Top 777 Songs: 190 – 181

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Jill Sobule
I Kissed A Girl

Jill SobuleTaken From: Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule (1995)

“We had a drink, we had a smoke, she took off her overcoat…”

No it’s not a cover of the Katy Perry song (what with it being released more than 10 years earlier an’ all), plus the Katy Perry one isn’t a cover of this – they just happen to have the same name. Now that’s out of the way… I have bad MP3-tagging to thank for discovering this song, plus Jill’s music in general. It must have been about 2003 – I’d recently discovered Juliana Hatfield (I think via Yahoo Launchcast! Remember that?) and was downloading some songs of hers, which included a badly-tagged MP3 for this song. As it clearly wasn’t Juliana Hatfield, I googled the lyrics and discovered it was by Jill. Much downloading of Jill songs then followed and she’s since become one of my favourite artists (and in my top 10 most listened to on last.fm).

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Mansun
The Chad Who Loved Me

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

“Do I feel holy or nothing at all?”

In case it’s not obvious from the title – it does deliberately sound like a James Bond theme! Great opening track. Last time I did this chart I mentioned how it often gets used on TV trailers and stuff, so a lot of people would probably recognise it but not be sure why and not realise that it’s Mansun.

188

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Pulp
Mis-shapes

Different ClassTaken From: Pulp – Different Class (1995)

“We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of – that’s our minds.”

Surprised this charted so low last time, though I have been rediscovered the brilliance of it recently. If anything it feels even more relevant these days, sadly. Such an empowering song though. An anthem for misfits everywhere!

187

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The Voluntary Butler Scheme
Trading Things In

At Breakfast, Dinner, TeaTaken From: The Voluntary Butler Scheme – At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea (2009)

“‘Cause just like coffee and tea, I need you regularly”

One of the first songs by The Voluntary Butler Scheme that I had, as Jamie put it on a mix CD for me, prior to when we started dating. So I guess I was kinda wooed with this song… He he, ‘wooed’. To be fair, it worked – it’s a pretty great song! My searching for the video on YouTube has also led me to discover that it was apparently used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy! Random. But hey, someone with good taste clearly responsible for that. Maybe they were trying to woo someone…

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Simple Kid
Staring At The Sun

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“We spend our days just smoking pot and wondering how we got so fucked up”

5 of the 10 songs on this entry are ones that have climbed up in the chart – including this one, as you can see. This is actually my favourite Simple Kid song now. It’s so good. Plus, as I said about it last time:

I think this is probably the Simple Kid song I’m most likely to put on a mix CD. It is fab.

I love the video too – I’m pleased it’s back up on YouTube, as I’m sure it got taken down a while back.

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Space
Cameraman

Suburban singleTaken From: Space – Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll (single) (2004)

“‘Why do you do it?’ ‘I do it ’cause I can'”

I still agree with what I said about this last time:

Love this song so much. First heard it at the Unity gig and it was my favourite of the new songs they did. I was so pleased when it *finally* got released as a b-side.

For context – the Unity gig was in early 2002, so it was quite a wait, but worth it! I keep suggesting they play it live again, but as of yet they haven’t obliged, as far as I’m aware… I’d be gutted if they played it at a gig I wasn’t at!

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Catatonia
Strange Glue

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“When faced with my demons, I clothe them and feed them

Last time I said this:

I feel kinda bad having this song as low down as it is as I know it’s a brilliant song! How did Mark describe it? Like a Bryan Adams ballad but fucked up the arse with a huge log?! Anyway, it’s actually the first Catatonia single I bought. I loved Mulder And Scully and Road Rage and got them on compilation CDs, but didn’t buy the singles until later. I loved Strange Glue and listened to it loads (along with the b-sides), but for some reason it’s one of those songs I don’t listen to much any more and I don’t really know why.

Ha ha ha, I’d forgotten about that Mark quote. Anyway, the song’s happily moved up the chart into a much more deserving position. For years I didn’t really listen to it much, but then when Cerys started playing it live, mixed in with Galway Shawl, I rediscovered my love for it. It is a wonderfully emotional and beautiful song. Hats off to Owen for this one.

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The Flaming Lips
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song

At War With The MysticsTaken From: The Flaming Lips – At War With The Mystics (2006)

“It’s a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want”

Another song that feels more relevant than ever in the current political climate. The message behind it is great, though it’s also so incredibly catchy!!

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Barenaked Ladies
War On Drugs

Everything To EveryoneTaken From: Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (2003)

“The very fear that makes you wanna die, is just the same as what keeps you alive.”

Wow, I’d forgotten just how high this charted last time! As you can potentially guess, it was my favourite Barenaked Ladies song at the time. I still really love it, just not quite as much as I did – plus it’s now only my 3rd favourite Barenaked Ladies song. If you’re not that familiar with Barenaked Ladies, it’s maybe not the kind of song you’d expect from them, as they’re best known for their more upbeat and humorous songs. This song’s the opposite of that – I find it incredibly moving.

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Melys
Then There Was One

KamikazeTaken From: Melys – Kamikaze (2000)

“Looking back he didn’t give a toss about me or anything I had to say”

Last time I sad this:

I always associate this song with a mix tape I made at uni called I Thought You Gave A Damn.

I’d forgotten what that mix tape was called (so nice to be reminded), but I still always think of it when I hear this song. Sadly I don’t think I have it any more, as I had a bit of a cassette cull a few years back, though I’m going to have a quick check… aw, no, it’s gone. I know there used to be a website where you could record tracklistings of mix tapes, which I put it on, though I can’t now remember what that site was called (plus it’s probably long gone). Anyway, it’s a wonderful, raw, introspective song, but one that’s not on YouTube. It is on my Mixcloud mix though, along with the 9 other songs that have charted today, so treat yourself to some awesomeness.

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

190. Sarah McLachlan – Angel

186. The Fiery Furnaces – Single Again

182. Suede – Attitude

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