Posts from 28th December 2000

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Dec 00

millie’s top 100 pop songs

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millie’s top 100 pop songs – well, not millie’s really, so much as the 250 or so (!!) people who voted in her alternative-to-Rolling-Stone poll, one of whom was me (and two of my choices got in). The main question I have is what is the sample size of any given music poll beyond which the Beatles will automatically come top of it. The secondary question I have is: “Hey Jude? Are you deaf or something, mate?”.

(Oh yeah – cheerio Millie from the world of the regularly-updated-website! An always-entertaining read, you will be missed, and good luck in whatever you do next!)

26. AIR – “Suicide Underground”

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26. AIR – “Suicide Underground”

The title sets you up for something nicely nasty and atmospheric, and for its glorious opening seconds “Suicide Underground” pulls it off: a gravelly male voice pronouncing solemnities – which are really platitudes – on the mystery of death, the unknowability of suicide; and a tired woman answering him. “Obviously, Doctor, you’ve never been a thirteen-year-old girl”, and just as she says it the drums slide and spin downwards into the same dark place the strings are looming up from, and the thirteeen-year-old girl in all of us smiles and shivers with recognition.

After that, if Air had stuck to their instrumental guns and left their slow Floydian flow unsullied, this might have been a masterpiece. No such luck: the rest of the song drones a Sight And Sound film plot summary above Air’s fuggily sensual music, and stops only just short of ruining it. But all the way in you’re remembering that title, and that moment, and so you keep listening anyway.

Am I Cool Or Not?

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Am I Cool Or Not? – back after a Christmas break, and where better to start than with AICON, as another reader faces the ultimate judgement…..remember, the more of you write in, the better the results are.