Top 777 Songs: 40 – 31

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Catatonia
Gyda Gwên

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

“Nid du a gwyn, ond hollol lliwgar”

I’m just going to repeat what I said about it last time:

My favourite version’s the one on Way Beyond Blue, as it’s the one I heard first, but both are great. It’s a fairly simple song really but it’s just so beautiful. I remember being so jealous of the people at Margam Park when they played it live there, and then so annoyed at the BBC for not showing it in their footage!! However, it was made up for at Sesiwn Fawr in 2004, when Cerys opened her set with it. I thought I’d never get to hear it live, so that was definitely a special moment 🙂

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Hawksley Workman
Striptease

Last Night We Were...Taken From: Hawksley Workman – (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)

“In any place you’ll allow, I want you now, I want you now”

It seems weird that this is a new entry as it’s been a favourite for such a long time now. It was my most played song on last.fm for quite a few years. However, looking at last.fm, it seems like I didn’t fall in love with it until 2006, so slightly too late for the last time I did this chart. I scrobbled it 36 times that year! And that won’t include any plays on my portable MP3 player. I remember listening to it back-to-back on occasion and dancing around my living room to it. It’s catchy and sexy and awesome.

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Queen
Love Of My Life

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

“Don’t take it away from me because you don’t know what it means to me”

No longer up there with my top 10 favourites, but it’ll always be a song I love. Last time I said this about it:

Such a beautiful song. It’s always been one of my favourites. My favourite memory of it now though is of seeing Queen & Paul Rodgers at Hyde Park and the audience singing along with Brian on this song. Totally amazing atmosphere.

However, as wonderful a moment as that live version was, I still wish I’d gotten to witness something like this live performance of it by Freddie. Spine tingling:

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Suede
Trash

Coming UpTaken From: Suede – Coming Up (1996)

“Maybe it’s the clothes we wear, the tasteless bracelets and the dye in our hair.”

Traaaaaash. I wear less tasteless bracelets these days but very much still have the dye in my hair. Last time I said this:

The Suede-Fans anthem! My favourite memory by far of this song is the live performance of it at the last Suede gig. It was the last song they did and oh my did they go out with a bang! Listening to the bootleg makes me want to grin and cry in equal measures!

Awwww, the sad period of time when Suede weren’t together. I’m incredibly pleased that wasn’t the last time I got to see them do that song live. I’m hoping there are more future times to come too – they’ve been pretty quiet recently, though I guess Brett’s been writing his memoirs, which I can’t wait to read! Anyway, as it is a particular favourite live, I’ve gotta share a live performance of it, and this one’s a perfect example of why I love it so:

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The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever

Magical Mystery TourTaken From: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

“Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see.”

My favourite Beatles song. I have fuzzy memories of it from childhood – I’m sure it was on some old video I used to watch quite often… Anyway, I’ve always liked it, but it’s become a proper favourite in recent years. Again, largely because of my love for Across The Universe. I love their version of the song and the visuals with the strawberries. I’ve gotta share it (though the Beatles version is the one that’s actually charting and is on the Mixcloud mix):

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The Voluntary Butler Scheme
The Eiffel Tower & The BT Tower

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

“Like if you needed something reached, that I couldn’t reach, I’d unravel my favourite jumper just to make a lasso”

My favourite Voluntary Butler Scheme song! I first heard it played live, the first time I saw him – a few months before the album was then released. The gig was part of Dot To Dot festival in Bristol in May 2009. This was my favourite of the songs he’d played live – I fell in love with it instantly. At the end of the set he said how he had a few CDs for sale, so I went to buy one, hoping that it might have this song on it. The CD was a promo for Trading Things In, which just had 3 songs on it, but one of them was this one! I was so chuffed. I’m pretty sure it was the last copy he had too. It became and has remained my favourite song of his. I just love everything about it. Here’s a live performance of it, where annoyingly there’s a lot of background chatter (I hate people who talk at gigs), but you can still see why I fell in love with the live version – it’s ukulele and kazoo!:

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Ooberman
Sur La Plage

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

“Smoked a Gauloise with a rat and a condom. La cote d’azure.

Ah, one of the reasons why The Magic Treehouse is one of my favourite albums. So many bands release generic-sounding songs that could kinda be by anybody, but who else could have written this but Ooberman? It’s eclectic and weird and awesome. And has Dan pretending to be a sweary French truck driver!

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Suede
Still Life

Dog Man StarTaken From: Suede – Dog Man Star (1994)

“There by the window, quietly killed for you”

Such an insanely beautiful and emotional song. The last 4 tracks of Dog Man Star are practically designed to do you in, though in the best possible way. Another 2 of those tracks are still to come, as are 2 tracks from earlier on on the album – yes, it’s my favourite Suede album, if that wasn’t obvious. This song is best listened to at night, in the dark, on headphones, but it’s enjoyable any time:

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Catatonia
Sweet Catatonia

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

“If I say how I feel, again, is it wise to do it? Or like hearing for the umpteenth time a song you despise.”

Upbeat and catchy and fun, but also with brilliant and relatable lyrics that give it an emotional edge too. The perfect combination. Plus the video is one of my favourites – it’s got cute puppets, plus Paul playing bass with a beehive on his head! What’s not to love?

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Ooberman
Beany Bean

Beany BeanTaken From: Ooberman – Beany Bean (single) (2002)

“I want a Jack D. A double Jack D.”

I hold this song partly responsible for my love of Jack Daniels! Ha ha. Like Sur La Plage it’s quite a bonkers but brilliant song, that I can’t imagine any other band having released. In terms of personal associations, I talked about that last time, so will lazily copy and paste:

Catchy ska type song. The video for it was uploaded to the website before the single was actually released, so I kept playing the video over and over again just to hear the song.
Edit: How did I forget to mention the single cover?! For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the cover consists of a plate of beans, where the beans are peoples’ heads. They’re mostly famous people though a few fans were thrown in too, including me 🙂 Actually I say ‘a few’ but I only know of me and Sui. Are there any others? I sent quite a few heads in to Danny actually and he sent the following reply: “wow, that’s a lot of heads! the most anyone’s sent, so thanks very much for your help. i’ll pass them on to the bean processing plant..”. Hee 😀 There are all sorts of peoples’ heads in there, including Michael Rosenbaum, which amazingly I personally didn’t send in! That makes me happy though. Anyway, I then got to meet Ooberman for the first time after the Preston gig. I nervously went up to Danny and asked how the Beany Bean cover was coming along and he said “Chantal?”. I was like ‘yay!’. So yes, I guess this is a pretty significant song to me 🙂

If you want a better view of the single cover, to try and spot my head, you can have a go on this one (it’s the largest version I can easily find online), though you’ll probably need to zoom in a bit. I’m next to the Queen Mum and a little way above Hitler (there’s a weird sentence). I sometimes forget that I was once on a single cover, but always feel proud when I remember. The video’s one of my favourite Ooberman ones too (even if I’m not in it! 😉 ):

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

37. Alanis Morissette – Ironic

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Top 777 Songs: 50 – 41

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Queen
Keep Yourself Alive

QueenTaken From: Queen – Queen (1973)

“Do you think you’re better every day? No, I just think I’m two steps nearer to my grave.”

We’re into the top 50!! And what a way to kick it off. I’ve definitely appreciated this album more and more as time’s gone on and this song’s just brilliant.

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Ooberman
Bluebell Morning

Hey PetrunkoTaken From: Ooberman – Hey Petrunko (2003)

“I feel like I slept ’til midday, but it still feels like I set the clock too soon”

I’m not sure I’ve got anything to add to what I said last time:

I first heard this song when taping Reading footage on ITV At The Festivals! I think it was Reading, anyway. It took a while to grow on me for some reason, but by the time it was actually released (which was quite a bit later!!) I really loved it. It’s another one of those songs that really gets inside of you.

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Pulp
The Fear

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

“When you can’t even define what it is that you are frightened of, this song will be here.”

Last time I said this about it:

Brilliant song. It gained added significance last year when it came on my MP3 player the morning after I first had the panic attack trouble, and of course there’s the lyric in it ‘and here comes another panic attack’. I’ll always associate it with that now, which in a lot of ways is kinda a bad thing, but it kinda makes me feel better too.

I still very much associate it with that, but have just gained more and more affection for it. I was still having quite a bit of trouble with panic attacks and anxiety in general when I last did this chart and although that hasn’t completely gone away (does it ever?), I’m a lot better now and can generally keep on top of any panic symptoms. I still find this song quite comforting – just knowing that it’s not that unusual to feel scared of nothing in particular.

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Kenickie
Punka

At The ClubTaken From: Kenickie – At The Club (1997)

“Lo-fi songs are great”

For some reason it took me quite a while to properly appreciate the aceness of this song, which I feel like I should make some kind of apology to the indie gods for. I mean, it’s Punka! It brings back fond memories of me, Jamie, Rich and Sheryl singing it as we were walking around Glastonbury in 2010.

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Frida Hyvönen
Dirty Dancing

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

“We used to dance the afternoons away with Kylie, back when the nineties were dawning.”

My favourite Frida song and the one that made me properly fall in love with her music. It’s also another that I’ve put on a decent number of mix CDs, as it’s just brilliant and should be heard by more people. If you’re curious about the title, it does make reference to the film, though you don’t need to be a fan of the film to enjoy it!

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Ooberman
Roll Me In Cotton

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

“She preferred coffee to the rhythm”

Last time I said this:

Just a really beautiful song. Most songs on The Magic Treehouse are pretty instant, but this one particularly became an instant favourite. It hasn’t *quite* made it as my favourite song on The Magic Treehouse, but it was close.

Although it’s dropped a bit and is now only my 3rd favourite song on The Magic Treehouse, it’s still just as beautiful.

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Cerys Matthews
Streets Of New York

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

“You’re worth more than I could ever be, but I looked up and you had disappeared and left your crying to the rain

My favourite song on Never Said Goodbye. I love how encompassing the sound is (particularly on headphones) – it’s like you’re sucked into the song. I really feel like I’m lost in a big city, but don’t want to leave. No YouTube video to share, but you can listen on the Mixcloud mix, or you should just buy the album, because it’s awesome.

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Queen
Flick Of The Wrist

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

“Reduce you to a muzak fake machine”

Last time I said this:

Ah I love this song. The memory it always brings to mind is of when I was in year 11 and on the plastic cover of my science book I wrote (amongst other things) ‘prostitute yourself he says. Castrate your human pride’. He he. I remember Lorna reading it over my shoulder and thinking I was completely mad!

I don’t think I really appreciated how weird a thing that was to write on the front of a school book! Ha ha. I think a lot of my love for this song comes from the words in it though – it has some great words – mesmerise, synchronise, cross-collateralise… The lyrics feel good in your mouth.

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The Bluetones
If…

Return To The Last Chance SaloonTaken From: The Bluetones – Return To The Last Chance Saloon (1998)

“It’s all that I can do to sing these stupid songs to you”

The classic ending to a Bluetones live set. And for good reason, it’s a great song with an ace singalong outro. I’m just surprised it was so low down last time.

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Barenaked Ladies
Upside Down

Everything To EveryoneTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (2003)

“Nothing’s good enough for me, to shake me from complacency”

One of those songs I’m always happy to hear. As I said about it last time, it’s ‘unlike anything else I can think of’. That’s a huge compliment, of course. Seriously, have a listen – I challenge you to listen to it and not feel happier than you did beforehand.

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

None – they’re all still in.

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Top 777 Songs: 60 – 51

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Patio Song

BarafundleTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle (1997)

“And if you really want to kiss her, just go right up and tell her”

Last time I said this about it:

Talking of bi-lingual songs, isn’t this the only one to get into the top 40 or something like that? Brilliant brilliant song. Oddly the memory I always get of it now is of when Mozz covered it at the Maes-B gig in Newport when they were supporting Sherbet Antlers. That was cool.

I just tried (and failed) to find the Welsh-language record that this song has – it wasn’t top 40 (it charted at 41) but was maybe the first Top 75 charting song with Welsh in it?! Also, just to clarify, Mozz were a Welsh band that were around for a little while – I’m not using it as an abbreviation of Morrissey (even though last.fm tries to autocorrect it thusly!). Although I’m sure that Morrissey singing Patio Song at TJs would have been a sight to behold.

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David Bowie
Life On Mars?

Hunky DoryTaken From: David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)

“But the film is a saddening bore, for she’s lived it ten times or more.”

I’ve counted this as a new entry, though last time I had the Divine Comedy cover of it at number 337. It’s my favourite Bowie song. I still enjoy the Divine Comedy version, but it had to be the original that charted this time.

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Suede
Pantomime Horse

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“Have you ever tried it that way?”

Such a wonderful song. I love the way it builds as it goes on. I’ve fallen more and more in love with it over the years. This is a brilliant early live performance of it, from the Love & Poison release:

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Melys
In Love With Danielle Steel

DiwifrTaken From: Melys – Diwifr (single) (1998)

“She’s got a picture of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt pinned to the ceiling above her bed”

I love me a Melys b-side (if that hasn’t already been obvious). The lyrics of this are great – I love the whole story of it. It’s not on YouTube, though I just discovered it’s on Soundcloud, so I can embed that! I might be slightly overly excited by this discovery. Anyway, enjoy:

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Mansun
Church Of The Drive Thru Elvis

Eleven EPTaken From: Mansun – Six (single) aka Eleven EP (1999)

“Now that I am not content to be a weak impression of what used to be”

My favourite Mansun b-side. And no, it’s not just because my nickname at school was Elvis. In fact the title’s probably quite misleading – it suggests it might be quite an upbeat and silly kinda song, but it’s actually quite emotional and beautiful. Last time I described it in the following oh so eloquent way:

I can’t really explain why it is I like this song so much, but I really do. For some reason I especially like the mental image of a wheelchair sinking into the sand. I’m probably just a bit odd, but there ya go.

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Suede
Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away

BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“Let me take you through each stage of the male mistake and we’ll adopt our natural roles”

My favourite song on Bloodsports. I loved it straight away – it was definitely the standout track on the album as far as I was concerned. Musically and emotionally I just love it so much. I also had a weird experience with it a couple of months ago. I had a problem with one of my ears being blocked, so had been avoiding listening to music on my headphones on the walk to and from work, but on this particular day decided to give it a go anyway. It ended up being a bad plan as my ear was ringing for ages afterwards, but that’s besides the point. Although I could generally only hear part of the music through my right ear, there was a moment whilst listening to this song, when the chorus kicked in, and it seemed like I could hear properly again. I don’t know whether it was just my brain filling in the gaps, but I briefly thought that Suede had the power to cure hearing problems. It was a really euphoric moment, even if it was just in my head.

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Queen
Somebody To Love

A Day At The RacesTaken From: Queen – A Day At The Races (1976)

“I take home my hard-earned pay all on my own

It’s just great, isn’t it? Last time I said how it must have been one of the first Queen songs I fell in love with, so I’m pleased it’s still charting so well (better than last time, in fact).

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Jill Sobule
Angel/Asshole

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

“Then you’ll grow and then you’ll know that you’re better off alone”

My favourite Jill song. A rare song about a breakup from the perspective of the person who ended it and is therefore seen as the ‘asshole’. So good.

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Catatonia
Don’t Need The Sunshine

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“I don’t mind your lies, so keep on talking”

I don’t see how anyone could dislike this song, it’s like a beautiful spring day, or a comforting hug. Acoustic guitar and a stream in the background. Simple but perfect.

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The Tears
Brave New Century

Here Come The TearsTaken From: The Tears – Here Come The Tears (2005)

“We sit and choke on magazines and worship shit celebrities”

My favourite song by The Tears; as it was when I previously did the chart. So good. Definitely an underrated album.

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

59. Catatonia – Road Rage (Potentially a shocking omission? It’s great but not one of my favourite Catatonia songs. It only really charted last time because I tried to include some kind of ridiculous objective element to it)

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Top 777 Songs: 70 – 61

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Catatonia
Arabian Derby

Paper Scissors StoneTaken From: Catatonia – Paper Scissors Stone (2001)

“You can count us in again.”

It’s quite bittersweet to listen to this song, as it’s all about the band gearing themselves up to keep going and throwing their hat back in the ring, but of course they split up not long afterwards. It’s a song that’s always made me a bit teary and emotional. I also liked that on a couple of occasions, it came up on shuffle when I was walking past the racecourse in Worcester (back when that was my route to and from work), which seemed fitting. I also happened to be in Worcester when the split was announced (prior to that – back when my Dad and Step-Mum had just recently moved there and I was visiting during the Uni summer holiday), so this song very much makes me think of Worcester and that whole period of time, which is also quite bittersweet, to be honest.

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The Divine Comedy
Bang Goes The Knighthood

Bang Goes The KnighthoodTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes The Knighthood (2010)

“The fear is making me ill. But then fear is part of the thrill.”

I like that this has charted at number 69 – it seems quite apt. It’s a wonderful song about the underbelly of the upper classes. Picture Tory MPs being whipped by dominatrices (yes, I just had to google the plural of dominatrix!). Just brilliant. By far my favourite song on this album, though it’s also a great album.

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Sibrydion
Shangri La

Campfire ClassicsTaken From: Sibrydion – Campfire Classics (2009)

“So let’s raise a glass, iechyd da, you shine as bright as the northern star.”

My favourite Sibrydion song. I don’t listen to it as much as I did when it first came out, but that’s because I listened to it a lot back then. It’s so fun and catchy and just makes me happy. I miss Sibrydion. The only YouTube video for it is one that was uploaded in the Netherlands and is unavailable to the UK, so have a listen via the Mixcloud player, or you can find it on Bandcamp here.

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Catatonia
Do You Believe In Me?

You've Got A Lot To Answer For CD1Taken From: Catatonia – You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For (single) (1996)

“Drink puts the angel on my shoulder to sleep”

As I said about it last time:

Most Catfans would rank this song fairly highly. A brilliant example of the quality of Catatonia b-sides. Always brilliant live as well… Heartbreaking, but brilliant.

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Queen
Don’t Stop Me Now

JazzTaken From: Queen – Jazz (1978)

“I’m a sex machine ready to reload, like an atom bomb about to oh oh oh oh oh explode.”

Similar to the Sibrydion song in terms of irresistible catchy fun. Last time I said this:

I’ve listened to this song quite a bit lately. It reminds me of one of the Tetley Bops we had at uni (which were just like school discos at our Halls of Residence), as they played this song. Ah, I love school disco type affairs where you get a great mixture of new pop songs, classic songs of varying genres and anything generally cheesy and camp! 😀 Token indie songs are appreciated too, but in those kinda environments I rather enjoy the cheese! Not that I’m calling this song cheesy as I wouldn’t say it is at all. It’s just fab! 😀

Ha ha, I’d forgotten that the disco things at Tetley Hall were called Tetley Bops. Love it. The closest I get to school disco things now are the occasional wedding reception, which I do tend to enjoy for that same reason (though am less appreciative of the ‘new pop songs’ now, as am generally quite oblivious as to what’s in the charts).

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Mansun
Being A Girl

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“Tax on cigarettes, treats my cancer. These things elevate me above animals.”

Last time I specified the single version (‘part one’), as I like how it’s short and snappy, but this time I’m not specifying – I love both versions equally, just in different ways. It’s the album version that I’ve included on the Mixcloud mix though. I’ve always thought of the album version as ‘part two’, plus have the MP3 labelled like that, but I once referred to it like that, in a conversation with my ex, and he was like ‘what?! It’s not called that’. Looking on the back of the album, he’s totally right, but it still annoys me that he’s right. It’s under ‘part two’ of the album, plus the single version’s called ‘part one’, so it logically makes sense to me that the full-length version is ‘part two’, but technically it isn’t, alas. It’ll always be part two to me though. And I’m not changing the tagging on my MP3 now. Ooh, I wonder if other people on last.fm have scrobbled it as ‘part two’… Yes! Two other people have! Those are my kinda people. Anyway, below’s the video for part one, which features a young Danny Dyer!! Ha ha, I’d forgotten that.

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Pulp
Something Changed

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“Where would I be now if we’d never met? Would I be singing this song to someone else instead?

I’m amazed this didn’t chart higher last time. I’ve only recently been re-appreciating it, as I associated it quite closely with my last relationship, so found it difficult to listen to when we split up. It’s such a brilliant song though – I remember once mentioning it as a potential future wedding song, as it’s perfect for that – romantic without being sappy.

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Cathy Davey
Habit

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

“Leave your keys out in the door as you leave. So next in line can creep beside me easily.”

My favourite Cathy Davey song. It was initially a bit of a grower, but I just love it. The lyrics, her vocals, the music… all just brilliant.

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Blur
Beetlebum

BlurTaken From: Blur – Blur (1997)

“I just slip away and I am gone”

I’ve always liked this song, but it’s only become a full-on favourite in the past few years, for some reason. It’s my favourite Blur song now – I love it. You can kinda feel it flowing through your veins, fittingly, as you’re listening to it.

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Catatonia
Difrycheulyd [Snail Ambition]

HookedTaken From: Catatonia – Hooked (single) (1994)

“Mae cysgod wrth y drws”

Pretty much what I said about it last time (except I don’t think I have the tapes any more):

I first heard this song on a cassette that was sent to me by a very kind catfan whose name I can’t actually remember now! I think it might have been Jeff. Anyway, he sent me 2 cassettes infact with all the early b-sides etc on, so that I could hear them before I got the chance to buy the whole back catalogue 🙂 I’ve still got them somewhere. Anyway, the first time I heard this song I was just like ‘what on earth was that?!’ It was one of the strangest songs I’d ever heard! Not in a bad way, though it didn’t especially grab me either. However, I kept listening to it, as played the tapes a lot, and found that it grew on me. Not only that but it actually became one of my favourite songs! Especially once I’d learnt the lyrics and could sing along. 🙂

As you can see, my love for it has just continued to grow! I’m not sure how many people would consider this one of their top 10 favourite Catatonia songs, but it’s one of mine! I mean, it’s got Mark singing random bits in French!! I love it. The video for it’s great too, though annoyingly the copy on YouTube is missing the first verse! Meh. I might re-upload it myself, as I should have a digital version saved somewhere… aha, yep, that’s better:

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

70. tobyslater – Consumption

62. Garbage – Cup Of Coffee (though it was shortlisted)

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Top 777 Songs: 80 – 71

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Mansun
Negative

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“Have you ever told a lie to hide a lie? Shame on you, you’ve compromised again.”

Why was this so low last time?! I guess I have listened to it more and more in recent years. Brilliant song.

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Melys
We Had Our Chances

So GoodTaken From: Melys – So Good (single) (2002)

“All those happy memories we never made.”

I have a slight preference for the b-side version, though do also love the version that’s a secret track on Casting Pearls. It’s a short punch of emotion. Love it. Have a listen via the Mixcloud player.

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The Magic Theatre
Out There

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

“Got friends in love with being in love, but I’m still on my own. It’s not for want of offers, just that no-one feels like home.”

You know those wonderful rare occasions when a song just encapsulates your thoughts and feelings so perfectly that it’s almost spooky? Like they’ve read your mind? That’s very much this song for me. It’s also my favourite Magic Theatre song for that reason. I remember once trying to write a poem to express the same sentiments, back when I was at school, but struggling to find the right words and not managing to finish it, so I’m pleased (though slightly frustrated in my own failings) that The Magic Theatre have captured it so perfectly. Seriously, if you ever wonder why I’m generally single, just listen to this song. I can’t express enough love for Dan and Sophie for bringing it into my life.

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Cerys Matthews
Only A Fool

CockahoopTaken From: Cerys Matthews – Cockahoop (2003)

“I need you, like I need salt in my water, salt in my wounds”

This was my favourite Cerys song when I last did this chart, though she’d only released the one album by that point, so there wasn’t as much competition! It’s still my favourite song on Cockahoop. I’ve identified with it more in recent years too, though whether or not that’s a good thing is a separate issue… I enjoy the video too – it takes me back to that first solo tour in 2003 – especially the Union Chapel gig for some reason. I was backstage afterwards, with my friend Dave, who wanted to schmooze with everyone, so kept disappearing and leaving me on my own, but it did mean that Teel came and chatted to me instead, so it was all good. Plus we got a cool photo with Adam Green, and a really awkward one with Bucky Baxter, who I don’t think really wanted to be talking to Dave, ha ha. Fun times.

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Suede
Obsessions

A New MorningTaken From: Suede – A New Morning (2002)

“Obsessions, it’s like sex. It’s simple and complex.”

The only song from A New Morning to chart. Last time I said this about it:

Oh man I love this song! Strangely it wasn’t one I’d listened to a lot on A New Morning since its release (although it hadn’t been out for long anyway), but when I got to go to the video shoot for it, I of course made sure I learnt the lyrics! I listened to it repeatedly on the train and then of course I got to listen to it lots during the day, but I didn’t get tired of it at all – in fact I just kept getting more obsessed with it (fittingly!). It was also during and after that video shoot that I became somewhat obsessed with Brett! I liked him already but it definitely moved into the Obsession category then. Mmmmmm Brett. Plus I can identify with the whole idea of obsession anyway. Plus it’s just a brilliant song! I’m slightly surprised it’s not even higher, but hey 71’s pretty good.

I’d totally forgotten that my love of Brett didn’t properly develop until then. I can verify that it is still going strong! Below is the video that I was at the videoshoot for. You can’t pick me out, sadly, though I was right at the front (albeit stage left, not central). I don’t think they used any of my quotes either (though can’t actually remember what I wrote on the questionnaire thing, so they might have used a word or two). Great day though.

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The Hot Puppies
How Come You Don’t Hold Me No More?

Under The Crooked MoonTaken From: The Hot Puppies – Under The Crooked Moon (2006)

“What can I say, to stem the decay? Or even just to hear my name?”

My favourite Hot Puppies song. I love the emotion of it, plus have found it very relatable at times too, sadly.

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Kate Bush
Running Up That Hill

Hounds Of LoveTaken From: Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love (1985)

“Unaware I’m tearing you asunder

Just a brilliant song. I’m also fond of the cover versions by The Honeymoon and Placebo, but you can’t beat a bit of the Bush (as it were).

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Cerys Matthews
What Kind Of Man?

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

“If you take my heart, don’t break it. It’s been broken once before.”

Another Cerys song that I considered a favourite for quite a while, which is pretty impressive for a song that’s just over a minute long. I just love it – plus in the same way that Only A Fool takes me back to the 2003 tour, this song takes me back to the 2006 tour, which was one of my favourite ever summers, no question. This song also reminds me of someone I had a crush on at the time, which was the first time I’d had a crush on anyone for a good few years (I’d started to worry I’d lost the ability), so kinda meant a lot to me. I also made a video to this song, using footage from The Sims 2, because… ok, I don’t know why. Why not, I guess?!? I was pretty pleased with my sim versions of Cerys, Mason and Teel, plus how well some bits synced to the music. Enjoy the strange fruits of my labours below. The other sims featured are mostly based on friends of mine, though there are a few TV characters too (and some other musicians) – I’d hope Mulder and Scully are fairly recognisable at least. I still play The Sims 2 occasionally, though Mulder and Scully are all grey and ageing now (sad times) – I’m sure I could use that as some kind of metaphor for something, but I won’t.

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The Divine Comedy
National Express

Fin De SiecleTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Fin De Siècle (1998)

“She’ll provide you with drinks and theatrical winks for a sky-high fee”

The song that properly got me into The Divine Comedy, plus a song that I most closely associate with my friend Matthew, as it’s his favourite song of all time. I have fond memories of dancing to it at his wedding. He’ll probably be disappointed that it’s dropped in the chart, though it’s still a very strong placing – it’s hard to separate a lot of the top 100, to be honest. It’s also another song that I originally misheard – I thought that the ‘mini-skirts were in style’ line was ‘men in skirts were in style’. The actual line makes more sense, though I still kinda prefer mine.

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Melys
When You Put Leonard Cohen On

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

“I’m sorry that I’ve been so goddamn dependent. Panic and fear, I’m a moth without light.”

This was my favourite Melys song for years – including when I last did this chart. I listen to it a lot less often now, but I still love its simple beauty. Plus it’s on YouTube! Yay!

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

None – they’re all still in.

Reminder: You can listen to all of these songs right here:

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Top 777 Songs: 90 – 81

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

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Jill Sobule
Somewhere In New Mexico

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

“Saw two lovers in the park, with that dreamy look of lust in their eyes. The whole world smiled as they passed by. It just made me mad.”

As a big X-Files fan, it’s probably not surprising that I love a song about heading out to New Mexico and hoping to be abducted. Not that that’s all it’s about. It’s a wonderful song and I love the lyrics.

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Easyworld
You & Me

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

“I mix a mean martini.”

This was my favourite Easyworld song when I last did this chart. One other song’s since usurped it (you’ll find out which very soon!), but I still love me some You & Me. I still have a very slight preference for the album version, as the version I heard first, though really enjoy the single version too. Enjoy the album version on the Mixcloud mix and the single version below:

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Evelyn Evelyn
Evelyn Evelyn

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

“This is our birthday, so why are we weeping?”

That’s a lot of times to have to write the name ‘Evelyn’… This is my favourite Evelyn Evelyn song – I just love the dark theatrics of it – it’s an incredibly compelling way to kick off an album. Having just googled the lyrics, however, I discovered there’s one bit I’ve been mishearing. The actual lyric is ‘Do you think I should marry him? But we just met him yesterday.’ I’d thought the lyric was ‘Do you think I should bury him? But we just had him yesterday.’ Quite a different lyric!! I’d apparently made it darker than it is… Anyway, enjoy:

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Suede
So Young

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“Let’s chase the dragon from our home”

I mentioned last time how I found this song to be a grower and it’s seemingly continued to grow on me. I’m also fairly sure that it was the song I was playing when at my Mum’s one summer, whilst my grandparents were visiting, and my Grandma overheard it and said ‘ooh, who’s that singing? She’s got a lovely voice!’ Ha ha. It’s also the song that introduced me to the ‘chasing the dragon’ phrase, which I’ve since also come to associate with the awesome Guitar Hero episode of South Park! So listening to this song now makes me think of South Park. Not that that’s a bad thing.

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The Decemberists
The Rake’s Song

The Hazards Of LoveTaken From: The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love (2009)

“Until her womb started spilling out babies. Only then did I reckon my curse.”

My favourite Decemberists song, plus probably my favourite Decemberists album. Is it concerning to have so much love for a song that’s basically about infanticide? What if it’s a really upbeat and catchy song about infanticide??

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Little Birdy
Excited

BigBigLoveTaken From: Little Birdy – BigBigLove (2004)

“I can’t figure out why you don’t leave me.”

My favourite Little Birdy song, plus another favourite of mine for putting on mix CDs, as more people need to be aware of the aceness of Little Birdy.

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The Divine Comedy
Generation Sex

Fin De SiecleTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Fin De Siècle (1998)

“The poor protect the wealthy in this world

The “I mean, it’s the ’90s!” bit makes me giggle to myself now, as it’s become so dated (even if I personally tend to live in a bit of a ’90s time warp, as evidenced by regularly listening to this song). Sadly the lyrics inspired by Princess Diana’s death are still just as relevant though – it feels like the tabloids have gotten worse, if anything. Still, it’s as brilliant a song as it was back then, and still a favourite of mine. Also, brainwave, can we please start using ‘generation sex’ instead of ‘xennial’ to describe those of us born in the 1977-83 micro-generation?? Much cooler, right?

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Easyworld
All I Can Remember

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

“Try and think of nothing, but think of me”

This didn’t even chart list time, though I now consider it my favourite Easyworld song. It’s a real tour de force from them. Crank the volume up and enjoy:

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Lucky Soul
A Coming Of Age

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

“Steadfast and surefooted once. Now I just cling to the floor.”

My favourite Lucky Soul song and easily my most listened to. I just love the style of it. I definitely recommend listening to the album version, which is on the Mixcloud mix, though this acoustic session version below is also rather ace – I love the harmonising guitars:

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Pulp
Razzmatazz

RazzmatazzTaken From: Pulp – Razzmatazz (single) (1993)

“You’re trying to look like some kind of heiress, but your face is such a mess.”

The lyrics to this are just great – classic Jarvis. My favourite bit is where there’s the line ‘I’m sorry, didn’t you say things go better with a little bit of razzmatazz’ and then the ‘mah mah mah’s kick in and it’s just like YES!

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

None – they’re all still in.

Reminder: You can listen to all of these songs right here:

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