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A Great Philosopher (DR ALBAN – “It’s My Life”)
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(Reached #2, September 1992)
In Britain, Alban Uzoma Nwapa was known for two things. This song was one of them. The other was his dental practice – teeth had brought him to live in Sweden, and music paid the dentistry school bills. A dip into G[…]

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My Thoughts Big I Just Can’t Define (THE VERVE – “Bitter Sweet Symphony”)
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(Reached #2, June 1997)
One of the repeating themes in British indie music is bands hitting the rocks because the guitarist and singer can’t work together. The Smiths, The House Of Love, The Stone Roses, Suede, The Verve – for a decade some of th[…]

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All one can do is die (CRASH TEST DUMMIES – “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”)
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(#2 in April 1994)
Fortune is the issue here: the blind bad luck of the song’s kid subjects, the random chance of us ever hearing about them. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” is a fluke, but a fluke brought forth from a particular moment, the end of the alt-r[…]

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It’s A Day For Catching Sun (LOUCHIE LOU AND MICHIE ONE – “Shout”)
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Less Popular is an occasional series where I write about hits that didn’t get to #1. It’s made possible by the Patreon – thanks to all my patrons.
Popular’s actual coverage of the ’93 Summer Of Ragga suffers a bit from the Numbe[…]

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In These Old Familiar Rooms (THE EAGLES – “Hotel California”)
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(Reached #8 in May 1977)
A byword for monolithic biggitude in their homeland, The Eagles never came close to a Number One in Britain. They did a solid trade in LPs, but they’re one of those groups who kept finding a ready British audience for “Gr[…]

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