MC TUNES - THE RESULTS

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Okay, I'll be starting this off in the next hour. Ultimately I received 78 ballots and votes for 117 different tracks, but I've decided to condense the results to a top 20 so that we can get this out of the way in time to start canvassing for a Buck's Fizz poll.

Incidentally, several of you wrote to me alongside your ballot to say "FOR FUCK'S SAKE DON'T LET THEM DO ANOTHER TWOTTING BEATLES POLL, BUN DOWN THE BOARD, BUN DEM BAD MAN". I'll be passing your comments along to the mods, so thanks for taking an interest.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 07:02 (nine years ago) link

TOO LOW

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 07:15 (nine years ago) link

TOO HIGH

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Monday, 20 June 2011 07:17 (nine years ago) link

JUST RIGHT

vmic damone (rip van wanko), Monday, 20 June 2011 07:18 (nine years ago) link

Not a single rap track yet, typical ILM

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 07:20 (nine years ago) link

Got some great blurbs from a few posters btw. I know some of you have connections to the Industry and you've asked me to not risk antagonising a major player like Nicholas William Dennis Hodgson so all comments have been anonymoused to ensure freedom of speech.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 07:47 (nine years ago) link

20. DUB AT ITS HEIGHTS (1990) [532 points, 20 votes, 1 number one]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7p6rHBmbyM

(Original video unavailable on Youtube, sorry)

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:13 (nine years ago) link

Oof, there goes my number 46.

cloaca flocka flame (NickB), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:22 (nine years ago) link

G___ H_____: Some people have told me that this just sounds like a bit of "Primary Rhyming" with the raps taken off and some echo stuck on it. What they fail to understand is that this elegant little reprise creates a haunting sense of irresolution at the end of the album. I think of it as Tunes sauntering into the sunset along Piccadilly, a jaunty skip to his stride and the real sense that his work here is done but we shall be hearing from him again, and soon. So that's them telled.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:22 (nine years ago) link

Funnly enough, I was playing a 2CD compilation "Baggie Baggy Boggea" and MC tunes was on it with one of his tunes. It had a sample of the big country on it, and had a bit about biting.

Which one would that one be?

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:27 (nine years ago) link

no spoilers!

i love the smell of facepalm in the morning (ledge), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:28 (nine years ago) link

Ah, I love that one.

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:29 (nine years ago) link

Damn it, I forgot to vote. Someone had better have put in a shout for my top three (1. Put A Donk On It, 2. Call It What You Want, 3. Don't Mug Yourself).

Matt DC, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:32 (nine years ago) link

Surprised at the amount of love for "Dub at its Heights" but i promise you there are a number of deep cuts scattered thru the top 20.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:33 (nine years ago) link

Quick review of the results so far, have put the ones I voted for in BOLD

20. DUB AT ITS HEIGHTS (1990) [532 points, 20 votes, 1 number one]

cloaca flocka flame (NickB), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:35 (nine years ago) link

no wait i could've done it in 1

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39802000/jpg/_39802305_milk.jpg

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:38 (nine years ago) link

back in 5 minutes guys

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:38 (nine years ago) link

Damn you, suspense is killing me.

Matt DC, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:44 (nine years ago) link

shit, has this started?!

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:45 (nine years ago) link

Just seen that Atomic Kitten picture again, back in another 5.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:46 (nine years ago) link

too early for predictions? Own Worst Enemy a lock for the top 3, Mancunian Blues highest placing non-album track.

portrait of velleity (woof), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:54 (nine years ago) link

http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02/clintboon_450x250.jpg

^ he's ready

cloaca flocka flame (NickB), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:54 (nine years ago) link

19. TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM (CREAMATOMIC RAP) (1990) [564 points, 31 votes]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iImvf8VZ68

(Original video unavailable on Youtube, sorry)

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 08:57 (nine years ago) link

TOO LOW

Matt DC, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:59 (nine years ago) link

Don't forget individual remixes count, that' all I'm saying.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:00 (nine years ago) link

What are Atomic Kitten doing in that picture?

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:01 (nine years ago) link

Hang on, back in 5 minutes.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:03 (nine years ago) link

Waxing their moustaches. xp

cloaca flocka flame (NickB), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:03 (nine years ago) link

Put A Donk On It

do feel the transPennine counter-'nuum is undertheorised by reynolds crew. Tunes –> Donk lineage representing discontinuities generated by material Kapital of North (King Cotton) vs Immiseration of the Hands, where Londonocentric 'nuum = Virtual Kapital of The City aligning w/ entrepreneurial streetscene? idk just kicking ideas around.

portrait of velleity (woof), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:08 (nine years ago) link

ooh forgot the blurb.

___R _____O: Whilst hardly reaching the, um, heights of the album version, the Creamatomic version of "Tunes Splits the Atom" definitely brings some new elements to the party. The relentless use of what I assume to be a sampled goose honk is surely a tip of the hat to Public Enemy's "Rebel Without a Pause", and Tunes delivers one of the greatest raps of his career, nimbly inserting a verse which dissects UK government post-War economic policy into the flow we already know and love. I have to say this is banging and I'm completely on its dick. PS could you mail me back a copy of them Atomic Kitten bukkake pics than you.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:09 (nine years ago) link

18. CONNECTED (1992) [588 points, 21 votes, 3 first places]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kezbMtlwW5Q

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 09:36 (nine years ago) link

choon

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:41 (nine years ago) link

This poll is a travesty, have sugbanned everyone for their lack of discernment.

Neil S, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:49 (nine years ago) link

GH: I usually prefer my Tunes a bit rawer than "Connected", but I have to admit that its slinky funk groove and racially incoherent backing vocals were a surprising change of direction for Manchester's finest MC back in 1992. Of course over here in Hammerfest we were very much getting into the bludgeoning sounds of America's Gunge scene, with artists like Poison and The Quireboys very much dominating the charts. "Connected" was seen very much as a reaction to this primitivist atavism and a much-needed reintroduction of the essence of James Motherfucking Brown y'all into contemporary music. PS Got the Atomic Kitten pix thanks, BRB

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:01 (nine years ago) link

YESS!

the Sandalled Vandal (dog latin), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:20 (nine years ago) link

would've been my number one!

the Sandalled Vandal (dog latin), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:21 (nine years ago) link

17. THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES (1999) [603 points, 45 votes, 1 first place]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zfw_FwmC4A

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:28 (nine years ago) link

Sorry, that shd say THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES '99.

No, me neither.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:29 (nine years ago) link

heart-in-mouth moment there

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 10:31 (nine years ago) link

Don't know this version but this tune is so dangerous there should be a COSHH data sheet for it.

cloaca flocka flame (NickB), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:41 (nine years ago) link

I'm looking forward to seeing what makes number four

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 10:43 (nine years ago) link

Mystery Commentator: TS Eliot reckoned that April is the cruelest month but when it's late December and you're not expecting the sun to rise for another 6 weeks then April looks like a
drikker samling in a smerten horehuset to be honest. Anyway, there was a terrible shortage of Smørrebrød during the winter of 1999 and spirits were understandbly low. Picture the scene then, when NRK P3 suddenly started playing "The Only Rhyme That Bites" on the reg. Grown men were crying for joy into their akevitt and the nation found a renewed sense of hope and purpose. That this sudden boom in Tunes-age on national radio turned out to be because of an alleged "remix" which sounds exactly the same as the original was perhaps the biggest kick in the baller I have ever experienced in my life.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 10:51 (nine years ago) link

Bump. It's a shame this poll was never finished - we should rerun it to get modern-day ILM's view.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 20 June 2011 11:29 (nine years ago) link

oh sorry I gotta go do some work for a bit. Numbers 15-11 later today.

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 11:36 (nine years ago) link

maybe even number 16 if you're lucky

j/k lacan (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 June 2011 11:36 (nine years ago) link

MC stands for mussels & chips.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 22:38 (nine years ago) link

http://firstrung.co.uk/dbimgs/applause-754063.jpg

SB OK (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 22:39 (nine years ago) link

'Moules Beats' just missed my ballot

Dear Projectionist (blueski), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 22:39 (nine years ago) link

feat. Friterie Christian

SB OK (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 22:40 (nine years ago) link

Tunes Splits The Herring.

Rebekah Brooks Ate My Country (Doran), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 23:13 (nine years ago) link

Ooh, Ooh! The Clapping Song!

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 23:29 (nine years ago) link

Some sort of Maginot Line of clapping going on there tbh

brian da facepalma (NickB), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 23:31 (nine years ago) link

"Moss Side Diskow" gotta be top 10

Dear Projectionist (blueski), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 23:36 (nine years ago) link

omg, so many lols

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 7 July 2011 01:00 (nine years ago) link

"So many lols" was when he was still Nicky Hodgson, so doesn't count.

Mark G, Thursday, 7 July 2011 09:41 (nine years ago) link

ty Spotify for finally allowing me to hear this whole album

she choots, she pah! (DJP), Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:41 (eight years ago) link

TUNES HARDSONS THE ATOM

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Thursday, 14 July 2011 21:37 (eight years ago) link

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been contacted today by the Metropolitan Police who have informed me that several of the email accounts used to collate the MC Tunes poll may have been hacked by private investigators employed by a national newspaper. Given the circumstances I have decided to suspend the results thread until these allegations can be fully investigated. It has been suggested to me by the Met that many other ILM polls of the last 5 years may be seriously flawed as well and should not be taken seriously.

Sincere apologies

Noodle Vague

dave lool (Noodle Vague), Monday, 18 July 2011 14:15 (eight years ago) link

think i saw Tunes stood at a bus stop on Bransholme while i was having me driving lesson today

i'm sorry for whatever (Noodle Vague), Friday, 29 July 2011 13:21 (eight years ago) link

you forgot to number that one

naked hdsl (sic), Friday, 29 July 2011 15:35 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Great to see the enthusiasm of this poll got some reissue action moving:

The North at its Heights (Deluxe Edition)
Posted on 09.11.11

Following the recent release of 808 State's career-spanning, career-defining album Blueprint, we are lining up MC Tunes' The North at its Heights – recorded, written and produced with 808 – for the deluxe reissue treatment.

The original 10-track set has been expanded with seven recently-unearthed gems and one brand new recording:

Dance Yourself To Death – dust bros club mix: remixed By The Dust Bros, 12.4.90
Pump and More – recorded at FON (eng. Al Fish) and Jacobs (eng. Al Stone), 19.5.95
The Only Rhyme That Bites – 808's instrumental: recorded at Spirit and Sarm East, 1990
Dance Yourself to Death – original 909 mix: recorded at Spirit and Advision studios, 1989
The Only Rhyme That Bites -- optical mix: remixed by Optical, 1998

The Only Rhyme That Bites – ugly as sin mix: remixed and remodelled by Tunes' new outfit, The Ugly Project, especially for this release

Tunes Splits The Atom -- creamatomic mix: recorded at Square One, Out of The Blue, Strawberry and Sarm West, July 1990

The North at its Heights (Deluxe Edition) is out 19 November via ZTT Japan.

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Sunday, 15 January 2012 23:48 (eight years ago) link

shit! need a re-poll to include new material

little blue souvenir (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 January 2012 08:20 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

fair play to him ...

you know i could add that dust junkys album to the current lonely obsessions thread ...

mark e, Friday, 31 May 2013 10:16 (seven years ago) link

despite my deep, abiding love for Tunes i've never knowingly listened to the Dust Junkys

another sub-standard post from (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 May 2013 10:38 (seven years ago) link

Reading this and the hardson mix tape thread in the same month has helped me reduce my medication by 25%.

Doran, Friday, 31 May 2013 18:39 (seven years ago) link

ten months pass...

ok, shit got real :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-27080346

who has heard this follow up ?

mark e, Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:32 (six years ago) link

his roadie noodle vague

Scooby Doom (۩), Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:35 (six years ago) link

my reaction to this news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_GeQR8fJo

Roberto Spiralli, Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:40 (six years ago) link

funny guys

mark e, Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:54 (six years ago) link

More excited for this than I was for MBV tbh

Wahaca Flocka Flame (DJP), Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:57 (six years ago) link

^^^ truth nuke

waterflow ductile laser beam (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:05 (six years ago) link

a wait is a wait

denial plan (electricsound), Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:15 (six years ago) link

can we re-poll with these new song titles before the album comes out, I think this is crucial

Gritty Shakur (sic), Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:38 (six years ago) link

Jump Grave Slacks better make the cut this time if we do.

Doran, Sunday, 20 April 2014 14:03 (six years ago) link

unfortunately due to new rules i wd have to get in the queue behind some cunt's 14 Iced Bears poll scheduled for 2021

waterflow ductile laser beam (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:10 (six years ago) link

i laughed, it was out loud

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:19 (six years ago) link

XP ^Reads like Sleaford Mod lyrics.

Doran, Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:20 (six years ago) link

classic nv post :)

Scooby Doom (۩), Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:47 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

damage by stereo OUT MONDAY!!

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Thursday, 5 February 2015 21:33 (five years ago) link

Mega lol @ nv's xxxxpost!

xelab, Thursday, 5 February 2015 21:44 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

i ask myself, did we ever get this sorted?

nom de grrrrr (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 October 2016 09:10 (three years ago) link

outsider for a nobel laureate in '17?

calzino, Saturday, 22 October 2016 09:35 (three years ago) link

his Jump Grave Slacks: Collected Lyrics and Essays deserves a look for sure

nom de grrrrr (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 October 2016 09:41 (three years ago) link

thinking of running a write-in poll for famous horses where everybody can nominate animals that clearly aren't horses but then argue that they're basically the same as horses so it would spoil the famous horses poll if they aren't allowed to vote for these not-horses

nom de grrrrr (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 October 2016 09:43 (three years ago) link

also i would express a burning desire for Trigger to win in a manner that suggests it hasn't occured to me that it absolutely does not fucking matter

nom de grrrrr (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 October 2016 09:44 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

maybe I shd keep it in here, I dunno, ILX has been weak lately

be the cringe you want to see in the world (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 September 2017 12:53 (two years ago) link

surely "Tunes Splits the Bucket" would scan better?

be the cringe you want to see in the world (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 September 2017 12:55 (two years ago) link

Bloop

Bleep Bloop

Bleep BANG

be the cringe you want to see in the world (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 September 2017 12:56 (two years ago) link

feeling so attacked rn

here's how **takes sip of duck urine** economics works (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 15 September 2017 12:56 (two years ago) link

not for the first time this thread has made me think about changing every mention on his wiki page to McTunes but the man the ledg doesn't deserve such treatment

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 15 September 2017 12:59 (two years ago) link

thinking thru the lyrics this was probably a low taste idea

be the cringe you want to see in the world (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 September 2017 12:59 (two years ago) link

imagine if the tune they play to the aliens in Close Encounters was the bleep bloop bit from "Tunes Splits the Atom", how much better would that film be?

be the cringe you want to see in the world (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 September 2017 13:01 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

bump

hotwire my scampo (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:06 (two weeks ago) link


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