BIG SONGS FOR LITTLE ATTENTION
SPANS VOL. 2
01. IN ACCORDANCE TO NATURAL LAW -
Fresh from their appearance on Vol.1, the loveable agit-femsters
kick off the second selection by doing what they do best.
02. KICK OUT THE JAMS - THE PRESIDENTS
OF THE USA
Snappier, less-apocalyptic rendition of the MC5 classic.
03. LIKE A FISH IN WATER - THE
Is he really singing "Need a fisting" right at the end? Yikes.
04. BRITISH SOUNDS - THE YUMMY FUR
Angular clattering in the finest British post-punk tradition.
05. HIM DANCING - THROWING MUSES
...and here's the structurally similar, but altogether more polished
sound of US "alternative". But just as good.
06. OFNAD CONTRIBUTION STUDY COMMITTEE
- TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS
You tell me, frankly. Majestic, though.
07. THE COUNT - WIZO
Maybe taking things a little bit too literally.
08. SAY WILL YOU BE READY? - TINY TOT
A harrowing tale of Armageddon.
09. I HEAR THE WIND BLOW - THEY MIGHT
One of the few tracks from the band's "Fingertips" collection of
mini-tunes that stands up as a song in its own right.
10. FEELING THIS - RICHARD
Beautiful Blink 182 cover from the Lounge Against The Machine
11. OLD MOTHER REAGAN - VIOLENT FEMMES
A timely tribute.
12. PUSH IT - STEREO TOTAL
Fine German grunge take on the Salt'n'Pepa number.
13. HAND GRENADES - THE OFFSPRING
Revolutionary anthem or irresponsible incitement to random
vandalism? You decide.
14. NO CHILD OF MINE - PJ HARVEY
Heartbroken parent disowns perpetrators of previous track, possibly.
15. LET'S GO FREE - MOBY
Giveaway title spoils cliffhanging tension of track itself.
16. SCENE 2 - CITYBILLY LIVED HAPPILY
- PLUS TECH SQUEEZE BOX
Keeping up Vol.1's fine tradition of banjo music.
17. SATURDAY NIGHT AND DANCING -
Mellowed-out bleeps and bloops from the renowned Cornershop
18. JUST PASSING - SMALL FACES
Charmingly parochial warm-beer-and-cricket 60s Britpop.
19. ASIAN PRIDE - HI-STANDARD
I like the ending.
20. SWEETEST LOVE - RALPH STEADMAN
An accordian or a harpsichord? I can't tell.
21. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PONG? - FRANK
Two tunes in one track - bargain!
22. RENO, DAKOTA - MAGNETIC FIELDS
Another re-appearance from a Vol.1 artist, whose "69
Love Songs" triple album/box set is a Godsend for anyone making
a CD like this.
23. BORN TO RAISE HELL - WHALE
Were they Swedish or something? I forget.
24. BALLAD OF MICHAEL H -
STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH
One of several similarly-themed songs from the
shamefully-disrespectful thrashers. The "H" is for "Hutchence",
25. I DON'T GIVE A FUCK - PEACHES
I can't quite figure out what the underlying message of this song
26. LOVE IS ALL AROUND - JOAN JETT AND
Not that "Love Is All Around", thankfully.
27. TO ALL THE KIDS - THE VANDALS
Lovely T-Rex pastiche from US punk kids.
28. FASTER AND SHORTER - SHITBIRDS
Is there really any need for all this naval language? Tsk.
29. JUMP BABY JUMP - CAT POWER
Like a drunk New Orleans bag lady improvising with a broken guitar.
30. CUMBERLAND GAP - THE WEDDING
Much-loved UK indie outfit cover Lonnie Donegan's skiffle standard
for the NME's great, now-deleted, 40th-birthday celebration "Ruby
31. LITTLE ROOM (A CAPELLA) - MC TRON
Superior vocal cover of the White Stripes track from Vol.1.
32. BOSS OF ME (TV VERSION) - THEY
MIGHT BE GIANTS
Makes you wonder what the need for the other two-and-a-half minutes
33. DOIN' LAUNDRY - NERF HERDER
A touching romantic serenade.
34. VINYL PANTS MOVE TO NEW YORK TO
WEAR US - GERTY FARISH
Theme tune for a very sinister imaginary kids-TV show.
35. TUFF TITTY RAP - CICCONE YOUTH
Prelude to the rebadged Sonic Youth's cover of Madonna's "Into The
36. BOOKENDS THEME - SIMON AND
A nice soothing break after the last few songs.
37. I DON'T NEED ANYONE - CLUB 8
A nice soothing introduction for the next song. Tweeting birds and
38. PRETTY WOMAN - BBQ CHICKENS
Possibly my favourite track on this compilation. Could only have
been improved if the singer went "WAAAAHHH-AARRRRGGGGHHHH!"
before singing the title.
39. ANNIE - ELASTICA
Remembering the good old days. The second verse seems entirely
40. PIMMEL - THE MUFFS
No idea what the heck this is about, but it's lovely. It's probably
a tale of strangling puppies to death in a bucket of sewage or
41. EYEZ - NICOTINE
You never hear that ska drumbeat any more. Unless, I dunno, you
regularly go to see Rancid. And that seems to be taking it a bit too
42. EVERYONE COMES TO THE FREAK SHOW -
Sad-sounding little circus tune.
43. WIRE GREYHOUNDS - GUIDED BY VOICES
Unusually hi-fi effort from the Vol.1 stalwarts.
44. CELL PHONE - ALL-GIRL SUMMER FUN
Estimated total cost of band's instruments: £17.98.
45. BACK TO YOU - SWINGIN' UTTERS
"Hoedown Rushed Through Due To Fire."
46. THINGS GO BETTER WITH COKE -
This is from a real curio - an album collecting together dozens of
genuine Coke ads from the 1960s, featuring huge stars like Marvin
Gaye, Tom Jones, Otis Redding, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers
all shamelessly whoring themselves for the Coke dollar with cheesy
original tunes or worse, bastardised versions of their big hits.
Nothing quite as tragic would be seen until Madonna's Gap ads four
47. SUNTORY POP JINGLE #1 - THE
Blimey, everyone was at it. Sadly, there wasn't room on the
compilation for New Order's shameful "Sunkist" version of "Blue
Monday". Be grateful.
48. WARREN'S SONG PART 8 - BRACKET
Nice bit of harmony-laden emo.
49. ALLISON - EVE 6
Another cover of a Vol.1 track, this time in mellow "unplugged"
style, featuring what sounds like one of those keyboards you blow
50. TOLD YOU ONCE - THE MR. T
I pity the fool who has to write their lyrics.
51. HIGHLY EVOLVED (MIX) - THE VINES
A tighter, rawer version of the mentally-disturbed Antipodeans' hit
52. THE DEAD ONLY QUICKLY - THE SIXTHS
Much-collaborated-with band, this time featuring Neil "Divine
53. APPLE CORE - CATATONIA
Untypical electro-requiem from the Welsh alterno-popsters.
54. GOOD MORNING! HOW ARE YOU? SHUT
UP! - IVOR CUTLER
Any number of even shorter tracks from the legendary Scottish poet
could have featured here, but this one was chosen for its thematic
55. A NEW MACHINE PT.2 - PINK FLOYD
Nero Express has a really irritating habit of messing around
with the order of songs in compilations entirely on its own
initiative. You can move No.82 to No.86, then scroll back up the
list and find that - without you doing a thing - No.14 is now No.22,
No. 46 is No.45 and Nos 23-26 are now Nos 4-6 and No.17. This track
initially came at No.53 (for no particular reason), with the Ivor Cutler one following,
but I've just noticed it's shifted down one. It doesn't matter
especially, but for Heaven's sake sort your software out, Ahead. Tch.
56. WAKE UP - RADIO DAYS
The kind of thing that'd make a corpse leap out of bed in the
57. THE VERY NEXT DAY - NINA NASTASIA
The kind of thing that'd make it crawl back in and mope
melodramatically about what a total bummer it is being dead.
58. JOHN PEEL SINGS THE BLUES BADLY -
Terrific comedian best known as being the voice and face of ship's
computer "Holly" in the early series of UK sitcom "Red Dwarf", with
a frighteningly accurate spoof on the famous veteran DJ.
59. CHANDELIERS AND SOUVENIRS - DIESEL
Was there a war between Spain and America?
60. DAVE ALLEN AT LARGE - ALAN
One of the most evocative TV-show themes of the 60s and 70s. Sadly,
modern television progs rarely get the luxury of a full-length theme
61. MY FRIEND - BMX BANDITS
Typical sad-eyed whimsy.
62. DON'T YOU FUCK - ARLING AND
Doesn't actually sound all that threatening.
63. WEGODDIM - OSYMYSO
The scary thing is, both the words and the stilted, remedial speech
are so plausible.
64. QUALITY CONTROL - JURASSIC 5
A song which spoke particularly loudly during the compilation of
65. HEY NOW EVERYBODY - THEY MIGHT BE
An all-purpose alarm call.
66. MIDDLE - ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
Not enough songs go "Way-oh! Way-oh!" these days.
67. ON BEING PUSHED - CHUMBAWAMBA
Lift muzak of the Revolution.
68. DO TELL US - HECTOR ZAZOU
You never hear of people being called "Hector" anymore.
69. CAR WASH - ELASTICA
Not at all sure where car washes come in, to be honest.
70. PETER SELLERS SINGS GEORGE
GERSHWIN - PETER SELLERS
Does exactly what it says on the tin.
71. THE RADIO STILL SUCKS - THE ATARIS
Another thematic Smiths clone - this time, "Panic".
72. I HATE YOUR FUCKING GUTS - THE
Man! These American punk kids are really irritable! Cheer up!
73. CHICKA-CHICKA - Y.A.C.H.T.
Onomatopoeiac number from mystifyingly-named janglers.
74. ANDY THE DENTIST - ANDY
Is that the same "Thunderclap Newman"? That'd be weird.
75. NOT A HAPPY MAN - AVAIL
Thematically linked to the previous track, clearly.
76. THE BIZ VS. THE NUGE - BEASTIE
Moving on from "Deliverance".
77. X-GIRLFRIEND - BUSH
See, everyone's got at least one good song in them.
78. THE SOUND OF SILENCE - THE DICKIES
It was a close thing between this and "Eve Of Destruction".
79. TRACY KATZ - THE YUMMY FUR
For everyone who remembers Ron Johnson Records. In its more pop
80. O I SLEEP - MOGWAI
Mogwai track plentifully supplied with "quiet bit", but mysteriously
bereft of "loud bit".
81. TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE - MAGNETIC
I found two kinds of this track while searching for material,
funnily enough - this one and a much longer version. I liked this
82. THE BALLAD OF WILHELM FINK -
First of a pair of marine-themed tracks. Loosely speaking.
83. SEALAB 2021 THEME - CALAMINE
Jaunty and uncannily Belly-esque tune providing frankly inadequate
directions for locating the Sealab of the title.
84. LULLABY FOR THE... - THE FAINT
The what? The who? The when? The where? We demand to be told!
85. COUNTING TO ZERO - ARM OF ROGER
Owners of the finest-looking band
86. FEED MY EGO - BETTE DAVIS AND THE
"Balconette" is a kind of bra.
87. IF - DRUGSTORE
The second-longest track on Vol.2 at 1m 43s, (one second less than
No.10) but worth making the room for
- in your heart as well as on the CD. Bless.
88. TRIPLE TRACK - DANCE HALL
I love the last three seconds of this especially, for some reason.
89. I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME -
Lugubrious mopery from Suzanne Dando's long-lost twin brother.
90. HE'S SO UNUSUAL - CYNDI LAUPER
I love her.
91. ERIK SANDIN'S STAND-IN - DOGPISS
Erik Sandin is apparently the drummer of NOFX (who appeared on Vol.1
with the classic "Murder The Government"). Either he's a legend with the ladies, or the song's
sarcastic. Your guess is as good as mine, but it had to go in,
because nobody calls women "fillies" any more.
92. I SEE - ADVENTURES IN STEREO
Just time for a lovely little bit of swing.
93. PICNIC BOY - THE RESIDENTS
Just to shut up the millions of people who moaned about there being
no Residents on the first compilation (the reason being,
incidentally, that I listened to about 100 Residents songs, and they
were all total rubbish). See also the Descendents.
94. QUIT YOUR JOB - CHIXDIGGIT
The "Career Opportunities" for the 21st Century.
95. POLAROID BABY - BRATMOBILE
Just about the last track found for the album, but one of the best.
I don't know if they stole the line near the end from the Bloodhound
Gang or the other way round.
96. TO HAVE A HOME - LAUREN LAVERNE
From the short-lived solo career of the former Kenickie singer, who
abandoned making gorgeous, stellar pop music for extremely mediocre
97. SHORT ATTENTION SPAN - FIZZY
This volume's meta-track.
98. 99 - LIMP-X
Well, making it track 99 would just have been too obvious.
99. CHORALE FROM BEETHOVEN'S 9TH
SYMPHONY - PETE SEEGER
One last burst of banjo.
100. GOODNIGHT - DIE TOTEN HOSEN
A tribute to the good old days when TV stopped for the night at 10pm
with the playing of the national anthem.