Top 777 Songs: 180 – 171

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Spearmint
We’re Going Out

A Week AwayTaken From: Spearmint – A Week Away (1999)

“Everybody’s got something they’ve had to live through. Yes they do. And sometimes for me, it’s you.”

How did this not chart last time?! I feel like it’s a song I’ve loved for ages… Although it seems my peak listening to it was in 2007, so a bit after I originally did this chart. Anyway, it’s ace. I feel like Spearmint don’t get enough love and appreciation. I’d really love to get to see them live some time.

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Big Leaves
Meillionen

Pwy Sy'n Galw?Taken From: Big Leaves – Pwy Sy’n Galw? (2000)

Translating as ‘shamrock’ or ‘clover’, this is my most listened to Big Leaves song. Such a good tune. Also, as I said about it last time:

One of the few Welsh-language Big Leaves songs I can sing along to without needing the lyrics booklet! *lol* Although I’m sure I still get some of the words wrong. Brilliant song though.

I can safely say that I still definitely get some of the words wrong!! This video with the lyrics in it (plus the English translation) definitely helps though:

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Mansun
Drastic Sturgeon

Two EPTaken From: Mansun – Two EP (1996)

“Like the second coming with a much better hairdo.”

I don’t actually listen to this as much as I used to, yet it’s somehow still climbed in the chart – bizarre. I even acknowledged last time that I’d been listening to it loads and loved it, so not sure why it wasn’t higher. Anyway… it’s a good fun song – it mentions Kwik Save and Sainsbury’s and chips and hairdos. These things please me. Here’s a live version:

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Bree Sharp
David Duchovny

A Cheap And Evil GirlTaken From: Bree Sharp – A Cheap And Evil Girl (1999)

“My friends all tell me ‘girl, you know it’s just a show?'”

This song was surprisingly low last time too. I mean, it’s a song about David Duchovny and The X-Files!! What’s more Chantal-like than that? Unsurprisingly it’s the song that made me aware of Bree’s music in general, for which I’m very grateful, as I’m still a big fan of hers now – I’m hoping there’ll be a second Beautiful Small Machines album at some point. Anyway, if you haven’t experienced the joy of this song, please treat yourself. The video below is ’90s-celebrity-cameo-tastic! Where else will you see Buffy saying that she’s going to kill Scully? Not that I condone killing Scully. Very much not. Bree also recorded an updated version last year, in celebration of The X-Files’ return, which you can listen to and watch here.

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Pulp
P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association)

Mis-shapesTaken From: Pulp – Mis-shapes / Sorted For E’s & Wizz (single) (1995)

“I don’t know what it’s like to be young, ’cause all my life I’ve been knocking on forty.”

Such a dodgy, sleazy song, which is kinda why I love it! I think it was my friend Emma who introduced me to its brilliance. I definitely associate it with her anyway… In a good way, I hasten to add! I realise it mightn’t obviously be seen as a compliment to remind someone of a song about pervy teachers.

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Sinaptic Gap
Placebo

Taken From: Sinaptic Gap – Some Wear Else (1998)

“Cut the internet, let us out”

This has been my favourite song of my Dad’s ever since he recorded it, which was seemingly about 20 years ago now. He then also re-recorded it, about 10 years ago, as a Subaphotic song – largely because I loved it so much. Although I have to confess that the original recording is still my favourite. It’s not anywhere online currently (I still need to remedy this), but please, please, please have a listen via the Mixcloud player. His music never got the level of attention and appreciation he’d have liked, and which I think it deserved, so anything I can do to help it (and him) live on in some form is worth doing.

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Super Furry Animals
Do Or Die

GuerrillaTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Guerrilla (1999)

“We could ride the camel. One hump or two.

Last time I said this:

Short, punchy, catchy and fantabulous! It always makes me think of the video for it, which in turn makes me think of the A-Z Of Welsh Pop programme I first saw it on. Hee, I love that programme!

I’d forgotten that I first saw the video on that programme – pretty sure I’ve still got it on VHS somewhere. I’m also fairly sure that this song’s one of the ones I included on my hour of TV on MTV2 (which I’ve also got on VHS somewhere). Ah, the days of recording music videos off the TV. Now you can just go on YouTube! Not the same, is it?

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Shivaree
Goodnight Moon

I Oughtta Give You...Taken From: Shivaree – I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head For Making Me Live In This Dump (1999)

“I hear something scratching through the wall”

I’d say this was the best known Shivaree song even prior to it being used in Kill Bill. It’s definitely the song that introduced me to them – I think via someone on the Catatonia mailing digest who recommended them. It’s also my favourite Shivaree song. So stylish and atmospheric.

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Space with Cerys Matthews
The Ballad Of Tom Jones

Tin PlanetTaken From: Space – Tin Planet (1998)

“And I don’t come from Wales…”

I don’t think I need to add anything to what I said last time:

The song that got me into Space and also cemented my love of Cerys’ voice. Which other band could possibly have written and released a song like this? It’s slightly mad, but that’s what makes it brilliant! We desperately need more quirky and strange bands.

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Suede
Heroine

Dog Man StarTaken From: Suede – Dog Man Star (1994)

“Pornographic and tragic in black and white”

The first of 6 songs to chart from Dog Man Star. Yes, half the album is in the chart and they’re all top 200! Probably unsurprising as it’s one of my favourite albums. Lyrically this song’s probably a tad pretentious (taking lines from Byron an’ all), but I kinda love it for that. Plus the mixing of glamour and squalor in lyrics, is soooo Suede.

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

179. Relaxed Muscle – Mary

178. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You

174. Suede – She

172. Suede – Simon

171. The Tears – The Ghost Of You

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