MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 24.11.1999

A Union Jack made up of pills is this week’s cover image, as Melody Maker promises “Thr truth about Britain’s rock n roll narcotics culture”

Melody Maker’s drugs survey revealed that 41% of readers have tried marijuana and 62% believe it should be legalised and 24% believe that Cliff Richard has taken drugs.

A series of stars such as Tim Burgess (E), Kelly Jones (Booze) and Charlotte Hatherley (Coke) talk about their experiences of taking drugs.

Brett Anderson of Suede is interviewed about his five obsessions, listing sex as one of them.

In concert reviews, Melody Maker paid a visit to see The Offspring in London.

Album reviews see Lightning Seeds latest effort be given four stars out of five.

Grant Nicholas of Feeder is subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he would avenge a friend’s death.

MAINE OVAL

There have been strange goings on in East Belfast lately, most recently in Parkgate Avenue, where the entrances of The Oval have been painted …….. of all colours, blue.

Signage has gone up to indicate that it is the home of Manchester City.

Before you get excited at the thought of Pep Guardiola sipping lattes in Ballyhackamore, or consider setting up a shop in Connswater that sells inflatable bananas, it’s not what it seems.

The reason for this, is that The Oval is being used to film scenes for a forthcoming movie about Bert Trautmann and has been set up to replicate Maine Road in the 1950s and 1960s.

A sign has been left to explain this for any confused locals.

It’s not the first time The Oval has been used for filming. In the 00s, DoubleBand Films, a Belfast based film company used the venue for link shots when producing documentaries as part of the Football Stories series on Channel 4.

Glentoran and Manchester City fans have some things in common. Not only do they support teams living in the shadow of more famous and successful city rivals, they also have nightmares of when Alan Kernaghan was at their club.

Cliftonville are also in on the act, with their ground also being used to replicate Stoke City’s Victoria Ground.

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THE 1975 – LIVE AT ORMEAU PARK 16.6.2017 (BELSONIC)

The last time The 1975 played in Belfast, singer Matt Healy declared that they were getting so big they were running out of venues to play in Belfast. So it appears the solution was to give them a park.

Ormeau Park is the new venue for Belsonic, hosting it’s second gig of this year’s event, with Arcade Fire playing on the Tuesday before.

I’m not really that into Arcade Fire but I did consider going, but mainly for The Kooks, who were supporting. However, a cost of £45 a ticket just to see the support band was a bit offputting.

The Kooks announced a Dublin gig for January 2018 on Monday. I suspect it was embargoed as Belsonic were hoping Republic of Ireland based Kooks fans would travel to this, under the impression they wouldn’t be coming to Dublin.

It’s not uncommon for bands to announce Belfast gigs soon after playing Belsonic (KT Tunstall did last year), so i’m crossing my fingers for a Kooks headline gig in Belfast in early 2018.

Anyway, back to The 1975. The band were regular visitors to Northern Ireland during the period of their self-titled first album.

However, Northern Ireland had been a noticable absence from their touring to promote their not in any way creepily titled second album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unware Of It, so this gig was to be welcomed by their Northern Ireland fans.

Matt Healy welcomed this support, speaking about how so many people from “To be fair, such a small place” had come out to see the band.

As if there wasn’t enough pressure on the band to perform, there was added pressure in the fact that I was missing out on Paramore at Waterfront Hall to see this, that gig being announced for the same night, and I already had my ticket for this.

This was my first Belsonic at Ormeau Park, the only entrance being closer to the Ravenhill Road, which felt like a never ending walk on a warm evening, a rare occasion when the weather in Belfast behaved itself.

The band came on an burst into Love Me, the lead single from ILIWYS,FYASBYSUOI. Already a dancey song you can boogie to, partly due to it’s close resemblance to Fame by David Bowie, the thumping bass when played live made it sound so much better and dancier.

Unfortunately, as with any outdoor event in Belfast, Ormeau Park was riddled with smelly tramps, puffing and vaping away with no consideration for others.

They’ll probably gurn about their human rights being breached (ignoring my human right of some clean air when out enjoying myself), but seriously, just dig a fucking hole at the back and stick them in there and let the rest of us enjoy ourselves in peace.

As a city we need to have a serious conversation about this. It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to hold your nose and cover your mouth when walking in the City Centre and when at outdoor concerts.

I am absolutely no civic pride in Belfast. It’s a smelly shithole. No amount of Game Of Thrones related advertising can change that.

Although, one highlight was seeing a fat millbeg drop her feg, bend down to pick it up and then fall over. Not going to lie, it put a massive smile on my face.

As well as fagbreaths, crowd members were treated to a recent phenomenon of backpacks at concerts. Seriously, why the fuck do you need to bring a backpack to a one day concert?

There appears to be a correlation that the vast majority of fuckwits who aimlessly walk about from side to side (literally, every concert) appear to be wearing backpacks.

Hopefully, Belsonic will start banning people wearing backpacks like other events, or at least ask them to use their brains and make them put them down by their side.

I know these rules have been brought in as part of the fight against international terrorism, but stopping fuckwits banging into people is a happy spin-off

After a dancey start, the concert then had a few iffy moments, most notably an avant garde instrumental solo. The 1975 do music to dance to, people want to dance. Do the maths.

If I wanted to watch four men arse about on keyboards, I would have went to see Kraftwerk at the Waterfront Hall a few weeks ago.

Eventually, we got back on track, but then took a detour as Matt Healy started to talk about politics. I didn’t actually hear what he said, as a man behind me shouted “Oh for fuck sake, stop talking about about politics”

A very sound observation.

The main complaint was that there were too many slow songs. People wanted to dance, and made the most of it when the opportunity came.

Healy then introduced Chocolate, describing it as “self explanatory”.

In a weird way, I was tempted to eat a bar of chocolate I had in my coat pocket in a way of life imitating music, like that time I listened to Rotterdam by The Beautiful South on my ipod whenever I was in Rotterdam.

Before finishing their set, Healy spoke about their first gig in Belfast, in front of 25 people at The Oh Yeah Centre.

When he reminisced about it at their last Belfast gig, Ulster Hall in 2014, he said there were 15 people in attendance.

It’s like Oasis at The Limelight, the crowd gets bigger each year.

The next time The 1975 play in Belfast, he’ll be reminiscing about the time they played in front of 35 people at The Oh Yeah Centre.

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The 1975 Live At Ulster Hall February 2014

HILL STREET WALL OF FAME

If you’ve been in the Cathedral Quarter over the past month, chances are you’ve seen Glen Molloy hard at work on a new mural beside The Harp Bar, covering building work taking place at what is/was (sorry for not being up to date with Civil Service locations) NIEA offices in Hill Street.

It began for me with a social media post that there was a new mural of David Holmes in Hill Street. So, armed with my camera, I went to investigate.

I was busy doing other stuff and actually forgot to check out the main thing I was in Belfast City Centre for.

So, I came back later, saw a mural of David Holmes, and other works which were works in progress. Naturally, I got snapping.

There was a clear theme of music legends developing, so I went back every lunchtime and evening to snap the work that was in progress.

There was a brief stop in the work here as Glen Molloy was working elsewhere on a mural at Filthy McNasty. You can see a write-up of that here

Gradually, the wall was getting filled. Frustratingly, I missed photographing a key day in the painting of Van Morrison and Bap Kennedy due to biblical rain.

It wan’t the first mural of Morrison to appear in Belfast. There was one near the away entrance to The Oval in 2007, but that soon disappeared due to housing being build on that site.

The faces appearing on the mural are : David Holmes, Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Una Healy, Van Morrison, Bap Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Fatboy Slim.

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THE UEFA 102 CLUB – 2017 UPDATE

It’s that time of year again folks when the draws for both European competitions are made, and I keep you up to date on a pointless list I am trying to complete.

What is The UEFA 102 Club? Simple really, it was inspired by an article in When Saturday Comes of a man trying to see every team that has played in a European club competition (European Cup, European Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Cup) final in the flesh.

So, I made my own list, and began updating it every year.

2016-2017 was a disappointing season though, with no new additions.

If a team reaches a European club final for the first time, it will then be renamed The 103 Club ….. and so forth.

In last season’s European Cup, Leicester City were the only non-member in the Quarter-Finals, and were eliminated in that round.

The UEFA Cup Semi-final draw gave us the possibility that it could be The 103 Club or even The 104 Club.

With ten minutes to go, Celta Vigo and Lyon were both two goals away from being new members. Celta got one, but couldn’t get a second due to John Guidetti thankfully being useless in front of goal, meaning that instead of two new members, the UEFA Cup Final was between two clubs with a combined fifteen previous European finals between them.

This is the stage when Irish League and League of Ireland teams join in, meaning there is the possibility of me adding to the list without having to venture too far.

In the European Cup, Irish League champions (and it still feels good typing that) Linfield will be in the 1st Round, and won’t be facing any club on the list.

However, should they advance to the 2nd Round, that’s where the fun begins. Linfield would be unseeded, as would Dundalk, who enter at that round.

Possible member club opponents for both clubs include : Celtic (already ticked off), Red Bull Salzburg, Malmo and Partizan Belgrade.

Should Linfield and/or Dundalk advance to the 3rd Round, there will be no member clubs entering at that stage, meaning they can’t play a member club other than the four mentioned until the Group Stage.

Turning attention to the UEFA Cup, Irish League and League Of Ireland clubs enter in the 1st Round. Crusaders will be seeded, while Ballymena United, Coleraine, Derry City, Shamrock Rovers and Cork City will all be unseeded.

There are no possible member clubs that Crusaders could face in the 1st Round.

For the unseeded teams, possible member club opponents include : Videoton, Slovan Bratislava, Red Star Belgrade (yes please!!!), Ferencvaros and Rangers (already ticked off)

Should any of the Irish League or League Of Ireland teams reach the 2nd Round, that’s where the fun begins.

Possible 2nd Round opponents include : 2000 winners Galatasaray or Aberdeen (already ticked off).

The 3rd Round is where some big hitters join in, including : 2008 winners Zenit St Petersburg, 2012 runners-up Athletic Bilbao, AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven (already ticked off), 2011 runners-up Braga (already ticked off), 1996 runners-up Bordeaux, Everton (already ticked off), Marseille (already ticked off), Dinamo Zagreb (already ticked off), Austria Vienna and Panathiniakos.

If you’re dreaming of a trip to The Emirates, you’ll have to reach the Group Stage, where Arsenal (already ticked off) are one of three member clubs entering at that stage, the others being Koln and Lazio.

When the draw for the Group Stages of the European Cup is done, i’m going to look at going to one of Manchester United’s home matches, so hoping that would be against a member club i’ve never seen.

My first United match of 2017-2018 will be a pre-season friendly at Lansdowne Road against Sampdoria, so i’ll be adding them to my collection.

Dubliners are in for a treat that week, if you can call it that, as Liverpool play Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road a few days later in a doubler. A Dublin Doubler, if you will. Or, if you prefer, a Double Dublin Doubler.

Not far from Dublin, Drogheda United will be playing Ipswich Town in a friendly at United Park on July 8th. If you’re wanting to add to your list.

As yet, there are no Irish League clubs with friendlies against a member club.

As well as playing in European competition, Linfield and Crusaders fans will have the chance to see their side face Dundee United (already ticked off) in the Scottish Challenge Cup, should the draw be so kind to them.

Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers fans will have the same opportunity.

So, my total? I’m currently on 35, hopefully 36 come early August.

I know, i’ve got a bit to go. I’d need a huge lottery win to complete it. What sort of loser would spend a lottery win travelling around Europe to watch fallen East German giants? Erm, me.

Here’s the full list of member clubs. Teams i’ve seen are in bold with the year first seen in brackets.

1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
1. FC Magdeburg
1860 Munich
Aberdeen (2011)
Ajax (2012)

Anderlecht
Arsenal (2003)
AS Monaco
Aston Villa (1993)
Athletic Bilbao
Atlético Madrid (2011)
Austria Wien
AZ Alkmar
Barcelona (2011)
Bastia
Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich
Benfica (2000)
Birmingham City (2010)

Bordeaux
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Braga (2011)
Carl Zeiss Jena
Casino Salzburg
Celtic (2009)
Chelsea (1997)

Club Brugge
CSKA Moscow
Deportivo Alavés
Dinamo Tbilisi
Dinamo Zagreb (2008)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Dundee United (2013)
Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Moscow
Eintracht Frankfurt
Espanyol (2015)
Everton (2014)

Ferencváros
Feyenoord (1999)
Fiorentina
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Fulham (2001)
Galatasaray
Górnik Zabrze
Hamburg
IFK Göteborg
Internazionale
Ipswich Town
Juventus
Köln
KV Mechelen
Lazio
Leeds United (1999)
Liverpool (1994)

Malmö FF
Manchester City (2000)
Manchester United (1993)
Marseille (1992)

Mechelen
Middlesbrough (1995)
AC Milan
MTK Hungária
Napoli
Newcastle United (1993)
Nottingham Forest (1996)

Panathinaikos
Paris Saint-Germain
Parma
Partizan Belgrade
Porto (2011)
PSV Eindhoven (2015)
Rangers (2002)

Rapid Wien
Real Madrid (2003)
Real Mallorca
Real Zaragoza
Red Star Belgrade
Roma (2007)
Royal Antwerp
Saint-Étienne
Sampdoria
Schalke 04
Sevilla (2014)
Shakhtar Donetsk
Slovan Bratislava
Sporting CP
Stade de Reims
Standard Liège
Steaua București
Torino
Tottenham Hotspur (2010)
Twente
Újpest
Valencia (2015)
VfB Stuttgart
Videoton
Werder Bremen
West Ham United (1997)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2010)

Zenit Saint Petersburg

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.6.2017

1. The Killers – The Man
2. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
3. Adam West – Minding My Business
4. Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie – Red Sun
5. Nerina Pallot – Stay Lucky

It was announced that Paul Weller is coming to Belfast in February next year. It’s the day after my birthday too. Wish me luck in getting a ticket for this, even though he was a grumpy arse the last time he was in Belfast.

So, to celebrate, here’s a Paul Weller chart

FIVE SONGS BY PAUL WELLER

1. Paul Weller – Changingman
2. The Jam – Beat Surrender
3. Paul Weller – Sunflower
4. Paul Weller – Mermaids
5. The Jam – Start

Apparently, there’s a thing called Manchester Day. It’s this Sunday. That sounds like an excuse for a Manchester themed chart.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM MANCHESTER

1. Oasis – Don’t Go Away
2. Puressence – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaff
4. New Order – True Faith
5. The Smiths – Panic

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : TOTAL FOOTBALL – SUMMER 2004

Three models in the kits of England, Northern Ireland and Wales is the cover image of Total Football, with all three home nations in the same World Cup Qualifying Group starting in a few months.

In news, the Northern Ireland team have announced a kit supplier deal with Umbro, and a sponsorship deal with Nationwide.

There is a profile of new Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez and the impact he has already had in his first three games in charge.

There is a profile of Irish League referee Andi Regan, as she gets ready to head to Greece to officiate at the Olympic Games football tournament.

Having just made his debut for Southampton, Alan Blayney gets profiled where he reveals he had spent a period of time training with Glentoran the previous year after suffering from homesickness.

Another player leaving Glentoran for full-time football in England was Andy Smith, who had just signed for Preston North End, and he gets a full page profile.

The models in the cover make a reappearance as they review the new kits of both local and national sides.

Getting ready for a second season of top flight football, Ballymena United manager Kenny Shiels gets interviewed.

Over the page is an interview with Loughgall manager Jim Gardiner, as the club gets ready for their first season of top flight football.

In news, Linfield have announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Umbro to run alongside their kit supplier deal.

Linfield are one of three clubs, the others being Glentoran and Portadown, whose upcoming European ties get previewed in a double page feature.

There is a double page feature with new Cliftonville manager Liam Beckett as he gets to grips with the job at Solitude.

The magazine ends with a preview of the Milk Cup.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.6.2017

1. Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
2. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
3. Imagine Dragons – Believer
4. The Charlatans – Over Again
5. Bastille – Glory

Phil Collins has had to cancel his Dublin concert (Someone started a rumour that I was going, totally not true) after falling over in his hotel room. Just a reminder that his tour is called Not Dead Yet, the same as David Gest’s tour last year.

In a show of cross border solidarity, could they not have made his Lansdowne Road concert a Blondie headliner (for some reason, they were supporting) with Mike and the Mechanics second (for some reason, they were also supporting), which would have been a far better concert.

Talking of Dublin concerts, Erasure have announced three Dublin concerts due to demand and no Belfast. Seriously, that’s just taking the piss.

I would listen to post 1981 Depeche Mode to try and get back at Vince Clarke, but they’ve also announced a tour and left out Belfast.

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a Face Value ticket to his Ulster Hall concert in September.

If anybody hears of tickets to Arcade Fire on Tuesday for less than Face Value, send them my way. Really, I want to see The Kooks, but i’m not paying £45 just to see them.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : KERRANG – 14.7.2001

This week, we go back to the summer of 2001, and Stereophonics are the cover stars of Kerrang, as they get ready to perform at Donnington.

You may see a sticker that says the magazine cost £2.50, I actually got it for £1 on discount.

In news, Blink 182 are embarking on a Kerrang sponsored UK tour, well, gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and London, and Gwen Stefani has gone hip-Hop, promoting a single with Eve.

Meanwhile, the surviving members of Nirvana are in a dispute with Courtney Love over the proposed release of unreleased Nirvana material. This story gets a double page feature with Kerrang even invite Nirvana fans to voice their opinion.

Anyone is predicted for great things. If you’re trying to keep up, that’s a band called Anyone.

It’s all about tours in this edition, as Kerrang goes on one massive tour with Rancid, Pennywise, AFI, New Found Glory, Alien Ant Farm and The Ataris, and joins Medadeth for their first ever concert in Poland.

Cover stars Stereophonics get eight pages, profiling their ten year journey from formation to performing at Donnington, a journey which Kerrang says had several mistakes, countless arguments and one near riot.

In concert reviews, Kerrang went to see Weezer, supported by Jimmy Eat World, whose album gets reviewed.

If books are you thing, a biography of Motley Crue by Neil Strauss get five stars.

Unsurprisingly, cover stars Stereophonics upcoming gigs at Donnington Racetrack and Millennium Stadium in Cardiff are named as gig of the week.

The magazine ends with an advert for the following edition of Kerrang, which has a free CD and meets Rancid.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.6.2017

1. Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
2. The Courteeners – Don’t Look Back In Anger
3. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
4. OMD – Isotype
5. Ray Davies – Broken

In gig news, Erasure have announced a tour for early 2018 with no Belfast gig. Boooo. I’m pining my hopes on Belfast Pride saving the day. Come on, be the heroes we need. DISCLAIMER – I have no inside information, i’m just letting my imagination run wild. What’s the point in having an imagination if you can’t let it run wild?

Liam Gallagher’s first solo show on Tuesday night sounded rather good. I know this, because it seemed like everyone was broadcasting it onto social media via their phone. A reminder that not all heroes wear capes.

I’m not saying I have a favourite Gallagher brother, but Noel does Belfast gigs when he goes on tour.

Hopefully, a full tour will follow when the album is released towards the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the Top Of The Pops juggernaut on BBC Four has reached 1984. The Story Of 1984 is on tonight at 9pm.

So, to celebrate, here’s a 1984 chart for you.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1984

1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
2. Wham! – Freedom
3. Duran Duran – Wild Boys
4. Depeche Mode – Master and Servant
5. Strawberry Sitchblade – Since Yesterday

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig in September. Standing, Face Value.