May 20

The People’s Pop Poll: Day 7

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These are the groups for Day 7 of the People’s Pop Poll! Obviously it contains SPOILERS for the day’s matches so if you’d prefer to be surprised read no further! As usual, these are in order from the group with the most-streamed tracks to the one with the least.

Division 1 GROUP 7:

THE CURE – “Just Like Heaven”: First US hit for the Goth supremos, from their 1987 set Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3nPiBai66M 

JOY DIVISION – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”: Released soon after Ian Curtis’ death to become the band’s first major hit and best-known track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuuObGsB0No

RADIOHEAD – “No Surprises”: Fourth single from the Oxford thinkers’ critically adored OK Computer disc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5CVsCnxyXg 

THE SMITHS – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”: Morbid fan favourite from 1986’s The Queen Is Dead and much later released as a single. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siO6dkqidc4

Division 2 GROUP 6:

THE COMMODORES – “Night Shift”: This 1985 tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson was a major hit for the Motown veterans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrkEDe6Ljqs

HALL AND OATES – “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”: 1981 US chart-topper for the blue-eyed soul smoothies, about the tribulations of the music biz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccenFp_3kq8

JOE JACKSON – “Steppin’ Out”: New York inspired 1982 smash for the new wave singer-songwriter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJwt2dxx9yg

QUEEN – “Flash”: Brian May-penned hit from 1980’s science fiction masterpiece Flash Gordon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4

Division 3 GROUP 6:

THE BOO RADLEYS – “Wake Up Boo!”: 1995 hit for the Wallasey indie rockers which became an iconic tune of the Britpop era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXPTnPmm78

THE FOUR TOPS – “Bernadette”: Levi Stubbs-led shouter that was a 1967 Top 10 hit for the Motown stalwarts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-_sDdS-7Ug

FRANKIE LYMON AND THE TEENAGERS – “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”: 1956 rock’n’roll era hit for the NYC based doo-wop group led by boy soprano Lymon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sAHiR0rkJg

THE WONDERS – “That Thing You Do”: Oscar-nominated song written for the film of the same name by the late Adam Schlesinger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPMLG8mnCRM

Division 4 GROUP 6:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”: Concert staple from The Boss’ 1975 breakthrough Born To Run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOkQsVJV8ts

ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS – “What’s So Funny Bout Peace Love And Understanding”: Cover of the Brinsley Schwarz stomper which started life as a B-Side before being added to Costello’s Armed Forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssd3U_zicAI

THE MOTORS – “Airport”: Best known hit by the English power-pop new-wavers, from their 1978 LP Approved By The Motors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU5buMgojTo

NAZARETH – “Broken Down Angel”: The first Top 10 hit for the Dumfermline rockers, it charted in 1973. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zboXNSXqOtE

Division 5 GROUP 5:

HAIRCUT 100 – “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)”: Debut single for Nick Heyward’s new pop outfit and included on their 1982 LP Pelican West. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2cat4kykzI

THE HUMAN LEAGUE – “Open Your Heart”: The second track from Dare to feature in the poll, this single hit the Top 10 and was the only release credited to “Human League Blue”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laEAICcITis

SUSAN FASSBENDER – “Twilight Cafe”: Cult 1981 synthpop single by the Yorkshire one-hit wonder. (This was the hit.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK-dpiHTJoA

TOTO COELO – “I Eat Cannibals”: Best-known song by the new wave popsters, a hit worldwide in 1982. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4O1A-mmBWw

Division 6 GROUP 6:

BETTYE SWANN – “Traces”: A cover of the Classics IV hit single by this Louisiana soul singer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6UJe46q7kA

THE CHIFFONS – “Tonight I’m Gonna Dream”: A 1965 single for the Bronx girl group which missed the charts (but gets its shot at glory here). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM02VNiz_p4

GARNET MIMMS AND THE ENCHANTERS – “My Baby”: 1966 single for the West Virginia soul man, later recorded by Janis Joplin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SMhGF9l0OM

TINA B – “I Always Wanted To Be Free”: Album cut from the Freestyle singer’s 1984 self-titled LP – has the honour of having the fewest streams of any track in the poll! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90VBYD-ZqDE


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    Tom on 14 May 2020 #

    Group 1 – Joy Division (37%) and The Cure (31%) qualified. The famous English Moaners group! Not as tight as it initially looked – Joy Division took the lead early on and The Cure shook off The Smiths as soon as America woke up. Radiohead were never in it. To be honest I had no idea how the group would go, I just had to put it together as soon as I saw these were all in the same bracket. Morrissey paying a penalty here for later-life fuckery, to be sure.

    Group 2 – Hall And Oates (34%) and Joe Jackson (31%) qualified. An early 80s group, which saw the demise of the Commodores’ gorgeous “Night Shift” and a certain amount of soul-searching about voting trends. Not that either of the songs that made it out are in any way shabby or undeserving – in the end yacht pop won the day here with two excellent tunes and fair enough.

    Group 3 – The Boo Radleys (29%) and Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers (28%) qualified. A late surge for the Boo Radleys gave them the win in a group linked more by vibe than by much else. Two oldies, two pastiches. The better-known pastiche won the day. I’m far more a fan of the oldies here but “Bernadette” put up a very strong showing and gets into Round 2 as a highest-voting 3rd.

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