Sunday, 24 March 2013

My Top Ten Favourite Songs

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens...

These are a few of my favourite songs.

Don't get carried away... they're only songs with 'favourite' (or favorite if you're American) in the title...

10. Sheryl Crow - My Favourite Mistake

More appreciation should be give to Ms. Crow. Great voice, good songs. Gets a bit to close to the camera in the video.

9. Owen Paul - My Favourite Waste Of Time

80s one hit wonder (he was set to be the next big thing but it never happened). Watch the link above for his timeless "live" performance from BBC Pebble Mill.

8. Liz Phair - Favourite

Liz Phair gets up to no good in her favourite underwear.

Lads: Liz is the sort of girl your mother warned you about.

7. Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts

Did I mention I met Nick Heyward once? Did I mention he was a thoroughly decent bloke? Did I?

Great 80s brass section on this.

6. Shrag - New Favourites

Sadly, Shrag called it a day late last month, citing poverty and "old age" among their reasons. They leave an impressive legacy for those of us who cared.

5. The Lemonheads - Favourite T
It never looked as good on you as it looks on me.
Sadly, only a ropey live version is available on youtube, but it's recorded at the same venue where I saw Evan and co. a few years earlier so extra points for that. 

4. Harry Nilsson - Mr. Richland's Favourite Song

Harry posits a future where the Beatles are forgotten lounge bar performers...
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to speak of other things"
Like a fallen star who works in a bar where Yesterday is king
The fans will stay for an hour or so, they still remember his fame
But the time has come the Walrus said, to call your fans by name
Is it better to burn out than fade away? Ironically, Harry Nilsson managed to do both.

3. Arab Strap - My Favourite Muse

It's hard to believe that a song which begins, "I pulled the ex last, and it felt weird to feel her up again" can actually get any better... yet this does, in that grubby, confessional, TMI way the Arab Strap boys specialise in.
And she brought the drinks all night, 
But that's okay, now she's got a job.
Her generosity - my curse. 

She even let me keep her purse.
2. The Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress

In which David Gedge goes all Julie Andrews on us...
Uneaten meals
A lonely star
A welcome ride in a neighbour's car
A long walk home
The pouring rain
I fell asleep when you never came
Some rare delight in Manchester town
It took six hours before you let me down
To see it all in a drunken kiss
A stranger's hand on my favourite dress
1. The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

A hugely infectious riff and some very dangerous driving from Nina Persson - one of their very best.

Oh, very well. Go on, then. Sigh.

Which is your favourite?


  1. Rol on a Sunday? Is that usual? Our favourite favourite is the same. Is it true that the video ends with her being decapitated? I've never dared watch.

    1. Not usual - I just like to mix it up a bit every now and then.

      No decapitation, just a crash followed by a comedy Wile E Coyote style rock to the head.

  2. Nothing more to add: 8,7 and 1 nailed it for me.

    1. Actually, I can see you and Liz Phair getting on like a house on fire.

  3. 'All Her Favourite Fruit', Camper Van Beethoven, the orchestral version. Heartbreaking.

    1. Always got time for a little variant CVB.

  4. Whilst hunting around. Stumbled across DAD -God's favourite. OH shouts from next room 'is that DAD your playing'! There's nothing new under the sun is there?!

    1. I have to admit, I have never heard of DAD before... but I do quite like that.


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