Monday, 13 August 2012

My Top Ten 'Not Enough' Songs

So, the Olympics is over and so are my Olympic Top Tens. If you'd asked me three weeks ago if I'd had enough of the Olympics yet, I'd probably have answered 'yes'. Yet, amazingly, I found myself suckered in, addicted to sports I've never had the remotest interest in before (not football though - I still found that dull). I'm really missing the Games now they're done - there's a hole in my life. I just couldn't get enough...

"Enough" is one of those words: the more you look at it, the weirder it looks. There's not enough time to list all my favourite Not Enough Songs, so Ten will just have to be... enough.

10. Patti Smythe & Don Henley - Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough

Don Henley obviously can't ever get enough. See also Not Enough Love In The World and You're Not Drinking Enough.

9. The Clint Boon Experience - Not Enough Purple, Too Much Grey

It's the problem with the world today...

8. The Cure - Never Enough

The video (type-)casts Mad Bob McMad as the top turn in a David Lynch style freakshow.

7. Bad Company - Can't Get Enough

Well, I'll take whatever I want
And baby, I want you...

6. INXS - Not Enough Time

There certainly wasn't enough time for Michael Hutchence.

5. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough

You may have expected to find this at Number One... but although it is the Mode's most well known single, and a great singalong radio hit, it's not one of my favourites. The band have made far better records and this one's just a little over-played compared to the rest of their back catalogue. IMHO.

4. Dean Friedman - Love Is Not Enough

On the other hand, I can never have enough Dean Friedman. Beautiful stuff.

3. Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us

Sheer mental genius.

See also: Frank Turner's one man response song... This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me.

2. Kasey Chambers - Not Pretty Enough

The ultimate question of unrequited teenage love - "Am I not pretty enough? Why do you see right through me?" If you've never been there, count yourself lucky. Or arrogant and self-deluded.

1. Manic Street Preachers & Nina Persson - Your Love Alone Is Not Enough

One of the Manic's best ever singles, from a point in their career when most bands have given up trying so hard.

So... which song can't you get enough of?


  1. Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough.

    1. I may have to protest like a pissed off fencer.

  2. No, it'd have to be 'Not Strong Enough. Follow the rules or get disqualified!

  3. Well that's just great, thanks Rol, I'm now aware of an Avril Lavigne 'song' called Not Enough. You really can fall out with some people you know.

    1. Hey, I pick the good stuff. If you happen to stumble across some utter bilge as part of the game, I can hardly be blamed for that.

      BTW, Kelloggs, your comment ended up in my spam filter again. Maybe it doesn't approve of your confrontational tone. ;-)

  4. Garbage - The World is not enough

    1. Extra points for a Bond theme.

  5. Well, not only have I had to cope with the end of the Olympics, but now the double blow of the end of Big Brother too..... my life truly has no meaning.... oh, but wait, what light through yonder window is breaking?? It's celebrity big brother on wednesday..... woo hoo!!

    Oh, sorry..... my favourite song that didn't make your list would have to be New Order's Shellshock! (which, although the title doesn't follow the rules.... the lyrics most certainly DO!) - "It's never enough until your heart stops beating. The deeper you get, the sweeter the pain. Don't give up the game until your heart stops beating"

    1. The big question about Celebrity Big Brother is always "will I have heard of any of the 'celebrities' this year?" After that, I lose interest.

      Good call on the New Order though.

  6. If you miss the Olympics that much, just watch BBC Breakfast or the BBC news - the BBC don't seem to realise it's over and are still droning on about it non-stop. I got into it, too, and also watched lots of events I wouldn't normally be interested in (I particularly enjoyed the diving) but I remained a grouch throughout, thanks to the BBC's continuous coverage, most of which consisted of chit-chat, speculation, and interviews with the athletes' families (who, surprisingly, were proud of them and wanted them to do well). I had to keep pressing the red button (not a euphemism) whenever I wanted to find out some actual information, like results, medals tables, etc.

    You'll be pleased to know that I don't have any suggestions for this top 10 (there is not a single song on my iPod with the word 'enough' in it), but on an Olympic theme, I am still singing 'I'm so bored with the Usain Bolt' to the tune of 'I'm So Bored With The USA' a lot. Can I a point for that?

    1. A point for grumpiness, maybe.

      I can only conclude that there just aren't enough 'not enough' songs in your music collection - that's what's made you such a grouch.

  7. I'd imagine the only people in Britain glad that the Olympics are over would be ITV and Sky...

    I thought from your first paragraph you were going to squeeze in "There's A Hole In My Life" by The Police, but then I guess that'll have to keep its powder dry until you do a "hole" top ten..

    1. And maybe even beyond then... unless it's one of those songs where Sting has written the lyrics from the point of view of a hole? As opposed to, erm, an a-hole.

      Sorry, cheap shot. Couldn't resist.

  8. If that's all it will take to rid me of the curse of grouchiness, then I will download your top 10 'not enough' songs immediately. Well, maybe your no.1 choice. I do like that one. Definitely one of their best singles, and I've always been a sucker for a duet.


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