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V Deep

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7 albums have been released so I thought it would be fun to rate the first single from each album and give them points so we can find a winner.7 points for your favourite first single , 6 for the second etc etc.I will start with my list.

Banana Republic 7 

Mondays 6

Lookin After No 1 5

Trash Glam Baby 4

Shes So Modern 3

Tonight 2 

NIAMY 1

 



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  • Banana Republic 5
  • Mondays 4
  • Lookin After No 1 7
  • Trash Glam Baby 1
  • Shes So Modern 6
  • Tonight 3 
  • NIAMY 2


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Never in a Million Years 7

Lookin' After No 1 -6

Banana Republic 5

Tonight 4

Mondays 3

She's So Modern 2

Trash Glam Baby 1

 

 

 



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Looking after number one 7

I don't like Mondays 6

She's so modern 5

Trash Glam Baby 4

Never in a million years 3

Banana Republic 2

Tonight 1

 



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  • Banana Republic 5
  • Mondays 7
  • Lookin After Number one 4
  • Trash Glam Baby 3
  • Shes So Modern 2
  • Tonight 1
  • NIAMY 6


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Banana Republic 5
Mondays 4
Lookin after no. 1 7
Trash 2
Shes
Shes so modern 5
Never in a million years 6
Tonight 1


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Looking after number one 7

I don't like Mondays 9

She's so modern 7

Trash Glam Baby 2

Never in a million years 6

Banana Republic 8

Tonight 6

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Ian, you've misunderstood how the scoring works. You give your favourite single 7 points, your second favourite 6 points right down to 1 point for your least favourite single.

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Really interesting to see how Mondays ranks. Not one top vote to date. I'm reasonably certain I would have put it top if we had done this vote in 84, and doubt TGB would have edged it had latest album been say mid 80s. It seems the mists of time have dimmed its popularity, certainly amongst fans with knowledge of all albums, and we're possibly underestimating just how ground breaking it was. Familiarity breeding contempt?

I'd go with 

 

Mondays 7 (victim of its own success I think)

She's So Modern 6 (the song that convinced me this was a band I needed to find out more about)

Lookin After No 1 5 (never gets old)

Trash Glam Baby 4 (would have been a hit if released in heyday)

NIAMY 3 (love the vocals and lyrics on this 'wall of sound')

Banana Republic 2 (great lyrics, as always, but the sound has never grabbed me)

Tonight 1 (although this is still a personal favourite - the only single I can't abide is Charmed Lives)

 



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Its amazing how different are taste are on these singles.It will be interesting to do the final countdown and then we could move on to the albums.

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I do agree that Mondays Is probably a victim of its own succes. However, for my part it is only beaten by Looking after number one. I just LOVE the drums intro AND the opening line regardingthe dole queue......"I've been waiting in this queue for 15 minutes......that's a quarter of an hour too long", which for me is such a humorous/ witty line. Along with Someone's Looking At You remains my favourite single.

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suss wrote:

Really interesting to see how Mondays ranks. Not one top vote to date. I'm reasonably certain I would have put it top if we had done this vote in 84, and doubt TGB would have edged it had latest album been say mid 80s. It seems the mists of time have dimmed its popularity, certainly amongst fans with knowledge of all albums, and we're possibly underestimating just how ground breaking it was. Familiarity breeding contempt?

I'd go with 

 

Mondays 7 (victim of its own success I think)

She's So Modern 6 (the song that convinced me this was a band I needed to find out more about)

Lookin After No 1 5 (never gets old)

Trash Glam Baby 4 (would have been a hit if released in heyday)

NIAMY 3 (love the vocals and lyrics on this 'wall of sound')

Banana Republic 2 (great lyrics, as always, but the sound has never grabbed me)

Tonight 1 (although this is still a personal favourite - the only single I can't abide is Charmed Lives)

 


 
Think you missed my rating of 7 for Mondays Suss. Our top and bottom rated first lifts coincide in fact, with some differences over the other 5, but speaking for myself, we really are often talking cigarette papers with those 5. My appreciation of Million Years has soared over the last 40 years. The wall of sound production, emotion in the vocals, the quality of the defiant lyrics, all combine with the music to result in a tremendous single, cruelly denied a higher chart placing in my view. 



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Apologies Mark, and Ian it seems, I'd missed your top scores amongst the majority lower scoring. As you say, very difficult to rank when they're pretty much all great tracks, with only the fickle finger of fate determining chart position really, governed by release date and popularity more than merits of the songs. Still wonder if Mondays released say 5 years later would have been a hit.....



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suss wrote:

Apologies Mark, and Ian it seems, I'd missed your top scores amongst the majority lower scoring. As you say, very difficult to rank when they're pretty much all great tracks, with only the fickle finger of fate determining chart position really, governed by release date and popularity more than merits of the songs. Still wonder if Mondays released say 5 years later would have been a hit.....


 No worries. I think yes, released any time up to 83/84, it would have been a big hit. To me, it has that killer impact, like when I first heard Come on Eileen, Two Tribes or The Reflex. Any later, it would have struggled as we drifted into mid 80s synth pop /ballads.

Perhaps we should do Rate the 2nd Single? And so on (except we only had 2 singles from the first album and Mondo Bongo in the UK). I'll have a think, but I can feel an especially high rating coming on for Drag me Down.

 I recall one paper saying it was a vacuous  example of  mid-eighties  production  pop  with  only  Bob's  voice  to  show it's  The  Rats  at  all. Bob  was  a  fan  of  Duran  and they went on that you could hear  that  in  the  synth-y  sheen  and  the  contrived  "Dee-Dee-Dee-Dee  Oh a Woh  oh  woh "  chants  that  constitute  the  song's  hook  line. The  lyrics they said were vaguely  saucy -"My  soul's  in  your  wrist" - but  mostly  meaningless. I just love it and was staggered it stalled at 50.



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Stuart you have given BR and SSM the same score.



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Derek The Dane wrote:

Stuart you have given BR and SSM the same score


 Next time, might be worth having a poll .  Are you going to publish a final league at the end of the month?



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Yes I will but we need Stuart and Ian to change thier score cards.

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Sorry citizens

I'm  going Shes so modern 5



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Nice one Stuart, Banana Republic losing 2 points has made a difference.Just waiting to see if Ian replys.

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Look in 7trash 6 Monday's 5never4tonight3banana2shes1

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Nice one Mike, just waiting on Ian.

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Ok here is the final score
1 LAN1. 53 points
2 Mondays. 49
3 SSM. 36
4 NIAMY. 35
5 BR. 33
6 TGB. 29
7 Tonight. 17

I was suprised that NIAMY beat BR.Not to much betwee TGB and SSM but Tonight floped with the most last places.

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