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Feb 11

Popular ’90

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That was a lot more of a slog than I thought it would be! As ever, here is where you get to tick the records YOU would have handed 6 or more to. And hopefully by the end of the week we’ll get stuck into 1991, probably the most all-over-the-place year in Popular history.

Which of the Number Ones of 1990 Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

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Poll closes: No Expiry

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(My highest mark this year was 10 for Sinead, my lowest 1 for Bombalurina)

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  1. 1
    Jim5et on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Balls, How did I miss voting for obvious 10 Unchained Melody?

  2. 2
    Matt DC on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Hah, all the ones I voted for are in a solid block running from Sinead to New Order. Probably the best run of #1s ever.

  3. 3
    Billy Smart on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Hm, only six out of seventeen for me… A lot of fives this year, though.

    1990’s ‘phantom’ #1s that topped the NME/ ILR chart, but not the BBC one;

    Love Shack – The B52s (1 week)
    Tom’s Diner – DNA & Susanne Vega (2)
    Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite (1)
    Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton (2)
    The Anniversary Waltz – Status Quo (1)

  4. 4
    Billy Smart on 16 Feb 2011 #

    The NME Critics Poll for 1990;

    1. Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
    2. Step On – Happy Mondays
    3. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’ Connor
    4. Where Are You Baby? – Betty Boo
    5. Loaded – Primal Scream
    6. Being Boring – Pet Shop Boys
    7. My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style – Dream Warriors
    8. Come Home – James
    9. World In Motion – Englandneworder
    10. Different Drum – The Lemonheads
    11. In The Days Before Rock ‘N Roll – Van Morrison
    12. Doin’ The Do – Betty Boo
    13. Kinky Afro – Happy Mondays
    14. There She Goes – The La’s
    15. The Only One I Know – The Charlatans
    16. It’s On – Flowered Up
    17. This Is How It Feels – Inspiral Carpets
    18. Groovy Train – The Farm
    19. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – St Etienne
    20. The Storm – World Of Twist
    21. Unbelievable – EMF
    22. I’m Free – The Soup Dragons
    23. Mad Love EP – Lush
    24. Message In A Box – World Party
    25. My Boyfriends Back – Alice Donut
    26. Come Together – Primal Scream
    27. Vogue – Madonna
    28. Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub
    29. Fall EP – Ride
    30. Glider EP – My Bloody Valentine
    31. Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
    32. So Hard – Pet Shop Boys
    33. Welcome To The Terrordome – Public Enemy
    34. Getting Away With It – Electronic
    35. God Knows It’s True – Teenage Fanclub
    36. The Only Rhyme That Bites – MC Tunes & 808 State
    37. Kill Your Television – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    38. Hey Venus – That Petrol Emotion
    39. Soccer Fan – The Real Sounds Of Africa
    40. Hello Hello Hello Hello – Something Happens!
    41. Velouria – Pixies
    42. The Ship Song – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    43. Wash Your Face In My Sink – Dream Warriors
    44. One Love – The Stone Roses
    45. The Power – Snap
    46. Probably A Robbery – Renegade Soundwave
    47. What Time Is Love? – The KLF
    48. The Boomin’ System – LL Cool J
    49. It Wasn’t A Dream – The Ruthless Rap Assassins
    50. Sway – Ocean Colour Scene

  5. 5
    Billy Smart on 16 Feb 2011 #

    The MM Critics Poll for 1990;

    1. Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
    2. Nothing Compares To You – Sinead O’Connor
    3. Kinky Afro – Happy Mondays
    4. What Time Is Love? – The KLF
    5. Glider EP – My Bloody Valentine
    6. The Only One I Know – The Charlatans
    7. Fall EP – Ride
    8. Justify My Love – Madonna
    9. Killer – Adamski
    10. The Ship Song – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    11. Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International
    12. Step On – Happy Mondays
    13. Fascinating Rhythm – Bass-O-Matic
    14. There She Goes – The La’s
    15. Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub
    16. World In Motion – Englandneworder
    17. This Is How It Feels – Inspiral Carpets
    18. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – St Etienne
    19. Mad Love EP – Lush
    20. Espero EP – Cranes

  6. 6
    Rory on 16 Feb 2011 #

    That’s one of the more obvious sets of end-of-year results we’ve had. I voted for the “block” minus “Killer” (only a 5 for me) plus “Unchained Melody” (contemporary Ghost-driven weariness notwithstanding).

  7. 7
    lonepilgrim on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Here’s the top 50 from The Face, courtesy of http://www.rocklist.net/

    1. DEEE-LITE Groove Is In The Heart
    2. HISTORY featuring Q-TEE Afrika
    3. THE CHARIATANS The Only One I Know
    4. ADAMSKI/SEAL Killer
    5. =HAPPY MONDAYS Step On
    5. = PRIMAL SCREAM Loaded
    7. MASSIVE ATTACK Daydreaming
    8. SINEAD O’CONNOR Nothing Compares 2 U
    9. FAMILY STAND Ghetto Heaven
    10. YOUNG DISCIPLES Get Yourself Together
    11. SAINT ETIENNE Only Love
    12. GANG STARR Jazz Thing
    13. HAPPY MONDAYS Kinky Afro
    14. EN VOGUE Hold On
    15. INNOCENCE Natural Thing
    16. LOOSE ENDS Don’t Be A Fool
    17. MONIE LOVE It’s A Shame
    18. KID FROST La Raza
    19. THE SHAMEN Progen
    20. PRESSURE DROP Back To Back
    21. SNAP The Power
    22. GARY CLAIL Beef
    23. SOUL ll SOUL A Dream’s A Dream
    24. SHABBA RANKS AND CRYSTAL Twice My Age
    25. MADONNA Vogue
    26. MARINA VAN ROOY Sly One
    27. SOHO Hippychick
    28. THE WEDDING PRESENT Brassneck
    29. THE CHIMES Heaven
    30. INXS Suicide Blonde
    31. MC TUNES vs 808 STATE Tunes Splits The Atom
    32. THE BELOVED Hello
    33. THE FARM Groovy Train
    34. STONE ROSES One Love
    35. ULTRAVIOLET Kites (remix)
    36. THE KLF What Time Is Love?
    37. DREAM WARRIORS My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style
    38. SYMBOLS AND INSTRUMENTS Mood
    39. RHYTHIM IS RHYTHIM The Beginning
    40. JIMMY SOMERVILLE To Love Somebody
    41. BOYS WONDER Radio Wonder
    42. X-CLAN Funkin’ Lesson
    43. MANTRONIX Take Your Time
    44. OLETA ADAMS Rhythm of Life
    45. THE LA’S There She Goes
    46. PET SHOP BOYS Being Boring
    47. BARRIE K SHARPE/DIANA BROWN Masterplan
    48. PRIMAL SCREAM Come Together
    49. TEN CITY Whatever Makes You Happy
    50. MY JEALOUS GOD Pray

  8. 8
    Billy Smart on 16 Feb 2011 #

    1990 was the last ever year of Sounds. This year, even they got around to collating a critics poll;

    1. Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
    2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Ship Song
    3. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
    4. Primal Scream – Loaded
    5. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
    6. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2U
    7. Happy Mondays – Step On
    8. My Bloody Valentine – Glider EP
    9. Primal Scream – Come Together
    10. The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
    11. Betty Boo – Where Are You Baby?
    12. The Lemonheads – Different Drum
    13. The La’s – There She Goes
    14. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Fishes Eyes
    15. Madonna – Vogue
    16. Sonic Youth & Chuck D – Kool Thing
    17. Englandneworder – World In Motion
    18. Ruthless Rap Assassins – And It Wasn’t A Dream
    19. Blur – She’s So High
    20. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big
    21. Ride – Ride EP
    22. Julee Cruise – Falling
    23. The Farm – Groovy Train
    24. The Heart Throbs – Dreamtime
    25. Dinosaur Jr – The Wagon
    26. The Shamen – Pro-gen
    27. Butthole Surfers – Hurdy Gurdy Man
    28. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
    29. Cocteau Twins – Iceblink Luck
    30. The Fatima Mansions – Blues For Ceaucescu
    31. Lush – Mad Love EP
    32. James – Come Home
    33. Soundgarden – Hands All Over
    34. Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
    35. Pixies – Velouria
    36. Faith No More – Epic
    37. Kylie Minogue – Better The Devil You Know
    38. Technotronic – Rockin’ Over The Beast
    39. Crime And The City Solution – I Have The Gun
    40. Van Morrison – The Days Before Rock ‘N’ Roll
    41. The Sisters Of Mercy – More
    42. Krystal & Shabba Ranks – Twice My Age
    43. The Honey Smugglers – Listen
    44. The KLF – What Time Is Love?
    45. Spiritualized – Anyway That You Want Me
    46. The Fall – White Lightning
    47. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Weeping Song
    48. Public Enemy – 911 Is A Joke
    49. Galaxie 500 – 4th Of July
    50. That Petrol Emotion – Hey Venus

    What on earth did everyone hear in ‘The Ship Song’? For me, its the exact dreary point where Nick Cave becomes a revered rock figurehead…

  9. 9
    Tom on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Yes, 7 out of 17 – the block plus Unchained.

    We’re now firmly into my NME reading years (and I bought the Xmas MM too of course) so the above baggy-centric list was one I took v seriously. Gosh though, they did seem to like the Dream Warriors a lot.

  10. 10
    lonepilgrim on 16 Feb 2011 #

    I chose only six in the end – from Sinead to ENGLANDNEWORDER – a solid block of exciting music followed by a lot of mediocrity.

  11. 11
    Tom on 16 Feb 2011 #

    #10 “The Ship Song” is the only Nick Cave, Serious Man Of Rock track I like! – at the time a straightforward, sentimental rock ballad was quite a surprise from him I guess. Not heard it in years, mind, and I’d reach for “Tupelo” or “The Mercy Seat” more readily, but it’s not bad.

  12. 12
    sükråt tanned rested unlogged and awesome on 16 Feb 2011 #

    “This is a weeping song! A song! To make you weep!”

  13. 13
    Billy Smart on 16 Feb 2011 #

    I remember John Peel saying “That was Nick Cave with ‘The Ship Song’ there, sounding more like Neil Diamond than Nick Cave.”

  14. 14
    Rory on 16 Feb 2011 #

    So many fantastic songs in those magazine polls that I came to a year or two late. I had many of them pegged as 1991…

  15. 15
    enitharmon on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Well, that was my worst year yet in this poll. Just three mustering the 6 or above, none of them above by much.

  16. 16
    Billy Hicks on 16 Feb 2011 #

    Similar to everyone else, I voted for the block (Sinead-New Order), Unchained, and also included Elton John. Many, many more classics than I thought there’d be, even if I do fall asleep for the second half of the year in all the ballads.

    Favourite non-#1s of the year include Enjoy The Silence, Better The Devil You Know, It Must Have Been Love and I’ve Been Thinking About You. Gotta love a lot of the Madchester as well, which despite being so huge that year didn’t quite get hit the top…

  17. 17
    thefatgit on 16 Feb 2011 #

    John Peel’s Festive 50

    1. The Fall Bill Is Dead
    2. My Bloody Valentine Soon
    3. Ride Dreams Burn Down
    4. Ride Like A Daydream
    5. Sonic Youth Tunic (Song For Karen)
    6. Paris Angels (All On You) Perfume
    7. Wedding Present Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)
    8. Happy Mondays Step On
    9. Wedding Present Corduroy
    10. The Orb Loving You (Session)
    11. Teenage Fanclub Everything Flows
    12. Would Be’s I’m Hardly Ever Wrong
    13. The Lemonheads Different Drum
    14. New Fast Automatic Daffodils Big
    15. The Fall White Lightning
    16. Morrissey November Spawned A Monster
    17. Charlatans The Only One I Know
    18. Wedding Present Don’t Talk, Just Kiss
    19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Ship Song
    20. Wedding Present Heather (Session)
    21. Boo Radleys Kaleidoscope
    22. Wedding Present Crawl
    23. Nirvana Sliver
    24. Pixies The Happening
    25. Ride Taste
    26. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin Kill Your Television
    27. Lush Sweetness & Light
    28. Charlatans Polar Bear
    29. Dinosaur Jr The Wagon
    30. The Fall Blood Outta Stone
    31. Pixies Velouria
    32. Happy Mondays Kinky Afro
    33. The Fatima Mansions Blues For Ceaucescu
    34. The Shamen Pro-Gen
    35. The Fall Telephone Thing
    36. Sundays Here’s Where The Story Ends
    37. Spiritualized Any Way That You Want Me
    38. Babes In Toyland House
    39. Wedding Present Dalliance
    40. Sonic Youth Kool Thing
    41. The Fall Chicago, Now!
    42. The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds
    43. Teenage Fanclub God Knows It’s True
    44. Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart
    45. Bastro Nothing Special
    46. The Farm Stepping Stone
    47. The Farm Groovy Train
    48. Pixies Alison
    49. Pixies Dig For Fire
    50. The Inspiral Carpets Beast Inside

  18. 18
    Ben on 16 Feb 2011 #

    10 for me. A lot – I guess it coincides with my first becoming conscious of popular music. I even quite like Bombalurina and Maria McKee, though I’m in a fairly small minority there!

  19. 19
    Rory on 16 Feb 2011 #

    “Little Fluffy Clouds” was 1990? And Julee Cruise’s “Falling”? And Blur and the Charlatans and Spiritualized and the Sundays and… I have to seriously recalibrate my 1990-91 mental map. What a year!

  20. 20
    anto on 16 Feb 2011 #

    1990 kinda lost it’s way in the second half.
    Don’t years ending in 0 have some strange number ones?

  21. 21
    Alan on 16 Feb 2011 #

    never mind the MM/NME/FACE lists, what about the Beechwood compos?? http://www.bandplanet.co.uk/Oldsite/indietop20s.htm

    I got this one (Vol 10) for xmas that year in tape form which I’m sure had extra tracks:


    1. Groovy train (Terry Farley mix) – Farm
    2. Make it mine – Shamen
    3. All on you (perfume) – Paris Angels
    4. What time is love (Echo & The Bunnymen mix) – KLF
    5. Biting my nails – Renegade Soundwave
    6. It’s on – Flowered Up
    7. Triangle – Field Mice
    8. Only love can break your heart – St. Etienne
    9. Lay me down – Mock Turtles
    10. Scratches – Spin
    11. She comes in the fall – Inspiral Carpets
    12. Only one I know – Charlatans
    13. Waiting for the angels – Darkside
    14. Place with a name – Family Cat
    15. Velouria – Pixies
    16. Everything flows – Teenage Fanclub
    17. Rent – Carter USM

  22. 22
    lex on 16 Feb 2011 #

    I voted for five – WTF at you people, that fucking football song is not part of any block of undisputed greatness and should not be spoken of in the same breath as Madonna, Sinéad, Beats Int etc.

  23. 23
    Mark M on 16 Feb 2011 #

    I like The Ship Song, too. There’s lots of terrific stuff on those end of year lists – Paris Angels, En Vogue, The Fall’s unexpected blissful ballad moment, even if the monstrously plodding Groovy Train seems to have snuck in everywhere…

  24. 24
    wichita lineman on 17 Feb 2011 #

    The Farm, so so bad. They later claimed Macarena was pinched from Spartacus album track Higher And Higher – check it on Spotify and see if you think it was pursuing it in the courts. The Farm did! Tossers!

  25. 25
    weej on 17 Feb 2011 #

    1991 looks all-over-the-place stylistically, but in terms of quality there’s little in the way of classics or shockers. I predict quite a few 5s.
    More excitingly 1991 also boasts four number one singles I bought, all in a row. And I’m only really ashamed about one of them.

  26. 26
    tonya on 17 Feb 2011 #

    US number ones:
    Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins (again)
    How Am I Supposed To Live Without You – Michael Bolton
    Opposites Attract – Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
    Escapade – Janet Jackson
    Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
    Love Will Lead You Back – Taylor Dayne
    I’ll Be Your Everything – Tommy Page
    Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
    Vogue – Madonna
    Hold On – Wilson Phillips
    It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
    Step by Step – New Kids on the Block
    She Ain’t Worth It – Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
    Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
    If Wishes Came True – Sweet Sensation
    Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi
    Release Me – Wilson Phillips
    (I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection – Nelson
    Close to You – Maxi Priest
    Praying for Time – George Michael
    I Don’t Have the Heart – James Ingram
    Black Cat – Janet Jackson
    Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
    Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey
    I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
    Because I Love You (The Postman Song) – Stevie B

    So many women (not you, Nelson)!

  27. 27
    enitharmon on 17 Feb 2011 #

    lex @ 25:

    You should be more disciplined about taking that medication! 6 and above isn’t ‘undisputed greatness’, it’s just ‘quite like it’. For the record my three doesn’t include the football record, nor does it include Beats International or Madonna. Too bad!

  28. 28
    Steve Mannion on 17 Feb 2011 #

    9. v satisfying to tick that run of 6.

    just about 10 ticks for the VERY ballad-heavy US list but some exceedingly generous ticks there (Roxette?! Wilson Philips?! nostalgia’s a beach…).

  29. 29
    Rory on 17 Feb 2011 #

    The Australian chart this year was like a blend of the UK and US:

    The B-52’s, “Love Shack”, 8 weeks (starting 23 December 1989)
    Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got a Gun”, 1 week
    Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, 8 weeks (highest seller of 1990)
    Paula Abdul, “Opposites Attract”, 2 weeks
    Madonna, “Vogue”/”Keep It Together”, 5 weeks
    Heart, “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You”, 4 weeks
    Roxette, “It Must Have Been Love”, 2 weeks
    MC Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”, 5 weeks
    Faith No More, “Epic”, 3 weeks
    Jon Bon Jovi, “Blaze of Glory”, 6 weeks
    Young MC, “Bust a Move”, 1 week
    Skyhooks, “Jukebox in Siberia”, 2 weeks
    Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart”, 1 week
    The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody”, 6 weeks (1 of them in 1990)

    And Vanilla Ice topped our charts in January 1990 too. Skyhooks was the only local band on this list – a surprise comeback single from a much-loved early 1970s band.

  30. 30
    Chelovek na lune on 17 Feb 2011 #

    Now, “Janie’s Got A Gun” by Aerosmith – number 1 in Oz? What an expression of good taste. (No 76 in the UK….) Vaguely amazing given (for all its melodiousness and substance) its lyrical content, which (quite unlike the vaguely porny lyrics of its immediate predecessor, “Love In an Elevator”) is rather serious, the story of a girl taking (armed) revenge on the father who abused her, is hardly radio-friendly.

  31. 31
    Rory on 17 Feb 2011 #

    I suspect it would have stayed on top longer than a week if the Sinead juggernaut hadn’t arrived; it felt like a substantial hit at the time.

    I notice a typo in my list next to Unchained Melody – one of its 6 weeks was in 1991 (i.e. 5 in 1990).

  32. 32
    Conrad on 17 Feb 2011 #

    Voted two – Beats Int and England NewOrder.

    Those critics lists are remarkably similar. They even managed to squeeze “One Love” in, ha ha, such was the stock of the Stone Roses at the time.

  33. 33
    the pinefox on 17 Feb 2011 #

    I think most of the #1s listed are really bad. I voted for Madonna, New Order, Elton John, though not really so keen on any of them; New Order the best.

    I don’t agree with NME / MM about ‘groove is in the heart’ either, or Happy Mondays or Primal Scream – they’re all bad.

    But out of those lists there are some magnificent and still moving records by MBV, Ride and a few others.

  34. 34
    LondonLee on 18 Feb 2011 #

    It was a year of two halves, Brian.

    7 for me.

  35. 35
    ottersteve on 18 Feb 2011 #

    I accept that New Order were an excellent group, but this is their WORST song without a doubt. Nothing more embarrassing than witnessing footballers trying to sing – or even worse – RAP! This can only result in C-rap!

    I’m amazed that so many commentors on here rank “world in Motion” alongside Sinead O’Connor’s masterpiece! Is this a result of the “Gazza” effect, I wonder? Sinead also cries during a performance.

    WIM – a 1 from me.

  36. 36
    Rory on 18 Feb 2011 #

    @35 Alongside? Their aggregate voter scores suggest a substantial difference in ranking: WiM, 7.2 from 18 votes; Sinead, 8.1 from 26 votes. The above poll only tells us what songs the largest number of voters think are better than average, which is a pretty broad brush.

  37. 37
    wichita lineman on 18 Feb 2011 #

    Young MC no.1 in Australia, gosh. His appearance as top ex-pop star at an office party in Up In The Air was a bit of a surprise to say the least. But his profile outside the UK was obviously higher than I thought. The Southern Comfort mix of I Come Off still sounds top hole.

  38. 38
    swanstep on 18 Feb 2011 #

    @28, Steve Mannion. It’s not nostalgia recommending those Wilson Phillips tracks to you – they’re just great MOR singles! And, yay, Janet Jackson’s Escapade.

    @Rory. Good on Aussies for sending Faith No More’s Epic to the top. INXS’s Suicide Blonde was a notable, 3 week #1 in NZ in 1990. Probably INXS’s last #1 single anywhere.

  39. 39
    Rory on 18 Feb 2011 #

    Re “Suicide Blonde”, nice work! That only made #2 in Oz itself, where “Original Sin” was their only #1 single I think. I wonder if any notable NZ songs did the reverse… Split Enz’s “I Got You” and Dave Dobbyn’s “Slice of Heaven” topped both charts in the 1980s…

  40. 40
    Billy Smart on 18 Feb 2011 #

    NME readers’ poll for 1990;

    1. The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
    2. Happy Mondays – Step On
    3. Ride – Taste
    4. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
    5. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
    6. Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
    7. The La’s – There She Goes
    8. James – Come Home
    9. The Farm – Groovy Train
    10. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television

  41. 41
    Billy Smart on 18 Feb 2011 #

    MM readers’ poll for 1990;

    1. The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
    2. Happy Mondays – Step On
    3. The Cure – Never Enough
    4. My Bloody Valentine – Soon
    5. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
    6. Ride – Dreams Burn Down
    7. Fields Of The Nephilim – Sumerland
    8. Lush – Mad Love
    9. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
    10. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

  42. 42
    George on 18 Feb 2011 #

    I once had to listen to the album ”Suicide Blonde” is from (the follow up to ”Kick” I believe?) twice, back-to-back, in a former work colleagues van once. It was a fucking appalling record.

  43. 43
    swanstep on 18 Feb 2011 #

    @Rory. I know of two cases: in 2005 Evermore’s Light Surrounding You got to #1 in Oz but only #15 at home, and in 1979 Misex’s Computer Games got to #1 in Oz but only #5 at home.

    The Swingers’ amazing Counting the Beat (how did that not transfer to the rest of the world?) was #1 in both countries but, according to wiki, it was the biggest seller of the year (1981) in Oz.

  44. 44
    Rory on 18 Feb 2011 #

    Thanks, swanstep. Haven’t heard Evermore, I’ll have to track that down.

    The Swingers and Mi-Sex, top tunes both. Both from around the time I was noticing pop more but not buying singles yet. I remember “Counting the Beat” as a major landmark too.

    Sad to learn of Steve Gilpin’s fate at the Wikipedia entry for Mi-Sex.

    This all makes me realise that my current fondness for the Midnight Juggernauts probably has its roots in “Computer Games”.

  45. 45
    DietMondrian on 18 Feb 2011 #

    I’ve started writing four of five comments on how I can’t stand Nothing Compares 2U and originally gave it two out of 10 (and thought two was generous), but each time abandoned it as I thought it would just look like I was trolling. But the reverence for it does bug the flip out of me.

  46. 46
    swanstep on 19 Feb 2011 #

    Second half of Kid A and first half of Hail to the Thief having a baby = can’t keep my eyes op….zzzz.

  47. 47
    heather on 19 Feb 2011 #

    This is the year of the only Festive Fifty I remembered to tape and probably the most Peel-unfriendly and ‘poppy’ (I love pop-indie and just wish Saint Etienne had done better). “Perfume”, “Big”, the 20-minute version of “A Huge Ever-Growing Brain”, “Everything Flows”. Come to think of it, possibly a better year than the holy 1989. And New Order got to number 1!

    Oh right, and charts happened but I didn’t care because I was a devoted MM reader by then (I can still quote most of Chris Roberts’ review of “Technique”).

    Didn’t vote for “Unchained Melody” because it’s a re-release and so doesn’t count. Also it’s a damn shame about ‘Groove is in the Heart’ losing to a re-release on a technicality. Wish I still had the album around.

  48. 48
    lonepilgrim on 22 Feb 2011 #

    This site
    http://upclosemaspersonal.blogspot.com/
    ,featuring contributions from Simon Reynolds among others,
    offers some reflections on the 90s

  49. 49
    DV on 29 Nov 2011 #

    the low votes for Ice Ice Baby suggest that Popular has been invaded by enemies of pop.

  50. 50
    Steve Mannion on 17 Jun 2015 #

    Spotify playlist: Around 794 singles entered the UK Top 75 in 1990. Here are 658 of them (including AA sides and two tracks per EP) http://t.co/UEW5j8Uom2

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