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

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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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Top 777 Songs: 270 – 261

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Catatonia
For Tinkerbell

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

“Did you fly into a rage? Did you lust for centre stage? Mimic monkey media.”

Surprisingly this is the first song to chart from Way Beyond Blue. Particularly surprisingly as it was my favourite song on Way Beyond Blue at one time. In fact I think there was a period when it was my favourite Catatonia song. Not really sure why I don’t listen to it so much these days. Anyway… It was their first single, though my preferred version is the album version – probably because it was the first version I heard. They’re both great though, just in slightly different ways. I think I’ll always feel a bit of a special connection to this song as I used variations on tinkerbell / fortinkerbell / 4tinkerbell as e-mail addresses and usernames for quite a while in the late ’90s / early ’00s. My Ebay username (which I’ve had since June 2000) is still fortinkerbell. It’s one of those usernames that would be obvious and popular though (amongst Catatonia fans, obviously), so unless I was lucky enough to get in first, I’d sometimes be beaten to it. That’s why I then ended up using melys_cerys in a variety of places, as it was more niche (and I’d just gotten into Melys). I also used to have a few Tinkerbell t-shirts etc. I think I’ve still got a Tinkerbell necklace somewhere… I also once made a Catatonia-themed t-shirt that had a ‘Mimic Monkey Media’ design and used a mocked-up version of a Melody Maker cover (RIP) with pictures of monkeys on it (I’d discovered Photoshop). Ah, to be 20 again eh? Here’s the original single version of For Tinkerbell (though you can get the album version on the Mixcloud mix):

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Super Furry Animals
(Drawing) Rings Around The World

Rings Around The WorldTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World (2001)

“With all those meteoric stones. And all those sheep they never cloned.”

This song and ‘It’s Not The End Of The World?’ (which charted in the last set of 10 songs) are easily my favourites on this album. I do still have a bit of a soft spot for ‘Presidential Suite’ as well, though not enough for it to chart this time around. This song’s great though – so catchy and fun.

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Blur
The Universal

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

“Every paper that you read says tomorrow’s your lucky day. Well here’s your lucky day.”

I tend to forget just how good this song is – which is probably partly why it didn’t chart last time! Though I have also gained more of an appreciation for Blur in the past 10 years, plus seen them live twice. Plus being in a long-term relationship with someone whose favourite band is Blur will have an influencing effect as well! Though I still mostly think of this song as ‘the one with the Clockwork Orange video’. Probably the only time I’ve found Damon attractive, to be honest (sorry Damon). Though it’s kinda simultaneously attractive and kinda creepy… Hmm. Concerning.

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Fight Like Apes
I’m Beginning To Think You Prefer Beverly Hills 90210 To Me

Fight Like Apes And The Mystery...Taken From: Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes And The Mystery Of The Golden Medallion (2008)

“Thanks for the verse, though, in this excellent song”

My favourite Fight Like Apes song. It was an instant favourite and the song that made me a fan of theirs. I mean, how can you not love that title? It’s also another song that I’ve put on a lot of mix CDs over the past few years.

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Murry The Hump
Vodka And Wine

Songs Of IgnoranceTaken From: Murry The Hump – Songs Of Ignorance (2001)

“When I saw your naked body for the very first time, I was cursed with double-vision from the vodka and the wine”

Ah, Murry The Hump. Most of the songs on this album have charted, as it’s just so damn good! Plus of course I’m going to love a song called ‘Vodka And Wine’. Especially one that’s as sleazy, amusing and beguiling as this one. No YouTube video to share though, so you’ll have to put on the Mixcloud mix to enjoy it.

 

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Queen
Great King Rat

QueenTaken From: Queen – Queen (1973)

“Every second word he swore. Yes he was the son of a whore. Always wanted by the law.”

As you can probably deduce, this is a song that I’ve gained more appreciation for as time’s gone on. It was an instant favourite on the album, though the album itself was a definite grower. Not many songs can so casually mention syphilis within the first few lines and still be so upbeat and rocky! As someone has commented on this YouTube video: ‘People who only focus on Queen’s later stuff have no idea what they’re missing.’

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Pleasure
Stories (feat. Cerys Matthews)

PleasureTaken From: Pleasure – Pleasure (2003)

“Sunday’s child knew everything I hoped to know”

Brilliant song – it’s only dropped so much in the chart as I listened to it a bit too much at one point. I’ve been re-appreciating it recently though. It’s got a great atmosphere to it, plus also features Cerys’ mother and grandmother, which just adds to the warmth of the song and makes it really unique and interesting. What’s Fred Ball up to these days? I’d love to see a Pleasure 3. I just held my breath slightly when searching for ‘Pleasure Stories’ on YouTube, but happily this was the top hit (it’s the song, don’t worry):

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Jarvis Cocker
I Will Kill Again

JarvisTaken From: Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis (2006)

“Log on in the night time. Drink a half bottle of wine. Buy a couple of records. Look at naked girls from time to time.”

An instant favourite of mine on this album. Partly because of the lyrics (as is so often the case with Jarvis), though really I love everything about it.

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Beautiful Small Machines
Robots In Love

Robots In LoveTaken From: Beautiful Small Machines – Robots In Love EP (2009)

“When he said ‘I love you, girl,’ it was only Science Fiction.”

One of the songs that was originally going to be on Bree Sharp’s third solo album (which I think was provisionally titled Robots In Love??) and was put up on her MySpace. I’d therefore already heard it quite a few times before it eventually got released on this EP. For that reason, my initial favourites on the EP were ‘Superconducter’ and ‘Counting Back To 1’. However, as time’s gone on, this song’s crept up into being my current favourite by Beautiful Small Machines. I guess I particularly like the slightly geeky element to it and the whole online dating narrative.

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The Divine Comedy
Middle-Class Heroes

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“Their three-year-old kid seems unconcerned. He’d rather swallow all those allergy pills.”

Another victim to over-listening, sadly. It’s a brilliant song, particularly lyrically – which is why it was my favourite Divine Comedy song for quite a long time. This is what I said about it last time:

My favourite Divine Comedy song. Possibly a slightly random choice, but there’s just something about it! Casanova was actually the first album of theirs I got (aside from A Secret History), so that probably helps sentimentally. I also love the lyrics and especially love the way in which Neil manages to work in a quote from Hamlet! Despite the fact it brings back memories of A-level essays!

I still love the Hamlet quote – plus my memories of A-level essays are much more distant now!!

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

269. The Tears – A Love As Strong As Death (though it was shortlisted)

268. Athlete – Beautiful

267. Hawksley Workman – Clever Not Beautiful

266. The Killers – Mr Brightside

264. Catatonia – Beautiful Loser

262. Joan Osbourne – One Of Us

261. Catatonia – Is Everybody Here On Drugs?

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Top 777 Songs: 280 – 271

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Super Furry Animals
Something For The Weekend

Fuzzy LogicTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic (1996)

“I just keep repeating myself. I just keep repeating myself.”

The single version’s great too (as in the video below), though I prefer the slightly faster version.

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Godhopping

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

“They’ll feel good ‘cos their hat is silly and silly means that their time is good”

Ah, we haven’t had a DDIHC song for a while. This is a great opening track – it’s so catchy and fun. Not the greatest quality on this video, but hey, you can listen via the Mixcloud mix too.

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Super Furry Animals
Demons

RadiatorTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Radiator (1997)

“Sunny days in January, left spaces in my diary”

After a DDIHC sandwich, we’re back to SFAs. And this song has practically charted in the exact same place! Oooooh. Last time I said this:

Such a lovely song. It always makes me think of the Welsh music documentary that Joop copied for me, where Gruff sings Demons with an acoustic guitar in some woods. Beautiful.

It still makes me think of that documentary. Although my favourite part of that documentary is where Gruff explains how the Welsh translation for ‘tea bags’ is basically ‘tea testicles’. That’s the kinda thing that sticks in your head (or mine, at least). The music video below seems a slightly odd choice of accompaniment to the song, though I am enjoying the YouTube comments on it where one person has said ‘Cardiff looks weird in this video’ and someone’s responded with ‘Its the trendier south-side of the city, between Tremorfa and Splott’. Ha ha ha ha.

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The Hot Puppies
Terry

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

“Terry won’t tell me if that’s blood or Campari on his hands”

I personally found this song to be a grower. I didn’t listen to it much for ages, then really suddenly I just fell in love with it and it’s been a favourite ever since. I’m not sure if I’ve actually watched the video for it before, but I like it. It continues the ‘areas of Cardiff’ theme, but genuinely this time! Adamsdown’s more rock ‘n’ roll than Colombia any day, right?

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The Divine Comedy
Note To Self

RegenerationTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Regeneration (2001)

“A song is not a song until it’s listened to”

I was a bit disappointed by Regeneration at the time it came out – plus it’s still not one of my favourite Divine Comedy albums – but I have gained more of an appreciation for it over the years. I don’t find it varied enough as an album, but if you listen to individual songs, there are some really good ones. This song’s clearly crept up into my favourites over the past 10 years, as it didn’t chart last time. It’s got some really good lyrics in it and I like how it runs through the days of the week. I also like how it’s mostly quite controlled in terms of lyrics and music and then there’s the freaking out bit in the middle where the music shifts and you get ‘what the fuck is happening?…’ before it settles back into control. You get the sense of someone trying to stave off fear and depression by taking each day at a time and restating their assumptions as a coping mechanism. It’s definitely an underrated song.

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Alanis Morissette
Forgiven

Jagged Little PillTaken From: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)

“My brothers they never went blind for what they did, but I may as well have”

I found it quite difficult to decide which Alanis songs to include, as I rarely listen to them much now, though they do still mean a lot to me – particularly this album. I only included a few, but felt like this just had to be one of them, as it’s such a powerful and emotional song.

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Big Leaves
Electro-Magnetic Pollution

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

“I need to gather my thoughts so I can start to let go”

So damn catchy. Love it. No video to share, alas, but you know what I’m going to say, right? Stick on the Mixcloud mix!

 

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The Broken Family Band
Please Yourself

Please And Thank YouTaken From: The Broken Family Band – Please And Thank You (2009)

“Go back to your hotel and please yourself”

Another great opening track. My appreciation of it’s just grown over the past 8 years (woah, it’s really been that long already?). It’s a song that I very rarely skip if it comes up on shuffle – it’s too much of a joy to listen to.

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Melys
Lemming

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

“I cover you in kisses, then rip out your nails”

Classic Melys – it’s both sweet and slightly disturbing. Hoorah! I originally misheard the ‘a touch erratic’ line as ‘a touch erotic’ (as did the person who posted the lyrics on YouTube it seems), though the way you can hear it as both is kinda pleasing.

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The Bird And The Bee
Polite Dance Song

Ray Guns Are Not Just The FutureTaken From: The Bird And The Bee – Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future (2009)

“I try to be as coy as I can, but I want to see your naughty bits”

Another new entry from a 2009 album. This was my instant favourite on the album and is my favourite song by The Bird And The Bee. If you had a mix CD from me in 2009 or the following few years, it’s quite likely it had this song on it!

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

279. Melys – Casino El Camino

275. Ooberman – Grey (though it was shortlisted)

274. Queen – The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke (though it was shortlisted)

273. Sheryl Crow – Oh Marie

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