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.

99

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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:

98

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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.

97

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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.

96

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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:

95

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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.

94

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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.

93

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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:

92

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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!):

91

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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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