Singles of the year: #20

20. Nature Boy – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

1999: Praise You – Fatboy Slim
1994: Saturday Night – Whigfield
1989: That’s The Way Love Is – Ten City
1984: Cockney Translation – Smiley Culture

I was walking around the flower show like a leper
Coming down with some kind of nervous hysteria
When I saw you standing there, green eyes, black hair
Up against the pink and purple wisteria
You said, hey, nature boy, are you looking at me
With some unrighteous intention?
My knees went weak, I couldn’t speak, I was having thoughts
That were not in my best interests to mention…

Finally, after all those long years of tortured Sturm und Drang, music’s Mister Misery Guts pops some Happy Pills and releases a jolly, bouncy, genuinely funny out-and-out pop single – complete with a knowing musical nod to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). Next thing we know, he’ll be smiling. Are there no certainties left in life?

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