May 20

The People’s Pop Poll: Day 3

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These are the groups for Day 3 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 3:

AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”: Classic single from the hard rockers’ LP of the same name, and once voted the 40th most Australian song of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l482T0yNkeo

BOB DYLAN – “Like A Rolling Stone”: A Billboard No.2 hit for the folkie-turned-rocker, and “the statistically most acclaimed song of all time”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwOfCgkyEj0

BOB MARLEY – “Redemption Song”: Poignant acoustic closer from 1980’s Uprising issued as a single by the Legend legend late that year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv5xonFSC4c

LYNYRD SKYNYRD – “Sweet Home Alabama”: Irate defense of the rock band’s home state, rated the “#1 Southern Rock song” of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MhOZt5-Jl8

Division 2 GROUP 3:

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – “All My Friends”: Brooding midlife electro ballad from the New York post-punk revivalists’ Sound Of Silver. Topped Pitchfork’s 2007 list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDRLW748j68

M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”: Clash-sampling hit single from the British rapper’s second album Kala which topped the 2008 Pazz and Jop poll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewRjZoRtu0Y

RADIOHEAD – “Pyramid Song”: Mingus-inspired smash from the Oxford innovators’ 2001 LP Amnesiac, rated the 59th best song of the decade by Pitchfork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M_Gg1xAHE4

THE WAR ON DRUGS – “Under The Pressure”: Motorik epic from the indie-rockers’ 2014 platter Lost In The Dream, rated the most acclaimed album of that year by Metacritic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkLOg252KRE 

Division 3 GROUP 2:

MERIDIAN DAN ft BIG H and JME – “German Whip”: 2013 grime track by the Tottenham MC and friends, in praise of high-end German cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHZRHEJHS2k

MISSY ELLIOT – “We Run This”: 2005 hit by the rap superstar, whose album version includes a “manicure interlude”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2oIhJG7rXA

ROOTS MANUVA – “Witness (1 Hope)”: Acclaimed 2001 single by the UK hip-hop act, supposedly based in part on the Doctor Who theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDWgtB_MD24

THREE 6 MAFIA – “Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)”: Electropop-infused 2008 single by the Tennessee hip-hop crew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDWgtB_MD24 

Division 4 GROUP 3:

CAN – “I Want More”: Unusual disco excursion for the krautrock band, which provided them with their biggest and indeed only hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yWItRfjg8w

DIANA ROSS – “Love Hangover (Special Disco Mix)”: 12” full length mix of the Supremes singer’s 1976 chart-topper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNt92c0OGN8

THE FLIRTATIONS – “Nothing But A Heartache”: Signature track by the South Carolina soul trio, has enjoyed a long dancefloor afterlife. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72mXxaHkHnE

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY – “Love Sensation”: Much-sampled 1980 disco classic written for the Salsoul star by Dan Hartman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKmw9UrX99s

Division 5 GROUP 3:

GRACE JONES – “Love Is The Drug”: Cover of the Roxy Music classic released as a single from the clubland legend’s Warm Leatherette LP in 1980. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdJiIP3KQfo

THE JAMMS – “It’s Grim Up North”: Municipally-themed single from the uncompleted LP The Black Room by this KLF alter-ego act. Not on Spotify. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwtSdJaPCSI

MALCOLM McLAREN – “Something’s Jumping In My Shirt”: From the pop provocateur’s ballroom-themed Waltz Darling LP, this Top 30 single also features model Lisa Marie on vocals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em5tC6WDpP8

MAN 2 MAN MEETS MAN PARRISH – “Male Stripper”: Hi-NRG duo Man 2 Man teams with electro producer Man Parrish in this steamy number. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9-xBZxqQi0

Division 6 GROUP 3:

BIG HARD EXCELLENT FISH – “Imperfect List Pt 1”: Scathing one-off single by artist Josie Jones and dancer Michael Clarke, with Andy Weatherall mixing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FuyCNb7P1E

GRACE PETRIE – “Black Tie”: Anti-transphobia lead single from the political folkie’s 2018 Queer As Folk LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzU7aIk1dGI

KATE TEMPEST – “A Hammer”: From the poet and performer’s Mercury-nominated Everybody Down song cycle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OjFHJeQzRM

LAURIE ANDERSON – “Poison”: From the New York artist and musician’s 1994 LP Bright Red and produced by Brian Eno. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lZ4pkFG4r8


  1. 1
    Tom on 9 May 2020 #

    Group 1 – Bob Dylan (41%) and AC/DC (29%) qualified. The main question in this group was whether Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” would get the momentum to get past other-Bob and the Ausralians – it couldn’t. I expected this most unabashedly rockist of groups to be closer at the top, though.

    Group 2 – M.I.A. (48%) and LCD Soundsystem (29%) qualified. Absolutely dominant win for “Paper Planes” in a group whose theme was ‘critically acclaimed 21st century tracks’. A shame “Pyramid Song”, the more interesting (dont @ me) of the two Radiohead tracks in the poll, didn’t put up a stronger showing.

    Group 3 – Missy Elliott (43%) and Roots Manuva (36%) got through. A severe drop in voting numbers for this group, which is a shame, but something I’ve noticed for other hip-hop centric groups too. Anyway, plenty of people still voted and got Missy and Roots through without too much difficulty despite a lobbying campaign on behalf of the excellent “German Whip”.

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    Tom on 9 May 2020 #

    Group 4 – Diana Ross (32%) and The Flirtations (24%) got through. The closest group of the day, with the two defeated tracks – Loleatta Holloway and Can – both at one point looking set to qualify. This was a particularly strong group, basically, and worked as intended (though Loleatta especially is a big loss to the poll.)

    Group 5 – Grace Jones (43%) and The JAMS (33%) qualified. A two-horse race, with a spirited showing for “Male Stripper” not enough to get near qualification. Three top-class tracks, though Grace Jones’ is probably the least idiosyncratic and it’s easy to see why it won.

    Group 6 – Laurie Anderson (35%) and Grace Petrie (24%) qualified. In a group made up of experimental and quite intense music it’s probably not surprising that the act with the biggest name recognition and the act with the strongest (perhaps only) tune made it out. But this was very close between Petrie, Kate Tempest and Big Hard Excellent Fish for most of the match. Personally, I was happy Grace Petrie got through (even though I nominated BHEF!) – not my favourite style of music but a strong polemical lyric.

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    koganbot on 13 May 2020 #

    Lynyrd Skynyrd are actually from Florida.

    “Like A Rolling Stone” organ player Al Kooper discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced their first three albums.

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