Top 777 Songs: 60 – 51

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Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Patio Song

BarafundleTaken From: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle (1997)

“And if you really want to kiss her, just go right up and tell her”

Last time I said this about it:

Talking of bi-lingual songs, isn’t this the only one to get into the top 40 or something like that? Brilliant brilliant song. Oddly the memory I always get of it now is of when Mozz covered it at the Maes-B gig in Newport when they were supporting Sherbet Antlers. That was cool.

I just tried (and failed) to find the Welsh-language record that this song has – it wasn’t top 40 (it charted at 41) but was maybe the first Top 75 charting song with Welsh in it?! Also, just to clarify, Mozz were a Welsh band that were around for a little while – I’m not using it as an abbreviation of Morrissey (even though tries to autocorrect it thusly!). Although I’m sure that Morrissey singing Patio Song at TJs would have been a sight to behold.



David Bowie
Life On Mars?

Hunky DoryTaken From: David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)

“But the film is a saddening bore, for she’s lived it ten times or more.”

I’ve counted this as a new entry, though last time I had the Divine Comedy cover of it at number 337. It’s my favourite Bowie song. I still enjoy the Divine Comedy version, but it had to be the original that charted this time.



Pantomime Horse

SuedeTaken From: Suede – Suede (1993)

“Have you ever tried it that way?”

Such a wonderful song. I love the way it builds as it goes on. I’ve fallen more and more in love with it over the years. This is a brilliant early live performance of it, from the Love & Poison release:



In Love With Danielle Steel

DiwifrTaken From: Melys – Diwifr (single) (1998)

“She’s got a picture of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt pinned to the ceiling above her bed”

I love me a Melys b-side (if that hasn’t already been obvious). The lyrics of this are great – I love the whole story of it. It’s not on YouTube, though I just discovered it’s on Soundcloud, so I can embed that! I might be slightly overly excited by this discovery. Anyway, enjoy:



Church Of The Drive Thru Elvis

Eleven EPTaken From: Mansun – Six (single) aka Eleven EP (1999)

“Now that I am not content to be a weak impression of what used to be”

My favourite Mansun b-side. And no, it’s not just because my nickname at school was Elvis. In fact the title’s probably quite misleading – it suggests it might be quite an upbeat and silly kinda song, but it’s actually quite emotional and beautiful. Last time I described it in the following oh so eloquent way:

I can’t really explain why it is I like this song so much, but I really do. For some reason I especially like the mental image of a wheelchair sinking into the sand. I’m probably just a bit odd, but there ya go.



Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away

BloodsportsTaken From: Suede – Bloodsports (2013)

“Let me take you through each stage of the male mistake and we’ll adopt our natural roles”

My favourite song on Bloodsports. I loved it straight away – it was definitely the standout track on the album as far as I was concerned. Musically and emotionally I just love it so much. I also had a weird experience with it a couple of months ago. I had a problem with one of my ears being blocked, so had been avoiding listening to music on my headphones on the walk to and from work, but on this particular day decided to give it a go anyway. It ended up being a bad plan as my ear was ringing for ages afterwards, but that’s besides the point. Although I could generally only hear part of the music through my right ear, there was a moment whilst listening to this song, when the chorus kicked in, and it seemed like I could hear properly again. I don’t know whether it was just my brain filling in the gaps, but I briefly thought that Suede had the power to cure hearing problems. It was a really euphoric moment, even if it was just in my head.



Somebody To Love

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

“I take home my hard-earned pay all on my own

It’s just great, isn’t it? Last time I said how it must have been one of the first Queen songs I fell in love with, so I’m pleased it’s still charting so well (better than last time, in fact).



Jill Sobule

Underdog VictoriousTaken From: Jill Sobule – Underdog Victorious (2004)

“Then you’ll grow and then you’ll know that you’re better off alone”

My favourite Jill song. A rare song about a breakup from the perspective of the person who ended it and is therefore seen as the ‘asshole’. So good.



Don’t Need The Sunshine

International VelvetTaken From: Catatonia – International Velvet (1998)

“I don’t mind your lies, so keep on talking”

I don’t see how anyone could dislike this song, it’s like a beautiful spring day, or a comforting hug. Acoustic guitar and a stream in the background. Simple but perfect.



The Tears
Brave New Century

Here Come The TearsTaken From: The Tears – Here Come The Tears (2005)

“We sit and choke on magazines and worship shit celebrities”

My favourite song by The Tears; as it was when I previously did the chart. So good. Definitely an underrated album.

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

59. Catatonia – Road Rage (Potentially a shocking omission? It’s great but not one of my favourite Catatonia songs. It only really charted last time because I tried to include some kind of ridiculous objective element to it)

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