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Doof's Top 100 Tindersticks Songs

In response to this year's excellent new addition to their discog I bring you...
100Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'No Treasure but Hope'

Restrained closer, might be underrating.

[3.5/5]
99Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'El Diablo En El Ojo'

Moody opener, more just a mood setter but cool.

[3.5/5]
98Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'(You Take) This Heart Of Mine'

[3.5/5]
97Tindersticks
Curtains


'Walking'

[3.5/5]
96Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'No Man in the World'

[3.5/5]
95Tindersticks
Falling Down a Mountain


'She Rode Me Down'

They could have done an old school western album...sort of glad they didn't but this isn't bad.

[3.5/5]
94Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'Pretty Words'

[3.5/5]
93Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'4.48 Psychosis'

As experimental as they get...it suits them ok but not a favourite.

[3.5/5]
92Tindersticks
Falling Down a Mountain


'Harmony Around My Table'

This is even more goofy but I like it.

[3.5/5]
91Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'The Hungry Saw'

The Tom Wait'sy one, pretty good, a bit goofy.
90Tindersticks
Curtains


'(Tonight) Are You Trying To Fall In Love Again'

[3.5/5]
89Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Trying to Find a Home'

[3.5/5]
88Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Come Inside'

[3.5/5]
87Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'CF GF'

[3.5/5]
86Tindersticks
Curtains


'A Marriage made in Heaven'

Duet! Not so in love with this one but still classy.

[3.5/5]
85Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'Come Feel the Sun'

Almost as depressing as 'Cherry Blossoms'

[3.5/5]
84Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Cherry Blossoms'

Their most depressing tune - that is quite the statement.

[3.5/5]
83Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Milky Teeth'

[3.5/5]
82Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'The Other Side of the World'

[3.5/5]
81Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'Before You Close Your Eyes'

[3.5/5]
80Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Talk to Me Darling'

Sounds like a lesser version than a lot of the other songs on the album...good but it'll be my highest 3.5'er on the list. If I ever have a first twang of boredom listening to Tindersticks II it's is hearing this one start up. Still good though.

[3.5/5]
79Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Say Goodbye to the City'

[4/5]
78Tindersticks
Curtains


'Dancing'

[4/5]
77Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'All the Love'

[4/5]
76Tindersticks
Curtains


'Buried Bones'

Duet! Not as good as 'Travelling Light' but similar!

[4/5]
75Tindersticks
Working for the Man


'A Sweet Sweet Man'

The full song version of the one they (sort of annoyingly but I get it) chop into three parts on the debut.

[4/5]
74Tindersticks
Falling Down a Mountain


'Keep You Beautiful'

[4/5]
73Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'Take Care in Your Dreams'

[4/5]
72Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'Don't Ever Get Tired'

[4/5]
71Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'A Night So Still'

[4/5]
70Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Piano Song'

[4/5]
69Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'The Amputees'

[4/5]
68Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'Can Our Love...'

[4/5]
67Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'The Flicker Of A Little Girl'

[4/5]
66Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Nectar'

[4/5]
65Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Show Me Everything'

[4/5]
64Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'Yesterday's Tomorrows'

[4/5]
63Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Waiting for the Moon'

[4/5]
62Tindersticks
Working for the Man


'Kathleen'

Another perfect choice of song to cover.

[4/5]
61Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Raindrops'

Despite this effectively being the blueprint on their debut for a lot of what followed later in their career...it's more one I respect than love.

[4/5]
60Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'People Keep Comin' Around'
59Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'Help Yourself'

[4/5]
58Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Medicine'

[4/5]
57Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'The Not Knowing'

[4/5]
56Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'Chilitetime'

[4/5]
55Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Chocolate'

Ha ha, all that build up - touche, first time you really got me.

Not sure it's the perfect repeat plays listen, you won't bother with it every time you want to her the rest of the album...but I've a lot of fondness for this spoken word oddbod.

[4/5]
54Tindersticks
Falling Down a Mountain


'Factory Girls'

[4/5]
53Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'The Old Mans Gait'

[4/5]
52Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Running Wild'

[4/5]
51Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'I Know That Loving'

[4/5]
50Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Frozen'

Not Disney movie, think spy movie.

[4/5]
49Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'Carousel'

[4/5]
48Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Sometimes it Hurts'

Duet! Good!

[4/5]
47Tindersticks
Curtains


'Ballad of the Tindersticks'

More spoken word fun - a day in the life of the band type deal.

[4/5]
46Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'Boobar Come Back to Me'

[4/5]
45Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'For the Beauty'

Solid opener on the new one.

[4/5]
44Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Seaweed'

The artfully deconstructed one.

[4/5]
43Tindersticks
Working for the Man


'Here'

This Pavement cover surprisingly works well.
42Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'Were We Once Lovers'

[4/5]
41Tindersticks
Curtains


'Rented Rooms'

[4/5]
40Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Tyed'

Sinister. They never sounded more sinister.

[4/5]
39Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'This Fire of Autumn'

People say this album had a bit of the spy soundtrack about it and other than 'Frozen' (see elsewhere) this is the one I hear it most. Always nice to hear the band up the tempo from time to time.

[4.5/5]
38Tindersticks
Curtains


'Don't Look Down'

One of my favourite Staples performances - brings the industrial strength quiver/quaver. How can someone who 90% of the time sounds like Vic Reeves doing the 'club singer' be the greatest singer around. A mystery.

[4.5/5]
37Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'Hey Lucinda'

Another duet, some kickin' xylophone and yeah it's just great. Lhasa de Sela sounds sexy, nice.

[4.5/5]
36Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Her'

Eh meester ees thees the Mexican (or Spanish?) sounding one that Tarantino would no doubt approve of? Uh, yeah. Classy curveball on the debut.

[4.5/5]
35Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'We Are Dreamers!'

Slightly overrated in so far as everyone claims this atmospheric number is the best on 'The Waiting Room' - not for me Sir. Still got a detached cool and almost noir vibe - and some well incorporated female backing vox.

[4.5/5]
34Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Snowy In F# Minor'

Short and sweet with the band rattling around like the train they refer to in the lyrics - with bellowing horn-like noises to boot.

The violin bit at 1:30 is cute - another winner.

[4.5/5]
33Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Whiskey and Water'

On the debut sometimes the band were more Nick Cave'y and the Bad Seeds'y - esp on a tune like this. They never really rawk but this is sort of as close as they go, without creasing their lapels or what have you.

'Other women seem so ugly to me now
Playthings stand dusty
Books lie open on the page where I met her'

Romantic obsession again, a fertile hunting ground for Staples.

[4.5/5]
32Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'Like Only Lovers Can'

Underrated! Stellar album closer once again, straightforward stuff but ahm not ashamed to call it endlessly beautiful. Yup.
31Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Mistakes'

"mistakes, are, y'know, mmm, bad...m'kay"

The mutha of Tindersticks string swellers.

'Mistakes I made you know I'll live with them all my life' eek.

Also Staples takes on the tra la la man in this one with some classic wordless singing that must be heard to be believed.

[4.5/5]
30Tindersticks
Curtains


'Bathtime'

Dum-dum---dum-dum-dum.

Has that urban city vibe that 'City Sickness' had, a follow up almost with a focus on those dirty hands, plus cool imagery like the 'rotting perfume' he wades though.

[4.5/5]
29Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'Pinky in the Daylight'

Love this new one, although the chorus gets stuck in my head very easily. Dope.

[4.5/5]
28Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'No More Affairs'

Sort of 'Tiny Tears the 2nd' - sometimes I think better...the lyrics say everything about how you'd expect this one to sound:

'It's an impulsive thing
But we caught the other
Climbed into bed with all our previous lovers
It gets crowded in there
There's no more affairs'.

I'm running out of superlatives at this point.

'If I tremble in your arms
If I sigh through your hair
This last affair'

[4.5/5]
27Tindersticks
Curtains


'Dick's Slow Song'

My dick's slow sweet release more like. The nocturnal vibe conjured is second to none, the understated writing a revelation as par for the course. Love the audible counting in of different sections.

[4.5/5]
26Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'Sweet Release'

Just groovy shit, well encamped in their soul phase but relaxing into it, nine minute track length, wonderful instrumental, these chaps are too good etc

[4.5/5]
25Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Tiny Tears'

Here it is, the Sopranos one - the unhappy fat gangster one. Yes it's a fantastic toon, esp the verse lyrics like:

'You've been thinking about the time, you've been dreading it
But now it seems that moment has arrived
She's at the edge of the bed, she gets in
But it's hard to turn the opposite way tonight'

As I've always said, grown up angst, relationship angst, but angsty.

[4.5/5]
24Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Drunk Tank'

They bring the tension on this one as everything does discordant and woozy, insane piano notes - you're drunk, something bad has gone down, you're fucked.

'No more fists on the end of these arms...just these hands trembling'.

[4.5/5]
23Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'Can We Start Again'

A soul hand clapper no less, catchy and if not exactly happy, it's upbeat.

[4.5/5]
22Tindersticks
Working for the Man


'For Those'

Aw man, the keyboard one that's almost twee - some of their most enjoyable lyrics.

'And I've lost you
I was cheated
It was something belonged only to me
And now it's gone through my own stupidity'

We all been there.

[5/5]
21Tindersticks
No Treasure but Hope


'Trees Fall'

The band needed to write the chorus 'And oh, trees fall with no one to hear, Tears fall into our beer' and now they have. The highlight of their latest album, a classic nostalgic lament from the lads.

[5/5]
20Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'My Sister'

The second spoken word tune and this is more wordy and more meaty as a story. Music suits the twists of the tale so well, the band are master of this sort of soundtrack-y approach.

[5/5]
19Tindersticks
The Something Rain


'Slippin Shoes'

Rarely do Tindersticks truly SWING, despite the soul and jazz influence. They do here.

Has the GOAT slinky jazz Pink Panther outro from 3:42, just sayin.

[5/5]
18Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'Second Chance Man'

Whatever that liquid filter they've applied to Staples' voice it works a dream here - a slow burner of a tune. I sort of identify, I used up a few 'last chances' in my time. They weren't 'last last chances' though, thankfully.

[5/5]
17Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Until the Morning Comes'

Classic opening line to an album:

'My hands 'round your throat
If I kill you now, well, they will never know'

One of the prettiest, gentle choruses I've ever heard rendered strangely sinister due to the context established prior. Incredible, and underrated, album opener.

[5/5]
16Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw


'The Turns We Took'

The perfect album closer, their best album closer for sure - and they're good at closing albums. A little love song to the band's own career, brings a tear to the eye - who said they couldn;t do joyful.

Ok, it's a little nostalgic and bittersweet but still - epic and undeniably beautiful.

[5/5]
15Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'A Night In'

This is where the second album really lurches into action, doomy and finally the band fully embrace those strings - it swells to crescendos of emotion...and then back to a lonely figure lost in regrets.

'I has shoes full of holes when you first took me in...and I'd like to keep them'.

[5/5]
14Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Patchwork'

Oh Patchwork, a song like an old friend, it has a cosiness - this is a warmer version of 'Blood' in a lot of ways. The lyrics are still no picnic:

'Cos this blue's a swirling ocean
The green: the ambition
The red is the guilt...

...

There's a lot of red'

Classic stuff again.

[5/5]
13Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'Sweet memory'

A very different approach to the vocals here, clean sounding, pure - and the arrangement is soul perfection.

'Came like lightning through my heart
The folds of your skin
Watching the sun go by
I can taste no other'

If those aren't beautiful, evocative lyrics I don't know what you'll find which are...

[5/5]
12Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'Travelling Light'

Yeah, a DUET. Tindersticks are old fashioned sorts who still give good duet, an underrated song writing form. Don't know much about Carla Torgerson but she brings the celluloid magic to this.

This is a good old sparring match style duet - 'Times are hard, I'll only pick them out, wish I was going back'...
'Times are good you'll be glad you ran away' etc

An old school classic.

[5/5]
11Tindersticks
Curtains


'Let's Pretend'

Another big strings number from 'Curtains', typical of the band but typically excellent you'd have to say.

[5/5]
10Tindersticks
Waiting for the Moon


'My Oblivion'

Their 'someone commission this band for a Bond theme' moment.

[5/5]
9Tindersticks
Can Our Love


'Dying Slowly'

Such a Tindersticks song name, and again the song builds a head of steam and then the beautiful fade. Obviously there's some humour and knowing exaggeration from the band in a lot of their work - 'this dying slowly...seemed better than shooting myself'. Matt Berninger maybe owes Staples a little debt when he delivers similar lines in a similar way...'I should live in salt for leaving you behind!' etc

[5/5]
8Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'City Sickness'

'I have the city sickness, growing inside me
So this is where I ran for freedom
Where I man may not be free'

Is this an ode to an angry desperate wank?

'I have these hands beating with love for you
And you're not here to touch'

Almost certainly. Sounds great though.

[5/5]
7Tindersticks
Simple Pleasures


'If You're Looking for a Way Out'

Back in '99 this marked a change in approach from the band - a cover given a 'mature' smooth soul reading. But oh my did this new approach suit them like a glove - this has to be one of the most effective cover versions ever.

The original 1980 version by Odyssey is delightfully cheesy so check.

[5/5]
6Tindersticks
The Waiting Room


'How He Entered'

My favourite of their spoken word tunes (and you need to embrace the Tindersticks spoken word tunes!) - I see this as a sort of exaggerated self effacing auto biographical tale from Staples.

'Just to be sure, to be sure everyone knew just how lost he was
Telling his stories, he broke onions and sang his songs
‘The street-walkers carol’, ‘Soft tissue’
'The fear of emptiness'
'Planting holes to grow some money’
These were his songs and this was how he came in'

When I saw this one performed live they had black and white images of weddings and dancing - it has that 'out of time' feel.

[5/5]
5Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Jism'

Man do I love jism...that organ and skipping drum beat, something so uncomfortable about this one, obsession in all its resplendent ugliness here. 'And I tell you with my tongue between your toes, if there's ever anyone else, don't let them do this'.

[5/5]
4Tindersticks
Curtains


'Another Night In'

The quintessential Tindersticksy sounding Tindersticks song - so achingly sad strings and Staples in his crooning mode, this one just has some of the best melodies and in particular the closing segment where the string swell cuts at 4 minutes and slowly Staples is all but left alone with his low quivering voice is incredibly moving. Better than the far more famous 'Tiny Tears'!

[5/5]
3Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Marbles'

Speaking of mysterioius, now you have this...'a handful of marbles thrown in a dustbin'. Is this a case of ill fated lovers? A murder mystery? 'closing in around the three of us' - a love triangle? 'I saw you in a tin bath in red water'? Whatever it all means there are some standout lyrics that can't help but grab the listener.

'You knew you were lost as soon as you saw her
You saw your life as a series of complicated dance steps'

The music expertly adds to the mania/dream fugue.

[5/5]
2Tindersticks
Tindersticks II


'She's Gone'

One of their most unassuming and simple...just a minute, a theme is developing here already. There is an argument to be made that the band are at their best at their most toned down - and I think it's an argument I'll be making, though of course it's just personal taste. People describe this as just Staples missing his daughter but I always read it as the distance has been forced upon the protagonist...they've left him. It could be sweet..or maybe tragic.

[5/5]
1Tindersticks
Tindersticks


'Blood'

One of their most unassuming songs, it even has a false start for chrissakes, but for me this is the true essence of the Tindersticks and ushers in a run of four absolutely perfect songs on their debut.

'There'll be another ugly scene tonight
As we refuse to accept the obvious
We panic and jump up and down
Trying to suck those last breaths'

[5/5]
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