Here – Pavement (1990, Matador Records, Taken from ‘Slanted & Enchanted)
Today and tomorrow will celebrate the 11 songs that didn’t quite make it into the Top 100, songs for sole reason that they simply didn’t get enough points. They are songs that are, unlike yesterday’s offerings, at least loved by someone. Each of the songs listed today, only get one vote and then it was quite low down in the Top 30. For what its worth I fully expected all five of these to feature much higher up the chart.
The first song is ‘Here’ by Pavement. Which for the record is one of the best songs on one of the best albums ever made, and had I not opened up this nonsense to all and sundry would have probably been in the Top Ten. Talking of probably being in the Top Ten, here’s Daft Punk.
Contact – Daft Punk (2013, Columbia Records, Taken from ‘Random Access Memories’)
‘Contact’ is incredible, a six minute long techno blast that samples Gene Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the moon. For those of you who care about this sort of thing, the last sentence spoken by a human on the moon was this genuinely “Let’s get this mother out of here”.
Talking of mothers and samples and Daft Punk for that matter, here’s Ye.
Stronger – Kanye West (2007, Def Jam Records, Taken from ‘Graduation’)
Ye may not have made the Top 100 but the fact that he scored more points than Pavement, LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk combined irks me in a way that I can’t explain.
Mannequin – Wire (1977, Harvest Records, Taken from ‘Pink Flag’)
What I also can’t explain is why it took me so long to fall for the erm, wiry charms of Wire. Twenty seven years ago, a guy I knew gave me a copy of ‘Pink Flag’ as a present. I think I may have listened to it two or three times before placing it in a box and forgetting about it. Six months ago after listening to a Chumbawamba cover version of ‘Mannequin’ I revisited ‘Pink Flag’ and its extraordinarily good.
Finally for today we have Chemical Brothers, again an act I expect to do very well – maybe I chose the wrong song for them, although I’m struggling to think of a better one word song for them that this epic blend of big beats and hip hop
Galvanise – Chemical Brothers (2004, Virgin Records, Taken from ‘Push the Button’)