Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Hot 100 Countdown #77

Caught a bit of Cerys Matthews on 6music on Sunday morning and in the studio she had the above band, 77:78, the new side-project from a couple of members of The Bees. What you'd expect from those guys, definitely worth a listen.

All of which brings us to Number 77 on the Hot 100 Countdown, and my desperate attempt to avoid songs about the year 1977... if at all possible. Always open to year-based suggestions though, and Charity Chic kicked off last week with a belter...

The Clash - 1977

(Personal bugbear: if you're going to write a song with the word seven in the title, you should henceforth be forbidden from rhyming it with the word heaven. Hard not to though, I guess.)

CC also gave worthy honourable mentions to a couple of great albums - 77 by The Talking Heads and 1977 by Ash.

Next up was The Swede, who offered a raft of great suggestions that sadly don't yet live in my record collection, starting with...

Merger - 77

Followed by...

Men From The North Country - 77

Both worthy of further investigation, in my humble opinion.

The Swede (and Rigid Digit) also suggested a lyrical 77... one that actually was in contention for a while...

T-Rex - Celebrate Summer

...although it does commit the above-mentioned rhyme crime... then again, that's the least of Marc Bolan's crimes against rhymes, something I've discussed here before and given him a pass over. This is a great track though, and sadly, as both TS & RD point out, it was the last T-Rex single released in Bolan's lifetime.

The Swede also offered this...

Culture - Two Sevens Clash

...which I'm afraid falls into the same category as one of Rigid Digit's offerings...

Love - 7 & 7 Is...

Good tunes both, but neither make 77 in my book. (Maybe I'll allow the Love one when we get to 14?)

In that vein, at least John Medd's maths adds up...

Wreckless Eric - 33s and 45s

...I wish I'd thought of that one, John.

Rigit Digit's final suggestion was this...

Total Chaos - Riot 77

...which sounds exactly like you'd expect it to, even though it was released in 1996.

Martin jumped in next with these, which he categorises as "a bit anodyne" and "slightly less anodyne" respectively......

The Big Pink - 77

Nada Surf - Blizzard of 77

I didn't mind either of those, actually, Martin... but then, I'm well known for my anodyne tastes.

Martin also stretched the rules to breaking point by offering...

Blur - Jubilee

...which is about someone who was born in the queen's silver jubilee year. There was a time this would have been in serious contention, but I'm going through a phase where I can't listen to any of Damon's Cockney Geezer songs without grinding my teeth to the gums. I'm sure I'll get over it.

Alyson win's this week's booby prize though with her suggestion...

Kurtis Mantronik Presents Chamonix - 77 Strings

"I know how much you love dance music," she says, tongue firmly in cheek, "so you're bound to have this!"

No, and no. But you knew that anyway, Alyson.

Meanwhile, Lynchie tried his hand with this...

Bad Brains - Secret '77 (I Against i)

...which didn't sound anything like I expected... which means it wasn't bad at all.

Apart from this week's almost-winner, the only other 77 song I had in my collection was this...

Prince - 77 Beverly Park

...but it's not so much a song as just Prince mucking about in the studio for 3 minutes. Admittedly, that's more interesting than a lot of people mucking about in the studio for 3 minutes, but still not winner-worthy.

All of which leads us to this week's almost-winner, which was suggested by Jim Dubai (not quite sure if you're from Dubai or just Dubai Jim: enquiring minds need to know, Jim!)…

Looper - Mondo '77

This was my first choice this week, mainly because I try to automatically rule out year songs by not searching for anything with a 19-- in front of the number. However, on reflection, this is almost certainly a year song because it has that apostrophe in front of the sevens. Which means that I had to consider whether or not - much as I like it - I really thought it was a better song than The Clash. OK, it doesn't rhyme seven with heaven, but... but...

No, if I'm going to break the year rules this week, I'm gonna have to give it to (as CC puts it) "the only band that matters"... I mean, come on, it's only one minute thirty eight seconds long, but it does everything it has to in that time, and more.

76 next week, folks. The one you've all been waiting for. Except...

No trombones allowed!

There may be another year song in contention though... unless someone can persuade me of a better idea.


  1. Replies
    1. I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous comment: "No trombones allowed!"

    2. Sometime rules are there to be broken
      (not in this case though)

  2. Ween - Freedom of 76

    G.Love and Special Sauce (yes, really) - I-76, which surely gets point for being named after a road rather than a year, but equally surely must lose all those points and more for being rubbish

    1. I have a friend who thinks GL&SS are one of the best bands of the 90s.

    2. No accounting for taste (theirs or mine!)

  3. I think you'll find that I posted about 76 Trombones a while back and I don't recall any mention of "trombone bans" back then.

    From this day forth, I'll be keeping an eye out for anyone's "guilty pleasures" and damning them all to hell!

    1. 76 Trombones is only banned because it's not in my record collection. That's the one rule that must apply. All other rules can be bent or broken. I have nothing against the tune, particularly as I used to play in a brass band.

  4. Struggling to be honest. I'll bend the rules and offer '...back in the studio to make our latest number one, take two-hundred-and-seventy-six,
    you know this used to be fun...' a lyric from 'Success Story' by The Who.

  5. Struggling with a 76 Rol, need to pass this week.
    As per your question on 77, I am originally from Glasgow but have been residing in Dubai for the past 18 years. No decent music scene out here im afraid so great to thankfully have bloggers like yourself keep me sane :-)


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