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  • Originally posted by navi View Post


    i must be more careful, last week was the same situation, my favorite was indeed Soul Love
    Ahh okay. Stunned you didn't rate "Do You Believe In Me?" The only change would have been that "Caught In The Middle" would have been out in place of "Streets Of New York". Personally, I've got no great feelings either way - do people want us to amend that round?

    And yeah - how did I forget that "Soul Love" was a Bowie song?

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    • Bleh Stories It would have been last, but Acapulco Gold is an instrumental? The link didn't work for me, so I found another one on youtube, but what I found is less than 2 minutes long and no words, so idk. Sorry if it got an undeserving vote.

      Also the link didn't work for Blue Light Alarm - the only one that came up was a live version, which might have helped it.

      9 Road Rage
      8 Blue Light Alarm
      7 Seed Song
      6 Beautiful Loser
      5 Bleed
      4 Y Corryn A'r Pry
      3 Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
      2 Stories
      1 Acapulco Gold

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      • Okay - so I amended the last round - sorry Cheapthrills, but it means "Into The Blue" exits. (When I said above that "Caught in The Middle" would exit, that was including both navi's correct and incorrect votes (essentially nullifying his votes rather than correcting them).

        So - what do we lose this time around? Well, whilst none of our voters are actually Welsh, I'm the one who's lived here the longest. Therefore, it was only right that I should be the sole person who actually voted for the Welsh national anthem "Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" to survive this round. It's a decent version of the anthem (which is itself a great anthem) and also introduced me to the fact there's a second verse that no-one ever sings (rather like the wonderful line "Confound their politics, frustrate their knavish tricks" in verse 3 of "God Save The Queen".

        One problem you sometimes find on YouTube is someone replaces a song with a random instrumental, and alas that has happened to one version of the 9 minute plus song "Acapulco Gold", which most definitely also has words. The fact is though, even if we were to discount cheapthrills's vote entirely, it would still be second song out this round. It's another one of the early b-sides, but one that made the bonus CD on the greatest hits.

        Next up then, it's time to lose a release entirely, as the EP "Awyren = Aeroplane" gets the boot as we lose its final track "Y Corryn Ar Pry'". Only Navi was fussed enough to put it top 5.

        We were divided on "Stories". Three of us ranked it bottom three, the other two wanted it saved. I can't say I know anything about it myself.



        85. Only A Fool
        86. Londinium
        87. Mother of Misogyny
        88. Into The Blue
        89. Stories
        90. Acapulco Gold
        91. Infantile
        92. Dream On
        93. Part Of The Furniture
        94. Louisiana
        95. Secret Love
        96. Y Corryn A'r Pry
        97. Y Gwydr Argyfwng
        98. Soul Love
        99. Long Time Lonely
        100. Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands
        101. Carolina (English)
        102. Apple Core
        103. Oranges To Florida
        104. To and Fro
        105. Take Courage
        106. Ei Di'r Deryn Du?
        107. Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
        108. Lleuad Gwener


        Round 25
        Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite. The 4 with the lowest average scores will be out.

        Fall Beside Her
        Lost Cat
        Some Half Baked Idea Called Wonderful
        Indigo Blind
        The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
        My Selfish Gene
        Bulimic Beats
        Imaginary Friend
        All My Trials

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        • 9 The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
          8 Imaginary Friend
          7 My Selfish Gene
          6 Lost Cat
          5 Bulimic Beats
          4 All My Trials
          3 Indigo Blind
          2 Some Half Baked Idea Called Wonderful
          1 Fall Beside Her

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          • 9 My Selfish Gene
            8 The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
            7 Fall Beside Her
            6 Lost Cat
            5 Imaginary Friend
            4 Indigo Blind
            3 Bulimic Beats
            2 Some Half Baked Idea Called Wonderful
            1 All My Trials

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            • Originally posted by matthew_dixon View Post
              Okay - so I amended the last round - sorry Cheapthrills, but it means "Into The Blue" exits. (When I said above that "Caught in The Middle" would exit, that was including both navi's correct and incorrect votes (essentially nullifying his votes rather than correcting them).

              One problem you sometimes find on YouTube is someone replaces a song with a random instrumental, and alas that has happened to one version of the 9 minute plus song "Acapulco Gold", which most definitely also has words. The fact is though, even if we were to discount cheapthrills's vote entirely, it would still be second song out this round. It's another one of the early b-sides, but one that made the bonus CD on the greatest hits.
              That's OK about Into the Blue. I felt bad voting a song down that I couldn't hear. But your second comment is good to know because the same thing happened with INdigo Blue in this round. The only thing I can find is a backward masked version for whatever weird reason, like why, so if anyone thinks they have a version I can hear I can amend my vote. Also, the Lost Cat version seems to be cut off at the end, or is that just how the song is?


              9 The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
              8 Imaginary Friend
              7 Some Half Baked Idea Called Wonderful
              6 Lost Cat
              5 Indigo Blind
              4 Fall Beside Her
              3 My Selfish Gene
              2 All My Trials
              1 Bulimic Beats




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              • Round 25
                Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite.

                9. Fall Beside Her
                8. Lost Cat
                7. The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
                6. Some Half Baked Idea Called Wonderful
                5. Imaginary Friend
                4. All My Trials
                3. Bulimic Beats
                2. My Selfish Gene
                1. Indigo Blind

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                • Yay for a surprise save for Streets Of New York, though a shame to lose Stories. Stories is on the first album by Pleasure (a project of Fred Ball's). It came out in 2003, the same year as Cockahoop, and also features songs with vocals by Justine Frischmann and Ed Harcourt. It's a great album in general. There was also a second Pleasure album in 2007, which has a great song with Brett Anderson's vocals (weirdly in the same year that Brett released his first solo album - I've always liked that little coincidence). Fred Ball also then played as part of Brett's live band. That's probably more information than anyone was really needing, but hey!

                  cheapthrills - The Lost Cat video only cuts off a tiny bit of the end, but if you want to hear it all, it's also here (if that link works for you).

                  9 The Ballad Of Tom Jones (with Space)
                  8 Lost Cat
                  7 Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful (it's 'ideal' not 'idea' ;-) )
                  6 My Selfish Gene
                  5 Bulimic Beats
                  4 Imaginary Friend
                  3 Fall Beside Her
                  2 Indigo Blind
                  1 All My Trials
                  My last.fm

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                  • I also forgot to mention about Stories (because I didn't write enough about it, clearly), that the spoken word bits in it are Cerys' grandmother. (IIRC) :-)
                    My last.fm

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                    • I was in my school choir when I first came across the folk song "All My Trials", I've always loved the song, and love the version Cerys did on her debut solo album. Alas it's just not strong enough to make it through this round.

                      Joining it is another of the early tracks to fall - "Indigo Blind". It's great, but again it seems about right to lose it now.

                      The third one we lose is one I wanted to save, but only just - again I guess we can lose it at this stage - the beautiful "Bulimic Beats" from "Equally Cursed and Blessed"

                      Finally, another early track - this time from the "Way Beyond Blue" album - and a track I initially got the title wrong of - "Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful".



                      81. Only A Fool
                      82. Londinium
                      83. Mother of Misogyny
                      84. Into The Blue
                      85. Stories
                      86. Acapulco Gold
                      87. Bulimic Beats
                      88. Infantile
                      89. Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful
                      90. Dream On
                      91. Louisiana
                      92. Part Of The Furniture
                      93. Secret Love
                      94. Y Corryn A'r Pry
                      95. Indigo Blind
                      96. Y Gwydr Argyfwng
                      97. Soul Love
                      98. Long Time Lonely
                      99. Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands
                      100. Carolina (English)
                      101. Apple Core
                      102. Oranges To Florida
                      103. To and Fro
                      104. Take Courage
                      105. Ei Di'r Deryn Du?
                      106. Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
                      107. All My Trials
                      108. Lleuad Gwener


                      Round 26
                      Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite. The 4 with the lowest average scores will be out.

                      Mantra For The Lost
                      I'm Cured
                      That's All Folks
                      Post Script
                      Nothing Hurts
                      What It Is
                      Arlington Way
                      Spider and the Fly
                      White Horses

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                      • 9 That's All Folks
                        8 Nothing Hurts
                        7 Arlington Way
                        6 White Horses
                        5 Post Script
                        4 Spider and the Fly
                        3 What It Is
                        2 I'm Cured
                        1 Mantra For The Lost

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                        • 9 Arlington Way
                          8 White Horses
                          7 Post Script
                          6 That's All Folks
                          5 Nothing Hurts
                          4 What It Is
                          3 Mantra For The Lost
                          2 Spider and the Fly
                          1 I'm Cured

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                          • Round 26
                            Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite.

                            9. I'm Cured
                            8. Mantra For The Lost
                            7. Arlington Way
                            6. Nothing Hurts
                            5. What It Is
                            4. Spider and the Fly
                            3. That's All Folks
                            2. White Horses
                            1. Post Script

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                            • 9 Post Script
                              8 Arlington Way
                              7 That's All Folks
                              6 Mantra For The Lost
                              5 I'm Cured
                              4 Nothing Hurts
                              3 Spider and the Fly
                              2 What It Is
                              1 White Horses


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                              • 9 That's All Folks
                                8 Spider and the Fly
                                7 Arlington Way
                                6 Nothing Hurts
                                5 Post Script
                                4 Mantra For The Lost
                                3 I'm Cured
                                2 What It Is
                                1 White Horses
                                My last.fm

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                                • So - in tonight's batch, three of the four songs had at least one person ranking them top 2. However, that is not the case whatsoever for our first song. No-one will be particularly sorry to lose the "Paper Scissors Stone" album track "What It Is".

                                  Next up, we go way back to 1965 - to a TV show called "The White Horses" produced by TV stations in south west Germany and Slovenia. The theme tune "White Horses" was recorded by an Irish singer called Jacky, and became a UK top 10 hit over here. Cerys did a version for an album largely of kids songs called "Songs For The Young At Heart" and it's lovely. However, despite cheapthrills loving it, both Chantal and Metalweb ranked it last on the list - probably suffering a bit from being a cover.

                                  So - representing the "International Velvet" era here we have b-sides to all THREE of the big singles from the album! One, IMHO, deservedly sails through. One is rather lucky, as others like it more than I do, but the third is not so lucky. So, it's farewell to the "Road Rage" b-side "I'm Cured".

                                  Finally, it's another of those songs with an English version on "Don't Look Down" and a Welsh one on "Paid Edrych I Lawr" - the English version going this time of "The Spider and the Fly". Despite Chantal's valiant efforts it didn't quite survive.



                                  77. Only A Fool
                                  78. Londinium
                                  79. Mother of Misogyny
                                  80. Into The Blue
                                  81. Stories
                                  82. I'm Cured
                                  83. Acapulco Gold
                                  84. Bulimic Beats
                                  85. Spider and the Fly
                                  86. Infantile
                                  87. Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful
                                  88. Dream On
                                  89. Louisiana
                                  90. Part Of The Furniture
                                  91. Secret Love
                                  92. Y Corryn A'r Pry
                                  93. Indigo Blind
                                  94. Y Gwydr Argyfwng
                                  95. Soul Love
                                  96. Long Time Lonely
                                  97. Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands
                                  98. Carolina (English)
                                  99. Apple Core
                                  100. What It Is
                                  101. White Horses
                                  102. Oranges To Florida
                                  103. To and Fro
                                  104. Take Courage
                                  105. Ei Di'r Deryn Du?
                                  106. Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
                                  107. All My Trials
                                  108. Lleuad Gwener


                                  Round 27
                                  Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite. The 4 with the lowest average scores will be out.

                                  New Mercurial Heights
                                  Goldfish and Paracetamol
                                  Strange Glue
                                  Godspeed
                                  Gypsy Song
                                  Grace Cathedral Hill
                                  Oxygen
                                  What Kind Of Man
                                  Heron

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                                  • 9 Oxygen
                                    8 Strange Glue
                                    7 Godspeed
                                    6 Goldfish and Paracetamol
                                    5 Gypsy Song
                                    4 New Mercurial Heights
                                    3 What Kind Of Man
                                    2 Heron
                                    1 Grace Cathedral Hill

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                                    • 9 Strange Glue
                                      8 Godspeed
                                      7 Oxygen
                                      6 Grace Cathedral Hill
                                      5 New Mercurial Heights
                                      4 Heron
                                      3 Goldfish and Paracetamol
                                      2 What Kind Of Man
                                      1 Gypsy Song


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                                      • This is a really strong group for me. I'll be disappointed to lose any of my top 5 (though am expecting to be disappointed!).

                                        9 Goldfish and Paracetamol
                                        8 Strange Glue
                                        7 What Kind Of Man
                                        6 Heron
                                        5 Godspeed
                                        4 Grace Cathedral Hill
                                        3 Oxygen
                                        2 New Mercurial Heights
                                        1 Gypsy Song
                                        My last.fm

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                                        • Round 27
                                          Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite.

                                          9. New Mercurial Heights
                                          8. Goldfish and Paracetamol
                                          7. Strange Glue
                                          6. Heron
                                          5. Godspeed
                                          4. What Kind Of Man
                                          3. Oxygen
                                          2. Grace Cathedral Hill

                                          1. Gypsy Song, cannot believe, every round at least one song isn't available in my country, this little bit pisses me off

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                                          • Just realised I never updated the round title, so tagging cheapthrills in case he wants to get in some votes before this closes later.

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                                            • The first song we lose tonight is another track from the debut solo album - "Gypsy Song". It suffers in part due to not being viewable in Croatia, but actually even if navi had ranked it as his favourite, it was still doomed.

                                              Now, whereas I always knew "Soul Love" was a Bowie cover (despite somehow forgetting this fact when it was knocked out), I have to say I don't know the original of the other :Open Roads" b-side, the Decembrists' track "Grace Cathedral Hill". I can't say I'm surprised at it leaving us at this stage, however nice it is.

                                              Before navi cast his votes, this next track was set to be our featured track, but alas it drops one place further. At less than 1m30, the "Never Said Goodbye" track "What Kind Of Man" is maybe not too surprising to see as a relatively early faller. However, what is interesting is that when whoever it was at YouTube was creating a playlist of Cerys Matthews songs (from which I got my links for her solo work) they picked a video created by our very own Chantal! It's got about 300 views as well, which is pretty decent for an album track.

                                              So - what do we feature then? Well, it's another track from "Don't Look Down", the album that got about half its stuff through the first pass, but is now looking decidedly shaky at getting much going any further than the second stage. Farewell to "Heron".



                                              73. Only A Fool
                                              74. Londinium
                                              75. Mother of Misogyny
                                              76. Into The Blue
                                              77. Heron
                                              78. Stories
                                              79. I'm Cured
                                              80. Acapulco Gold
                                              81. Bulimic Beats
                                              82. Spider and the Fly
                                              83. Infantile
                                              84. Some Half Baked Ideal Called Wonderful
                                              85. Dream On
                                              86. What Kind Of Man
                                              87. Louisiana
                                              88. Part Of The Furniture
                                              89. Grace Cathedral Hill
                                              90. Secret Love
                                              91. Y Corryn A'r Pry
                                              92. Indigo Blind
                                              93. Y Gwydr Argyfwng
                                              94. Soul Love
                                              95. Long Time Lonely
                                              96. Why I Can't Stand One Night Stands
                                              97. Carolina (English)
                                              98. Apple Core
                                              99. What It Is
                                              100. White Horses
                                              101. Oranges To Florida
                                              102. To and Fro
                                              103. Take Courage
                                              104. Ei Di'r Deryn Du?
                                              105. Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
                                              106. All My Trials
                                              107. Gypsy Song
                                              108. Lleuad Gwener


                                              Round 28
                                              Rank the songs below - 9-1 - 9=favourite. The 4 with the lowest average scores will be out.

                                              Sweet Catatonia
                                              Hooked
                                              Valerian
                                              Shore Leave
                                              Arabian Derby
                                              If You're Lookin' For Love
                                              Ruby
                                              Arlington Way (Cymraeg)
                                              Thank You Stars

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                                              • IMHO this is quite a weak batch for this level.

                                                9 Arabian Derby
                                                8 Sweet Catatonia
                                                7 Ruby
                                                6 If You're Lookin' For Love
                                                5 Shore Leave
                                                4 Arlington Way (Cymraeg)
                                                3 Valerian
                                                2 Thank You Stars
                                                1 Hooked

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                                                • 9 Sweet Catatonia
                                                  8 Arabian Derby
                                                  7 Ruby
                                                  6 Hooked
                                                  5 Valerian
                                                  4 If You're Lookin' For Love
                                                  3 Shore Leave
                                                  2 Thank You Stars
                                                  1 Arlington Way (Cymraeg)
                                                  My last.fm

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                                                  • 9 Arabian Derby
                                                    8 Sweet Catatonia
                                                    7 Valerian
                                                    6 If You're Lookin' For Love
                                                    5 Ruby
                                                    4 Arlington Way (Cymraeg)
                                                    3 Shore Leave
                                                    2 Hooked
                                                    1 Thank You Stars


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