Welcome to week four of the Listening Project: staying safe at home by working through the entire British Book of Hit Singles (BBoHS) from A-Z. Week 4 sees me up to HJH’s and some resistance to the project from Ms Moles (‘Why do we have to listen to stuff you missed first time around and is probably rubbish’). We soldier on! No princes are found without a lot of frog-kissing, and in this case no obscure soul classics without wading through the boyband landfill from the late 90s (see last week for more musings on them).
If you open a page at random then the obscure nuggets are likely to be dance tracks from the 90s and early 00s. This week’s musings are a why? Firstly, it cannot have been radio play. We’re not talking about Professional Widow or The Chemicals here. These tracks cannot have be played on R1 before the specialist dance shows. Were there that many listening to Kiss/Galaxy in the 90s to impact the charts? Second, the natural home of these tracks is clearly the dance compilation. Why on earth would anyone buy a single. You know what, that Ministry or Kiss In Ibiza compilation is a bit pricy. I’m happy with just the Barkin Bros’ Gonna Catch You – if I play that 20 times. Because these tracks are often 6 minutes long, almost entirely instrumental, and of limited appeal to the sober and industrious. Yet the lower reaches of the charts from about 90 on is absolutely dominated by them. Thoughts?
Onto this week’s goldies and shockers.There’s a hommage to an early 90s permatanned quiz host – mmm which one is that? And a mid-sixties beauty that I – almost – know completely but yet again don’t. And yes, that prog catnip. Hopefully below is our first rap treasure from the Beatnuts. New to me, no doubt familiar to many round here.