100 Songs with One Word Titles (75 – 71)

Welcome back to week two of the One Word Title Countdown.  We will continue to group the songs in groups of five until we reach the Top 50.  Each morning this week I will have a little game for you all to play.  Of the five tracks that appear today, two of them were voted at number one by jury members in their respective returns.  Your quest should you choose to accept it is to work out which ones you think they are, suffice to say the rest of the jury didn’t necessarily agree with them.  Let’s start here.

75. Squares – The Beta Band (2005, Sony Records, Taken from ‘Hot Shots II’)

Back in 2005, The Beta Band stumbled across a great idea, they heavily liberated a large section of a relatively obscure track called ‘Daydream’ by Belgian easy listening combo Wallace Collection (in fact the sample they used was from the cover by the Gunter Kallman Choir, but let’s not split hairs) and used it to make a wonderfully off kilter pop record. Pleased with the outcome the band sat back and waited for success to roll in.  What the band didn’t know was that the electronica group I Monster had exactly the same idea, and their track ‘Daydream in Blue’ was much better.

74. Columbia – Oasis (1994, Creation Records, Taken from ‘Definitely Maybe’)

With the possible exception of ‘Live Forever’, ‘Columbia’ is the best song that Oasis ever recorded.  It was the song that made me believe in all the swaggering posturing that Oasis talked of.  It is superb from the first words uttered by Liam to the way that Noel’s guitar swirls around your speakers as Liam yells “Yeah, yeah yeah” in the background.  Right then, I believed that Oasis could do anything, and even now, knowing that ultimately, they were just a band, it still makes me smile with expectation.

73. Run – Spiritualized (1992, Dedicated Records, Taken from ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’)

Spiritualized were of course, another band that I expected to do way better than they did.  Again, perhaps I picked the wrong song.  ‘Run’ is an amazing record, a sort of early mash up of a Velvet Underground song and one by JJ Cale.  It is a breathtaking slab of psychedelic garage rock, all about cutting loose – I suspect it’s a thinly veiled dig at the demise of Spacemen 3, but regardless, its sublime and as damn close to perfection as you can get.

72. Unbelievable – EMF (1990, Parlophone Records, Taken from ‘Schubert’s Dip)

MJM number 7 writes – “I almost can’t believe I’m saying this, because I know you will use it against me, but I saw EMF live the other week.  I last saw them in London in 1992.  They were incredible and somehow, don’t ask me how, ‘Unbelievable’ sounded, well, unbelievable, it was almost like I was 17 again, which judging by the size of my hangover the following morning, I am clearly not”.

71. Atlas – Bicep (2020, Ninja Tune Records Taken from ‘Isles’)

I think ‘Atlas’ by Bicep maybe the most recently released track in this rundown (therefore automatically making it the best one word title track released in this decade).  However if this turned out to be a long lost track made in 1995 by Orbital back in then it really wouldn’t have surprised me.  The breakbeats and the sampled Ofra Haza vocals are all eerily reminiscent of ‘Halycon’ era Orbital.  It’s still fantastic though.

The Best Stuff I Have Heard This Year #2

Going to concentrate on music that is a bit more dance orientated today, just so people know that I’m not just a guitar monkey. So we may as well start with this lot.

1. Atlas – Bicep (single, 2020, Ninja Tunes Records)

The second album ‘Isles’ from Bicep was much hyped and when it finally dropped at the start of the year it didn’t disappoint. ‘Atlas’ was the lead track from it and that kind of whet the appetite – with its charging synths and bouncy rhythm that every now and again is forced to one side by an ambient interlude that is wonderfully nostalgic of early Four Tet releases.

2. Fever Farewell – Grief Lines (single, 2021)

Moving on from Bicep to a band I know very little about, other than the fact that they released this stunning piece of music about four months ago. Research tells me that it is the work of Guy Bannister from Leeds. Musically, it combines dance, ambience and shoegaze, whilst that might sound worryingly like the sort of nonsense that Ozric Tentacles used to churn out whilst off their noodles on mushrooms, it’s actually rather ace.

3. Hennya – Saraphim (single, 2021, Nomine Sounds)

‘Hennya’ is an intriguing slice of middle eastern inspired electronica from a duo based in Essex, that I know very little about (theme running here).

4. Could U Stop – Keep Dancing Inc (single, 2020, Taken from ‘Embrace’)

Finally, we come to Parisians Keep Dancing Inc who are not quite as bleepy as the rest of todays offerings but their 80s synth pop is pretty tremendous.

And todays randomly shuffled Christmas tune is…one of the greatest Christmas single of all time.

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

I also like this version