100 Songs with One Word Titles (80 – 76)

In case you are wondering about how many points the songs received, I have will start to reveal that when we get to the Top 50.  However the songs between 80th position and 76th were roughly about 200 points behind the overall winners.

80.  Inhaler – Foals (2012, Transgressive Records, Taken from ‘Holy Fire’)

After the first four members of the musical jury had delivered their votes, ‘Inhaler’ by Foals sat in third place on this list, it looked like it was going to do very well.  Then they didn’t get a single other vote from the rest of the jury.  ‘Inhaler’ has fast become Foals’ best song, full of raging guitars, ferocious yelling and an infectious little bass that rumbles away marvellously. Incredibly ‘Inhaler’ peaked at number 110 in the UK.

79. Colours – Hot Chip (2006, EMI Records, Taken from ‘The Warning’)

Hot Chip have been compared to Stereolab and the Beta Band and pretty much everywhere in between and this is perhaps best shown in ‘Colours’.  ‘Colours’ was the bands third single from their second album ‘The Warning’ and it sits smartly in the gap between electronica and indie by combing a thudding beat alongside waves of indie melancholy.  Kind of like what would happen if the Beach Boys of 1967 made a record with Daft Punk.  I said kind of.   I meant nothing like obviously.

78. Twinkle – Whipping Boy (1995, Sony Records, Taken from ‘Heartworm’)

‘Twinkle’ only did this well thanks to one Musical Jury Member voting it in their Top Five and a bunch of others voting for much lower down the list.  However, this allows us to give out our second award of the series for The Song that Scored the Least Despite Featuring in At Least One Top Five.  Personally I love ‘Twinkle’ and I love ‘Heartworm’ but I think it might have been a little bit leftfield for some of our jury.

77. Geraldine – Glasvegas (2008, Columbia Records, Taken from ‘Glasvegas’)

No matter whatever happens to the world, if hell freezes over, or if an apocalyptic nuclear war makes all gigs, even the Elton Johns Farewell Tour (tickets for the Croydon Dog and Duck March 2080 shows just released!) utterly impossible, or Boris Johnson becomes president of the new world order and bans all music.  Glasvegas can rest easy knowing that they will have still written the greatest song in the history of the world about a social worker who gave it all up to sell band Tshirts.

76. Revolution – The Beatles (1968, Apple Records, Taken from ‘Hey Jude’ single)

If you ask me, the sound that The Beatles make during the faster ‘hard rock’ version of ‘Revolution’ is eerily similar to the sound that The Sonics had apparently invented three years earlier in a garage just outside Seattle city Centre.  It’s flipping marvellous and for me one of John Lennon’s finest moments.

Bands with a city in their name #3

Geraldine – Glasvegas (2008, Columbia Records, Taken from ‘Glasvegas’)

I only saw Glasvegas live the once. In 2007 at a really small pub in Exeter as part of a short lived idea called ‘Club NME’. The idea was a good one, pubs would use the NME brand, stick on a club night and bands would play as part of it. The problem even in 2007, was that the NME was on its way out and bands had already started turning to things like MySpace and Soundcloud to promote their music, so no one was that interested.

Anyway, Glasvegas were pretty much the only band of any worth that played the Exeter version of Club NME, although I seem to recall this lot playing there (I didn’t go though) a few weeks before. The gig was about two weeks before the bands breakthrough single ‘Daddys Gone’ was released (which on re-release would enter the charts at Number 12) and they were bloody great.

Daddy’s Gone – Glasvegas (2007, Columbia Records, Taken from ‘Glasvegas’)

They played for about 25 minutes, were all dressed head to foot in black, didn’t say a single word to the audience, and spent most of the time clouded in the smoke being churned out by the wheezy sounding smoke machine behind them. The coolest thing about them, was their drummer who stood (a la Bobby G in his JAMC days) and tribally beat the drums like her life depended on it.

‘Geraldine’ was the bands third single and it reached the Top Twenty and remains to this day the best song ever written about a merchanidise seller who used to be a social worker. The b side was none to shabby either.

The Prettiest Thing On Saltcoats Beach – Glasvegas (2008, Columbia Records)