Friday, March 16, 2007

I'd Whisper My Confession

After David told me how he and his sister used to make tapes every spring of the Best Songs Ever, I sat down at 1.00 am today (yesterday actually) and gave it try. (This is the sort of thing I waste my time on, when I should really be sleeping.) I obviously ended up with too much for a C-90 tape, so I separated it into two lists - one of indiepop and one of garage-psych and northern soul. And rather than an exact length of time, I limited each to 30 songs. This is the result, without any special order but of course, which songs I came up with first says something about their urgency.

Here are the pop songs, all of them from the ten year span of 1982-1992 (except for The Clientele of course):

The Anyways – My Confession
The Rainyard – 1,000 Years
The Springfields – Sunflower
The Desert Wolves – Besotted
The Mayfields – Feels Like Yesterday
14 Iced Bears – Sure to See
Bulldozer Crash – Sarah Said
East Village – Back Between Places
St. Christopher – All of a Tremble
The Hit Parade – You Didn’t Love Me Then
Hurrah! – Around and Around
The Clouds – Tranquil
The Sea Urchins – A Morning Oddyssey
James Dean Driving Experience – Drop Dead Darling
Brighter – Does Love Last Forever?
Another Sunny Day – What’s Happened
The Suede Crocodiles – Paint Yourself a Rainbow
Reserve – The Sun Slid Down the Tower
The Siddeleys – Something Almost Brilliant Almost Happened Last Night
Razorcuts – First Day
The Jaywalkers – (You Can’t Be) Happy All the Time
Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes – This Town Is Falling Down
The Submarines – Take Me Away
Felt – Hours of Darkness Have Changed My Mind
The Clientele – Lacewings
The Visitors – Waking Up to Nothing
The Orchids – Apologies
Sister Rain – Burt Reynolds
Primal Scream – Subterranean
This Poison! – You;- Think!!

Here is the 60s stuff then. I'm not as sure about this as the previous list, cause I haven't listened to this music for as long, so my favourites aren't that well cemented yet and change around quite a bit.

The Dovers – She’s Not Just Anybody
The Squires – Go Ahead
The Rain Parade – What She’s Done to Your Mind
The Nashville Ramblers – The Trains
The Poets – That’s the Way It’s Got to Be
The Flamin’ Groovies – I Can’t Hide
The Vipers – Cheated and Lied
The Music Machine – Double Yellow Line
The Chocolate Watchband – Sweet Young Thing
The Seeds – Evil Hoodoo
The Remains – Why Do I Cry
The Point – All My Life
The Action – In My Lonely Room
The Beau Brummels – Don’t Talk to Strangers
The Sound Magics – Don’t You Remember
The Palace Guard – Falling Sugar
The Del-Vettes – Last Time Around
The Sorrows – Cara-Lin
Dean Parrish – I’m On My Way
Tina Britt – The Real Thing
The Inspirations – Touch Me, Hold Me, Kiss Me
Diane Lewis – Keep a Hold On Me
Patti Young – Head and Shoulders
Cindy Scott – I Love You Baby
Bob & Fred – I’m On My Way
Jimmy Mack – My World Is On Fire
Robby Lawson – Burning Sensation
Ken Williams – Come Back
The Artistics – This Heart of Mine
Amanda Humphrey – Power of Love

It's going to be interesting to look back at this in a year! Many of these songs have been featured here earlier, and the ones that haven't probably will eventually, in one form or another. You're welcome to propose omissions!


ally. said...

i hate to think what terrors a list of mine from when i was little would hold but off the top of my head the only things that would stil be on it would be by the clash and the buzzcocks... oh and stiff little fingers... bugger, you've got me going now...
bloody lists...
i am at least pleased that after a million years there are still things i hear that go straight to the top of lists like this

David Lawrence said...

Rain Parade are 80s!

David Lawrence said...

then again neither is the Nashville Ramblers song (one of my all time favorites!), and I think that Flamin' Groovies is from Shake Some Action, a mid 70s release.
anyways, whatever, cool list :)