The countdown part I (50 - 26)
So, encouraged by Twitter and New Chart Riot I sit with a blank piece of paper, some CDs and my fruit based MP3 player. I'm determined not to look at other lists that might sway my judgement. I have a red pen for corrections and we're off.
|I get distracted easily|
I've been listening to a lot of Kraftwerk and Neu! lately so the title of this hidden away song grabbed me. Possibly the most obscure track I've chosen.
Hang on, it's not all B sides is it?
Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky
Wedged between two huge tracks on Everything Must Go is this delicate piece. It includes a harp. What's not to love?
Yeah, a cover version! Kicks Rihanna in the face.
All We Make Is Entertainment
Let Robeson Sing
Know Your Enemy isn't my favourite, it's OK, My Guernica comes later.
All Is Vanity
A late change of mind saw this come in and boot out a Lifeblood track.
From Despair To Where
Probably should be higher but this is hard work, this list.
More from Everything Must Go? Yes, and there's plenty more where this came from.
More than ten songs in before we get to The Holy Bible and the horror and violence being thrust into your face. Excellent.
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (cover)
I nearly went with Last Christmas but this is the perfect example of how the Manics can be playful as opposed to political, inaccessible and difficult.
Drug Drug Druggy
Little Baby Nothing
Kidnapped and made to sell holidays and beer this song still remains brilliant.
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
Hmmm, have I dispensed with the duets already?
Bonkers. Nonsensical. Ridiculous. Marvellous.
Another that should really be higher up the list.
Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
You see this on a track listing and it raises eyebrows, then you go and question the morality of suburbia.
The first line says it all.
Love's Sweet Exile
Is this a little Generation Terrorists cul de sac?
You Love Us
I remember at the O2 gig there were a couple of blokes in the queue for the gents who didn't know who Kevin Carter was. The Manics always encouraged us to read, to learn, to expand horizons. I felt sorry for those two blokes.
Maybe the earliest song included in my countdown.