I'll sell my POLL, what is it worth? the Ash singles poll

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I was gonna do just the Intergalactic Sonic 7"s comp but I wanted to get the Meltdown singles in there too. But I cut it off before the A-Z Singles series for sanity's sake.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Kung Fu" 6
"Petrol" 5
"Jack Names the Planets" 4
"Girl from Mars" 4
"Goldfinger" 4
"A Life Less Ordinary" 4
"Walking Barefoot" 2
"Burn Baby Burn" 2
"Uncle Pat" 1
"Sometimes" 1
"Angel Interceptor" 1
"Shining Light" 1
"Numbskull" 1
"You Can't Have It All" 0
"Polaris" 0
"Renegade Cavalcade" 0
"Starcrossed" 0
"Orpheus" 0
"Clones" 0
"Envy" 0
"Oh Yeah" 0
"There's a Star" 0
"Candy" 0
"Wildsurf" 0
"Jesus Says" 0
"End of the World" 0


Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 02:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I own almost all of these

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 June 2019 02:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's malpractice that "Clones" was a single but not "Evil Eye" or "Won't be Saved"

Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 02:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Numbskull

brimstead, Saturday, 8 June 2019 03:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

For me, this is between 'A Life Less Ordinary' and 'Sometimes' ... 'Evil Eye' definitely should have been a single.

I kinda lost interest in this band after Charlotte left, but I thought their last two albums were decent.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 12:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Twilight of the Innocents is better than Meltdown, probbaly because Wheeler felt he had to prove himself after Hatherley's departure. I haven't listened to anything that came after.

"Burn Baby Burn" was my intro and I'm tempted to give it the nod

Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 13:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Voted "Goldfinger" because I was absolutely obsessed with the song (and frustrated I couldn't seem to convince anyone else I knew of its brilliance) - nowadays I think I enjoy hearing "Jack Names the Planets" and "Girl from Mars" more if I'm honest. Haven't heard anything past "Candy"

dorsalstop, Saturday, 8 June 2019 13:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Twilight of the Innocents is better than Meltdown, probbaly because Wheeler felt he had to prove himself after Hatherley's departure. I haven't listened to anything that came after.

I spun it a couple of times when it first came out, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me and it ended up getting filed away. To be fair, though, a lot of great stuff was released in 2007 and maybe it was just the case that I was more focused on other albums. I should give it another go, really.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 14:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1977 and the singles from it were my introduction to the band, and I still like the songs, but the production is really horrible. I thought it sounded ropey even back then, but it sounds glaringly atrocious to me now. I'd love to hear a new mix of it which takes off all the reverbs. Owen Morris really fucked this record up, but having said that, Nu-Clear Sounds isn't really much better.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 14:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Most of this stuff didn't make it to North America, or if it did I didn't hear it. "Kung Fu" was in the end credits for some Jackie Chan movie I saw in the mid 90s (Supercop)?), and "Shining Light" has been covered several times that I've heard--blandly by Annie Lennox, and beautifully by Emm Gryner (for the handful of people who listen to her). "Girl From Mars" made its way to me via (I think) one of those Q magazine samplers, and it remains a classic--basically, the Undertones reborn in the 1990s.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Saturday, 8 June 2019 14:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm fine with the sound of 1977, NCS' production is laughably awful, though, an attempt to sound "raw" that just obscures the tunes; too bad since it has a few of my faves. (also, the Charlotte-sung b-side "Taken Out" is a bruiser.) it's hilarious in retrospect that NCS was when the label really gave them a US push, since FAA ended up being so much more chart-friendly.

Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I for one enjoy the production on NCS and am glad it doesn’t sound like Blink 182 or whatever “good” production would mean

brimstead, Saturday, 8 June 2019 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

NCS' production is laughably awful, though, an attempt to sound "raw" that just obscures the tunes; too bad since it has a few of my faves.

Yeah, I like a lot of the songs on that record as well. 'Folk Song' in particular is one of my favourite ballads of theirs.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp I mean I kind of admire how uncommercial it sounds, it's just a bizarre choice for such an otherwise accessible band. I do like of like "Numbskull" for how ballsy and wrong and against their strengths it is. the scratching!!!

Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 17:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I remember the video to 'Numbskull' raising a few eyebrows at the time!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 17:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Voted without hesitation for Petrol, but second choice would be Burn Baby Burn

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 8 June 2019 18:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just looked up the "Numbskull" video; starts out typically late-90s edgy (boobs! a razor! coke!) and then....takes it a little further than anyone needed, least of all their poor label

Simon H., Saturday, 8 June 2019 19:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i went to play some Ash on streaming services today, so i can pick my song. they are not on, how weird as i thought they got sort of big

Bee OK, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so when i said i own just about all these i'm looking...i have the CD singles from "Petrol" to the 2CD set of "There's A Star" or 23 of these bad boys. i even own 2CD set of the Metdown, which i'm unsure if i even played. lol

Bee OK, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

from memory then..."Petrol."

Bee OK, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 23:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Must be a rights thing - everything by Ash on Spotify here (Netherlands), including the new '94-'04 Singles compilation. This doesn't work? https://open.spotify.com/album/1FWpoIInryCkeXYR1MldlO?si=NDfmoGjFSWysghja0TkJug

dorsalstop, Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hey that worked, thanks! i just searched "Ash" and nothing would come up, then i did a "1977" search and that album didn't come up on search either.

Bee OK, Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ah, tricky Spotify search. Leaving a space after a short search term like “ash” may also help.

dorsalstop, Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Petrol" def one if the best songs written/performed by high schoolers

Simon H., Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ooh cool, thanks for starting this poll!

Most of this stuff didn't make it to North America, or if it did I didn't hear it.

"Jack Names the Planets" and "Kung Fu" were on the Angus soundtrack, which I absolutely had, 'cause Green Day and Weezer. Though I already knew of Ash, as my sister had taped "Petrol" and "Uncle Pat" from the radio or something.

geoffreyess, Thursday, 13 June 2019 04:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Those songs are all contenders here. I also love the ones that constitute the first third of Free All Angels.

geoffreyess, Thursday, 13 June 2019 04:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can't choose between Goldfinger or Angel Interceptor, each so perfect in its own way

Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 24 June 2019 00:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Had to go with Goldfinger but 2/3 of this list is just perfect.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 24 June 2019 00:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Petrol

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 24 June 2019 14:10 (three days ago) Permalink

Petrol (which is presumably going to win by a mile?).

toby, Monday, 24 June 2019 18:54 (three days ago) Permalink

'Petrol' rocks so hard

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 24 June 2019 22:46 (three days ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:01 (two days ago) Permalink

lmao ok who voted for "Numbskull"

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 03:58 (two days ago) Permalink

It says, upthread.

Nobody voted "Oh Yeah"?

Mark G, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 06:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh No, more like

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 07:06 (two days ago) Permalink

I voted for numbskull!!!

brimstead, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 17:33 (two days ago) Permalink

"Jesus Says" deserved a vote but other than that I am pleased with the participation and results.

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 17:37 (two days ago) Permalink

Also glad with two votes for Burn Baby Burn, which is just delightful.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:09 (two days ago) Permalink


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