Friday, 17 April 2015

Manics Top 50s - 16th April 2015

A solitary chart for you today from another chart first-timer but, despite being a little different from the norm, not a new number 1 as it appeared once last time around.  A nice mixture of regulars and some of those more individual choices (number 18 I'm looking at you!), there's only one album that misses out.

Another plug for my own chart of all 307 of the songs as it counts down in reverse order over at http://harmonycorruption.blogspot.co.uk/.  Of course only my top 50 (when I get there) will be included here, it's always interesting to see people picking off their favourites as they are announced, most major songs have their champion in one form or another regardless of how I (or anyone else) rate it.

For anyone that hasn't started yet there is still plenty of time, but don't take too long, the deadline looms 6 weeks away!  No pressure obviously.....

Baby I'm Bored @JoHartless
1. 1985
2. Autumnsong
3. Stay Beautiful
4. Mausoleum
5. Solitude Sometimes Is
6. This is the Day
7. Slash N' Burn
8. Door to the River
9. This is Yesterday
10. Motown Junk
11. Revol
12. You Love Us
13. Futurology
14. Motorcycle Emptiness
15. The Everlasting
16. Dreaming a City (Hughesovka)
17. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
18. Wattsville Blues
19. A Design for Life
20. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
21. The Girl Who Wanted to be God
22. Of Walking Abortion
23. Peeled Apples
24. Black Dog on my Shoulder
25. Europa Geht Durch Mich
26. Royal Correspondent
27. Everything Must Go
28. Walk Me to the Bridge
29. 4 Ever Delayed
30. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
31. Prologue to History
32. William's Last Words
33. Mr Carbohydrate
34. Sepia
35. Tennessee
36. Yes
37. Theme From MASH (Suicide is Painless)
38. Send Away the Tigers
39. A Song for Departure
40. Marlon JD
41. Epicentre
42. Donkeys
43. The Masses Against the Classes
44. 4st 7lb
45. Judge Yr'self
46. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
47. You Stole the Sun from my Heart
48. Show Me the Wonder
49. Patrick Bateman
50. There By the Grace of God

By Era
Generation Terrorists 7
Gold Against the Soul 3
The Holy Bible 8
Everything Must Go 6
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 4
Know Your Enemy 3
Lifeblood 3
Send Away the Tigers 2
Journal for Plague Lovers 4
Postcards From a Young Man 0
Rewind the Film 1
Futurology 4
Others 5

Monday, 13 April 2015

Manics Top 50s - 13th April 2015

Two charts today from a couple of chart regulars and coincidentally both Liverpool supporters.....but we won't hold that against them!  First up, after a stir with Nostalgic Pushead being his number one last time, it gets knocked off its perch by a familiar favourite.  What on earth can we tease him about now until the next time we do the charts?!

The second chart sees an even bigger surprise with a number 1 that wasn't even in his chart last time!  Apart from one album not making an appearance it's also a very even chart and plenty of underdogs in there getting their chance in the spotlight.

Tonight also saw the debut of my own monster Manics chart, which I will be blogging as I go at http://harmonycorruption.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-big-manics-chart.html.  The first batch are up now with a handy guide underneath to show where the songs are taken from, so make sure you follow the tweets on #ManicsChartIan or the blog as it counts down!

Monkey Marl @MonkeyMarl
1. Motorcycle Emptiness
2. Nostalgic Pushead
3. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
4. Yes
5. Sleepflower
6. Intravenous Agnostic
7. No Surface All Feeling
8. Found That Soul
9. From Despair to Where
10. Of Walking Abortion
11. Mr Carbohydrate
12. Peeled Apples
13. 1985
14. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
15. A Design For Life
16. The Masses Against the Classes
17. Donkeys
18. Door to the River
19. Faster
20. She Bathed Herself in a Bath of Bleach
21. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
22. Archives of Pain
23. PCP
24. Autumnsong
25. Futurology
26. Golden Platitudes
27. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
28. Die in the Summertime
29. I Live To Fall Asleep
30. Bored Out Of My Mind
31. Symphony of Tourette
32. Sepia
33. There By the Grace of God
34. Me And Stephen Hawking
35. 30-Year War
36. Stay Beautiful
37. To Repel Ghosts
38. Dead Trees and Traffic Islands
39. Marlon JD
40. Virginia State Epileptic Colony
41. RP McMurphy
42. Hibernation
43. Little Baby Nothing
44. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
45. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
46. Ready For Drowning
47. Suicide Alley
48. Tennessee
49. William's Last Words
50. Drug Drug Druggy

By Era
Generation Terrorists 7
Gold Against the Soul 8
The Holy Bible 7
Everything Must Go 6
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 2
Know Your Enemy 2
Lifeblood 3
Send Away the Tigers 2
Journal for Plague Lovers 7
Postcards From a Young Man 1
Rewind the Film 1
Futurology 1
Others 3

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KB2X @KB2X
1. Golden Platitudes
2. Solitude Sometimes Is
3. Futurology
4. Revol
5. Show Me the Wonder
6. Motorcycle Emptiness
7. Your Love Alone is Not Enough
8. Peeled Apples
9. Pretension/Repulsion
10. 1985
11. Prologue to History
12. Broken Up Again
13. Comfort Comes
14. We Were Never Told 
15. Europa Geht Durch Mich
16. Slash N' Burn
17. Send Away the Tigers
18. Journal For Plague Lovers
19. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
20. PCP
21. 30-Year War
22. Stay Beautiful
23. I Live To Fall Asleep
24. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
25. Mausoleum
26. Everything Will Be
27. Interiors (Song For Willem de Kooning)
28. Empty Souls
29. 4 Ever Delayed
30. The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
31. Anorexic Rodin
32. Dreaming a City (Hughesovka)
33. Everything Must Go
34. Nobody Loved You
35. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
36. The Next Jet To Leave Moscow
37. Of Walking Abortion
38. Patrick Bateman
39. Further Away
40. Drug Drug Druggy
41. Underdogs
42. Red Rubber
43. You Love Us
44. Roses in the Hospital
45. This Sullen Welsh Heart
46. Ready For Drowning 
47. 3 Ways To See Despair
48. Removables
49. I'm Just a Patsy
50. Anthem For a Lost Cause

By Era
Generation Terrorists 4
Gold Against the Soul 4
The Holy Bible 5
Everything Must Go 5
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 3
Know Your Enemy 0
Lifeblood 5
Send Away the Tigers 5
Journal for Plague Lovers 4
Postcards From a Young Man 4
Rewind the Film 5
Futurology 4
Others 2

Monday, 6 April 2015

Manics Top 50s - 6th April 2015

Manics top 50s are a bit like buses, wait a while for another one to come along and......yeah, you get the picture.  Both charts have number 1s which I expect will again feature highly in the final chart, but both have a good mix of traditional classics and personal favourites.

Another thing that struck me while doing the By Era charts was how differently the two contributors view SATT and PFAYM (sister albums of sorts in my eyes), always interesting to see how people can love the same band but have such contrasting views on isolated sections of the back catalogue.

Both contributors are returning from last time, so thanks again for giving up your time to compile the charts!  We've still got the rest of April and May to go and I know there are plenty of people who haven't been yet, my own will be coming up shortly, so keep spreading the word so we can get as many charts as we can!

Heather @heather1917
1. Faster
2. A Design for Life
3. Motorcycle Emptiness
4. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
5. 4st 7lb
6. Yes
7. You Love Us
8. PCP
9. No Surface All Feeling
10. All is Vanity
11. Prologue to History
12. The Girl Who Wanted to Be God
13. Enola/Alone
14. Further Away
15. Socialist Serenade
16. Motown Junk
17. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
18. Sepia
19. Bored Out of my Mind
20. Just a Kid
21. Donkeys
22. Mr Carbohydrate
23. Peeled Apples
24. Spectators of Suicide
25. Sleepflower
26. Intravenous Agnostic
27. Wattsville Blues
28. Take the Skinheads Bowling
29. Found That Soul
30. Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
31. Glasnost
32. Solitude Sometimes Is
33. Me and Stephen Hawking
34. This Joke Sport Severed
35. Facing Page: Top Left
36. Epicentre
37. Journal for Plague Lovers
38. There By the Grace of God
39. William’s Last Words
40. 1985
41. Freedom of Speech Won’t Feed My Children
42. Let’s Go To War
43. Ready For Drowning
44. This is Yesterday
45. Futurology
46. Black Square
47. Australia
48. Tsunami
49. Show Me the Wonder
50. Stay Beautiful

By Era
Generation Terrorists 6
Gold Against the Soul 3
The Holy Bible 5
Everything Must Go 10
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 5
Know Your Enemy 6
Lifeblood 3
Send Away the Tigers 0
Journal for Plague Lovers 7
Postcards From a Young Man 0
Rewind the Film 1
Futurology 3
Others 1

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Nick Tait @ApolloScream
1. Yes
2. Faster
3. Some Kind of Nothingness
4. Love's Sweet Exile
5. Autumnsong
6. Imperial Bodybags
7. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
8. All We Make Is Entertainment
9. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
10. Europa Geht Durch Mich
11. As Holy As The Soil (That Buries Your Skin)
12. First Republic
13. Stay Beautiful
14. You're Tender and You're Tired
15. The Masses Against The Classes
16. You Love Us
17. I Think I Found It
18. Show Me The Wonder
19. Nobody Loved You
20. Golden Platitudes
21. A Vision of Dead Desire
22. Judge Yr'self
23. From Despair To Where
24. Ready For Drowning
25. 4st 7lb
26. Don't Be Evil
27. Love Letter To The Future
28. Caldey
29. This Sullen Welsh Heart
30. Underdogs
31. Life Becoming A Landslide
32. Found That Soul
33. Of Walking Abortion
34. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
35. Intravenous Agnostic
36. Motown Junk
37. Walk Me To The Bridge
38. Postcards From A Young Man
39. 30-Year War
40. Groundhog Days
41. The Ballad of the Bangkok Novotel
42. Let Robeson Sing
43. Heyday of the Blood
44. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
45. Little Baby Nothing
46. This Is Yesterday
47. Slash N' Burn
48. No One Knows What It's Like To Be Me
49. So Dead
50. Die In The Summertime 

By Era
Generation Terrorists 9
Gold Against the Soul 3
The Holy Bible 7
Everything Must Go 2
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 3
Know Your Enemy 5
Lifeblood 0
Send Away the Tigers 6
Journal for Plague Lovers 0
Postcards From a Young Man 7
Rewind the Film 4
Futurology 3
Others 1

Friday, 27 March 2015

Manics Top 50s - 27th March 2015

After a short break without chart activity (presumably you're all beavering away like me!), the top 50s return today with a new contributor.  Another victory for our winning song last time around, but will it fight off all rivals for its crown this time?

I'm especially pleased to see one song pick up its first vote, which was one of the biggest surprises to me so far, and when I say it picked up its first vote I mean in the singular so you'll know which one I mean (hmm I Wonder...)!!  We're almost into April now, but that still means two whole months to register your vote....for some of us it may take that long to decide!


Lee Morgan @LeeM_007
1. Faster
2. Yes
3. A Design For Life
4. Peeled Apples
5. Mausoleum
6. Revol
7. Life Becoming a Landslide
8. Comfort Comes
9. She is Suffering
10. Empty Souls
11. Marlon JD
12. Europa Geht Durch Mich
13. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
14. PCP
15. 4st 7lb
16. Motorcycle Emptiness
17. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
18. Sculpture of Man
19. Prologue to History
20. From Despair to Where
21. Everything Must Go
22. Too Cold Here
23. Sleepflower
24. Patrick Bateman
25. Us Against You
26. Drug Drug Druggy
27. Mr Carbohydrate
28. Dead Passive
29. Dead Trees and Traffic Islands
30. Intravenous Agnostic
31. Little Baby Nothing
32. Condemned to Rock n Roll
33. Methadone Pretty
34. Stay Beautiful
35. Dead Yankee Drawl
36. Crucifix Kiss
37. No Surface All Feeling
38. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
39. Ready For Drowning
40. Found That Soul
41. Dead Martyrs
42. Freedom of Speech Won't Feed My Children
43. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
44. Your Love Alone is Not Enough
45. Underdogs
46. Bag Lady
47. Rendition
48. Walk Me to the Bridge
49. (It's Not War) Just the End of Love
50. Show Me the Wonder

By Era
Generation Terrorists 7
Gold Against the Soul 8
The Holy Bible 9
Everything Must Go 7
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 3
Know Your Enemy 4
Lifeblood 1
Send Away the Tigers 3
Journal for Plague Lovers 4
Postcards From a Young Man 1
Rewind the Film 1
Futurology 2
Others 0

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Manics Top 50s - 21st March 2015

Today's chart has a very classic look to it in the top placings, featuring some of the songs that did so well last time around, but is also notable for containing quite a large contingent from 'This is my Truth...' comparatively speaking.  The last three albums fare less well, without a single entry between them.

A little update on my own progress in my marathon run through ordering the whole 307-strong catalogue of eligible songs.  All albums have now been ordered as well as each set of B-sides corresponding to each album.  Now the simple task of playing them off against each other, my least favourites first, to work out the overall running order.  Watch this space!

Carl Hershberger (via email)
1. Faster
2. Motorcycle Emptiness
3. Yes
4. A Design for Life
5. 4st 7lb
6. Little Baby Nothing
7. You're Tender and You're Tired
8. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
9. Marlon JD
10. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
11. Archives of Pain
12. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
13. Stay Beautiful
14. This is Yesterday
15. Your Love Alone is Not Enough
16. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
17. Enola/Alone
18. I'm Not Working
19. Sleepflower
20. You Love Us
21. The Masses Against the Classes
22. Roses in the Hospital
23. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
24. Journal for Plague Lovers
25. From Despair to Where
26. Of Walking Abortion
27. The Everlasting
28. She Bathed Herself in a Bath of Bleach
29. Mausoleum 
30. 1985
31. Ready For Drowning
32. Judge Yr'self
33. The Girl Who Wanted to be God
34. Virginia State Epileptic Colony 
35. PCP
36. To Repel Ghosts
37. Methadone Pretty
38. Life Becoming a Landslide
39. Suicide is Painless (Theme from MASH)
40. Motown Junk
41. Slash N' Burn
42. Black Dog on My Shoulder
43. Be Natural 
44. William's Last Words
45. Donkeys
46. Prologue to History
47. Found That Soul
48. Born to End
49. The Intense Humming of Evil
50. Nobody Loved You

By Era
Generation Terrorists 9
Gold Against the Soul 6
The Holy Bible 11
Everything Must Go 4
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 9
Know Your Enemy 1
Lifeblood 2
Send Away the Tigers 1
Journal for Plague Lovers 6
Postcards From a Young Man 0
Rewind the Film 0
Futurology 0
Others 1

Friday, 20 March 2015

Manics Top 50s - 20th March 2015

A returning contributor from last time today and since then his top two have switched places to give us another new name on top spot.  And I have to admit a bit of an underdog, if you'll excuse the pun.

As I score the charts I make sure I don't total them up until the very end but I am noticing some patterns in the early charts which suggest some changes in the pecking order.  And while there are very few no vote songs left in the album tracks there is one particularly high profile song that has appeared in none of the 15 charts so far (I suspect I may change that though when it's my turn).

We've nearly been going a month now, so 15 charts is a decent return but with lots of previous participants to come hopefully we'll pick up the pace and start bearing down on the last total of 62 charts.  Spread the word!

John O'Callaghan @OCJonnyoc
1. Removables
2. Faster
3. Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky
4. Me and Stephen Hawking
5. Comfort Comes
6. PCP
7. This Is Yesterday
8. Stay Beautiful
9. Little Baby Nothing
10. Motown Junk
11. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
12. Virginia State Epileptic Colony
13. Sculpture Of Man
14. Die In The Summertime
15. Sepia
16. Mr Carbohydrate
17. Roses In The Hospital
18. Dead Trees and Traffic Islands
19. Between The Clock And The Bed
20. Further Away
21. The Second Great Depression
22. Kevin Carter
23. Repeat
24. Empty Souls
25. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
26. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
27. Anthem For a Lost Cause
28. Archives Of Pain
29. Valley Boy
30. Sleepflower
31. Motorcycle Emptiness
32. You Love Us
33. Black Dog On My Shoulder
34. Baby Elian
35. Donkeys
36. Prologue To History
37. Imperial Bodybags
38. Emily
39. Send Away The Tigers
40. Theme From MASH (Suicide Is Painless)
41. This Joke Sport Severed
42. All We Make Is Entertainment
43. The Next Jet To Leave Moscow
44. Condemned To Rock n Roll
45. Tsunami
46. Slash N' Burn
47. Symphony Of Tourette
48. Peeled Apples
49. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
50. (I Miss the) Tokyo Skyline

By Era
Generation Terrorists 9
Gold Against the Soul 6
The Holy Bible 7
Everything Must Go 7
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 4
Know Your Enemy 1
Lifeblood 2
Send Away the Tigers 4
Journal for Plague Lovers 4
Postcards From a Young Man 2
Rewind the Film 2
Futurology 2
Others 0

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Manics Top 50s - 14th March 2015

While writing up today's chart and comparing with yesterday's it struck me that both are quite different in their favourites and that's the beauty of the Manics back catalogue.  With yesterday's chart having a large contingent from the Holy Bible and Journal for Plague Lovers, it leaned towards the more lo-fi elements of their history in places.

Today, in the upper echelons at least, we have a selection from some of their, shall we say, shinier, more melodic songs.  Having said that it's another chart that is quite evenly split across the eras and sees another song get its first number one placing.  I forgot to mention yesterday that we now have 5 albums that have at least one vote for all of their songs, others are very close to completing the full set.  With a fair way to go we've definitely had some diverse charts so far, so keep them coming!!

George @EuropeanMe
1. Door To The River
2. A Song For Departure
3. The Everlasting
4. Motorcycle Emptiness
5. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
6. Donkeys
7. Dreaming A City (Hughesovka)
8. This Joke Sport Severed
9. A Design For Life
10. Black Dog On My Shoulder
11. 1985
12. Tsunami
13. Some Kind Of Nothingness
14. La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)
15. Black Square
16. The Love Of Richard Nixon
17. Little Baby Nothing
18. To Repel Ghosts
19. A Secret Society
20. 30-Year War
21. Futurology
22. 4 Ever Delayed
23. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
24. Solitude Sometimes Is
25. This Is Yesterday
26. Rewind The Film
27. Imperial Bodybags
28. Bag Lady
29. Methadone Pretty
30. Revol
31. Fearless Punk Ballad
32. Walk Me To The Bridge
33. Misguided Missile
34. The Girl Who Wanted To Be God
35. I Think I Found It
36. Running Out Of Fantasy
37. Let's Go To War
38. Hazelton Avenue
39. Born To End
40. Of Walking Abortion
41. 3 Ways To See Despair
42. No Surface All Feeling
43. Spectators Of Suicide
44. Yourself
45. Peeled Apples
46. Archives Of Pain
47. Life Becoming A Landslide
48. 4st 7lb
49. Crucifix Kiss
50. Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children

By Era
Generation Terrorists 6
Gold Against the Soul 4
The Holy Bible 5
Everything Must Go 3
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 4
Know Your Enemy 1
Lifeblood 5
Send Away the Tigers 3
Journal for Plague Lovers 3
Postcards From a Young Man 3
Rewind the Film 4
Futurology 6
Others 3