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My Votes for the Triple J Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years

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This afternoon, Triple J begins their countdown of the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 years, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their yearly countdowns.  I managed to get my vote in right on the midnight deadline last Sunday night, and I figured that I’d share my choices today before the official countdown begins.

It’s always difficult to choose songs for these things – should I be voting for the songs that I personally love and think are the absolute best, or songs that I love and also think have a chance of making it onto the list?  This year, I tried to do a bit of both, but mainly focused on the latter.  There are three songs [all of which are mentioned below] that are probably my favourite songs of all time, but I know, based on their past performance that they aren’t going to make it.  For the rest of them, however, I mainly stuck with proven high performers.

So, in chronological order based on the year of release, here are my votes:

1993
REM – “Everybody Hurts”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1993:  #11
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

This is the best song to listen to during a traffic jam.  Also, “Losing My Religion” wasn’t valid, due to being released in 1991, and I really like REM.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Maybe.

1995
You Am I – “Purple Sneakers”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1995:  #24
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

This is a rare example where I did choose my favourite song by a particular band, rather than going with something more obvious.  I’m not sure why.  I got into You Am I embarrassingly late.  They were one of those bands that I knew about, but never properly listened to until I was around 18 or 19.  At first, I only listened to them because I was trying to impress somebody, but I very quickly realised why they have such a legacy in the Australian music scene, and they’ve been one of my favourite bands ever since.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No, but “Berlin Chair” definitely will.

Oasis – “Wonderwall”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1995:  #1
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #12

This song is a shoe-in, and deservedly so.  I could have just as easily picked “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, but “Wonderwall” is probably going to make the top ten, and unlike my usual Hottest 100 contributions, this time I wanted to include songs that actually had a chance of winning.  In other news, did you know that “Gangsta’s Paradise” came in at #3 in 1995, but didn’t make it into the Hottest 100 of All Time?  I guess for most people the novelty eventually wore off.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yes.  Most certainly.

Pulp – “Common People”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1995:  #38
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #81

“Rent a flat above a shop / Cut your hair and get a job / Smoke some fags and play some pool / Pretend you never went to school / But still you’ll never get it right / ‘Cause when you’re laying in bed at night / Watching roaches climb the wall / If you called your Dad, he could stop it all…”  With lyrics like that, how could this song not make it into the countdown?!  Although, honestly, if I were to pick my favourite Pulp song, I’d actually go with “This is Hardcore”.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Why, yes.

Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1995:  #39
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

As a woman who sometimes gets angry, it only seems fair that I vote for the number one angry woman song of all time.  When I was living in Geelong, I remember sitting in front of our stereo, listening to Jagged Little Pill.  It’s been one of my favourite albums ever since.  I know that these days it somehow lacks the credibility to be a part of a Triple J countdown, but it did come in at #12 in VH1’s top 100 songs of the 90s.  At least that counts for something.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No.

1997
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1997:  #29
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

I know this is another throw away vote, but although this song lacks the credibility necessary to make it into another Triple J countdown [damn pretentious music snobs], it is a great piece of music.  Go on, try to get that “do do do, do do do doo” refrain out of your head.  You can’t, can you? It’s impossible.  Crystal Meth is an awful drug, but in this case it inspired one hell of a pop song.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No.

Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1997:  N/A
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #9

Amazing that “Everlong” didn’t make it into the 1997 Hottest 100 [although that was a pretty strong year, so the song did have some stiff competition], yet made it to #9 in the Hottest 100 of All Time.  This is another guaranteed entrant, although I would have voted for it anyway – “Everlong” is easily my favourite Foo Fighters song.  It’s just brilliant.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yep.

No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1997:  N/A
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

Apparently, No Doubt are one of those bands that aren’t cool enough for Triple J.  “Don’t Speak” spent almost two months at the top of the ARIA chart in 1997, but didn’t make it into the Hottest 100 of that year.  Yet “Thrift Shop” was able to make #1 last year.  File under: ‘Things That I Will Never Understand’.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Sadly, no.

The Living End – “Prisoner of Society”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1997:  #15
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #34

The Living End’s debut is one of the albums that sums up a period of my childhood.  I remember listening to it on camping trips by the Murray.  And, damn it, I was a brat who knew everything and talked back – so for a time, this was my song.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yes.

Kylie Minogue – “Did it Again”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1997:  #81
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

A lot of people don’t realise that once upon a time Kylie had enough credibility to be played on Triple J.  I’ve written before about Impossible Princess, also known as the greatest Kylie album of all-time, so I’m not going to go into that again right now.  There’s no way that this song will make the countdown [unfortunately], but it’s nice to remember that there was a time that Triple J acknowledged Kylie and thought her worthy of their station.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No.

1998
Ben Folds Five – “Brick”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1998:  #12
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #67

I’ve always considered myself to be a fan of rock music, but when it comes to picking my favourite songs, or the ones that I think are the best, I tend to find my lists overflow with ballads.  As Shirley Manson sings in “Only Happy When it Rains”, “I only listen to the sad, sad songs”.  I think it’s because ballads have the ability to connect with you on an emotional level, and those are the songs that really stick.  “Brick” is an incredibly heartbreaking song, and seeing it performed live at Harvest last year was amazing.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yeah.

1999
Garbage – “When I Grow Up”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1999:   #12
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

This isn’t my favourite Garbage song.  It’s not even the most successful Garbage song in Australia in terms of chart position or Hottest 100 ranking.  But, based on its overall popularity, I feel like it’s the only Garbage song that has a chance of making it into the countdown.  Even though it probably won’t.  Still, I couldn’t vote for the best songs of the past 20 years without including one by my favourite band of all time.  Also, this song was probably the most memorable performance of the entire Garbage Aus/NZ tour this year, when Shirley did this gesture at me, after I helped her with the lyrics [don’t worry, she meant it in a loving way], so even though it’s not my favourite, it’s still pretty special to me.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No.

Blur – “Coffee + TV”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1999:  #47
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

When I was choosing bands to vote for, Blur were a given.  They’re definitely one of the best acts of the past 20 years.  But picking a song was difficult.  Unfortunately, the one definitely going to make it into the countdown is “Song 2”, and while it’s technically a Blur song, I just can’t vote for it.  I do love “Song 2”, but it’s not really Blur.  In that song, they’re making fun of another genre, rather than making their own music.  I wanted to vote for a Blur song that is quintessentially Blur.  And, “Coffee + TV” has a damn awesome video clip.  That should be worth something.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Maybe.  But “Song 2” definitely will.

Killing Heidi – “Mascara”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1999:  #14
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

For a band that was ‘Unearthed’ by Triple J, I was surprised at the lack of Killing Heidi in 2009’s Hottest 100 of All Time.  But then again, there was an overall surprising lack of female vocalists.  For this countdown, I’ve voted for seven.  Fingers crossed at least one of them will make it.  Anyway, back to Killing Heidi.  When I was in grades five and six, I loved this song.  I wanted to be Ella Hooper.  She’s one of Australia’s best rock chicks, and “Mascara” deserves a place in this countdown.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  There is a slight possibility.

2000
Ryan Adams – “Come Pick Me Up”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2000:  N/A
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

This is the first of the three songs that I had to vote for despite knowing that they have absolutely no chance of making it.  In this case, I guess I can understand why – the song does have a harmonica solo.  But that doesn’t make it a bad piece of music.  Still, even its inclusion on the soundtrack to Skins isn’t enough for Triple J to pick up a Ryan Adams song.  But despite its lack of recognition, this is in my top three songs of all time.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No.

2003
The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2003:  #3
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #20

This one is a given.  I almost didn’t vote for it because it’s just too obvious, but I was tossing up between a bunch of different songs to fill the 20th position on my list, and “Seven Nation Army” seemed like the most deserving of a place.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yes.

2004
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004:  N/A
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

“Maps” is quite possibly my favourite song.  Ever.  It’s the most heartbreaking piece of music that’s ever been written, and I love it.  Most of the music world seems to agree with me – maybe not about it being the best song ever, but certainly about its emotional power.  In 2009, NME named it the best alternative love song of all time.  Last year they included it in a list of songs that are guaranteed to make you cry.  Pitchfork ranked it #6 in their top 500 songs of the 2000s.  Rolling Stone placed it at #7 in a similar countdown.  Yet, it somehow didn’t make it into the Hottest 100 of All Time.  I just don’t understand it.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  No, but it should.  I have no idea why it is continually overlooked.

The Killers – “Mr Brightside”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2004:  #13
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  #38

Here is a not-so-interesting fact: I learnt to play this song on the piano after watching a series of YouTube tutorials.  Why did I do this?  Because “Mr Brightside” is amazing.  It’s the perfect example of The Killers’ ability to craft epic story songs.  Also, the irrational jealousy captured by the lyrics is so real and relatable.  Nice work, Mr Flowers.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Hell yes.

2009
Florence + the Machine – “Dog Days Are Over”

Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009:  #10
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

Probably not the best Florence + the Machine song, but again, I was just following my own vague guidelines in trying to choose songs that might actually make it.  That said, it’s a great song and I do not at all regret this choice.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Yes, I think so.  At least one Florence song has to make it.  This seems like the obvious choice.

Arctic Monkeys – “Cornerstone”
Position in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009:  N/A [although it was later announced that this song came in at #101]
Position in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time:  N/A

And now we’ve reached the third song that I felt like I absolutely had to vote for despite the fact that there was no way in hell that it would make it.  “Cornerstone” is the best thing that Alex Turner has ever written, and I honestly don’t know why other people don’t seem to agree with me about its merit.  Alongside “Come Pick Me Up” and “Maps”, this is one of my top three favourite songs.
Do I think it will make it into the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years?  Unfortunately not.

Please Don’t Hang the DJ

Last week, I was invited back behind the decks at Mr McClelland’s Finishing School.  This is what I played.

Set #1.
Kaiser Chiefs – “I Predict a Riot”
Employment [2005]
Lash – “Take Me Away”
The Beautiful and the Damned [2001]
Gorillaz – “Dare”
Demon Days [2005]
Regurgitator – “Polyester Girl”
Unit [1997]
Jebediah – “Leaving Home”
Slightly Oddway [1997]
Kate Nash – “Pumpkin Soup”
Made of Bricks [2007]
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
Third Eye Blind [1997]
You Am I – “Cathy’s Clown”
Hi Fi Way [1995]
Spin Doctors – “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
Pocket Full of Kryptonite [1991]
Kylie Minogue – “What Do I Have To Do?”
Rhythm of Love [1991]
Blur – “Song 2”
Blur [1997]
Counting Crows – “Mr Jones”
August and Everything After [1993]
Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
New Miserable Experience [1992]

Set #2.
Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”
Voices [1980]
Arctic Monkeys – “Love Machine”
Radio 1 Live Lounge [2006]
Florence + the Machine – “Drumming Song”
Lungs [2009]
Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
Leisure [1991]
Garbage – “Cherry Lips”
beautifulgarbage [2002]
CDB – “Let’s Groove”
Glide With Me [1995]
Ladyhawke – “My Delirium”
Ladyhawke [2008]
Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To?”
You Could Have it So Much Better [2005]
Machine Gun Fellatio – “Rollercoaster”
Paging Mr Strike [2002]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Date With the Night”
Fever to Tell [2003]
Magic Dirt  – “Plastic Loveless Letter”
Tough Love [2003]
The View – “Don’t Look Back into the Sun”
Radio 1 Established 1967 [2007]
The Pigeon Detectives  – “I’m a Liar”
Emergency [2008]
The Fratellis – “Creepin’ Up the Backstairs”
Costello Music [2006]
Steriogram – “Walkie Talkie Man”
Schmack! [2004]

Set #3
Coolio – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Gangsta’s Paradise [1995]
Klaxons – “No Diggity”
Radio 1 Established 1967 [2007]
Bus Stop – “Kung Fu Fighting”
Ticket to Ride [1998]
Marina & the Diamonds – “Shampain”
The Family Jewels [2010]
Florence + the Machine – “Hurricane Drunk”
Lungs [2009]
Toto – “Rosanna”
Toto IV [1982]
The Killers – “All These Things I’ve Done”
Hot Fuss [2004]
Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not [2005]
Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
Ritual de lo Habitual [1990]
Backstreet Boys – “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back]”
Backstreet’s Back [1997]
Aaron Carter – “Crush on You”
Aaron Carter [1997]
Spice Girls – “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Spice [1996]
Kylie Minogue – “I Should Be So Lucky”
Kylie [1988]
Robbie Williams – “Let Me Entertain You”
Sing When You’re Winning [2000]
Pulp – “Common People”
Different Class [1995]

LIVE REVIEW: Pulp – Festival Hall, July 29th

[Image courtesy of Leah Robertson at The Vine]

I’m standing at the front in a sold-out crowd at Festival Hall.  There is only a strong barrier, and about a metre or so of space between myself and the one and only Mr Jarvis Cocker.  He’s changed his shoes, loosened his tie and removed his jacket.  The song is “Disco 2000”.  He looks me in the eye, points, and sings “You were the first girl at school to get breats…”

Okay, so it’s not the line that I would have chosen for Jarvis to serenade me with.  But I’m watching Pulp – a band who I never thought I’d have the chance to see – and I really can’t afford to be fussy.

We lined up outside, then once we were let in we sat on the floor.  We waited through Belles Will Ring [again, ugh], and had a [fairly one-sided] conversation with a witty laser.  It showed us pictures of dolphins, and asked if we remembered the first time.

Do you remember the first time?  This was the first time – and probably the only time that I’d ever get to see Pulp, and it was every bit as memorable and amazing as I’d hoped that it would be.

Pulp would be nothing if it weren’t for Jarvis Cocker.  The man is enigmatic, charming, and strangely seductive.  He strutted and danced around the stage, playing up the audience’s every desire.  They played all the songs we wanted to hear.  “Underwear”, “Babies”, “Common People”, and my favourite, “This is Hardcore”.  The night ended with “Misshapes”, and although I wanted more, I was left with a feeling of satisfaction; I actually saw Pulp performing live.  And they were brilliant.

Headlines – June 10th

Florence + the Machine kick off their US tour next week, and Flo’s dresses have been exclusively designed for her by Gucci!  [Image from People]

Pulp are coming!  Pulp are coming!
And I’m going to keep going on about it until they’re here.  This week’s installment is a cute picture of Jarvis Cocker’s son Albert.

Steven Moffat: “You want to see the Press Gang cast OLDER THAN DOCTOR WHO?”
Yes, Steven.  I really, really do.  Interestingly, before he took over Doctor Who, the Moff did talk about writing a Press Gang reunion at some point.  I know he’s a little busy at the moment, but I’d still like to think that it may happen some day.

Johnny Marr demonstrates how to make excellent use of a 4-track.
This is an out-take from a 2007 BBC Two series called I’m In A Rock n Roll Band.  I’ve not seen the series, but after watching this clip, I think I might look it up.

Confessions from a Cosmo fact-checker.
As someone who’s always wanted to work in magazines, I found this article by one-time Cosmopolitan freelancer Katherine Goldstein a really fascinating read.

Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” video clip is amazing.
It’s all one take, and features the kind of dance moves that my four year-old self would have strutted all over the dance floor.  Watch it here.

Headlines – May 27th

Arctic Monkeys – “She’s Thunderstorms” artwork featuring Alexa Chung.
The only source I can find for this is tumblr, so I’m unsure of its legitimacy.  Real or not, though, it looks brilliant.

This YouTube video is a must-watch for anyone who grew up watching ABC for Kids in the 90s.
All the favourites are there – Art Attack, Feral TV, Blinky Bill, Fireman Sam, Freaky Stories… and so many more!  Some facts to complement your journey down memory lane:  did you know that the original Budgie the Little Helicopter stories were written by Fergie, Duchess of York?  Or that the Bananas in Pyjamas theme song was performed by Monica Trapaga from Play School?  Or that the Round the Twist one was sung by the girl who played Linda in the first series?

Speaking of Art Attack, this PC game is only 28p.
Amazon UK have free shipping to Australia, so you could own it for less than 50c!  Back when I was in primary school, I would play this game for hours on end.  We sold our copy years ago in a garage sale, but I’m very tempted to buy a new one.  So cheap!

I know everyone is sick of hearing/reading about Rebecca Black…
… but I only found this article by Charlie Brooker a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t not share it.  Sample quote: “If you are complaining about a banal pop song but can’t muster a more inventive way to express yourself than typing “OMFG BITCH YOU SUCK”, then you really ought to consider folding your laptop shut and sitting quietly in the corner until that fallow lifespan of yours eventually reaches its conclusion.”

Did you think the US Life on Mars ending was ridiculous to the point of disbelief?  Well, it turns out, so did original series creator Matthew Graham.
This article, a Den of Geek interview with Mr Graham, is actually about his work on Doctor Who [the second episode of his two-parter airs in the UK tomorrow night], but also discusses why the US producers decided to change the ending of one of the best written television series of all time.  A really in-depth article that is most certainly worth a read.

Clem Bastow has been reminiscing about Dancing About Architecture: “Possibly the world’s only TV show expressly about music criticism!!”
I’ve written a couple of times about my experience with Dancing About Architecture.  It really was a good show, and is something you should definitely take a look at if you’re interested in music writing.  You can watch the first series online, and hopefully the second series will become available in the future.

As you well know, the BAFTAs took place this week.
I’m not going to comment on the results [The Only Way is Essex, really?!], but I have a couple of photos to share.  The first is of Martin Freeman, who seemed genuinely shocked to be given an award.  But my favourite pictures of the night are those of Catherine Tate, whose date for the night was her young daughter.  Don’t they both look lovely?

Chris Meloni [Detective Stabler] is leaving Law & Order: SVU.
I’m not sure why this is worth a mention, but I had some strange desire to share the news.  Never fear, though.  He’ll continue to appear in repeats on Channel 10.

Want to be a DJ?  Take some advice from The Vines.
This article from Spook Mag [which I’m not indie/hipster/underground enough to have heard about until now] has all the basics covered.  For example: #10. Playing the Black Eyed Peas is inexcusable. I’d like to extend that rule to include any of Fergie or Wil.I.Am’s solo releases.  Just say no.

Last, but not least:  Pulp played their first show since 2002 on Wednesday night in Toulouse.
And the setlist looks quite brilliant.  As I said yesterday, all I want is to see them play “This is Hardcore”.

This is Hardcore: Pulp are coming to Melbourne!

Dr Jarvis Cocker and I, December 2009

Presale tickets for Pulp’s Melbourne & Sydney shows went on sale at 9am today, and I’m pretty excited to say that I booked a pair for myself and Glenn.  Don’t worry if you missed out this morning, though – sales open to the general public [through Ticketmaster] first thing tomorrow.

Pulp are one of those bands that I’d just accepted that I’d never be able to see live.  I missed out when I was younger [last time they came down under I was about ten years old], and by the time I realised what a great group they actually were, they’d disbanded.  Even when they announced their return to the European festival circuit late last year, I didn’t imagine that they’d make it all the way to Australia.  But, here they come!

I saw Jarvis Cocker a couple of years ago, touring his Further Complications album.  While he put on an excellent show [he likes to single out people in the audience, and dedicate entire songs to them – it’s quite intimidating], all I wanted was to hear some Pulp.  And this is my chance!

Pulp will be playing at Festival Hall on July 29th.

Headlines – May 20th

The Baby-Sitters Club changed my life,” says a 29 year-old man.  Yes, really.

Want to be a rock critic? As William Miller did in Almost Famous, you should always look to Lester Bangs for guidance.

Have you seen “The Doctor’s Wife” yet? If so, have a read of Not Nadia’s review of the episode.  Tahlia makes some very interesting points, particularly the idea that Dana Scully could be a Time Lord…

Inside the Imagination of Alex Turner: ie. a reason for any Arctic Monkeys fan to buy the latest edition of Q.

If you’ve not yet read Tony Martin’s “A Nest of Occasionals”, a new edition has been released in bookstores, with many editing mishaps now corrected.  If you own a copy of the first edition, however, as I do, then this list of the fixes made may help you annotate your own book, without the need to purchase a second.

“10 Reasons Why Everyone is Wrong About Lady Gaga”, by NME’s Hamish MacBain.  Yes, it’s another article about why Lady Gaga is undeserving of having articles written about her.  Even though she doesn’t deserve even a second of my time, I agree so wholeheartedly with what has been written here, that I can’t not link to it.

And finally, in case you’ve been living under a rock: SPLENDOUR SIDESHOW DATES HAVE FINALLY BEEN RELEASED! Yes, I will be seeing Pulp.  And Glasvegas.  For more details, click here.

UNDER THE COVERS – Episode #3

For the third installment of “Under the Covers”, I decided to celebrate my favourite decade – the 90s – by playing a selection of covers of 90s songs, as well as some covers of earlier tracks recorded by seminal 90s acts.

Playlist:
01. Jawbox – “Cornflake Girl” [Tori Amos]
02. Nick Cave – “Disco 2000” [Pulp]
03. The Killing Moon – “You Oughta Know” [Alanis Morrisette]
04. The Kooks – “All That She Wants” [Ace of Base]
05. Biffy Clyro – “Buddy Holly” [Weezer]
06. Weezer – “Wonderwall” [Oasis]
07. Klaxons – “No Diggity” [Blackstreet]
08. Just Jack – “Lovefool” [The Cardigans]
09. All Saints – “Lady Marmalade” [Labelle]
10. 5ive – “We Will Rock You” [Queen]
11. Ben Folds – “Bitches Ain’t Shit” [Dr Dre]
12. Holly Throsby – “Berlin Chair” [You Am I]
13. Travis – “Baby One More Time” [Britney Spears]

The show went quite well. I had a bit more of a voice than last week, which was good, although a couple of times I had to quickly fade to a song to avoid coughing on air, and I sounded like I was crying. If you were listening, I wasn’t.

A few of the tracks that I played came from the Radio 1 Established 1967 compilation, an album which I highly recommend. Celebrating Radio 1’s 40th anniversary, the double album has a cover for each year that Radio 1 has been on air, including Kylie Minogue singing Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug”, and a great cover of “Band on the Run” by the Foo Fighters. Do yourself a favour, and check this one out.

Keep tuning in to Under the Covers, Mondays 9-10pm on SYN 90.7fm [or stream online].

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