Album: single 1992, Against Perfection 1993
Justification: Oh, Adorable. You were just slightly too late for shoegaze and, despite being hailed as one of the progenitors of Britpop, you were so quickly knocked aside while Suede and Blur took the spotlight. You were also hilariously arrogant in interviews and one of my greatest regrets is that I never saw you live, since you came through Adelaide once in 1994 and I didn’t got for reasons that still baffle me to this day. And while there are those who, with some justification, celebrate your other singles like ‘Sistine Chapel Ceiling’ and ‘Sunshine Smile’, for me this is one of the most perfect songs ever: one circling bassline with the guitars and vocals doing all the heavy lifting, not unlike the Pixies‘ ‘Gigantic’.
And you know what? I bet it would have been a breakthrough hit had the title been ‘You’re So Beautiful’ rather than the single word that gets mumbled in the coda. Word of advice, wanna-be rock peeps: name of the song should be in the refrain. That’s where the Timelords (aka the KLF) went wrong with ‘Doctorin’ the Tardis’ (and, er, where my old band Career Girls went wrong with ‘End Credits’, but y’know…).