millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-23 03:06 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 1

And now the end is near, and so we face the final entry. Is this the song of the year? Most probably, although I personally prefer You Made Me Realise, but then again, I didn't vote in the poll, and anyway, it was TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO. It's a good job that House of Love didn't survive into the mid-90s, i don't think they would have coped very well with the cor blimey cheeky chappie irony of Britpop.

Love: the fade-in, the assertive drums, the wah-wow guitar break, the echo fade-out, the fringes.



But I need you more than I need air
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-22 04:13 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 2

In which a woman treats le Gedge badly and he writes a song about it. Full of jangles, riffs, breaks, and hooks.

Take it away, Grapper!



Well that's fine/Idon't care anymore
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-21 07:36 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 3

This is the only JAMC entry on the FF - they were in a transition period between the barbed wire feedback of their earlier tracks and the smoother, more produced sound of their move from Creation to Warner's. This song has still got the heavy bass, thrumming guitar and sunglasses of the Psychocandy era, but it's less sprawling. I can imagine them performing it on Saturday Superstore.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-20 10:29 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 4

There's another Weddoes song after this in the top 4. What will it be? This song, a Peel session track, shows a slight move away from the jangle-pop of George Best and towards the Steve Albini produced, harder, guitary sound of Bizarro. That said, the lyrics are still classic Gedge:

I spend hours trying to look my best/But I still meet you the day before I wash my hair
And can you really have stayed till three?/Orange slices and that Fall LP



Warm hands and the things you say/you get lovelier every day
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-19 05:52 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 5

Another contender for potential Top Indie Tune o'1988. This song has it all: jangly guitar, lackadaisical vox, sweet, quiet bits that descend into drummy racket and back again, raucous geetar solo.

I saw Dinosaur Jnr at Primavera last year and they didn't play this song. What a mess.


Sometimes I dont thrill you
Sometimes I think I'll kill you
Just don't let me fuck up will you
Cos when I need a friend, it's still you
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-18 01:06 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 6

Should this have been number 1? Debatable, but a moot point now so let's just enjoy the crack of drums, the opium-hazy vocals, the snarl of guitar. It's the tension between the blissed out and the aggression that makes this song. I love the instrumental break, the unease as you wait for the drums to smack back in.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-17 01:25 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 7

These songs are so familiar that it's hard to think of something original to say about them. So let me tell you about a Pixies themed bar in Stockholm called Debaser, where each cocktail is named after a Pixies song. A Gigantic is grogg, fruit cider and vodka with a dash of herring (possibly).


my big big love!
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-16 04:40 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 8

We're now at peak vernacular Wedding Present stong ttiles. After "I'm not always so stupid" and before "Nobody's twisting your arm" comes "Why are you being so reasonable now?" There is a French language version of this song too - "Pourquoi es-tu devenue si raisonable", but it doesn't really work, because French people don't speak Leeds. It would really be called "Bof! Pourquoi tu es con?" or something.

I kinda miss the days when men teamed flowery shirts with drainpipe black jeans and DM boots with impunity.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-15 04:25 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 9

This song starts straight off, no intro, immediately into Guy Chadwick's wall of sound, coming off somewhere between the Beach Boys and the Jesus and Mary Chain. I love the part of the video when the camera focuses on their heads, bobbing from furious guitar playin; it looks kinda sexual and it's all over in 3 minutes 22.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-14 08:44 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 10

We're into the top ten, people. From here on in, it's all as you would expect, but at number ten we have an anomaly in the form of Nick Cave. I thought this was going to be a cover of Ultra Vivid Scene's Mercy Seat, but no, it's Cave in Full Goth mode, banging on about death. It becomes quite catchy when the chorus is repeated over and over and the reference to Christ in the manger makes it almost a Christmas song. Almost.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-13 08:01 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 11

The Inspiral Carpets! What are they doing here? And so high up the chart! This has got the distinctive Inspirals Hammond rippling through it, but it sounds a lot more poppy than their later output. You can hear the beginnings of blokey indie anthem singalongs that dominated the guitar-based world for several decades after this.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-12 05:23 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 12

I'm surprised that this song is higher up the FF than Suedehead; although this does have the lovely doomy bass, skreeky violins, and clatter of drums, it descends into a dulish dirge with Moz moaning about the seaside and a petulant young miss stomping around in the video. No doubt I was as equally sulky at that age, but I always enjoyed wandering around seaside towns - these places have a kitsch charm of their own.


Come friendly bombs and fall on Southend.
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-11 12:45 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 13

Patsy Kensit reviewed Morrissey's first single in Smash Hits, saying that she knew suedeheads were skinheads, but this song appears to be about a girl. Oh, Patsy. The video, though, is about James Dean Morrissey posing artfully around James Dean's home town (I didn't know that the tiny child who delivers Le Petit Prince to le Moz is actually his nephew).

As for the music, I presume Morrissey's direction to his musical partners was: Make it sound like a Smiths B-side. It's lovely though and I'm surprised that it's not higher up the FF, given that it got to number 2 on the real chart. Although Morrissey playing the bongos in a field full of cows is a bit much, even for Mozzer.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-10 11:37 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 14

It's the final Fall (down)! This is almost twee with its xylophone, jingly guitar and hotsteppin' bass. Fortunately Mark E is here to moan and shriek all over the top of it, but it remains quite joyous.



Cabbing it uptown/You're moving it uptownYou taxi it uptown uptown
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-08 08:32 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 15

The Weddoes! I was wondering what had happened to them. All their songs are bunched up from here on in. This is the ultimate lovelorn love-song, albeit set to a very merry tune, all chikka chikka guitar and fuzzy bass.



Every time a car drives past I think it's you
Every time somebody laughs I think it's you
Every time a car drives past I think it's you
Every time somebody laughs I think it's you
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-07 09:15 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 16

The penultimate Fall entry. The opening guitar riff on this sounds like a saxophone and for a minute I thought we were going into the Benny Hill theme tune. This is very uptempo Fall with saw-like keyboards, cheery, repetitious guitar, and Mark E's lyrics about getting pissed in Hanseatic Germany. The German section reminds me of the Spanglish that the Pogues utilise in Fiesta. It goes on a fair bit.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-06 04:29 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 17

Picture the scene. It's Christmas 1988. My parents are having one of their interminable drinks parties. I sneak gin 'n' lemonades when they're not looking. After five of them, I throw up. I go lie down and put on the radio, it's the Festive Fifty, this terrifying song is playing, I don't know whether the spinny, spacey, dustbin lid crashing feeling is the song or my head.



I love of it.
millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-05 06:14 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 18

There are more House of Love tracks to come, deservedly higher up the chart. I suspect that this song is in the top twenty because 1988 was shared between HoL and MBV as Their Year. This is bombastic, U2-esque stuff (I started singing "with or without you" along with it), with not great lyrics "My love in a car/we're gonna go far/It's a beautiful car/my love". There is a bit of a sexy shimmer though that anticpates showgaze by a few years.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-04 03:28 pm
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Festive 50 1988 Number 19

More from Ver Youth. This starts off slow, almost sweet, with Kim's whispers, then it kicks the door down at 1:22 with a great guitar flourish, followed by the drum explosion, the bass and then Thurston rockin' out for the next five minutes.

millionreasons: (marnie)
2016-12-03 10:38 am
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Festive 50 1988 Number 20

It's Advent, so that means we get to do all the Xmassy things (Fairytale of NY, eggnog latte, Xmas jumpers) without the bore of visiting relatives and eating dry turkey/nutroast and falling asleep in front of the Open All Hours Christmas special. This song is somewhat more polished and produced than the Sugarcubes' perfect moment (Birthday) but this icy, tinselly song'll do for today.