Top 777 Songs: 40 – 31

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Catatonia
Gyda Gwên

Way Beyond BlueTaken From: Catatonia – Way Beyond Blue (1996)

“Nid du a gwyn, ond hollol lliwgar”

I’m just going to repeat what I said about it last time:

My favourite version’s the one on Way Beyond Blue, as it’s the one I heard first, but both are great. It’s a fairly simple song really but it’s just so beautiful. I remember being so jealous of the people at Margam Park when they played it live there, and then so annoyed at the BBC for not showing it in their footage!! However, it was made up for at Sesiwn Fawr in 2004, when Cerys opened her set with it. I thought I’d never get to hear it live, so that was definitely a special moment 🙂

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Hawksley Workman
Striptease

Last Night We Were...Taken From: Hawksley Workman – (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves (2001)

“In any place you’ll allow, I want you now, I want you now”

It seems weird that this is a new entry as it’s been a favourite for such a long time now. It was my most played song on last.fm for quite a few years. However, looking at last.fm, it seems like I didn’t fall in love with it until 2006, so slightly too late for the last time I did this chart. I scrobbled it 36 times that year! And that won’t include any plays on my portable MP3 player. I remember listening to it back-to-back on occasion and dancing around my living room to it. It’s catchy and sexy and awesome.

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Queen
Love Of My Life

A Night At The OperaTaken From: Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)

“Don’t take it away from me because you don’t know what it means to me”

No longer up there with my top 10 favourites, but it’ll always be a song I love. Last time I said this about it:

Such a beautiful song. It’s always been one of my favourites. My favourite memory of it now though is of seeing Queen & Paul Rodgers at Hyde Park and the audience singing along with Brian on this song. Totally amazing atmosphere.

However, as wonderful a moment as that live version was, I still wish I’d gotten to witness something like this live performance of it by Freddie. Spine tingling:

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Suede
Trash

Coming UpTaken From: Suede – Coming Up (1996)

“Maybe it’s the clothes we wear, the tasteless bracelets and the dye in our hair.”

Traaaaaash. I wear less tasteless bracelets these days but very much still have the dye in my hair. Last time I said this:

The Suede-Fans anthem! My favourite memory by far of this song is the live performance of it at the last Suede gig. It was the last song they did and oh my did they go out with a bang! Listening to the bootleg makes me want to grin and cry in equal measures!

Awwww, the sad period of time when Suede weren’t together. I’m incredibly pleased that wasn’t the last time I got to see them do that song live. I’m hoping there are more future times to come too – they’ve been pretty quiet recently, though I guess Brett’s been writing his memoirs, which I can’t wait to read! Anyway, as it is a particular favourite live, I’ve gotta share a live performance of it, and this one’s a perfect example of why I love it so:

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The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever

Magical Mystery TourTaken From: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

“Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see.”

My favourite Beatles song. I have fuzzy memories of it from childhood – I’m sure it was on some old video I used to watch quite often… Anyway, I’ve always liked it, but it’s become a proper favourite in recent years. Again, largely because of my love for Across The Universe. I love their version of the song and the visuals with the strawberries. I’ve gotta share it (though the Beatles version is the one that’s actually charting and is on the Mixcloud mix):

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The Voluntary Butler Scheme
The Eiffel Tower & The BT Tower

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

“Like if you needed something reached, that I couldn’t reach, I’d unravel my favourite jumper just to make a lasso”

My favourite Voluntary Butler Scheme song! I first heard it played live, the first time I saw him – a few months before the album was then released. The gig was part of Dot To Dot festival in Bristol in May 2009. This was my favourite of the songs he’d played live – I fell in love with it instantly. At the end of the set he said how he had a few CDs for sale, so I went to buy one, hoping that it might have this song on it. The CD was a promo for Trading Things In, which just had 3 songs on it, but one of them was this one! I was so chuffed. I’m pretty sure it was the last copy he had too. It became and has remained my favourite song of his. I just love everything about it. Here’s a live performance of it, where annoyingly there’s a lot of background chatter (I hate people who talk at gigs), but you can still see why I fell in love with the live version – it’s ukulele and kazoo!:

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Ooberman
Sur La Plage

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

“Smoked a Gauloise with a rat and a condom. La cote d’azure.

Ah, one of the reasons why The Magic Treehouse is one of my favourite albums. So many bands release generic-sounding songs that could kinda be by anybody, but who else could have written this but Ooberman? It’s eclectic and weird and awesome. And has Dan pretending to be a sweary French truck driver!

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Suede
Still Life

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

“There by the window, quietly killed for you”

Such an insanely beautiful and emotional song. The last 4 tracks of Dog Man Star are practically designed to do you in, though in the best possible way. Another 2 of those tracks are still to come, as are 2 tracks from earlier on on the album – yes, it’s my favourite Suede album, if that wasn’t obvious. This song is best listened to at night, in the dark, on headphones, but it’s enjoyable any time:

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Catatonia
Sweet Catatonia

Way Beyond BlueTaken From: Catatonia – Way Beyond Blue (1996)

“If I say how I feel, again, is it wise to do it? Or like hearing for the umpteenth time a song you despise.”

Upbeat and catchy and fun, but also with brilliant and relatable lyrics that give it an emotional edge too. The perfect combination. Plus the video is one of my favourites – it’s got cute puppets, plus Paul playing bass with a beehive on his head! What’s not to love?

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Ooberman
Beany Bean

Beany BeanTaken From: Ooberman – Beany Bean (single) (2002)

“I want a Jack D. A double Jack D.”

I hold this song partly responsible for my love of Jack Daniels! Ha ha. Like Sur La Plage it’s quite a bonkers but brilliant song, that I can’t imagine any other band having released. In terms of personal associations, I talked about that last time, so will lazily copy and paste:

Catchy ska type song. The video for it was uploaded to the website before the single was actually released, so I kept playing the video over and over again just to hear the song.
Edit: How did I forget to mention the single cover?! For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the cover consists of a plate of beans, where the beans are peoples’ heads. They’re mostly famous people though a few fans were thrown in too, including me 🙂 Actually I say ‘a few’ but I only know of me and Sui. Are there any others? I sent quite a few heads in to Danny actually and he sent the following reply: “wow, that’s a lot of heads! the most anyone’s sent, so thanks very much for your help. i’ll pass them on to the bean processing plant..”. Hee 😀 There are all sorts of peoples’ heads in there, including Michael Rosenbaum, which amazingly I personally didn’t send in! That makes me happy though. Anyway, I then got to meet Ooberman for the first time after the Preston gig. I nervously went up to Danny and asked how the Beany Bean cover was coming along and he said “Chantal?”. I was like ‘yay!’. So yes, I guess this is a pretty significant song to me 🙂

If you want a better view of the single cover, to try and spot my head, you can have a go on this one (it’s the largest version I can easily find online), though you’ll probably need to zoom in a bit. I’m next to the Queen Mum and a little way above Hitler (there’s a weird sentence). I sometimes forget that I was once on a single cover, but always feel proud when I remember. The video’s one of my favourite Ooberman ones too (even if I’m not in it! 😉 ):

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

37. Alanis Morissette – Ironic

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