Wud Records: May 2021 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for May 2021 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts.

The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments over plays. This is because when somebody reposts a track it gives it the opportunity to be heard by a potential new fan. This is always a tremendous help to creative souls. Likes from people who clearly don’t listen to the music are ignored.

Songs published at Bandcamp are also completely omitted from the SoundCloud statistics. This is because Bandcamp statistics require separate treatment.

Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored.

Only you, the listener, can influence our June 2021 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it! Leave a comment, repost it and share it to your social media feeds!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during May 2021 by listening to, commenting on and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms.

All the wonderful fans of our bands who supported us with downloads from Bandcamp are especially appreciated because they genuinely help us keep the fires burning. May you be blessed by the gods of rock n roll! :)

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

Congratulations to Dark Company! They remained at the top of our charts for a third consecutive month with their awesome alternative / hard / psychedelic rock and funk song Dancing In The Dark. The version you can hear is still work-in-progress.

Pete wrote the lyrics in 1989 and the song was originally performed by Alien Heat. Dancing In The Dark describes his memories of going nightclubbing in the West End of London after being revved up by his good friend Billy. Pete was not actually terribly keen on the song and would always refer to it as “Farting in the Park”.

Back in the days of Alien Heat, Dancing In The Dark included Graham’s drum solo. This was when everyone in the band would roll a cigarette (or something a little more flavoursome) while he performed it, hopefully having the deed done and the object lit in time to carry on with the song at the drum solo’s conclusion.

There will be further news published regarding upgrades to other songs from Dark Company’s Alien Heat album in the coming days. We are busy fixing these in the hope of being able to repair broken gear and finish the guitars fairly soon.

A second Dark Company song re-entered the May 2021 chart at number nine, after a long time absent. This is Sailor from their work-in-progress album Noir.

Sailor is an incredible piece of progressive rock, not least due to the bass part. Maxx heard the song once while we set up his levels. He then played the whole thing, recording it in one take – on the first take. It’s total genius what he did.

A club remix by & co of Dark Company‘s classic and historic song Prisoner was again enjoyed profusely around the world during the most recent month. Prisodub remained on the May 2021 charts unmoved, still in position number eight.

Prisodub, along with many of the other tracks currently on the unfinished Drifting Stars album by & co, was created largely by Jeff. He took a few elements from the original sequencer versions of various Dark Company songs on the Atari and made them into the dance tracks we managed to salvage from cassette.

A new entry for Alchemeon was with Orb at number two. This beautiful, multi-faceted gem of a progressive rock / space rock epic was performed and recorded Live in Session Spring 2009. It has a tremendously strong and uplifting feel to it and was Alchemeon‘s first encore in an extended set. It is a real favourite of the wider Wud posse and we are delighted that it has been recieving some attention and love. A version comprising mostly scratch tracks lies in our machines and will someday be added to Pok‘s Anthology album.

The Freaks (Shall Inherit The Earth) by Alchemeon drops to number four. The Freaks (Shall Inherit the Earth) was a very popular Spacegoats song in the 1990s before Alchemeon started playing it. It was performed around many a uk campfire during various road protests, as well as other infrastructure project protests, such as against the new high speed two railway.

Even more unbelievable is the recently approved scheme to cause irrepairable damage to the ancient World Heritage site Stonehenge. The british government want to build a badly conceived and unnecessary tunnel that will make money for the politicians that approved it, who are sponsored by the construction companies who will get the contracts. Politicians need to be more like Formula One drivers and wear the logos of their sponsors on their suits.

Please visit this website for more information and sign their petition: https://stonehengealliance.org.uk/

Many people protest because they believe that these things cause terrible and unnecessary damage to the landscape of the uk. These projects cost billions to implement, money which arguably could be better spent on many other things. And the big benefit? A small gain in journey times.

Flicker had another fine month at SoundCloud, occupying three of the positions on the latest chart. All three are taken up by tunes from their wonderful 2002 album At Least 1000 Words. In recent times Blown Away, Oily Road Hideaway and Welcome to the Family have all been tremendously popular and appear in positions three, five and seven respectively.

Flicker‘s second album, HappySad, is under construction and you can listen to it as it stands right now by clicking here. Several more tracks are likely to be released in the coming weeks and months, so please keep an eye and an ear on our News service and Twitter.

Also appearing on this month’s chart we see the first two tracks from the delightful Cherry Smoke Empire album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Good Times climbs from last month‘s number nine to this month‘s number six, while The Furniture / Los Muebles (part 1: overture) falls from seven to ten.

None of our other acts made it onto the chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in May 2021, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen right here at the Wud Records website, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, including our Links collection and homepage.

Recently we have added a few more of the previous charts as pages to their section of this website. We are still over three years behind on this work, but at least a little catching up has been done. If you’d like to see all our old charts, they can be accessed easily by clicking right here. More pages will be added soon, when there is time.