I said right back at the start that I wasn’t going to do a countdowns on this blog and I really wasn’t going to. However, one Sunday whilst idly wandering around the lanes of a small suburb of Torquay, three songs came on in a row. All those songs had one word titles and, and as I stood and watched a seagull devour a bag of chips that some fool had dropped, an idea slowly crept into place. An idea that I was going to need some help with.
These were the three songs that came on. So, as usual we can blame mid nineties indie pop for all my stupid ideas.
Cubik – 808 State (1990, ZTT Records)
Yes – McAlmont & Butler (1996, Hut Records)
Far – Longpigs (1995, London Records)
Later that night I created a playlist. There was one simple rule – only one song per band was allowed and that song had to have a one word title, no brackets or hyphen or anything else was allowed. So, this would have been allowed
Magic – Cud (1990, Imaginary Records)
But this wouldn’t have been
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones (1965, RCA Records) – besides, songs with brackets is clearly the next subject for the musical jury to their teeth into.
Remixes of one word titles have also been included, for instance
Buzzin’ (Dylan Rhymes Mix) – Asian Dub Foundation (1997, FFRR Records)
A few days later I formed (with the help of JC) a musical jury, which was, like all good juries, populated by quite a few angry men (I must try and be more inclusive for the next one) and sent them their orders. By angry, most of them were angry because of what I’d left off the longlist, rather than them being generally angry people. Saying that I’ve only met two of the jury, the others could have been psychopaths for all I knew.
There were sent a list of 129 songs, all of which have one word titles and they were asked to rank them in from 1 to 30. I then awarded points for their choices, 30 points for the number one ranked song, 29 for 2nd place and so on and waited for the results to come in.