Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Norm Blog Song Poll

Cloud seems to have beaten me to it in terms of posting on this (and it was belated anyway due to Xmas-imposed blog absence).

Never mind. The spectacularly intelligent and fascinating Norm Blog has a great song poll at the moment. Hurry to submit though, as it closes by 16 January 2005.

It's worth adding, btw, that Cloud's list was at least partially inspired by my purchase - and mislaying over Xmas - of the wonderful This is Uncool: the 500 greatest singles since Punk and Disco by Garry Mulholland.

The list I submitted to Norm was as follows. However, as is often the way, the more you think about it the more songs you think should go on it.

Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop (inspired by the documentary)
Pulp - Common People ('cos everybody hates a cultural tourist)
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (close call with the John Cale version though)
The Sixths featuring Momus - As You Turn to Go (some of the loveliest lyrics I know: darn near sure this won't get any other votes but I love it)
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
The Smiths - This Charming Man
REM - Its the end of the world as we know it ...

Of course, Cloud's list was also heavily inspired by our thoughts whilst driving in the car home last night. So I hereby lay claim to the following from his list!

Surf's Up - David Thomas and Two Pale Boys (an amazing version of the Beach Boys song)
It's Alright Ma - Bob Dylan
Sign O' The Times - Prince
Wrecking Ball - Emmylou Harris (an excellent version of the Neil Young song)
Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Monkey's Gone to Heaven - Pixies
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have) - The Buzzcocks
Never Stop - Echo and the Bunnymen [dude, that was SO my choice --- I would have thought you would have been The Killing Moon or perhaps Bring on the Dancing Horses...]
Perfect Day - Lou Reed [Cloud suggested including the wonderful demo version from the recent re-release of the Transformer album but I managed to dissuade him from such obscurantism... of course it IS a great version!]
White Lines - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Reward - Teardrop Explodes
Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads
A New England - Billy Bragg
London Calling - The Clash
I Kill Therefore I Am - Phil Ochs
American Without Tears - Elvis Costello
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Miss Otis Regrets - Ella Fitzgerald

Amongst the belated suggestions we added were also:
Hurt - Johnny Cash [perhaps one of the best covers ever]
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty Macoll [sniff]
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks [close tie with You Really Got Me]

Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
Tarmac - Hazledine ["hold me close, kiss me low..."]
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult [I get SO many kudos points from rockers for making this one of my first sel-bought singles!]
Picture This - Blondie
Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Crazy in Alabama - Kate Campbell
Pull the Wires from the Wall - The Delgados [Readers of the blog will already know this]
Hotel California - The Eagles
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - Marianne Faithfull
Sit Down - James
Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Born Slippy - Underworld
Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne [in my mental mind of the 15year old that I am, this rocks!]
I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
Keeping the Weekend Free - Licquorice
Groove is in the Heart - Dee-Lite [mostly because Billy Bragg covered it when I saw him at Rock City in Nottingham!]
A Design for Life - Manic Street Preachers
Labelled with Love - Squeeze
Golden Brown - The Stranglers

In the interests of making my tastes very clear I feel I should also include some specialist lists. Partly because my brain is not well-organised I tend to think through songs I like with a pattern, so these will be posted separately. At least one of these will be "Favourite George-inspired songs" which you can guarantee will include Landshipping's Deep Water and the Ballboy/Laura Cantrell duet of I Lost You (But I Found Country Music). You may even get some re-organised stuff from the above lists categorised into genres (at least slow/soft vs. loud/dancy).

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