Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Choose or lose

Was recently alerted to a site that's begun a project similar to one we recently finished up: the top Scottish singles of all time. The site is dubbed The Great Jock 'n' Roll Single, and is run by a pair of lads named Dave (a self-described failed indie guitarist who has opened for at least four different acts eligible for this little contest) and The Cat (an individual who manages to trump even my Orange Juice fanboyism; he named his daughter after the single "Felicity").

Participants vote via email, listing their top 10 choices. (An added twist: Dave and The Cat have asked folks to list a selection for "worst Scottish single of all-time." Choose wisely.) One can only vote for U.K.-released singles -- no B-sides, extra tracks, songs featured on LPs, flexis, compilation tracks, or download-only releases. Folks can vote up to 10 times, but only one vote is allowed per artist.

At the moment, Associates' "Party Fears Two" is leading the voting with Orange Juice's "Rip It Up" and The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Never Understand" right behind it. It's hard to carp about the results thus far when acts like Strawberry Switchblade are among the chosen, but there are a few noted omissions (hello) and hopefully that will change as results continue to pour in.

Hear it for yourself. Download: "Since Yesterday" by Strawberry Switchblade, "Don't Talk To Me About Love" by Altered Images, and "Party Fears Two" by Associates.