NME Top Singles of 1998

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Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
4
7%
Super Furry Animals - Ice Hockey Hair
8
14%
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
7
12%
Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Hiway
11
19%
Manic Street Preachers - Mangled vowel thing
2
3%
Cornershop - Brimful of Asha
11
19%
The Beta Band - The Patty Patty Sound EP
5
9%
Pulp - This is Hardcore
3
5%
The Beta Band – Los Amigos Del Beta Bandos Ep
4
7%
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank
3
5%
 
Total votes: 58

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NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Dec 2018, 14:43

Another disappointing year, the best track being also the best track from the previous year's longlist, with Cornershop's Brimful of Asha, though I'm presuming this is the remix. The Beta Band? Really, NME? They seem really lost for a scene to hitch a ride to here.

1. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic


2. Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair Ep


3. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You


4. Mercury Rev – Goddess On A Hiway


5. Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next


6. Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha


7. The Beta Band – The Patty Patty Sound Ep


8. Pulp – This Is Hardcore


9. The Beta Band – Los Amigos Del Beta Bandos Ep


10. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Count Machuki » 21 Dec 2018, 14:54

Fucking Hell, 'Intergalactic' took me right back to hearing it blared out of frat houses at university.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby ever/never » 21 Dec 2018, 15:21

'Ice Hockey Hair' is the best thing there.

Two or three others are OK - but why anyone would vote for 'Brimful of Asha' beggars belief

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 21 Dec 2018, 15:23

Mercury Rev.

Not the best tune on Deserter's Songs, but it is the only of the ten I know.

So there.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby $P.Muff$ » 21 Dec 2018, 15:24

Occasionally I get to feeling nostalgic for the '90s, but these lists have been a sure-fire remedy.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Dayodead » 21 Dec 2018, 17:32

Voted Mercury Rev / Pulp
My Top 20 for 1998:
1. Radiohead- No Surprises
2. Mojave 3- Who do you love
3. Unkle- Rabbit in your headlights
4. Mercury Rev- Goddess on a highway
5. REM- Daysleeper
6. Bjork- Hunter
7. Boards of Canada- Aquarius
8.  Massive Attack- Angel
9. Tricky- Money Greedy
10. Belle and Sebastian- This is just a modern rock song
11. Pulp- This is Hardcore
12. Pram- Sleepy Sweet
13. Air- Sexy Boy
14. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Cracking up
15. Grooverider- Rainbows of colour
16. Sonic Youth- Sunday
17. Portishead- Only you
18. Massive Attack- Inertia Creeps
19. Propellerheads- Velvet Pants  
20. The Magnetic Fields- I don't believe you

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby The Modernist » 21 Dec 2018, 17:39

Darkness_Fish wrote: The Beta Band? Really, NME? They seem really lost for a scene to hitch a ride to here.


Best band of the late 90s by a country mile.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby toomanyhatz » 21 Dec 2018, 17:58

'OOH YEAH' at Christmas wrote: why anyone would vote for 'Brimful of Asha' beggars belief


Just the opposite, sez hatz.

In a year of "look at me" music, this is the only one that says "check out this cool shit!" It's repetitive and not long on melody or hooks, so I'm certainly not claiming greatness for it, but it's the one there I have the most affection for.

I also voted for the Beta EPs.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby ever/never » 21 Dec 2018, 18:05

Every single time I played that fucking Beta Band EPs thing it was 'oh this is really good! I should give it more of a chance' - and then 'Dry The Rain' finished and all that infant school percussion shit started up and I remembered EXACTLY why I didn't give it much of a chance
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Georgios » 21 Dec 2018, 18:24

Rockafeller Skank is a nauseating record - was then and still is now, infact ''Big Beat'' generally has aged badly. Stardust on the other hand still sounds great.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby slightbreeze » 21 Dec 2018, 23:54

Mercury Rev for me. Whenever the weather turns chilly, always dig out Deserters Song. Fits the mood brilliantly, like an aural snow shaker.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby The Red Heifer » 22 Dec 2018, 00:19

Very few songs make me feel the way "Music Sounds Better With You" does, I love it to pieces.
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Postby mentalist (slight return) » 22 Dec 2018, 05:31

The Red Nosed Heifer wrote:Very few songs make me feel the way "Music Sounds Better With You" does, I love it to pieces.

I loved that popular French House-y stuff. A bit anti-BCB mind. Reminds me of this:

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby northernsky » 22 Dec 2018, 10:44

Yeah that’s a pretty weak list. Never got the love for one of the Manics poorest singles. I could still get a sugar rush from Stardust or ”Intergalactic”, given the right circumstances. But the Pulp is the best thing here. This was where they started to decline commercially but I still have a LOT of time for that album and all its singles.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Rayge » 22 Dec 2018, 11:34

The Modernist wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote: The Beta Band? Really, NME? They seem really lost for a scene to hitch a ride to here.


Best band of the late 90s by a country mile.


WHOOOOOSH

There go the last few shards of your credibility, and I speak as someone who bought both those EPs on an NME recommendation. An XTC for the 21st century.Only good thing I can say for them is that they got me a fair few bawbees on Discogs - couldn't wait to get rid of them.
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I actually owned six of those singles. Voted for the Rev, Cornershop and Stardust, Ice Hockey Hair was in there, too.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby joels344 » 22 Dec 2018, 15:32

I can endorse "Goddess on a Hiway," but not so sure about the rest.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby ever/never » 23 Dec 2018, 10:14

Rayge wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote: The Beta Band? Really, NME? They seem really lost for a scene to hitch a ride to here.


Best band of the late 90s by a country mile.


WHOOOOOSH

There go the last few shards of your credibility


Fair enough, but 'best band of the late 90s' is hardly a great claim. What else was there?

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Postby Rayge » 23 Dec 2018, 11:04

'OOH YEAH' at Christmas wrote:
Rayge wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Best band of the late 90s by a country mile.


WHOOOOOSH

There go the last few shards of your credibility


Fair enough, but 'best band of the late 90s' is hardly a great claim. What else was there?


Oh I expect we could all come with a few, my own personal favourites are irrelevant - my position is that the mannered clever-cleverness of the Worsa Band made them strong candidates to be the most drivelingly inadequate and unlikeable critically acclaimed band of the period, an XTC for the 1990s.

Of course this viewpoint is wholly dependent on my own experience of the band when, after the fiasco of the purchase of these two EPs, they went on my putative List. For all I know they were gold thereafter, just not my version of the metal. I really don't care either way, just an excuse to rag on that soft sod Geraint (he knows I love him really ;) ).
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Dec 2018, 21:03

'OOH YEAH' at Christmas wrote:
Rayge wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Best band of the late 90s by a country mile.


WHOOOOOSH

There go the last few shards of your credibility


Fair enough, but 'best band of the late 90s' is hardly a great claim. What else was there?

Well, it depends on your criteria, I guess. If we're talking sales and critical acclaim, it's going to be Radiohead. If you're talking music targeted at the learned and wise music critics of the NME, in 1998 alone Neutral Milk Hotel, Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, Elliot Smith, Autechre and Air had some of their landmark albums out. Personally, I'd be going for Current 93 and Coil, obviously.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1998

Postby ever/never » 23 Dec 2018, 21:08

hell's bells