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Something Changed 12: Put the Message in the Box

Yet another song from 1990.

World Party: Put the Message in the Box

Something Changed 11: ‘74-‘75

One from the mid-90s this time. Apparently this was a much bigger hit in Europe (no 14 in the UK) than in the US.

The Connells – ‘74-‘75

Something Changed 10: Everybody Hurts

For all Sons fans who were feeling down after last Sunday.

REM: Everybody Hurts

Something Changed 9: Groovy Train

For some reason a lot of my posts in this category so far seem to come from 1990. This is The Farm’s first big hit. I have previously posted their biggest, All Together Now, in another context.

The Farm: Groovy Train

Something Changed 8: Is It Like Today?

Another 90s song that alludes to the Apollo programme.

World Party: Is It Like Today?

Something Changed 7: 7 Seconds

This was the first (the only?) song with lyrics sung in the language of Wolof to be a hit in the UK. It possibly helped that Neneh Cherry’s contribution to it was sung in English. N’Dour sings in three languages in total as he also threw French into the mix.

Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry: 7 Seconds

Something Changed 6: Sleeping Satellite

Another 90s song inspired by the Apollo Programme.

It’s a pity that Tasmin Archer’s career somewhat fizzled out.

Tasmin Archer: Sleeping Satellites

Something Changed 5: Saturn 5

The organ on this has a very retro early- to mid-60s sound. Not quite appropriate for the subject matter as the rocket it was named for was a late 60s early 70s machine.

Inspiral Carpets: Saturn 5

Something Changed 4: Hello

A song packed full of cultural references from around 1990.

I especially liked the line, “Leslie Crowther, Come On Down.”

The Beloved: Hello

Something Changed 3: Something Changed

This is the song with which I would have started off this category in the best of circumstances.

It’s the lyric on this that I really like. It has that sense of contingency, of paths that might not have been taken, and in that context reminds me of Abba’s The Day Before You Came which you may remember I waxed lyrical (ahem) about some moons ago now.

It was the last single taken from Pulp’s big breakthrough album Different Class but not the least.

Pulp: Something Changed

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