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.

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Shivaree
Thundercats

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.

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Jill Sobule
Youthful Indiscretions

Taken From: Unreleased (free download from jillsobule.com)

“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.

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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:

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Franz Ferdinand
Michael

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).

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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!

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Suede
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:

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Ooberman
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:

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Queen
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:

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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.

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Suede
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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Muse
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.

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Suede
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.

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Melys
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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Ooberman
Ghosts

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.

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Simon Love
Motherfuckers

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):

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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.

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The Indelicates
Class

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!

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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.

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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! 😀

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Mansun
Legacy

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) 🙂

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Suede
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:

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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.

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Ooberman
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).

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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:

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Kate Bush
Babooshka

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!!

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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.

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Blur
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).

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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?

 

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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!

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Easyworld
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:

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Suede
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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Top 777 Songs: 550 – 541

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Toni Basil
Mickey

Word Of MouthTaken From: Toni Basil – Word Of Mouth (1982)

“You think you’ve got the right, but I think you’ve got it wrong”

I already talked about my love for Toni Basil and how much she reminds me of my childhood. This is obviously her most well known song by far and although it’s easy to dismiss it as novelty, I think it’s genuinely great. Insanely catchy, of course; hearing it just makes me happy. Something that my friend Emily can attest to from when it got played prior to Sarah Millican’s show earlier this year. It also became apparent that Sarah must have chosen the songs that were played, which pleased me even more. The video, in particular, just instantly takes me back to childhood. Love it.

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Suede
To The Birds

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

“I wouldn’t give a shit if my bicycle’s in bits. I think I’m going to heaven on it.”

Just a slight shift in style from the previous song… ha ha. I’ll actually have heard this on the Sci-Fi Lullabies compilation initially, as didn’t start collecting the back catalogue of singles until slightly later on. Anyway, I stand by what I said about it last time:

Brilliant b-side. Although does the intro now remind anyone else of Yellow by Coldplay? Well vice-versa really as To The Birds was written much earlier. Anyone else find themselves noticing that and getting annoyed with Coldplay?! Don’t even get me started on how much I hate Yellow!!

The intros aren’t insanely similar or anything (I just re-listened to Yellow’s, though am now worried YouTube is going to start recommending Coldplay songs to me…*shudders*) but it’s still a connection I always make. Yet I still love this song! Hoorah. Here’s a live performance that might pleasingly coincidentally happen to feature a sweat-soaked Brett with his shirt open. You’re welcome!

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Queen
Let Me Entertain You

JazzTaken From: Queen – Jazz (1978)

“I’ve come here to sell you my body. I can show you some good merchandise.”

Slightly surprised this didn’t make it in last time, though not hugely I guess. I’ve always really liked it as a song, but it’s not one that’s always been an obvious favourite. It’s a bit of an odd one I guess. To be honest, Jazz is a bit of an odd album. There are some brilliant songs on it, though it’s somewhat all over the place. It’s not as cohesive an album as a lot of their others. For those who are only familiar with the hits, it’s the album that contains ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Bicycle Race’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. However, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ is very much in no way like any of those songs. I love it though – it manages to somehow have a camp and theatrical element to it, but within the confines of quite a dark and rocky song. Here’s a live performance of it:

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Sibrydion
Blithdraphlith

JigCalTaken From: Sibrydion – Jig Cal (2005)

I think of this as ‘the kazoo song’. In a good way, obviously. You’ve gotta love a bit of kazoo action. Like all Sibrydion songs it’s incredibly catchy. Here’s an ace live performance, complete with kazoos of course:

546

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Avenue Q Soundtrack
The Internet Is For Porn

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

“Grab your dick and double click for porn, porn, porn”

Do I even need to say anything about this song? Like so many things in life, it’s funny because it’s true.

545

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Smile (Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen)

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

“Get it ’cause we’ll all be dead and no-one dead can use a camera” 

Taken from an album that I helped fund – yay crowdfunding! I really like how this song builds as it goes on. Plus the lyrics are great and really capture (he he, accidental photography pun) the digital / social media age we live in.

544

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Queen
Too Much Love Will Kill You

Made In HeavenTaken From: Queen – Made In Heaven (1995)

“In my tangled state of mind, I’ve been looking back to find where I went wrong”

Last time I said this:

This was my favourite Queen song for quite a long time. Actually it was my overall favourite song for quite a long time! Although it’s not now, I still really love it.

As you can see, it’s dropped even further in my favourites since then. I do still love it, but like quite a few Brian May songs, I can find it a little too earnest now that I’m older and a little more… cynical? I don’t know. I do still find it moving though and it’ll probably always be somewhere among my favourites.

543

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The Decemberists
The Chimbley Sweep

Her Majesty...Taken From: The Decemberists – Her Majesty, The Decemberists (2003)

“I’ve not been swept since the day my husband died”

Just a great and catchy song. Don’t really need to say more than that!

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Alessi’s Ark
Over The Hill

Notes From The TreehouseTaken From: Alessi’s Ark – Notes From The Treehouse (2009)

“I know we’ll get there eventually, but I’m English so bear with me”

My favourite Alessi’s Ark song. I just love the style of it and her vocals. I was also chuffed to get to see her live when she supported Cerys at a gig at Union Chapel in 2009. Ahhh, I love Union Chapel. I’ve only ever been to awesome gigs there. Half of them Cerys ones, granted. I’ve not actually seen this video for the song before, though it features an owl made out of digestive biscuits! This wins it definite points of some kind. Biscuity owl points.

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The Loves
…Love

LoveTaken From: The Loves – Love (2004)

“Love is something you want. Love is something you bleed. Love is something you would give your life for. Love is something you need.”

I love (he he) how this is like 2 songs in one. And both of them great. It’s also another album that I picked up from MVE in Camden. *sob* Maybe it wouldn’t have closed down if I’d been living in London and able to go there more frequently. Although I’d probably have had even more debt issues, so swings and roundabouts. There’s the potential that this song might be on YouTube somewhere, but searching for it is a rather difficult thing to do!

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

550. The Bluetones – Liquid Lips (not really sure why I didn’t shortlist this, but I didn’t)

549. Jill Sobule – Resistance Song (I did shortlist this)

548. Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight

547. Pulp – The Night That Minnie Timperley Died

544. Yorkie – Dust

543. Catatonia – Apathy Revolution (another song that I probably should have shortlisted, but hey)

541. Space – Diary Of A Wimp

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

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Top 777 Songs: 560 – 551

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

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Ooberon
National Insurance

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

“There’s a job at Tescos going for a failed musician”

If it’s not potentially obvious from the name, Ooberon is made up of members of Ooberman – specifically Steve and Andy Flett. This is their only album to date, though I’m hopeful of a future one as they now have a Facebook page and Bandcamp site. Yay! This was my instant favourite on the album and I still really love it, obviously. It evokes that special joy of claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (oh how soul destroying it is) but in a power pop type style. What’s not to love?

No YouTube video, but you can listen on Bandcamp here. Or, y’know, just play my Mixcloud mix.

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574

Murry The Hump
Travel

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

“You’re the only one. Maybe not the only one.”

Another Murry The Hump b-side. They had some brilliant ones. However, unlike some of the others (Kebab Or Shag, No Girl No Sex…) that took a little while to grow on me – this one was an instant favourite. Hence it also having made it into the chart last time, in a very similar position. It’s just really beautiful. Plus I am a fan of travelling! Another song without a YouTube video to share, but even more reason to listen to my Mixcloud mix!

558

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Tears For Fears
Mad World

The HurtingTaken From: Tears For Fears – The Hurting (1983)

“The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had”

I’ve counted this as a new entry, though the Gary Jules version of the song actually made it in last time – charting at number 527. This time around I decided to go for the original, as although I really loved the Gary Jules version at the time it came out, I rarely listen to it now. Also, I have more of a general appreciation for Tears For Fears. They’re another band I associate with my Dad, as he liked them a lot and I remember hearing their songs whilst growing up.

557

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Julee Cruise
Falling

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

“Don’t let yourself be hurt this time”

It’s the theme to Twin Peaks!! Do I even need to say anything else? I did just get slightly amused by the realisation it’s appropriately ‘fallen’ in the chart. He he.

556

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Pretenders
I’ll Stand By You

Last Of The IndependentsTaken From: Pretenders – Last Of The Independents (1994)

“Nothing you confess could make me love you less”

This song’s fallen quite a bit in the chart. I still love it, I’m just not as obsessed with it as I was when I last did this chart. This is what I said about it last time:

Amazing song. For me it will forever be associated with Mulder and Scully as I have a couple of great X-Files music vids to this song. The lyrics do work well with their relationship. Oh and don’t mention the Girls Aloud version!!! That was just wrong.

And yes, I didn’t lie, I do still associate it with Mulder and Scully. To celebrate that, here’s an X-Files music video using the song, made by my friend Sophie:

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Big Leaves
Speakeasy

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

“You believe you’re the life of the party” 

I have no notion why this didn’t chart last time – that seems like madness. I can only assume that I’d listened to it too much at that point and maybe gone off it slightly for a bit. Though again that seems like madness. It’s an ace song! Not on YouTube, alas, but again a good reason to listen to the Mixcloud mix. It’s the best one yet! Though I’ll obviously think that ever week – such is the nature of this kind of chart 😉

554

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Queen
Seven Seas Of Rhye

Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“Then I’ll defy the laws of nature and come out alive”

This song’s also on Greatest Hits, of course, so one of the earliest Queen songs I heard. Last time I just described it as ‘classic Queen song’. I’m happy to stick with that description.

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The Ark
Echo Chamber

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

“Have you heard the word no? No, no. I thought so. ‘Cause everybody says yes, everywhere you go.”

Ah, what better to follow Queen with than The Ark? More catchy, camp, glam awesomeness.

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The Bluetones
Heard You Were Dead

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

“It came as no surprise to me, you’ve done this kind of thing before”

I feel like Return To The Last Chance Saloon often gets overlooked as an album. Personally I’ve always found it difficult to choose which I prefer between this and Expecting To Fly (which is the one more people tend to rave about), though neither are actually my favourite Bluetones album, despite both having some brilliant songs on, including this one! It’s one of those songs that starts off well, but then just gets better and better as it goes on. A nice contrast to those disappointing songs that start off strong and then get weaker as they go on. None of those on this chart though (I hope)!

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Avenue Q Soundtrack
For Now

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

“Life may be scary, but it’s only temporary”

The closing number in Avenue Q. As well as it being a great and fun song, it’s also got a good message to it in that ‘everything in life is only for now’. Plus, when you see it live, you can have the fun of guessing in advance who they’ve substituted for George Bush in the lyrics. The last time I went I correctly predicted the use of Donald Trump. He was the obvious choice, like. And lets hope he really is only for now! In the performance below they go for ‘Fox News’ – another good choice.

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

560. The Fiery Furnaces – Rub-Alcohol Blues

558. Curerbell – Nobody Knows Everybody

557. Ooberman – Stormtrooper

556. Catatonia – Village Idiots

552. Supergrass – Alright

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