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.




Having got to #1 with the Norman Cook remix of Brimful Of Asha back in early 1998 it looked as if Cornershop had a deserved profile after years of toiling in obscurity.

If there was any justice in the world, then this, one of a number of outstanding tracks from the LP When I Was Born For The 7th Time, would have also crashed high into the charts.

Sadly, Sleep On The Left Side stalled at #23, which in my books is enough to keep the band away from those that are listed as ‘one-hit wonders’, but proof that the record-buying public would only embrace the band’s unique mix of indie, dance and Asian music if someone famous like Fatboy Slim put their name to it.

The single is an edited down version of the original track that was on the LP, but it also came with other innovative and wonderful mixes:-

mp3 : Cornershop – Sleep On The Left Side (Radio Edit)
mp3 : Cornershop – Sleep On The Left Side (Ashley Beedle’s Right Hand Radio Edit)
mp3 : Cornershop – Sleep On The Left Side (Les Rythmes Digitales’ Living By Numbers Mix)
mp3 : Cornershop – Sleep On The Left Side (Ashley Beedle’s Right Hand Extended Mix)

New Order fans everywhere will surely adore the LRD mix…….




I am of the opinion that When I Was Born For The 7th Time, released by Cornershop back in 1997 is a tremendous record. It is the best known of all the band’s LPs thanks to it having the original version of Brimful of Asha which, thanks to a remix from Norman Cook, stormed to the top of the singles chart.

It was an album which received great acclaim on its initial release but for a time, not long after the remix was such a hit it did seem that many critics, having watched on as the band moved from cult status into commercial success, felt they could have a bit of a go at Cornershop’s particular mix of pop, dance, funk and politics, underpinned by a sub-continental groove.  It certainly caught the band on the hop and caused a bit of a rethink on whether the fame and fortune was really worth the hassle and it would be five years before the next record was released.

Despite having all the hallmarks of a great single, Brimful of Asha wasn’t selected as the first single from the LP. That honour went to the ridiculously catchy Good Shit. Except that it didn’t quite….everyone involved knew that releasing a song with that title and a chorus of ‘Good Shit’s all around good people’ was doomed to an instant ban. So with the change of one little letter and taking it to the plural:-

mp3 : Cornershop – Good Ships

It still of course for the most part sounds as if nothing has been altered which is probably why it hardly got any radio play and was the latest in a run of flop 45s.

The first of the b-side reveals the full extent of the intro on the album version and then proceeds with a great instrumental version of the track:-

mp3 : Cornershop – Intro/Good Ships (instrumental)

The next track on the CD single turned out to be a straight lift of something which would appear unaltered on the LP when it was released some three months later. But at the time it just felt like a tremendous b-side:-

mp3 : Cornershop – Funky Days Are Back Again

And finally, with two minutes extra instrumental funkiness and an infectiously catchy drumming outro:-

mp3 : Cornershop – Funky Days Are Back Again (extended beats mix)