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TV Cream counts from 1 to…?: slight return

Nominations for our musical stepladder have dried up, understandably, so in a shameless attempt to revitalise interest, there is now a Spotify playlist in existence of songs from 1 up to 40.

It’s somewhat different from the original list, partly because some songs aren’t on Spotify, partly because some of those nominated, such as 26 Years by Menswear, are awful (as the nominator of that song himself implied). The need to compile a playlist that people might actually want to listen to, rather than one derived solely on an empirical basis, makes obvious sense.

Anyway, this new list contains some delights. There’s a nicely apt prologue courtesy of They Might Be Giants; Cab Calloway’s band pleading for a Fifteen Minutes Intermission and their boss graciously conceding it would be good for their “palpitating embochure”; Leroy Carr pledging to turn over a brand new leaf in the Nineteen Thirty One Blues; and Brigitte Fontaine pompously intoning  J’ai 26 ans. Fuck knows what it’s about, but it sounds lovely.

The list gets sequentially more obscure, though hopefully no less appealing. There are a couple of harmless acoustic noodlings for numbers 14 and 28; a bit of George Fenton film soundtrackage for number 34; and a washboard for number 38.

Best of all, perhaps, is the version of #9 Dream by A-ha. Here’s a textbook example of how to take a dreary bag of wank and turn it into something fresh and quite charming (not least by ditching that wretched “John! John!” bit). It somehow fittingly segues into Loudon Wainwright III’s achingly sad 4 x 10.

Feel free to add your suggestions to the playlist on where to go from here, specifically how to get to Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover.

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  1. Jason Carter

    April 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    How odd – my suggestion of Eldkvarn’s 27 is replaced by fellow Swedes the Open Trio. I’ll have to do some digging to see if the number 27 holds some special significance in the land of herring and terrible food.

  2. TV Cream

    April 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    That Eldkvarn track was just a bit too long for the playlist. Pure fluke that it was replaced with another Swedish act!

  3. Mark Jones

    April 23, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    If it’s permitted to add tracks to the playlist ourselves, how about 12:51 by The Strokes, followed by the seminal 52 Girls by The B-52’s?

    If it’s not permitted, erm, someone might want to remove them, because I’ve added them to the playlist.

  4. Mark Jones

    April 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I’d also like to add a track for ’54’ (Mint Royale’s ’54’), but of course such a list should follow the rules of Richard Herring’s Car Number Plate Spotting, and only permit tracks to be added sequentially.

  5. TV Cream

    April 24, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Feel free to add songs, Mark. Thanks for your suggestions.

  6. Mark Jones

    April 25, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Pleasingly, someone else had already added Mint Royale’s ‘54′ to the playlist (after Louisiana Red’s ‘Two Fifty Three’). The playlist was up to ’60’ when I arrived at it, giving me the chance to add a lovely slice of prime Kenickie (“60’s Bitch”). Number 61 currently up for grabs.

  7. Claire

    April 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I tried to find “65 Love Affair” but the only version that appears to be on Spotify is the karaoke one…not so good!

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