THE SOUND OF 2016 : 26-51

26. Rory Lavelle – All These Horrors
27. Blink 182 – Bored To Death
28. Foxes – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
29. Bloc Party – Virtue
30. Rag n Bone Man – Human
31. Manic Street Preachers – Feels Like Heaven
32. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss
33. ABC – The Flames Of Desire
34. The Afghan Whigs – Regret
35. KT Tunstall – Hard Girls
36. Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
37. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
38. The 1975 – The Sound
39. Bloc Party – Stunt Queen
40. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods
41. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Come With Us
42. Jamie T – Power Over Men
43. Oasis – D’Ya Know What I Mean (Mustique Demo)
44. The Last Shadow Puppets – Bad Habits
45. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
46. The Coral – Miss Fortune
47. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
48. Richard Ashcroft – These People
49. Oasis – Don’t Go Away (Mustique Demo)
50. Lukas Graham – 7 Years

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 30.9.2016

1. Simple Minds ft KT Tunstall – Promised You A Miracle
2. Bloc Party – Stunt Queen
3. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes – Lullaby
4. Cast – Do That
5. Barry Gibb In And Out

This week, saw the 40th anniversary of U2 being formed. So here is a U2 Top 40. Only joking, it’s The Friday Five, not The Friday Forty.

FIVE SONGS BY U2

1. The Fly
2. Hallelujah Here She Comes
3. Discotheque
4. Angel Of Harlem
5. Wild Honey

Oh, i’m going to see Supersonic on Sunday. Can’t wait.

2016 : THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

It’s that time of year again, where we have reached the halfway point. So, as is tradition, it’s time to look back at the 50 best songs of the year so far.

1. The Strumbellas – Spirits
2. James – Nothing But Love
3. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
4. Blossoms – Getaway
5. Aurora – Conquerer
6. Travis – Magnificent Time
7. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss
8. Grimes – California
9. The Lumineers – Ophelia
10. James – Dear John
11. Christine and the Queens – Tilted
12. Stone Roses – All For One
13. Bloc Party – Virtue
14. Manic Street Preachers – Feels Like Heaven
15. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods
16. Last Shadow Puppets – Bad Habits
17. The Temper Trap – Fall Together
18. The Coral – Miss Fortune
19. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
20. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
21. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
22. White Spaces ft Jim Kerr – The Man Who Sold The World
23. Tom Odell – Magnetised
24. Foxes – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
25. Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
26. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
27. Ellie Goulding – Army
28. Biffy Clyro – Wolves Of Winter
29. Halsey – New Americana
30. Richard Ashcroft – This Is How It Feels
31. Bruce Springsteen – Purple Rain
32. The 1975 – The Sound
33. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
34. Lorde – Life On Mars?
35. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart
36. All Saints – One Strike
37. Laura Tesoro – What’s The Pressure?
38. Birdy – Keeping You Head Up
39. Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz – Midnight Gold
40. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
41. Paul Simon – Wristband
42. Laura Mvula – Overcome
43. Manic Street Preachers – Together Stronger
44. Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One
45. Graham Nash – This Path Tonight
46. Tegan and Sara – U-Turn
47. Chvrches – Warning Call
48. Richard Ashcroft – Hold On
49. Nina Nesbitt – Chewing Gum
50. Travis – 3 Miles High

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : AU – FEBRUARY 2007

A trip to the recent past this week to February 2007, a month when Bloc Party appeared on the cover of AU, formerly known as Alternative Ulster.

On the AU stereo this month was songs by CSS, Stylofone, Idlewild, Future Of The Left, Shiny Toy Guns and cover artist Bloc Party.

The Goodies and Baddies list makes for interesting reading, with Sylvester Stallone being listed a Goodie due to the new Rocky movie not being awful. I’m guessing the magazine went to print before Stallone appeared on the pitch at Goodison Park waving an Everton scarf in January 2007.

Also on the Goodies List was Victoria Beckham (for stopping David becoming a Scientologist), Ronnie O’Sullivan and Noel Edmonds.

On the Baddies List was a Goodie, well, Jade Goody, for a variety of reasons.

Preston was also on the list. The singer from The Ordinary Boys, rather than the town, as was Ian McCullough and the band James.

“What’s On Your Ipod?” is a feature stopping people in the street and asking what’s on their Ipod. Simple enough. Among those stopped was Joe Lindsay, he of Getaways fame. His three songs are Big Julie by Jarvis Cocker, DJ’s Got A Gun by Robots In Disguise and Yesterday’s Folks by US69.

An amazing fact about him (according to the feature) is that he can do a “passable” impression of Christopher Walken.

Patrick Wolf is interviewed about his music collection. His first record bought was Saturday Night by Whigfield.

Having just released their debut album, Kieran Webster from The View is interviewed about his favourite things. His favourite TV show is Shameless (Gerard Kearns, AKA Ian Gallagher would appear in the video for The Don later in the year) and his favourite live band was Primal Scream.

In news, The Stooges were set to release a new album, their first in 33 years, while In Case Of Fire were in the studio working on a new album.

Side projects get looked at in a feature looking at the good, the bad and the weird.

Elliott Smith, who died in 2003, gets a double page spread, with a guide for those looking to purchase from his back catalogue.

David Bowie also got a double page feature, with AU doing an A to Z guide to his career.

Hotly tipped new band The Klaxons get a three page feature as they prepare to release their debut album, which is followed by six pages of cover stars Bloc Party.

In live reviews, there is a review of Chuck Berry’s recent gig at Waterfront Hall.

Upcoming gigs include Nerina Pallot at Spring and Airbreak, Badly Drawn Boy at Mandela Hall, Razorlight doing two nights at Waterfront Hall and Amy Winehouse at Ulster Hall.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : NME YEARBOOK 2005

Rather misleading title this week, as NME brings out a yearbook to look back at 2005, than forward. The cover stars, are a series of stars from the year, such as Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, and Green Day.

The review of the year, unsurprisingly, begins in January, with the year starting off with a feud between The Killers and The Bravery.

The Killers get four pages looking back on their year, and the ten things that made it such a successful year, including the obvious one, “Have more than one good song”

February’s story of the month was the NME Awards. Curiously, with their lead story each month, NME include a selection of choice quotes from various music bloggers.

Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs gets four pages talking about the big news stories of 2005, including the return of Doctor Who, which he approved of, but not the choice of doctor.

“I would have went for someone a bit more leftfield, like Harry Hill. Or Eddie Izzard”

In March, the Feud Of The Month was within Snow Patrol, as Bassist Mark McClelland was sacked.

Meanwhile, Bono declared himself a fan of The Futureheads.

By May, Make Poverty History wristbands were the Fashion Item Of The Month, while the feud between The Killers and The Bravery escalated to be Feud Of The Month for May.

But the big news, was that The Darkness lost “Their only cool member” with the departure of Frankie Poullain.

Piers Morgan gets four pages, where he reviews the stories that filled the biggest amount of column inches in the tabloids.

A series of stars get Q and A’d about their year. The best thing someone said to Richard Archer from Hard-Fi was when somebody informed him that Brentford had went top of the league.

Coldplay get six pages, most of it photos, as they present their favourite photos from their year, which saw them release their third album.

Oasis gig at City Of Manchester Stadium, their first at the venue since it opened in 2003 was Gig Of The Month for July, but it was another gig, Live 8, which was the Story Of The Month.

Kasabian get a two page feature where they list their Top Ten gigs they attended in 2005, with The Prodigy at V Festival being the best.

Across the page, they list their Top Five gigs played, with Glastonbury coming out on top.

Four pages get dedicated to lyrics, as acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi and Razorlight discuss the lyrical content of some of their big hits from the year.

Where in 2005 could you find the coolest bands on the planet? Yorkshire.

Yorkshire was so cool in 2005, that NME did a full page on how cool it was.

Like Coldplay, Bloc Party get a four page photo diary, looking back at their year.

By October, The Killers had moved on from The Bravery, and were now feuding with Fall Out Boy.

2005. The year of The Killers having feuds.

THE SOUND OF 2012 : 51-75

51. Gym Class Heroes ft Ryan Tedder – The Fighter
52. Paloma Faith – Picking up The Pieces
53. Big Kids – Heart Sing
54. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fallen Angel
55. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back
56. Dappy – Good Intentions
57. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love
58. Rebecca Ferguson – Backtrack
59. Taylor Swift – Ours
60. Muse – Madness
61. The Maccabees – Pelican
62. Example – Close Enemies
63. Bloc Party – Kettling
64. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
65. Horrible Histories – Flame
66. Marina and the Diamonds – Power and Control
67. Alex Clare – Too Close
68. Dappy ft Brian May – Rockstar
69. Eugene McGuinness – Lion
70. Rihanna – Diamonds
71. Florence and the Machine ft Calvin Harris – Spectrum
72. Black Keys – On The Ceiling
73. Owl City ft Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
74. Leona Lewis – Trouble
75. The Big Pink – Stay Gold