Marmite encased in a techno beat…
Rez – Underworld (1993, Junior Boys Own, Taken from ‘1992 – 2012 Anthology’)
There are two alternative charts for this rundown – both of which may see the light of day at the end of the series. The first alternative chart is the ‘Average’ score chart, which looks at the number of points divided by the number of votes and then minuses 31. If we use that chart ‘Rez’ sits 5th in the countdown (actually with a bit of mathematical mechanics it’s probably 3rd).
The second alternative chart is the ‘popular’ score chart. This is simply the number of times the song was chosen by the voters. If we use that chart, ‘Rez’ is 33rd (and again probably a bit lower if we use a proper equation).
The difference in this is what I am calling the Marmite factor.
Put simply ‘Rez’ appeared in less of the voters countdowns than any other song in the Top 30. For comparison, yesterday’s track ‘Rent’ appeared in twice as many rundowns as ‘Rez’ did, but ‘Rez’ scored more points. The reason is simple. Nearly every person who voted for ‘Rez’ placed it in their Top Five (although no one voted it at Number One) so it scored huge points whenever it appeared whereas ‘Rent’ scored regularly but quite low on several charts. So it would seem that the people who love ‘Rez’ really love it and those that don’t, simply don’t.
‘Rez’ first surfaced as a non album single and the original pressings were on a very limited edition pink vinyl (and if you have a copy tucked away in the cupboard under the stairs, you might want to put it somewhere a bit safer). A few months later it was released more generally and had the future single, the more edgy and trance like ‘Cowgirl’ (and a track that very nearly made it on to this rundown in place of ‘Rez’ simply because it was one of the tracks that when DJ’ing you could stick on and the dancefloor would just go crazy for it) on the B side.
Cowgirl – Underworld (1994, Junior Boys Own, Taken from ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’)
Of course, Karl Hyde’s lyrical chant throughout ‘Cowgirl’ “Everything, everything…” inspired another band to plug in their keyboards and make music.
Duet – Everything Everything (2013, RCA Records, Taken from ‘Arc’)
There was one other Underworld song that was considered for this rundown – and it was seriously considered as well.
Moaner – Underworld (1997, Junior Boys Own Records, Taken from ‘Beaucoup Fish’)