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Sometimes I wish that a song-from-each-year-of-my-life had been five songs, such is the choice in some years — including 1998.

In what will become a recurring theme over the course of the next few posts in this series, Cinerama dominate the list of 98’s top tracks, not least because David Gedge’s post-Wedding Present incarnation released both a debut LP, Va Va Voom, as well as a compilation of early singles and b-sides, helpfully titled This is Cinerama.

But equally 98’s choice could have been Half Man Half Biscuit’s vicious satire on late twentieth century Britain, A Country Practice, Pulp’s A Little Soul or the brilliant, vital cover of Joy Division’s Isolation that New Order recorded for a Peel session.

Or it could come from a band that has been one of the most consistently brilliant of the last 15 years, Belle and Sebastian, and the title track of their LP, The Boy With the Arab Strap.

But it just has to be my very favourite Cinerama track. This was the third track on the band’s second single and is so perfect that as the final note fades I just want it to go on and on.

Cinerama :: Crusoe

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