Really really good singles

I just heard ‘Bohemian like you’ by the Dandy Warhols for the first time in ages and I was reminded just how good it is qua single.

Sure it isn’t the greatest song in the world but it is short, funny, has a catchy tune and bit where everyone can go ‘whoo-hoo-hoo’ and you can dance like a loon to it.

I would invite your picks for really really good singles that maybe aren’t heard as often as they should be.

Something For Joey - Mercury Rev

Fait Accompli - Curve

Hypocrite - Lush

Party Hard - Andrew WK

Girl From Mars - Ash

Spaceman - Babylon Zoo

 

My frame of reference is quite unapologetically mid to late 90s, but when people say "singles", I recall doing to Music Junction in Solihull as a kid and buying CD singles. My taste in music means that they were all 99p, and I still had, until recently, the first two that I listed above, and happily remember buying them. Still think they're great.

breakfast at tiffany's

gr8 song, happy memories, but i have no desire to listen to any of the band's other stuff

The answer to this question is The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet

Heh at So Solid Crew, but mainly at that recollection of when one of them was sent to prison, and someone set up a website with a countdown of how many more second of his sentence he had to serve, so that it said "I've got 250,346 seconds to go..." or whatever, and then at the bottom "I'm only joking, Asher. Please don't kill me".

I see your "Fait Accompli" and raise you "Ten Little Girls".

Best single also requires a quality b-side.  And the obvious answer is "Love's Easy Tears/Those Eyes, That Mouth" by Cocteau Twins.

The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed

Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love

"Dreaming of you", The Coral.

I'm thinking of this as the genre of something on a homemade compilation to sing along to alone in the car..

Scep: I only really got into the Doppelganger era stuff. Need to listen to the other releases, but Doppelganger captured a moment of my youth perfectly.

Rush Hour - Jane Weidlin. Quality song.

Las Ketchup.

Propane Nightmares - Pendulum

Parallel Worlds - Elliot Minor

Feel The Pain - Dinosaur Jnr

Pressure - Maximo Park

There are some truly terrible suggestions elsewhere on this thread. 

Oh and check this one out:

Zeus - Are You Gonna Waste My Time

There is a very tight live version on youtube where the bassist looks spectacularly grimy.

Hoobastank - The Reason

The Fray - How to Save a Life

Five for Fighting - Superman

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

(Seems like I just ended up listing one-hit wonders from the 00s whose song I like.)

How To Save A Life is sublime. That's the kind of sound that Coldplay should have aspired to.

Unwalt

Rest is bloody grim.

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Yeah, OK, I'll retract Spaceman by Babylon Zoo. I ever so nearly put "U talk 2 much" by Sultans of Ping, but then I snapped out of it.

Re Altered Images, the combo of “Happy Birthday” with “So We Go Whispering” is startling. The latter is ubergoth sinister, in line with their pre-Martin Rushent post-punk horror-Lolita sound. 

Portugal. The Man - 'Feel It Still'

Nine Black Alps - 'Cosmopolitan'

The Subways - 'Oh Yeah'

 

 

 

Kaiser Chiefs - 'The Modern Way'

Bjork - 'It's Oh So Quiet'

The Raconteurs - 'Steady As She Goes'

I recall doing to Music Junction in Solihull as a kid and buying CD singles. My taste in music means that they were all 99p, and I still had, until recently, the first two that I listed above, and happily remember buying them. Still think they're great.

Shooty. I know a lawyer who was brought up in Solihull. Where are you based now?

One and One - Robert Miles

Yes - McAlmont and Butler

Waiting for a Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

 

There she goes - The La's

Up in my lonely room - The Coral

Hate to say I told you so - The Hives

Gainsville Rock City - Less than Jake

Superman - Goldfinger

I'd second waiting for a star to fall - Boy meets girl - as the perfect "poppy" pop song

also..

call me maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

Somewhere only we know - Keane

And I'd also second Yes by McAlmont and Butler - amazing song...

 

Dusty: Live in Knowle. Work in the kind of greater Worcester area.

 

Portugal The Man, McAlmont & Butler, The La's all good calls. Keane are shite. 

I will add: Boys Of Summer (Don Henley) and A&E (Goldfrapp)

"call me maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen"

 

Proper guilty pleasure of mine.

And from the 80s, Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy

Carly Rae Jepsen

Whatever happened to her? She was touted as the next Taylor Swift a few years ago. 

+100 for Wide open Space. Love that song

EMF - Unbelievable

 

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breakfast at tiffany's

gr8 song, happy memories, but i have no desire to listen to any of the band's other stuff

 

I got their album as I have similar memories of that song, and it wasn't all that good so you haven't missed much, but there is one song called "A Water Prayer" on there that's worth a go.

What Asimov said about There She Goes.  I bought the album off the back of that song and the rest of the album is terrible and sounds nothing like that.

"Up in my lonely room - The Coral"

The song is actually called 'Dreaming Of You', hth.

Oi Shooty outside now for slagging off my mates in Keane.

"Whatever happened to her? She was touted as the next Taylor Swift a few years ago."
 

She's shifted about 27m records globally, she's still plugging away! 

And there was me thinking that the OP was another RoF dating thread!

PerfidiousPorpoise

She was touted as the next Taylor Swift a few years ago. 

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literally shaking with rage right here. Hard to type. 

Do. Not. EVER. Compare. Them. Again.

Agree that Keane are unmitigated sh1t, save for that one song.

"Up in my lonely room - The Coral"

The song is actually called 'Dreaming Of You', hth

DAMN IT!

What Asimov said about There She Goes.  I bought the album off the back of that song and the rest of the album is terrible and sounds nothing like that.

His other band, Cast were much much better. Huge influence on Noel Gallagher who said seeing them live was like a religious experience. 

Lee Mavers was the main La. Cast was started by the bass player iirc

Bunch of arse, as used to be said. 

Powers did write some songs for the La's but ended up taking them with him to Cast mostly after the bust-up.

Powers is brilliant.  Miles better than Mavers. 

I can't be arsed with reading all this.  Please could someone make a Spotify playlist - Hits of Rof!! -  and link it here?

Glad someone mentioned The Coral. 'Pass It On' is one of their best.

 

For those who like Carly Rae - Cut to the Feeling is another classic in a similar vein to Call Me Maybe.

Robyn is a non-stop pop singles writing genius (but perhaps too good for the classic single where you never hear from the writer again) - Dancing on my Own, With Every Heartbeat, Missing U, Ever Again etc etc

For singles of the more one-off variety, perhaps Time of the Season - The Zombies, Blind - Hercules and Love Affair, Love You So Bad - Ezra Furman

Shooty, your So Solid Crew story made me chuckle. I remember when Harvey was playing for AFC Wimbledon in the noughties. If anyone fouled him, the crowd would chant "Harvey's gonna shoot ya! Harvey's gonna shoot ya!" 

He appreciated that, I'm sure.