Some of the members of the musical jury put notes next to some of the songs, to try and explain why they had chosen certain songs and not others as shown in two of the five songs on display today, which are all songs that when I ordered them originally were all roughly in the places that jury voted them in. Apart from the first one, which was a bit higher.
90. Toxygene (7” Mix) – The Orb (1997, Island Records, Taken from ‘Orblivion’)
‘Toxygene’ was never supposed to have been released as a single. It started out life as a remix of a Jean Michael Jarre track. The Orb not sticking to the script, ‘Orbliterated’ it, and removed almost all trace of the original from it, causing Jarre to have a hissy fit and subsequently refusing to release it. So The Orb took it back, changed it again and it went into the Top Five in the UK.
89. Dare – Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder (2005, Parlophone Records, Taken from ‘Demon Days’)
The legend of course goes that Ryder was too drunk to say the word ‘There’ whilst recording this and “Dare” was as close as he could get and even then it was to do with a noise he kept hearing in his headphones rather than the actual lyrics that he should have been singing. Regardless of whether this is true or not (Ryder says it is), ‘Dare’ is tremendous and Ryder’s half-drunk Mancunian drawl is addictively perfect.
88. Today – Smashing Pumpkins (1993, Virgin Records, Taken from ‘Siamese Dreams’)
I’ll hand you over to musical jury member number 7 here, who told me “Oh, god I feel so dirty giving ‘Today’ so many points. Billy Corgan is a dick and the majority of his songs are over bearing smugathons but ‘Today’ is just so damn good, that riff, the chorus, everything. Damn you Billy Corgan”.
I can’t really argue with astute reasoning like that. Damn you indeed Billy Corgan.
87.Krupa – Apollo 440 (1996, Virgin Records, Taken from ‘Electro Glide in Blue’)
An absolute monster of a record. One that essentially contains a sample from the film ‘Taxi Driver’ and another one from ‘The Ballroom Blitz’ by Sweet. Apollo 440 then added some beats and some other drumming noise and mashed the lot together to give it a club feel and sat back and waited for the money to roll in. A few years it was used to advertise two awful things, Sunburst – a disgusting fruity drink and Budwesier Beer, another disgusting fruity drink.
86. Intervention – Arcade Fire (2007, Rough Trade Records, Taken from ‘Neon Bible’)
I once compiled a list of my favourite songs of all time and this featured very highly indeed. In the Top 20 I think. So I really like it….but musical jury member number 4 did not agree….”Thank God there is more than 30 songs to vote for, I couldn’t bring myself to give ‘Intervention’ one point. It would be very begrudgingly. It’s awful, atrocious.”
You can really go off people you know.