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Something Changed 48: Sit Down

Like the good lady, in the 1990s I had a bit of a soft spot for James.

Sit Down was the band’s biggest hit.

An acquaintance of mine once complained he hated that when it came to the middle eight of this song people listening to it would start to sit down. As if it was the group’s fault.

My feeling is that artists aren’t responsible for the way people react to their creations. George Orwell couldn’t have foreseen folk saying, “it’s like 1984, isn’t it?”

James: Sit Down

This is the originally released version from 1989. It doesn’t have quite the bite of the later release and the video is a bit unimaginative.

Something Changed 47: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

I would wager there haven’t been many songs written in English about the Spanish Civil War.

Still fewer have been chart hits.

This one made number 1 in the UK.

Sadly its message is even more relevant today than it was in the 90s.

Manic Street Preachers: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

Something Changed 46: Help the Aged

The first single taken from This is Hardcore, Pulp’s follow-up album to their big breakthrough LP Different Class.

Pulp: Help the Aged

Something Changed 45: Bitter Sweet Symphony

One of the sounds of the nineties. Except for the strings, of course, which were sampled from a 1960s orchestral recording of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time (which itself draws on This May be the Last Time by The Staple Singers) and were subject to a lawsuit.

The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony

Something Changed 44: Friday I’m in Love

Well this is appropriately titled for today.

A nice piece 1992 of jingle-jangle jauntiness from The Cure.

I feel like I should preface this with the warning, “Contains flashing images.”

The Cure: Friday I’m in Love

Something Changed 43: Change

I’ve not had anything from The Lightning Seeds for a while, so why not?

They always had a bright, cheerful sound.

The Lightning Seeds: Change

Something Changed 42: Creep

The track that annnounced Radiohead to most of the world.

Granted, it’s not the cheeriest of songs, but it still has a certain something.

(I must only have heard radio edits before as I don’t remember the [repeated] swear word.)

Radiohead: Creep

Something Changed 41: Wake Up Boo

This became one of my elder son’s favourite songs when it was released. (He was somewhat precocious about liking music.) It is a great joyful piece of pop.

I had heard the song myself but it was some time before I realised what the band’s name was and made the connection to To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Boo Radleys: Wake Up Boo

Something Changed 40: Brimful of Asha

The Norman Cook remix of Cornershop’s Brimful of Asha which got to number one in the UK in 1998.

Still a joyful sound.

Cornershop: Brimful of Asha

Something Changed 39: Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm

About ten weeks ago I noted the death of Wayne Fontana and featured (along with his later solo hit Pamela, Pamela) Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, a top five song when he was with the Mindbenders. Except the way Fontana enunciated the lyric it sounded more like this song’s title. The first – and biggest – UK hit for the band Crash Test Dummies. This was around the time when my eldest son, not yet in his teens, was getting into music seriously. Ah, memories.

Crash Test Dummies: Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm

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