Did you guess which song from yesterday placed the highest. It was ‘Tender’ by Blur but only just as ‘Lately’ by Sea Power reach number 9 on two separate lists (and was, despite a few lower placings, largely ignored by everyone else!). Todays poser is which of the five tracks listed appeared in the most individual lists? We start today with some hip hop straight outta erm, Long Beach.
65. Regulate – Warren G feat Nate Dogg (1994, Def Jam Recordings, Taken from ‘Regulate…G Funk Era’)
‘Regulate’ starts with Warren G driving alone through the eastside of Long Beach (I’ve no idea if this is rough or not) he is in his words “looking for women”. But then he sees some dudes playing dice and tries to join in, but these dudes are bad dudes because they pull guns on him and rob him, and poor old Warren thinks he’s going to die. Luckily for him, Nate’s in town, he’s looking for Warren. Nate is so damn fine that a car full of women crashes just by being near him. Nate finds Warren, shoots at the robbers. Warren and Nate then drive back, pick up the women and go back to the Eastside Motel for a cheese and wine party. All that in four minutes and eleven seconds. Marvellous.
64. Hello – The Beloved (1990, East West Records, Taken from ‘Happiness’)
Put aside the fact that ‘Hello’ is a totally brilliant slab of early nineties indie house pop for one moment. It has to be said that any song that features Liverpudlian working class soap hero Billy Corkhill in the same breath as combative Crystal Palace midfielder, Vince Hilaire and also namechecks creepy chocolate maker Willy Wonka, game show king Leslie Crowther and comedian turned god botherer Tommy Cannon deserves a place in any chart, let alone this one.
63. Sennen – Ride (1992, Creation Records, Taken from ‘Today Forever EP’)
I once got caught in a downpour that can only be described as biblical. The sky went very black, thunder clapped all over the place, and for about two minutes hailstones the size of well massive hailstones fell from the sky and turned the road into a slippery field of small ice rocks. I was at the time about 100 metres from my office and after hail stones I decided to peg it. I was listening to music at the time and ‘Sennen’ came on and suddenly the rain and how wet I was getting didn’t matter, its that good a song.
62. Wildfires – Sault (2020, Forever Living Originals Records, Taken from ‘Untitled’)
“Thief in the night, tell the truth. White lives, spreading lies. You should be ashamed. The bloodshed on your hands. Another man. Take off your badge. We all know it was murder Murder, murder, murder.”
Pretty much says it all. Stark, haunting, political and brilliant.
61. Rubbish – Carter USM (1990, Big Cat Records, Taken from ‘Rubbish’ 12 inch)
In January 1992 I saw Carter play a secret gig at the Venue in New Cross, it was on the back of the re-release of ‘Rubbish’. At the time it was in the Top 20 and it was utter carnage. It remains one of the best gigs I have ever been too, but of course, this being here begs the question
What do you think of countdown so far…?