Sunday, July 24, 2005

I have wasted three and a half hours of my life

CAVEATS:
a. I have omitted all your favourites and only included my own
b. Gasps! as the Carpenters were pushed out of the number 100 spot at the last minute by the inclusion of The Bangles.
c. All order essentially arbitrary etc
d. Aforementioned rules broken where necessary

MY TOP 100 SINGLES

1 RACE FOR THE PRIZE - Flaming Lips
2 GRACE - Jeff Buckley
3 MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN - The Pixies
4 ANGEL'S HEAP - Finn Brothers
5 STEREO - Pavement
6 TO HERE KNOWS WHEN - My Bloody Valentine
7 I FEEL FOR YOU - Chaka Khan
8 TURN! TURN! TURN! - The Byrds
9 GOD ONLY KNOWS - The Beach Boys
10 EBOW THE LETTER - R.E.M

11 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE - New Radicals
12 OH LORI - Alessi Brothers
13 THIRTEEN - Big Star
14 FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH - The Posies
15 HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS - The Sundays
16 CHANGES - Sugar
17 UP WITH PEOPLE - Lambchop
18 PEG - Steely Dan
19 CONFETTI - The Lemonheads
20 CLOSE TO ME - The Cure

21 ANIMAL - Def Leppard
22 NEVER SAID - Liz Phair
23 FANFARE - Eric Matthews
24 THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS - Ten City
25 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS - Pet Shop Boys
26 NOBODY'S TWISTING YOUR ARM - The Wedding Present
27 THIS IS WHAT SHE'S LIKE - Dexy's Midnight Runners
28 MARQUEE MOON - Television
29 OH PATTI (DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) - Scritti Politti
30 IN FRANCE THEY KISS ON MAIN STREET - Joni Mitchell

31 BLUE MONDAY - New Order
32 LITTLE RED CORVETTE - Prince
33 WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES - The Doobie Brothers
34 I WILL DARE - The Replacements
35 FEED THE TREE - Belly
36 THE CROWN - Gary Byrd
37 I SAW THE LIGHT - Todd Rundgren
38 TUMBLING DICE - Rolling Stones
39 MORE THAN THIS - Roxy Music
40 HIDEAWAY - The Olivia Tremor Control

41 BLUE - The Jayhawks
42 I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL - Eric B & Rakim
43 WICKED GAME - Chris Isaak
44 SHE'S SO YOUNG - The Pursuit of Happiness
45 CARNIVAL 2000 - Prefab Sprout
46 CYBELE'S REVERIE - Stereolab
47 WAIT - Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
48 KEEP ON MOVIN' - Soul II Soul
49 SWEET CHILD O' MINE - Guns N' Roses
50 PSYCHO KILLER - Talking Heads

51 CANNONBALL - Breeders
52 YOUNG AMERICANS - David Bowie
53 THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE - The Smiths
54 THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION - The The
55 WHERE IT'S AT - Beck
56 DON'T LET'S START - They Might Be Giants
57 EVERYTHING COUNTS - Depeche Mode
58 MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER - Stardust
59 LIPGLOSS - Pulp
60 HOT BURRITO #1 - Flying Burrito Brothers

61 LITTLE SISTER - Ry Cooder
62 HOLLAND, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel
63 ONCE AROUND THE BLOCK - Badly Drawn Boy
64 WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN - Style Council
65 IT WAS A GOOD DAY - Ice Cube
66 I WANNA DESTROY YOU - The Soft Boys
67 THIS IS A CALL - Foo Fighters
68 CALIFORNIA LOVE - 2Pac feat Dr Dre + Roger Troutman
69 EVERYTHING FLOWS - Teenage Fanclub
70 MAP REF 41°N 93°W - Wire

71 I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN - Bobbie Gentry
72 TANGLED UP IN BLUE - Bob Dylan
73 THE WEIGHT - The Band
74 SUGARCUBE - Yo La Tengo
75 REGULATE - Warren G + Nate Dogg
76 UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY - Paul McCartney
77 HOMETOWN UNICORN - Super Furry Animals
78 STILL DRE - Dr Dre
79 TAKE A RUN AT THE SUN - Dinosaur Jr
80 YOU AND YOUR SISTER - This Mortal Coil

81 LORELEI - Cocteau Twins
82 NEVER TOO MUCH - Luther Vandross
83 I LOVE THE UNKNOWN - Clem Snide
84 WIRED FOR SOUND - Cliff Richard
85 SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT - Split Enz
86 SON OF SAM - Elliott Smith
87 LEARNING TO FLY - Tom Petty
88 B.O.B - Outkast
89 MAN, I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN - Shania Twain
90 SUGAR KANE - Sonic Youth

91 TWIGGY TWIGGY/TWIGGY VS JAMES BOND - Pizzicato 5
92 IN BLOOM - Nirvana
93 WHAT TIME IS LOVE - KLF
94 GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN'T LOVE) - Spiller feat Sophie Ellis-Bextor
95 WINTER - Tori Amos
96 IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS - The Bangles
97 INTERGALACTIC - Beastie Boys
98 BATTLE OF WHO COULD CARE LESS- Ben Folds Five
99 BREAKOUT - Swing Out Sister
100 THE EAGLE AND ME - Van Dyke Parks

36 comments:

marianne said...

Wow, what a diverse collection of sounds. I don't know that I could stand by the inclusion of Shania Twain, but otherwise, a most fascinating insight into John's musical taste.

So I feel that as part of the reading public, being that John has shared his music taste with us, it would only be polite to do them same, admittedly on a much smaller scale. Consequently, I have pondered upon my top ten. And here is a list of some of the songs I kinda like.

My rules:
a. they can't be already included in John's list (that would just be copying).
b. they don't have to be singles (I like non-singles better sometimes, and I can't be bothered looking them up).
c. they are not in any particular order other than I listed them as I thought of them, and so I probably like the first ones better, being that I thought of them first : )
d. I refuse to prejudice myself against relative newcomers to my musical palate. As long as twelve months has elapsed since their release, they may join the list.

1. Bluejeans. Blur
2. Trust. The Cure.
3. Eple. Roysopp.
4. Oscillate Wildly. The Smiths.
5. Just a test. Beastie Boys,
6. Release. Blackalicious.
7. Turquoise Hexagon Sun. Boards of Canada.
8. How to explain. The Cat Empire.
9. Anthem. The Clouds.
10. Jane Says. Jane's Addiction.

And I didn't even get to include Nights in White Satin.... damn.

John A said...

I can't help the fact that the chemicals in my brain make me like "Man I Feel Like A Woman'. Shania Twain was one of only two or three acts where I couldn't decide which single to include. "That Don't Impress Me Much", is, on its day, an almost equally magnificent work of powerful genius.

With most bands where I couldn't decide, none of their songs made it! That includes your list-leaders, Blur, the Beatles and Supergrass. It's hard to win sometimes.

G. said...

Yeah, the inclusion of Shania Twain seems to come at the direct expense of, say, Johnny Cash.

May I ask: Why represent the Beastie Boys with Intergalactic? I mean, it's a fun song and all, but ... the best of their catalog?

Reservations, sir. Give me them and a plane ticket and I shall have a vacation!

John A said...

Johnny Cash was a great man and a great artiste, but I wouldn't want to spend much time actually listening to him. Because I am ME not YOU. Do you see how this works? Individual human beings, different ideas.

John A said...

As for Intergalactic, unlike all their other songs, I still like listening to it. It's just me! There is no critical justification for this list! It does not exist in relationship to or in consideration of your opinion, I made it because I had to!

Josh said...

Gosh.

Three and a half hours?

Gosh.

Ah, Johnny, I am having some fun at your expense; the only reason why I would not spend three and a half hours making such a list is because it already exists, and has done for several years, and is essentially only modified over the course of time.

John A said...

List making is soothing on a Sunday. it soothes the brow.

Kyle Jones said...

I usually follow the High Fidelity school of Top 5s, sometimes spreading depending on my love.

Kudos on the Stereolab and Pizzicato 5. Good stuff indeed.

And, for posterity, my current Top 5.

Every Planet We Reach is Dead - Gorillaz
Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave
Willie Deadwilder - Cat Power
The Importance of Being Idle - Oasis
Candyman - Cornershop

A nice collection of a few new tunes and an older one. Random, just like me.

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Jenna said...

I must side with you on the Shania Twain thing, and I usually despise anything country, and country-ish. Also I normally do not like major pop artists, but Shania Twian songs are some damn catchy sometimes. Personally I probably would have chosen You're Still The One though...

marianne said...

I think if I had the time, and energy, and pure drive to commit three and a half hours of my Sunday to list making of my top 100 there would be many a tune that would result in raised eyebrows (also mine). My brain chemicals make me like Beyonce's Crazy in Love (the horn line, it haunts me!) and yet RnB is just not my thing. Equally, (and here I quiver in shame as all potential 'coolness' ebbs away) Britney's Poison was composed by a musical genius - thankfully not by Ms Spears. There are so many great tunes out there that lack street cred. If Shania does it for you, John, so be it. At least you won't be cringeing in supermarkets when it's played over the easylistening station. Where as I cower as my brain represses the urge to bop along. So powerful... the urge...

Nate said...

Oh man. I have lists and lists and lists like this. Mostly top 10 album and movie lists for the past 10 years or so, but I could totally see sitting down and making a (wildly different) top 100 singles. Fascinating regardless.

In response to Marianne's last post: Brittany Spears' "Poison"? Do you mean "Toxic"? That is a startlingly effective pop song. Also, I'd have to agree that Beyonce is pretty much the highest form of modern pop-R&B. Crazy in Love... Lose My Breath... they're just too catchy, even when I start out biased against them.

Nate said...

Top 5 singles of this instant:

01 :: Dressy Bessy - side 2
02 :: Mike Doughty - Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well
03 :: Old Canes - Both Falling Bright
04 :: Electric 6 - Jimmy Carter
05 :: The Mosquitos - Blue Heart
Bonus: Hot Hot Heat - Island of the Honest Men

This list is weirdly un-representative of my record buying habits.

Bee said...

Ah, the list. Good ol' list.

A great many of those song titles made me bounce joyously in my seat as I read them, others made me screw my face up as if I'd just taken a bite out of a lemon. But that's the way it should be. I'm sure I would have reacted the same way to pretty much anybody else's list. Such diversity is what makes the world the exciting place it is today!

I confess that your cutting remark about the Wildhearts earlier made me weep hot tears. But that's just a burden I have to bear.

PS. Compiling my own Top 100 list would probably drive me completely mental, so I decided long ago never to compile one.

Damo said...

Your comment about The Wildhearts was a sad thing indeed. So much so it deserved a mention on more than one post.

Still, your drawings and cartoons and that are pretty good, so carry on.

marianne said...

Yes, Nate, you are entirely right. I am so not au fait with the musical offerings of Britney that I did get her song title wrong. I'm not sure whether to be embarrassed or rather proud... Anyway, it still rocks as far as pop goes. So I guess I'm embarrassed?
I have had Shania Twain's "Man, I feel like a woman" stuck in my head all day, depite the best efforts of my iPod.
Oh that frustrating synth line. grrr...
John, I blame you. I blame you.

arborealprimate said...

Shania Twain or not, my already boundless respect for your grey stuff has been boosted up a notch by the choice of Tangled Up in Blue.

Some are mathematician, some are carpenters' wives...

Hyosho said...

So what *is* the best Erasure single? I'd vote "Little Respect", and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those pesky Wheatus kids.

Bee said...

I'd have to go for "Sometimes", meself.

Hyosho said...

Well, I guess the broken heart will have to decide.

(I'm NOT gay)

rezo said...

You forgot This song.

John A said...

That was excellent! It put demonds in my brain! What was it?

rezo said...

Osorezan by the Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

Josh said...

Wasn't he the guy who did the Akira Soundtrack?

"Tetsuo" from that is epic. Really seriously good.

rezo said...

Yeah, except it's not just guy. It's a huge ethnomusicological primarily choral group.I think one production was said to have 200+ people working on it. They travel around the world studying the musical systems of various cultures and have released several CDs based solely on reproducing them. They also have two other albums that reflect the music heard in Akira somewhat, but most is rather different.

Osorezan comes from their debut release, I believe. And along with teh other song on the CD, is probably the strangest music of theirs that I've heard.

Josh said...

Awesome. I might have to look into them , actually; I thought that it was a single composer when I saw his name in the Akira credits, but the concept of the wider act sounds interesting, and that track you posted was excellent.

Josh said...

Apparently their debut album was called Rinne Kookyogaku.

Buggered if I can get a copy, though.

rezo said...

Rinne came out about a decade after Osorezan.

Here's an mp3 from it

The Graduate said...

Wow! I wouldn't call that a waste at all! I mean you included Belly's wonderous 'Feed the Tree', The Jayhawks, The Lemonheads, Clem Snide... *goes into spasms of delight* I'm very tempted to make a Jon Allison Top 100 Singles box set. The CD changer in my car would not need a changin' for at least six months and then only for a spring clean.

Pallas Athene said...

I was so happy to see that Scritti Politti track in there - I didn't think anyone else knew it existed. Soft Boys also a good choice.

Eddie said...

Because all I listen to his Halifax Pop:

1. Joel Plaskett - Light of the Moon
2. Sloan - Sinking Ships
3. The Flashing Lights - Highschool
4. The Local Rabbits - Lights Turn On
5. The Super Friendz - Two Songs

- Eddie

Lord Osmo said...

John you are a God like genius, I need to go and buy all the albums that these are off (with 1-2 exceptions maybe, Swing Out Sister? Meh, don't knock it until you tried it I guess). Actually I need you to go and buy them for me. I have... allergies.

Anyway cheers for encapsulating my music taste in such a fulsome way, as they say on the grubby streets of Amsterdam! See you later and if you are very good maybe I will come and post another comment.

- Lord Osmo

Nicholas Lee said...

Yay for the inclusion of Tori Amos! Boo for the lack of Curve.

Spiderbaby said...

I would've gone for "Super-Connected" by Belly because I am me and Tanya Donelly's voice on that gives me goosebumps. Thanks to that one song, I got into her solo stuff, Throwing Muses, Morphine, and Kristin Hersh.

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