2008)

“Everything goes back to the beginning”

Probably best known for being the theme music to The Bridge (which is how I came to be aware of it). I was listening to it quite a bit at the time of putting this chart together, as it wasn’t long after series 3 had aired in the UK. You can easily get sick of some TV theme music, but I’m always happy to hear this – it really adds to the mood of the show. How long until series 4?? There’s also a lyric in it that I hear as ‘spatial Moomins’, which I’m assuming it isn’t, but it kinda pleases me to think of spatial Moomins. Oh, apparently it’s ‘spatial movements’. I’m still going to picture Moomins.

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Lou Reed
The Bed

BerlinTaken From: Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)

“I never would have started if I’d known that it’d end this way”

This song always makes me think of my dad, as he introduced me to it. It was during the period of time in 2002-2003 when I was living with him in Stourport. I can’t remember how the song came up in conversation, but he told me about it and how much he liked it and then he put it on the stereo. It’s a pretty dark song, about a woman slitting her wrists on the same bed where her children were conceived. Also, as my dad struggled with depression and would quite often talk about suicide himself, it’s always had an added edge of rawness and uncomfortableness for me. Yet I got why he liked it and I really liked it too. Still do.

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Jill Sobule
Mexican Wrestler

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

“It’s not that you’re so special. You’re just the cross I bear.”

It took me quite a while to properly appreciate this song, which is why it didn’t chart last time. I hadn’t really listened to the lyrics that closely, but as soon as I did I fell in love with it. Looking at my listening trends for it on last.fm, it seems like that was quite likely in 2007. It’s now my 3rd most listened to Jill song (though only my 5th favourite at the time of putting this chart together). This is a wonderful live version of it:

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Melys
Acid Queen

Rumours And CursesTaken From: Melys – Rumours And Curses (1998)

“I want to kill him. Gouge out his eyes. Write my name across his face with Stanley knives.”

Surely the epitome of Melys’ bitter and twisted lyrics. Love it so much. A big part of why Rumours And Curses is my favourite Melys album. Although I’m now slightly concerned that this is making me sound like a psychopath… Hey, it’s just a great song. One that’s not on YouTube though, of course.

 

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The Divine Comedy
Tonight We Fly

PromenadeTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Promenade (1994)

“If heaven doesn’t exist, what will we have missed? This life is the best we’ve ever had.”

How did this not chart last time? It’s such a wonderful and uplifting song, which is definitely needed after some of the bleak songs there’ve been in this group of 10! It’s a great end to the album, a great end to A Secret History and a great end to this selection of songs. And here it is ending a show at the London Palladium:

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

260. Suede – Head Music

259. Pulp – Sorted For E’s & Wizz

256. Suede – Cheap

255. Simian – La Breeze (though it was shortlisted)

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