MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – MARCH 2011

Liam Gallagher is the cover star of Q as he prepares to launch the debut album of Beady Eye, a band comprising of the non Noel Gallagher members of Oasis.

If you look closely, in Liam’s shades, you can see the other members of Beady Eye in his reflection.

In “Q Mail”, Simon Hunt e-mails to respond to previous correspondence complaining about Take That appearing in Q, while cheekily asking when Justin Bieber will be appearing on Cash For Questions.

Jonathan Paul from Leicester contacts Q to complain about their ignoring of Ian Matthews and Chris Edwards in Kasabian articles, in comparison to Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan.

Q50 is a feature of the 50 songs you should download this month. Top of the pile was The Beat Goes On by cover stars Beady Eye.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol gets a guest submission, choosing Coal by The Mariner’s Children.

In news, Alex Turner records solo songs for a movie soundtrack, Green Day release a live album, The Kills are reforming and Beth Ditto is going on a solo career.

Featuring forthcoming albums, Glasvegas get a double page spread for their as yet titled new album.

Also working hard in the studio were Hard-Fi, with a propsed release date given as “Summer 2011”

Q dedicates a full page to a phone interview with Plan B, where he reveals that Forrest Gump is the one movie that makes him cry.

Tipped for greatness this month are The Joy Formidable, Miles Kane and MNDR.

Shaun Ryder is the subject of this month’s Cash For Questions, answering questions about Tony Wilson, UFOs and Reality TV.

In ads, Paul McCartney stars in an advert for PETA.

There are nine pages dedicated to cover stars Beady Eye, with Liam Gallagher claiming that “People will be calling their kids Beady Eye by the end of the year”

It’s not all about Liam, as Gem, Andy and Chris get profiled, looking at their musical CVs pre Oasis.

Junior Gallagher had gotten the first blow in to release post Oasis music, but Senior Gallagher (Noel) was at work on his debut solo album, with 17 tracks believed to have been recorded, one of which has Miles Kane on guitar, and was set for release in late summer.

Noel’s (using the name of Noel Galagher’s High Flying Birds) self titled debut album was eventually released in October 2011.

KT Tunstall gets a full page interview, where she denounces her stepdad, who was a BNP candidate.

Riding high on the success of Rolling In The Deep, Adele gets a four page profile.

Cee Lo Green is gets interviewed by Q, where he discusses his favourite albums.

Another band riding high in the charts, were Noah and the Whale, who got a three page feature.

2011 was the year that saw the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, and Q interviews Roger Taylor and Brian May, ahead of a feature about unseen Queen photographs being made public for the first time.

In reviews, Beady Eye’s debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding gets four stars.

Also getting four stars was Clare Maguire’s debut album Light After Dark and Hotel Shampoo by Gruff Rhys.

If Bruce Springsteen is your thing, Q has a handy guide for those wishing to explore his vast discography.

Concert Reviews sees Paul McCartney get a five star review for a concert at 100 Club in London just before Cristmas 2010.

Also getting five stars were The View for their pre Christmas gigs in Sheffield and Stoke.

THE SOUND OF 2012 : 26-50

26. Newton Faulkner – Clouds
27. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius
28. Madness – My Girl II
29. Pink – Try
30. Green Day – Kill The DJ
31. Cheryl Cole – Under The Sun
32. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
33. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
34. Thea Gilmore – London
35. Fun – Some Nights
36. Kylie Minogue – Flower
37. Adele – Skyfall
38. Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
39. The Vaccines – I Always Knew
40. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
41. Paloma Faith – Never Tear Us Apart
42. Black Keys – Lonely Boy
43. Lloyd – Dedication To Me Ex
44. Elbow – First Steps
45. Blur – Under The Westway
46. Underworld – Caliban’s Dream
47. Justice – New Lands
48. Green Day – Oh Love
49. Pure Love – Riot Song
50. Labrinth ft Emeli Sane – Beneath You’re Beautiful

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.11.2012

1. Tegan and Sara – Closer
2. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
3. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
4. Adele – Skyfall
5. Amy MacDonald – 4th Of July

As per, it’s a Top Five, based on the previous week’s X-Factor theme. Last week’s theme was Halloween, except they just sang songs in fancy dress. That was it, further proof that they are making it up as they go along.

Anyway, here’s a Halloween Top Five

FIVE, UM, HALLOWEEN RELATED SONGS

1. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
2. The Automatic – Monster
3. Tamsin West – Round The Twist
4. The Specials – Ghost Town*
5. Allstars – Things That Go Bump In The Night

*Yes, I know it’s a song that is a social commentary on early 80s Britian, and nothing to do with Halloween, but it’s got ‘Ghost’ in the title. Have you ever tried to think of five Halloween songs? Anyway, if X-Factor can make it up as they go along, why can’t I?

This week also saw the announcement that Bon Jovi are playing Slane.

If ever an excuse was needed for a Bon Jovi Top Five, this was it.

FIVE BON JOVI SONGS

1. Real Life
2. Keep The Faith
3. Everyday
4. Bad Medicine
5. You Give Love A Bad Name

The increase of needy twats infesting my timeline on Twitter asking celebs for RTs can only mean one thing, Movember is here.

So, I thought i’d commemorate this with a Top Five Moustached Men Of History

FIVE GREAT MOUSTACHED MEN OF HISTORY

1. Peter Rafferty
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Earl Hickey
4. Cesar Romero
5. Artur Jorge

NB : This chart was created by using a scientific formula called the Moustache Index, also known as The Mindex.

Freddie Mercury doesn’t score as many Mindex points because most of Queen’s best songs came when he didn’t have a moustache. Artur Jorge loses Mindex points for Switzerland being rubbish at Euro 96, wiping out a lot of his Mindex points for Porto winning the 1987 European Cup

Cesar Romero gains Mindex points for dedication to his tache, for refusing to shave it off when playing The Joker.

Adolf Hitler, has a low Mindex score on account of him having a crap moustache, and not being a nice person.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.10.2012

1. The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night
2. Dappy – Good Intentions
3. Labrinth ft Emeli Sande – Beneath You’re Beautiful
4. Adele – Skyfall
5. Leona Lewis – Trouble

As per usual, it’s time for a Top Five based on the previous Saturday. Last Saturday’s theme was ‘Club Classics’ – Now, you know me, i’m a proper cheesy quaver who loves my bangin beats.

Ok, well maybe not, so I thought i’d use it as an excuse to do a Globe Top Five (I used to work there) from when I worked there.

FIVE ANTHEMS FROM THE GLOBE

1. Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
2. Jamelia – Superstar
3. 50 Cent – In Da Club
4. Nelly – Hot In Herre
5. Ja Rule – Always On Time

Simple Minds are coming to Belfast in March. I haven’t done a Simple Minds Top Five yet, so this is as good as excuse as any to do so.

FIVE SIMPLE MINDS SONGS

1. She’s A River
2. Don’t You Forget About Me
3. Promised You A Miracle
4. Cry
5. Alive And Kicking

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 1-20

So, here it is, the Top 20 songs of the year ……….

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA What A Life
2. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
3. The Pierces – Glorious
4. Jon Fratelli – Santo Domingo
5. The View – Blondie
6. Clare Maguire – The Last Dance
7. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
8. Beady Eye – The Roller
9. The Naked And The Famous – Young Blood
10. Girl Crisis – The Sign
11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I Wanna Live In A Dream In My Record Machine
12. Scala and Kolacny Brothers – With Or Without You
13. My Chemical Romance – Planetary
14. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
15. Sunday Girl – Stop Hey
16. Pearl and the Puppets – I Do Like You
17. Adele – Rollin In The Deep
18. Nero – You And Me
19. Tone Damli – Butterflies
20. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

So, congratulations to Noel Gallagher. What A Life ……. What a tune.

There is no prize as such, but if wants to meet up before his Belfast show in February, i’ll buy him a Hungry Hound. It’s only fair.

By the way, the offer of a Hungry Hound is still open to Marina and the Diamonds (2010) and Little Boots (2009) should they ever be in Belfast.

If you haven’t heard ‘AKA …… What A Life’, here’s the video, as well as the previous winners.

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 81-100

So, here it is, that time of year when we look back at the year just past.

Every Thursday night between now and December 22nd, i’m going to give you the definitive list of the 100 Best Songs Of 2011. This week is 81-100

Why Thursday I hear you ask? Well, when I blogged on Bebo, Thursaday was the day I posted my Top 5 songs that week, so I might as well keep it going on WordPress, even though I now blog my Top 5 songs of the week on a Friday morning, purely because ‘The Friday Five’ sounds better than ‘The Thursday Five’

For those needing a refresher, the previous winners are

2010 Marina and the Diamonds – Shampain
2009 Little Boots – New In Town
2008 Sons and Daughters – Darling
2007 Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
2006 Kasabien – Empire

So, who will win in 2011?

He’s 81-100

81. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
82. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Stranded On The Wrong Beach
83. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn
84. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
85. Beady Eye – Four Letter Word
86. Noah and the Whale – Life Is Life
87. Take That – Kidz
88. Yasmin – Finish Line
89. Noah and the Whale – Tonight’s The Kind Of Night
90. Rihanna – We Found Love
91. The Kooks – Is It Me?
92. Nikki Minaj ft Rihanna – Fly
93. Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalala
94. Talay Riley – Make You Mine
95. Calvin Harris ft Kelis – Bounce
96. Marina and the Diamonds – Radioactive
97. Rizzle Kicks – Down With The Trumpets
98. White Lies – Better Than Us
99. Hard-Fi – Good For Nothing
100. Nikki Minaj : Supperbass

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006

THE SOUND OF (THE FIRST NINETEEN DAYS OF) 2011 (SO FAR)

Last week, my MP3 player began to start playing up, and as a result, i’ve had to spend my daily commute to work and evening jog listening to the joys of Digital Radio.

After sifting through the crap, i’ve actually managed to come across some new songs that i’m just loving at the moment that are worth checking out over the forthcoming twelve months.

The first song is ‘Stop Hey’ by Sunday Girl, combining synth riffs (A slight reference to ‘All The Things She Said‘ by Tatu) and a hypnotic drumbeat to bring this soon to be Electro Pop classic.

When in Edinburgh over the summer, it was hard to escape the posters for Pearl and the Puppets, AKA Scottish singer Katie Sutherland.

After reading some reviews upon my return home, I checked her out on Myspace and Youtube, and fell in love with ‘Because I Do’, as will anyone who loves to lie back and drift into a song.

If you love this song, check out ‘Neapolitan Dreams‘ by Lisa Mitchell.

The next song i’m loving at the moment will be no surprise to anybody, ‘The Roller’, the new single by Beady Eye, AKA, Oasis without Noel Gallagher.

Despite my initial worries, the snippets of the Beady Eye songs i’ve heard are excellent, and I can’t wait for the album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ to be released on February 28th, which as any Oasis geek will tell you, is the 11th anniversary of ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants‘ being released.

I’ve been pretty much indifferent to Adele so far.

I like ‘Chasing Pavements’ and ‘Cold Shoulder’, but I wouldn’t be rushing to play them at full blast.

Her new single, ‘Rolling In The Deep’, is a different scanario. I love it.

If ‘Me and You’ by Nero sounds familiar, it’s because it’s currently being used by the BBC on a trailer on TV for Radio 1, especially Zane Lowe’s show. Don’t let that put you off, it’s an excellent song.

The final song that i’m loving is ‘Butterflies’ by Tone Damli.

Six new songs that i’m loving from the first nineteen days isn’t a bad ratio. Hopefully, the remaining three hundred and fourty-six days has as good a ratio.