The Magic Number

When we were trying to figure out if Ultimate Album would work or not, the one thing that we knew would be certain was how difficult it would be to pick a track three.

Quick, think of an album you love. The chances are the 3rd track is a absolute stormer.

Before we move on to this weeks choices we must first announce the chosen track which will be 2nd on our mixtape. Unlike the landslide victory by Avalanches for track one, our track 2 winner won by a margin of just one vote.

So, in the words of The Jam. The public gets what they public wants and second on our Ultimate Album playlist is Suede – Animal Nitrate as picked by Simon.

So, it’s time to introduce our favourite track threes – and of course YOU get to decide which one makes it to the final playlist. Listen, enjoy, share and of course VOTE!

Dom W – Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield (Dusty In Memphis)

In my opinion, one of the greatest white singers singing one of the greatest songs ever from one of the greatest albums ever.

I think the first time I heard this track was through Cypress Hill and listening to Hits From The Bong! ‘In Memphis’ has been a favorite album of mine since about the year 2000. I was introduced to it by a work colleague (I, like Dom P spent a fair crack of time working in a record shop). The album has been reissued several times with different recordings of tracks here there and everywhere, but one constant is that track 3 is this absolutely legendary track.

Weighing in at a ‘hefty’ 2 minutes and 29 seconds, it almost feels too short for me. But starting with a nice chilled 10 second intro, you get a fantastic example of voice, backing, and horns throughout the rest of the track.

I think every person that reads this will have heard this song and they will already have an opinion that I cannot sway so I am not going to try. All I will say is that if you only know this song and and the obvious tracks;(Spooky, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Only Wanna Be With You – none are on this album); listen to this album. It’s incredible from front to back. If you didn’t know she was white you’d swear she was a black singer out of America packing all the soul of Detroit and Memphis in one being.

On a geek level, if you want to pursue this album I would suggest the 1992 reissue which contains 3 excellent bonus tracks and coincidentally another of my favorites; Willie & Laura Mae Jones.

Anna – Common People – Pulp (Different Class)

Surely everyone is a little fond of a bit of Pulp?

Surely everyone at some point in their lives has; boogied, tapped a toe, or a finger, or clapped, or nodded their head, or jerked a knee, or jigged a shoulder or whatever…along to Common People.

It’s catchy, right?

It has a little story to it.
Jarvis’s ace Northern accent.
An infectious child-like keyboard start.
It builds up so nicely you can’t help but do something when you hear it. Be it make you move physically or sing along.

Common People is most certainly Ultimate Album worthy.

Simon – Television, Drug Of The Nation – Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury)

This track was responsible for me having to buy a CD player as the album was the first one I wanted to buy that had no vinyl release, and this was in the days before ebay and Amazon so sending cheques around the world and hoping for your purchases to turn up wasn’t top of my list of activities.

I am sure that most people will be fully aware of this tune, as it has always had a great deal of airplay and is included in far too many TV and film soundtracks, but as such a memorable track musically and lyrically it is not surprising. As relevant now as it was then, long before the term “dumbing down” became part of the language to describe much mass media and before we became inundated with reality shows, for many people the song was out in the golden age of TV!

From the introduction of a mash up of TV clips, giving the impression of idly flicking through the channels trying to find something, it is in the ilk of Channel Zero by Public Enemy and other tracks like 99 Channels and Nothing On – but it does give insight into the power that TV has over us, and the impact on politics and world events with the agenda that the networks want to show – “Does it imitate us or do we imitate it”

Oxymoronic language, lack of books, marketing, politics, environmental issues, comedy, disturbing images are all contained in this six and a half minutes of genius and it has often found its way on to compilation tapes that I have made in the past, and I think would fit into anyones #UltimateAlbum – but that is your vote!

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