XFM List-tastic Bank Holiday

By londonist_mark Last edited 155 months ago
XFM List-tastic Bank Holiday
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It's a funny old world we live in, tearing down the information M25 waiting for the next speeding petrol tanker to flip itself over the central reservation right on to our unprotected heads. Terrified of losing control we've found a system that placates our every fear, that soothes our muddled minds, and gives us purpose outside of our living rooms. It is THE LIST.

We have lists for everything, for good guys and bad guys, for shopping and dropping; we're almost at the stage where we can rewrite the old Koan: if an item's not on a list does it really exist?

Not only do lists pacify our perpetually panicked existence but they also formulate room for debate. They are presented to us by either people who know or by people who don't. In the case of the former we suffer their boorish self obsessed superiority, recommendations of unlistenable-unwatchable-unreadable garbage, and a crushing sense of our own dimwitted worthlessness. For the latter a blinding realisation of how superior we are to the tasteless plebs next door and in doing so become the former. Lists are guaranteed to start arguements and that's why we love them.

Being a bank holiday coming up there's bound to be more than a few top 10s, top 20s, bottom 30s and top 100s hurtling around the tv schedules but we're really looking forward to hurling abuse at the massed ignorance of the XFM listening population (ourselves included) as they unravel the 2005 Shortlist on Monday: the 104 best indie tracks ever. They will of course be the best ever because you, the people, voted for them, and can continue to vote for the final placings - sort of like the Big Brother final but with smaller egos - for the next couple of days.

The list, which we've cribbed wholesale for you over the page reads, as you might expect, like pretty much any 'best of indie' cd compilation currently doing the rounds. Made up of classic cliches (Wonderwall), cliched classics (The Passenger) and whatever's popular right now (Kaiser Chiefs) there are few surprises - lots of Oasis, a few surprises - the Mooney Suzuki, and a surprise few - where are the Beatles? You'll only be surprised if Smells Like Teen Spirit isn't number one or two and if Caesars are in the running next year.

For the sake of kick starting an arguement for arguements sake we'll ask why Explosions In The Sky's Your Hand In Mine, The Dandy Warhols' cover of Hells Bells and Elbow's Grace Under Pressure aren't there and two songs by The Smiths are! Ire, rage, anger and alternative lists on the comments board please.

AC/DC - Back In Black

Ash - Girl From Mars

Athlete - Wires

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Bloc Party - Banquet

Blur - Parklife

Blur - Song 2

Blur - There's No Other Way

Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love

Caesars - Jerk It Out

Charlatans - One To Another

Charlatans - The Only One I Know

Clash - London Calling

Clash - Rock The Kasbah

Coldplay - Clocks

Coldplay - Yellow

The Coral - Dreaming Of You

Cult - She Sells Sanctuary

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

The Cure - Inbetween Days

The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love

David Bowie - Heroes

David Bowie - Life On Mars

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

Doves - There Goes The Fear

Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon

Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage!

Feeder - Buck Rogers

Foo Fighters - Everlong

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

Iggy Pop - The Passenger

The Jam - Going Underground

Jeff Buckley - Grace

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

John Lennon - Imagine

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Joy Division - Transmission

Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot

Kasabian - L.S.F

The Killers - Mr Brightside

The Las - There She Goes

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun

The Libertines - Time For Heroes

Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life

Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

Mooney Suzuki - Alive & Amplified

Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday

Muse - Hysteria

Muse - Muscle Museum

Muse - Time Is Running Out

New Order - Blue Monday

Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World

Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol

Oasis - Live Forever

Oasis - Supersonic

Oasis - Whatever

Oasis - Wonderwall

Pearl Jam - Alive

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Pixies - Debaser

Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

Placebo - Nancy Boy

Pulp - Common People

Radiohead - Creep

Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

Radiohead - Just

Radiohead - Paranoid Android

Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Razorlight - Golden Touch

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge

REM - Losing My Religion

Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

Smashing Pumpkins - Today

Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Snow - Patrol Run

Specials - Ghost Town

Stone Roses - Fool's Gold

Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection

Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

Strokes - The Modern Age

Suede - Animal Nitrate

U2 - Vertigo

U2 - With Or Without You

Undertones - Teenage Kicks

Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

Weezer - Buddy Holly

White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Last Updated 24 August 2005