Top 777 Songs: 170 – 161

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Spanish Dance Troupe

Spanish Dance TroupeTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe (1999)

“I was playing a tree trunk in a forest of fools.”

The first Gorky’s single I bought. Summery and wonderful.



The Earth
Baby Bones

Keltic Voodoo BoogalooTaken From: The Earth – Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo (2014)

“Give in to love and let the earth decide.”

My favourite song by The Earth – a band that includes Mark Roberts (of Catatonia fame) and Dafydd Ieuan (of Super Furries fame, though he was also briefly in Catatonia), plus the impressive vocals of Dionne Bennett (who wasn’t ever in Catatonia, but is still awesome). I think I first heard this song on Adam Walton’s show and just fell in love with it. It’s so good!! I really hope they do some more live gigs at some point soon too, as I’ve only gotten to see them live once so far, which just isn’t enough.



Super Furry Animals
The Piccolo Snare

Phantom PowerTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (2003)

“We can go home again, to our old haunts again.”

My favourite song on Phantom Power, which is my favourite Super Furries album. I really love the style of it – you almost feel like you’re part of it – the echoes and the harmonies… It’s kind of magical.



Special / Blown It (Delete As Appropriate)

SixTaken From: Mansun – Six (1998)

“I’ve fucked it up, shot my load, spewed onto the motorway shoulder. I could have been somebody special.”

This was ridiculously low last time, but at least I’ve remedied that. It possibly works best in the context of the album, though I do listen to it a lot on its own too. I feel like it epitomises Six in a lot of ways – if it’s a song you enjoy then it’s an album you’ll enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy it, why not?? It’s awesome!! ;-P



Who Needs You

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

“You were oh so so sophisticated.”

This is one of those songs that I’ve always really liked, but it’s only in recent years that it’s crept up into being one of my absolute favourites. I really love the whole Spanish guitar type feel to it. I also got freaked out by it one time in my teens, when I was listening to the cassette version of the album (as I didn’t get the CD version until years later) – my cassette player had seen better days and didn’t always play things brilliantly in stereo. As the lead vocals for this song come almost entirely out of one speaker, I played the album once and could only hear the backing music. How I’d somehow stumbled across an instrumental version, on an album that I’d played many many times before, was completely baffling to me, but in a wonderful way.



Murry The Hump
Colouring Book

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

“I dance in your room with just my underwear on.”

My favourite version’s actually the single version, as that’s the one I had first, but both are great. It’s another song that I’m surprised was so low last time. I remember Adam Walton once playing it for me on Radio Wales.



Fleming & John
Delusions Of Grandeur

Delusions of GrandeurTaken From: Fleming & John – Delusions Of Grandeur (1995)

“I can do what I want to do, be what I want to be.

My favourite Fleming & John song. Treat yourself and have a listen – I’ll be chuffed if I can introduce more people to the greatness of Fleming & John.



You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For

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

“If it turns to blue, what are we gonna do?”

Last time I said this:

The first time I heard this song was when I recorded ‘Long Play’ one night on Sky One. Remember that? They’d show a load of promo videos by a particular band. Anyway, I didn’t actually have Way Beyond Blue at that point, so it was the first time I got to hear YGALTAF, Bleed and Sweet Catatonia. Most exciting! Love this song lots.

I’d kinda forgotten how that was the first time I heard those songs. It seems so strange now that there was once a time when Catatonia weren’t just part of my being. I also have fond (albeit kinda bittersweet now) memories of dancing and singing along to this song with my ex in Wellington whilst he was DJing. Also, there’s the video! Cerys in a wedding dress with boxing gloves!? What’s not to love? Amusingly the video on YouTube is the exact one I mentioned – taken from Long Play on Sky One; which is either a weird coincidence, or it’s been uploaded by someone that I copied the video for!!



Cathy Davey
Save Button

Something IlkTaken From: Cathy Davey – Something Ilk (2004)

“It had this wall of string and a lingering feeling, but it’s gone now, thanks to yours truly.”

Easily the most beautiful song written about computers crashing and losing the songs you’ve written. Not that I can think of another song about that, but even if there is, I doubt it’d be better than this. An instant favourite on the album.




BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“And you love me, more than I deserve to be. The palace of cards you built for me is all just paper now.”

The second half of this album is definitely best enjoyed via headphones – in the same way that Dog Man Star is. This song especially works best when it sounds like Brett’s almost inside your head. It’s an interesting song in that there’s a definite positivity to a lot of the lyrics, but it also feels incredibly emotionally raw. The part that I’ve quoted above is the part that particularly just gets to me – if I don’t well up or cry, I’ll at least get a lump in my throat. It’s painful and it’s beautiful and I love it.

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

170. Catatonia – She’s A Millionaire

168. Pulp – Help The Aged

166. The Divine Comedy – Here Comes The Flood

163. Alanis Morissette – Perfect

162. The Divine Comedy – The Happy Goth

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