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How to pick three songs for a BBC Top 3 list, and more that didn’t make the cut – The Go-Betweens, Miles Davis and Rachid Taha

March 13, 2013

MORE tunes that didn’t make the top three that I am putting together for Dave Monks’ brilliant Introducing programme on Radio Merseyside this weekend.

I think the key to choosing your top three rests in three key areas: 1) be true to yourself,  pick stuff you do love, not stuff you think you should be seen to love; 2) nobody loves a smart ass, it’s the songs you like and the stories they evoke – don’t write a fecking memoir; 3) don’t try too hard. Obscure makes you look like a try hard prick.

Here’s another trio of top tunes I really love that won’t make it into this weekend’s choice and a short explanation why they didn’t make it.

(The Go-Betweens – Streets of Your Town)

Three words: White denim jacket. Five words: I still worship Grant McLennan. God rest him.

(Miles Davis – So What)

Pretentious, moi? Jazz is easy to be seen to like – it makes you cool. Having said that, Kind of Blue is one of the few jazz records it is impossible to dislike.

(Rachid Taha – Rock El Casbah)

Now with added Mick Jones. Rachid Taha is a beautiful man who makes great albums. But, ultimately, for a Top 3 list, he’s just too ‘world’. Hard core championing world music, for me, is still associated with dashiki-wearing-one-vegan trustafrians you used to meet on marches.

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