Top 777 Songs: 560 – 551

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National Insurance

Waiting For The Sonic BoomTaken From: Ooberon – Waiting For The Sonic Boom (2007)

“There’s a job at Tescos going for a failed musician”

If it’s not potentially obvious from the name, Ooberon is made up of members of Ooberman – specifically Steve and Andy Flett. This is their only album to date, though I’m hopeful of a future one as they now have a Facebook page and Bandcamp site. Yay! This was my instant favourite on the album and I still really love it, obviously. It evokes that special joy of claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (oh how soul destroying it is) but in a power pop type style. What’s not to love?

No YouTube video, but you can listen on Bandcamp here. Or, y’know, just play my Mixcloud mix.



Murry The Hump

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

“You’re the only one. Maybe not the only one.”

Another Murry The Hump b-side. They had some brilliant ones. However, unlike some of the others (Kebab Or Shag, No Girl No Sex…) that took a little while to grow on me – this one was an instant favourite. Hence it also having made it into the chart last time, in a very similar position. It’s just really beautiful. Plus I am a fan of travelling! Another song without a YouTube video to share, but even more reason to listen to my Mixcloud mix!



Tears For Fears
Mad World

The HurtingTaken From: Tears For Fears – The Hurting (1983)

“The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had”

I’ve counted this as a new entry, though the Gary Jules version of the song actually made it in last time – charting at number 527. This time around I decided to go for the original, as although I really loved the Gary Jules version at the time it came out, I rarely listen to it now. Also, I have more of a general appreciation for Tears For Fears. They’re another band I associate with my Dad, as he liked them a lot and I remember hearing their songs whilst growing up.



Julee Cruise

Floating Into The NightTaken From: Julee Cruise – Floating Into The Night (1989)

“Don’t let yourself be hurt this time”

It’s the theme to Twin Peaks!! Do I even need to say anything else? I did just get slightly amused by the realisation it’s appropriately ‘fallen’ in the chart. He he.



I’ll Stand By You

Last Of The IndependentsTaken From: Pretenders – Last Of The Independents (1994)

“Nothing you confess could make me love you less”

This song’s fallen quite a bit in the chart. I still love it, I’m just not as obsessed with it as I was when I last did this chart. This is what I said about it last time:

Amazing song. For me it will forever be associated with Mulder and Scully as I have a couple of great X-Files music vids to this song. The lyrics do work well with their relationship. Oh and don’t mention the Girls Aloud version!!! That was just wrong.

And yes, I didn’t lie, I do still associate it with Mulder and Scully. To celebrate that, here’s an X-Files music video using the song, made by my friend Sophie:



Big Leaves

Alien & FamiliarTaken From: Big Leaves – Alien & Familiar (2003)

“You believe you’re the life of the party” 

I have no notion why this didn’t chart last time – that seems like madness. I can only assume that I’d listened to it too much at that point and maybe gone off it slightly for a bit. Though again that seems like madness. It’s an ace song! Not on YouTube, alas, but again a good reason to listen to the Mixcloud mix. It’s the best one yet! Though I’ll obviously think that ever week – such is the nature of this kind of chart 😉



Seven Seas Of Rhye

Queen IITaken From: Queen – Queen II (1974)

“Then I’ll defy the laws of nature and come out alive”

This song’s also on Greatest Hits, of course, so one of the earliest Queen songs I heard. Last time I just described it as ‘classic Queen song’. I’m happy to stick with that description.



The Ark
Echo Chamber

We Are The ArkTaken From: The Ark – We Are The Ark (2000)

“Have you heard the word no? No, no. I thought so. ‘Cause everybody says yes, everywhere you go.”

Ah, what better to follow Queen with than The Ark? More catchy, camp, glam awesomeness.



The Bluetones
Heard You Were Dead

Return To The Last Chance SaloonTaken From: The Bluetones – Return To The Last Chance Saloon (1998)

“It came as no surprise to me, you’ve done this kind of thing before”

I feel like Return To The Last Chance Saloon often gets overlooked as an album. Personally I’ve always found it difficult to choose which I prefer between this and Expecting To Fly (which is the one more people tend to rave about), though neither are actually my favourite Bluetones album, despite both having some brilliant songs on, including this one! It’s one of those songs that starts off well, but then just gets better and better as it goes on. A nice contrast to those disappointing songs that start off strong and then get weaker as they go on. None of those on this chart though (I hope)!



Avenue Q Soundtrack
For Now

Avenue QTaken From: Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2003)

“Life may be scary, but it’s only temporary”

The closing number in Avenue Q. As well as it being a great and fun song, it’s also got a good message to it in that ‘everything in life is only for now’. Plus, when you see it live, you can have the fun of guessing in advance who they’ve substituted for George Bush in the lyrics. The last time I went I correctly predicted the use of Donald Trump. He was the obvious choice, like. And lets hope he really is only for now! In the performance below they go for ‘Fox News’ – another good choice.

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

560. The Fiery Furnaces – Rub-Alcohol Blues

558. Curerbell – Nobody Knows Everybody

557. Ooberman – Stormtrooper

556. Catatonia – Village Idiots

552. Supergrass – Alright

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One Response to Top 777 Songs: 560 – 551

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    560. Ooberon – National Insurance: As you’re aware I’m an Ooberman fan, so it’s probably not a surprise for you to learn that I like Ooberon too. As you mentioned they’ve only so far released the one album, however they have recently put some new material on their Bandcamp page, so there is always hope of a new album someday. This song is just great isn’t it really?

    559. Murry The Hump – Travel: I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a big fan of Murry The Hump and don’t really have a great deal else to say about them that I haven’t already. I totally agree with you that this is one of their most instant b-sides, just catchy, fun pop.

    558. Tears For Fears – Mad World – When Donnie Darko came out I wasn’t familiar with the Tears For Fears original of Mad World, however I was immediately struck by the Michael Andrews/Gary Jules version of the song that was included as part of the soundtrack. I’ve subsequently heard the original and now far prefer it. Actually Tears For Fears in general are great, I have a handful of their tracks as MP3s, but I really need to pick up some of their albums I think. I love the eighties synth sounds in this song, retro but not dated if that makes sense?

    557. Julee Cruise – Falling: Big Twin Peaks fan, big David Lynch fan. I have Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtrack to the TV series and have probably listened to it more that I have any other soundtrack. I love his style of instrumentation, and the few vocals tracks on there (all featuring Julee Cruise) are just great. I love her slightly dream like vocals, and this song just perfectly accompanies David Lynch and Mark Frost’s unique vision of a TV show.

    556. Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You: Not a massive Pretenders fan if I’m honest, although I do admire Chrissie Hynde’s longevity. I know this song, and it’s certainly not bad (certainly better than the Girls Aloud version!), although by far my favourite of theirs is Brass In Pocket.

    555. Big Leaves – Speakeasy: Much like Murry The Hump, I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Big Leaves, and can’t really think of much more to say about them than I have in those previous entries. Speakeasy is a great song though, definitely one of my favourites by them. More fun, catchy pop really!

    554. Queen – Seven Seas Of Rhye: After I had Greatest Hits II bought for my on cassette one Christmas and subsequently listening to it to death, I taped by mum’s vinyl copy of the first Greatest Hits album and started listening to that a lot too, so I’m familiar with this track from that compilation. Probably one of their most well-known ‘early’ songs?

    553. The Ark – Echo Chamber: The first one of today’s list that I haven’t heard before. I’ve very much enjoyed the other Ark songs you’ve posted though, so hoping for some more camp, glam pop fun here. Which is pretty much exactly what I got really! Very much liking the echoing parts too.

    552. The Bluetones – Heard You Were Dead: I agree that Return To The Last Chance Saloon often gets overlooked, which is definitely a shame (although I have to admit I do prefer Expecting To Fly). This is a fab tune though, agree that it builds and gets better and better as the song progresses too.

    551. Avenue Q Soundtrack – For Now: As I mentioned last time a track from this came up, I’ve not actually seen Avenue Q before, but would really like to. I have a friend who has played various songs to me, but I don’t think she’s played this one before, so it’s new to me. And what fun it is too! Very much enjoyed it.

    Of the ones that fell out: Sad to see Stormtrooper didn’t make it, it’s a fun one.

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