NME Top Singles of 1986

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Kiss - Prince
15
23%
Word Up - Cameo
16
24%
Into The Groove(Y) - Ciccone Youth
5
8%
Walk This Way - Run Dmc
8
12%
Bang Zoom! Lets Go Go! - The Real Roxanne
1
2%
Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent - Gwen Guthrie
5
8%
Pain - Betty Wright
1
2%
Kiss - Age Of Chance
2
3%
Levi Stubbs Tears - Billy Bragg
10
15%
Still Smokin' - Trouble Funk
3
5%
 
Total votes: 66

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Goat Boy » 01 Jul 2018, 15:00

It’s a horrible, tuneless little thing with some rubbish sounding scratchy guitar and Braggs stupid fucking voice completing the horrorshow.

I genuinely find it puzzling how anybody can like it but I’m assuming the appeal is lyrical because it sure as hell ain’t the tune.

The man is charlatan and a fool.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby 'oh bee' » 01 Jul 2018, 15:17

and a cunt!
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Bent Fabric » 01 Jul 2018, 15:22

I'm always happy to pile on.

This story goes back about twenty years, but an acquaintance made a record with Bragg on which both men sang a fair number of leads - the "not Bragg guy" was playing the work in progress at home regularly during production (approving performances, mixes, etc.) and every time Bragg started singing, the guy's little toddler started crying hysterically "DADDY, NO!!!!"

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby 'oh bee' » 01 Jul 2018, 15:32

:lol:
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Polishgirl » 01 Jul 2018, 18:16

I fucking hate Billy Bragg. I hate his voice, his music, and him.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Count Machuki » 01 Jul 2018, 18:35

Bent Fabric wrote:I'm always happy to pile on.

This story goes back about twenty years, but an acquaintance made a record with Bragg on which both men sang a fair number of leads - the "not Bragg guy" was playing the work in progress at home regularly during production (approving performances, mixes, etc.) and every time Bragg started singing, the guy's little toddler started crying hysterically "DADDY, NO!!!!"



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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby The Modernist » 01 Jul 2018, 18:57

Polishgirl wrote:I fucking hate Billy Bragg. I hate his voice, his music, and him.


Have you seen the size of his gaff?

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Polishgirl » 01 Jul 2018, 20:50

The Modernist wrote:
Polishgirl wrote:I fucking hate Billy Bragg. I hate his voice, his music, and him.


Have you seen the size of his gaff?


I have . :evil:
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Deebank » 01 Jul 2018, 20:52

How dare a socialist have a big house!
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Polishgirl » 01 Jul 2018, 21:05

Deebank wrote:How dare a socialist have a big house!


One of the Billy Bragg things I particularly dislike is the assumption that if you're a lefty, you have to adore him.

It's ok for socialists to have money - that's not the problem. The problem is Bragg himself; smug, clichéd and very, very tedious.

Edit: and he's got a stupid face.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby The Modernist » 01 Jul 2018, 22:32

He got where he is through a mixture of brazen Essex front and right place, right time (he sort of capitalised on the post Smiths vogue for whimsical, vaguely right on indie, as did The Housemartins). There's not really any real talent there, apart from a knack for writing the odd pun laden one liner. But that suggests to me his true vocation was writing limericks for Christmas crackers rather than professional singer/songwriter.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby the bile flowing » 01 Jul 2018, 22:35

His initial deal was a ‘one man, one guitar, one truth’ back to basics reaction to ideas-above-it’s-station New Pop. Keepin’ it real for student wankers.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby 'oh bee' » 01 Jul 2018, 22:43

Blame your mates The Clash.
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Postby the bile flowing » 01 Jul 2018, 22:46

He wasn’t listening properly then.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby bobzilla77 » 02 Jul 2018, 18:51

Prince, Cameo and Janet Jackson are standing pretty tall as I see it.

I really liked REM and Peter Gabriel's albums, and hit singles, that year. LL Cool J and Beastie Boys were pretty hot too.

I wish Huskers had put forth a winning album in the year they finally got some attention, but Candy Apple Gray was largely a saddening bore. "Don't Want To Know" was a worthwhile single though.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby bobzilla77 » 02 Jul 2018, 18:53

I also remember liking the Violent Femmes' Blind Leading The Naked pretty well when it came out, though I haven't wanted to hear it for at least thirty years.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Sneelock » 02 Jul 2018, 19:30

"word up"!!!!
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby sloopjohnc » 02 Jul 2018, 20:00

Bent Fabric wrote:I'm always happy to pile on.

This story goes back about twenty years, but an acquaintance made a record with Bragg on which both men sang a fair number of leads - the "not Bragg guy" was playing the work in progress at home regularly during production (approving performances, mixes, etc.) and every time Bragg started singing, the guy's little toddler started crying hysterically "DADDY, NO!!!!"


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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Ranking Ted » 02 Jul 2018, 22:07

I picked Prince, Cameo and Run DMC. I also dig the Gwen Guthrie.

On the Bragg, full disclosure - I bought it and the Talking With The Taxman... album at the time (I was 16!) and think LST is still very definitely one where he reined in his natural clunkiness and produced something with a rough grace. Obvious now, but that was really the high water mark... his unlovely yowl and mix of hectoring and sentimentality have not worn well.