20 – The Beginning Of The Twist – Futureheads (March 2008)
Pop songs are good, so’s a jingly jangly indie number, but sometimes the only thing that really does the trick is something that motors along at fifty to the dozen from start to end.
19 – Hello – Beloved (February 1990)
I love a good list song, I do, and the more random the people being namechecked the better. We’ll never hear Zippy, Bungle and Jeffrey Archer being mentioned together in a song again, so let’s enjoy this moment.
18 – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – Adverts (September 1977)
I bet Chris De Burgh’s never done a song about being the recipient of an eye transplant courtesy of a recently deceased murderer. No, it’s all love songs and travelling spacemen with him. Moving on then, and from misery to XTC…
17 – Making Plans For Nigel – XTC (November 1979)
You might not like this song, but you’d be wrong. It’s ace. It was a toss-up between this and Senses Working Overtime and do you know what, I think I’ve chosen wisely.
16 – Peek-A-Boo – Siouxsie and the Banshees (August 1988)
God, this is clever. Half the song at least is played backwards, and as a result there really aren’t too many songs that sound like this. Our loss.
15 – Destroy Rock & Roll – Mylo (February 2005)
David Booey. Cyndi Looper. Honestly, if you’re going to call for near enough every pop star from the 1980s to burn in Hell you really should get their names right. I’ve seen Brazil, I know what happens when you cock that up.
14 – Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads (March 1981)
I shan’t lie, I’m having a very hard time trying to wrap my head around the fact that this song is now the business end of 40 years old. And now so are you.
13 – I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing – Pet Shop Boys (December 1993)
I do like a decent song with a false ending and this one’s got two of the buggers. The video even starts to fade out during the second one. The song is by the Pet Shop Boys, but the remix and smartarse ending is courtesy of the Beatmasters, so honours even I’d say.
12 – Voodoo Ray – A Guy Called Gerald (July 1989)
Legend has it that A Guy Called Gerald crafted Voodoo Ray in such a way that the acoustics would work perfectly within the walls of Manchester’s Hacienda. Turns out it sounds incredible everywhere else too, so that’s handy isn’t it?
11 – e=mc2 – Big Audio Dynamite (April 1986)
“Got an idea for the lyrics for this new song?” “Thought I’d just run through the plots of a load of Nic Roeg films.” “Excellent, that’ll be accessible for everyone. Got a name for it?” “Funny you should ask…”