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  1. 971. ‘Please Read This Letter’, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (2007) Considering this felt like it was everywhere during 2007, I never actually got around to listening to anything by Plant and Krauss. This was originally recorded by Plant and Page, before turning up on what I believe to be an album of covers. This feels – for lack of a better way of describing it – very grown up, and I like the adding of the fiddle partway through to add another sonic layer to what is a largely straightforward song. I really like it, and I guess its success at the Grammy awards is enough of a reason for it to end up on the list. 972. 972. ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’, Soulja Boy (2007) The desire for songs to offer a dance or move for people to do felt like it was very 90s or early 00s, until (probably some other songs I’m forgetting…) this song came along. The inclusion on the list is inarguable in some ways as this was a huge song, one that you couldn’t really avoid. Primarily, it is a fun slice of rap with a hint of reggae in the steel drums – little more than that really, but sometimes that is all things need to be to sell millions of record. 973. ‘My People’, The Presets (2007) Who? Having read the entry for the song, this seems to go back to ticking the Australian music box that hadn’t been addressed for a little while. Disco-pop-punk melds together into a fun enough song, but it does little for me and feels very much shoehorned onto the list. 974. ‘Flux’, Bloc Party (2007) Influenced by: Swastika Eyes • Primal Scream (1999) Influence on: Mindestens in 1000 Jahren • Frittenbude (2008) Covered by: Brand New Rockers (2009) Other key tracks: Banquet (Phones Disco Edit) (2004) • Hunting for Witches (2007) • Waiting for the 7:18 (2007) This is where I do my usual thing whenever Bloc Party is mentioned and state that Kele Okereke went to my school, though we probably were passing ships in the night at best. This is a song I absolutely love, up there with some of my favourite songs of all time. I wasn’t a huge Bloc Party fan, but what this song ended up doing was making me check out and re-evaluate what had come before. The whole tune feels so urgent and full of forward momentum, all accompanied with a pretty catchy chorus. The screaming guitar in the background alongside the pulsing techno beats pull everything together – a great song. 975. ‘My Moon My Man’, Feist (2007) Influenced by: Lover’s Spit • Broken Social Scene (2004) Influence on: Drumming Song • Florence & The Machine (2009) Other key tracks: 1234 (2007) • I Feel It All (2007) • Sea Lion Woman (2007) • Honey Honey (2007) Feist sits in a style or ouvre of music I have merely dabbled in but have never really immersed myself in – the North American singer/songwriter/indie singer or group. There is probably a better way to describe it, but stuff like Feist, Broken Social Scene, etc. ‘1234’ was a bigger song in the UK than this was, yet this is a jaunty little tune that makes the most of some entertaining string work in particular. Maybe I should have spent more time getting into this…
  2. 966. ‘Ain’t No Other Man’, Christina Aguilera (2006) Influenced by: Car Wash • Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott (2004) Influence on: Until I Stay • Jully Black (2007) Covered by: Frida Sanden (2007) • David Davis (2008) • Jordin Sparks (2008) I don’t think it has ever been particularly in doubt that Christina Aguilera is a very strong singer. What I can definitely debate is whether this is really the best song to showcase her if this is the only song that ends up on the list (and that’s a big if as I wouldn’t be surprised to see her find her way back on later). It was her first platinum single since ‘Genie In A Bottle’, so for pure recognition, it perhaps has earned its way onto the list and it is a decent enough bop with blaring horns and upbeat hooks…I just always come away feeling a little underwhelmed by it. 967. ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, Muse (2006) Influenced by: Do Somethin’ • Britney Spears (2005) Influence on: Where Did All the Love Go? • Kasabian (2009) Covered by: Threshold (2007) • Billy Lunn (2009) • Tiffany Page (2010) • Theshold (2010) Other key track: Knights of Cydonia (2006) The inclusion of Muse on a list like this could be fairly divisive, as I find that you either like them or you hate them. However, in terms of a single and an album that took a band from being noteworthy to being megastars, this is a perfect example. Stepping away from the proggy rock stylings to embrace a more groovy take on the genre, this catapulted Muse above pretty much any other band in the UK outside of…Coldplay? That’s definitely what it felt like in the mid 2000s and in the years that followed. I remember being very surprised by the change in style at the time, though the song has held up as amongst the band’s best songs in my opinion. 968. ‘We Are Your Friends’, Justice versus Simian (2006) There are some songs that you really don’t know who created it, but could pick it out from a mile away. The moment the first beat hit, I knew exactly what this song was, which says a lot considering even the title didn’t spark a note of recognition for me. This could only have been an absolute banger of a tune in the clubs around this time. An electro bop with great lyrics to sing along to? Sign me up. 969. ‘Pop The Glock’, Uffie (2006) This isn’t really in my wheelhouse whatsoever, though it sounds oddly in debt to earlier records whilst being somewhat ahead of its time. It doesn’t feel too many steps away from the type of song that someone like Sia would become popular off of the back of in the next decade. It doesn’t really do anything for me if I’m honest, though I’m sure with the correct audience this is rightly lauded. 970. ‘Ovenque proteggi’, Vinicio Capossela (2006) A piano ballad that apparently took Italy by storm at the time, this signified a transition (according to the book) of the artist to a more eccentric, yet successful, addition to the musical landscape. From setting up studios in caves to refusing to perform anywhere but in stone auditoriums, Vinicio sounds like an interesting character. As for the song, it is pleasant enough, if not particularly mindblowing.
  3. 961. ‘Little Bear’, Guillemots (2006) I’m pretty sure my younger brother is a Guillemots fan, whilst I couldn’t pick them or a song by them out of a line-up. This is pleasant enough, but an odd choice that seems like a gamble by the writer/producer that people would give a shit about the band still…people don’t, do they? The lead singer does have a pretty good voice and I can hear the appeal, so that’s at least something. 962. ‘Consolation Prizes’, Phoenix (2006) A French band who sound like they are cosplaying about a million indie bands from the UK (The Kooks, The Coral, some other The bands I’m sure), this is another ‘shrug’ of a choice. This has a lively beat and catchy moments, yet doesn’t really stand the test of time. 963. ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’, The Dixie Chicks (2006) Influenced by: Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American) • Toby Keith (2002) Influence on: Dear Mr. President • Pink (2006) Covered by: Wanessa (2007) Other key tracks: Everybody Knows (2006) • I Hope (2006) • The Long Way Around (2006) A choice that is all about encapsulating a political moment as much as anything else. The Dixie Chicks had suffered death threats and radio blacklisting for speaking out about their lack of support for George Bush, and this was the first song (I believe) released after that controversy. I’ve never knowingly listened to a Chicks song before, though this does ring somewhat of a bell. It went on to win a whole host of awards, so good for them. 964. ‘Crazy’, Gnarls Barkley (2006) Influenced by: Nel Cimitero di Tucson • Gianfranco & Gian Piero Reverberi (1966) Influence on: American Boy • Estelle featuring Kanye West (2008) Covered by: The Kooks (2006) • Alice Russell (2008) • Violent Femmes (2008) An absolute banger of a pop tune. Interesting titbit: it became the first UK number one off of the strength of downloads alone. Cee-Lo Green has gone on to let himself down a fair bit in the media, but the guy has a really good, really soulful voice. Mixed with great production and ridiculously catchy hooks throughout, this rightly became a complete smash globally. 965. ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, Amy Winehouse (2006) Influenced by: Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) • The Shangri-Las (1964) Influence on: If He Should Ever Leave You • Tom Jones (2008) Covered by: The City Champs (2009) There is probably some debate as to whether Winehouse merits two choices on the list. There is also some debate to be had over passing up putting ‘Rehab’ on here. Outside of that, nothing much to say about this. It feels like an R&B standard and she does Amy Winehouse things with it. If that’s your thing, then this will be a very enjoyable few minutes.
  4. I wrote a bit about Bobby Eaton. Some people might want to read so thought I'd share it.
  5. Cheers @Tabe I think it is one of those things of getting over the hump for sure. I've re-downloaded it so will give it another go over the weekend.
  6. I find Stardew Valley weirdly hard to get into. I always feel like there is so much I could be doing that I somewhat freeze on what to actually do when playing it. Littlewood is quite fun, though a similar experience in some ways.
  7. 956. ‘Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above’, CSS (2005) I think I actually know more songs by Death From Above than I do CSS, but that’s largely irrelevant. I was expecting to know this when I heard it, yet it didn’t stand out to me at all – I assumed it would have been played at the various poncey Indy club nights I used to attend at this point in my life. Not sure exactly what makes this make the list, though it is a playful, jaunty little tune to go along with a fun, jaunty little video. Again, snapshot of the time song choice perhaps? 957. ‘Best of You’, Foo Fighters (2005) Influenced by: Something I Learned Today • Hüsker Dü (1984) #Influence on: Armor and Sword • Rush (2007) Covered by: Pieter Embrechts, Thomas De Prins & The New Radio Kings (2009) Other key track: Friend of a Friend (2005) This feels like a ‘getting the Foo Fighters on the list’-type selection. When I initially thought of what I might have included by the band, I definitely thought they had a number of better songs than this, yet this did feel like probably their biggest song in terms of the mainstream so I guess it makes sense. That FF are diminishing returns in the last fifteen years or so might cloud some views on this inclusion, but I get the desire to include a song by a band who have been a big deal for as many years as the Foos have. 958. ‘Hoppipolla’, Sigur Ros (2005) Influenced by: Wake Up • Arcade Fire (2004) Influence on: Poppiholla • Chicane (2009) Covered by: We Are Scientists (2006) • Wenzel Templeton & Robert Pegg (2008) • Vitamin String Quartet (2009) This is a beautiful song and a great choice for the list, if only for how ubiquitous this song became when ‘Takk’ was released. The book reveals that this song had the working title of ‘The Money Song’, so the band definitely seemed to know what they had created, whilst ‘Hoppipolla’ itself translates to ‘jumping in puddles’ – the more you know. The swirling rhythms and crescendos feel like they were built to soundtrack epic moments, something that they will ultimately do for (probably) years to come. 959. (had to go with a live version as Youtube didn't let me embed another version) ‘Hope There’s Someone’, Anthony and the Johnsons (2005) Influenced by: In This Hole • Cat Power (2000) Influence on: We’re All Going to Die • Malcolm Middleton (2007) Other key tracks: You Are My Sister (2005) • Fistful of Love (2005) • Free at Last (2005) • For Today I Am a Boy (2005) • Spiralling (2005) This is an interesting choice. I went through a spell where I absolutely loved this song, from the otherworldly delivery to the dark lyrical content, but your mileage may vary on the overall package I feel. That Anthony and the Johnsons had a brief moment of real success is heartening though, as it – to me – shows that real talent (Anthony has a great voice, no question in my opinion) can be recognised whilst staying true to what makes that person or band themselves. 960. ‘Welcome to Jamrock’, Damien Marley (2005) Influenced by: World-A-Music • Ini Kamoze (1984) Influence on: Stand Up Jamrock • Bob Marley (2005) Covered by: DJ Shepdog (2009) Other key tracks: The Master Has Come Back (2005) • Road to Zion (2005) • Confrontation (2005) • Pimpa’s Paradise (2005) • Hey Girl (2005) I feel Damien Marley definitely at least deserves a lot of kudos for managing to form a successful career outside of the shadow of his father. As for this song, it is really not my area of expertise, yet it was a song I was aware of which speaks to how it had crossover appeal during this time period. Add two Grammys to the mix and I can see why this ended up getting the nod over some other songs from this time period.
  8. 951. ‘Chicago’, Sufjan Stevens (2005) ‘Illinois is one of my favourite albums of all time, even though I am well aware that there are a fair few people who won’t really care for Stevens’ style of singer/songwriter work. However, I do feel that it is hard not to appreciate the compositional skill on show in ‘Chicago’, the best song on the album by some distance. Layered, stirring, and busy, Stevens created a rousing tune that is also very catchy throughout. Strong work. 952. ‘Todo cambia’, Mercedes Sosa (2005) Unlike some of the ‘world music’ choices, this isn’t on the list necessarily as an indicative representation of a song style, more so due to what it represents. Initially written by Julio Numhauser, a leftwing musician who had to flee Chile in the 70s, it was then covered by many, including Sosa, a woman who had to flee Argentina also in the 70s. Therefore, it was a perfect marrying of artist and writer, both able to empathise with the lyrics about the constancy of love against an ever changing world. A symbolic choice and a decent enough song. 953. ‘I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor’, The Arctic Monkeys (2005) Influenced by: Disco 2000 • Pulp (1995) Influence on: The Age of the Understatement • The Last Shadow Puppets (2008) Covered by: Sugababes (2006) • Tom Jones & Joe Perry (2007) Other key track: Fake Tales of San Francisco (2005) The relative interest/importance of The Arctic Monkeys may be a little lost on non-UK music fans. Ultimately, what makes them an interesting proposition for me is how they were the first of many bands who were able to channel the power of the internet to create a fanbase that eventually led to significant wider success. When coupled with a keen eye for a pop hook, a very Sheffield vocal delivery, and wry observational lyrics, the Monkeys blasted onto the scene and this is a perfect three minute encapsulation of what they offered. There are better songs on their first album, but this was the one that launched them into the public conscious so fair play. 954. ‘Hard To Beat’, Hard-Fi (2005) Influenced by: Music Sounds Better with You • Stardust (1998) Influence on: Vogue vs. Hard to Beat • Madonna vs. Hard-Fi (2006) Covered by: Studio Group (2006) This feels like a bad choice to me. Very UK-centric, no lasting legacy, not even a particularly big song at the time from my remembrance. The musical equivalent of the shrug emoji. 955. ‘Fix You’, Coldplay (2005) Whilst I’m not their biggest fan, I do think Coldplay occasionally get a bit of a rough ride from some people. What they contribute is largely inoffensive pop music for the masses and there are many worse bands out there. This is an unsurprising choice considering how huge it is as a media entity – it must have been in a shit load of television shows and films over the years – and it is pleasant enough sentimentally, but it isn’t exactly a song that would win over non-Coldplay fans. Your mileage may vary, yet it earned its place on the list I feel.
  9. 946. ‘Mein Teil’, Rammstein (2004) Influenced by: Just One Fix • Ministry (1992) Influence on: Blood • Emigrate (2007) Covered by: Hayseed Dixie (2007) • Panzerballett (2009) Other key tracks: Keine Lust (2004) • Amerika (2004) • Ohne dich (2004) It doesn’t particularly surprise me to see a Rammstein track end up on the list, considering how successful they have become globally with songs that are in German. However, I’m surprised that this song ended up here – I perhaps would have expected ‘Du Hast’, as that felt like the song that really sent them into the wider public conscious. The lyrical content perhaps explains its choice, focusing on the real life story of a cannibal who ate the penis of another man, though this did also warrant them a Grammy nomination. I think there are better songs in their back catalogue, yet this does do exactly what you’d expect of the band – catchy, aggressive, music to nod your head to. 947. ‘Portland, Oregon’, Loretta Lynn featuring Jack White (2004) An interesting duet here that is another one based on a real-life story, this time of Lynn pretending to have an affair in order to get the attention of her husband, who threatened violence upon the not just the man who slept with his wife, but Lynn as well. There is a pleasing retro-ness to the song that I like, helped by the use of the slide guitar by White in particular. This choice feels like a celebration of a collision of two musical forces, rather than anything more, but it is a song I leave having at least enjoyed it and valued its inclusion. 948. ‘Points of Authority…’, Jay Z featuring Linkin Park (2004) Speaking of musical collaborations and collisions… this was an interesting new take on the rap/rock hybrid that had been mined ever since the 80s Run DMC-era. Linkin Park’s nu-metal leanings meant that they already had DJ and rap stylings, so hooking up with Jay-Z who had already showcased an interest in harder/rockier sounds over his career wasn’t at all surprising. A live show that documented it all made it even more exciting and notable than if the two had just slung out an EP and left it at that. An inclusion that affords an interesting window into the music of the time, even though I’m not sure it holds up over time – it is still fun, but the novelty does unsurprisingly wear thing. 949. ‘The Art Teacher’, Rufus Wainwright (2004) Wainwright is always going to be a ‘your mileage may vary’ type act for me. He has such a distinctive voice that if you aren’t sold on his style, you won’t enjoy what he offers whatsoever. As for me, I’m partial to a bit of singer/songwriter music, so whilst it is at the outer boundaries of what I might listen to, I can enjoy a Wainwright song from time to time. The book talks about how this was recorded live on stage, whilst the lyrics about unrequited love perhaps hit harder coming from a gay man in particular. The sparse instrumentation really lets Wainwright’s vocals and lyrics to shine, for good or bad depending on how that works for you. I like it though. 950. 'Dry Your Eyes', The Streets (2004) A Grand Don’t Come For Free, the concept album that this is taken from, is probably top ten albums of all time for me. That I was probably the most into alternative, metal and rock I have ever been at the time this album dropped highlights the strength – at least in my opinion – of the music on offer, as it transcended my own interests and I pretty much loved it all from start to finish. Taking the concept album from its usually epic roots to a more everyday tale of money, love and drugs, the album builds to ‘Dry Your Eyes’, a genuinely emotive point within the story of loss and ultimate redemption. The soaring strings and mid-song break for Mike Skinner to lay out his feelings at that moment all help create a song that still gets traction for all the right reasons in my opinion.
  10. 941. ‘Perfekte Welle’, Juli (2004) I don’t really get why this is on the list, outside of a suggestion that it revitalised the idea of German bands singing in German. I mean, it is ok enough, but doesn’t really do much for me. It was actually taken off of the radio as it was about a surfer catching a perfect wave, an image that was deemed to be possibly upsetting in the wake of the tsunami that hit Indonesia in the same year. Yeah, not a lot to say really. 942. ‘I Predict A Riot’, Kaiser Chiefs (2004) Do I think this HAS to be on a list of 1001 songs to listen to before you die? No, not really. Do I enjoy it? Yes. I feel that the appeal of KC might be somewhat UK-centric, especially when it comes to the verse lyrics for this song, but the chorus affords most people a pretty good time…usually depending on how much alcohol they’ve enjoyed by that point. 943. ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, The Libertines (2004) Influenced by: Janie Jones • The Clash (1977) Influence on: Skag Trendy • The View (2007) Covered by: Apache Raid (2009) Other key tracks: Cyclops (2004) • Dilly Boys (2004) • Never Never (2004) • What Became of the Likely Lads (2004) • Music When the Lights Go Out (2004) I struggled for a while to really get the appeal of The Libertines. The songs never particularly stood out for me and most of the appeal seemed to be a desire for a rockstar (in Pete Doherty) that might burn out rather than fade away. However, it did briefly click for me and this was one of the songs that got some decent rotation before I put The Libertines away once again for the last decade. Reading the book, the idea that this was largely recorded at a time when the two men needed security to stop them from beating each other up at least spoke to the validity of the tension explored in the lyrics. The jangly guitars build to a memorable enough chorus in a song that encapsulates a time and a story, yet not much more beyond that for me. 944. ‘Float On’, Modest Mouse (2004) Influenced by: Monkey Gone to Heaven • Pixies (1989) Influence on: Shine a Light • Wolf Parade (2005) Covered by: Ben Lee (2004) • Goldspot (2006) Other key tracks: I’ve Got It All (Most) (2004) • The World at Large (2004) I’ve always liked the idea of Modest Mouse more in theory than in practice. Something has never quite clicked for me…apart from ‘Float On’, which is up there amongst my favourite songs of all time. It is another on the list that gets the Rock Band/Guitar Hero push as I often would be found warbling away to the song after have a beer or three and thinking I can song. It shouldn’t really work – the yelpy vocals and the spacey instruments – but when juxtaposed with the gang vocals and that chorus, it all just fits together brilliantly. 945. ‘Jesus of Suburbia’, Green Day Influenced by: Summer of ’69 • Bryan Adams (1984) Influence on: American Eulogy: Mass Hysteria/ Modern World • Green Day (2009) Covered by: CMH Band (2007) Other key tracks: Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2004) • American Idiot (2004) • Holiday (2004) I’m a much bigger fan of Green Day’s earlier work, but I feel that there almost needs to be some kudos given for their willingness to break out of their niche and try something different. Whether you thought the politics were a bit much, or the songs a bit long and overbearing (and overplayed), they pretty much shot for the moon and it was a very successful and enduring album (in particular for a subset of alternative music fans who saw something in this pop/punk/rock melange that had something to say). I get its conclusion and I honestly believe it is a good song, though the mileage for many will vary just as the song moves between its five different parts.
  11. 936. ‘Seven Nation Army’, The White Stripes (2003) Influenced by: Symphony No. 5 in B flat • Anton Bruckner (1878) Influence on: It Takes a Seven Nation Army to Hold Us Back • Apathy featuring Emilio Lopez (2004) Covered by: Vyvienne Long (2004) • The Flaming Lips (2005) • Hard-Fi (2005) • C. W. Stoneking (2008) A song that perhaps loses some of its allure due to its ubiquitous nature, ‘Seven Nation Army’ has been an absolute powerhouse in the years since its creation. I do remember listening to it for the first time and being pretty much blown away – relatively simple, but the escalating aggression of the main riff does so much heavy lifting for the tune as a whole. People may have fatigued on it, yet it isn’t hard to see why it made the life. 937. ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’, Dizzee Rascal (2003) A choice that I’m sure speaks to the UK-centricness of the book at times, this is a song I absolutely love. Now, this means it is another song that falls into the category of ‘is a rather lame middle aged white man who was expected to like this?’, making me question what people who like this style of garage/grime think about the more commercial take on it. The sample used throughout gives it a rockier edge that I particularly appreciate. In terms of referencing lyrics in my day to day life, there are few that come close to ‘fix up, look sharp’, so the song has that going for it at least… 938. ‘Crazy In Love’, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z (2003) This is like the better version of ‘Like I Love You’, inasmuch as being a song that effectively launched a solo career off of the back of celebrated group success. However, I do always think that I don’t have the same love for it that you do see some people give it. Still, as a launching pad for the global mega superstardom that Beyonce has since achieved, it was a great starting point. 939. ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, The Arcade Fire (2004) Influenced by: Transmission • Joy Division (1979) Influence on: You’re All I Have • Snow Patrol (2006) Covered by: The Penelopes (2008) Other key tracks: Brazil (2004) • Wake Up (2004) • Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (2004) • Crown of Love (2004) • Neighborhood #2 (Laïka) (2004) Amongst the seemingly more knowing musos around this time period, The Arcade Fire were on everyone’s lips or so it felt. That I’ve never really digged much beyond this song – even though I do enjoy it – does speak a little bit to my own opinion: they can clearly write a song, I’ve just never felt too compelled to listen to anything else off of the back of the rest of what I’ve checked out. There does feel like there is a lot going on in the song, from the various vocals to jangly guitars, all building up to a fun four minutes. That they licensed this to a charity working to quell the spread of AIDS in Africa is worthy of note. 940. ‘Take Me Out’, Franz Ferdinand (2004) Influenced by: Damaged Goods • Gang of Four (1978) Influence on: I Can’t Give You What I Haven’t Got • The Living End (2004) Covered by: Scissor Sisters (2004) • Biffy Clyro (2005) • The Magic Numbers (2006) • Guillemots (2006) To me, this is just good fun. It is a song that I feel gets a bit forgotten at times, mainly when you compare it to other songs of the time period such as ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’. In the book, the lead singer is quoted as saying how the song did everything a good song shouldn’t do – changing all the time and slowing down – but that was what the band wanted, and it is what makes the song stand out. It lurches all over the place, whilst still maintaining a great hooky chorus. It was, as the band wanted, music to get girls up on the dancefloor, and it still gets me boogying along 17 years later.
  12. 931. ‘Toxic’, Britney Spears (2003) This is a very good, edgy pop song that served as the ultimate transition of Spears from bubblegum pop starlet to something a little sexier (though her previous time spent in a red all in one catsuit wasn’t exactly pitched at the child fans). There’s a sweatiness to the whole sound – I can’t think of a better way of putting it – and the lyrics are catchy, whilst also mimicking the transition that a lot of teenage Britney fans themselves were heading towards in their own lives: a world of sex and (occasionally toxic) relationships. The enduring nature of this song, one that still finds airplay on radios today, speaks to how good it is in my opinion. 932. 'Destroy Rock and Roll’, Mylo (2003) This is a song from an album that I primarily remember just for how eyecatching the cover was – it was the type of album that stood out on the shelves of the various HMVs I’d find my way into in my teens and 20s. This is an interesting choice as it was largely done by Myles Macinnes’ bedroom and involves a list of musical acts alongside some samples and disco beats. I’m guessing it is the DIY nature of the song that sees it onto the list, though it is a pretty catchy little number in its own right. 933. ‘Mr Brightside’, The Killers (2003) I remember first hearing this song in 2003 and being absolutely blown away by it. From the opening guitar to the urgency of the drums, all coupled with the lyrics about a cheating partner in a relationship, I was hooked. I bought the album and genuinely enjoyed it all, though my interest in the Killers largely lived and died with that debut album. This was almost designed to be a song for singalongs, drunken or otherwise, and was always a massive hit when at the indie clubs I frequented when I was younger (and cooler) in the mid 00s. 934. ‘Televators’, The Mars Volta (2003) There are moments in your musical fandom when you run into something that makes you realise that there is music beyond what you are currently entrenched in, music that can challenge and sounds weird and wonderful all at once. ‘Deloused in the Comatorium’ was an album that had that impact upon me. It took several weeks, many listens, before it really all clicked, but when it did, I was left with one of my favourite albums of that time in my life. Admittedly, I wouldn’t have chosen this song for the list, but as it is a step away from the punky proggy deluge of other songs and one that (I believe) got a music video, I can see why it ended up being the choice. Again, my interest in the Mars Volta didn’t really last much beyond the first couple of albums, but this is still a CD that I will enjoy from time to time. 935. ‘Through The Wire’, Kanye West (2003) Influenced by: Through the Fire • Chaka Khan (1984) Influence on: Through the Wire (L.L.T. Remix) Lo Life Thugs (2003) Covered by: Soul Providers (2006) Other key tracks: All Fall Down (2004) • Slow Jamz (2004) • Jesus Walks (2004) Whether you like him or not, it is hard to argue that Kanye West doesn’t have some serious musical chops. Whilst this is another example of a song which I wouldn’t have chosen personally compared to others in his back catalogue, the story of this being recorded after a car crash left him with his jaw wired shut as well as the sped up Chaka Khan hook that gave the songs its unique sound explain away that decision. It wouldn’t really be the list without some acknowledgement of Kanye, so this is as good a shout as any.
  13. Yeah, it is really enjoyable. Not finished it yet, but taking the odd chapter at a time.
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