84 Miss Misery Elliott Smith
83 Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy
82 Get a Gun The Connells (You Tube)
81 That’s When I Reach For My Revolver Mission of Burma
80 See These Bones Nada Surf (You Tube)
79 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker The Ramones
78 Voices Carry ‘Til Tuesday
77 Shell-Shock New Order
76 One More Time Joe Jackson
75 Crank Catherine Wheel
74 Orinoco Flow Enya
73 Weston Super Mare Celebrity Pilots
72 Hopeless The Wrens
71 Apply Some Pressure Maxïmo Park (You Tube)
70 Future Foe Scenarios Silversun Pickups
69 Crash The Primitives (You Tube)
68 Hazel Weekend
67 Vapour Trail Ride
82 – With some bands on the list, it’s easy to understand why they remained obscure. Their music simply doesn’t have widespread appeal. Then there’s the Connells. In a more sensible, orderly world that recognized solid pop songcraft, they would have been stars, instead of just some guys from Chapel Hill.
80 – I guy I knew online (and later met before a concert) who was in a band called IfIHadAHiFi. The name was a palindrome, as was the stage name of each of the band members. Nada Surf, the band behind “Popular” wanted to title an album with that name, but initially balked because of “some noise band from Milwaukee.” Eventually, they said screw it, and named an EP “IfIHadAHiFi.” The band responded by naming its next EP “Nada Surf.”
73. I wanted to provide a You Tube link for this song, but as with most Celebrity Pilots work, it’s incredibly difficult to find. I own the band’s first disc, but the follow-up is tough to track down, even in this era of access to virtually everything. ‘Tis a pity, as the Pilots created some damn catchy music.
70 – What Smashing Pumpkins might have sounded like today, if Billy Corgan hadn’t been so damn full of himself.
68 – Not to be confused with the third e gone Weeknd.
67 – Vapour Trail is the greatest fade out song I’ve ever heard. Ride recognized that in its original pressing of the Nowhere disc, though I’ve only got the one with the bonus tracks tacked on.