As we have seen, record companies foist their product on us all as long as it sells. And that is what they want you to hear. In order, so they think, to maximise sales, they seek to cut off every opportunity for you to hear something different. The output of UK radio stations is little more than advertisements for the latest product a record company wants you to hear. Radio stations are compelled to follow playlists and repeat the same songs over and over again. Who decides the playlists? Well, the radio executives in theory, but the truth is that radio executives get bombarded with products by record companies. Woebetide any radio executive who does not put on the playlist something a major record company is trying to promote. Does money or other inducements change hands…..? Of course, radio stations have to make money too and so there is a conjunction between the aims of the record companies and the radio executives. The result is that all radio stations play pretty much the same stuff, over and over again. Exactly the same stuff the record companies are promoting.
And your next twenty are…
Charles Martel’s 560-541
560. Question Mark & the Mysterians – “96 Tears” (96 Tears)
Two chords on an organ are all it took to produce this memorable garage rock number, a song which has been covered by hundreds if not thousands of aspiring bands.
559. The Crimea – “Opposite Ends” (Tragedy Rocks)
The Crimea were (are) victims of record company stupidity, having been dropped after their great debut album. This is a fine rocking track from that debut
558. Bowie, David – “Sorrow” (Pinups)
Originally recorded by the Merseys, Bowie’s version on this album of covers is one of the finest glam rock singles of all time.
557. Reed, Lou –“Walk on the Wild Side” (Transformer)
Lou Reed’s most recognisable song and a surprise worldwide hit. Obviously the BBC did not know it was about transvestites and had no idea what “giving head” was otherwise they would have banned it.
556. Simple Minds – “Waterfront” (Sparkle in the Rain)
A crashing intro marks this number out as one Simple Minds’ best tracks. It was released at the time Simple Minds started to move away from post-punk.
555. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates – “Shakin’ All Over” (7” Single)
The best of the British rock and roll acts, this song crackles with latent sexual tension. A re-recording five years later was limp and flaccid by comparison.
554. Kill Devil Hills – “What Comes After” (7” Single)
An almost completely unknown band from Lancashire in England released this one great single and then disappeared off the face of the Earth.
553. Built to Spill – “Mess with Time” (You in Reverse)
Another excellent track from this often underrated album. Doug Martsch may look like Santa Claus before his beard and hair went white, but he sure knows how to play guitar.
552. Rossini, Gioachino – “William Tell Overture” (William Tell)
Is there anybody who does not recognise this? If so, what have you been doing with your life all these years?
551. Abecedarians – “They Said Tomorrow” (Eureka)
American post-punks who never got anywhere. This was the best song from their repertoire, with the original mini-album being expanded and re-released in 2012.
550. Summer Suns – “Waiting for My Love” (Calpurnia)
An Australian jangle pop outfit who released one album, “Calpurnia” and then faded away. This was undoubtedly the best track, a joyful and happy number.
549. Big Country – “Where the Rose is Sown (Extended)” (12” Single)
Big Country put out a series of extended 12” singles drawn from their first three albums. This is the first of many of them which will feature in this list.
548. Strauss, Richard – “Sunrise” (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
Instantly recognisable opening movement from Strauss’s signature tone poem. Used in “2001 Space Odyssey” and as the BBC theme music to the Apollo missions, it is an evocative and memorable piece.
547. The Kinks – “All Day and All of the Night” (Kinks)
When the Kinks started out they were a blues influenced mod band. This song, since covered by many artists, is one of the best from this phase of their career.
546. The Beatles – “Let It Be” (Let It Be)
The Beatles bow out with a bang. This song is epic in its conception and delivery and reminds us of what we all lost when the Beatles split up.
545. The Tourists – “I Only Want to Be with You” (Reality Effect)
Before Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were the Eurythmics, they were in a Scottish late-punk band called the Tourists, of which this cover was their best and biggest hit.
544. The Rifles – “She’s Got Standards” (No Love Lost)
A great powerpop number to open the Rifles debut album. A driving rhythm section and clever lyrics are what make this song which sounds surprisingly like the Jam in their finer moments.
543. The Stranglers – “Five Minutes” (7” Single)
Although the song does not last five minutes, it describes bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel’s anger over an incident in the flat where he lived where a woman was raped by five men. The sound is as brutal as the theme.
542. Ravel, Maurice – “Bolero” (Bolero)
Ravel’s ten minute plus epic builds slowly both in terms of volume and power. This is just one long crescendo – in the true sense of the word.
541. The Rolling Stones – “Some Girls” (Some Girls)
Mick Jagger bemoaning how some girls want things from him other than sex. One of those songs which is politically incorrect now but is it a gem nonetheless.