Post by raliverpool on Aug 10, 2014 16:09:08 GMT 1
650 Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back) 97 649 Paul Weller - Out Of The Sinking 94
648 Natural Selection - Do Anything 91
The effective global one hit wonders came from Prince's hometown of Minneapolis (sarcasm: "you'd never would guess listening to this") reached USA #2, Top 10 Australia, etc and UK #69 with this funk pop work out featuring Madonna's long time friend and backing vocalist (1987-2001) Niki Haris on the spoken word rap. 647 The Quireboys - Hey You 90
646 Annie Lennox - Precious 92
The second single from Diva saw the former Eurythmics singer produced by Stephen Lipson score an under performing UK #23 hit, despite it being my favourite solo single of hers. It is probably worth noting its B-side www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT0Df0grPpc was later covered by Whitney Houston.
645 Def Leppard - Two Steps Behind 93 644 The Beautiful South - A Little Time 90 643 David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans (NiN Single Mix) 96 642 Suzanne Vega - No Cheap Thrill 97 641 Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day 93
Although their are areas where we do differ 'For Your Babies' must be the worst Simply Red song ever and that's like saying which is like the worst time I puked ever, where as 'Fairground' was a minor gastric backflow, i'm sure it still too come.
I beg to differ.
"For Your Babies" is my favourite Simply Red song of the 1990s, a fantastic song about parenthood that stays the right side of saccharine.
In contrast, like a lot of acts "Fairground" going to #1 is comparable with Stevie Wonder "I Just Called To Say I Love You", Prince - "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World"; Blur "Country House", etc. (One of) the worst things they (Mick Hucknell) did with the crowbarred sample of The Goodmen's Give It Up; and the utterly naff very literal video shot on the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool, meant Peter Kay and his excruciatingly hilarious Marc Park persona were around the corner to deservedly do to Mick Hucknall what Avid Merrion later did to Craig David.
Spot the difference:
^ One of David Cameron's favourite songs, apparently. Which fits in nicely with one of my next batch of 10 songs.
lol well that's not quite true I just don't mind 'Playground' because of the sample and yes they maybe deserved to go to number one with 'Holding back the years' I suppose but I find 'For Your babies' very saccharine guess we must have different sugar tolerances hehe. My wife likes Simply Red it was almost a deal breaker when we were dating lol
Post by raliverpool on Aug 11, 2014 19:54:05 GMT 1
640 Radiohead - My Iron Lung 94 639 Crowded House - Instinct 96 638 Fun Lovin' Criminals - The Fun Lovin' Criminal 96
637 Pizzicato Five - Twiggy Twiggy 95
The Japanese indie pop group otherwise known as P5, had a 15 year career, but thanks to the support of Mark & Lard (Mark Radcliffe & Mark Riley); and (Andrew) Collins and (Stuart) Maconie they go some belated UK airplay in the second half of their career. Hence, this The Word performance.
636 Mantronix ft Wondress - Got To Have Your Love 90 635 Human League - One Man In My Heart 95 634 Deacon Blue - Your Town 92 633 Stereophonics - A Thousand Trees 97 632 Manic Street Preachers - You Stole The Sun From My Heart 99
631 Kenickie - In Your Car 97
The Sunderland riot grrrl act fronted by future XFM then Radio 6 presenter/writer and TV presenter Lauren Laverne release two albums and 7 charting singles in less than three years prior to splitting. This was their highest charting effort at UK #24.
Post by raliverpool on Aug 11, 2014 20:16:24 GMT 1
630 Live - I Alone 95 629 The Orb - Perpetual Dawn 91 628 Right Said Fred - Deeply Dippy 92 627 Robyn - Show Me Love 98 626 Richard Marx - Hazard 92 625 Faithless - Imsomnia 95 624 Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards 91
Taken from the album The Real Ramona this was the final album the US alternative rock band made with their two founder members Kristin Hersh, and Tanya Donelly before she left to form Belly. This 4AD release made UK #70.
623 Beck - Sexx Laws 99
What's not to like about this track? This uptempo bonkers 60s psychedelic/country/horns/funk track is taken from the funk-infused Midnite Vultures album. This track reached UK #27 and its equally bizarre video features Jack Black.
622 Oleta Adams - Get Here 91 621 The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize 99
Post by raliverpool on Aug 11, 2014 20:40:04 GMT 1
620 James - How Was It For You 90 619 Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin & Juice 94 618 The Stone Roses - Begging You 94 617 The Rolling Stones - Love Is Strong 94
616 Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000 92
Some 7 years before the Canadian alternative rock band had their one huge international hit, they first came to my attention with this Americana/Cajun gem with frequently amusing lyrics. Taken from their debut album Gordon, although it never charted anywhere outside of their native Canada, it has become a bit of a sleeper radio airplay 90s classic hit, especially in the USA. 615 The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony 97 614 Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight 94 613 Paul Weller - Broken Stones 95
612 INXS - Heaven Sent 92
After the global success of 1987's Kick album, and the lacklustre follow up 1990's X; the Australian rock band really needed to change their sound to attract listeners. So they ditched producer Chris Thomas, got in Australian sound engineer Mark Opitz, and the result was their 8th album Welcome to Wherever You Are a diverse, eclectic grungy alternative rock album which sounded fresh, and gained them the best reviews of their career (The Independent and Q Magazine included the album in their top 10 albums of the year of 1992). Unfortunately, their record label was less impressed by their musical reinventon, and alongside their unwillingness to tour the album it relatively underperformed. Hence this the lead single only made UK #31, #13 in Australia, and failed to reach the Top 100 in the USA. 611 Primal Scream - Rocks 94
Post by raliverpool on Aug 11, 2014 21:31:22 GMT 1
610 TLC - Dear Lie 99
609 Rufus Wainwright - April Fools 98
This absolutely fabulous www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEhuBvfm-1I song by the offspring of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III introduced me to the charms of this wonderfully camp, witty, visceral, poperatic singer/songwriter. Taken from the Canadian/American self titled debut album produced by Jon Brion, This debut video was directed by Sophie Muller, and it features two of his band mainstays who later went on to have fairly successful solo careers Joan Wasser (As Police Woman); and his sister Martha Wainwright.
608 REM - Man In The Moon 92 607 Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love 90 606 No Doubt - Spiderwebs 97 605 Tanita Tikaram - Only The Ones We Love 91 604 Aimee Mann - Say Anything 94 603 Guns N' Roses - You Could Be Mine 91 602 Reef - Place Your Hands 96
601 Thompson Twins - The Saint 92
If I had to do a Top 20 list of all the music acts who have got a bad press/image reputation relative to their music then the Thompson Twins would comfortably make that list. This was their final UK single which reached UK #53. Yet musically it is completely unrecognisable from the sound they did in their commercial 1983-85 hey day, as it sounds like if Tom & Alannah's vocals were removed and replaced by The Beloved's Jon Marsh and Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell it would probably have been played to death by radio instead of ignored and became a Top 3 hit. Damn ageism music snobbery.
Post by raliverpool on Aug 12, 2014 20:50:28 GMT 1
600 Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That 98 599 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow 95
598 The Frank & Walters - After All 93
The alternative rock band from Cork in Ireland, scored their only UK Top 40 hit ( UK #11) which also made the top 5 in Ireland with this delightful slice of acoustic jangly rock (think Irish Proclaimers) thanks to an Ian Broudie remix of an Edwyn Collins production.
597 Depeche Mode - Barrel Of A Gun 97 596 Paul Weller - Into Tomorrow 91
595 Kristin Hersh ft Michael Stipe - Your Ghost 94
Taken from the debut Throwing Muses singer's Hips and Makers album, and featuring the REM lead singer is this UK #45 haunting PJ Harvey meets Patti Smith acoustic ballad which also appeared on the With Honors OST (alongside Madonna's I'll Remember ballad).
594 Beverley Craven - Promise Me 91 593 The Boo Radleys - Lazarus 93 592 kd lang - Miss Chatelaine 92 591 Suede - New Generation 95
Post by raliverpool on Aug 12, 2014 21:22:48 GMT 1
590 Pet Shop Boys - So Hard 90 589 Crowded House - It's Only Natural 92 588 The Beautiful South - Don't Marry Her 96 587 Shawn Mullins - Lullaby 99 586 Erasure - Always 94 585 The KLF - What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral) 90 584 Adamski ft Seal - Killer 90 583 Squeeze - Third Rail 93
582 High - Up and Down 90
These also rans from the Madchester scene got signed to London records and had a string of minor hit singles. Whilst their "Box Set Go" remains their most acclaimed track (as well as being their only UK Top hit (#28)), this their second single which peaked at UK #53 is my favourite. 581 Duran Duran - Out Of My Mind 97
Taken from the Val Kilmer "The Saint" OST (where it was given a not as good 1960s John Barry homage www.youtube.com/watch?v=18kVLrGetjk ), this is taken from the non UK released "Medazzlaland" album resulting in the dissolution of the band's contract with EMI after almost two decades. It also featured on the CD single which made UK #21 as the album version. EMI gave the band ownership rights and the master tapes to the Medazzaland album, as well as several unreleased audio; where that album was subsequently independently released in certain territories such as North America & Japan. But it is currently unavailable on iTunes, Spotify, etc. It has to be said this is yet another example of music ageism snobbery because had Depeche Mode, U2, or the Smashing Pumpkins come up with this in 1997 the critics and the hipsters would have doubtless masturbated over it's sonic boldness.
Post by raliverpool on Aug 12, 2014 21:51:21 GMT 1
580 David Bowie - Jump They Say 93 579 Suede - She's In Fashion 99 578 Supergrass - Lose It 95 577 Teenage Fanclub - Star Sign 91 576 Catatonia - Mulder & Scully 98
575 Jellyfish - The Ghost At Number One 93
The highly influential power pop band from San Francisco released this knowing * Beach Boys meets Supertramp meets The Beatles meets Queen track about how dying young is a good career move in pop culture but those said artists will never supplant Jesus Christ .... from their 2nd, superior, and final album Spilt Milk. Written as ever by keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and singer/stand up drummer Andy Sturmer it reached #9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart (amongst a sea of grunge), and UK #43. * this song somehow foresaw what would eventually happen to Kurt Cobain mere months later. The lyrics of this are " your the only one that knows that you're right". Nirvana last recorded song? "You know you're right". Hmmm.....pure coincidence? 574 Dodgy - Good Enough 96 573 SWV - Right Here 93
572 Dr Dre ft Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thing 93
Produced by the former NWA legend, and co-written by the two artists known to their families as Andre Young & Calvin Broadus. This West coast g-funk track with a memorable video made USA #2 & UK #31, and has since been adapted by the top USA football soccer club LA Galaxy as their anthem. Personally I prefer a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, but each to their own!
Post by raliverpool on Aug 12, 2014 22:21:45 GMT 1
570 Eels - Susan's House 97 569 One Dove - White Love 93 568 Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground 96 567 Jeff Buckley - Grace 94 566 Madness - Lovestruck 99 565 Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now 99 564 Kylie Minogue - Put Yourself In My Place 94 563 Public Image Limited - Don't Ask Me 90
This environmentally themed single from Britain's finest Antichrist national treasure who has stayed the right side of Morrissey's talking offensive bolloxs/rightly becoming a figure of ridicule, was recorded and released as a stand alone single from PiL's he Greatest Hits, So Far compilation reached #22 in the UK and #2 on the US Modern Rock chart. 562 Eurythmics - I Saved The World Today 99
After a 10 year "career uncoupling" to record their 9th album, Peace, this melancholy ballad was released as the lead single where it made UK #11, but failed to reach the USA Top 100, where it is mostly remembered for its use at the end of a key episode of The Sopranos. In March 2009 when Annie Lennox was promoting her solo Collection compilation album, there was a Radio 2 three part programme on her career. With regards to this song Annie admitted the lyrics are about her bouts with depression in the 1990s, "about being successful, and how strangers tell you how much your music and work means to them and has given them so much pleasure, and yet you still feel so empty and unworthy. To summarise the song is me trying to say ... Well, I managed to not commit suicide ..... today, at least."
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 12:04:18 GMT 1
560 Sonic Youth - 100% 92
559 The Lemon Trees - Child Of Love 93
Inspired by seeing the US power pop band Jellyfish; former World Party member and session/touring keyboardist/string arranger for Marc Almond; Julian Cope; The Mission; & The Waterboys Guy Chambers assembled a five-piece band of talented session musicians to former this group who released one album (Open Book) on MCA records; where all the members sang lead vocals on all the Guy Chambers penned tracks. Despite all 5 singles made the UK Top 75; none reached the UK Top 40; as it seems they lacked a charismatic Norman Wisdom impersonator who wrote frequently savagely funny lyrics. This Steely Dan meets 1970s Isley Brothers track was the fourth single and peaked at UK #55. Since the band split the various members of the band have gone on to work with most of the British music industry artists.
558 Adrian Belew and David Bowie - Pretty Pink Rose 90
Bowie's frequent collaborator (whom has also worked with Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, King Crimson, and most recently Lady Gaga) recorded this Bowie ode to the vagina, for his 1990 Young Lions album, which featured Bowie on vocals. Alas despite it having an hilarious video co-starring Julie T. Wallace, and acting as musical director on Bowie's "Greatest Hits" 1990 Sound+Vision Tour, where this was performed every night; this was not a hit.
557 The Source ft Candi Staton - You Got The Love 91 556 The Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should Be A Holiday 98 555 Suede - So Young 93 554 Bjork - Human Behaviour 93 553 Aaliyah - (At Your Best) You Are Love 94 552 Michael Jackson - Stranger In Moscow 96 551 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box 93
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 12:27:12 GMT 1
550 James - I Know What I'm Here For 99
549 Carleen Anderson - Nervous Breakdown 94
The UK #27 debut single by the former Young Disciple singer, was rather unusual in structure in so far as the verses sound like a typical jazz-lite Soul II Soul meets Simply Red track, but the chorus goes vintage batshit Prince meets James Brown.
548 2K (The KLF) - F**k The Millennium 97
Based upon The KLF's acid house track "What Time Is Love?" which they Prodigy-fied up, it was promoted as a comeback single and released to mark the tenth anniversary of Drummond and Cauty's first collaborations. However, in their usual anarchic style it also mocked the notion of the comeback with Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty dressed as old men as a comment on elderly pop groups making a comeback. It remains the only commercial release by the duo since The KLF's 1992 retirement; and peaked at a rather underwhelming UK #28. Still infinitely better than a track that sampled a Nancy Sinatra James Bond theme!
547 Saint Etienne ft Tim Burgess - I Was Born On Christmas Day 93 546 Eminem ft Dr Dre - Guilty Conscience 99 545 World Party - She's The One 97 544 Republica - Ready To Go 96 543 REM - Bittersweet Me 96 542 Faith No More - Midlife Crisis 92 541 Pixies - Alec Eiffel 91
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 12:59:42 GMT 1
540 Sarah McLachlan - Angel 98 539 Shampoo - Trouble 94 538 Freakpower - Turn On Tune In Cop Out 93 537 Prince - Diamonds & Pearls 91
536 Teenage Fanclub - Ain't That Enough 97
The lead single from their 6th studio album Songs from Northern Britain made UK #17 for the superior Scottish alternative rock band/Big Star tribute act.
535 Sunscreem - Love U More 92 534 Janet Jackson - Runaway 95 533 Robert Miles - Children 96 532 Chumbawamba - Tubthumping 97 531 Siouxsie & The Banshees - Kiss Them For Me 91
The lead single from the post punk gothic band's 10th & penultimate studio album Superstition, produced by Stephen Hague, was their most successful ever in the USA (#23), and made UK #32. Siouxsie Sioux's cryptic lyrics are an ode to actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield (Kiss Them for Me was also the name of the 1957 movie starring Mansfield and Cary Grant).
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 13:15:55 GMT 1
530 East 17 ft Gabrielle - If You Ever 96
529 Pearl Jam - Spin the Black Circle 94
The lead single from Seattle greatest grunge rock band (IMHO!) 3rd album Vitalogy was an ode to vinyl records (which were rapidly going out of fashion at the time, with some major labels/artists no longer releasing new "long players" on 12") over a Dead Kennedy-esque backing track. It reached the top ten in the UK & Ireland; top 5 in Norway; and top 3 in Australia & New Zealand; and USA #18. 528 Julian Lennon - Saltwater 91
527 Julian Cope - Try Try Try 95
The former The Teardrop Explodes singer scored his last UK Top 30 hit (#24) with the neo-psychedelic power pop lead single of his 11th solo album 20 Mothers.
526 Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop 93 525 Prefab Sprout - If You Don't Love Me 92 524 Julia Fordham - Love Moves (In Mysterious Ways) 92 523 Divinyls - I Touch Myself 91 522 Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle 99 521 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit 91
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 17:38:42 GMT 1
520 Theaudience - If You Can't Do It When You're Young, When Can You Do It? 98
519 Roddy Frame - Reason For Living 98
Taken from the Aztec Camera's frontman first solo album, The North Star. This no nonsense melodic rock song was his only solo chart entry to date at UK #45.
518 Pulp - Lipgloss 93 517 The Lightning Seeds - Lucky You 94 516 Chris Isaak - Wicked Game 90 515 M People - Moving On Up 93
514 Blue Pearl - Little Brother 90
The early 1990s house music duo, consisting of American female singer Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd/Dave Gilmour backing singer) and British musician/producer Youth (aka Martin Glover) of Killing Joke & The Fireman fame. Whilst their debut UK Top 5 single "Naked In The Rain" is their most remembered track; this UK #31 single is my favourite; and it was their only USA hit (#67). It also featured (the then uncredited guitar playing of Johnny Marr).
513 Pop Will Eat Itself - Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina 90 512 Morrissey & Siouxsie - Interlude 94 511 Natalie Imbruglia - Torn 97
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 18:27:48 GMT 1
510 The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm 94 509 Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money 92 508 Oceanic - Insanity 91 507 Garbage - Queer 95
506 Roachford - The Way I Feel 97
Andrew Roachford's band scored the band's second highest placed UK hit of their discography (UK #20) with effectively the lead single of their 4th album (and last for Columbia) Feel. It was also a fair sized hit across Europe. He is now vocalist of Mike + the Mechanics.
505 Nirvana - In Bloom 92 504 Kate Bush - Rocket Man 91 503 Grid - Swamp Thing 94
502 Prefab Sprout - A Prisoner Of The Past 97
This was the lead single from the Durham dream/sophisti-pop first studio album in 7 years, Andromeda Heights. Alas it proved to be their final UK Top 40 hit to date at #30, as this Phil Spector producing the Beach Boys' Don't Worry Baby track was largely ignored.
Post by raliverpool on Aug 16, 2014 19:03:12 GMT 1
500 Little Angels - Womankind 93 499 Kirsty MacColl - Walking Down Madison 91
498 Stex - Still Feel The Rain 91
The second of two consecutive tracks on my countdown co-penned by the former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. He also produced this long forgotten track for the Manchester based breakbeat house funk act on this UK #63 hit.
497 Counting Crows - A Long December 96 496 Semisonic - Closing Time 99 495 Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song 95
494 Sinéad O'Connor - Fire On Babylon 94
Taken from the Irish singer's 4th album Universal Mother. Co-produced by Bomb The Bass' Tim Simenon, this track was a no punches left un-thrown attack on the Roman Catholic Church (Coming after the ripping up the picture of the Pope on SNL in 1992), in particular the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. This included cases of high-profile Catholic clerics involved in illicit heterosexual & homosexual relations as well as widespread physical abuse of children in the Catholic-run childcare network. Starting in the 1990s, a series of criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established that hundreds of priests had abused thousands of children in previous decades. In many cases, the abusing priests were moved to other parishes to avoid embarrassment or a scandal, assisted by senior clergy. By 2010 a number of in-depth judicial reports had been published, but with relatively few prosecutions. After this record was released in America, Madonna said: "If she is against the Roman Catholic Church and she has a problem with them, I think she should talk about it. But she has no right to make bitter hateful comments and allegations like these. My advise to her is to seek psychiatric care as soon as possible". In March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology to address all of the abuse that was carried out by Catholic clergy in Ireland. In January 2014 after Madonna's surprise duet with Miley Cyrus www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MUGJM6mASc , the Queen of Pop justified the much derided performance by saying "Anybody who falls foul of that attention seeking banshee Sinead O'Connor, is a friend of mine" .... Hmmm.
493 Janet Jackson - Together Again 97 492 The Waterboys - Glastonbury Song 93 491 Elliott Smith - Baby Britain 98