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%
 
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby ORORORO » 28 Jun 2018, 22:34

Anita Baker's ALBUM made their top ten for the same year. Above many of their typical faves.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Georgios » 28 Jun 2018, 22:36

I stand corrected then. It's a fine record as well.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Bent Fabric » 28 Jun 2018, 22:49

ORORORO wrote:25. Starpower/Expressway To Your Skull - Sonic Youth


Probably their finest five minutes. For the ages.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby ORORORO » 28 Jun 2018, 22:53

Yeah, it's a blast.

I bought EVOL on the strength of it (and the NME review) and played that a lot that year. I think it's their finest album - there's more magic there than on Daydream Nation. Wonderful sounds.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Bent Fabric » 28 Jun 2018, 23:05

I don't play them anything like as much as I did at the time, but...that period (up through Goo, really) is pretty great.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Pansy Puff » 28 Jun 2018, 23:22

Prince
Cameo
Billy


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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby pcqgod » 29 Jun 2018, 03:49

Ciccone Youth actually got played on the radio in the UK? Hmm.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby The Modernist » 29 Jun 2018, 06:07

pcqgod wrote:Ciccone Youth actually got played on the radio in the UK? Hmm.


Only on things like Peel. Not on daytime commercial radio.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 Jun 2018, 08:51

Yeah, you have to remember that a lot of what's in these lists would have been nowhere near mainstream radio. John Peel's show was the only place to hear things from outside the top 40 charts, and there also wasn't that much of a correlation between his and the NME's taste. I've no idea if there was a more NME-friendly show, like Steve Lamacq or someone at the time. I was largely tuning in a year or two later, for the grindcore.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 Jun 2018, 08:55

Those Swans singles look really out of place in that long-list, Sonic Youth are obviously from the same background, but amongst all the dream-pop and horrible 80s chart-soul/funk, the clunky misanthropic sludge stands out like a goth at a rave.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Polishgirl » 30 Jun 2018, 11:18

Prince
Gwen ( I really love this track )
Run DMC.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 30 Jun 2018, 11:56

Goat Boy wrote:C
Nice to be reminded just how much of a useless talentless cunt Bragg is.


:o

Surely, a masterpiece? I don't care for all of his output but Levi Stubbs' Tears packs a huge emotional punch. Silly boy.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby ORORORO » 30 Jun 2018, 12:06

There are the makings of a good song there (I'd forgotten about the 'bits' he adds between verses - sweet) but as usual he sounds like a Billingsgate fish packer after someone's dropped a cargo of cod on his plates.
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Postby Toby » 30 Jun 2018, 19:48

Darkness_Fish wrote:Yeah, you have to remember that a lot of what's in these lists would have been nowhere near mainstream radio. John Peel's show was the only place to hear things from outside the top 40 charts, and there also wasn't that much of a correlation between his and the NME's taste. I've no idea if there was a more NME-friendly show, like Steve Lamacq or someone at the time. I was largely tuning in a year or two later, for the grindcore.


There wasn't really anything like that until 1990 or so. Mark Goodjer (sp) was Lamacq's predecessor in the 7pm indie slot on Radio 1, taking its cue from the Madchester explosion.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby toomanyhatz » 30 Jun 2018, 19:55

Tonto Papadopoulos wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:C
Nice to be reminded just how much of a useless talentless cunt Bragg is.


:o

Surely, a masterpiece? I don't care for all of his output but Levi Stubbs' Tears packs a huge emotional punch. Silly boy.


Griff talks sense in rare shocker! :D

Nice to have some dang backup on this finally. I don't love him, and get all the cunty accusations (though as I may have mentioned a few times he was perfectly lovely to me) but a great song is a great song.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby ORORORO » 30 Jun 2018, 20:02

You know the worst thing about it? when he sings the title - that's the chorus, right? supposedly the memorable part, the part you take away with you?

try humming that now
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Deebank » 30 Jun 2018, 20:34

Somewhat light on artists featured on their own iconic C86 tape that top 10. Only Age Of Chance.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby the masked man » 30 Jun 2018, 21:16

Darkness_Fish wrote:Yeah, you have to remember that a lot of what's in these lists would have been nowhere near mainstream radio. John Peel's show was the only place to hear things from outside the top 40 charts, and there also wasn't that much of a correlation between his and the NME's taste. I've no idea if there was a more NME-friendly show, like Steve Lamacq or someone at the time. I was largely tuning in a year or two later, for the grindcore.


There was. Janice Long's show immediately before in the evening dealt with the more tuneful side of alternative music, the stuff more likely to cross over.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Deebank » 01 Jul 2018, 07:25

the masked man wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Yeah, you have to remember that a lot of what's in these lists would have been nowhere near mainstream radio. John Peel's show was the only place to hear things from outside the top 40 charts, and there also wasn't that much of a correlation between his and the NME's taste. I've no idea if there was a more NME-friendly show, like Steve Lamacq or someone at the time. I was largely tuning in a year or two later, for the grindcore.


There was. Janice Long's show immediately before in the evening dealt with the more tuneful side of alternative music, the stuff more likely to cross over.


Andy Kershaw too.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1986

Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 01 Jul 2018, 09:50

ORORORO wrote:You know the worst thing about it? when he sings the title - that's the chorus, right? supposedly the memorable part, the part you take away with you?

try humming that now


Easy. *sings in head*

"When he world falls apart, somethings stay in place.
Levi Stubbs' tears run down his face."


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