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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 53

posted October 22, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | comment Leave a Comment

At this point, it may be worthwhile taking a look back (and forward anticipating the tracks to come) to see what genres of music are most heavily represented. This will be the first of such reviews as we count down towards my top all time track. Below then is an account of the top ten most common genres found in the list. (By the way, the genres are my interpretation).

Post-punk/Goth – 112
Jangle Pop – 105
Hard Rock – 89
Alternative/Indie – 84
Classical – 54
Pop – 53
Pop Rock – 45
Punk – 45
New Wave – 43
Shoegaze – 41

It should hardly come as a surprise to discover that the genres which dominated the seventies and the eighties are at the top of the pile: and for those who have seen my reviews, post-punk, jangle-pop and shoegaze are heavily represented.

Top thirty now.

Charles Martel’s 30-21

30. The Popguns – “Still a World Away” (Snog)

The first time I heard this it was one of those moments which stopped me dead in my tracks. Once it gets going it never lets up. This is the outstanding track from this five-star album and the highest ranked jangle pop track on this list.

29. The Who – “Baba O’Riley” (Who’s Next)

Sometimes seen, unfairly, as a mini version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, this song has a majesty all its own. Once it gets going it has a power and a force like no other and is cleverly organised around a repetitive organ motif, a flexible piano and a free-flowing violin.

28. Adorable – “Sunshine Smile” (Against Perfection)

The highest ranked shoegaze track on the list, Adorable utilise the quiet-loud-quiet format to produce a quite stunning song. Anticipation slowly builds before its release with the refrain.

27. Eddie and the Hot Rods – “Gloria/Satisfaction” (Live at the Marquee EP)

The quintessential live punk song, this was a combination of Them’s “Gloria” and the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”. Full of energy you would be drained at the end of it. And without even listening I can recite word for word the opening call of Barry Masters to remove the chairs from the dance floor – and the track has not even begun yet.

26. Joy Division – “Dead Souls” (Still)

Not sure whether this references Gogol’s novella of the same name or not, but the concept of a dead soul is so utterly miserable that it may be derived only from Ian Curtis’s mind. What makes this is the slow build up to that cascading guitar and Curtis’s almost panic stricken vocal.

25. Fischer-Z – “In England” (Red Skies over Paradise)

Fischer-Z slam into the prevailing parochial and narrow-minded attitudes prevalent in Britain in the early years of Thatcher’s rule. As someone who was there at the time, so many of the statements in the song are familiar to me as a part of life at that time.

24. The Rolling Stones – “Midnight Rambler” (Let It Bleed)

The story of the Boston Strangler as told by the Rolling Stones, the song has a sinister feel to it with that heavy, slow guitar line and the wailing harmonica part, not to mention the chilling climax as the violence of the killer is unmasked.

23. The Small Faces – “All or Nothing” (From the Beginning)

Steve Marriot puts his heart and soul into singing this song, an amazing vocal performance. The song is a plea for a love to continue and for the lovers to give it everything they have got.

22. The Waterboys – “Red Army Blues” (A Pagan Place)

Coruscating track based on the experiences of Red Army soldiers sent to GULAG’s by Stalin at the end of the War. The track is characterised by a great sax solo and a superb, frenetic, angry guitar solo exemplifying the frustration and anger of those unjustly imprisoned.

21. The Stone Roses – “I Am the Resurrection” (The Stone Roses)

The first part of the song is ordinary enough, though its imagery caused and still causes controversy. But the second part is what really stands out, an extended jam session as the band run through a whole routine of multiple guitar solos.


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