Earworms of the Week
10) "Suedehead (live)" - Morrissey
The version off the "Beethoven is Dead" album in particular, since you asked.
9) "Leningrad" - Billy Joel
I've unsurprisingly had a lot of Billy Joel songs in my head recently - what with the concert and with taking his Greatest Hits CD with me on holiday - but he's just great, isn't he? I've been singing this one (out loud) for most of the day today. At my desk.
Inevitably, it wasn't long before easily-infected Gareth was singing along too, and I'm not sure he is even familiar with it.
8) "Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)" - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
I knew the second that this popped on on my iPod the other day that this would be with me incessantly for most of the next couple of years. The only cure is probably to listen to the theme from Flashdance, but that's a solution that has flaws.
7) "Fallen Angel" - Elbow
I like Elbow. I bet you would too if you gave them a chance.
6) “Kirby’s House” - Razorlight
My favourite off the new album after one listen (and to be fair, I'd already heard this on "Help: A Day In The Life"). It's a pretty poppy album. I'm not sure I like it yet, but I'm seeing them live in a couple of months, and that will probably tell me for sure.
5) “You Got the Love” – The Source feat. Candi Statton
Sadly, I caught this on the radio this morning.
Fatal. I didn't stand a chance.
4) "Smile" - Lily Allen
I'm not firmly of the opinion that not only is this song annoying, but that Lily Allen is also a tedious, attention seeking little brat. It's not this week's comments about Madonna/James Blunt/lesbian trysts in Ibiza that annoyed me especially, it's just her general "rent-a-gob" persona generally. Her comments about Pete Doherty and heroin addiction were just ill-thought out rubbish said whilst trying to be controversial.
"I do think he has to be exterminated. It is a bit dull, isn't it? I've always been surrounded by smackheads anyway. It's like, 'get over it'."
Do us all a favour and shut up, you silly little girl.
And her dad. I can't stand her dad either.
3) "It's Beginning To Get To Me" - Snow Patrol
Because it's great.
2) "Harrowdown Hill" - Thom Yorke
I'm not sure what to make "The Eraser". On the whole I think it's pretty good, but there's something prickly about it that stops it being an album that I can love. This song is aces though.... all looping bass and righteous anger.
1) "Chicago" - Sufjan Stevens
I'd heard loads about Sufjan Stevens without actually hearing any of his music. Apart from anything else, don't you think that "(Come On Feel The) Illinoise" is one of the greatest album titles of all time?
I downloaded this one cold, largely because it's his most famous song and because it's namechecked in a Snow Patrol song.
It's BRILLIANT. Kind of folk-y (unless my ears are deceiving me, I think there's some banjo in there), but with a wistful and slightly melancholic air and a repeating lyric. I love it.
I will be purchasing the album forthwith.
Right. Off to Harrogate and then the cricket.
See you Sunday.
18 hours ago