Album: Tin Planet, 1998
Justification: OK, this is going to sound like some weird and sinister foreshadowing, but it’s not, honest: this song was a regular karaoke showstopper when performed by my ex-wife and I in the late ’90s.
And sure, you could say “really, Andrew? You and your ex-wife used to duet on a song all about a couple trying to murder each other? No longer together, you say? Wow. Your life is the most badly-written dramedy ever.” And I’d definitely agree with the last bit – I’m pretty sure my life is just one diamond heist or kooky neighbour away from turning into a 80s straight-to-video effort at the best of times – but the fact remains that we did a killer version of it, despite the fact that Lara is more or less tone-deaf. That’s the beauty of singing Cerys Matthews vocal lines: husk it up enough and the notes don’t really matter.
Space lasted longer than you remember: they didn’t split until 2005, despite all the hits you remember (this, ‘Avenging Angels’, ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Female of the Species’) being released between 1996 and 1998 – and they reformed in 2011 and are still technically active, though guitarist Jamie Murphy quit in 2012 and original drummer Andy Parle died in weird, collapsing-in-the-middle-of-the-road circumstances in 2009.
I was never a fan of the band, and nor was I especially fond of Catatonia (Matthews’ band, which you are about to curse me for since you now have ‘Mulder and Scully’ going through your head). But I can still remember Lara and I grinning broadly at each other, mic in one hand and beer in the other, as we declared “You stopped us from killing each other / You’ll never know, but you saved our lives”.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2012: Jellyfish made their one and only bid for relevance with the mighty, poptacular ‘The King is Half Undressed’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…