Friday, 30 July 2010

Pleasure City Hip Parade, July 2010

The NME has done it every week since 1952; Paul Heaton has done it every week since 1980; this chap does it most weeks on his it's my turn!

What's a blog for if you can't publish your own charts from time to time?

And why Hip Parade? Because I spent my entire childhood mis-hearing the word "hit" in "hit parade" on the radio!

So, here is Pleasure City Avenue's first monthly hip parade - a list of my most played and most hummed tunes of the month for July 2010, some old, some new, but all swirling around inside of me at some point:

1. Helen & the Horns - Freight Train (a 99p Ebay win a few weeks ago - cowgirl indiepop)
2. The Maladies of Bellafontaine - Longsocks (creepy and fascinating, like sugar mice coming to life at sunset - reminded me of the first time I heard Birthday by the Sugarcubes - and they called me a lovely fellow on their Myspace blog! Physical release on September 8th - I can't wait!)
3. Best Coast - Far Away (fabulous singalong 7" bought at their Joiners gig in May)
4. The Farmer's Boys - All of a Sudden (better than anything The Smiths ever did - not taken seriously at the time of release because they were marketed as bumpkins)
5. Withered Hand - New Dawn (new to me - I'll be checking out more of this lo-fi loveliness)
6. Best Coast - Happy
7. A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
8. Dum Dum Girls - Oh Mein M
9. Rote Kapelle - These Animals Are Dangeroos
10. The Pastels - Stay With Me Till Morning
11. The Magnetic Fields - The Nun's Litany
12. The Chiffons - Oh My Lover
13. Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes - I'm Up Here
14. Best Coast - Crazy For You
15. Johnny Burnette & the Rock n Roll Trio - Train Kept a Rollin'
16. The Sandwitches - Back To the Sea
17. Tender Trap - Do You Want a Boyfriend?
18. Liechtenstein - Passion for Water
19. Blanketarms - I Love Your Guts
20. Dum Dum Girls - Yours Alone

There, that was random! But I like it!


  1. Marvellous, marvellous. Takes me back. I used to make my own top thirty charts every week when i was a nipper. I am sorely tempted to do something like this myself now. Steal your idea and all that... Spot on about The Farmers Boys too. Magic.

  2. Feel free to make your own charts! This is meant to be a snapshot of what I have been listening to at a particular moment in time. Last fm charts are all well and dandy, but they only record what I've been playing via the PC. The whirliness inside my brain is a different beast altogether.

    My first chart was in 1978 (I think). It was a Top 75, which I wrote out over a weekend in different coloured felt tips. I made it into a poster and stuck it to my bedroom wall. Number one for the first three weeks were Darts with The Boy From New York City. Still a great song, but now I've heard the Ad-Libs version, and I prefer that!

    I carried on making weekly charts (usually a top 30) until I left school in 1981. I'm hoping they're stored away safely in the attic, but I rather suspect they were disposed of some time ago.