Top 777 Songs: 210 – 201

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Angie Hart

Radio SunnydaleTaken From: Various Artists – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (2003)

“Can I spend the night alone?”

I’m not sure I’ve got much more to say than what I said about this last time:

Unsurprisingly I first heard this song on the Buffy episode Conversations With Dead People. Ah, I love that episode!! I was most taken by this song so managed to download it either that same night or the following morning and then listened to it endlessly! Since then I’ve actually gotten it on the Radio Sunnydale CD too and although I don’t actually listen to it much now, I still think it’s a beautiful song.

This video isn’t the full song – it’s just the clips of it from the start and end of the Buffy episode, plus weirdly with the credits at the end too, but it felt like the most appropriate video to share. Plus you can listen to the Mixcloud mix if you want the full song.



The Divine Comedy
Bad Ambassador

RegenerationTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Regeneration (2001)

“I’m not the Pope and I don’t want to be the Archbishop of Canterbury”

My favourite song on Regeneration. No songs from that album actually made it into the chart last time, so it’s nice that a couple have this time, even if it’s never going to be my favourite Divine Comedy album – I do have more appreciation for it these days. I also enjoy this fairly odd video choice for the song:



First Day Of The Holidays

Hey PetrunkoTaken From: Ooberman – Hey Petrunko (2003)

“As the years go by, all the strings we tied that connected us to home, pull us back, like elastic bands, only everything is gone”

Not sure why I so rarely listen to this these days – maybe it suffered from over-listening. This is what I said about it in 2005:

My favourite track on Hey Petrunko. Amazing song. That bit that builds up and then kinda explodes is just auralgasmic! I fail to see how anyone could hear this song and not be mightily impressed.

The bit that builds up is still brilliant and it’s a really affecting song, though it’s no longer my favourite on Hey Petrunko – there are 2 other songs on that album I now prefer.



Murry The Hump
No Girl No Sex

Cracking UpTaken From: Murry The Hump – Cracking Up (single) (2001)

“Tonight I toss… and turn, just like a hundred nights before.”

Another song in the collection of Murry The Hump b-sides that I initially wasn’t sure about but now totally adore. It’s become one of those songs that I’m always happy to hear and very rarely choose to skip. It’s got quite a sleazy feel to it, which I like. No video to share, sadly, but treat yourself to the Mixcloud mix.




Tenement Funster

Sheer Heart AttackTaken From: Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

“Give me a good guitar and you can say that my hair’s a disgrace”

Another Roger Taylor song that I’ve gained more and more appreciation for as time’s gone on. It feels really evocative of the ’70s (not that I was actually alive then, granted). It’s the kind of song that feels like it should really be played on vinyl. Alas I don’t actually have Sheer Heart Attack on vinyl, though feel like I should – especially as it’s probably my favourite Queen album… Ok, I’m watching one on Ebay now – that’s better.




Use These SpoonsTaken From: Heypenny – Use These Spoons (2005)

“I love chocolate cake, bring me a few pieces”

There’s also a version of this song on their 2nd (and sadly last) album, ‘A Jillion Kicks’, though I have a slight preference for the original as it’s the one I heard first. Both are great though. Definitely my favourite Heypenny song. I should try and find out what Ben’s up to music-wise these days. Anyway, enjoy the awesomeness of the video  (I’m a sucker for a dance routine).



The Magic Theatre
Your Hateful Armchair

The Long Way HomeTaken From: The Magic Theatre – The Long Way Home (2013)

“Far beyond the mess you’ve made, I’ve almost disappeared

I didn’t get to hear this album until quite late in December 2013, just after I’d broken up with a long-term partner and returned to the UK. It was perfect timing for this song, which is easily my most listened to song on the album (with peak listening unsurprisingly being in 2014). It’s quite heartbreaking, but also empowering – “I’m doing this. I’m leaving you.” Love it.



Don’t Let The Sun See Me Cry

Casting PearlsTaken From: Melys – Casting Pearls (2003)

“I’ve spent too much time as part of your fairytale. Not gonna waste another day.”

Lyrically on a similar kinda theme to the previous song, though musically pretty different. Both equally great though, obviously (hence the chart positions!). I’m not surprised by the lack of YouTube video, as very few Melys songs are on there, but it’s very much a song worth listening to, so another reason to stick on the Mixcloud mix.




Jeff Buckley

GraceTaken From: Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

“And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah”

Surely everyone’s aware of this song by this point – whichever version it is you know/prefer. I’ve got the Leonard Cohen original, plus versions by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Kathryn Williams and K’s Choice, but my personal favourite is Jeff Buckley’s. Slightly randomly, listening to Jeff Buckley always makes me think of Gillian Anderson. I remember being at my Mum’s house, quite a long time ago now, and radio 4 was on in her and my Step-Dad’s bedroom (as it was most of the time). Anyway, on this particular occasion, I caught most of Desert Island Discs with Gillian Anderson, where her song of choice was this one. This was seemingly back in 2003 and you can still listen to it online here. I’m not sure at what point I then started listening to Jeff Buckley, though it can’t have been too long after that. Anyway, Gillian was very much right about the awesomeness of this song (as she is about plenty of other things too).



Alanis Morissette
The Couch

SFIJTaken From: Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998)

“You say his interjecting was him just calling me on my shit”

Last time I succinctly just said this, which I don’t think I’ve got anything to add to:

Ah, brilliant song. I love singing along to it so much as the lyrical structure’s really interesting.

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

209. Sheila Nicholls – Breath

207. Joydrop – Beautiful

206. The Polyphonic Spree – Soldier Girl

204. Catatonia – Dead From The Waist Down

203. Pulp – Disco 2000

202. Queen – You’re My Best Friend

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