THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.11.2018

1. Jade Bird – Love Has All Been Done Before
2. Johnny Marr – Spiral Cities
3. Editors – Cold
4. Razorlight – America
5. The Strypes – Get Into It

This Monday, sees International Men’s Day. So, as is tradition, here’s a series of musical charts. If you’re celebrating, that’s cool. If it’s just another day for you, that’s cool. Just don’t be a self-hating dick fishing for likes on Social Media about it.

FIVE SONGS BY MALE SOLO ARTISTS

1. Prince – Gold
2. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA … What A Life
4. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
5. Kyle Falconer – Family Tree

FIVE SONGS WITH BOY OR MAN IN THE TITLE

1. The Killers – The Man
2. T-Rex – 20th Century Boy
3. Aneka – Japanese Boy
4. Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
5. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

FIVE SONGS BY ALL MALE GROUPS

1. Europe – The Final Countdown
2. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
3. A-Ha – Take On Me
4. U2 – The Fly
5. Queen – I Want It All

FIVE SONGS WITH MALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
2. Toni Basil – Mickey
3. Oasis – Little James
4. Sister Sledge – Frankie
5. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.11.2017

1. The Killers – Run For Cover
2. Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fort Knox
4. Roy Orbison and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – I Drove All Night
5. Yazoo – Only You (2017 Version)

This Sunday is International Men’s Day. So, prepare yourself for some manly charts. Grrrr!!!

If you’re celebrating, enjoy yourself. That’s cool. If it’s just another day to you, enjoy yourself. That’s cool.

Just don’t be a self hating dick about it. Seriously, nobody wants to hear an attention seeker desperate for attention by sticking the boot into people to show how wonderful they are to people who hate them.

SONGS BY MALE SINGERS

1. Prince – Gold
2. John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
3. Peter Gabriel – Big Time
4. Holly Johnson – Love Train
5. Seal – Kiss From A Rose

SONGS WITH MALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Oasis – Little James
2. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
3. REM – What’s The Frequency Kenneth?
4. Joshua Kaddison – Jesse
5. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe

SONGS WITH MAN IN THE TITLE

1. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
2. Hall and Oates – Family Man
3. Human League – One Man In My Heart
4. The Verve – Lucky Man
5. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.11.2016

1. Bastille – Send Them Off
2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
3. Tove Lo – True Disaster
4. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Outside

Tomorrow, is International Men’s Day. Just another day for me, but if you’re commemorating it, enjoy yourself.

Some people even choose to celebrate it by being a self-hating dick on Twitter.

But most importantly, it’s an opportunity to do some theme charts. And yes, I do the same on International Women’s Day. It’s on March 8th if you don’t know. You may be shocked to realise you can point out the date of something and not be a sneering dick like Richard Herring.

SONGS WITH MAN/MEN/BOY IN THE TITLE

1. Duran Duran – Wildboys
2. Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror
3. The Verve – Lucky Man
4. The Charlatans – North Country Boy
5. Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy

SONGS BY MEN

1. Simple Minds – She’s A River
2. U2 – The Fly
3. Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
4. Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know?
5. 10CC – The Things We Do For Love

SONGS WITH MEN’S NAME IN THE TITLE

1. Elliott Smith – Son Of Sam
2. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
3. Joshua Kaddison – Jesse
4. Oasis – Little James
5. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.11.2014

1. McBusted – Air Guitar
2. Becky Hill – Losing
3. Alexa Goddard – So There
4. Erasure – Always
5. Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go

This Sunday, is St Andrew’s Day. Do, how about a chart? How about two charts? One for all things Andrew, and one for all things Scottish.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS WITH A MEMBER CALLED ANDREW

1. Wham! – Freedom
2. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
3. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
4. Andrew WK – Party Hard
5. Andrew Cole – Outstandin

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Biffy Clyro – The Captain
2. Chvrches – Recover
3. Prides – Messiah
4. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
5. Bay City Rollers – I Only Wanna Be With You

Last week, was International Men’s Day. Being the big sexist that I am, I forgot about it. So here, is a chart to commemorate it.

FIVE SONGS ABOUT MEN

1. Mansun – Electric Man
2. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
3. REM – Man On the Moon
4. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
5. The Verve – Lucky Man

FIVE SONGS WITH MEN’S NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Oasis – Little James
2. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
3. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
4. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
5. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home

Last week, on X-Factor, was Elton John v Whitney Houston, that well known rivalry. They’re not even trying any more.

FIVE SONGS BY ELTON JOHN

1. I’m Still Standing
2. Made In England
3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
4. Step Into Christmas
5. Kiss The Bride

FIVE SONGS BY WHITNEY HOUSTON

1. Your Love Is My Love
2. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
3. How Will I Know?
4. I’m Your Baby Tonight
5. If I Told You That (ft George Michael)

BLUR – LIVE AT IMMA 1.8.2013

There are some concerts that, when they are announced, you just have to go to. This, Blur’s only UK or Ireland gig in 2013, was one of them.

I’ve loved Blur for ages, but had never seen them live. The five month wait between purchasing the ticket, and the concert, seemed to last forever.

In Dublin on the day of the concert, I ventured into Tower Records. There was plenty of posters promoting the concert. However, the “Band of the week” in that particular store? Oasis. You got the love the sense of humour in that, accidental or not.

Something I only discovered when I arrived in Dublin was that IMMA was hosting “Blur 21”, an exhibition looking back at 21 years of Blur.

Unfortunately, it ended that day. It’s a pity it wasn’t on for one more day as I would have loved to have seen it.

I headed over to the venue via Luas. Not really knowing where I was going, I follows the crowd and managed to find it.

On the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, it was a massive open air gig. I managed to get into their, which as it turned out, was the place to be.

First band up, was The Strypes, 60s influenced teenagers from Cavan.

It’s a bit of a cliche to mention their ages (15-17) when in fact they have the stage persona, confidence and swagger of performers twice their age.

Even though they were supporting, and it wasn’t specifically “their crowd”, they still looked at home, and at ease.

If you haven’t heard it already, you should check out their debut single “Blue Collar Jane”

Next up, was Bat For Lashes. It was a strange combination of support acts, but it worked.

She played a mixture of slow and uptempo songs, the best of which, was saved for last, with a disco version of “Daniel”

As the was about to leave the stage, the grey skies disappeared and the sun came out. A sign perhaps?

The crowd were now impatient for Blur, chanting “Tender” amongst themselves. There were false alarms and cheers, but still, they wouldn’t appear on stage, before finally, they appeared.

At some concerts, you have to wait a couple of songs for a bit singalong hit. Not this one, as Blur opened with “Girls and Boys”

A bunch of 40 somethings on stage went back to their 20s, 30 somethings in the crowd went back to their teenage years, while 20 somethings younger got what Blur was about.

For three glorious minutes, it was 1994 again.

For the first couple of songs, Damon Albarn was throwing water from a bottle into the crowd. It became a badge of honour, as people rushed to get soaked by him.

They then ran through their catalog of hits, hits such as”Beetlebum” and “There’s No Other Way”, with Albarn jumping into the crowd during “Country House”

But there were some surprises, as Albarn tuned in his guitar and leaned towards he microphone, only to fool the crowd, as Blur went into the Graham Coxon sung “Coffee and TV” then mixing into “Tender”

There was one more big surprise, as a familiar voice was then heard saying hello to the crowd. It was, of course, Phil Daniels.

Daniels made another appearance at the encore, mostly just standing onstage and waving to the crowd, where they played “Under The Westway”, “For Tomorrow” and “The Universal”

Towards the end of “The Universal”, Albarn ran towards the crowd, high fiving those in the front row, and saying his goodbyes.

So that was it then. Not quite, one more surprise, but it probably wasn’t that surprising, as Dave Rowntree started playing that recognisable drum beat.

The crowd waited for then guitar riff, but could only hear drums, before finally, the guitar riff came.

The crowd waited, and waited, before finally, Albarn screamed WOO HOO!!!!

A superb ending to a superb concert.

Blur Photo Album

Bat For Lashes Photo Album

The Strypes Photo Album