Beautiful South – Don’t Marry Her, Have Me (1996)

Beautiful South 1996 single Don't marry her, have me

Beautiful South made a fantastic bitter sweat song called Don’t Marry Her, Have me. This is a love song with a quite different source than is usually seen. The song is about a woman who want her lover to leave his wife to be with her instead. Her most profound argument to leave his future wife is that he will get bored with her in their everyday life.

In my ears this is a typical Beautiful South song with a kind of melancholy sound to it. On the other hand we only hear the voice of Jacqui Abbott with no sign of Poul Heaton – they often sing different vocal parts and in this way share the spotlight of Beautiful South.

The song originally included the word “fuck” – and what a disaster, it had to be changed (probably to avoid the sensorship and get radio air time I assume). The original titel was Don’t Marry Her, Fuck Me. Or perhaps this was just a trick played by the Beautiful South to get more media publicity.

Don’t Marry Her, Have Me is on the album Blue is the colour.

Highest chart position: UK singles chart#8.

Band photo Beautiful South

Snow – Informer (1993)

Snow had his one hit wonder with InformerThe reggae inspired song Informer by Snow is really difficult to me. I try to be open to all kind of music believing there is some good stuff to be found everywhere and because we all have different tastes in music (luckily). But some songs I just do not understand and Informer by Snow is one of them!

To me it is an irritating repetition of the word “Informer” a million times – and I know this song is not any worse than many others. But my ears just hear it this way and therefore I dislike the song. Not a part of my record collection anymore I can only wonder why Informer was ever a hit. Fortunately I will place Snow as a one hit worder so the chances of hearing him on the radio are small.

If You for some strange reason would like to hear Snow singing Informer it can be found on the album 12 Inches of Snow.

Highest chart position: UK singles chart #2 and US Billboard Hot 100 #1.

Huge one hit wonder by Snow

Radiohead – Karma Police (1997)

Karma Police is a classic rock song by RadioheadKarma Police by Radiohead is a real classic rock song from a real classic rock band. Fantastic song – not much needed to be said about it! In 2000 I was so lucky to see two Radiohead concerts in Copenhagen performed in a tent that they used for this tour. Both concerts were great and as I recall it the setlist for the two nights were quite different so we got a lot of Radiohead songs performed.

I like the music video where you see a car driving on a dark night. In the headlights appears a figure that the car follows for some time. Finally the figure stop running and faces the car and it looks like he will be run over. But because the car has a leak the man can set it on fire and the video end with flames all around the car (and Thom Yorke has disappeared from the backseat).

Karma Police can be found on the iconic Radiohead album OK Computer.

Highest chart position: UK singles chart #8 and US Billboard Alternative songs #14.

Radiohead Karma Police

The concert tent for Radiohead

Blur – Parklife (1994)

Parklife by Blur was my gateway into BritpopParklife by Blur hit me hard and as I remember it was my primarily gateway into loving the Britpop music scene. The song has a fantastic laidback mood with a great melody and of course the voice of Damon Albarn. Also the video to the song is great fun giving us the life in an English suburb. The lyrics also present the daily life saying:

I get up when I want except on Wednesdys

When I get rudely awakened by the dustmen

I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea

And I think about leaving the house

A fun way to show tell the story about a person with very doll life. Or maybe Blur what to point the attention to the huge amount of unemployed people? But this is as I see it what many Britpop groups do – tell about the life of people living “ordinary” life witch is more daily routines then exciting lifes.

Parklife was a big hit in my country and can be found on the album with the same name.

Highest chart position: UK#10

Blur was one of the most important Britpop bands


Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me (1998)

Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer was a worldwide one hit wonder The song Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer with the beautiful Leigh Nash in front was a huge hit in my region as well as the rest of the world. You just could not avoid listening to it – it was present everywhere on radio and TV. It is a simple but very fine track that I still like to listen to. Maybe a success because of the lyrics – who doesn’t like to be kissed by their loved one?

Sixpence None The Richer is in my opinion a one hit wonder although they had a miner success with the cover of There She Goes by The La’s. Kiss Me also appears on the soundtrack to the movie She’s All That (starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, 1999).

Kiss me can be found on the album also called Sixpence None The Richer – but as a one hit wonder you can just stick to Kiss Me – I never liked the hole album.

Highest chart position: US#2 and UK#4

Sixpence None The Richer had a one hit wonder with Kiss Me

Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer is on the soundtrack to She's All That

Tom Waits – Black Rider (1993)

Tom Waits eye catching Black Rider Album coverSometime in the late 1990s I saw Black Rider by Tom Waits performed at the local theatre. Not knowing much about Tom Waits or his music this experience really surprised me. A story hard to understand combined with the music that to me sounded very weird live in the theatre. But something must have hit me anyway because I bought the Black Rider album shortly after but the music was difficult for me to take in. Still today some 20 years on I have to sit down with no disturbances to concentrate on Waits hoarse vocal when I listen to it because there are so many elements on this record that I feel that something new comes up every time. Black Rider is therefore a favourite of mine although I still have difficulties understanding it – but maybe this is the charm about Tom Waits.

Tom Waits are as cool as it gets