Top 777 Songs: 300 – 291

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Ooberman
Tears From A Willow

The Magic TreehouseTaken From: Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse (1999)

“I’d rather play with fire than myself”

This song will always have a special place in my heart, for the reason I wrote about last time:

The very first Ooberman song I ever heard. I’d read a few good reviews of The Magic Treehouse and it sounded just like my kinda album. I couldn’t really afford to just go out and buy it though so I put it on my Christmas list instead. I really wanted to get a single or something first though, just to get an idea of what they were like. I kept checking in HMV and Virgin but the Blossoms Falling and Million Suns singles were about £4.99 and I didn’t want to spend that much on singles by a band I wasn’t really familiar with. However, one week I checked and they had Tears From A Willow (which must have just been released) for £1.99 (I think). So of course I bought it! They also had the single of Spanish Dance Troupe by Gorky’s that week, which I also bought as they were another band I wanted to hear stuff by. I loved both of the singles, but the Ooberman one especially! The fact that single has 2 of the best b-sides on probably helped too, but even just TFAW by itself was a breath of fresh air with so many dull bands around. I mean, the chorus is ‘going down to talk to the cows’! How fab’s that?!

Enjoy the video and the amusing radio edit of ‘mushroom tea’ rather than ‘LSD’. It also has bunnies and cows and Andy up a tree with a stick! It’s probably one of my favourite videos of theirs actually.

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Pleasure
Back To You (feat. Brett Anderson)

Pleasure 2Taken From: Pleasure – Pleasure 2 (2007)

“You roll those eyes and trap my hand in your thighs”

I really like both of the Pleasure albums. Pleasure was a project from Fred Ball, who also co-wrote Brett Anderson’s first solo album, which was released the same year as Pleasure 2. Fred was part of his live line-up at that time too. Brett went on to include a version of Back To You on his second album, Wilderness, but the version on the Pleasure album is my favourite. This album was a little tricky to get hold of, as a search term of ‘pleasure’ or even ‘pleasure 2’ isn’t particularly helpful in narrowing down search results, funnily enough. The first album was easy to find in record shops in the UK, but sadly this one wasn’t. I had to get it imported from some Scandinavian online record shop that had a slightly dodgy-sounding name – I wish I could remember what it was or that I still had the confirmation e-mail. Coupled with the title of ‘Pleasure’, it definitely sounded more like I was ordering sex toys than a CD! Anyway… This is a brilliant song with a really cute video.

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David Bowie
Space Oddity

Space OddityTaken From: David Bowie – Space Oddity (1969)

“I’m floating in a most peculiar way”

From one spacey sounding song to another (not that space actually sounds like anything, but you know what I mean…). Everyone already knows how great this song is, right? As a random personal anecdote – I’ve always found that the part of the song where he sings ‘am I sitting in a tin can’ really reminds me of the bit in Willy Wonka where Gene Wilder sings really eerily on the psychedelic boat ride. You can watch that scene here and judge whether or not you think I’m nuts to make that comparison.

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The Decemberists
Shankill Butchers

The Crane WifeTaken From: The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

“Something went horribly askew, now killing is their only source of joy”

I got this song on a free magazine CD prior to getting this album. Annoyingly it was misspelled as ‘Shankhill Butchers’, so I’ve got it scrobbled on last.fm under 2 different titles, but that’s just a personal perfectionist peeve. I loved it instantly – it’s quite eerie and really captivating. It’s my 2nd favourite Decemberists song. Here’s a great live performance of it (I’d love to see The Decemberists live):

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Suede
W.S.D.

Saturday NightTaken From: Suede – Saturday Night (single) (1997)

“So fucking what if he’s licking the bag? Don’t OD on him now.”

W.S.D. stands for ‘We’re So Disco’ (erm, obviously). There’s also a version of it called ‘We’re So Disco’, which was a b-side on the DVD version of the Attitude single, though I rarely listen to that – I had to play it just now to remind myself of what it’s actually like. That version does have a slight disco feel to it, though that seems really wrong, despite the title – I like that the original’s really dark and strange. Last time I did this chart I described it as ‘quite an odd song really but I love it’. That covers it pretty well.

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Little Birdy
Andy Warhol

BigBigLoveTaken From: Little Birdy – BigBigLove (2004)

“You burn a hole in my heart”

A really emotional song from Little Birdy, with amazing vocals, as always.

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Queen
Drowse

A Day At The RacesTaken From: Queen – A Day At The Races (1976)

“We’d broaden our minds more in the poolhall than we did in the school hall”

I think I mentioned previously how I’ve grown to appreciate Roger Taylor’s songs more and more as I’ve gotten older. This is another example of that, though it’s a song I’ve always liked anyway. I really love how the actual music sounds drowsy.

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The Hot Puppies
Love In Practice, Not Theory

Under The Crooked MoonTaken From: The Hot Puppies – Under The Crooked Moon (2006)

“You may behold me but why can’t you hold me?”

Ah, I do enjoy a song about fancying guitarists. This is actually my most listened to song by The Hot Puppies. I tend to group it together in my head with ‘Boy In A Rock And Roll Band’ by The Pierces, as they both evoke strong memories of the 2007-2008 period, which is when I listened to them most. I just went on last.fm and looked up my most listened to tracks during that 2 year period and this song’s joint 19th. I thought it might be higher, but that’s still pretty good. I tend to forget that you can look up scrobbles for any specified period of time – it’s really interesting. Anyway… I didn’t listen to this song much between about 2010 – 2014, as I’d probably overplayed it a bit, but have since rediscovered my love of it – hoorah! No video to share though – YouTube mostly just brings up videos of actual puppies – not that that’s a bad thing.

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Cathy Davey
Hammerhead

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

“It may be sweet to share a bed but when you’re fucking with my head this stopping-pit is now a no-go zone”

You can probably tell from the previous chart placing that this was one of my early favourites on Something Ilk. This is what I said about it last time:

My favourite Cathy song!! Instantly my favourite on the album. In fact I knew I was going to love it, before I even heard it, as thought the lyrics were brilliant.

I like that I’d read the lyrics before I heard the song – that’s something you tend to lose now with hearing things digitally and not necessarily getting a physical copy with the lyrics written in it. That excitement of having a new album and wondering what it might be like based on the artwork and song titles and lyrics… I still really love this song, even if it’s no longer my favourite Cathy song.

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Nouvelle Vague
Too Drunk To Fuck

Nouvelle VagueTaken From: Nouvelle Vague – Nouvelle Vague (2004)

“You ball like the baby in Eraserhead”

My favourite Nouvelle Vague cover. I’m not overly familiar with the original, which probably helps, as it’s harder to prefer a cover when you love the original. I really love the contrast of her delicate voice with the harshness of the lyrics. Plus how she sings it like she’s drunk. And the fact that the lyrics name-check Eraserhead!

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

294. Suede – Down

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