Fran Healy of Travis is the cover star of this week’s edition of Melody Maker, as the band look to make it big in America.

As you open the magazine, Nina Persson poses for a photoshoot with Vic and Bob, after she recorded the theme tune to Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) that they are starring in.

Oasis are on a media blitz to promote their new album, with Liam Gallagher appearing as a guest in The Big Breakfast.

The Brit Award nominations are announced, with Ian Brown, Travis and Stereophonics speaking to Melody Maker about their nominations.

Matt Bellamy gets asked about the Brit Awards, describing them as “so much bullshit”.

Mansun get asked to choose their favourite music videos of all time, choosing ones by David Bowie, Nirvana and Blondie.

Travis attempts to crack America get four pages of coverage.

On the other side of the world, Melody Maker covers Big Day Out in Australia, where Foo Fighters, Primal Scream and Blink 182 were among the performers.

Concert Reviews went on the road this week, with Muse in Munich getting five stars, compared with Stereophonics getting two and a half stars for their Toronto gig.

Tim Burgess is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he looks into a mirror a lot of times a day.

In lyrics, the lyrics to Oasis new single Go Let It Out get dissected.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.12.2011

1. Kelly Jones – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
2. Rihanna – We Found Love
3. Madness – You Keep Me Hanging On
4. Kiss – God Gave Rock n Roll To You
5. Oasis – Who Feels Love?

Now for the weekly chart based on the previous week’s X-Factor theme. Last week, it was Motown, and surprisingly, they all sang Motown songs and didn’t rip the piss and/or make it up as they go along.

If Berry Gordy was still alive, he would have loved it. Oh, he is still alive. I suppose that’s what you get when you believe everything Louis Walsh says


1. Gloria Jones- Tainted Love
2. Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little Moe Time
3. Supremes – Stop In The Name Of Love
4. Stevie Wonder – Uptight
5. Smokey Robinson – Tears Of A Clown

Meanwhile, ITV are broadcasting a 90 minute special tonight, titled ‘The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song’, which is basically an admission that they have no original programming ideas, and are filling up 90 minutes with celebrities talking about the Bee Gees.

So, here is my definitive Bee Gees Top Five. There are no Disco songs. And rightly so.


1. You Win Again
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls
3. I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You
4. Massachusetts
5. This Is Where I Come In

Meanwhile, Blur are being awarded with ‘Outstanding Contribution To Music’ at the Brit Awards, only 12 years after Spice Girls.

To be honest, the day they gave the award to Spice Girls (SEVEN FUCKING YEARS BEFORE THEY GAVE IT TO OASIS!!!) totally devaulued it, but it gives me an excuse for a Blur Top Five


1. Country House
2. Tender
3. End Of A Century
4. Charmless Man
5. Beetlebum