We hope you’re enjoying our season of content from our Featured Artist Ash – a celebration of the Nothern Irish rock legends to tie in with the release of some exclusive BAMM.tv performances from the band. We’ve already seen a blistering BAMM.tv rendition of ‘Shining Light’ (keep ‘em peeled for another exclusive live track later this week) and a glowing look back at their classic and contemporary albums.
Now? Now let’s fire up the BAMM.tv office stereo. We’ve handpicked our top ten favorite Ash tunes. Whether you’re a) using this as a long-overdue introduction to the band, b) just reliving some great tunes, or c) can’t believe our choices and want to murder us, we hope you enjoy …
One of Ash’s most overlooked aspects – as well as rocking out, they also know their way around a pop ballad or two. Sun-kissed and splendid, ‘Sometimes’ is a prime example of this.
More after the jump …
The boys have yet to record a Bond theme, so this will have to do for now …
8. BURN BABY BURN
Pure power-pop joy. The official video is below, but if you ask nicely we might just have an exclusive BAMM.tv version waiting in the wings …
7. JACK NAMES THE PLANETS
The moment it all began. Unkempt, manic, tinny, and sounds like it was recorded in a cupboard – the way all great debut singles should.
6. JESUS SAYS
Tip to younger bands: if you’re going to relaunch yourself as a four-piece and need a killer single to announce it, THIS is how you do it.
5. RETURN OF WHITE RABBITS
How many bands with twenty-plus years on the clock can still claim to be making their best stuff as recently as a few years ago? This blazing, bleeping, Rapture-like number is a must-have inclusion on any future Ash Best Of.
4. SHINING LIGHT
Did we mention that we have an exclusive BAMM.tv performance of this classic? Because we’re going to mention it again regardless.
3. GIRL FROM MARS
The cool indie kids may have been into the band already, but this was the tune that launched Ash to mainstream stardom in 1996. Pretty much played from every open window all summer long.
2. A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Danny Boyle’s follow-up to ‘Trainspotting’ might not exactly have been a cinematic classic, but the theme tune of the same name captured all the young-lovers-on-the-run exuberance the film failed to.
1. WALKING BAREFOOT
Controversial choice perhaps, but this is our list based on our personal opinion, so if you don’t like it we’re going to pack up our toys and go home. The opening track to ‘Free All Angels’ is a great shoulda-been single and all-time summertime great.