View Full Version : The usual Top #1 hits bollocks - what would your top 10 be?

Scabrous Birdseed
10-11-2002, 18:47:29


God the british public has bad taste. Pink Floyd? Blasphemy!

There's a list of all #1s over at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/martin.newton7/no1s/

If I got to chose a top ten, in no particular (okay, Chronological, then) order:

Telstar by the Tornadoes
Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys
I Heard it Through The Grape Wine by Marvin Gaye
Tears of a Clown by The Miracles
Metal Guru by T Rex
Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
The Model/Computer Love by Kraftwerk
Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson
More Than A Woman by Aaliyah

Damn. The US #1 list would be way easier.

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-11-2002, 19:45:31
Nilsson- Without you
John Lennon- Imagine
The Specials- Ghost Town
Blondie- Heart of Glass
Sugababes- Freak like me
The Small Faces- All or nothing
Simon and Garfunkel- Bridge over troubled water
Marvin Gaye- Heard it through the grapevine
Tubeway Army- Are "friends" electric?
Four tops- Reach out (I'll be there)

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-11-2002, 19:47:09
On a side note, on the strength of it's number 1's, I nominate 1989 as the worst year for music ever. It even beats 1961.

10-11-2002, 19:55:15
What a load of shit number ones we've had.

Kinks Sunny Afternoon
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Chile
Alice Cooper School's Out
Sweet Blockbuster
Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
Iron Maiden Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter
The Verve The Drugs Don't Work
All Saints Pure Shores

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-11-2002, 19:58:55
Christ. Reassure me you're being post-modern, Mike. Vanilla Ice?

10-11-2002, 20:01:31
Stop... collaborate and listen,
Ice is back with a brand new invention!

10-11-2002, 20:04:13
Yes. Post modern. :D

10-11-2002, 20:20:02
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
You Really Got Me - Kinks
I'm Alive - The Hollies
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quattro
Atomic - Blondie
Ghost Town - Specials
Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris (don't diss the Rolfster, man)

Provost Harrison
10-11-2002, 23:40:55
Vanilla Ice? :lol:

Christ, I wouldn't even know where to start with this one...

10-11-2002, 23:57:41
Fuck you all. Vanilla Ice is better than anyone else on that list.

11-11-2002, 00:03:14
Better at being rubbish, you mean?

11-11-2002, 00:15:33
Beatles - Ticket To Ride
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile
Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life
Specials - Ghost Town
Kraftwerk - The Model/Computer Love
Survivor Eye Of The Tiger
Pet Shop Boys West End Girls
Tiffany I Think We're Alone Now

Scabrous Birdseed
11-11-2002, 12:27:14
As a fan of Tommy James and the Shondells (and an even bigger fan of the Rubinoos) I'm going to have to kill you for that last one.

The Shaker
11-11-2002, 12:50:02
All of 1993.

Scabrous Birdseed
11-11-2002, 12:52:40
I could possibly agree with Mr. Blobby, but The Five Live EP???

The Shaker
11-11-2002, 12:57:16
substitute Manchester United Football Squad
Come On You Reds in it's place.

11-11-2002, 17:18:03
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
As a fan of Tommy James and the Shondells (and an even bigger fan of the Rubinoos) I'm going to have to kill you for that last one.

Tommy James? The Shondells? The Rubinoos? Sometimes I swear you just pull out The Big Book of Obscure 60's Bands and just reel off some bullshit, safe in the knowledge nobody will know who you're on about. :lol:

Are you refering to the Tiffany tune? It's really good, I've got the whole album. My favourite track is Johnny's Got The Inside Moves (No. 7). Obviously Tiffany has never done a track as good as Goonies Are Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper, but unfortunately that was never a number 1.

11-11-2002, 18:57:50
It's a cover. Originally recorded by Tommy James and The Shondelles. No idea what their version sounded like. I'm guessing the Rubinoos did it too. Whatever, their version wasn't No 1 I don't think and I liked Tiffany's version too. And I especially like the punk cover I have of it.

11-11-2002, 19:35:24
Did you ever find that punk cover tape?

Lazarus and the Gimp
11-11-2002, 19:43:06
Snuff covered it.

11-11-2002, 22:30:15
Ah yes Snuff that was it.

I dunno where that punk cover tape is. Hopefully it'll show up somewhere.

Scabrous Birdseed
12-11-2002, 11:26:25
The Rubinoos cover is probably my favourite one, mid-seventies Power Pop (post-first-gen, pre-revival) and very nicely done with the healthy amount of wide-eyed innocence. I was thinking of putting it on LWP1 but opted for Rock 'n' Roll is Dead (And We Don't Care) instead.

12-11-2002, 11:30:05
"Power Pop (post-first-gen, pre-revival)"


Scabrous Birdseed
12-11-2002, 11:32:19
Hey, I was afraid no-one would know what "transitional" meant in this context. :D

12-11-2002, 11:41:42
Ah right, that's fair enough. Of course everyone understands (post-first-gen, pre-revival)...


Nills Lagerbaak
12-11-2002, 12:35:55
Oh come on! How could you all neglect to mention that greatest of all Christmas number 1's......

Bring you daughter to the Slaughter

12-11-2002, 12:39:58
Dude, it was in my list!

12-11-2002, 12:49:55
It was superb though. Christmas number one, a bunch of families sitting round watching Top of the Pops and waiting for the traditional Sir Cliff song but no... 5 hairy men in leather playing ridiculous widdly metal and singing about periods.

12-11-2002, 12:57:23

Nills Lagerbaak
12-11-2002, 13:20:23
'twas the finest christmas I ever had. I think my grandma might have been round as well. Lucky she can't speak English eh?

12-11-2002, 13:25:50

Scabrous Birdseed
12-11-2002, 13:27:37
Originally posted by Funkodrom
Ah right, that's fair enough. Of course everyone understands (post-first-gen, pre-revival)...



Right. In 1973 the first wave of Power-pop, consisting (mainly) of the geographically divergent and musically-semirelated triad of Badfinger, The Raspberries and Big Star spectacuarly died, because of a series of coincidential drug-induced psychoses, internal differences, breakups and at least two suicides.

The genre (if there is such a continuity in anything but name) was revived half a decade later mostly due to the relative success of Cheap Trick, and this was when a proper definition and scene emerged with bands like 20/20 and The Romantics. Since then the genre has been re-revived (the crowd say bo selecta!) countless times, notably during the late eighties (Teenage Fanclub, The Posies). There's a really successful mini-revival going on in Sweden at the moment.

In the period between the collapse and the revival there wasn't much power-pop of note at all, with one notable exception: the bands gathered on small californian label Beserkley records, The Greg Kihn band, The Rubinoos, Earth Quake and to a lesser extent Jonathan Richman. It's a brilliant fucking label and produced some of the best three-minute sugary pop of the seventies and early eighties in a tightly co-operative environment, a proper (though pulled-together) "scene" with a proper "sound".

Extremely recommended buy: Excellent, two-CDs-for-the-price-of-a-very-cheap-one compilation "Home of the Hits" - The Beserkley Story (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000259S1/ref=sr_aps_music_1_1/202-5329401-6986224). One whole disc of (largely weak) Jonathan Richman material, and a "bonus disc" containing some of the finest songs ever. I realise it's packaged as a Jonathan Richman hit compilation, but don't trust it. ;)

12-11-2002, 13:37:00
Ah... I think you misunderstood me. Sorry. I wasn't intending to give you the impression that I actually had any interest in what it meant.

That is quite interesting though. What magazine defined those genres?

Scabrous Birdseed
12-11-2002, 13:47:05
That's okay, I was just looking for an excuse to push that CD really. :D

12-11-2002, 13:52:57