50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : NOV 28 – DEC 4

Christmas is almost here (And yes, there’ll be a Cristmas Special)

We begin this week on a sad note, with the death last night of Ian McLagan, and it being 13 years since George Harrison died. Travis performed a tribute to him at the short lived Top Of The Pops Awards, on the day he died.

And now, for an 80s flashback

Dougie from McFly , but more currently McBusted, turned 27 this week.

Mariska Veres of Shocking Blue died 8 years ago this week. You probably know this version of ‘Venus’

Andy Williams would have been 87 this week.

And now, the second in a two part series called The Weekly Bedingfield. This week, Daniel.

We’ll end this week with Birthday Girl Britney Spears, ready to take the charts again in 2034 when she finished her residency in Vegas.

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2013

1. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
2. Editors – A Ton Of Love
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
4. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
5. Andy Williams – The Impossible Dream

So, this is the week ………….. EUROVISION!!!!!!!!

Having seen Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham lift trophies this season, BBC are hoping Bonnie Tyler will continue this run of Welsh success. She probably won’t.

What saddens me most about Bonnie Tyler is that she never married former Swansea City player Jason Scotland.

So, to get you in the mood ……. AS IF YOU NEED TO BE GOT IN THE MOOD ……. here’ a Eurovision Top Five.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2. Kartina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. Sophie and Magaly – Papa Pingouin
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

With Eurovision being held in Sweden, it would be rude not to have a chart of Sweden’s musical exports. I get the feeling i’m going to be on the end of a backlash.

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Roxette – Joyride
2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
5. Emilia – Big Big World

DOVES : LIVE AT HMV PICTURE HOUSE, EDINBURGH, 8.8.2010

Spent a few days in Edinburgh for the festival, and managed to grab a ticket to see Doves perform at Edge Festival.

Quite literally rising from the ashes of 90s one-hit wonder Sub Sub, Doves, comprising of singer Jimi Goodwin and twin Andy and Jez Williams, have been one of the best bands over the past decade.

The band are currently on a recording haitus as such, but are currently touring their Greatest Hits album ‘The Places Between’

Their biggest known hits are ‘There Goes The Fear‘, ‘Black And White Town‘ and ‘Pounding‘, but they are the sort of band that people will know more of their songs than they think they know.

The venue is centrally located in the city and is a contradiction of being recently refurbished, yet old-fashioned in feel, very similar to Manchester Apollo.

Despite it’s name, the Picture House isn’t actually a former cinema (Well, according to it’s official website)

Support was provided by local act, The Ray Summers. For the first couple of songs, they seemed to be fighting against a mental block of playing for a crowd who haven’t paid specifically to see them.

However, they stuck at it and won the crowd over, and are well worth checking out.

Finally, one came Doves and just went into their first song with a minimum of fuss.

Being left-handed and Spelling their name ‘Jimi’ are the only things Jimi Hendrix and Jimi Goodwin have in common, as Goodwin didn’t need to put on a show for the crowd, who were already hanging on his every word.

No showmanship, just getting their head down and playing tunes, it’s how Doves do things.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest roar of the night was saved for ‘Black and White Town’ as an amazing set had the crowd baying for more.

And for an encore, they gave them exactly that, playing ‘Hear Comes The Fear’, with Jimi Goodwin playing a samba drum solo in the middle of the stage.

It’s sad that they’re planning to take a break from recording. On tonight’s evidence, it’s a lot sadder if they take a break from touring.

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