Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Hot 100 #68

"American noise-punk duo" '68 welcome us to the number 68 on our countdown... and they sound like this.

Most people identified this week's obvious winner, but we had a few other interesting suggestions too...

The Swede suggested Roland Kirk & Jack McDuff - Doin' the Sixty-Eight, which is the kind of jazz I can just about handle, so yes, pretty cool.

Lynchie & Rigid Digit both offered up Seasick Steve - Barracuda 68, which sounds like ZZ Top in the very best way possible.

Dubai Jim went down the band route and suggested The Mai 68s with Totality For Kids, which is definitely worth a click, particularly as it seems to come from an album called Some Hearts Are Paid To Die.

Martin once again offered a couple of tracks he wasn't that into... Pink Floyd - Summer '68 and Chicago - Questions 67 & 68... before settling on the obvious choice. Saves me the job of suggesting those two as they were both in my library.

Rigid Digit also offered Blink 182 - 6/8... which I might have to save for My Top Ten Time Signature Songs... if I ever do that.

Lyrical offerings included the following...

The Sweet - The Six-Teens...

But sixty-eight was sixty-eight,
no matter what they say...

Apparently John Medd has that on a T-shirt!

Fair play - I've never heard that before, guys, but I loved it.

Other lyrical 68s culled from my own collection included...

Joni Mitchell - The Last Time I Saw Richard... "was Detroit in '68"

Bruce Springsteen - Highway Patrolman... "Frankie came home in '68 and me I took this job"

Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno... "Back in '68 in a sweaty club..."

All fine tunes, but most everyone agreed that there could only be one winner this week. As C put it, "all other possible suggestions have been completely obscured from view by their hair".

This is the second and probably final appearance by The Alarm in this countdown. Wonderfully awful video for your enjoyment too...

67 next week. Nothing as obvious as our last two entries... unless you know different.


  1. I found a track on an old hard-drive called 'Habitat '67' by Eat Lights Become Lights, a combo who were apparently once lauded by the NME for '...mixing Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect...' I can't remember downloading or ever listening to the tune, but it's all I've got this week I'm afraid.

  2. Obviously I'll be recycling Chicago - Questions 67 & 68. But also the slightly cheesy Car 67 by Driver 67. And the slightly proggy 67 by King's X And, I suppose, Old 67 by Elton John.

  3. Gotta be Car 67 by Driver 67 as Martin has already mentioned, you wont get many opportunities with the number in both the song title and the band name. Great video clip of them on TOTP as well :-)

  4. I could never get past The Alarm lead singer's hairstyle.

    Looking ahead to next week

    The Melodians - "Last Train To Expo '67"

    Steve Earle used 67 in his song "Someday"
    "I got me a 67 Chevy, she's low and sleek and black
    Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back..."

    By the by, "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash features the numbers 49 all the way through to 70 in the final verse. Is that allowed as a multiple answer?

  5. Car 67 - Driver 67

    and one from the depths of the collection:
    67 - Kings X

  6. A double whammy there with Car 67 as said above. But I'll go for a song I really like this time, there's a 67 in the lyrics of 'Gravedigger' by Dave Matthews, love the lyrics (and actually just twigged there's a few numbers in there I could've used before!)

    Little Mikey Carson 67 to 75
    He rode his
    Bike like the devil until the day he died
    When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze
    Oh, 1940 to 1992


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