Here we go from 80-71…
80) Department S – Is Vic There?
All the hallmarks of the best new wave – jagged guitars, inscrutable lyrics, obscure reference (a track from a Python album), knowingly retro-fitted frontman with fitfully amusing stage name (Vaughan Toulouse)
79) Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon
Canadian duo sample Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, sound like a lower budget New Order, are never heard of again. Quintessential.
78) Ultravox – Hymn
Mostly given the nudge by Creamguide reader Simon Nud, who points out the memorable greatness of the video, starring Oliver Tobias as a Satanic/Mephistophelean salesman and incorporating both a Kid Jensen cameo and Billy Currie accidentally inventing Tony Blair.
77) Prefab Sprout – The King Of Rock And Roll
A song about a serious artist only being remembered for having an accidental huge hit with a novelty record, by a serious artist who are mostly only remembered for their accidental huge hit with what was seen as a novelty record. Wheels within wheels.
76) Electronic – Getting Away With It
Sumner, Marr and Tennant’s first of two appearances each, a kind of unhurriedly wistful classy pop you don’t associate with at least two of them. Johnny even gives himself a solo.
75) Boney M – Rasputin
An absurd record by an absurd band – Belfast was a year earlier, Hooray Hooray It’s A Holi-Holiday a year later – best experienced in its full form where Frank Farian drops the Bobby Farrell fill-in voice and gives himself a cameo as a newsreel announcer.
74) Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric
Alienation to glower in panstick to. Gary would become more involved and filled out, but his early robot bark did the job enough.
73) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Best false ending in pop history, as well as its most showily elongated vowels.
72) BA Robertson – Bang Bang
Professional irritant he may have been at times, and his most iconic work the Swap Shop theme wasn’t eligible, but there’s something about that obtuse history lesson and onomatopoeic title.
71) Trio – Da Da Da
“Ich liebe dich nicht du liebst mich nicht!” Disreputable looking Neue Deutsche Welle minimalists get to number two with a song based on a Casio VL-1, and the future is full of possibilities.