Saint Etienne — Tales From Turnpike House
Yes, I know, I'm cheating. But I couldn't pick one song from this album (although, it's easy to pick which song should be taken away and burnt in a rubbish bin - teaming up with David Essex sounded like a fabulous idea, but Relocate
is abysmal). The neo-Bauhaus desires of Finisterre
and the wishful escape of Tiger Bay have passed; Saint Etienne is finally at peace with the reality of London. The highlight is probably either Side Streets
, a lush song celebrating the fact that you might get assaulted on the streets of the city, or the wonderful Stars Above Us
, which contains echoes of former Etienne hits mixed in with Xenomania goodness.
Plus, if you can get hold of the 2CD version, Let's Build A Zoo
is the best children's song of the new millennium - altogether now: "And a gnu at the end of the queue!"