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AdamAdministrator
(eden but no sham)
04/28/06 02:14 PM
The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever new  

Perhaps you missed it but the March 2006 issue of Mojo had a special on The Kinks (and a CD bonus of people doing Ray Davies / Kinks songs).

The magazine also had an article/list named "Beyond Waterloo: The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever". The premise was that they took 1967 as year zero (the release Of Waterloo Sunset) and only one track per artist was allowed and it had to be decidedly British!

Here is what they came up with (in chronological order):

• The Beatles – Penny Lane – 1967
• Small Faces – Itchycoo Park - 1967
• Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne – 1967
• Cat Stevens – Matthew And Son - 1967
• Kaleiderscope – Mr Small The Watch Repairer Man - 1967
• Keith West – Excerpt From A Teenage Opera – 1967
• Van Morrison – Madame George – 1968
• The Pretty Things – Sf Sorrow Is Born – 1968
• The Bonzo Dog Band – The Pink Half Of The Drainpipe – 1968
• Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where The Time Goes – 1969
• Nick Drake – At The Chime Of The City Clock – 1970
• Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day – 1970
• Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes – 1972
• Clifford T Ward – Home Thoughts From Abroad – 1973
• Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) – 1973
• The Who – 5:15 – 1973
• Roy Harper – When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease – 1975
• Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen – 1977
• Ian Dury – Plaistow Patricia – 1977
• Television Personalities – Part-Time Punks – 1978
• Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights – 1978
• Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing – 1978
• Sham 69 – Hurry Up Harry – 1978
• Poet And The Roots – All We Doin’ Is Defendin’ – 1978
• Squeeze – Up The Junction – 1979
• The Clash – Something About England – 1980
• The Fall – English Scheme – 1980
• The Jam – That’s Entertainment – 1980
• The Specials – Ghost Town – 1981
• Madness – Our House – 1981
• Billy Bragg – A New England – 1983
• Elvis Costello – Shipbuilding – 1983
• Yeah Yeah Noh – There’s Another Side To Mrs Quill – 1985
• Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia – 1986
• The Smiths – Panic – 1986
• The Pogues – A Rainy Night In Soho – 1986
• Robert Wyatt – Pigs..(In There) – 1986
• Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday – 1988
• XTC – Chalkhils & Children – 1989
• The Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels – 1990
• The Ruthless Rap Assassins – And It Wasn’t A Dream – 1990
• Blur – For Tomorrow – 1993
• Saint Etienne – Hobart Paving – 1993
• Suede – The Wild Ones – 1994
• Pulp – Common People – 1995
• Roots Manuva – Witness (One Hope) – 2001
• The Libertines – Time For Heroes – 2003
• The Streets – Dry Your Eyes – 2004
• Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot – 2005
• Arctic Monkeys – A Certain Romance - 2006

• Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes – 1972
Flagging underground hipsters Mott were on the verge of splitting when their pal David Bowie - then still a one-hit wonder - suggested they record one of his songs in a bid to rejuvenate their fortunes. A rousing glam-pop anthem celebrating London's lurid lowlifes and outsiders (suicides-at-25, street girls, drag queens), Dudes was infused with an undertow of melancholy that perfectly captured the grubbiness that lay behind Britain's early '70s glitter: Mott scored a hit; Bowie soon became a glam star.



BOWIE DOWNUNDER

diamondogz74
(freecloud)
04/28/06 03:22 PM
Re: The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever [re: Adam]  

The Streets – Dry Your Eyes – 2004

I can't believe that crap made it to this chart


London Bye Ta-Ta...

jump93
(electric tomato)
04/28/06 07:43 PM
Re: The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever new [re: diamondogz74]  

Yeah and not one "Bowie" song in sight. Swizz!

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AdamAdministrator
(eden but no sham)
04/28/06 09:59 PM
The last truely British people, you will ever know new [re: jump93]  

Given that both a Morrissey song and a Smiths song is included, it seems plausible that another Bowie song (one sung by him) could have been selected in addition to 'All The Young Dudes'.

So which song do you think it should be?

BOWIE DOWNUNDER

th0mas
(acolyte)
04/29/06 08:43 AM
Re: The last truely British people, you will ever know new [re: Adam]  

Nomen est omen - Changes would be the typical magazine choice. Or perhaps the rather obvious Ashes To Ashes. But this list contains some rather sophisticated choices which are not necessarily the just greatest hits. So I would go for perhaps too unknown but recognized as a classic The Man Who Sold The World.



Come and buy my tanks

Edited by th0mas on 04/29/06 08:44 AM (server time).



russellmael
(crash course raver)
04/29/06 08:59 AM
Re: The last truely British people, you will ever know new [re: th0mas]  

But you see 'British tracks' ... Bowie's work usually says nothing about Britian.

Maid Of Bond Street.



diamondogz74
(freecloud)
04/29/06 09:02 AM
Re: The last truely British people, you will ever know new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

Which song should have it been?


The one that started it all...

Space Oddity


London Bye Ta-Ta...

jump93
(electric tomato)
04/29/06 04:20 PM
Re: The last truely British people, you will ever new [re: russellmael]  

Battle For Britain (The Letter)

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skellaway
(cracked actor)
04/29/06 06:34 PM
Re: The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever new [re: Adam]  

I notice that they threw Arctic Monkeys in there to be fresh and cool :-P
Most of these songs are sang with the 'English' cockney swagger!

"Droy your oys mate!"

"The sex is in the rhythm"

EJ
(byroad singer)
05/01/06 05:46 AM
Re: The 50 Greatest British Tracks Ever new [re: Adam]  

If there is anything typically British to be found in Bowie's work we should probably look at his Deram recordings. All else is not very british at all. How about "Come And Buy My Toys"?

And I want to believe that a light's shining through somehow



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