Tuesday, 9 October 2012

My Top Ten Boom Songs

It amazes me sometimes what I find to make a Top Ten out of...

There were many, many truly awful records with the word Boom in the title... but you won't find the likes of The Outhere Brothers, The Vengaboys, N-Tyce or Shaggy cluttering up this chart.

10. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Boom Boom (Shake The Room)

You will, however, find Will Smith and that other bloke, if only because I'm feeling nostalgic for 1993. For a limited time only.

Don't worry, this list does get better...

9. Westworld - Sonic Boom Boy

...but perhaps not quite yet.

Those people who say the 80s have a lot to answer for... they might be right.

8. The Shangri-Las- Sophisticated Boom Boom

Now this, this is more like it.

Better yet, this is from a compilation album which describes the Shangri-Las as "The Myrmidons of Melodrama". Which would make Morrissey proud. Except for the fact that "Myrmidons", despite how fancy it sounds, were either vicious warriors, unscrupulous ruffians, loyal followers or "ant-people", depending on which Ancient Greek translation you want to follow. None of which does any kind of justice to the mighty, mighty Shangri-Las. Mermaids of Melodrama, perhaps?

7. James - Boom Boom

Tim Booth's tribute to Basil Brush. No, really, Mr. Roy.

6. Warren Zevon - Boom Boom Mancini

I was saving this for my Top Ten Boxing Songs, but who knows when I'll get round to that?
Hurry home early - hurry on home
Boom Boom Mancini's fighting Bobby Chacon
5. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom

And now, I'm gonna shoot you right down.

4. Flight of the Conchords - Boom
Oh my God. She's so hot. She's so flippin' hot. She's like a curry.
I want to tell her how hot she is, but she'll think I'm being sexist.
She's so hot she's making me sexist.
3. Imelda May - Johnny's Got A Boom Boom

And Imelda's got a quiff to make Morrissey jealous.

2. The Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)
Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang
Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay
They don't write 'em like that anymore.

1. The Hives - Tick Tick... Boom!

The Hives were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off. But this one blows the roof off too.

Those were my boombastic belters... but which one makes your heart go boom?


  1. Boomin' Granny by the Beastie Boys?

    1. I've not heard it, but I want to.

  2. OMG - my heart goes boom bang a bang boom bang a bang when you are near - how can you not have included Boom Bang a Bang

    oh Rol, Rol, Rol

    1. You're not the only one to point out that ommission. There's obviously a lot of Peter Sellers fans out there.

  3. Westworld? Grief. There's a blast from the past. I remember them debuting on The Tube.

    1. And that was about all they did.

  4. I'm with Kellogs Ville...shouldn't there be an honourable mention of the Boomtown Rats, even if they didn't actually record a Boom song...

    1. Another Peter Sellers fan... or is it Sophia?

      Don't worry, the Boomtown Rats will get plenty of genuine mentions on this blog, they don't need any honorable ones.

  5. Some great songs here, odd Rol.

    ShBoom ShBoom - Life could be a dream sweetheart

    Love a midweek do-wap.

  6. Not to second-guess but how could you not include one of the great all-time party songs, BOOM BOOM, OUT GO THE LIGHTS by Pat Travers? That tune outrocks 2 or 3 on the list - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtsClj04oIE


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