May 20

The People’s Pop Poll: Day 8

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These are the groups for Day 8 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 8:

BUGGLES – “Video Killed The Radio Star”: 1979 birth-of-video chart-topper from Trevor Horn’s art-pop project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8r-tXRLazs

DOLLY PARTON – “9 to 5”: Country superstar’s 1981 analysis of the relationship between labour and capital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxUSsFXYo4

PRINCE – “Raspberry Beret”: 1985 jam from the Paisley Park hitmaker’s Around The World In A Day LP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7vRSu_wsNc

TALKING HEADS – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”: This love song was a 1983 single for the post-punk outfit from their Speaking In Tongues LP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9gK2fOq4MY

Division 2 GROUP 8:

DAWN PENN – “No No No”: 1994 dancehall smash and comeback single for the veteran reggae singer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4vjVetZPpM

THE DIVINYLS – “I Touch Myself”: Self-pleasure anthem and 1991 worldwide hit from the Australian band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv-34w8kGPM

LEN – “Steal My Sunshine”: 1999 trip-pop monster hit from the Canadian five-piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1fzJ_AYajA

TASMIN ARCHER – “Sleeping Satellite”: Chart-topping 1992 debut from the Bradford singer-songwriter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOqVQPq8zm8

Division 3 GROUP 8:

THE B-52s – “Roam”: Top 10 US hit for the Athens, GA trash-culture mavericks from their 1989 LP Cosmic Thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNwC0sp-uA4

BECK – “Debra”: Live show-stopper and fan favourite for the LA multi-genre auteur from his 1999 set Midnite Vultures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL_9zWmDcjs

CHAIRLIFT – “Ch-Ching”: Single from Moth, the final LP by the Colorado indie synth-poppers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWSFlqBOgl8

JOHN GRANT – “GMF”: Fan favourite track from the critically acclaimed Denver singer-songwriter’s Pale Green Ghosts LP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekFWPsXXcg0

Division 4 GROUP 8:

KRAFTWERK – “Trans Europe Express”: Title-track from the Dusseldorf techno godfathers’ 1977 LP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exvmLfH6wRA

PET SHOP BOYS – “Left To My Own Devices”: 1989 single from the synth duo’s third LP Introspective, their first with an orchestra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed1tv_gCOUA

SAINT ETIENNE – “He’s On The Phone”: 1995 single from the London pop band, an adaptation of guest-star Etienne Daho’s “Week-End a Rome”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddr9EpezslU

VITALIC – “La Rock 01”: 2001 club anthem from the French dance music producer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGOaXphpT7w

Division 5 GROUP 8:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ft TOM MORELLO – “The Ghost Of Tom Joad (live)”: Live version of the title track to the New Jersey rocker’s 1995 LP, with guitar by Rage Against The Machine’s Morello. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzRbeHyIomk

MANDO DIAO – “Annie’s Angle”: Single from the Swedish indie rockers’ breakthrough 2004 LP Hurricane Bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8iXKYHSYVk

THE MEKONS – “Where Were You?”: Second single by the long-running punk/post-punk group, from 1978. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71s-T8oUTQs

SKUNK ANANSIE – “Yes It’s Fucking Political”: Keystone track from the British rockers’ 1996 second LP Stoosh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcaUer4fuU8

Division 6 GROUP 8:

ALEXEI SAYLE – “Ullo John Gotta New Motor?”: Cult 1982 single by the alternative comedy legend, not available on Spotify. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MqMZ6XqMfc

BERNARD CRIBBINS – “When I’m 64”: George Martin- produced Beatles cover by the much-loved English actor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTJlJ3ku3v4

THE CUBAN BOYS – “Cognoscenti Vs Intelligentsia”: John Peel favourite from 1999 sampling the then-popular Hamster Dance meme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXJ5oaU940U

MC PITMAN – “Witness The Pitness”: Roots Manuva answer record from the miner turned viral rap sensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkC45z4UXVc


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    jamesback on 26 May 2020 #
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    Ee on 1 Jun 2020 #

    Left to my own devices PSB is a genus rave classic. Loving the lyrics and attitude

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