NME Top Singles of 1991

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Primal Scream - Higher Than The Sun
7
11%
The KLF - Justified & Ancient
6
10%
REM - Losing My Religion
8
13%
Teenage Fanclub - Star Sign
6
10%
Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
7
11%
Electronic - Get The Message
5
8%
Nirvana - Smell Like Teen Spirit
9
14%
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
13
21%
Chapterhouse - Pearl
1
2%
The Wonder Stuff - Size Of A Cow
1
2%
 
Total votes: 63

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NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Aug 2018, 10:28

Jesus Christ, in 1991, the NME embraced the mundane with open legs. If there's a limper number 1 for any year, I'd be surprised, and the rest of the list isn't much better.

1. Primal Scream - Higher Than The Sun


2. The KLF - Justified & Ancient


3. REM - Losing My Religion


4. Teenage Fanclub - Star Sign


5. Teenage Fanclub - The Concept


6. Electronic - Get The Message


7. Nirvana - Smell Like Teen Spirit


8. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy


9. Chapterhouse - Pearl


10. The Wonder Stuff - Size Of A Cow
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Aug 2018, 10:29

Long list:
1. Higher Than The Sun - Primal Scream
2. Justified & Ancient - The Klf
3. Loosing My Religion - Rem
4. Starsign - Teenage Fanclub
5. The Concept - Teenage Fanclub
6. Get The Message - Electronic
7. Smell Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
8. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
9. Pearl - Chapterhouse
10. Size Of A Cow - The Wonder Stuff
11. Sexuality - Billy Bragg
12. I Won't Try - Midway Still
13. Only Love Can Break Your Heart - St Etienne
14. Playing With Knives - Bizarre Inc.
15. I'm To Sexy - Right Said Fred
16. Happy - Ned's Atomic Dustbin
17. After The Watershed - Carter Usm
18. Feel So Sad - Spiritalized
19. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - Pm Dawn
20. Wear Your Love Like Heaven - Definition Of Sound
21. Waterproof Ep - Kingmaker
22. Motown Junk - Manic Street Preachers
23. Where The Streets Have No Name - Pet Shop Boys
24. Endless Art - A House
25. You Love Us - Manic Street Preachers
26. The Fly - U2
27. Infiltrate - Altern 8
28. Destined To Be Free - Fabulous
29. Apparently Nothing - Young Disciples
30. What Do I Have To Do - Kilie Minogue
31. My Legendary Girlfriend - Pulp
32. Gett Off - Prince
33. Carwash Hair - Mercury Rev
34. Cream - Prince
35. Dominator - Human Resource
36. No Score After Extra Time - Thousand Yard Stare
37. Not Superstitious - Leatherface
38. Superelectric - Stereolab
39. Planet Of Sound - Pixies
40. Bring The Noise - Anthrax/Public Enemy
41. Go - Moby
42. Missing On The Moon - Field Mice
43. Tasty Fish - The Other Two
44. There’s No Other Way - Blur
45. Pregnant For The Last Time - Morrissey
46. Words That Say - Mega City Four
47. Young People - Pooh Sticks
48. Tremolo EP - My Bloody Valentine
49. Drive That Fast - Kitchens Of Distinction
50. Frozen EP - Curve
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Ranking Ted » 03 Aug 2018, 14:49

90s cup spoiler alert!

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Pansy Puff » 03 Aug 2018, 14:55

I can't believe people have voted for Get the Message or Size of a Cow, but what do I know, I voted for Higher Than The Sun.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Jumper K » 03 Aug 2018, 15:08

Massive tower over the ‘competition’.

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Postby the gorton gollum » 03 Aug 2018, 15:21

Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts) obv and the two Fannies.

I dig the music of Massive Attack but Shara Nelson doesn’t do it for me. The undergraduate bumptiousness of The Wonderstuff (pity about the dead ones, not nearly enough of them) was hideous at the time (and a dreadful portent of the Neds/Carter/Kingmaker filth to come), simply unforgivable now. R.E.M. doubled down on Green’s AOR with that piece of mandolin wank, cheers!

From the long list Leatherface, Stereolab and Young Disciples still thrill.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Rayge » 03 Aug 2018, 15:28

voted for KLF and Primal Scream, but the real single of that year is lurking in 33rd place.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Mike Boom » 03 Aug 2018, 15:44

Ranking Ted wrote:90s cup spoiler alert!


Research ?

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby CAN » 03 Aug 2018, 15:51

The Wonder Stuff aren't tasteful enough for the snotty no-personality longcoat brigade, of course, but it's their one great song - a lovely bumpity studenty knees-up with an irresistible chorus. So I went for that one. And Massive Attack, and Electronic.

The Fannies, KLF and Nirvana are all pretty good too, but never real set my cock alight.

The others can go to hell.
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Postby the gorton gollum » 03 Aug 2018, 16:03

Of course :)
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Postby Ranking Ted » 03 Aug 2018, 16:59

Mike Boom wrote:
Ranking Ted wrote:90s cup spoiler alert!


Research ?

Already submitted Mike!

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Mike Boom » 03 Aug 2018, 17:37

Ranking Ted wrote:
Mike Boom wrote:
Ranking Ted wrote:90s cup spoiler alert!


Research ?

Already submitted Mike!


Looks like I need to re think my inclusion of Right Said Fred

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Dayodead » 03 Aug 2018, 19:34

Voted: REM and Massive...

Long List:
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - St Etienne
My Legendary Girlfriend - Pulp
Gett Off - Prince
Carwash Hair - Mercury Rev
Cream - Prince
Superelectric - Stereolab
Planet Of Sound - Pixies
Bring The Noise - Anthrax/Public Enemy
Missing On The Moon - Field Mice
There’s No Other Way - Blur
Pregnant For The Last Time - Morrissey
Tremolo EP - My Bloody Valentine
Drive That Fast - Kitchens Of Distinction

My top singles of 1991:
1. Massive Attack- Unfinished Sympathy
2. Ride- Vapour trail 
3. Mercury Rev- Car wash hair
4. REM- Losing my Religion
5. Pulp- My legendary girlfriend 
6. Lush- For love
7. Ministry- Jesus built my hotrod 
8. Stereolab- Superelectric
9. The Field Mice- September's not too far away
10.  The Sugarcubes- Hit
HMs:
Skinny Puppy- Spasmolytic 
Pavement- Summer Babe
Mudhoney- Into the drink
Massive Attack- Safe from harm
Pixies- Alec Eiffel / Planet of Sound
Violent Femmes- American Music 
My Bloody Valentine- To here knows when
Slowdive- Catch the Breeze 
TAD- Jack Pepsi
Public Enemy- Can't truss it / Shut em down
Digital Underground- Same Song  
A Tribe called Quest- Check the Rhyme 
Ice Cube- Steady Mobbin'
The Disposable heroes of Hiphoprisy- Television, the drug a Nation 
Eric B. & Rakim- Mahogany 
Cypress Hill- Hand on the pump 
The Vaselines- Dying for it  
The Telescopes- Flying
KMFDM- Split
Unrest- Cherry cream on 
Heavenly- So little deserve
Gallon Drunk- Some fool's mess
Alice Donut- Get a life

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby CAN » 03 Aug 2018, 19:42

'Summer Babe', 'Alec Eiffel' and 'Some Fool's Mess' are all classics, yeah.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 03 Aug 2018, 21:58

I hate that the commercially successful stuff is the best stuff here, but it's undeniably true.

Nirvana from the 10, Prince and U2 from the long list.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1991

Postby Polishgirl » 03 Aug 2018, 23:20

KLF were joyous. Also went for Primal Scream and Nirvana.

I would have entered the 90s Cup if I was able to hold my competitiveness in check ; Alec Eiffel would have been in there, and some Ride.

Of the long list, I very much like both the Princes.
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