88 Lines About The End Of Reasons To Leave The Elements

Back when John Peel was still with us he played a song called ’88 Lines About 44 Women’. I only heard it maybe twice, and never caught the name of the band. Later, when it became easy to find things out, I discovered they were called The Nails. I’ve recently been rediscovering that very fine song, which I like as much as ever; and I’m pleased to find that there are couple of different versions of it.

(According to the Wikipedia article on the band, Jello Biafra was their roadie, which was a strange and surprising discovery.)

It reminded me that I have a fondness for list songs, which as you can see from the link, is a sufficiently real genre, or class, that it has its own entry.

So I made a Spotify playlist of some I like. Click that link if you have Spotify, or this one if you don’t. Unfortunately it won’t show the contents of the list — there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to do that. It will just prompt you to sign up.

There’s a song on there by The Beautiful South which, if I remember correctly, was intended to mock the use of women’s names in songs. I wonder what they’d think of ’88 Lines About 44 Women’.

88 Lines About The End Of Reasons To Leave The Elements

3 thoughts on “88 Lines About The End Of Reasons To Leave The Elements

  1. Ha! I hadn’t come across that one before, Graham. I’ll give it a listen when I’m not in a public place, and/or have earphones to hand. I’m guessing it won’t be on Spotify, though.

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