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  • Mark Ronson Against Great Music

    12. Dez. 2008, 0:08

    I was in the car on the way to le Centre de Trafford a couple of weeks ago Radio 1’s terrible Edith Bowman played the Mark Ronson version of the Smiths’ classic Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before. Leaving aside the sheer lack of reason to not play the original anyway so the younger listeners may be educated to music before the Kooks my head nearly exploded as the song warbled it’s asinine way through my bleeding ears to my brain.

    Ronson (who I heard one quote labelling him the world’s most expensive jukebox) has a habit of ruining perfectly good songs in to bland rehashes. The Valerie version is a pointless exercise as it is which is not a patch on the Zutons’ heartfelt lament but his treament of the Smiths is tantamount to musical rape. And his use of some whining Aussie “R’n'B” singer just increases the pointlessness of the exercise.

    Stop Me… is a musical tour de force, the song grows on me every time I hear it and ranks up with the very best of the Smiths. Whereas Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want is the mournful, succinct expression of Morrissey’s world Stop Me… is arguably the most soulful of the Morrissey/ Marr compositions. It’s driving rhythm and vocals are reminiscent of The Temptations or The Miracles. It combines this groove with some of Morrissey’s best lyrics. Funny, touching and with depths of meaning Ronson can only dream about.


    I was delayed, I was way-laid
    An emergency stop
    I smelt the last ten seconds of life

    Friday night in Out-patients
    Who said I’d lied to her ?

    Oh, so I drank one
    It became four
    And when I fell on the floor …
    …I drank more


    The over-the-top lyrics are grounded as usual by the typical Morrissey wit. The song to me reminds of my days in Selby. I think reading Catch-22 and the absurdly quick way that Yossarian feels love is reflected in the lyrics. The four lines at the end of my lyrical quotation seem a daft, silly lyric but to millions of people they reflect the harshness of life and the only to escape. The UK’s booze culture is ingrained and many peoples’ only escape is through the bottle. And why not? Another brilliant Smiths song sums it up: I Want The One I Can’t Have.
  • Best Songs of the Decade So Far - 2000s

    11. Dez. 2008, 23:57

    One of the joys of the internet is the ability to look at list of Greatest Songs of all Time and similar shit and you can often discover quality gems of music. I thought rI’d give the old list thing a bash. Instead of going for the 60’s and 90’s where my favourite music mainly originates I thought I’d take a stab at the current decade. Despite being a two years shy of an actual decade and with my initial misgivings about how music was much better in my day (well, the previous decade) I had a fucking mission to limit my choices. I had to go to 190 songs and I may even edit my choices in the next few days.

    This decade has produced some quality tracks in a wider variety of genres than ever before. Although it could be argued that there more “instant classics” in every prior decade since the 50’s. Looking through my list there are too many bands that have really becoming immensely huge. perhaps Coldplay who confound many (including myself) in having three songs in the list. Stunning achievement from a shockingly derivative and boring band. It’s also a shame to see only one Oasis song in there. Probably the best band of the 90’s have had an abysmal decade and it seems like the Streets are going the same root. Original Pirate Material is my choice as best album of the decade but from the third album onwards, Mike Skinner has released mainly turgid, monotonous tracks with the wit or rhythm of the first two albums.

    This decade has been scarred by shite like Usher, Akon, Chris Brown, Britney, Sean Paul, 50 Cent, The Game and countless reality TV wank. However there is a wide variety in the list and no act seems over-represented which surprised me as I thought a few of my favourite acts like Bloc Party, Ian Brown and the Go! Team would dominate the list. Again this list is my own opinion but it would be great to hear your choices. Obviously I will have omitted many tracks, either because I’ve never heard the track before or I’ve forgot. Either way I’ll add them to the bottom as honourable mentions if I feel they deserve recognition. Anyhoo enough chat here are the best songs of the decade…..

    Click the song title to be taken away to a magical aural place.

    1. The Go! Team Ladyflash. Taken from the Brighton collective’s debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike Ladyflash is a blast of everything good that pop music should be. Groovy, sassy, edgy; this song puts a smile on your face and makes you want to dance. Many of the songs in this list have a really good grasp of a definitive sound (MGMT, Hot Chip) but it all pales compared to this. The sound of the decade, simply brilliant.

    You started out as friends, said you’re the kind of man that, takes every girl for a fool.

    2. Doves There Goes The Fear. The moment this came in to the charts it seemed to shake the pop world. Despite the declining significance of the charts the one-week only release of this track put Doves at number 2. It is a beautiful pumping track that harks back to the Stone Roses, which is always a good sign. It’s immediate chiming intro rises in to an anthemic epic.

    You turn around and life’s passed you by. You look to ones you love. To ask them why ?

    3. Gnarls BarkleyCrazy. There is a hint of UK bias in the list. There are factors why but that’s for another blog. To be honest Gnarls Barkley are a one hit wonder - nothing else they have done comes even near this. But what a one hit wonder. Modern soul music with a driving beat, unique vocals and the kind of things Americans do best. Pop perfection.

    Even your emotions had an echo.

    4. Estelle - American Boy. What a comeback from Estelle. 1980 was a stunning track (scroll down to see where it is! How exciting!) and the sound can be compared most closely to Kanye West. Randomly she yoinks him to assist on this song, the best song from a British female since Dusty Springfield.

    Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day. Take me to New York, I’d love to see LA.

    5. Eminem Without Me. The biggest star in the world for the first part of the decade this is Eminem’s finest hour. Withering wit, a fantastic beat and the ultimate example of a performer at the top of his game.

    So everybody, just follow me. Cause we need a little, controversy. Cause it feels so empty, without me

    6. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor. The most hyped band since Oasis. Even though they’ve not matched the dizzying era defining music of Gallaghers this song shifted the music world’s axis. Forget the debate about internet bands they made it because of songs like this celebration of riotous youth. Astounding musicianship and wonderfully descriptive lyrics make result in one of the great rock songs.

    Oh, but you’re an explosion but you’re dynamite.

    7. M.I.A. Paper Planes. The British/Tamil star is Britain’s most original artist and this is her most well known song. A hymn to immigrants this is a sonic tour de force. Stripped down yet exquisitely produced the gun shots in the chorus have provoked Morrissey-esque controversy. However this is a humorous, cool pop song that places M.I.A. firmly at the forefront of the UK music scene.

    Everyone’s a winner, we’re making our fame. Bonafide hustler making my name.

    8. Ian Brown - F.E.A.R. Ian Brown has defied the critics who predicted failure after leaving the Stone Roses to become the best solo act in Britain. His solo back catalogue is one of the best in the business and this is the best song he has done this decade (although isn’t as good as Corpses, Dolphins Were Monkeys and perhaps My Star). A string-laden, epic track with every the verses containing lyrics beginning with the letters of the title. Sheer brilliance from the godfather of modern indie music.

    Free expression as revolution.

    9. The Streets Turn the Page. Mike Skinner’s magnum opus. Although he may have crafted better songs this is what made the Streets the most vital act in the UK for a few years. Just a pure rap from Skinner with blazing metaphors, wit and an incisive delivery. Top quality song.

    The sea of black, the beaming heat on their faces, Their figure emerges from the wasteage, Eyes transfixed with a piercing gaze
    One hand clutching a sword raised to the sky, They wonder how, they wonder why, The sky turns white it all becomes clear
    They felt lifted from their fears, They shed tears in the light, After 6 dark years.


    10. Idlewild Idea Track. Idlewild could be Britain’s most undervalued band. The Scottish band are incredibly consistent and I could have picked many of the songs from 100 Broken Windows in this list. Idea Track is thrashing, hard yet melodic rock song. I never tire of this song and the end is a scintallating climax.

    Your grave, it’s your grave.

    11. Bloc PartySunday The highlight of the band’s second album, Sunday is touching and devilishly accurate portayal of young love. A fantastic tune with the typica raging drums and plaintive vocals. A classic from one of Britain’s top bands.

    When you’re still strung out, When I’m with you, I am calm. A pearl in your oyster, Head on my chest a silent smile
    A private kind of happiness. You see giant proclamations, Are all very well. But our love is louder than words, I love you in the morning


    12. Dr Dre - The Next Episode The King of hip-hop returned with 2001 and this is the highlight off it. Full of swagger, bravado and a wonderful sample of David McCallum’s “Edge”. Great, flowing by Dre and especially Snoop made this the ultimate song of 2000.

    13. Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die Morrissey returned to the centre of the indie world with his stunning Irish Blood, English Heart. The second single even better. A great riff combined with typical Morrissey lyrics- humourous, touching and always perfectly complimenting the music.

    14. The Arcade FireWake Up Arguably the best North American band of the decade the Arcade Fire are simply stunning. Wake Up is an epic. Immense guitars, a wailing vocal wall of sound and the best rock song to come across the atlantic since Killing In The Name Of.

    15. Bloc PartyBanquet Silent Alarm is undoubtedly one of the great debut albums and this is the best track of the album. Banquet comprises the main ingredients of the first album. Vocals, drums and lyrics are top notch. The momentum builds throughout the track to rousing finish. Check out the Phone Disco Edit too.

    16. Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You) One hit wonders often deliver absolute classics and this is a true soul wonder. Nothing much to add - just a great vibe and brilliant vocals.

    17. The CribsMen’s Needs Superb track from the Wakefield boys. Great guitars and lyrics that seem to strike a chord with me
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    18. BabyshamblesFuck Forever Arguably Pete Doherty’s finest hour even including the Libertines’ debut album. Brilliant guitars, great rhythm and a great exploration of Doherty’s self-destructive behaviour. Although he has led a really unfulfilled career this is an example of the brilliance he is capable of.

    19. British Sea PowerThe Lonely A classic sound from one of Britain’s most underrated act. The Lonely is a melodic rock music with an intelligent edge.

    20. ChicaneSaltwater The man who brought ‘chill-out’ music to the mainstream. Both Far From the Maddening Crowds and Behind the Sun are classic albums. Behind the Sun is more well known and deservedly so. Saltwater is the standout track from the album with a fantastic sample of Clannad’s “Harry’s Game”. Máire Brennan’s vocals and the driving beat combine to make the summer anthem.
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    21. Martina Topley-Bird – Need One
    22. Lamb – Gabriel
    23. Outkast – Hey Ya
    24. The Libertines – Up the Bracket
    25. Kelis – Milkshake
    26. Kanye West – Jesus Walks
    27. Macy Grey – I Try
    28. Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor
    29. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
    30. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
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    31. Estelle – 1980
    32. M.I.A. – Hussel
    33. The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love
    34. British Sea Power – No Lucifer
    35. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
    36. The Strokes – Last Nite
    37. T2 – Heartbroken feat Jodie Aysha
    38. The Zutons – Valerie
    39. Muse – Time Is Running Out
    40. The Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
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    41. Ian Brown - Kiss Ya Lips (No ID)
    42. Bloc Party – Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
    43. Ty - Music 2 Fly 2
    44. Portishead – Machine Gun
    45. Bloc Party – This Modern Love
    46. Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
    47. The Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
    48. The Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha
    49. The Go! Team – Bottle Rocket
    50. The Twang – Wide Awake
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    51. MGMT – Time to Pretend
    52. The Streets – Don’t Mug Yourself
    53. Justice Vs Simian – We are your friends
    54. Quantic - Don’t Joke With a Hungry Man
    55. The Enemy – Away From Here
    56. Limp Bizkit – Take a Look Around
    57. The Arcade Fire — Neighbourhood #3 (power out)
    58. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
    59. The Libertines – Time for Heroes
    60. Chicane - No Ordinary Morning
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    61. Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
    62. Doves – Pounding
    63. R.E.M. - Imitation of Life
    64. Ian Brown - Keep What Ya Got
    65. Kate Nash – Foundations
    66. Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
    67. Primal Scream – Country Girl
    68. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
    69. CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
    70. Marilyn Manson – Disposable Teens
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    71. Papa Roach – Last Resort
    72. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
    73. The Go! Team – Huddle Formation
    74. The Guillemots - Made-up Lovesong #43
    75. The Courteeners – What Took You So Long?
    76. Super Furry Animals – Rings Around The World
    77. Idlewild – American English
    78. Beyonce – Crazy In Love
    79. Reverend & the Makers - Heavyweight Champion Of The World
    80. The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
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    81. The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
    82. The Pipettes – Pull Shapes
    83. The Holloways – Generator
    84. The Streets – Fit But You Know It
    85. Arctic Monkeys – When the Sun Goes Down
    86. Coldplay – Clocks
    87. The Streets – Weak Become Heroes
    88. PJ Harvey – This Is Love
    89. Frans Ferdinand – Take Me Out
    90. The Killers – Mr Brightside
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    91. Chemical Brothers - galvanise
    92. Santogold - Creator
    93. Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
    94. Editors – Munich
    95. Elvis Presley vs. JXL - A Little Less Conversation
    96. Manic Street Preachers – Masses Against The Classes
    97. BRMC - Spread Your Love
    98. The Streets – Empty Cans
    99. Craig David – Walking Away
    100. The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba

    101. Avalanches – Since I Left You
    102. Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
    103. Bloc Party –The Prayer
    104. Alicia Keys – Fallin’
    105. The Rapture – House Of Jealous Lovers
    106. Muse– Plug In Baby
    107. Little Man Tate – This Must Be Love
    108. Norah Jones – Sunrise
    109. Doves – Words
    110. Chicane – Halcyon
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    111. Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum
    112. Ash – Shining Light
    113. Richard Ashcroft – A Song for the Lovers
    114. Stereophonics – Dakota
    115. Athlete – Wires
    116. Keane – Can’t Stop Now
    117. Embrace – Ashes
    118. The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now
    119. All Saints – Pure Shores
    120. The Strokes – New York City Cops
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    121. Idlewild – You Held The World In Your Arms
    122. The Strokes – Someday
    123. Kasabian - L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
    124. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
    125. The White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
    126. Sugababes – Overload
    127. Mansun – I Can Only Disappoint U
    128. Dr Dre - Still Dre
    129. Doves – Catch the Sun
    130. The Charlatans – Love Is the Key
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    131. The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
    132. Sugababes – Freak Like Me
    133. Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
    134. Saint Etienne - Milk Bottle Symphony
    135. Goldfrapp – Black Cherry
    136. Chicane - Low Sun
    137. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
    138. Dirty Pretty Things – Bang bang you’re dead
    139. Snow Patrol – Run
    140. Oasis - Go Let It Out
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    141. Martina Topley Bird – Carnies
    142. Black Legend – See The Trouble With Me
    143. Sunshine Underground – Put You In Your Place
    144. Klaxons – Golden Skans
    145. Hot Chip - Over and Over
    146. Modest Mouse – Float On
    147. Zero 7 – This World
    148. Embrace – Drawn From Memory
    149. Little Man Tate – House Party at Boothy’s
    150. Lily Allen – Smile
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    151. DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies - Do You Really Like It?
    152. Daft Punk – One More Time
    153. The Divine Comedy – Come Home Billy Bird
    154. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
    155. Coldplay - Yellow
    156. Zero 7 – I Have Seen
    157. Eminem – Stan
    158. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
    159. Kanye West – Golddigger
    160. Chicane – Overture
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    161. Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
    162. Lily Allen – LDN
    163. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
    164. Sugababes – Push the Button
    165. The View - Same Jeans
    166. Maximo Park – Graffiti
    167. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
    168. Coldplay – Fix You
    169. The Ordinary Boys – Talk Talk Talk
    170. Basement Jaxx – Romeo
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    171. Kings of Leon - On Call
    172. The Strokes - Hard to Explain
    173. PJ Harvey - Good Fortune
    174. The Go! Team - We Just Won't Be Defeated
    175. Bloc Party - The Prayer
    176. Wyclef Jean - Perfect Gentleman
    177. Editors - Bullets
    178. Franz Ferdinand - The Dark Side Of The Matinee
    179. Hot Hot Heat – Bandages
    180. Wu-Tang Clan - Gravel Pit
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    181. Gorillaz - DARE
    182. The Go! Team - The Power Is On
    183. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
    184. Destiny's Child - Independent Woman
    185. Razorlight - Stumble and Fall
    186. Green Day - American Idiot
    187. Aron John - Greatness and Smallness
    188. Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
    189. City High - What Would You Do?
    190. Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage

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    Originally from my very own Wordpress blog: http://obfum.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/best-songs-of-the-decade-2000s
  • Mark Ronson Against Great Music

    15. Apr. 2008, 13:50

    I was in the car on the way to le Centre de Trafford a couple of weeks ago Radio 1’s terrible Edith Bowman played the Mark Ronson version of the Smiths’ classic Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before. Leaving aside the sheer lack of reason to not play the original anyway so the younger listeners may be educated to music before the Kooks my head nearly exploded as the song warbled it’s asinine way through my bleeding ears to my brain.

    Ronson (who I heard one quote labelling him the world’s most expensive jukebox) has a habit of ruining perfectly good songs in to bland rehashes. The Valerie version is a pointless exercise as it is which is not a patch on the Zutons’ heartfelt lament but his treament of the Smiths is tantamount to musical rape. And his use of some whining Aussie “R’n'B” singer just increases the pointlessness of the exercise.

    Stop Me… is a musical tour de force, the song grows on me every time I hear it and ranks up with the very best of the Smiths. Whereas Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want is the mournful, succinct expression of Morrissey’s world Stop Me… is arguably the most soulful of the Morrissey/ Marr compositions. It’s driving rhythm and vocals are reminiscent of The Temptations or The Miracles. It combines this groove with some of Morrissey’s best lyrics. Funny, touching and with depths of meaning Ronson can only dream about.


    I was delayed, I was way-laid
    An emergency stop
    I smelt the last ten seconds of life

    Friday night in Out-patients
    Who said I’d lied to her ?

    Oh, so I drank one
    It became four
    And when I fell on the floor …
    …I drank more


    The over-the-top lyrics are grounded as usual by the typical Morrissey wit. The song to me reminds of my days in Selby. I think reading Catch-22 and the absurdly quick way that Yossarian feels love is reflected in the lyrics. The four lines at the end of my lyrical quotation seem a daft, silly lyric but to millions of people they reflect the harshness of life and the only to escape. The UK’s booze culture is ingrained and many peoples’ only escape is through the bottle. And why not? Another brilliant Smiths song sums it up: I Want The One I Can’t Have.
    Mark Ronson,