Track of the DayThe Wannadies - You and Me Song

NeilBy | posted on 30th August 2014
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If I was pressed to name my favourite band from the town of Skellefteå, in northern Sweden, I'd probably plump for The Wannadies. I'd give an honourable mention, though, to Moon Safari, just for having named themselves after the Air album of that name without really knowing anything about the French band that was inspiring them.

What we have here in the form of "You and Me Song" is, essentially, brilliant Britpop. Yes, I'm using the term Britpop somewhat loosely, since The Wannadies clearly aren't putting the Brit in Britpop, but there's no denying that this has all the required elements. It's catchy, you can sing along, and you can get over-excited and dance to it like you're 18 again, leaping around stupidly through the chorus, and making doe-eyed mime during the verses.

Due to its emotional versatility (I'm only guessing here), "You and Me Song" has been used to soundtrack scenes in both Romeo + Juliet and Coronation Street. Not only that, the song has also been used in adverts by Pets at Home and Toyota. Due to its popularity, it appeared on two Wannadies albums - Be a Girl, and its follow-up Bagsy Me.

And lastly (and possibly leastly), due to a coincidental quirk, it is related to an earlier song in the indie disco playlist, because its b-side was a cover of "Blister in the Sun" by The Violent Femmes.

The official video for "You and Me Song" is on Youtube, but isn't available in my country. Try your luck with it here:

If that doesn't work, you'll have to watch the charming fan-made video below instead