THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.1.2018

1. George Ezra – Paradise
2. The Vaccines – Nightclub
3. The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue
4. Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)
5. Squeeze – Rough Ride

Today is Australia Day, so, you’ve guessed it, time to celebrate with an Australian themed chart.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You
4. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
5. Natalie Imbruglia – Want

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.1.2017

1. Amy MacDonald – Dream On
2. Gotye ft Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know In The 80s
3. Biffy Clyro – Flammable
4. David Bowie – Killing A Little Time
5. Iggy Pop – Gold

Next Thursday, sees Australia Day. Any excuse for a chart. Here’s some Australian songs for you.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Kylie Minogue – Better Than Today
3. INXS – Baby Don’t Cry
4. The Temper Trap – Fall Together
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.1.2016

1. The Coral – Miss Fortune
2. Wyvern Lingo – Letter To Willow
3. Travis – 3 Miles High
4. The 1975 – The Sound
5. Nerina Pallot – If I Had A Girl

Well G’Day, it’s Australia Day on Tuesday and it would not to have a playlist for you from Australia’s musical talent.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In Love
3. Sheppard – Geronimo
4. Natalie Imbruglia – Want
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.3.2015

1. Coasts – Modern Love
2. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
3. Muse – Psycho
4. Florence and the Machine – What Kind Of Man
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

For some reason, I totally forgot about it being St Patrick’s Day coming up and thus, forgot to do a chart. Consider that corrected, and a bonus chart

TOP FIVE PATRICKS

1. Starfish
2. Sharpin (more commonly known as Pat Sharp)
3. Stewart
4. Swayze
5. Duffy

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

1. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
2. Wonder Villains – TV
3. Duke Special – Freewheel
4. Ash – Envy
5. Briana Corrigan – Love Me Now

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

1. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
2. U2 – The Fly
3. Hozier – Take Me To Church
4. Kodaline – Honest
5. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

The line-up for Belsonic 2015 was announced last night. Stereophonics and Paloma Faith are the ones that appeal to me. Here’s five songs to look out for in August

FIVE SONGS BY BELSONIC PERFORMERS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Bastille – Pompeii
3. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
4. Rudimental – Free (ft Emeli Sande)
5. Paloma Faith – Thirty Minute Love Affair

And finally, The Charlatans have been announced to be coming to Belfast in May as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. So, Charlatans Top Five anyone?

FIVE SONGS BY THE CHARLATANS

1. Love Is The Key
2. Blackened Blue Eyes
3. Forever
4. The Only One I Know
5. North Country Boy

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 30.1.2014

1. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Falling Awake
3. U2 – Every Breaking Wave
4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. Marina and the Diamonds – I’m A Ruin

It was Australia Day last week, so as is tradition of this blog, a musical chart in celebration of Australia.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Savage Garden – To The Moon And Back
3. INXS – Need You Tonight
4. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
5. Mental As Anything – Live It Up

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 24- JAN 30

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up from Top Of The Pops history, which features a tribute to a country.

Neil Diamond turned 73 this week. One of his most famous songs might surprise you ……. or maybe not, as Red Red Wine, made famous by UB40 was a cover of a Neil Diamond song.

Sharing a birthday, is TV’s Jools Holland, who believe it or not, was once a popstar as well, playing keyboards in Squeeze.

On the theme of Neil Diamond covers, here’s another one, by a man who shares a birthday with him (1959) ……… Mr Victor Reeves, performing with EMF in 1995.

Of course, it would be rude to mention Vic Reeves, and not include his collaboration with The Wonder Stuff.

58 this week, Andy Cox was a two time (or three time, if you include Two Men and a Drum Machine) pop star in the 1980s, with The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

So, in the interest of fair play, here’s one of each.

Another famous Andrew in pop, is Mr Andrew Ridgeley off of Wham! This song, is just superb.

Seeing as birthdays of New Order members will be commemorated with side projects such as Electronic or Monaco, how about an actual New Order song for Gillian Gilbert.

They probably should have just mimed.

Meanwhile it’s Mark Owen’s birthday this week, so here he his performing Never Forget, in an episode seemingly presented by Howard Donald’s future other half Catherine Tate.

Frank Skinner celebrates a birthday this week. I imagine you’ve guessed what video is coming up next. Sadly, it’s the awful 1998 version rather than the excellent 1996 one.

Matthew Wilder also celebrates a birthday this week. Here he is being enthusiastically introduced by John Peel. He ended up helping No Doubt become massive in the late 90s.

And finally, this week sees Australia Day, so here’s a couple of tunes from Down Under for you.

And finally, the song that soundtracked Australia’s Royal Wedding. I still get emotional thinking about it. Scott and Charlene. What a lovely couple.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.1.2014

1. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
2. Augustines – Cruel City
3. Franz Ferdinand – Bullet
4. We Are Scientists – Take It Easy
5. Lily Allen – Air Balloon

This weekend, is Australia Day. So, as per usual, let’s have a musical celebration. I was in agony at only being able to choose five songs.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
2. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
3. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
4. Psuedo Echo – Funkytown
5. Men At Work – Down Under

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : KERRANG – 17.12.1988

Stoke On Trent’s finest export, Slash, is the cover star of Kerrang, as 1988 draws to a close.

In news, there’s anger at the apathy of rock fans in Birmingham, as a series of concerts over Christmas called ‘Mosterfest’, featuring The Quireboys and Acid Reign, scheduled for Edward’s Rock Complex had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Angry Anderson gets a double page spread, talking about his hit ‘Suddenly’, which was then riding high in the charts. The reason why it was riding high in the charts was due to in being the soundtrack to the wedding of the 80s.

Kerrang writers, showing they have a sense of humour, use the headline ‘He Should Be So Lucky’ for the piece.

Slash gets a fourpage interview, including a centre spread poster.

West Ham United’s matchday programme gets featured, reproducing a picture from it where Steve James hands a Gold Disc to Hammers defender Tony Gale.

The gig listing section has Status Quo doung a tour of England and Wales, while the only gigs for Belfast were on December 17th were Instigators at College of Art, and a triple bill of Onslaught, Crumbsuckers and Slammer at Queens Hall.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.1.2013

1. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
2. Adam Buxton – Friends
3. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
4. Haim – Don’t Save Me
5. Little Boots – Superstitious Heart

Tomorrow is Australia Day, so, let’s celebrate by doing an Aussie chart. So much talent to choose, I just know i’m going to get angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans.

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
3. Midnight Oil – Suddenly
4. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
5. Mental As Anything – Live It Up

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.1.2012

1. Lloyd – Dedication To My Ex
2. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
3. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
4. Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
5. The Beatles – Taxman

Seeing as it was Burns Night this week, though i’d do a Top Five of songs by Scottish acts. Why not?

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
2. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
3. Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
4. KT Tunstall – Black horse And The Cherry Tree
5. Del Amitri – Roll To Me

TOP FIVE BURNS

1= Aaron/Billy Joe
3. Gordon
4. Montgomery
5. Pete

And seeing as it was Australia Day this week, why not have a chart countdown of Australia’s finest songs?

Sadly, New Seekers aren’t Australian enough for this chart, so “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” isn’t on the chart.

I’m awaiting angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans for him being left out of this chart.

FIVE AUSTRALIAN SONGS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make you Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts
4. Mental As Anything – Live It Up
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly