Just a simple song but God I love it Embedded in me, so bittersweet I’m addicted, I’m a melancholic Sing it again, I’ll be your Poll forever: THE BOO RADLEYS - ILM artist poll #60 or new numbering #65

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Full Results:

Cover Songs:

8 Ballots received
6 Different Songs

Tomorrow (2 Votes)
There She Goes (2 Votes)

Boo! Faith
Alone Again Or
The Queen Is Dead
One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)

Singles/EP's:

7 Ballots received
15 Different Singles/EP's:

Ranking, Single/EP, Points, Votes, Number Ones (if any):

1. Lazarus 160 - 5 - 1
2. Adrenalin EP 144 - 5
3. From the Bench At Belvidere 142 - 4 - 1
4. Boo! Forever 135 - 5
5. Wish I Was Skinny 132 - 4 - 1
6. Boo Up! EP 109 - 3 - 1
7. Ride The Tiger 94 - 3
8. Wake Up Boo! 93 - 3 - 1
9. I Hang Suspended 91 - 3 - 1
10. Kingsize 70 - 2 - 1
11. Every Heaven EP 69 - 2
12. Barney (...and Me) 66 - 2
13. What’s In the Box (See Whatcha Got) 59 - 2
14. Kaleidoscope EP 58 - 2
15. Find The Answer Within 56 - 2

Albums:

9 Ballots received
10 Different Albums:

Ranking, Album, Points, Votes, Number Ones (if any):

1. Giant Steps 338 Points, 9 Votes, 5 Number ones
2. Everything’s Alright Forever 281 Points, 9 Votes
3. Kingsize 263 Points, 8 Votes, 2 Number Ones
4. C’mon Kids 258 Points, 8 Votes, 1 Number One
5. Wake Up! 243 Points, 8 Votes
6. Ichabod and I 134 Points, 5 Votes
7. Learning To Walk 128 Points, 4 Votes, 1 Number One
8. Eggman - First Fruits 82 Points, 3 Votes

9. Brave Captain Advertisements For Myself 28 Points, 1 Vote
10. Martin Carr - The Breaks 24 Points, 1 Vote

Songs

21 Ballots received
98 Different Songs:

Ranking, Song, Points, Votes, Number Ones (if any):

1. Lazarus 641 Points, 19 Votes, 6 Number Ones
2. I Hang Suspended 455 Points, 15 Votes
3. Butterfly McQueen 398 Points, 13 Votes
4. Wish I Was Skinny 387 Points, 13 Votes
5. From The Bench At Belvedere 374 Points, 11 Votes, 1 Number One
6. New Brighton Promenade 362 Points, 12 Votes
7. Lazy Day 348 Points, 11 Votes
8. Kingsize 343 Points, 11 Votes, 1 Number One
9. Reaching Out From Here 324 Points, 10 Votes
10. Firesky 308 Points, 10 Votes
11. I've Lost The Reason 306 Points, 10 Votes
12. Stuck On Amber 294 Points, 9 Votes, 1 Number One
13. Spaniard 272 Points, 9 Votes
14. The Old Newsstand at Hamilton Square 261 Points, 10 Votes
15. Does This Hurt? 260 Points, 10 Votes
16. Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce) One Vote For: Rodney King (St. Etienne Remix) 259 Points, 10 Votes
17. Bullfrog Green 246 Points, 9 Votes
18. Fairfax Scene 243 Points, 8 Votes
19. Everything Is Sorrow 241 Points, 9 Votes
20. Twinside 234 Points, 8 Votes
21. Ride the Tiger 228 Points, 8 Votes
22. Put Your Arms Around Me and Tell Me Everything's Going to Be OK 223 Points, 7 Votes
23. Upon 9th and Fairchild 221 Points, 8 Votes, 1 Number One
24. Four Saints 215 Points, 7 Votes
25. Smile Fades Fast 210 Points, 7 Votes, 1 Number One
26. Memory Babe 205 Points, 7 Votes
27. Naomi 199 Points, 7 Votes
28. Foster's Van 194 Points, 6 Votes
29. Best Lose the Fear 189 Points, 7 Votes
30. Heaven's at the Bottom of This Glass 187 Points, 7 Votes
31. C’mon Kids 183 Points, 6 Votes
32. Sometime Soon She Said 176 Points, 6 Votes
33. Everybird 170 Points, 6 Votes
34. Let Me Be Your Faith 161 Points, 6 Votes
35. Wake Up Boo! 160 Points, 5 Votes
36. Song For Up! 152, 5 Votes, 1 Number One
37. Boo! Forever 151 Points, 4 Votes, 1 Number One
38. Take The Time Around 150 Points, 5 Votes
39. Comb Your Hair 145 Points, 5 Votes
40. (Tie). Joel 138 Points, 4 Votes
40. (Tie). One Last Hurrah 138 Points, 5 Votes
If You Want It, Take It 134 - 4
Thinking of Ways 132 - 4
Friendship Song 126 - 4
Almost Nearly There 123 - 4
Kaleidoscope (One Vote for Ichabod & I version #1) 120 - 4 - 1
Furthur 115 - 4
Song for the Morning to Sing 115 - 4
Petroleum 108 - 4
Barney (…and me) 102 - 4
Eurostar 98 - 3
Wilder 93 - 3
Leaves And Sand 88 - 3
What's in the Box? (See Whatcha Got) 88 - 3
Get on the Bus 86 - 3
Skyscraper 86 - 3
Swansong 85 - 3
Find the Answer Within 83 - 3
The White Noise Revisited 83 - 3
Peachy Keen 82 - 3
Blues for George Michael 79 - 2 - 1 Number One
Jimmy Webb Is God 79 - 3
Room At The Top 77 3
Vegas 75 - 2
Blue Room In Archway 69 - 3
Annie and Marnie 68 - 3
Sparrow 67 - 2
Tortoiseshell 68 - 2
Vote You 65 - 2
As Bound as Tomorrow 63 - 2
Roadie 62 - 2
Safe at Home 61 - 3
Oh Brother 59 - 2
Paradise 59 - 2
Hi Falutin 58 - 2
4AM Conversation 56 - 2
Catweazle 56 - 2
Nothing To Do But Scare Myself 56 - 2
Charles Bukowski Is Dead 55 - 2
Towards the Light 55 - 2
Bodenheim Jr 54 - 2
Aldous 51 - 2
Melodies For The Deaf (Colours For The Blind) 39 - 2
The Future Is Now 29 - 1
High As Monkeys 29 - 1
Losing It (Song for Abigail) 29 - 1
Song from the Blueroom 29 - 1
The Finest Kiss 29 - 1
Spanish Lizards 22 - 1
Eleanor Everything 20 - 1
In a Galaxy Far, Far Away 19 - 1
Meltin's Worm 19 - 1
Superintendent 19 - 1
Crushed 18 - 1
I Feel Nothing 18 - 1
(I Wanna Be) Touchdown Jesus 17 - 1
I Will Always Ask You Where You've Been Even Though I Know The Answer 17 - 1
There She Goes 17 - 1

Bee OK, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 01:39 (three years ago) Permalink

At least I wasn't completely alone in voting for "Tortoiseshell" or "Vegas". Barely understand a word of either, but dig the...textures.

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Playing the b-sides disc that came with the recent "C'mon Kids"

I forgot to add "Annie and Marnie" on my ballot, daft Blur, that one.

Will post my ballot later

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 06:20 (three years ago) Permalink

I voted for Annie & Marnie. Still astounded I was the only other vote for Blues For George Michael and also that Friendship Song beat it out.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 08:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Almost Nearly There deserved to place a bit higher too. Very sweet song.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 08:38 (three years ago) Permalink

In fact it's really interesting to see what fell just outside the top 40. I figured Barney and Me would be a shoe-in.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 08:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I think Leaves & Sand might have been the first Boos song I ever heard - even before Wake Up Boo, because it was included as part of a free music CD that came with Donkey Kong Country.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 08:43 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't feel so bad about having "Barney and me" too low on my ballot now, higher up would have made no difference.

Still surprised it wasn't top ten, though.

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Right: Tracks first

1 Lazarus
2 Wake up boo - Music for Astronauts
3 From The Bench At Belvidere
4 Lazy Day
5 Memory Babe
6 Stuck on amber
7 Kingsize
8 Spaniard
9 Roadie
10 Peachy Keen
11 Petroleum
12 twinside
13 Hi Falutin
14 Friendship Song
15 Nothing to do but scare myself
16 Does this hurt
17 Furthur
18 Butterfly McQueen
19 I hang suspended
20 Rodney King
21 Barney and Me
22 Best lose the fear
23 In a galaxy far far away
24 Crushed
25 Annie and Marnie

Next up : "Singles/EP Sets"

1. Lazarus
2. From the Bench at belvidire
3. Ride The Tiger
4. Kingsize (the promo)
5. Wake Up Boo
6. Adrenalin
7. I hang Suspended

now for the albums
1. Giant Steps
2. Kingsize
3. Everythings Alright Forever
4. Wake up
5. Ichabod and I

Finally: The Cover Version:
1. The Queen is Dead

I feel daft having TQID as the cover, I should have picked "Zoom"

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, I did have Annie and Marnie on it. Fair enough...

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I cannae find my minidisc of the "Ichabod and I" album, although I have found the "Giant Steps Demos" and "Live" from Martin's website from a lot of years ago (I managed to d/l and save the "RealAudio" files but they are long gone somewhere lost, prob)

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:44 (three years ago) Permalink

My vinyl copy of Ichabod and I has no label on it and quite a large hole in the middle. I often wonder if it's a legit version or not.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:48 (three years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine they'd bootleg it, seems a bit "niche" really.

Having said that, I did see that there are two versions of it on Discogs, one with "331/3" on the front cover, and one with "Ichabod and I" there instead. I doubt they actually did two pressings..

(I think all the ones I've seen irl have had 331/3 on it)

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:53 (three years ago) Permalink

i'll take a look tonight. the only distuishing mark on the vinyl itself is 'TAKE4' scratched into the runout groove.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:55 (three years ago) Permalink

also:

Matrix / Runout (Side Now, Etched): TAKE 4 A1 A PR-P LYN 26271 NO I AM, I REALLY AM!
Matrix / Runout (Side Then, Etched): TAKE 4 B1 PR-P LYN 26272 HERE HARE HERE

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:12 (three years ago) Permalink

it has 33rpm on the front. i never understood the whole no label (like literally no label at all) and oversized centre pin hole which means it plays a bit wonky.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Glad to see that If You Want It, Take It only just missed out, that's probably the one I've played the most in recent years before this poll (whereas plenty of others I hadn't heard for years and years). Also amazed and pleased that Furthur nearly made it as well. Can't understand why Barney (and me) is so low, though.

(Meme From) Essex Press (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:40 (three years ago) Permalink

has anyone heard 'Same Pants Different Day' off of this? http://www.discogs.com/Boo-Radleys-Rarities/release/384051

Is it the same song as Tambo (or is it Donkey?) the one that starts 'She don't care/She will wear the same pair/Two days on the run'?

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Foster's Van should have placed higher. It's the best song of the Learning to Walk era. That bassline is incredible.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I can confirm that it is the same song and recording, yes.

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:50 (three years ago) Permalink

FWIW, I tallied top 40 votes according to which era was most popular. I've lumped the earlier EPS under 'Learning To Walk' and things like From the Bench under 'Wake Up':

Learning to Walk - 6
Everything's Alright Forever - 6
Giant Steps - 10
Wake Up - 7
C'Mon Kids - 7
Kingsize - 5

So nothing surprising there, although GS dominates the top 15 while the earlier work is most prevalent towards the 30-40 region. Nice to see it's a fairly even mix here though.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:11 (three years ago) Permalink

MCarr used to be on my Twitter feed, but I think he's gone off now. Otherwise, I'd have posted this thread his way for his consid.

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:33 (three years ago) Permalink

he's on fb i think.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Learning to Walk - 6
Everything's Alright Forever - 6
Giant Steps - 10
Wake Up - 7
C'Mon Kids - 7
Kingsize - 5

this is probably spot on.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:40 (three years ago) Permalink

really thought "Kaleidoscope" would make it, it just happened to be one of the songs outside the Top 40. or number 45 with one number 1.

my fault. i wanted to vote kaleidoscope number one as it is for me by far their best, the song which made me notice them. unfortunately they never really kept the promise of that amazing whirling fusion of noise and melody afterwards. what an unbelievable intensity and energy there is in this track. additionally it was kind of my youth, i was 27 when i heard it first, the memories are so vivid. but somehow i forgot to vote. crap.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Doh! You robbed my number one. You'll have to live with that for the rest of your days.

(Meme From) Essex Press (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 28 April 2015 20:34 (three years ago) Permalink

The only boos a-side (ok, lead track) written by Sice

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 April 2015 21:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Listening back to Wake Up! since we did this poll, I forgot how much I'm taken by the last section of the final track, Wilder. I didn't vote for it but the guitar lead, the sample of who? Tony Hart? Saying 'you should always put your hand in front of you, and the way the Pet Soundsy train bell gets cut off. I adore that bit.

In more ways than one I think of Wake Up! As even more of a concept album than Giant Steps. There's the recurring theme of being in bed, like Lennon's 'I'm Only Sleeping' spread out over a number of tracks. But where Lennon was happy to laze around in a lysergic haze, there's a kind of existential dread that hangs over these songs - 'get out of bed, don't forget what it was you said'; 'what is this poison that you carry like a curse?', 'and all I do is sit alone and eat', 'you can't blame me for the death of summer'... for a shiny straight up pop album, it's flipping morose as anything.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 20:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I found this quote from a review of Wake Up!, which may shed some light on the overall theme of the album...

The subject matter relates mostly to the songwriter Martin Carr's exile to the dour northwestern English mill town of Preston, where his partner had found a job. The band hail from Merseyside (Martin and singer Sice were childhood friends) but had set up camp in Camden, London for sometime before Martin's move which he clearly hasn't enjoyed, being separated from his mates in London. He bounces between guilt over his behaviour toward Rebecca his partner and his frustration at being away from his drinking buddies.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 20:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Kind of wish I'd voted for 'Wilder' now. I've been thinking about the coda a lot lately.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Friday, 8 May 2015 10:00 (three years ago) Permalink

There was a story in the Boo's fanzine about one bloke getting Sice's autograph, praising "Wilder" to sice saying oh thanks, then the guy said "It should have been a single". Apparently Sice's face was a pic.

Mark G, Friday, 8 May 2015 10:32 (three years ago) Permalink

it's not so much the 'song' bit (which is only about 2.5mins long) but the extended last section - a really masterful collage of instruments, guitar feedback, shimmery pianos, backwards harmonies, strange samples, pretty much everything i like about the Boos.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Friday, 8 May 2015 10:40 (three years ago) Permalink

stone cold classic. that was the problem with only 25 choices, so much stuff had to be left out of my ballot

this was an excellent poll, imo. didn't really know how popular it was going to be and it turned out great. i'm doing Spoon next and though i love that band as well, i don't think my heart will be in it like it was for this poll, Talking Heads on the other hand...

Bee OK, Friday, 8 May 2015 15:34 (three years ago) Permalink

are you doing the Talking Heads one, Bee? If so they're another all-time favourite band of mine.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Friday, 8 May 2015 15:38 (three years ago) Permalink

done:

New Order 80's
Steely Dan 70's
The Boo Radleys 90's

Coming up polls that i have signed up for:

Spoon 2000's
Bauhaus/Love and Rockets 80's
Talking Heads 80's
Shoegaze/Dream Pop/Post-rock (Albums and EPs) 90's
Blondie 80's

also signed up for The Jesus and Mary Chain but never got added. i was thinking about adding Super Furry Animals or Suede but i think i'm going to do an American 90's band instead.

Bee OK, Saturday, 9 May 2015 02:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Always feel like I should have given SFA more of a chance but I never really did. I like a lot of their songs, just never became a fan.

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Sunday, 10 May 2015 01:07 (three years ago) Permalink

i know this poll was more of a personal project thing for me but i'm glad so many people actually submitted ballots. also, imo this was such a great poll, you people really know your Boo Radleys even if i don't agree with the ranking.

best band from the 90's and really it isn't really close!

Bee OK, Thursday, 14 May 2015 02:45 (three years ago) Permalink

haha, ILx: You have posted 10,000 messages

Wow, what a milestone.

Bee OK, Thursday, 14 May 2015 02:46 (three years ago) Permalink

i was thinking about adding Super Furry Animals

― Bee OK, Saturday, May 9, 2015 2:22 AM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This would be brilliant!

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Thursday, 14 May 2015 02:48 (three years ago) Permalink

SFA would be great indeed, they're the only modern band that come close to the brilliance of The Boos. I'd definitely vote in that poll.

Wilder ..... and the way the Pet Soundsy train bell gets cut off. I adore that bit.
Oh man, there's a track that definitely needs less cowbell. I once played the whole album to my colleagues during a night shift in a factory hall where I used to work. The machines there were pretty loud so I had to play the music a little bit louder. All was well and good until that damn cowbell outro came on... some of my colleagues genuinely thought that it was the fire alarm! I didn't volunteer to be the DJ again for a while after that.

Tomiboo, Thursday, 14 May 2015 22:06 (three years ago) Permalink

visions of martin carr singing "I need to have something to keep me on my feet" with an acoustic guitar to an empty factory hall.

Mark G, Friday, 15 May 2015 13:33 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

if anyone is interested, i will make a Spotify of the Top 40.

Bee OK, Saturday, 11 July 2015 03:26 (three years ago) Permalink

still so proud of this poll, my crown achievement on ILM and i did the Steely Dan and New Order polls.

Bee OK, Saturday, 11 July 2015 03:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I liked it much more than I thought I would.

Let's go, FIFA! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:41 (three years ago) Permalink

The one poll ballot that had a 'should we do this' poll.

if I recall, the answer is no.

Mark G, Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

iirc that was a response to my Blur poll. Some dude got a bee in his bonnet about me doing an artist poll as a ballot thing and the whole never-ending list for the schedule of artist polls was born as a result. In part of the row/discussion about this, I think the idea of a Boo Radleys was floated as an example of a ridiculous thing that nobody would be interested in. And then some people said they would be. And then a poll was held. And most people were against the idea. And then a great deal of time passed. And then the poll actually happened. And it was good.

Let's go, FIFA! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 11 July 2015 23:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, so ner to that lot.

Mark G, Saturday, 11 July 2015 23:07 (three years ago) Permalink

The one poll ballot that had a 'should we do this' poll.

ha, i found it: Boo Radleys Tracks Poll - Interested or not?

13 people said they would vote and 21 end up voting...success!

Bee OK, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 04:40 (three years ago) Permalink


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