Top 777 Songs: 390 – 381

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Massachusetts Avenue

Theatre Is EvilTaken From: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil (2012)

“I chased you for so long and when I caught you I gave up”

A catchy tune and great lyrics – I put it on quite a few mix CDs in 2014-2015. I haven’t made any mix CDs in a while actually – maybe I’ll offer some to people after I’ve finished this chart countdown (which won’t be for a while yet as we’re just hitting the half way point with this post!).

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The Divine Comedy
Becoming More Like Alfie

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“It saves time to say what you mean”

Casanova is such a good album. I’d say that if you only ever buy one album by The Divine Comedy, it should be this one; though obviously you should treat yourself to more than one ideally. I sometimes forget just how good an album it is. Similarly, I find that this song can often be overlooked in terms of greatness – at least by me. There are quite a few The Divine Comedy singles that I prefer to this one but it definitely deserves this respectable chart placing.

388

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Simple Kid
The Commuter

SK1Taken From: Simple Kid – SK1 (2003)

“I smoke the brands with the cancer guarantee”

This song didn’t make it into the chart last time – I’ve always liked it but it was a bit of a slow burner in terms of becoming a favourite. It’s definitely one of my most listened to Simple Kid songs in recent years though. Someone’s made their own video to the song and it’s rather good:

387

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The Ark
The Most Radical Thing To Do

In Lust We TrustTaken From: The Ark – In Lust We Trust (2002)

“I could try every drug, give everyone a hug, set every prisoner free and claim I’m Jesus’ son”

I’m surprised this is a new entry, but I guess I didn’t really get into The Ark until around the time that I was doing the chart in 2005, so they kinda missed out. The only song of theirs that made it into the chart then was ‘One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young’, which is one of the first songs of theirs I got hold of. My peak listening to The Ark was between 2006 and 2008 and this very quickly became one of my favourites. In fact it’s my 2nd most scrobbled song of theirs on last.fm. I love the lyrics and the contrast between the verses and the chorus. It manages to be flippant and entertaining but then also quite emotional and affecting. Loving this live performance of it:

386

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Queen
Nevermore

Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“You send me to the path of nevermore, when you say you didn’t love me anymore”

This song really works best within the context of the album, as it’s so short that it’s almost hard to consider it as a song in its own right – I think that’s why it didn’t make it into the chart last time. I have the same difficulty with ‘Lily Of The Valley’ on Sheer Heart Attack. Anyway, length doesn’t matter right (heh heh)?? This is a beautiful song and deserves to make it into the chart. The part with the lyrics I’ve quoted above just hits me every time – it packs quite an emotional punch for such a short song.

385

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Radiohead
The Bends

The BendsTaken From: Radiohead – The Bends (1995)

“I wish that something would happen”

I’m not that big a Radiohead fan in general, though The Bends is a great album and here’s the title track. Radiohead always remind me of my Dad too as he was a much bigger fan of theirs than I am.

384

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Little Birdy
Crazy

ConfettiTaken From: Little Birdy – Confetti (2009)

“It was not just my pride, it was physical”

Another great Little Birdy song. Don’t really have more to say than that.

383

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Suede
Breakdown

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“If you were the one, would I even notice now my mind has gone?”

I can’t see a Volvo and not think of this song. I love the way it builds and gets more emotional as it goes on. It acts as a bit of a precursor to the epicness of Dog Man Star.

382

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Black Box Recorder
The Goodnight Kiss

The Facts Of LifeTaken From: Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life (2000)

“A fairy tale with a sting in the tail. Tonight we’ll draw blood.”

This has been my favourite Black Box Recorder song for quite a long time. Last time I said this about it:

For some reason the memory I have associated with this song is sitting on a bus on my way back to Stourport from Kidderminster. I have a really clear vision of myself sitting on the bus and looking out the window at one of the charity shops while this song was playing. Random thing to remember I know. I’m not sure if it was when I was working at CAB or when I was going to the stupid New Deal 2-week nonsense thing but it was that kinda time when I listened to BBR quite a bit.

I’d kind of forgotten about this specific memory, though I do still picture Stourport high street when I listen to this song – it’s just become so subconscious that I don’t really think about it or fully take it in.

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The Ark
A Virgin Like You

In Lust We TrustTaken From: The Ark – In Lust We Trust (2002)

“I wish I was as simple as you seem”

Two songs from this album in the same entry. It is a great album!

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

390. Suede – Heroin (Note the spelling. I don’t mean ‘Heroine’!)

388. Ooberman – Danny Boy

385. Suede – Untitled

384. Alanis Morissette – 21 Things I Want In A Lover

381. Catch – No-one Knows

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