The 143

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Although “going forward” I have always had an approximate plan for The 143, an ongoing project, the experience of writing this blog tells me that the final list may still change over the time it takes to add every song as an entry (which I was initially doing at the rate of about three or four a week – a rate that is seasonally adjusted by other work commitments). So I made an early decision to officiate it this way: as soon as a song is written about and published on the blog, it’s on the statute books. No returns. No rewrites. No recounts. Until that decisive click of the “publish” button, I reserve the right to fiddle with the final 143, pooled in the amorphous personal playlist of origination, which further hardens into fact over time. And I’ll log each entry here as I publish it.

A reminder: the songs are listed here in no particular order; neither alphabetical, nor chronological, nor generic, nor quantitative. This is just the order I felt moved to write about them in. However, you can find them listed alphabetically and chronologically elsewhere.

ABC Unzip 1983

The Rakes We Are All Animals 2005

Public Enemy Rebel Without A Pause 1987

David Bowie Be My Wife 1977

Colourbox Just Give ’Em Whiskey 1985

The Elgins Put Yourself In My Place 1966

Clock DVA 4 Hours 1981

Beastie Boys An Open Letter To NYC 2004

George Harrison Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) 1970

The Wedding Present My Favourite Dress 1987

10cc I’m Not In Love 1975

The Jesus & Mary Chain Never Understand 1985

Burial Archangel 2007

Wu-Tang Clan Let My Niggas Live 2000

Bob Dylan Tell Me That It Isn’t True 1969

Everything But The Girl Each And Every One 1984

The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (7″ Edit) 1990

The Jackson Sisters I Believe In Miracles 1973

The Sisters Of Mercy Lucretia My Reflection 1988

The Source featuring Candi Staton You Got The Love (Now Voyager Radio Edit) 1991

Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V 1975

Elvis Costello and the Attractions Beyond Belief 1982

The Fall L.A. 1985

The Temptations It’s Growing 1965

The Cure One Hundred Years 1982

Electric Light Orchestra Mr Blue Sky 1977

Jim Bob Cartoon Dad 2007

Morrissey Everyday Is Like Sunday 1988

Lionrock Fire Up The Shoesaw 1996

Adele Rolling In The Deep 2011

Scott Walker Montague Terrace (In Blue) 1967

Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind 1987

The Rolling Stones Wild Horses 1971

Frank Wilson Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) 1965

Manic Street Preachers Motorcycle Emptiness 1992

Joy Division She’s Lost Control 1979

Billy Bragg Tank Park Salute 1991

The Smiths Rusholme Ruffians 1985

Gang Of Four 5.45 1979

Crosby, Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express 1969

The Clash Groovy Times 1979

Blind Boys Of Alabama Way Down In The Hole 2001

Dr Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) Still D.R.E. 1999

Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love 1969

Cocteau Twins Ivo 1984

The Kingsmen Louie Louie 1963

The Beatles Blackbird 1968

The Lotus Eaters The First Picture Of You 1983

The Human League Being Boiled 1980

Dave Brubeck Quartet Take Five 1959

Diana Ross Upside Down 1980

Radiohead Idioteque 2000

Tom Waits Jockey Full Of Bourbon 1985

Pixies Debaser 1989

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds City Of Refuge 1988

The Farm All Together Now 1990

Happy Mondays Mad Cyril 1988

Johnny Cash Hurt 2002

Talking Heads Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 1980

Faces Ooh La La 1973

The The Uncertain Smile 1983

New Order Regret 1993

The Velvet Underground Venus In Furs 1967

Bobby Womack Across 11oth Street 1973

Kevin Coyne Dynamite Daze 1978

The Ronettes Be My Baby 1963

Cud Rich And Strange 1992

The Fire Engines Candy Skin 1981

James Brown Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine Part 1 1970

Echo & The Bunnymen The Killing Moon 1984

Blondie Heart Of Glass 1978

The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon 1985

DJ Scott La Rock, Blastmaster KRS One & D-Nice South Bronx 1986

The Eagles Hotel California 1976

Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ 1966

Eric B & Rakim Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness – The Coldcut Remix) 1987

Bauhaus In The Flat Field 1980

America A Horse With No Name 1971

Beyoncé (Featuring Jay-Z) Crazy In Love 2003

XTC Making Plans For Nigel 1979

Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman, No Cry (Live) 1975

Prefab Sprout When Love Breaks Down 1984

Free All Right Now 1970

The Psychedelic Furs Fall 1980

Nine Inch Nails Something I Can Never Have 1989

Metronomy The Look 2011

Herbie Hancock Rockit 1983

James Sometimes 1993

Patsy Cline Crazy 1961

Squeeze Up The Junction 1978

Elbow Any Day Now 2001

The Shirelles Baby It’s You 1961

Blur Song 2 1997

Teenage Fanclub The Concept 1991

A Certain Ratio Shack Up 1980

Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant 1977

My Bloody Valentine Soon 1990

Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman 1968

The Triffids Wide Open Road 1985

Sparks Number One Song In Heaven 1979

Asian Dub Foundation Free Satpal Ram 1998

The Specials Gangsters 1979

Chic Le Freak 1978

Carter USM The Only Living Boy In New Cross 1992

Kanye West Jesus Walks 2004

The Jam Beat Surrender 1982

Althea & Donna Uptown Top Ranking 1977

The Beach Boys Good Vibrations 1966

Sly & The Family Stone Family Affair 1971

Tubeway Army Are ‘Friends’ Electric? 1979

Killah Priest B.I.B.L.E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) 1995

Buzzcocks Boredom 1977

Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding 1982

Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) 1998

The House Of Love Christine 1987

Woody Guthrie This Land is Your Land 1944

Killing Joke Love Like Blood 1985

The Sweet Blockbuster! 1973

Indeep Last Night a DJ Saved My Life 1982

Arctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes Down 2006

The Stone Roses Fools Gold 1989

Sonic Youth (I Got A) Catholic Block 1987

Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark Electricity 1979

Wah! The Story of the Blues Part 1 1982

Sleaford Mods Face to Faces 2015

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9 thoughts on “The 143

  1. Not One Track on this List, I would have chosen, Excellent nevertheless. Though several of the Artists would be on my 143.Intriguing and Thought Provoking, esp on PE and Wu Tang Clan.

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  2. Hi – fantastic read and great song choices. As a dj Andrew always managed to come up with songs I liked even if they weren’t always my favourite artists and this list reflects that. As a Q and subsequently Word subscriber from the first issue I’ve read a lot of his journalism and these articles remind me of how good it was. I’ve even read his books despite what Richard Herring might think about their popularity and I once sat in front of him at an AIOTM gig. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks to Steph for the Spotify playlist.

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  3. Loved your list – thanks for posting. Here are the tracks from your list that are new to me that I plan to download:

    ABC Unzip
    Beastie Boys An Open Letter To NYC
    The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (7″ Edit)
    Jim Bob Cartoon Dad
    Cud Rich And Strange

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  4. There are 41 songs still to add, so it’s not over yet.

    From your comment, I infer that Talk Talk and Dream Academy would be in yours.

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