Anyway, for Walter White, we have to start with Chemistry...
Special mentions to The Chemical Brothers and My Chemical Romance.
10. Rush - Chemistry
Because I love Spirit Of Radio, I bought the Best Of Rush. I can do prog in small bursts before it all gets a bit pompous for me. I'm always impressed by the guitar work on records like this... but I prefer Yes though, mainly because Jon Anderson's voice is a thing of wonder.
9. Interpol - Rest My Chemistry
There are three types of chemistry songs. The first: where chemistry is a metaphor for the spark between two people. The second: where chemistry is a metaphor for drugs. The third: where it's both.
This, like our Number One, belongs the third category, I think.
8. Blur - Chemical World
The way Damon dances around in the countryside in this video... seriously, if you were out for a nice Sunday afternoon walk and you bumped into him, you'd turn swifty in the opposite direction.
7. Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Development
If you potter about on youtube, you'll find a number of songs where people have tried to rap the Periodic Table. When Scroobius Pip gets into his own attempt at that, about halfway through this song, I just wish he'd carried on till he got all the way up to Oganesson.
6. Emma Pollock - Chemistry Will Find Me
Ironically, despite being on Chemikal Underground and writing this song for her 2010 album The Law Of Large Numbers, Emma Pollock studied Physics at university...
5. John Otway - Bunsen Burner
John Otway's fans helped him celebrate his 50th birthday by getting this into the Top Ten in 2002. He even made it back onto Top Of The Pops. Brilliant.
4. Esiotrot - My Chemical Romance Saved My Life
This one's a bit of a stretch, I confess, since it's obviously about the band mentioned above and not really anything to do with chemistry... but they're my rules, I can break them if the song is good enough. Great lo fi indie, made even better by the inclusion of a mournful trumpet.
Plus they're Tortoise backwards, so there's that.
And finally, any song which includes the line...
We define ourselves by our record collectionsWell. You know.
3. Semisonic - Chemistry
One of those late nineties / early noughties guitar bands it's never been cool to admit to liking... so, obviously, I think they're great.
They lose points for that silly CD single cover (above) though.I remember when I found out about chemistry
It was a long, long way from here
I was old enough to want it but younger than I wanted to be
Suddenly my mission was clearSo for awhile I conducted experiments
And I was amazed by the things I learned
From a fine fine girl with nothing but good intentions and a
Bad tendency to get burned
2. Elvis Costello - The Element Within Her
The obvious choice is Chemistry Class from Armed Forces, but much as I love that album, I love Punch The Clock more. I have in the past observed the cliché that artists in love don't always make the best records and that heartbreak and misery make for much better songwriting partners. This is often the case, and you'd expectit to be true of the gleefully cynical Elvis Costello more than most. And yet, and yet... Punch The Clock is full of shiny, exuberant love songs, and it's brilliant.
It's the element within her1. Suede - The Chemistry Between Us
Something under her skin
That is shining out through the face of the girl
Two sapphires and couple of rows of pearls
Having led the Britpop charge, Suede went full on anthemic pop band on their third album, Coming Up. Although it does have a soaring chorus, sumptuous strings and plenty of la-la-las, at over 7 minutes in length, The Chemistry Between Us was never going to be a hit like the FIVE Top Ten singles this album produced. As with many of Suede's earlier hits though, it is obsessed with drug culture, although Brett Anderson claims the lyrics are anti-drugs, about people who can only make connections when they're high.
Oh, Class A, Class B...
Is that the only chemistry?
Look at that: I can still do indie and guitar pop! Funny how the subject matter led more to those kind of bands...