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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.5.2022
- Sinead O’Brien – Holy Country
- Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
- Queen – One Vision
- Sam Ryder – Spae Man
- George Ezra – Green Green Grass
THE SOUND OF 2017 : 51-75
51. Rag n Bone Man – Skin
52. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
53. Simon Le Bon – Let’s Dance
54. The Kooks – Be Who You Are
55. The Chainsmokers – Young
56. The XX – On Hold
57. Beck – Up All Night
58. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Be Careful What You Wish For
59. Pvris – What’s Wrong
60. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
61. Calvin Harris – Feels
62. Niall Horan – Slow Hand
63. Rick Astley ft Foo Fighters – Never Gonna Give You Up
64. Shed Seven – Don’t Get Me Wrong
65. Depeche Mode – Heroes
66. Ryan Adams – Streets Of Philidelphia
67. The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
68. James – Sit Down (Game Of Thrones 2017 version)
69. Coldplay – Something Just Like This
70. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Man Who Built The Moon
71. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
72. Muse – Dig Down
73. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Here I Go Again
74. Ringo Starr – Give More Love
75. Rory Lavelle – When The Crazies Come Out
THE FRIDAY FIVE – 1.12.2017
1. Tom Grennan – Found What I’ve Been Looking For
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If Love Is The Law
3. Sia – Santa’s Coming For Us
4. Embrace – Wake Up Call
5. The Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
First of all, an apology. To the entire nation of Scotland. Yes.
Yesterday was St Andrew’s Day and I forgot to do a themed chart last week. So, belatedly, here is a St Andrew’s Day chart, celebrating two of the best things on earth – Scotland and people called Andrew.
FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ARTISTS
1. Pilot – Magic
2. Simple Minds – She’s A River
3. The View – Blondie
4. Aztec Camara – Somewhere In My Heart
5. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
FIVE SONGS BY BANDS FEATURING AN ANDREW
1. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
2. Wham – Freedom
3. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
4. INXS – Afterglow
5. Primal Scream – Jailbird
Sorry to Oasis, Duran Duran and OMD, but this chart is for Andrews only, no Andys.
It was announced that Blossoms will be supporting Noel Gallagher on his European tour next year. Fingers crossed they’ll be supporting him on his UK dates as well. The fact they’ll be touring in 2018 means we can hopefully expect new music from them as well. They’re brilliant by the way. If you haven’t already, you should check them out.
If there are any readers in the South-East of England, Victorious looks like it has a decent line-up on the Friday night : Lightning Seeds, Shed Seven and Kaiser Chiefs all playing on the Friday. Admittedly, Libertines headlining is underwhelming. Still, you can just use the time to get a bite to eat/go to the bar/go home early. Not going to lie, i’m jealous of that line-up.
….. and talking of Shed Seven, they’ve announced a Belfast gig to go with their rearranged concerts that were recently cancelled. Now that’s what I call a stroke of luck. I’ll be trying to get a ticket later this morning.
Finally, it’s the World Cup draw today. I’ll be doing a themed chart for each group with songs by artists from the countries when it comes along in June. I’d rather be including Baltimora than Yello to be honest. I’m over it, i’m over it. Ok, i’m still not over it. If Switzerland end up in a group with Panama, Russia and Iran, I might just cry.
THE FRIDAY FIVE – 29.9.2017
1. Depeche Mode – Heroes
2. Rhye – Summer Days
3. Soulwax – Is Always Binary?
4. Paloma Faith – Crybaby
5. Feeder – Veins
This week is a bumper bonanza of concert announcements of acts I like coming to Belfast in 2018. My bank account is going to take a beating ……. and then I have two family birthdays this week as well.
I’ve already got a Noel Gallagher ticket on presale, now i’m getting primed to get tickets for Stereophonics and Paloma Faith. Wish me luck.
Here’s some charts to get you in the mood.
FIVE SONGS BY NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
1. AKA ….. What A Life.
2. You Know We Can’t Go Back
3. In The Heat Of The Moment
4. The Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. Everybody’s On The Run
FIVE SONGS BY STEREOPHONICS
2. A Thousand Trees
4. Indian Summer
5. Just Looking
FIVE SONGS BY PALOMA FAITH
1. Thirty Minute Love Affair
2. Upside Down
4. New York
5. Picking Up The Pieces
Also, Monday is Phil Oakey’s birthday on Monday. I’m having a bit of a Human League thing at the moment, mainly due to the Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good a band is.
I’m really regretting not seeing The Human League when they’ve been to Belfast in recent years.
FIVE SONGS BY PHIL OAKEY
1. Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
2. The Human League – Tell Me When
3. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
4. The Human League – One Man In My Heart
5. The Human League – Keep Feeling Fascination
THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.6.2017
1. Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
2. The Courteeners – Don’t Look Back In Anger
3. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
4. OMD – Isotype
5. Ray Davies – Broken
In gig news, Erasure have announced a tour for early 2018 with no Belfast gig. Boooo. I’m pining my hopes on Belfast Pride saving the day. Come on, be the heroes we need. DISCLAIMER – I have no inside information, i’m just letting my imagination run wild. What’s the point in having an imagination if you can’t let it run wild?
Liam Gallagher’s first solo show on Tuesday night sounded rather good. I know this, because it seemed like everyone was broadcasting it onto social media via their phone. A reminder that not all heroes wear capes.
I’m not saying I have a favourite Gallagher brother, but Noel does Belfast gigs when he goes on tour.
Hopefully, a full tour will follow when the album is released towards the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Top Of The Pops juggernaut on BBC Four has reached 1984. The Story Of 1984 is on tonight at 9pm.
So, to celebrate, here’s a 1984 chart for you.
FIVE SONGS FROM 1984
1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
2. Wham! – Freedom
3. Duran Duran – Wild Boys
4. Depeche Mode – Master and Servant
5. Strawberry Sitchblade – Since Yesterday
Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig in September. Standing, Face Value.
THE FRIDAY FIVE – 21.4.2017
1. Paramore – Hard Times
2. Kasabian – Bless This Acid House
3. Prince – Deliverance
4. Camens – Boys Will Stray
5. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Today is Robert Smiths’s birthday, and it’s his favourite day of the week. It’s the first time it’s fallen on a Friday since 2006, and won’t happen again until 2023, so he had better enjoy it.
To celebrate, here’s a The Cure Top Five
FIVE SONGS BY THE CURE
1. Friday I’m In Love
3. Hot Hot Hot
4. Close To Me
5. In Between Days
This Sunday, is St George’s Day, so time to lie back and think of England with some themed playlists for you
FIVE SONGS BY SINGERS CALLED GEORGE OR BANDS WITH SOMEONE CALLED GEORGE
1. Wham! – Freedom
2. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
3. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM ENGLAND
1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
3. Cast – Finetime
4. The Beautiful South – Ole Red Eyes Is Back
5. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Gig news, Paramore are coming to Belfast. The downside is, i’m already going to see The 1975 that night. If their marketing team had any brains, they could get them to do a gig at the bar of a South Belfast hotel and call it “PARAMORE AT THE PARADOR”
No doubt you all saw May’s big announcement on Tuesday morning. Brian that is, not Theresa. “Queen” are coming to The Odyssey in November. I’m not a big fan of him as a solo artist (apart from What Do You Want From Me?) but Adam Lambert is a capable vocalist and Queen + Adam Lambert looked decent at their BBC New Year’s Eve concert in 2014/2015. However, £74? For £74, i’m expecting Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage, and David Bowie to make a guest appearance on Under Pressure.
Ever since BBC Four had a night of programming dedicated to Depeche Mode, i’m been rediscovering how brilliant they are. There’ll be a Belfast gig this year, date to be announced, so I might pop along to see them.
Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig.
MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : VOX – AUGUST 1995
It’s the summer of 1995 and Britpop is on the rise, but it’s an American, Michael Stipe of REM, who is the cover star of this edition of Vox.
In news, Depeche Mode are now down to three members following the departure of Alan Wilder, while Oasis have announced that their second album, “Morning Glory” is finished and ready for release in September, while there were rumours that Paul Weller would join Oasis on stage at Glastonbury.
The Cure announced plans for a new album in February 1996, Nancy Sinatra posed for Playboy at the age of 52, and the BBC were planning six hours of programming to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Live Aid.
Vox looks at the trend of Indie bands becoming pin-ups, and Boybands getting serious, with contributions from PJ Harvey, Holly Johnson, and Martin Carr from Boo Radleys.
Bands tipped for success include Whale, Thurman and Cast.
Armando Ianucci is interviewed, ahead of the launch of his new satire show, Saturday Night Armistice, which is accompanied by a picture of him licking an iron.
Chemical Brothers get a two page interview about heir recent successes, while three pages are dedicated to Oasis singles cover art, with comments and anecdotes from Brian Cannon (Art Director) and Michael Spencer Jones (Photographer)
There’s more Oasis a few pages later, as Paul Slattery, a photographer who accompanied them on tour, shows off his best photos from the year he spent with them.
Therapy? get a four page interview, accompanied with a photo of them dressed as clowns.
The National Lottery has recently been set up, so Vox asks various bands such as Dodgy, Shampoo, Supergrass, Pulp, Sparks and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin what they would do if they won the lottery.
Gene were that months guest reviewers, sticking the boot into Paul Weller’s single “Wings Of Speed”, with Martin Rossiter stating “This is a dreadful ballad. If Mariah Carey sang this, we’d all be slagging it right off”
The Verve are interviewed over two pages in LA, with the introductory line “Can The Verve follow in Oasis footsteps?”
Jim and William Reid from Jesus and Mary Chain are asked about their most hated things, aiming their vitriol at UB40 and Chris De Burgh.
Cover star Michael Stipe is interviewed, speaking about how REM are getting back on track, following Bill Berry’s onstage collapse earlier that year.
Mick Jones of The Clash gets a full page interview of his memories of punk.
50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUL 18 – JUL 24
We start with a Royal Birthday. There’s no Public Holiday, but you can take the day off work if you wish. If you get into trouble for it, it’s not my fault. Brian May from Queen turned 67 this week.
Brian May will forever be associated with one of the most flamboyant and iconic performers in music history ……….. Anita Dobson.
Her TV husband walked past me once. He was on his mobile. True story.
Paul Heaton’s wife, Michelle Heaton off Liberty X turned 34 this week.
Also blowing out candles this week was Shaky’s brother, and dad of Rachel, Cat Stevens, being covered here by Maxi Priest, who actually isn’t a Priest, because he’s an Anglican
Meanwhile, the other guy in Savage Garden, the Supergroup formed by footballer Robbie Savage and Graeme Garden from The Goodies (Daniel Jones is his name, since you ask) celebrated a birthday this week.
To The Moon And Back is apt choice, as it was 45 years this week since the Moon Landing (Or Moon Landing was faked, depending on what you believe)
And we have our second Eastenders star this week …..
If i’m in a good mood next week, I might treat you with Sid Owen. If i’m in a bad mood, you might get Martine McCutcheon.
Meanwhile, Martin Gore from Depeche Mode turned 53 this week.
Also celebrating this week, is a band who share their name with the surname of a Top Of The Pops presenter, Fran Healy from Travis turned 41 this week. Not sure how successful they would have been if they were called Edmonds.
In case you’re wondering why Fran was pelted with pies, it’s because they were recreating the food fight in the video for this single.
Meanwhile, it’s now three years this week since Amy Winehouse died.
And finally, Jennifer Lopez pays tribute to defunct cable channel Play
50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUN 27 – JUL 3
We start this week, with Leigh Nash, 38 this week, of Sixpence None The Richer, inviting us all to kiss her.
Meanwhile, it’s 12 years this week since John Entwhistle died (Apologies for the picture and sound quality on this)
Back to birthdays, Clint Boon was 55 this week.
Nicole Scherzinger, the only Pussycat Doll whose name people know, turned 36 this week.
Remember when Abs from Five had a solo career?
Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole turned 31 this week.
And now, two words to make 50 year old men go weak …….. Debbie Harry.
Peter Kay turned 41 this week. Helping to get this to Number 1 is his only worthwhile musical contribution.
Vince Clarke, the Mozart of Synths turned 54 this week. He’s been on TOTP with a few acts, not even making an effort to hide the fact he’s miming with …..
And of course, Erasure.
And sometimes, appearing on stage in mannequin form (he actually is on stage – keep an eye out for him), while Andy Bell is dressed like a Bay City Roller.
To end, i’m going to see Erasure in November. Hopefully Vince will actually be there, and not a mannequin.