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May 10

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 8: the Number 3s.

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Back after an extended break, we’re finally ready to tackle the Top Three – but before we do that, let’s check the cumulative scores so far:

1(1) The Eighties – 29.20 points.
2(2) The Nineties – 27.65 points.
3(3) The Noughties – 23.32 points.
4(5) The Sixties – 22.56 points.
5(4) The Teens – 22.46 points.
6(6) The Seventies – 21.82 points.

Since the last round was basically all about Blondie and Adamski, it’s no surprise to find the Eighties and Nineties increasing their lead over the rest of the pack. And while it might seem strange that the Sixties have gained a place on the Teens, straight after a round in which the King Brothers are currently placing last, that’s down to some of the late votes that we’ve been receiving in earlier rounds, which have worked in the favour of our 1960 chart.

So, will our Number Threes upset any apple carts, or will they merely confirm the emerging status quo? Let’s take a look.

1960: Adam Faith – Someone Else’s Baby (video)
1970: The Moody Blues – Question (video)
1980: Paul McCartney – Coming Up (video)
1990: Alannah Myles – Black Velvet (video)
2000: Craig David – Fill Me In (video)
2010: Plan B – She Said (video)

Listen to all six songs on Spotify.


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Lurking beneath the surface sweetness of 1960 pop, we’re beginning to unearth some right old players: Jimmy Jones and his on-call love-on-the-rebound service, the King Brothers drooling over their “imaginary dish”, and now Adam Faith, preparing to make a move on his mate’s girlfriend and openly relishing the upset that he is about to cause.

Commenting on this year’s Eurovision final over at The Singles Jukebox, I found myself observing – no longer in the full flush of sobriety, it should be said – that Lena, the German singer of this year’s winning entry, had the “strangest enunciation since Adam Faith”. Exaggerated as that claim might be, it does provide me with a tenuous link to another Lena: long-standing citizen of the FT comments box, and author of the fine Music Sounds Better With Two blog (a sister project to Popular, which is reviewing all of the UK’s Number Two singles in chronological order).

Since Lena’s write-up of “Someone Else’s Baby” says everything that I could wish to say about it – and at more length and with more eloquence besides – I hope she will forgive me for lifting a lengthy extract.

“John Barry did the arrangements for this song and their pizzicato insouciance is miles away from the four-square hog-calling no-need-for-microphones from the previous decade. Faith sings this song with a grin in his voice and a very Buddy Holly “bayyyyehby” on his mind (not to mention his pronunciation). Lyrics like “I wonder who’s in the loveseat/Who’s got a heartbeat, like thunder” sounds as if Meatloaf is just around the corner; “If I acted bad/I could steal his fairy queen” on the other hand, is just so English as to be nearly a cliche. It’s a song about wanting another guy’s girl, stealing her practically from his arms – being a cad or a knave, at the least, but Faith makes it sound as if he just can’t help himself and is going to be a love opportunist and have his tryst in his lovenest (or backseat) because he can’t resist the idea of doing the act in the first place. Would Cliff ever be so bold?”

According to BBC4’s archive clip compilation Prog at the BBC, The Moody Blues cobbled together “Question” – the second biggest hit of their career – from the fragments of two other songs which they didn’t know how to finish. This makes for a peculiar structure, as the opening section gives way to a slower passage that you think is going to be an early middle eight, but which turns out to form the bulk of the track. This eventually segues into a reprise of the introduction, so that you’re left with a kind of ballad sandwich, bookended by a protest song.

While this kind of approach can sometimes yield amazing results – “A Day In The Life” springs immediately to mind – “Question” strikes me as a somewhat awkward marriage. Although they share a similar air of doe-eyed, abstracted profundity, the two sets of lyrics don’t fully hang together. If this was an attempt to fuse the political (the opening and closing sections are said to reference the war in Vietnam) with the personal (could the singer be another returning soldier, mourning the loss of his comrades and searching for new meaning in his life?), then perhaps it would have benefited from being less self-consciously “deep and meaningful”. But that’s 1970 all over for you: an era of earnest if well-intentioned overreach, easy to mock with hindsight. Hell, at least they were trying.

Paul McCartney was always fond of his whimisical little genre excursions. A year earlier, on “Goodnight Tonight”, his acoustic-led disco-tinged dabblings had resulted in one of my favourite Wings singles – but as with Hot Chocolate and David Essex before him, the funky disco-pop of “Coming Up” doesn’t quite match up to my memories. Still, John Lennon was reportedly sufficiently inspired by it to come out of retirement and commence work on Double Fantasy, so perhaps I’m being a little harsh.

The track’s light-hearted silliness is emphasised by its video, in which Paul variously impersonates Buddy Holly, Ginger Baker, Andy Mackay, Frank Zappa, Ron Mael and his early Sixties self. In the US, radio stations seized upon its live flipside, which topped the Billboard charts in June. But it’s the studio version which we shall be voting on today.

So unenamoured was I of Alannah Myles‘s sole UK hit, that I never twigged until a couple of weeks ago that “Black Velvet” was in fact a tribute to Elvis Presley. As tributes go, there have been far worse – I still shudder at the memory of Danny Mirror’s 1977 cash-in job, for instance – but “Black Velvet” still strikes me as little more than hack-work, offering scant insight.

“Every word of every song that he sang was for you”, she claims, over an agreeably swampy, bluesy backing that reminds me of contemporaneous offerings by Robbie Robertson and Daniel Lanois. My co-workers at the time thought this was great, and I remember a copy of Alannah’s album being passed between them – but then, we never agreed on much.

Poor old Craig David. Before Leigh Francis turned him into a national laughing stock, he enjoyed a brief period as UK Garage’s golden boy, hoovering up critical acclaim and commercial success alike (and being snubbed at the 2001 Brits for his troubles, despite being nominated in six categories). “Fill Me In” was composed and produced by The Artful Dodger, whose “Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)” launched David’s career. It’s a showy yet easy-going affair, blending skittering cross-rhythms with laidback acoustic guitar, and giving David the best possible platform from which to showcase his talents.

Dazzled by his dexterity – the ease, the flow, the effortless discipline of it all – we thought we were witnessing the birth of a major new force. Little did we know that in ten years’ time, he would be flogging a collection of over-familiar soul covers (“with a modern twist”), but them’s the breaks. Poor old Craig David!

Intially, having adored “Mama (Loves A Crackhead)” from 2006, I wasn’t too sure about Plan B‘s relaunch as a pop artist – but once I’d got past the post-Winehouse/Ronson retro-tinged leanings and the oh-oh-oh-oh-OHs, and started homing in on the sparingly constructed courtroom mini-drama of “She Said”, all remaining doubts melted away. Shamefully, Radio 2 have been playing an edit of this track which dispenses with the crucial central rap, without which the song is rendered meaningless. (They’ve been doing the same with the current Keane single, snipping out K’Naan’s rap so as not to scare their listeners with anything so dangerously modern.) But once the rap is factored back into the equation, we’re left with a brilliantly told tale of obsession and recrimination, that casts Plan B’s “Strickland Banks” character as the victim of a spurned and vengeful fan, pleading his innocence in the witness box as the pressures mount up against him. I particularly love the way that the arrangement of the refrain gathers in oppressive intensity as the track progresses, leaving in you in little doubt as to the verdict.

Over to you, then. I’m hoping for a strong showing for our two most recent decades, who could do with a boost as we enter the final stages – but you may well have other plans. Listen carefully, and vote wisely!

Comments

  1. 1
    Mike Atkinson on 31 May 2010 #

    FINAL SCORES:
    160 points: Plan B – She Said
    134 points: Paul McCartney – Coming Up
    116 points: The Moody Blues – Question
    116 points: Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
    103 points: Craig David – Fill Me In
    85 points: Adam Faith – Someone Else’s Baby

    My votes:
    6 points: Plan B – She Said
    5 points: Craig David – Fill Me In
    4 points: The Moody Blues – Question
    3 points: Paul McCartney – Coming Up
    2 points: Adam Faith – Someone Else’s Baby
    1 point: Alannah Myles – Black Velvet

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    lonepilgrim on 31 May 2010 #

    With the exception of Mr Faith – a marked improvement on some of the previous entries
    6 points: Alannah Myles
    this may be bad for me – but I can’t resist – escapist joy
    5 points: Plan B
    I like the production: faux-retro – I like the lyrics – I’m not so impressed by his falsetto
    4 points: The Moody Blues
    the opening thrash is magnificent with pounding percussion, ringing chords and profound lyrics – the second part is pleasant but lacks the drama of the intro
    3 points: Paul McCartney
    ridiculously catchy – the video and performance is a little too pleased with itself
    2 points: Craig David
    I respect the man’s talent – it’s a pretty tune – but a little too smooth for my taste
    1 point: Adam Faith
    a pale imitation of Buddy Holly – drained of power and passion

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    grange85 on 31 May 2010 #

    Rather love that Adam Faith song – the silly enunciation and the fantastic arrangement all add to it. Love also The Moody Blues track – not something I ever thought I’d write down. I’m a big fan of Macca, even the ones that others hate (I was one of the few who stuck up for Mull of Kintyre on Popular) but Coming Up does test my Macca love – mostly because of that awfully dated arrangement… Black Velvet is pretty grim. I quite like the arrangement of the Craig David song but can’t like the vocal at all. And Plan B is another vocal I’m struggling with but I still rather like the song…

    6 points – Adam Faith
    5 points – The Moody Blues
    4 points – Plan B
    3 points – Paul McCartney
    2 points – Craig David
    1 point – Alannah Myles

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    Lionel d'Lion on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – The Moody Blues
    5 points – Alannah Myles
    4 points – Plan B
    3 points – Paul McCartney
    2 points – Craig David
    1 point – Adam Faith

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    lockedintheattic on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Plan B. Loved the old him, love the new style too (especially as we still get to hear him rapping in the middle). I read somewhere that next up for him is a reggae album, which would be interesting.
    5 – Alannah Myles
    4 – Paul McCartney
    3 – Moody Blues
    2 – Adam Faith
    1 – Craig David – I’m not sure why I loathe this one so much, I just do.

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    intothefireuk on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 Moody Blues – Prog-lite with a nice raw drum sound and thrashing acoustic guitars. A pretty effective muse on the pointlessness of war.
    5 Alannah Myles – Fairly straight forward rawk song but with added gusto.
    4 Plan B – Would have scored higher if it didn’t have his crappy rap in the middle. Just don’t see the point.
    3 Paul Macca – Fairly mediocre offering with an annoying video to boot.
    2 Adam Faith – Excruciating vocal ticks but quite funny as well.
    1 Craig David – Just excruciating vocal ticks.

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    Billy Smart on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Paul McCartney – Always find the excitement of this sustains and builds. And his attempt to ingratiate himself with the Glasgow crowd (“Woo hoo! Kenny Dalglish!”) makes me laugh.

    5 – Adam Faith – Song + Super John Barry arrangement + distinctive delivery = Pop topper!

    4 – Plan B – This retro soul thing really grates with me, but it is a remarkable song.

    3 – Craig David – Interesting arrangement/ trying singer

    2 – Alannah Myles – Dreary “classy” stuff

    1 – Moody Blues – Stodgy. Pub philosophers. Encapsulates what I dislike about late sixties rock.

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    Amanda S on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 Points: Plan B – Destined to be one of the more memorable singles of the year
    5 Points: The Moody Blues – Great song which would be much better with good production
    4 Points: Paul McCartney – OK
    3 Points: Adam Faith – Who’d want a buyby? Only putting it above the other two for its retro ridiculousness.
    2 Points: Craig David – Boring
    1 Points: Alannah Myles – Humdrum

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    David Belbin on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 Moody Blues – my first exposure to this group and the only one of their records I’ve ever owned (not any more, mind, I just looked)
    5 Plan B – Glad you came round to this
    4 Paul McC – pleasant enough
    3 Adam Faith – a friend of mine wrote the play that gave him his acting break
    2 Craig David
    1 Alannah Myles – even the bottom two aren’t bad this time

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    punctum on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 points: Plan B – can’t think of anything to add to Mike’s fine summary.
    5 points: Paul McCartney – sparky, lively, Glasgow; bless him.
    4 points: Craig David – comments under Popular embargo.
    3 points: Moody Blues – comments on song and parent album can be found here.
    2 points: Alannah Myles – superior Can Con pop-blues although fellow Canadians the Cowboy Junkies might have something to say about the melody.
    1 points: Adam Faith – nothing to add to what L has already said (and to which Mike has kindly linked).

    None of these records is poor, which makes a happy contrast with, for example, the number 6s.

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    taDOW on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6 – paul mccartney
    5 – moody blues
    4 – craig david
    3 – plan b
    2 – adam faith
    1 – alannah myles

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    JonnyB on 1 Jun 2010 #

    Oh golly this is getting better and better.

    6 – Paul McCartney. Thank you – I do recall the video from first time round, but had no idea at the time that he was impersonating people. I seem to think that at the time I also had no idea that he was in the Beatles. Love this. And I will join grange85 in sticking up for Mull of Kintyre as well, although I am by no means a McCartney groupie.

    5 – The Moody Blues. Pub philosophers, yes. But I’m much more of a music than a lyrics person, so this doesn’t put me off too much, and I’ve always loved the attack of the first section.

    4 – Plan B. When the modern/old fashioned blend works, it really works. One that we’ll think of fondly in twenty years.

    3 – Alannah. Oh God there’s some soul searching going on here. I don’t like it, but being frank with myself a lot of the reasons for that aren’t the song’s fault. It would be dishonest of me to put it last, where it might well belong.

    2 – Adam. Likewise, Adam pays the price for my horror of Light-Programme flourishes on pop music. Sorry – I can’t see through them. In a weaker selection I may have been tempted to look harder.

    1 – Craig. Oh Craig – I was right all along. I wondered why I couldn’t see what everybody else saw. I suspect it was because it wasn’t there.

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    jeff w on 1 Jun 2010 #

    “Coming Up” is sooo underrated. Funny, hooky, brilliantly arranged, I often put this on unlabelled mixtapes for friends. Three other solid tunes here, and no real clunkers.

    6pts – Macca
    5pts – Plan B
    4pts – Moody Blues
    3pts – Craig David
    2pts – Alannah
    1pt – Adam Faith

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    Lena on 1 Jun 2010 #

    Firstly, thanks for the kind words and quote, Mike! The next entry will be coming up (har) tomorrow…

    Now then, this is getting interesting!

    6 – Plan B – in the great sucking vaccuum that is the lack of La Winehouse, Plan B has more than come up with the goods – this bugged me at first, but seeing him do it live on tv convinced me…
    5 – McCartney was clearly on something for this, I think he was doing New Pop personally, and the live version (the one I know best) is great as well…
    4 – Aw I LOVE songs that are clearly sandwiches, two songs stuck together for no other reason than it can be done. This is an infinite loop, the question being asked and love being the question and the answer but where is the love, repeat as necessary…
    3 – Craig David – Yeah, whatever DID happen to him? Was he always a Tory?
    2 – Alannah – You kinda sorta had to be on the Toronto scene to know that La Myles worked her way up, performing her own songs (and when being called on it, saying they were INXS ones) and being the flipside to bands like Fifth Column (Toronto riotgrrl before the name) and other bad-girl types lurking about Queen St. West. Cheesy, but then I like cheese…
    1 – Adam – Oh, I wish I could give him more! SO unabashed and eyebrow-raisingly innocent….

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    Steve Mannion on 1 Jun 2010 #

    6: Paul McCartney – Presumably a poor recording on the clip but sounds like a nice tight affair and the falsetto/helium effect is equidistant between inspired and irritating, without being humdrum.

    5: Craig David – Decent solo debut from the beleaguered singer seemingly deemed too smooth for the sustained success many hoped or expected of him. Instead of modern but authentic British R&B we now get retro mediocrity in its place. As dull as Craig could be I don’t think this was really what singles like ‘Fill Me In’ were supposed to herald.

    4: The Moody Blues – Sounds strained on the clip but propels fairly well.

    3: Plan B – Dislike this staid post-Ronson re-invention of the man and I don’t think his singing voice is really up to it. As with Daniel Merriweather there’s a big question wrt how these guys get the gravy over countless guys (not just black singers) who could do it as well if not better. But irrespective of that this is just a dull dimension of pop soul.

    2: Alannah Myles – Polished doomy country rock I deemed deathly dull at the time – now just indifferent. Might have preferred it if it was about 20bpm faster tho.

    1: Adam Faith – Difficult to appreciate his affectations here, they just seems annoying and un-necessary. Shame as the backing is decent enough if typical.

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    thefatgit on 1 Jun 2010 #

    Getting down to the nitty-gritty:

    6 points-Plan B
    5 points-Alannah Myles
    4 points-The Moody Blues
    3 points-Craig David
    2 points-Macca
    1 point-Adam Faith

    Starting with Adam, we have brit-Buddy lightweight smiling bastard pop where the protagonist comes along in his Humber Snipe and steals your girl from right under your nose, leaving you with a grudge and a Ford Popular Plus with an empty petrol tank. Smiling bastard!
    Paul McCartney’s Coming Up in a kiddies ballpool filled with squeaky dog toys.
    KEEEEERRRRRRAAAAAAIIIG DAAAAVID! Teenage lovers can’t get it on in his parent’s gaff. AFAIK in his teens, he was a tubby little shit from Southampton who was crap at sports. Not under my roof Sunshine!
    Question bounces along quite nicely then morphs into a prog-showtune. Earnest if a little self-conscious, but laden with happy memories.
    Black Velvet could be classed as a personal pleasure. That “sun is settin’ like molasses in the sky” line is wonderfully evocative. Country rock from Canada never sounded so sweet.
    The six points I proudly award to Plan B. I don’t care if it’s “post Ronson”! I’m loving this marriage of Camden Soul and Grimepop.

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    Z on 1 Jun 2010 #

    An interesting selection. First place was clear, but the next three shifted with each hearing.
    6 points – Plan B – Memorable.
    5 points – Adam Faith – I really expected to be vastly irritated by this, but found myself reluctantly entertained instead.
    4 points – Paul McCartney -It’s relentlessly jolly. I’d have to be in the right mood.
    3 points – Moody Blues – Started well but that middle section went on a bit.
    2 point – Alannah Myles – I can see why people like this, though it doesn’t hit the spot for me. It’s of its type and not the best example.
    1 point -Craig David – Competent.

  18. 18
    pink champale on 2 Jun 2010 #

    6 plan b – this is incredible. cannot get enough of his not quite right falsetto and sweaty-bloke-from-the-mincab-office-who-might-just lose-it-at-any-second-and-start-smashing-his-head-against the-wall look.
    5 craig – a good fifty percent of the UKG songs i remember seem to be in this top ten. still slippery and smooth. smarmy and dull thundering ever closer though.
    4 macca – oddly reminiscent of ‘life’s been good’ by joe walsh
    3 adam – i’ve just had a blinding insight (which may or may have been someone else’s insight first) on his accent. it’s not an attempt to sound like buddy holly is it?
    2 moodys – a bad song giving way to an even worse one
    1 alannah – god this is horrible.

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    johnnyo on 2 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – Macca – genius song from a genius album.
    5 points – Alannah – don’t know why, but it works.
    4 points – Adam – intriguing.
    3 points – Craig David – never could dislike this one.
    2 points – Plan B – not bad, may improve upon further listens.
    1 point – Moodys – ugh.

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    DietMondrian on 2 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Paul McCartney – this towers above everything else here. I’d be happy to never hear any of the others again.
    5 – Plan B
    4 – Moody Blues
    3 – Craig David
    2 – Alannah Myles
    1 – Adam Faith

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    Rachiesparrow on 3 Jun 2010 #

    6pts – Alannah Myles – I loved this!
    5pts – Plan B
    4pts – Craig David
    3pts – Paul McCartney
    2pts – Moody Blues
    1pt – Adam Faith. What the hell is he saying? Urrrrrgh.

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    Erithian on 3 Jun 2010 #

    Wow, a tough one for all the right reasons, by far the strongest round so far.

    6 pts: 1990 Alannah Myles – the vocal, the bassline, the languor of the Southern heatwave, “the Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell” – this is pure aural sex! Terrific vocal performance, comes closer than any straight-up tribute could to capturing the appeal of its subject. I’d forgotten how much I liked this. (And no thanks at all Mike for reminding me of the abysmal Danny Mirror)

    5 pts: 1980 Paul McCartney – sprightly and a lot of fun, though perhaps a minute or so too long. The video was fantastic – did you spot the band name on the bass drum, “The Plastic Macs”? He was only 37 and a major figure in musical history, but wore it so lightly – at the time, of course, all his former bandmates were still with us.

    4 pts: 1970 Moody Blues – the song is like a cut-and-shut at a dubious used car lot, except that it works quite well. Have to admire its ambition, no matter how dated the lyrics may seem now. Incidentally, the video you linked to doesn’t include the reprise, cutting off at 4:01. This link, although it’s not actually a video, finishes off the sandwich: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBsdHoTdOmc&feature=related

    3 pts: 2010 Plan B – saw him on Later and was favourably impressed. The Streets meet Amy Winehouse, down to the reference to the Zutons’ “Valerie” in the middle of the rap. Not quite in the Kelis class, but a league ahead of most of the rest of 2010 and would have scored higher in most other rounds.

    2 pts: 1960 Adam Faith – John Barry’s little quiver on the strings is a winner, but the vocal tic first used to profitable effect on “What Do You Want?” is overused here. The song is a bit lightweight, and it’s the old story of finding a formula that works and flogging it to death. It had made him a best-seller the previous Christmas but soon the law of diminishing returns would kick in. “Millennium Prayer” notwithstanding, this was exactly replicated by…

    1 pt: 2000 Craig David – a well above average vocalist dragged down by the genre he chose to operate in. Not a bad song essentially, but the 2step thing had no appeal for me whatsoever.

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    wichita lineman on 3 Jun 2010 #

    6 Adam Faith – classic polite English boy on the make. He wants to steal someone’s girl but, gosh, it really isn’t his fault is it? Tries to make amends by describing her as a “fairy queen”! The nerve! John Barry and Adam Faith made the most distinctively British pop records of the era and this is my favourite.

    5 Moody Blues – starting to dig into their catalogue by ignoring the artwork and pretending each album is by an obscure one-shot band on Deram. This I’ve always loved, in the same way I love Barry Ryan’s multipart Eloise. Winning bombast that suggests a singer on horseback.

    4 Paul McCartney – never quite got its huge appeal. It sounds a lot like the wiry discoid Whatever Gets You Thru The Night which might explain John Lennon’s affection for it. Very fond of McCartney II, and much prefer the second 45 Waterfalls to this.

    3 Craig David – no Re Rewind or Moving Too Fast but I like the girl group-styled narrative of this and Seven Days.

    2 Plan B – ok, kinda, and catchy enough, but isn’t the Ronson thing played out? The sound of 2006? Just not doing anything for me right now.

    1 Alannah Myles – aside from the quirky “if you please” chorus pay off, this is like wading through a swamp

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    Ben on 4 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Alannah Myles – one of my favourite songs ever
    5 – Plan B
    4 – Craig David
    3 – Moody Blues
    2 – Adam Faith
    1 – Paul McCartney

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    Erithian on 4 Jun 2010 #

    Just to note for posterity, in respect of #18 above, that the reference to a “sweaty bloke from the minicab office who might just lose it at any second” was made several hours BEFORE an eerily similar and horrific scenario was played out in Cumbria…

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    Tom on 4 Jun 2010 #

    6 – CRAIG DAVID – Still like this a lot, the blue-balled urgency of teenage nookie rendered somewhat classier than it actually is.
    5 – MCCARTNEY – Like Mike said, never as good as you think it is but it shows two of his most endearing sides – chipperness and a willingness to give new things a shot – very well.
    4 – PLAN B – Doesn’t do a great deal for me.
    3 – MOODY BLUES – Ditto.
    2 – ALANNAH – Gawd that k-dunk k-dunk rhythm turns the song into a bore.
    1 – ADAM FAITH – Well done Lena for giving this one a fair shake so we don’t have to :)

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    Martin Skidmore on 4 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Plan B
    5 – Adam Faith
    4 – Alannah Myles
    3 – Craig David
    2 – Moody Blues
    1 – Paul McCartney
    Another set I am not terribly keen on, though even the worst isn’t so bad.

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    Nick P on 4 Jun 2010 #

    Well, that’s something of a better selection.

    6 points – Paul McCartney
    5 points – Alannah Myles. Power ballad gold.
    4 points – Adam Faith (I never really realised before that every song of Faith’s SOUNDS EXACTLY THE SAME)
    3 points – Moody Blues
    2 points – Plan B
    1 point – Craig David

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 6 Jun 2010 #

    6 f0r Plan B – She Said
    5 for Adam Faith – Someone Else’s Baby
    4 for Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
    3 for Paul McCartney – Coming Up

    2 for The Moody Blues
    1 for Craig David – Fill Me In

    McCartney: “You want a friend who’ll stick around” — good line to sing in a video where you play all the other characters yourself. Boy this is trebly, though: is that an artefact of hooky repro?
    Myles: this is also a Joan Jett song.
    CG: I want to like him much more than I ever do; there’s something about his buzzy breathy never-quite-involved-ness that’s more smug than it should be. All talent no ground.
    Plan B: I shall stop voting 2010 better than the rest when it stops being better than the rest. Blimes.

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    RobMiles on 6 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Alannah Myles
    5 – Craig David. Think the melody’s good, but don’t like lyric.
    4 – Paul McCartney
    3 – Plan B
    2 – Moody Blues
    1 – Adam Faith. I find the vocal inflections irritating.

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    asta on 6 Jun 2010 #

    6 pts- Plan B- This singer is new to me and I like…a lot. The song, the arrangement and the way the outcome is hinted at but left unresolved. Yes.

    5pts- Craig David- I wonder if he’d have had a better career if he’d just made the move stateside. I particularly like how the syncopation works as a reflection of the young lovers’ fear of discovery.

    4 pts- I’ve never been a fan. This is chirpy light fun. Linda sticks out like a gorky toy. Still- it’s perky. Yep. That’s about it.

    3 pts- Moody Blues- I love the guitars. I remember playing this and lifting the needle when it got to the ballad. As a two-song combination it fails.

    2 pts- Alannah- Poor Alannah. This is essentially her only song– the only thing she’ll be remembered for aside from that white shirt and chaps outfit. She picked up quite a few fans with that gear.

    1 pt- Adam Faith- What the hell is a bay-boy? I mean I know what a Bay Boy is, but he can’t been singing about a Glace Bay son.

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    Al Ewing on 8 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – Plan B. I like a track with a story to it, and this one’s got a nice noir tinge to it.

    5 points – Alannah Myles. Hot and sleazy sounding. Almost a cliche, but still potent.

    4 points – Craig David. Quite innocent compared to these two, and this time it factored against him.

    3 points – Paul McCartney. Macca goes funk with mixed results. I’m glad I didn’t watch the video.

    2 points – Adam Faith. Pleasant in tone, hiding some backstabby words. This is what the Four Tops tried to warn us about.

    1 point – Moody Blues. Turning into a different song a bit of the way in is a risky strategy at the best of times.

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    Clair on 8 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – Alannah Myles
    5 points – Plan B
    4 points – Adam Faith
    3 points – Moody Blues
    2 points – Paul McCartney
    1 point – Craig David

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    Tom Lawrence on 9 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – Craig David (sometimes I feel like the only person still willing to admit that I like him)
    5 points – Plan B (mostly for the video but still)
    4 points – Alannah Myles (just one of those inextricable things)
    3 points – Adam Faith – his voice is kind of funny
    2 points – Moody Blues – meh
    1 point – Paul McCartney – (just… what?)

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    sarlitchin on 10 Jun 2010 #

    6 points – Plan B
    5 points – Alannah Myles
    4 points – Craig David
    3 points – McCartney
    2 point – Moody Blues
    1 point – Adam Faith

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