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.

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Top 777 Songs: 90 – 81

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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.

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Top 777 Songs: 100 – 91

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Big Leaves
Sleepwalking

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

“So am I in a dream? I’m floating in-between.”

This was my favourite Big Leaves song when I last did this chart. It’s been leapfrogged by another song now, so it’s only my 2nd favourite, but it’s still awesome. I love it when the chorus kicks in. It’s not on YouTube, but is on the Mixcloud mix of course.

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Suede
Can’t Get Enough

Head MusicTaken From: Suede – Head Music (1999)

“I feel real now, walking like a woman and talking like a stone age man.”

Last time I said this:

Whenever I hear this song I can’t help but think about a certain incident I had when in Hemel one time. I was wearing my cord flares (which have since sadly died) and as I walked across the landing, one of my feet got caught in the bottom of my trousers and I fell head-first into the springy laundry basket things. *rofl* All in front of my Mum and sister. It was very funny!! I had this song playing in my bedroom at the time, so I have this memory of Brett singing ‘I…can’t get enough’ and me then diving into a load of laundry! He he. Oh and I really like the video to this song too – probably mostly because it features Max Beesley. Mmmmm 🙂

I’d completely forgotten about that!! Ha ha. Ah, the days (and dangers) of cord flares. I’m still a fan of the Max Beesley video:

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Queen
It’s Late

News Of The WorldTaken From: Queen – News Of The World (1977)

“If I say I love you, in the candlelight, there’s no one but myself to blame.”

As you can possibly tell from the previous chart placing, this was my favourite Queen song for quite a few years. I’m not really sure why it’s dropped down in my tastes over the past few years – it’s just one of those things. Like Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s another one that I used to have a whole narrative for and act out in my teenage bedroom. This one involved one half of a couple getting on a train and the other person rushing to the station to try and catch them (but sadly just missing them). It’s not one of the best known Queen songs, but I’d say it’s one of their best.

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Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Lounger

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

“I get up when I like, wear anything I like. Don’t keep up with the cool, I’ll make up my own rules.”

This will always be my song of 2004 – it was the year I first started living on my own and this song captured that perfectly. The novelty of not needing to keep my bedroom extra tidy seems like a long time ago now, but this song transports me back to that sense of excitement. Plus it’s catchy as hell. And not enough pop songs reference the Battle of Hastings.

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Ooberman
Bees

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

“There’s no tomorrow, nothing left to borrow. Highfalutin affectations gone.”

Quite a difficult song to describe – I’d imagine it’s got a bit of a marmite quality, especially in retrospect, though I clearly love it. Last time I described it as a ‘Short, snappy, bouncy, high-energy song. Fab.’ That covers it pretty well. It’s also interesting to read Andy’s thoughts about it here though. Here’s a live performance of it, which it’s nice to see on YouTube, as I’m pretty sure I’ve got a really wibbly recording of it on VHS somewhere:

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Murry The Hump
Don’t Slip Up

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

“I had no accommodation for my portable TV. Because it killed all conversation, only tuned to S4C.”

It’s slipped (pun intended) down the chart a bit, but it’s still my favourite Murry The Hump song. I listen to it more sparingly these days, but it’s still awesome.

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Catatonia
My Selfish Gene

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“Altruism stinks of fallacy

Last time I said this:

I know originally this was a b-side, but it’s odd to think of it as that as it works so well as the last track to International Velvet. Not that That’s All Folks wouldn’t have too, but it would have given the album a very different feel – ending with My Selfish Gene leaves more of a sense of sadness and futility, but I kinda like that! Every time I hear it though I can’t help but think of the live performance of it on Jools Holland, which just kills me every time! So so emotional.

That’s still one of my favourite ever live performances of anything, so of course it’s the video I’ve shared below. I remember the Jools performance randomly being shown on my flight to Corfu with some friends after A Levels in 1999. And this was before you’d have a personal TV screen and a choice of what to watch. It’s like they knew I was on the flight.

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Suede
Killing Of A Flash Boy

We Are The PigsTaken From: Suede – We Are The Pigs (single) (1994)

“You’ll suffer for your sex by the caravanettes, oh no”

Clearly a consistent favourite as it’s charted almost identically to last time. Always a favourite live – I think I first saw them do it live at the Obsessions video shoot. I’m pleased it’s one they still regularly play. Here’s a performance of it from a gig I was at:

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The Bluetones
After Hours

After HoursTaken From: The Bluetones – After Hours (single) (2002)

“I’ll just dance off my cares like Fred Astaire, up here on the table.”

I’m surprised this wasn’t higher last time – it’s one of those songs that just makes me happy to hear it. I’m pleased it’s one of the ones they played in Manchester last month. In fact, all of the Bluetones songs that are still to come in the chart are all ones that they played at that gig! Either it was a particularly brilliant setlist, or all my favourite Bluetones songs are very predictable choices. Actually, I’d say it’s both of those things!! Enjoy the ace Bugsy Malone homage, Edgar Wright directed video (Mark Morriss with a splurge gun!):

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Melys
Un Darllenwr Lwcus

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

“I’ll fight you back, with my geiriadur bach.”

No new entries in this group of 10 songs. This is another consistent favourite. As I said about it last time:

This song’s just fab. The way in which it’s in Welsh and English and is very self-referential is just brilliant.

Unusually for Melys songs, it’s one that’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.

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Top 777 Songs: 110 – 101

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Pulp
Monday Morning

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“Is this the light of a new day dawning? A future bright that you can walk in? No, it’s just another Monday morning.”

My love for this song has only grown in the past few years – it’s so good. It very much encapsulates the feeling of a Monday morning.

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Catatonia
Lost Cat

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

“Take it from where you want to grow. There’s always tomorrow.”

The only Catatonia song in the chart that’s a new entry. Pretty much the definition of a ‘grower’ in that it took about 10 years to become one of my favourites! Not that I ever disliked it, but it didn’t initially stand out to me on Way Beyond Blue. It wasn’t until Cerys started to perform it live, from about 2006 onwards, that I started to listen to it more and more and started to appreciate just how good it is. The video’s definitely a favourite too – I mean, it’s Cerys acting cat-like up a lampost, with the guys pretending to be firemen. What’s not to love there?

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The Flaming Lips
Do You Realize??

Yoshimi...Taken From: The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002)

“You realize the sun doesn’t go down, it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round”

Such a wonderfully beautiful and uplifting song. My favourite memory of it is when I saw them play it at Glastonbury in 2010 and the group of us there had a big group hug type thing going on, as it does just make you feel grateful and happy to have the people you have in your life. My Glastonbury highlight, without question. Not to get too morbid or anything, but I think I’d really like it played at my funeral actually – it’s the perfect tone and message for that. Hopefully not for a long time yet, like.

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Ooberman
Sugar Bum

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

“It’s not for you, skinny boy”

Such a fun song and I never really seem to get bored of it.

106

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Blur
Coffee & TV

13Taken From: Blur – 13 (1999)

“There’s people there who will hurt you, because of who you are.”

This was my favourite Blur song for quite a long time. Another song has overtaken it in recent years (but which?). I have to confess that part of my initial love for the song was probably helped by the video – I spent a lot of time watching the music video channels back then and would always enjoy this video’s appearance.

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The Beatles
Come Together

Abbey RoadTaken From: The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

“Got to be a joker, he just do what he please”

I don’t know what most of the lyrics are about, though they do paint a picture. I just love the style of this song – definitely one of my most listened to Beatles songs of the past few years.

104

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Catatonia
Whale

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

“A second of thought might ache forever

Unlike Lost Cat, this one’s always been a favourite on Way Beyond Blue. As I said last time:

One of my favourite tracks on Way Beyond Blue. I love Cerys’ voice on it, it has a great breathy ethereal quality to it.

103

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Kylie Minogue
Confide In Me

Kylie MinogueTaken From: Kylie Minogue – Kylie Minogue (1994)

“We all get hurt by love. And we all have our cross to bear.”

My favourite Kylie song. This is what I said about it last time:

I think this is the only Kylie song on my playlist and therefore the only one in my chart. I grew up with Kylie and she was like my idol for years. Of course there was the time when everyone my age loved her and had her albums etc, but then it got to a point when people stopped listening to her. I kept listening to her for a while though as tend to be pretty loyal musically. Let’s Get To It in particular was the album which I owned and loved but which no-one else I knew seemed to be interested in. Confide In Me’s actually from the album she released after that when she became Indie!Kylie, though by then I’d stopped listening to her too. I was aware of this song though and really liked it and a year or two ago I caught it on VH1 or something like that, realised how great it is and decided to download it. Quite sadly I sold most of my Kylie stuff at some point. I still have a few vinyl singles but not many and I don’t have any of the albums any more which I find quite sad now really as they were so important to me at the time. I might try and get hold of Let’s Get To It and quite possibly the self-titled album this song’s from. I’m not really interested in the stuff she’s doing now, though don’t have anything against it either, but have fond memories of her early stuff 🙂

I have since bought this album on CD. Plus I’ve also acquired the CD single of Some Kind Of Bliss, as my ex was getting rid of it. Score.

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Mansun
Stripper Vicar

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

“If I dob on him they’ll call him plastic Scouser, but the only thing the stripper vicar wears is plastic trousers.”

This was my favourite Mansun song for quite a long time – including when I last did this chart. I still love it, but don’t listen to it as much as I used to. It still reminds me of a colleague from my time at the University of Worcester, though. He was a fellow Mansun fan and would often just randomly say ‘stripper vicar’ to me when he entered the office.

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Catatonia
Part Of The Furniture

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“I’d be your angel. Ride you until you’re warmer.”

Yep, there are 3 Catatonia songs in this group of 10. I love how sultry this song is – even when it starts off with lyrics about cartoon characters. Definitely a skill.

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

105. Suede – Love The Way You Love

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

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Top 777 Songs: 120 – 111

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

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Murry The Hump
Valley Girl

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

“Valley girl, get yourself protection. This valley boy forgot his contraception.”

Last time I described this song as ‘charmingly sleazy’, which I’m quite happy with as a description. It’s not on YouTube, but you can listen via Mixcloud, of course.

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Suede
Since You Went Away

Can't Get EnoughTaken From: Suede – Can’t Get Enough (single) (1999)

“Since you went away, every night and day, I’ve been drinking too much wine.”

Last time I specified the acoustic version of this song (from the Sessions CD), but I don’t really have a preference between them now – they’re pretty similar really. A simple but effective song.

118

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Les Miserables Soundtrack
On My Own

Les MiserablesTaken From: Les Miserables Soundtrack

“Without me, his world will go on turning. A world that’s full of happiness that I have never known”

I haven’t specified a year for this as there isn’t a particular soundtrack I’m referring to – I just love the song in general. Some people sing it better than others, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not even sure who’s singing it in the version I’ve got on MP3 and have put on Mixcloud (though from watching the video below, I think it’s probably Lea Salonga). I first saw Les Mis at some point in my mid-teens and my favourite character has always been Eponine. I’m a sucker for an unrequited love story, what can I say? This might explain why I’m usually single…

117

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The Dresden Dolls
Dirty Business

Yes, Virginia...Taken From: The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia… (2006)

“She’s the kind of girl who leaves out condoms on the bedroom dresser. Just to make you jealous of the men she fucked before you met her.”

The first Dresden Dolls song I remember hearing, plus still my favourite. Back in the days of MySpace, you could embed a last.fm widget on your page that acted as a personal radio – playing songs that you’d scrobbled to last.fm. Of course I had one on my page, plus so did my boyfriend at the time (though this might have been before we got together). Anyway, I was on his MySpace page one time (we actually met via MySpace) and this song came up on his last.fm radio widget. I was instantly grabbed by it and got hold of the song myself as soon as I could. If you’re not familiar with it, have a listen – maybe it’ll have the same effect on you.

116

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Let’s Get Together (In Our Minds)

Gorky 5Taken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Gorky 5 (1998)

“You’re supposed to be in love. So am I. So what the hell, let’s meet up in our minds.”

Last time I just said how this is a brilliant song and one of Gorky’s’ best. I wish I could add more to that now, but I don’t think I can. Hopefully the song speaks for itself.

115

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Slow Club
It Doesn’t Have To Be Beautiful

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

“It’s like your head is stuck in a tightening vice. Your ears are deaf to your friends’ advice.”

It was hard to choose between this and Giving Up On Love as my favourite Slow Club song, but this just won out.

114

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Los Campesinos!
Death To Los Campesinos!

Hold On Now...Taken From: Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster… (2008)

“I’m better off with artificial intelligence

My favourite Los Campesinos! song. It’s short, it’s punchy, it’s got people pretending to be robots… It’s ace.

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Alanis Morissette
You Oughta Know

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

“It was a slap in the face, how quickly I was replaced. And are you thinking of me when you fuck her?”

I feel like this song encapsulates the mood of the album, to a large extent. I remember singing it with my sister at karaoke in Sorrento on the evening of her wedding! Probably not the most appropriate song for such an occasion, but Alanis is one of the few artists we both like.

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Melys
Cuckoo

CuckooTaken From: Melys – Cuckoo (single) (1997)

“You say you love me the way I am. You should, you made me too.”

As this song isn’t on any of the albums, and it took me a little while to get the back catalogue of singles, I first heard this song (or a clip of it, anyway) on the Ankstmusic documentary that was on S4C at some point circa 2000/2001. That clip was enough to captivate me and I still find it captivating now. It was later also released on the Suikerspin compilation, which is a great collection of songs. No YouTube video, but that’s what Mixcloud’s for.

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The Tears
Autograph

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

“It’s all just complication and too complex to ever last.”

I find this song quite interesting in that I wasn’t particularly fussed about it for quite a long time. As you can see, it didn’t chart last time, whereas most of the other songs from the album did, as I was slightly obsessed with it at the time. At some point I just fell in love with this song though, totally unexpectedly – I’m not even sure when (though it was probably 2007 some time, judging by my scrobbles). It’s now my most listened to song by The Tears – largely because I don’t really seem to get sick of it or want to skip it if it comes on. Here’s a live performance of it:

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

119. Space – Avenging Angels

117. Suede – Filmstar

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

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