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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 58

posted November 26, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | comment Leave a Comment


So here it is, my number one track of all time. This song has everything – great melody, passionate vocals, a vivid link with a time and a place and the ability to provoke a strong emotional response in me. The song describes how a man confronts the woman who caused him to be “taken down” (sent to prison I presume). He tricks his way into her dressing room, catches her unaware, and then tells her that “it is not worth hurting you”. The impassioned vocal performance and the frenzied guitar work superbly convey the contempt of the man and the fear of the woman respectively. It is revenge served up ice cold.


Charles Martel’s Number One

1. Fischer-Z – “Marliese” (Red Skies over Paradise)

Fischer-Z never had more than a cult following in the UK, but in Europe they were much bigger. For example, “Marliese” is still, 33 years after its release, the longest-lasting number one in the history of the Dutch singles charts. To me, it still remains as fresh and immediate as when I first heard it all those years ago in digs at university while writing an essay on the submission of Emperor Henry IV to the Pope at Canossa. Yes, it is also one of those musical moments where I can remember precisely what I was doing when I first heard it.

Sit back and enjoy.

So there we have it, a journey through my musical mind. We all have our favourites, and now you know mine. I hope you have enjoyed the twists and turns of this series as much as I have putting it together. And if you have discovered some exciting new music you have never heard before, well so much the better.

…..And next week – the Epilogue

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