....and sometimes watches.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Top 100 Hits of 1964

The top 100 from about when I left high school, I recognise most of them although not sure if I remember them from the time or from the endless repetition on easy listenin’ radio. They even built music to last in those days! Mind you, my record collection was mainly classical and brass bands, still love those brass bands, I was sooo a boring girl nerd.
PS and all you folks who know the-usually-salacious meaning of songs that still completely pass me by-I do no need to know-OK

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand, The Beatles

2. She Loves You, The Beatles
3. Where Did Our Love Go, Supremes
4. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
lived on the become a favourite of a certain flop eared mule many years later

5. I Get Around, Beach Boys
6. Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin
7. My Guy, Mary Wells
8. People, Barbara Streissand
9. Last Kiss, J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers1
0. Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong
11. We'll Sing In The Sunshine, Gale Garnett
12. Java, Al Hirt
13. A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles
14. Love Me Do, The Beatles
15. Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Manfred Mann
16. Under The Boardwalk, Drifters
had this one on a single record, you know those round black things, not the round silver things

17. Dancing In The Street, Martha and The Vandellas
18. Little Children, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
19. Love Me With All Your Heart, Ray Charles Singers
20. Please Please Me, The Beatles
21. Chapel Of Love, Dixie Cups
22. Suspicion, Terry Stafford
23. Glad All Over, Dave Clark Five
24. Rag Doll, Four Seasons
25. Dawn (Go Away), Four Seasons
26. Bread And Butter, Newbeats
27. It Hurts To Be In Love, Gene Pitney
28. Dead Man's Curve, Jan and Dean
29. Come A Little Bit Closer, Jay and The Americans
30. A World Without Love, Peter and Gordon
31. Have I The Right?, Honeycombs
32. Don't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man), Serendipity Singers
33. Baby Love, Supremes
34. Let It Be Me, Betty Everett and Jerry Butler
35. Wishin' And Hopin', Dusty Springfield
36. You Don't Own Me, Lesley Gore
37. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
38. The House Of The Rising Sun, Animals
39. G.T.O., Ronny and The Daytona
40. Twist And Shout, The Beatles
41. Memphis, Johnny Rivers
42. White On White, Danny Williams
43. Hey Little Cobra, Rip Chords
44. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), Betty Everett
45. Bits And Pieces, Dave Clark Five
46. My Boy Lollipop, Millie Small
did I hate this then or just think I did, soooo annoying

47. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Major Lance
48. The Little Old Lady, Jan and Dean
49. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Gerry and The Pacemakers
50. A Summer Song, Chad and Jeremy
51. The Girl From Ipanema, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
52. Can't Buy Me Love, The Beatles
53. Remember (Walkin' In The Sand), Shangri-Las
54. C'mon And Swim, Bobby Freeman
55. Do You Want To Know A Secret, The Beatles
56. Keep On Pushing, Impressions
57. Baby I Need Your Loving, Four Tops
58. Navy Blue, Diane Renay
59. Diane, Bachelors
60. Out Of Limits, Marketts
61. Little Honda, Hondells
62. See The Funny Little Clown, Bobby Goldsboro
63. Because, Dave Clark Five
64. (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet, Reflections
65. For You, Rick Nelson
66. Today, New Christy Minstrels
67. Can't You See That She's Mine, Dave Clark Five
68. Leader Of The Pack, Shangri-Las
oops, thought this was cool back then

69. Funny, Joe Hinton
70. The Way You Do The Things You Do, Temptations
71. Anyone Who Had A Heart, Dionne Warwick
72. I Love You More And More Every Day, Al Martino
73. It's Over, Roy Orbison
74. Ronnie, Four Seasons
75. Surfin' Bird, Trashmen
76. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am), Tams
77. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart, Dean Martin
78. You Really Got Me, Kinks
79. The Shelter Of Your Arms, Sammy Davis Jr.
80. I'm So Proud, Impressions
81. Money, Kingsmen
82. Haunted Houses, Gene Simmons
83. Dang Me, Roger Miller
84. Do You Love Me, Dave Clark Five
85. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am, Nancy Wilson
86. I Wanna Love Him So Bad, Jelly Beans
87. Don't Throw Your Love Away, Searchers
88. Hi-heel Sneakers, Tommy Tucker
89. How Do You Do It, Gerry and The Pacemakers
90. Walk, Don't Run '6491. Cotton Candy, Al Hirt
92. Shangri-La, Robert Maxwell, His Harp and Orchestra
93. Chug-a-lug, Roger Miller
94. Steal Away, Jimmy Hughes
95. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
96. A Fool Never Learns, Andy Williams
97. Bad To Me, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
98. There! I've Said It Again, Bobby Vinton99. I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles
100. Needles And Pins, Searchers

Friday, September 09, 2005


what a kind and generous soul to a damsel in distress.

Here as follows is Fyodor's dance classics:

"Fyodor’s graduation year billboard
1990 for me. I am 32 this year, Boatylicious. Who loves ya, baby? I’ve only commented on the songs that weren’t mediocre shite, and focused on the songs I particularly like or dislike. If I say I hate an artist, assume that I hate the rest of their songs from that year that I haven’t commented on. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.

I’ve named my favourite, but you’ll have to read on to find out. Don’t get your hopes up for some obscure choice: I’m no rock snob, and I *like* pop music.

Hold On, Wilson Phillips Nauseatingly wet “break-through” single by nepotistically gifted trio, comprising “hot blonde”, “boring brunette” and “nice fat chick”. Forever redeemed by Harold and Kumar’s performance. Now makes me laugh insanely whenever I hear it. Mwahahaha.

2. It Must Have Been Love, Roxette
Pretty Woman Soundtrack. The film turned shite into gold and made prostitution look glamorous to teenage girls around the world, but particularly West Beverly Hills High. Created Julia Roberts™.

3. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor
FANTASTIC film-clip. You know Mother Sinead is a nutter ‘cos she really feels this song. Incredibly powerful performance from an emotional fruitcake, and one of the few son

3. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor
FANTASTIC film-clip. You know Mother Sinead is a nutter ‘cos she really feels this song. Incredibly powerful performance from an emotional fruitcake, and one of the few songs that works much better with the video clip than without.

5. Vogue, Madonna
Anthem for a new “dance” craze that lasted about a nanosecond. Peak of Madonna’s hedonistic self-absorption, before she got all religious ‘n’ shit, when she became religiously self-absorbed. I like Madonna, but hate this song.

6. Vision Of Love, Mariah Carey
Hate Mariah Carey.

7. Another Day In Paradise, Phil Collins
Hate Phil Collins.

9. Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol
Attempt to restart career killed off by his motorbike crash. I like Billy Idol. A lot.

10. Blaze Of Glory, Jon Bon Jovi
Hate Bon Jovi. The girls’ choice in metal, a musical genre which by this stage had morphed into fluoro cock-rock [see Poison at #33].

12. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Michael Bolton
Hate Michael Bolton.

13. Pump Up The Jam, Technotronic
First major “house” music success in America. I much prefer “Paid in Full”, by Eric B. and Rakim, but that came out earlier, and wasn’t as successful in backward USA.

14. Opposites Attract, Paula Abdul
Innovative film clip, fusing cartoon animation and live action. Hate the song and the artist.

15. Escapade, Janet Jackson
A huge year for Janet Jackson [see #39, #45, #50, #60]. Hate her.

16. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, Heart
Sperm thieves! Ask your sisters to explain.

17. Close To You, Maxi Priest
My favourite on this list. It’s fromage frais, but I really love this song.

18. Black Velvet, Alannah Myles
Canadian two-hit wonder. OK song, but I prefer her other single from the same album, “Love is”, which was far better, and she much raunchier. Her video had the predictable effect on this 17-year old.

20. Don't Know Much, Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
Most over-played song of the year. Hate it and them.

21. All Around The World, Lisa Stansfield
Great voice, but she wasn’t black enough to carry it off in America. Like her and the song.

25. She Ain't Worth It, Glenn Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown
V. cheesy one-hit-wonder, but real up-tempo dance beat. Great video clip, too, with many athletic nubile female dancers…

33. Unskinny Bop, Poison
Fluoro cock-rock, from the epitome of skinny, made-up ponces that would have been torn apart by the likes of Lemmy from Motörhead. An utter abomination of the “metal” genre. Hate them, needless to say.

36. We Didn't Start The Fire, Billy Joel
A mate of mine in high school asserted to me that this song teaches you everything you need to know about history. I don’t know much, but I know he knows less. Crap song.

38. Downtown Train, Rod Stewart
One of the Rod’s earlier cheesy ripoffs of classic songs.

41. Roam, B-52's
Not Rock Lobster. ‘Nuff said.

43. Back To Life, Soul II Soul
Cool Brit soul.

46. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice
This man’s real name is Robert Van Winkle. I think Vanilla Ice was an improvement, although I reckon Hip Van Winkle would have been a kewl handle. The song is so tragic and nostalgic I can’t help but like it.

47. Blame It On The Rain, Milli Vanilli
The ugly side of globalization: a black Guadeloupian and black German lip-synch the performance of some black Americans, singing songs written by a white German. Hate it and them.

56. U Can't Touch This, M.C. Hammer
STOP! HAMMER TIME!!! “Hammer” pants, running man dance and, best of all, Superfreak sampling. This song IS 1990.

62. Janie's Got A Gun, Aerosmith
Angsty abused teenager song from over-the-hill drug fiends. Cool.

75. Epic, Faith No More
Their best song, IMO, apart from their take on Lionel Richie’s ”Easy”.

81. Everybody Everybody, Black Box
Sung by a fat black American woman, “performed” on video by a skinny black French model, with production by a bunch of clever but ugly Italian blokes. Gotta love globalisation.

85. C'mon and Get My Love, D-Mob With Cathy Dennis
A real “UP” song. Great dance track.

89. Make You Sweat, Keith Sweat
Really sleazy RnB. This is a good thing, BTW.


Conclusion: not too bad a year, all up, but not great either.

Unless they’ve been boinged! already, I tag The Obmeister2000, Liam “Haiku” Hogan and Pipsqueak.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Meme Me Up, Baby

Received a Music Meme from Beloved Baby Sister.... where you enter your Year 12 YEAR here
Bold the songs you loved
strike through the ones you HATED -
and underline your favourite.
Ignore the ones you don't remember (or don't care about).

Above is what I am meant to do although now I realise that I don't know how to underline or strike through. I will just bold the songs I liked.

Okay - so Fuschia listens. When I was still a child (rather than the owner of a few) I listened to music all the Time. Had to have the Noise. I went out dancing all the time too. This is apparently the US charts and I would have been heavily leaning towards the UK/Aus charts.
Seems so long ago - I wore green stockings

Mmmm, don't seen any of my faves from then actually made it past the end of the decade. And No Blue Nile, no Damned, no Iggy Pop, no Cure, no Hoodoo Gurus,
no Siouxsie and the Banshees etc etc
No Leonard Cohen.

TOP 100 OF 1986
1. That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There'll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can't Wait, Nu Shooz
27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart
34. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone), Glass Tiger
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
45. Let's Go All The Way, Sly Fox
46. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
63. I'm Your Man, Wham!
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who's Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo
69. Why Can't This Be Love, Van Halen
70. Silent Running, Mike and The Mechanics
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike and The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
85. Baby Love, Regina
86. Election Day, Arcadia
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.'s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
98. A Different Corner, George Michael
99. I'll Be Over You, Toto
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder

mmmm I am all new and girlie at this blogging game and don't know who to tag. Does that Fyodor boy have a site? Who would like to volunteer? I can offer chocolate to be my friend


Samantha Wood Bantam 2003 SC 305pp

“Seven years ago I made a decision that would change my life, although I didn’t know it at the time”

This book is a true story of Melbourne-born Samantha whose dad is English and Mother Mexican, returning to Mexico to discover her roots, met family, learn the language etc etc.

I read it as my sister was not long back from Mexico and I am keen on that whole pre-hispanic historical thing. It starts off slowly - Samantha is at first horrified by the noise/dirt/poverty of Mexico City and it is not until a second visit a year later that she starts to see past of all that to the culture/food etc. The writing is not always the smoothest - she is no Bill Bryson - but by the end of the book I was really enjoying it. Worth a read if you are going there. As a bonus there are some recipes in the back. Here is my favorite


12 fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
l teaspoon sugar
45ml rum
soda water

Before placing mint leaves in a glass, crush the stems with a teaspoon to release the flavour. completely cover with lime and sugar before adding rum and soda water. Stir well and serve with a garnish of lime.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Blue Light

Walter Mosley

1998 Five-Star 296pp SC

“I didn’t use a tape recorder back then, but I remember every word.”

This is an odd book, I started to read it last night and almost did not pick it back up again this afternoon, but it was Mr Mosley or vacuuming…

This strange blue light hits America in the 1960’s changing people in strange and unpredictable ways. The narrator Chance is not hit directly put falls in with a group of people who are and later gains some of their powers through some blood drinking. I am not sure whether this book is sci-fi or fantasy or some kind of social commentary or some kind of horror or some kind of spiritualism as it is an uneasy mix of all of the above and never sits comfortably with any.

The horror bits are very vivid and gross and what with that and the unlike-ability of the characters and the meanderings of the plot I was hesitant to finish the book. The plot gets stranger towards the end and to my untutored mind is completely unresolved.

He has written several other books that seem to be more in the race/social commentary field and they might be worth a look but I am not racing out to buy myself a copy of this one.

Friday, September 02, 2005

A Scanner Darkly

Philip K Dick
First Published 1977 This Panther Ed: 1985 SC 253pp

"Once a guy stoood all day shaking bugs from his hair."

Philip.K.Dick is a reverential figure in modern Sci-Fi and I can only say that 'I'm just not that into him'.

Look, I've tried - for about the last 20years. Every so often I pick up a volume - and they are only slim - and I try, but each time I fall down. I have a number of friends for whom this man is 'my favorite writer ever', but then they also tend to be able to read Asimov and C.Clarke as well. It must be a guy thing.

I can admire his technique, I can admire his imagination, I can admire Rutger Hueur in tight black pants but I care so little about any of Mr Dick's characters that I don't think that I have ever finished even one of his books. Although he has great ideas etc but he writes in that distant way of the 1950's sci-fi authors - I can't connect with any of his people and it is all so 'dry' to me that it is an effort to read.
(Yes, I know I explain it in such technical literary terms but I hope still accessible to the lay-blog-reader)

This story involves Bob Arctor who is an undercover Narc in a surveillience heavy police state where due to the anonymity of his police role he is directed to surveill himself. An emotional afterword tells us this book is about addiction and is kind of cool as Mr Dick talks about his own life and all his addict friends who are now dead.

A cautionary tale - don't do drugs and sometimes I have to accept that being a legend doesn't mean I have to like him.

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