Yesterday I posted choice lyrics from the top five songs in the UK this week. Well, to see if anythings changed, here are the top five singles from 1996, twenty years ago, when I was 10 years old, back on the week of the 6th April 1996. I mean compared to today’s top five back when it was “my” music is almost certainly was better, wasn’t it? Wel… I’m not so sure looking at this list now.
1. “Firestarter” by The Prodigy
I’m the trouble starter, punking instigator
I’m the fear addicted, danger illustrated
I’m a fire starter, twisted fire starter
Twisted, yeah I’m twisted
You’re the fire starter, twisted fire starter
2. “The X Files (Theme) (Terrestrial Mix)” by Mark Snow
No Lyrics. Hrm.
3. “Children” by Robert Miles
No lyrics again. Hrm.
4. “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
Oh my God
Here I am
Pump up the world
Watch my flow
Here I Go
So I’m back up in the game
Running things to keep my swing
Letting all the people know
That I’m back to run the show
‘Cause what you did, you know, was wrong
And all the nasty things you’ve done
So, baby, listen
While I sing my come-back song
5. “Give Me A Little More Time” by Gabrielle
You try your best to show me
That you really care
You said, if there were days I was lonely to call you
You'd be there
You tried your best to convince me
That you understand
And if I ever need someone to hold on to
You wanted to be the man
And I knew, it was true
All the feelings that I had inside for you
I cannot deny
Many times I've tried, hoo, hoo
So that’s a strange mix. Basically, today, the music is worse, and the lyrics are worse. Aren’t they? Actually, I’m not so sure. Firestarter was absolutely influential (I got caught by my dad putting LEGO up my nose to loo like Liam Hewlett aged ten). The sound was influential, as was his famous head-throw dance moves that everyone does when this comes on in a club. The Robert Miles track is the epitome of the trance-house post-Ibiza stuff that yer man that is number 1 is talking all about; I mean nothing much has changed. What is interesting is the presence of Gabrielle – what she up to these days? Not that I was ever a real fan. I can’t think of a contemporary version of her – maybe Adele? No, Adele is too big – maybe Emilie Sande? I don’t know.
Either way, surely they can’t be as bad as 1976 right? Right? Well, I’m not going to find out. But maybe… you can?
Maybe if you want to listen along here's a handy playlist.