Welcome to the first edition of a feature I’m calling (for want of a better title), Mixtape Wars. As the nation becomes a bigger and bigger Apple Store, the art of the mixtape is sadly being lost. Luckily, here at Lust in the Music we fully intend to keep it alive. Every week, we will be each making a mixtape featuring our choices on a given theme, with a chance for you to vote for the best. This week, to celebrate our launch, our theme is debut singles. There’s definitely an art to a great debut – get it right, and you have the perfect statement of intent. Get it wrong, and your career has to recover from ‘The Laughing Gnome’ which, if it hadn’t been for striking gold with ‘Space Oddity’, may have been all David Bowie gave to the world. So without further ado, here are our playlists for great debuts – Spotify links and voting below. Happy mixtaping!

Mixtape 2
By Sam Spencer
X Ray Spex, Oh Bondage, Up Yours! – 3 minutes that perfectly explain what made punk great.

Electric Six, Danger! High Voltage – Nothing about this song should work, but somehow it is unforgettable…if only for the light-up udders of the video.

Art Brut, Formed a Band – A brilliant meta-single from the artiest of the noughties art rockers, encapsulating the thrill and expectation that makes a great debut so exciting.

The Damned, New Rose – Not only the debut of The Damned, but also the first punk single ever released. So good it even resisted a cover from Guns ‘n Roses at their bloated worst.

Björk , Human Behaviour – Following acclaim with the Sugarcubes, Björk went it alone with the ideal statement of intent for her often otherworldly style.

Roxy Music, Virginia Plain – Brian Eno. Brian Ferry. Brilliant, bonkers pop.

Kelis, Caught Out There – the ultimate kiss-off to a crappy lover. There aren’t many songs that can beat its ‘I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW’ chorus.

Radiohead, Creep – Although it hasn’t fully survived an onslaught of karaoke renditions by angsty teens, it still holds its own in Radiohead’s incredible catalogue.

Britney Spears, …Baby One More Time – Between this punchy piece of teen longing and THAT uniform, pop music would never be the same again.

Deee-Lite, Groove is in the Heart – Nothing puts ‘wonder’ into ‘one-hit-wonder’ quite like this song. If you can resist dancing to it you’re a better person than I am.
Mixtape 2
By Claire Amaladoss
The Knack, My Sharona – That riff. Need I say any more?
Van Morrison, Brown Eyed Girl – Van the Man. I’m swaying and smiling before he’s even started singing; nostalgia at its best.

Hot Chip, Over and Over – Ridiculously well-constructed song; dreamy combinations of sound…everything seems so strategically placed. This song’s got a pulse, yet it sounds so effortless.

Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights – Bush was the first woman to write and perform a number one single. Some feat for your first shot. An excuse to sing “Heathcliff, it’s me…”, with arm flailing compulsory.

Ian Dury, What A Waste – You’ve caught me in the middle of an Ian Dury & The Blockheads phase. I’m just loving the vocals, lyrics and the first of many incongruous sax solos.

Bob Dylan, Corrina, Corrina – Be warned, there will be much shameless Dylan inclusion in my playlists. Dylan disciple, I’m afraid.

The Dresden Dolls, Girl Anachronism – Gloriously percussive piano driven by a syncopated fury. Angry and clever lyrics. This band started as they meant to go on.

Spice Girls, Wannabe – I’m proud to know the rap off by heart. It’s time to slam your body down and wind it all around. A different sort of girl power to the Dresden Dolls, but girl power all the same.

Arctic Monkeys, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – It all went downhill from here, but this does seem to deserve to be called a 21st century classic.

Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing – It doesn’t get old. If you’re ever stuck for something to do in Deptford, there’s a blue plaque outside the council flat they shared and first performed in – see where it all began.

Next week: Protest songs


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