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the best i can remember are aphew twin windowlicker, primal scream accelerator and dizzee rascal i luv u.
i mean...NUMBER 2! in the days when u had to sell like 1/4 of a mil to get there.
but it sounds wonderful! just bought it on iTunes... we should hold an iTunes rally and get enough people to buy it to get it back in the charts again.. :-)
that was exactly what i thought when i read the thread title
i still struggle to believe how that happened.
Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen by Baz Lhurman is most avant garde song to reach Number One.
Completely spoken word. No chorus. Five minutes long.
wow yeah i'd forgotten that. funny time for number 1s, the late 90s.
is really dull. yeah by usher is a way more avant-garde number 1, i reckon.
timbaland has also taken some alien sounds into the charts.
beefheart and zappa probably charted once upon a time. Also, John Cage, with his 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, got to number one in 1952, I believe
about war. With spoken word samples and stuff. From the 80s. Someone must know what it's actually called
It's an unlikely subject for a major hits but musically for the mid-80s sampling times it's fairly standard.
It's not anywhere near as weird as I remember it being. Remember watching it on a nostalgia show I mean. Good tune though
not THAT avant-garde. it was a bit of a tune, actually. it's not like it was steinski or anything.
peter sellers' version of 'a hard day's night', there's one.
#29 in 1991.
beefheart, zappa, cage all never charted. not even 'valley girl'.
F***ing number 1! Sounds even more chilling post-911 - "here come the planes.... they're american planes"
Them was the days (p.s. i wasn't there but this song has to be considered a potential thread winner).
The reason it took off was Peel was a fan, and this was before tight daytime playlists so if a DJ overheard something they'd be fairly free to play it, and it somehow caught hold of the public imagination. Now, of course, if a daytime Radio 1 DJ fast tracks something onto their playlist it'll be The Script. And they call it progress.
"When Doves Cry" by Prince.
Definately one of the most avant-garde songs to have ever charted (#1 US, #1 Australia, Top Ten UK) in the history of music.
Hardly Stockhausen, is it?
How can you not appreciate how ground-breaking that minimalist sound must have been back in the 80s when it was released?! It doesn't even have a bass line FFS! It's the most popular "weird sounding" song of all time.
The song's influence rears itself through the likes of Kanye West, Missy Elliot and Timberland / Timberlake.
It's surely 'Sign O the Times'?
O Superman charted so high! I was going to suggest Cornershop getting to #1 which seemed so weird at the time.
got some pretty weird stuff in the charts. Ashes to Ashes stands out as totally weird, and that went to number one for about a hundred years.
Actually, lots of pretty avant garde stuff got massive in the '80s. Vienna, anyone? Even something like Prince Charming sounded totally bonkers compared to what had gone before. Kids today think of the '80s as commercial and safe, but if you compare a lot of '80s number ones to the kind of thing which charted in the '70s, it was freaking mental!
It's liek ttly avante garde lesbo pop innit... ;-p
by REM is fucking weird, reached number 4. And is AWESOME.
only recently realised how good it is.
but Frontier Psychiatrist by The Avalanches has to be one of the oddest songs to ever make the Top 20.
And again I know it's not that out there but Pyramid Song by Radiohead perhaps
24 in 1981, according to Wikipedia.
I'm sure I read somewhere that Poptones from Metal Box was released as a single, which would trump that in my opinion, but Wikipedia doesn't mention that. Any PiL-heads want to verify this?
but death disco + memories from metal box, which ain't bad
can't see anything beating o superman ... phil todd told me there was a top of the pops soundalike version of this out there somewhere, which i find hard to believe, but you never know ...
"flat beat" by mr ouizo is a weird number 1 single - the power of advertising i guess
"death disco" ! that blew my 13 yr old brain when it came out ... remember seeing 'em on TOTP + they looked great + funny + WTF .. wobbly w/ his teeth blacked out? (have not verified this by checking youtube or nuthin, just near-30 yr old memories, but there is a hilarious US music show clip on youtube i saww last yr, w/ 'em miming (!) "careering" (all playing the wrong instruments, natch) + goofing around among the audience .. it;s hilarious)
...reputedly one of margaret thatcher's favourite ever records
it's really quite an odd song if you take the headbanging monkey video away
by napoleon xiv ... maybe novelty records are the way to go - they can sneak loads of weirdness under the wire ... check spike jones too, and timy tim
Even by the KLF standards its a complete melon-twister
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is more cutting edge than windowlicker?
no way is it.
mia paper planes is pretty weird.
which old jungle tunes charted? m beat incredible? goldie inner city life?
Because O Superman is an eight minute tone poem that features virtually no instruments, AND IT MADE NUMBER TWO.
is pretty weird by pop music standards. It's been played so many times though, people know what to expect.
I used to play it whenever I DJ'ed.
Nobody asks me to DJ anymore...
but length of time doesn't make something avant-garde. it's a tone poem, but windowlicker is weirder with a treated wordless voice. o superman might not have instruments, but can you name any on windowlicker? a song making number 2 in the charts certainly doesn't make o superman avant-garde.
other strange ones... kraftwerk the model got to number 1.
dj zinc- 138 trek.
the orb- little fluffy clouds samples a steve reich composition.
alter ego- rocker.
Their stuff was pretty groundbreaking for the times when it charted...
it sounded great via headphones, better than on you tube.
Or HL's Being Boiled.