Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Hot 100 #58

The Beta 58s welcome us to the latest number on our countdown... proof that punk isn't dead, but it hasn't grown any more braincells.

Straight on to your suggestions for this week...

C started the ball rolling, bringing back a band from last week...

You had Blondie for 59 - you can have them again for 58 with I'm On E:

I gave my car to a guy named Vinnie
I feel like gassin' my feet
They've totalled your bill and you skipped a beat
I used to have a car of my own
Twenty eight or fifty eight

That was the b-side of Denis, in case anybody was wondering. Wonder if it'll return in 30 weeks time?

Rigid Digit was on fire this week with 4 top suggestions...

1. Mott The Hoople - Born Late 58 (CC seconded this.)

I drove along the A45, I had her up to 58
What do you mean that was only 3 top suggestions? We'll come back to #4.

Then Lynchie joined us, asking...

I suppose 586 by New Order isn't acceptable?

And yes, you would be right. It's not acceptable. For all the reasons. Your second offering wasn't much better, although you did note that it was "a bit heavy on the guitar solo noodling side".

I'd still rather listen to that than New Order though. I will horrify many of you by saying I'd rather listen to If You Leave Me Now than New Order too. I'm sorry. Old scars run deep.

And while I'm in the business of horrifying you all... and comparing Mancunian icons with cheesy American rockers, here's two suggestions my music library threw up this week...


New Order fans - feel free to tell me you'd rather listen to Styx. I won't be hurt.

Anyway, then C popped back to bring a little sanity back to proceedings...

Out of the frying pan
And into the fire
58th variety
Out of the frying pan
And into the fire
Mother had her son for tea

Yeah, there was a bit of sarcasm there, the idea that Siouxsie could restore sanity to anything.

The Swede was late this week, claiming "C got there before me" (not sure if that was Blondie or Siouxsie) "so all I can offer is Ronsard '58 by Serge Gainsbourg." That is actually in my record collection, though I'm worried I'll have to have it deported after Brexit.

All of which brings us to this week's winner, which was firsted by Rigid Digit and seconded by South West Correspondent. I have to admit, I haven't listened to The Bends in ages, so I'd forgotten how good this track was... it has a great opening line too! ("I get home from work and you're still standing in your dressing gown".)

The troubled words of a troubled mind
I try to understand what is eating you,
I try to stay awake but its 58 hours since I last slept with you

Next week is an easy win for me. I know exactly who the winning artist will be. Less easy to decide which song though...

Your suggestions, as always, will be gratefully received...


  1. I'm guessing the winner will be The Boss with 57 Channels (and Nothing On)

  2. I'm surprised to see that '57 Channels (and Nothin' On)' by Bruce Springsteen hasn't already been snapped up. So i'll leave that here while I muse further.

  3. Ok, in that case you can have 'Banging on the Door' by PIL, which features the lines '...this lot are not happy heroes, just better actors,
    a hundred and one dilations, and fifty seven varieties, outside with the empties, keep banging the door...'

  4. How could I forget 'Incident on 57th Street' by Bruce?

  5. I can also offer 'Walz 57' by minimal electronic duo Swod, from their 2004 album 'Gehen'.
    I do believe that's my lot.

  6. 1957 by Milo Greene is quite pleasant. Biffy Clyro - 57 on the other hand is a mess. I always thought he was called Biffy Giro, until I saw him on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay show.

  7. "Come In From The Cold" by Joni Mitchell opens with the words:
    "Back in 1957
    We had to dance a foot apart
    And they hawk-eyed us from the sidelines
    Holding their rulers without a heart..." - ------------ words which any prepubescent boy or girl born before 1963 can identify with.

  8. It's probably not going to be 57 by Biffy Clyro so I'll stick with the obvious and go for 57 Channels (And Nothin' On) by Bruce.

  9. Not the sort of song I'd normally nominate but Crowded House 'Weather With You' must surely be a contender...
    "Walking 'round the room singing
    Stormy Weather
    At 57 Mt. Pleasant St."

  10. Obviously it's gotta be "57 Channels". I'm just pointing out some alternatives...

  11. Hard to see beyond Bruce and Crowded House, but for the sake of filling up next week's post:

    "I Can See Elvis" by The Waterboys has the lyric:
    I can see Elvis, skinny like he was back in '57.

    ...and "Firecracker" by Sleeper, which has:
    57 kids, and all of them ugly..."


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