Top 777 Songs: 660 – 651

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All Girl Summer Fun Band
Jason Lee

2Taken From: All Girl Summer Fun Band – 2 (2003)

“We both like obscure music and we’re both 33”

My favourite All Girl Summer Fun Band song. Partly because I like Jason Lee, so appreciate a song about him, though also because it’s just fun and catchy.



Frida Hyvönen
Terribly Dark

To The SoulTaken From: Frida Hyvönen – To The Soul (2012)

“I’ll put myself on fire if I find a spark”

Last time we had the opening track from To The Soul and now we have the 2nd track! I find it really difficult to choose a favourite between those 2 tracks, which is why they’ve ended up so close together. I’d stick with my decision to rank this one ever so slightly higher though – I’d say it’s a bit more catchy than Gas Station and probably a bit more instant. Not that those things should make it a better song necessarily, but it’s enough to give it the edge in this case.




Taken From: Free online download

“Pack a bag, take a drag of my cigarette”

I just spent quite a while figuring out where on earth I’d gotten this song from, as it’s not one that was released on a single and also isn’t included on the unreleased album. Eventually I found an old LiveJournal post that mentioned it was put online for free download back in 2005. This explains why it didn’t make it into the chart last time. It was recorded as a demo under the Thirteen:13 band name, which is the version I’ve put on the Mixcloud mix, then it was resurrected and released properly on the album by The Honeymoon. I slightly prefer this original version though. Neither version’s on YouTube, so treat yourself by sticking on the Mixcloud mix.



Super Furry Animals
Crazy Naked Girls

Dark Days Light YearsTaken From: Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years (2009)

“Crazy, crazy naked girls”

Like ‘Cardiff In The Sun’, I just really like the style of this song and it never feels as long as it actually is. Some great guitar on it. It’s great live too, as you can witness here:



Ida Maria
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked

Fortress Round My HeartTaken From: Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart (2008)

“OK, you’re kind of sexy, but you’re not really special”

Continuing the nakedness theme, this is probably Ida Maria’s best known song. It’s catchy and fun and still my favourite song of hers.



The Divine Comedy

CasanovaTaken From: The Divine Comedy – Casanova (1996)

“Fighting naked in the open air” (might as well keep the nakedness theme going)

I’m really surprised I didn’t include this in my chart last time. It must have already been beyond the point when I’d listened to it a bit too much. On the rare occasions I do listen to it these days, I’m always reminded of just how good it is. It’s just not one I can listen to too often for some reason. I need to be in the right mood for it.



Garfunkel and Oates

SecretionsTaken From: Garfunkel and Oates – Secretions (2015)

“Like a baby in China, it’s better to have balls”

I think this has partly ended up as high as it is because I was listening to it quite a bit at the time when I was putting the chart together. Not that it doesn’t deserve a decent placing, of course. It’s about that awkward situation when you want to end contact with someone you’ve gone on a few dates with but don’t want to be mean or rude, so just fade away from their lives and stop contacting them, which is probably worse than just being up front and saying you’re not interested! Not that I’d have ever done such a thing of course…*ahem*



Marcy Playground

Marcy PlaygroundTaken From: Marcy Playground – Marcy Playground (1997)

“Instead from the ground, some magic they found, of something far better I’m told”

I’d not heard of Marcy Playground until someone on LiveJournal shared a music video they’d made to the song ‘Sex And Candy’, to accompany a Smallville Clex slashfic they’d written of the same name (but of course). I loved the song (and the video and fic), so got hold of this album not too long afterwards. This song was one of my instant favourites on the album. I loved the interesting ways you could discover new music on LiveJournal!



Your Lucky Day In Hell

Beautiful FreakTaken From: Eels – Beautiful Freak (1996)

“Never know who it might be at your doorbell”

What I said about this last time is still accurate:

Fab song. I first remember being aware of it from the Scream films. Is it Scream 2 that uses it? Ah, love Scream 2!! 😀



The Nu Forest feat. Jarvis Cocker & The Pastels
I Picked A Flower

The Last Great WildernessTaken From: The Pastels – The Last Great Wilderness (2003)

“Maybe you just didn’t dare plant your seed inside her flowerbed”

This album’s actually a soundtrack to the film The Last Great Wilderness. It’s a film I bought purely for Alastair Mackenzie’s presence in it – I’m not gonna lie! I had no notion that the soundtrack was by The Pastels or that there was a song featuring Jarvis Cocker in it. The song first appears right near the beginning of the film and actually plays quite a big part in the narrative of the film itself. It’s Jarvis at his lascivious best and is a great song. It’s also a great film – worth checking out. Quite dark and strange. Yay!

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

660. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Dyle Fi

659. Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Paul Newman’s Eyes

657. Delays – Long Time Coming

656. Seal – Kiss From A Rose

655. The Irises – I’m That Fool (though it was shortlisted)

654. Fur Patrol – Holy

653. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work

651. Sheila Nicholls – Love Song

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One Response to Top 777 Songs: 660 – 651

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    660. All Girl Summer Fun Band – Jason Lee: Many years ago now I used to be a regular reader of a website called Rusty Likes Music, about a chap called Rusty who liked music, the majority of the site consisting of him reviewing albums by the bands that he liked. He’d categorise the bands whose work he reviewed into groups such as ‘Super All Time Favourites’ and so on, and a lot of the bands in the top category were also bands that I considered favourites, They Might Be Giants, the Magnetic Fields, Belle & Sebastian etc, so I read most of the reviews on the site in the hope I’d discover more bands that I liked. One of the bands in one of the lower categories was All Girl Summer Fun Band, and I always really liked their name (it reminds me a bit of one of that band Japanese to English translations for some reason), but I’ve not really explored their music further for some reason. Listening to this song now, I think that’s a bit of a shame, as it’s really good! Presumably it’s about the actor Jason Lee and not the former Nottingham Forest striker though…

    659. Frida Hyvönen – Terribly Dark: I enjoyed Gas Station when it was posted, so am looking forward to hearing another song from To The Soul. I agree that this track is a bit more immediate than the one preceding it. I think I (marginally) prefer Gas Station, but this is very good too. This one actually sounds a bit eighties to me – in a good way. Enjoyed that.

    658. Thirteen:13 – Reconcile: Thanks to your good self I have a copy of the unreleased Thirteen:13 album, which I do enjoy, so I’m interested to hear a song by the band now that doesn’t feature on it. I think it’s a bit of shame that this didn’t make it to the album, it’s a bit of a corker. The Honeymoon had a female vocalist, correct? Quite intrigued to hear how that version sounds, may look it up later.

    657. Super Furry Animals – Crazy Naked Girls: Who doesn’t like Crazy Naked Girls?! There’s always something interesting going on in Super Furries songs I find, and this is no exception. I especially like the drums on this, very seventies rock anthem in places!

    656. Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked: I think I mentioned in my comments on the last song you posted by Ida Maria, that I do have a fondness for this song. It’s just such good fun, and really catchy too! I’m now going to have it stuck in my head for the next few days too!

    655. The Divine Comedy – Charge: Quite the contrast to Ida Maria, but equally good. Neil rarely writes a bad song though, and Casanova is such a good album, that that is no surprise. Quite a jolly song, to say it’s all about death and stuff!

    654. Garfunkel and Oates – Fadeaway: When you posted 29 / 31 a few days, I sent the link of the video to my friend Jen who absolutely loved it. She showed it to her mum, who also really liked it, so you’re slowly spreading the good word about Garfunkel and Oates. Perhaps I’ll have to send this on to a different friend, and slowly they can take over the world! Seriously though, it’s another great song by them, funny but making some good points too.

    653. Marcy Playground – Poppies: The only Marcy Playground song I know is Sex And Candy, which I haven’t heard in years, but from memory thought was okay. Not really sure what to expect from this though, guess we’ll find out! It’s quite good actually, different to Sex And Candy. Liking this a lot more than I thought I would.

    652. Eels – Your Lucky Day In Hell: Like most people I became aware of Eels when they released Novocaine For The Soul. I actually bought Beautiful Freak on cassette (I had a CD player by this point, but think I saw the tape somewhere cheap and so picked it up) and it’s an interesting album, there’s a sort of claustrophobia about it. This is one of the highlights of that album in opinion.

    651. The Nu Forest feat. Jarvis Cocker & The Pastels – I Picked A Flower: I’m a big fan of Pulp and Jarvis, but I’ve never actually heard this before, so I’m looking forward to doing so. Yeah, so this is pretty great. Will definitely have to pick the soundtrack up I think and add to the collection.

    Of the ones that fell out: Long Time Coming is a fab song, bit of a shame that that one didn’t make it. The Drugs Don’t Work is okay too I guess.

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