‘If we could change the past/we’d make some moments last’
‘Well I got myself a song inside/And I got myself some full blown daylight.
Want to tell you just how hard it’s been/Trying to talk myself out of jumping’
‘I’d show them the stars and the meaning of life/They’d shut me away/But I’d be alright’
Subterranean Homesick Alien
‘I wish I knew you/Your fit of insanity makes me sad/I wish you knew
/your music was to stay forever’
‘Little boys with dangerous toys/all bow down to the Beastie Boys’
Freedom Of Speech Won’t Feed My Children
Well now, what the balls am I meant to do with this. It would be like trying to rank the songs of… no, there is no comparison – this is the greatest album of all time, ranking is futile. There’s really only one song I don’t think is on par with the rest, but it has the quintessential sound and tone of the album so it’s not one I can really drop. I’m going to do that in my own version of how the album should look, but I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. Here is the album ranked in terms of my personal favourites – at least 7 of these could be my number 1 on a different day, three others aren’t far behind, and the last three are still better than anything most bands could dream up:
- 4st 7lbs
- This Is Yesterday
- Archives Of Pain
- Die In The Summertime
- The Intense Humming Of Evil
- Of Walking Abortion
- She Is Suffering
As I said above replacing any of these is pointless, and no other songs from the era really fit musically. However, I think they could replace She Is Suffering with Too Cold Here – a version specifically recorded for the album (I don’t believe any such version exists) as it is a much stronger song. Judge Yrself could work better musically, though it’s not great lyrically, some might opt for Sculpture Of Man. I’d nominate Love Torn Us Under over those two, but under Too Cold Here. In any case, it’s perfect as it is.
Let us know your ranking in the comments!
‘People are strange when you’re a stranger/faces look ugly when you’re alone’
People Are Strange
‘Black ash from the foundry/Hangs like a hood/But the air is perfumed/By the burning firewood’
Love Ain’t For Keeping
‘It’s poetry/sheer poetry/the way you destroy your beauty’
Yes, I’m late with this one due to being off for a few days. So I’m posting it on a Thursday. Au contrair!
‘Tonight/everything but me/taken out to sea/all gone’