Friday, 24 January 2014

My Top Ten Elevator Songs

I used to be a lift attendant.

"Really, how did you find that job?"

It had it's up and downs.

Special mention to the Frantic Elevators (probably the only time Hucknall will feature on this blog), Lift To Experience and the excellent Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

10. Misty's Big Adventure - Elevator, Escalator, Stairs

MBA seem to have all their up/down options covered here.

9. Jeff Lynne - Lift Me Up

Because Jeff, being an Englishman, knows we call 'em lifts. Great song; seriously bad video. 

8. Dubstar - Elevator Song

It's easy to forget Dubstar. One listen to this will remind you not to. And Sarah Blackwood is from Halifax, so extra points there too.

7. Stars - Elevator Love Letter

 An office affair with a rich girl...
My office glows all night long
It's a nuclear show and the stars are gone
Elevator, elevator
Take me home a far less crude elevator-related come on than the one we'll hear at #1.  

6. The Apples In Stereo - Hey, Elevator

...although "Elevator, take me straight to your bed" is, perhaps, our least subtle offering of the night.

5. Grandaddy - Elevate Myself

Classic anti-rock star lyrics from Jason Lytle & co.
I don't wanna work all night and day
On writing songs that make the young girls cry
Or playing little solos on the keyboards
So the kids will ask me how and why...
4. Television - Elevation

You can't go wrong with a track (any track!) from the majestic Marquee Moon.

3. Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

All. Time. Classic.

2. Prince - Let's Go Crazy

The video, of course, is nowhere to be found on the internet because Prince hates letting people hear his songs. But if the elevator tries to bring you down... go crazy: punch a higher floor!

1. Aerosmith - Love In An Elevator

One day I'll compile a Top Ten Cheesy Spoken Intros or a Top Ten Videos That Start Before The Song Begins or even a Top Ten Sexist Gags In Rock Videos. In all three, Love In An Elevator will come top. 

I can't help but love both the song and the video though... they're everything that was (gloriously) wrong about 80's American rock.

Which floor are you getting off at today?


  1. Can't think of a damned one; you nabbed all the best. It's stretching things a bit but what about The Theme From Shaft?

  2. I can't think of any others but Aerosmith is my top too, love 80s rock with no shame.

    But it all reminded me of the funniest sketch ever Eleven, ELEVEN, FREEEEEEEEEEEEDOM

  3. The first thing that came to mind was the Clash song "Koka Kola" which starts "Elevator, going up". Apart from that, I have nothing to add, but lets face it, your number one choice was always going to have that spot sewn up on this list.

  4. I'm going to dig my Prince collection out....


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