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Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Thu May 02, 2019 6:11 am

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of Biggest Fan. Let me explain for those who only join now. It's about those songs that only got one vote in our recent All-Time Best Song Poll. There were 13051 of them! That's too much to get collectively into, but through this series we are going to introduce you to one of them every day. A randomly selected song, so you never know what you're gonna get.

There is also a game element, to make things more interactive. You can give a grade to each song, from 1 (for the worst of them) to 10 (the masterpieces). A 0 will be counted as a 1. Every 100 days I will calculate the average grades and post the current top 100. At the end of each year I'll post the whole list as is.

Some points of note:
- A topic for each song would be a little much, but all songs in one topic too. That's why I make monthly new topics for the entries of that month.
- There will be links to old topics in each new one, so you can easily go back. Once we have collected a decent amount of songs, I will also post a topic with all the songs listed and a link to their initial appearance.
- There is gonna be a Spotify playlist (see below). Each new song will be put atop of the playlist! If songs aren't on Spotify there will be a link to YouTube or any platform it's available on. I will contact the biggest fan through a message if I can't find the song anywhere.
- You can always still vote for each song, even months later. Just go to the right topic.
- You can always change your grade. Again, place it in the right topic.
- You don't have to vote for each song if you don't want to.
- I think this goes without saying but still: always name the artist and title of the song you vote for. I'm not going to guess for which song you vote.
- Comments on the song are more than welcome. Nobody is probably going to review them all, but if you have something to say, please do.
- I know some wanted to go faster. Two songs a day, 10 songs a week, something like that. I'm decided against this, because I wanted to keep it small. We can't deal with 13051 songs, so I'm not trying. I just want to give you all one small discovery (or re-discovery) for the day. We'll never get all these songs done before the next All Time Song poll rolls along, but we can have fun getting there.
- I'll try to get each new song up soon after awakening, so in most cases it should be here relatively early.
- Feel free to ask questions or make general comments about this poll if you think it could be better.

You can still vote for the songs of earlier months, but please so do that in it's own topic.

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The playlist:

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Thu May 02, 2019 6:12 am

I mistakenly put this one in April:

And yet another song not on Spotify. I notice people vote for these less. Fun fact: you can click on the link in this post and listen to the song.

120. Dwa Plus Jeden - Nowy Wspaniały Świat
Year: 1972
Album: Nowy Wspaniały Świat
Biggest Fan: Depeche Mode (#298)
The song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghKNSHIlpQA

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Votes for this song from the April topic:
PlasticRam: 5
Hymie: 5
Rob: 7
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Thu May 02, 2019 6:13 am

121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues
Year: 2001
Album: Time (The Revelator)
Biggest Fan: Live in Phoenix (#200)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Thu May 02, 2019 8:49 am

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 5
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Thu May 02, 2019 2:54 pm

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 7

Stuff like this rarely goes wrong for me. I should be listening to Gillian Welch more (but about how many artist am I gonna keep saying that?).

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu May 02, 2019 5:28 pm

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Safetycat » Fri May 03, 2019 5:30 am

121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues - 7
Don't you know there ain't no devil? That's just God when he's drunk.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Fri May 03, 2019 7:02 am

122. Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then
Year: 2006
Album: The Beautiful Lie
Biggest Fan: Fred (#145)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Romain » Fri May 03, 2019 7:37 am

119. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – If Finger’s Where Xylophones
I like British pop, there's nothing to do, it always catches my ear. I love the way they create melodies. 7/10

120. Dwa Plus Jeden - Nowy Wspaniały Świat 
It's refreshing, it's catchy, it's good. 6.5/10

121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues
I think it's what we call "country" 3/10

122. Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then
Oh what a beautiful song! Thank you very much Fred for putting it on your list. 8/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Fri May 03, 2019 10:25 am

Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then: 5
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Fri May 03, 2019 3:15 pm

Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Fri May 03, 2019 5:56 pm

Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then: 8

Something unexpected. When it starts it almost sounds like some old Louis Armstrong song. A touching song.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Sat May 04, 2019 8:50 am

It’s less than two weeks ago since we had a song by The Kinks, but here they are again. Just like the last time it is a song not appearing on The Kinks Are the Village Green Society, but appearing on the extended edition.

123. The Kinks - Wonderboy
Year: 1968
Released as a single
Biggest Fan: Zombeels (#604)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Sat May 04, 2019 12:44 pm

The Kinks - Wonderboy: 5

It sounds like classic Kinks, but just not as good as their real classics. The pretty voice, the jangly melodies, that hint of nostalgia: it's all there, but the sound is very muddled, with too many elements fighting for attention. A lesser effort, that I actually don't miss on the Village Green album.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Sat May 04, 2019 1:49 pm

The Kinks - Wonderboy: 6
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Sat May 04, 2019 1:52 pm

Rob wrote:The Kinks - Wonderboy: 5

It sounds like classic Kinks, but just not as good as their real classics. The pretty voice, the jangly melodies, that hint of nostalgia: it's all there, but the sound is very muddled, with too many elements fighting for attention. A lesser effort, that I actually don't miss on the Village Green album.
5

I agree with a 5, although I see classic Kinks as "All Day And All Of The Night" and "Til The End Of The Day" some other early singles rather than the pretty jangly melodies from their later 60s and early 70s albums that did not fare so well here in the USA.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Zombeels » Sun May 05, 2019 3:02 am

120. Dwa Plus Jeden - Nowy Wspaniały Świat 6
121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues 6
122. Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then 6
123. The Kinks - Wonderboy 10

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Sun May 05, 2019 10:32 am

124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?
Year: 1972
Album: Blues
Biggest Fan: Depeche Mode (#37)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Sun May 05, 2019 7:08 pm

Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?: 7
Has a good classic blues rock vibe going for it, so that album title is deserved. The guy has a great voice and the guitar work is strong. Could become a grower.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon May 06, 2019 5:43 am

Rob wrote:124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Mon May 06, 2019 5:49 am

Anyone in for another Hymie?

125. Little Richard – Kansas City (the version with a medley with Hey Hey Hey Hey)
Year: 1958
Album: The Fabulous Little Richard
Biggest Fan: Hymie (#743)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Mon May 06, 2019 6:46 am

Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?: 5.5

Little Richard – Kansas City: 6
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Mon May 06, 2019 3:31 pm

Rob wrote:125. Little Richard – Kansas City
Year: 1958
It's 1959 - https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... e-richard/

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by BobPatience » Mon May 06, 2019 4:29 pm

Hymie wrote:
Rob wrote:125. Little Richard – Kansas City
Year: 1958
It's 1959 - https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... e-richard/

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The record seems to have a 1958 version (But AM indeed has it as 1959 release)
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... richard-3/
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... ter/153539
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Honorio » Mon May 06, 2019 4:34 pm

[imgsize 150x150]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... bum%29.jpg[/imgsize]
1. Breakout | Co stało się kwiatom? | 8
2. Ed Harcourt | Until Tomorrow Then | 7
3. Little Richard | Kansas City | 7
4. The Kinks | Wonderboy | 7
5. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci | If Fingers Were Xylophones | 7
6. Gillian Welch | Elvis Presley Blues | 7
7. Dwa Plus Jeden | Nowy wspaniały świat | 6

Notes:
1. It seems that everyone reproduced a typo on the title of the Gorky's Zygotic Mynci song
2. The original mono mix of The Kinks song is much better than the stereo mix. Quoting Wikipedia "The single made its first time stereo appearance on the Golden Hour budget series "Golden Hour Of The Kinks", with Ray's lead vocal buried in the mix. The few subsequent reissues of the stereo mix (on the 3-CD "Village Green Preservation Society" set) continues to use this very odd mix." You can listen to the original mono mix here:

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Mon May 06, 2019 5:40 pm

Honorio wrote: 2. The original mono mix of The Kinks song is much better than the stereo mix. Quoting Wikipedia "The single made its first time stereo appearance on the Golden Hour budget series "Golden Hour Of The Kinks", with Ray's lead vocal buried in the mix. The few subsequent reissues of the stereo mix (on the 3-CD "Village Green Preservation Society" set) continues to use this very odd mix." You can listen to the original mono mix here:
Thanks! This actually sounds better and I'll put this one on the playlist. Still flawed, but I will now vote 6.

Little Richard - Kansas City: 7
A burst of Little Richard's special energy is always welcome.

For what it's worth, Wikipedia claims that the Little Richard album was released in 1958 in the UK and Canada and in 1959 in the US, though I don't know what they base that on, as they only link to the unspecific Discogs info.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by BobPatience » Mon May 06, 2019 5:58 pm

Rob wrote: For what it's worth, Wikipedia claims that the Little Richard album was released in 1958 in the UK and Canada and in 1959 in the US, though I don't know what they base that on, as they only link to the unspecific Discogs info.
I looked into it. The pictures of the record on this page say 'Recording first published in 1958'.
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... se/3388760

45worlds has adifferent version that just states Ⓟ 1958
http://www.45worlds.com/vinyl/album/hau2193

So I guess AM has the wrong year for 'The Fabulous Little Richard'.
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Brad » Tue May 07, 2019 12:47 am

120. Dwa Plus Jeden - Nowy Wspaniały Świat 7
121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues 6
122. Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then 7.25
123. The Kinks - Wonderboy 7.25
124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom? 6
125. Little Richard – Kansas City 7

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Tue May 07, 2019 6:34 am

The first appearance of The Rolling Stones today, with a song that ranked as sort of runner up at #120 in Hymie’s recent Rolling Stones poll:

126. The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon
Year: 1968
Released as a single (B-side to Jumpin’ Jack Flash)
Biggest Fan: Brad (#373)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Tue May 07, 2019 7:44 am

The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon: 6
I feel like that

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Post by Krurze » Tue May 07, 2019 12:24 pm

Pretty great, shows the Stones hadn't abandoned their psychedelic phase just yet. I got some Rain vibes listening to it for the first time. Great harmonies as expected.

The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon: 8/10

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by BobPatience » Tue May 07, 2019 12:36 pm

Let's try this again.

126. The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon - 5

Not a fan of the lead vocals, even less a fan of the harmony vocals, and really not a fan of the drums. Guitars are just fine.
It's main redeeming factors for me are the brass and the overall style of the song. And the fact that even my worst Stones' (or any 60s rock for that matter) songs aren't truly bad, so I'm going with the halfway grade of 5.


125. Little Richard – Kansas City - 6 for the version that is currently linked in the Spotify list, 8 for the medley (which is the version on Hymie's list).

I might be wrong but it seems like the playlist links to the wrong version of Little Richard's Kansas City.

With the original featuring background singers and the hey-hey-hey part and a duration of about 2:37
Also the version covered by the Beatles on Beatles for sale
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... ter/675585
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FftKOrePtQ
And on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4LyRxFRs ... qidToVmjPA

And the second version being shorter (about 2:16), and more 'bare' (and the one linked on Spotify is even shorter at 2:01)
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... er/1118589
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2H19TQ4vBM

FWIW I'd rate the Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey medley 8/10 and the later version a 6/10, I think that both the 'hey hey hey' and the backing vocals add to the energy of the song in a good way. Also the intro is way better on the medley.
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Tue May 07, 2019 5:40 pm

BobPatience wrote: 125. Little Richard – Kansas City - 6 for the version that is currently linked in the Spotify list, 8 for the medley.
To clear this up, the one on my list is the one with the medley, although on the original release it's just called "Kansas City."

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Post by Hymie » Tue May 07, 2019 6:10 pm

The Fabulous Little Richard was released in 1959 in all countries. The UK album came out in Oct 1959.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by BobPatience » Tue May 07, 2019 6:34 pm

Hymie wrote:The Fabulous Little Richard was released in 1959 in all countries. The UK album came out in Oct 1959.
Then it confuses me why some pressings say 'recording first published 1958', was the release of the records postponed after they were already pressed?
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Post by Honorio » Wed May 08, 2019 5:40 am

BobPatience wrote:125. Little Richard – Kansas City - 6 for the version that is currently linked in the Spotify list, 8 for the medley (which is the version on Hymie's list).

I might be wrong but it seems like the playlist links to the wrong version of Little Richard's Kansas City.

With the original featuring background singers and the hey-hey-hey part and a duration of about 2:37
Also the version covered by the Beatles on Beatles for sale
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... ter/675585
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FftKOrePtQ
And on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4LyRxFRs ... qidToVmjPA

And the second version being shorter (about 2:16), and more 'bare' (and the one linked on Spotify is even shorter at 2:01)
https://www.discogs.com/Little-Richard- ... er/1118589
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2H19TQ4vBM
The "non-medley" version was recorded first (September 1955) but released much later (1970). The first released version (1958-1959) that we can consider the "original" version was recorded later (November 1955) and featured the "medley". The wikipedia entry explains it well...

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Wed May 08, 2019 6:18 am

Hymie wrote:
BobPatience wrote: 125. Little Richard – Kansas City - 6 for the version that is currently linked in the Spotify list, 8 for the medley.
To clear this up, the one on my list is the one with the medley, although on the original release it's just called "Kansas City."
Allright, that wasn't clear to me, even though I knew about the two different versions. I've replaced it in the playlist. To be clearer, I also changed it in my post.

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Wed May 08, 2019 6:20 am

Today, a very short song:

127. Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois
Year: 1983
Album: Swordfishtrombones
Biggest Fan: Antonius (#402)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Wed May 08, 2019 7:55 am

Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 5
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Post by BobPatience » Wed May 08, 2019 10:35 am

127. Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois - 8

Short but sweet, the actual music seems to stop even earlier than the track, about 1:23 into the 1:33.
A great piano and double bass (?) duet, this song really gives me the chills.
The more I listen to it, the more I like it. It reminds me a lot of Japan's Nightporter.
It gets an 8, it's perfect for what it is, but too short with too little going on for me to rate it any higher.


124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom? - 7

70s blues/hard rock. I don't love it, but I do like it a lot.
I'd rate it lower for being so long, it drags on a bit to much for me.
I'd rate it higher for the great guitar+bass solo, that hides itself for the first 5 minutes.
So for me the song ends up on the stack of half-decent rock tracks with a rating of 7.
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Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Wed May 08, 2019 6:46 pm

The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon: 7
Yes, there are more essential songs by The Stones, but this is still really sweet.

Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 6
It works better in context than out of it. On it's own it's just good.

Also, the Hey Hey Hey Hey version of Kansas City by Little Richard is even better and I upgrade my vote to 8.

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120. Dwa Plus Jeden - Nowy Wspaniały Świat: 5
121. Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues: 3.5
122. Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then: 6.5
123. The Kinks - Wonderboy: 7
124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?: 8.5
125. Little Richard – Kansas City (the version with a medley with Hey Hey Hey Hey): 7
126. The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon: 4
127. Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois: 6

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Rob » Thu May 09, 2019 6:48 am

Today’s song ranks at #3840 on AM and I am actually surprised it got only one vote.

128. The Libertines – Up the Bracket
Year: 2002
Album: Up the Bracket
Biggest Fan: Krurze (#705)

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Romain » Thu May 09, 2019 8:45 am

123. The Kinks - Wonderboy
With me, the 60's are always successful. And I always liked the simplicity of this song. Still as good melodically as ever these "kinks". 7.5/10

124. Breakout - Co Stało Się Kwiatom?
That's excellent. I like music, rhythm, guitar, voice and..... harmonica (look at me Dylan, this is how to use it). 7/10

125. Little Richard – Kansas City (the version with a medley with Hey Hey Hey Hey)
As usual. 5/10

126. The Rolling Stones – Child of the Moon
Guys, if you only wear good 60's rock, it's gonna be hard. Jagger's voice is still exceptional. 7.5/10

127. Tom Waits – Johnsburg, Illinois
Yet a Tom Waits fan, this one doesn't really touch me. It's a good interlude in the album... that I prefer to listen to the whole album rather than take the songs separately. 5/10

128. The Libertines – Up the Bracket
A classic. As a Frenchman, it pisses me off to say it, but they're good at music, these English . :-) 8/10
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by BobPatience » Thu May 09, 2019 9:17 am

128. The Libertines – Up the Bracket - 8

I love this. 2000s post-punk/garage revival is just great.
Two-and-a-half minutes of pure energy, but in the right way, it never gets too loud or messy.
My favourite feature are the low harmony vocals that occur sparingly throughout the song.

I'll have too see how this holds up, it might get bumped up to a 9 in the future, but for now I'll keep it as a gr8.


123. The Kinks - Wonderboy - 6

I fully agree with what Rob has already said about this song, but I still do love the jangly sound.
I'll rate it a little higher than a 5 and it's going straight to the jangle pop playslist!
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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by PlasticRam » Thu May 09, 2019 11:10 am

The Libertines – Up the Bracket: 6
I feel like that

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Jap123 » Thu May 09, 2019 2:55 pm

Haven't had time recently to go through and listen to the ones i've never heard but two of my favorites have come up this week so i thought i'd give them a rate:

Tom Waits - Johnsburg, Illinios: 9 - too short to be perfect, but i always thought it was the best song on Swordfishtrombones, and am surprised i didn't vote for it

The Libertines - Up The Bracket: 10 - shocked only one list had this one on; one of the catchiest choruses from that early 2000s post punk revival trend, and title track from a constant fixture in the AM top 500 albums - probably my second favorite Libertines song after Time For Heroes

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Re: Biggest Fan - May 2019

Post by Hymie » Thu May 09, 2019 3:36 pm

The Libertines – Up the Bracket
4

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