May 12


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Huge weepy thanks to Bob, Pete and Sarah for immortalising us in song. And thanks to commenters past and present for making it worth immortalising.


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    Alan not logged in on 21 May 2012 #

    Quite taken aback by this.

    Now how to hack http://freakytrigger.co.uk/populist/ to ignore this post ;-)

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    Chewshabadoo on 21 May 2012 #

    Pretty cool I must say.

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    Mike Atkinson on 21 May 2012 #

    Every scene needs its nabob! But what is this “touch me touch me” song? Sam Fox didn’t make Number One, and my memory banks are failing to provide a replacement.

    I’m seeing Saint Etienne in Sheffield tomorrow night, in the company of another occasional Popular commenter. This had better be in their set list! *hard stare*

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    swanstep on 21 May 2012 #

    Cool. I hear LCD Soundsystem’s Get Innocuous percolating throughout this track, but maybe it’s a common cause that I’m detecting (LCD have so many influences/sources, not all of which I’m sensitive to).

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    Tom on 21 May 2012 #

    #3 Mike – there’s a bunnyable candidate in 2001.

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    Baztech on 21 May 2012 #

    I’m young and thick, can someone explain this post. I only know of Saint Etienne…*hangs his head in shame* This new song of theirs sounds good though!

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    Tommy Mack on 21 May 2012 #

    That is a cool album sleeve! Hours of head-scratching pop-nerdism!

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    Tom on 21 May 2012 #

    #6 – Saint Etienne are a top pop beat combo. This new song “Popular” is about the blog you’re reading. (And namechecks a few of its commenters!).

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    Izzy on 21 May 2012 #

    That’s beautiful, I feel personally touched (not mentioned). That it’s them at their best is the loveliest thing.

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    Mark G on 21 May 2012 #

    I think I’m mentioned! (blushing),

    but there are a few Marks. So, it’s all of us…

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    Mark G on 21 May 2012 #

    Funny, I was just reading about how Sarah lived in Old Windsor, I did as well, back in 1968 or so. Was wondering if she went to Clewer St Stephens school. I’d have been long gone by the time she did, mind..

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    The Clapton Pond Regeneration Project on 21 May 2012 #

    Mario’s Internet Café, innit.

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    cis logged out on 21 May 2012 #

    He’s On The Internet (Motiv8 Extended Mix)

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    lonepilgrim on 22 May 2012 #

    can we all be in the video?

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    punctum on 22 May 2012 #


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    ace inhibitor on 22 May 2012 #

    a ten, definitely. what do you mean its not got to no.1 yet?

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    punctum on 22 May 2012 #

    I should clarify that by “no” I mean me; I’ve never been in a video and don’t intend to start now.

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    Andrew F on 22 May 2012 #


    Also congratulations!

    Also crikey!

    … has St. Etienne done a List Song before?

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    punctum on 22 May 2012 #

    “Girl VII” from Foxbase Alpha.

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    pink champale on 22 May 2012 #

    hurrah for popular and hurrah for saint etienne!

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    Mark G on 22 May 2012 #

    Another StEt list song: “fake 88”

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    JimD on 22 May 2012 #

    The only thing that could make this more exciting would be the presence of a Tom Middleton mix of the same track on the bonus disc. HOLD ON! THAT’S HAPPENING TOO!

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    Mike Atkinson on 22 May 2012 #

    Popular is indeed part of the current set list, sources have confirmed. So tonight, when the lights are going down, I will surrender to the sound…

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 22 May 2012 #

    Do they play in masks with our faces on?

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    punctum on 22 May 2012 #

    Perhaps in some circumstances.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 22 May 2012 #

    Would Sarah do a homage to Mucky Sue, do you think?

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    lonepilgrim on 22 May 2012 #

    @26 – I think you might explode if she did

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    Jimmy the Swede on 22 May 2012 #

    Oh God yes, Pillers!

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    Tom on 22 May 2012 #

    Apologies for the lack of an actual Popular update by the way – discovered today my draft wasn’t saved (or autosaved) so a bunch of entries and notes have been atomised. My own fault alas – or else the CURSE OF THE TRIGGER*.

    I will redo them all of course but haven’t the heart to rewrite the TT/Lulu one right now.

    *Most notably, the first time we ever got a press mention – in Entertainment Weekly – the entire domain was hijacked by a porn site next day.

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    Mike Atkinson on 23 May 2012 #

    Here’s a brief clip of tonight’s performance in Sheffield. I didn’t record the whole song, because a) I preferred to be In The Moment and b) ecch, who wants to be that guy? Sadly, this means that I missed Sarah totally cracking up in verse 2, when she got to “Pete Baran”. Heaven knows why! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeRnfS7eohk

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