May 20

The People’s Pop Poll: Day 5

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These are the groups for Day 5 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 5:

JOHNNY NASH – “I Can See Clearly Now”: Career-defining 1972 hit for the American soul and reggae singer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FscIgtDJFXg

PRINCE – “Kiss”: Blockbuster hit from the funk and pop overlord’s 1986 LP Parade, covered by Tom Jones (among others). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9tEvfIsDyo

SISQO – “The Thong Song”: Global signature hit for the Baltimore R&B singer, from his debut LP Enter The Dragon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oai1V7kaFBk 

TLC – “Waterfalls”: Grammy-winning single from the R&B trio’s enormous 1994 CrazySexyCool album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4

Division 2 GROUP 5:

BUZZCOCKS – “Ever Fallen In Love”: 1978 hit for the Mancunian punks-turned-new-wavers, probably their most famous tune. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=51OB2YoC4sg

IGGY POP – “Lust For Life”: 1977 Bowie co-write from the leathery rocker’s LP of the same name. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jQvUBf5l7Vw

KATE BUSH – “Cloudbusting”: 1985 Wilhelm Reich-themed single from the English pop visionary’s Hounds Of Love. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pllRW9wETzw

SUZANNE VEGA – “Luka”: This 1987 single about an abused child remains the folk rocker’s biggest worldwide hit. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VZt7J0iaUD0

Division 3 GROUP 5:

ANNIE – “Heartbeat”: Critically acclaimed dancefloor romance hit for the from-Norway singer. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f9Wf46tLonM

GIRLS ALOUD – “Call The Shots”: Popjustice £20 Music Prize winning single from the reality show stars’ 2007 Tangled Up. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QPWUyAZZfK0

KYLIE MINOGUE – “Your Disco Needs You”: The lack of a single release for this 2000 stomper from the Australian songstrel prompted protests outside her record company. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iqtzMue6Izw

LOUISA JOHNSTON – “So Good”: 2016 hit single from the big-voiced 2015 X-Factor winner. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=svhGUlB9V5U

Division 4 GROUP 5:

THE BELOVED – “The Sun Rising”: Sleepy-eyed chillout pop from London indie band who jumped the acid house train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiO28EzXZjU

THE ORB – “Little Fluffy Clouds”: Rickie Lee James-sampling nephophiliac ambient dub hit from the cosmically inclined electronic stoners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ecdn5SGT1E

SAINT ETIENNE – “Nothing Can Stop Us”: Optimistic 1991 hit from Croydon’s pop gurus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDrZ2Ln6aBE

THE STREETS – “Weak Become Heroes”: Rave memories explored in the Birmingham rapper’s 2002 single from his Original Pirate Material set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMAVR4AId1g

Division 5 GROUP 5:

NEW ORDER – “1963”: 1987 B-Side for the Factory Records legends which achieved a rare promotion to single status in 1995. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SofZHE0jBRI

PROPAGANDA – “Dr Mabuse”: Debut 1984 single for the German synth group, based on the 1922 Fritz Lang movie about a demonic criminal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHKm4mLTLs8

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – “Dazzle”: 1984 hit for the goth icons from their LP Hyaena. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZrCzTgUe2M

STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE – “Since Yesterday”: Signature song by the polka-dotted Scottish synth-pop duo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7QPBzAJ_io

Division 6 GROUP 5:

A GUY CALLED GERALD – “Voodoo Ray”: 1988 acid house classic from the Manchester producer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvqSnSSF2i4

GARY CLAIL – “Human Nature”: Socially conscious banger from the On-U Sound System stalwart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56O1XVmEwEU

McALMONT – “Unworthy”: Romantic 1994 dreampop from the British soul singer’s early days in indie band Thieves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-FfY_XTn0w

SAINT ETIENNE – “Avenue”: 1992 epic single from the pop connoisseurs’ So Tough LP, a reminiscence of a love affair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05qHruTmb8


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    Tom on 11 May 2020 #

    Results! Group 1 – Prince (48%) and TLC (29%) qualified. Never in serious doubt – one of those tracks which is likely to dominate any first round group it’s put in. TLC’s easy second place showing was also not much of a surprise, though I wondered if Jamiroquai might eat into the mid-90s nostalgia vote (it was the other way around, if anything). Sad departure for Johnny Nash, a wonderful track that would have done better in a lower division against other soul standards but whose high streams made it difficult to place.

    Group 2 – Buzzcocks (35%) and Kate Bush (30%) made it to Round 2. Definitely the group that’s generated the most howls on Twitter, as “Lust For Life” and “Luka” would both have been competitive in a lot of other heats. That said, the actual results weren’t particularly close – there was a six point gap between Kate and Iggy.

    Group 3 – Annie (44%) and Girls Aloud (32%) qualified. An easy win for Annie, easier indeed than I would have predicted – lots of fond memories there. Girls Aloud have performed OK in the polls so far but Kylie has been a regular contender, so I was expecting a tighter battle for second here – it wasn’t to be. And X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson got stomped a bit, which is a shame – it’s not a bad record, but its stream totals probably pushed it into a higher group than it could handle (as with Johnny Nash).

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    Tom on 11 May 2020 #

    Group 4 – Saint Etienne (37%) and The Orb (34%) qualified. Thematically, one of the groups I was most pleased with – three 1990 semi-dance classics and a 2003 semi-garage song wistful about those days. In terms of outcomes, though, it was less satisfying as both The Beloved and The Streets songs are great. But so are the tracks which made it through.

    Group 5 – New Order (30%) and Strawberry Switchblade (29%) got through. This one was brutal – it was clear quite early on that the three goth or goth-adjacent tracks were pulling votes away from one another and New Order would get through. (It’s a decent New Order track but not – in my view! – top-rank). Heartbreaking to lose Siouxsie, that era of her stuff is a phenomenal singles run.

    Group 6 – A Guy Called Gerald (47%) and Saint Etienne (37%) survive. Fourth-placed McAlmont was a makeweight here, added by me to get the initial tracks up to 192 (what a great song though!). But I wasn’t expecting “Voodoo Ray” and “Avenue” to dominate over Gary Clail’s “Human Nature” to the extent they did – I guess the theatrics of the latter haven’t aged as well? (Or maybe it just doesn’t get played anywhere) I can’t actually complain about these two getting through though.

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