30, 20, 10 (Part 11)

Last time out, the indie charts had a club hit at #1 on 1 February 1988.  The next three weeks saw Sugarcubes and Kylie Minogue reach the pinnacle before this began a four-week reign on top:-

1 March 1988 : mp3 : Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis

Bomb The Bass was a name adopted by producer Tim Simenon and this massive hit, which also reached #2 in the main singles chart, was another wonderful and mind-blowing example of a 45 consisting of samples including, among others, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Public Enemy along with snatches of dialogue from various films and TV programmes.

Jumping ahead ten years, and Oasis had been followed successively to the top by Aaron Carter and Backstreet Boys, but thankfully a song on Wiija Records, albeit a re-released remix, saves the day for us music fans:-

1 March 1998 : mp3 : Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)

This also provided Cornershop with a very unexpected #1 in the singles chat and brought the parent album When I Was Born For The 7th Time to a wider audience, the majority of whom would likely have been bemused (which is why you see it in loads of charity shops!!)

And finally, what were the indie-kids buying a decade ago? It was still Adele with Chasing Pavements coming to end of a five-week reign.


2 thoughts on “30, 20, 10 (Part 11)

  1. When I Was Born For The 7th Time is a great album. It’s their Foxbase Alpha (but without the countless fanbase-milking limited-run special edition reissues – so in a way, better). Alas, they never recaptured the magic.

  2. Jullander Shere is also a classic – nowhere near as commercial as Brimful Of Asha and all the better for it

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