Not done this for a bit but I feel obliged to fill the page with something new. So, it's out with the iPod (which, for some reason, won't turn off at the moment) and on with the shuffle function. And...
1: The Sound Of The Crowd - Human League
"Make a shroud pulling combs through a ... backwash frame!" Stripped bare electronic nonsense from a band everyone felt they were discovering for the first time. A whole verse about applying make-up should always be cherished. Susanne and Joanne's vowels had reassuring Grenoside flatness that they'd never quite shift, and more power to their elbow for that.
2: Fragile - Sting
"On and on the rain will fall, like tears from a star..." Look, there's a lot about Sting I can't abide, but sometimes one can't help oneself.
3: Killer - Adamski
"If we try to live your life - the way you wanna!" Put a quick straw poll together of the best No.1 singles of the 1990s and this will be high up, despite George Michael's bandwagonning "mashup" with the Temptations. Adamski was soon cast aside as a fad who had one new bleeping noise on his synth but Seal, controversially uncredited, went on to win every award going and was introduced by an exhausted Brian May as "Mr Seal!" at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. And the strife this causes at "title and artist, please" pop quizzes, oh my...
4: Ten Years Asleep - Kingmaker
"All the punks are pushing thirty years and are hardly feared..." Every mention of Nick Clegg for four days made me think of this band. I think they were one of the top three bands from Hull that surpassed the Housemartins, according to Paul Heaton's bon mot. Matters not. Raucous, slapdash song which I felt obliged to buy for reasons of comradeship. The breakfast television and 0898 references give you an idea of the era, really.
5: Dancing With Myself - Generation X
"So I'll sink another drink!" First acquired on Chartblasters 81, a fine K-Tel compilation that specialised in songs that didn't actually make the Top 40 (like this) and so the eight year old me was enjoying this song long before he'd heard of either Billy Idol or masturbation. Fill in the blanks.
Sting, eh? Go on, I can take it...