MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 12.4.2000

Bloodhound Gang are this week’s cover stars, billed as “America’s most outrageous band” after their massive hit The Bad Touch.

In news, Richard Ashcroft has just launched a solo career, but has promised to play some of The Verve’s songs at V2000.

In other news, Black Box Recorder hit out at their record label for sending out booklets on safe sex alongside promotional copies of their new single to radio stations.

Sara Cox has just taken over Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, and Melody Maker does a three way comparison against Virgin Radio (Chris Evans) and XFM (Ian Camfield)

Cover stars Bloodhound Gang are inteviewed, proudly declaring that they would love to be at the forefont of the dumbing down of America.

Danny and Richard McNamara of Embrace are the subject of a Q and A, and have differing opinions about the subject of watching an execution on TV. Danny wouldn’t but Richard would.

In reviews, Daphne and Celeste are reviewing singles, giving the Single Of The Week award to Thong Song by Sisqo.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 24.5.2000

It’s late May and almost the summer, so Melody Maker suitably gets in a festival mood with this edition.

Travis are in a chart battle with Fat Les, who are doing England’s Euro 2000 song, hoping to get Number 1 as revenge for England putting Scotland out of Euro 2000.

Also hoping for a Number 1 is Toploader, who are going to release a one-off single after the success of Achilles Heel.

Elsewhere, Graham Coxon of Blur has gone solo, his sound being described as heavier than Blur.

Paul Daniels is subject of a Q and A, denying that he’s a right wing bigot.

Mark Gatiss of The League Of Gentlemen is interviewed as they prepare for a tour, a book and a Christmas special.

There is a four page feature listing the Top Ten Greatest Festivals of all-time. Unsurprisingly, the winner was Woodstock 1969.

One festival not on the list MTV’s Five Night Stand, headlined by Embrace, Muse and Primal Scream. It did get three pages of coverage in this edition of Melody Maker though.

Toploader were reviewing singles, giving their Single Of The Week to Crashland.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 19.4.2000

After a five year absence, Elastica are back with a new album, and take their place on the cover of Melody Maker.

In news, it’s all about Oasis, as Melody Maker canvasses fans on their US tour, supported by Travis. Oasis Spokesperson has denied that the band are splitting up, while Limp Bizkit claimed Oasis had them demoted on the Reading and Leeds bill.

Noel Gallagher hit back by wondering if Korn or Limp Bizkit will still be around in 2004.

Alex James of Blur gets interviewed as he launches his side project Fat Les, while revealing that he supports both Bournemouth and Arsenal.

In competitions, you could win a Manic Street Preachers video, Kevin and Perry merchandise, and a monkey suit as worn by Bloodhound Gang.

Elastica get a four page feature, as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Manchester and Leeds.

My Vitriol get a full page feature as they are described as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands, as does Elliott Smith as he prepares to release his new album, Figure Eight.

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit gets interviewed, where he describes being a Rock Star as “fucking awesome”.

Live Reviews focus on Gomez in Manchester, with the general consensus being positive.

Also reviewed are Korn, Puff Daddy, Black Box Recorder and L7.

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave from Radio 1 are doing singles reviews, with single of the week being Idiot Radar with Lowfinger.

There is a full page feature on Embrace, as they go through the process of recording their album Drawn From Memory.

The magazine ends with a short Q and A with Jimmy Pop from Bloodhound Gang.

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.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 26.1.2000

Danny and Richard McNamara of Embrace are the cover stars of Melody Maker, as the band gets ready to release their second album.

In news, Stereophonics, Travis and Catatonia are all going on US tours, while Mansun have spoken to a fansite about the forthcoming relase of their third album, later this year.

Matt Bellamy of Muse is the subject of a Q and A, as the band gets ready to relase a new single.

Andreas Johnson is tipped for big things after having a big hit with Glorious.

Ardal O’Hanlon gets interviewed ahead of his new sitcom My Hero, revealing that The Incredible Hulk is his favourite superhero.

There are three pages dedicated to Richey Edwards ahead of the 5th anniversary of his disappearance.

There are also three pages dedicated to Embrace, as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Edinburgh and Leeds.

Bush, The Wannadies and JJ72 are the subject of live reviews.

Elsewhere in reviews, Mint Royale give their Single Of The Week award to REM.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 9.2.2000

Anthony Kiedis is the cover star as Red Hot Chili Peppers are in Australia.

Kelly Jones talks to Melody Maker about the band’s next album, saying it will be a step forward for the band, while Embrace have confirmed their new album will be released at the end of March.

Cover stars RHCP get four pages as they headline the Big Day Out Festival in Australia.

Ian Brown gets three pages as he reflects on his time recently spent in prison.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Ash, Rage Against The Machine and Catatonia in concert.

Elsewhere, the soundtrack to Leonardo Di Caprio’s new movie The Beach, gets 2 and a half stars out of 5.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.7.2017

1. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Here I Go Again
2. Starsailor – All This Life
3. Chainsmokers – Young
4. Paul Weller – Woo Se Mama
5. The Cribs- Rainbow Ridge

This Tuesday, is International Yorkshire Day. So, to celebreate, here’s a chart of songs by Yorkshire acts. Ay up.

FIVE SONGS BY YORKSHIRE ACTS

1. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
2. Pulp – A Little Soul
3. Heaven 17 – Temptation
4. Shed Seven – Disco Down
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way

PS : Still looking for a Standing ticket for Ryan Adams at Ulster Hall in September. Face Value only. Do get in touch.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.12.2016 (AND SOME MUSICAL THOUGHTS FOR 2017)

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
4. Fountains of Wayne – Alien For Christmas
5. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

You didn’t think I wouldn’t have any Christmas songs this week? I’m not that much of a Scrooge.

Somebody started a rumour that i’ve cleared my diary to watch Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell on RTE 1 at 9.30pm tomorrow. It might be true, or it might not be true.

This week, saw the first headliners for Belsonic 2017 announced, a lot earlier than usual (recent years have been announced between February and April)

Just the two announced, and they were, well, underwhelming.

If you don’t know, it’s Jess Glynne and Axwell Ingrosso (who sounds like a Swiss footballer)

I know i’m guilty of complaining about bands I don’t like/have never heard of being on the bill when Belsonic headliners are announced, because I should know by now that not every Belsonic concert will appeal to me due to the line-up being so vast and varied.

These concerts will be at Ormeau Park, the third venue in the last three years. It’s slightly concerning that it’s starting to have a nomadic existence like what Tennent’s Vital used to have.

I thought Titanic worked as a venue in my own observations. Spatious, easy to get to and out of. I didn’t experience any real problems, even though Ormeau Park will be very convenient for me.

I really hope they don’t go down the Tennent’s Vital route of having pits. I find the idea that someone could just turn up ten minutes before showtime and get a better view than me, simply because they’re mates of a mate of a mate of a mate of someone who works for a sponsor.

I love Belsonic because it’s not Tennent’s Vital. I really hope it doesn’t go down a road of trying to be Tennent’s Vital.

I would imagine there will be more concerts announced in the new year.

One of the fun things I like to do when announcements are announced is to try and predict who will be performing.

As you can see from the link, my predictions were well off.

Belsonic isn’t the only festival in Belfast/Greater Belfast. There’s also Catherdal Quarter Arts Festival, Feile and Open House Festival (Bangor) which will be staging concerts.

So, i’m going to post my musical hopes for people coming to Belfast. The only 2017 concert I have in my diary is Blossoms. They’re brilliant. You may remember them winning The Sound Of 2015 on this blog. If you want to see how good they are, they’ll be on Top Of The Pops on New Year’s Eve.

You may remember me getting excited about Simple Minds coming to Waterfront Hall in June next year. Well, it’s an all seated gig and I can’t be arsed with that.

So, i’m going to post my hopes for those who I would love to come to Belfast in 2017.

Cast and Embrace will have albums out in 2017, so hopefully they’ll fit in a Belfast gig.

Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Amy MacDonald, KT Tunstall and Two Door Cinema Club all have 2017 tours announced but no Belfast gig. Hopefully some of them well be adding Belfast to their schedule.

Rose Elinor Dougall is a singer I absolutely adore, a former member of The Pipettes (Remember them? They were brilliant too) who is releasing her first album in six years, so i’m hoping she stops off in Belfast.

This week, Red Hot Chili Peppers were supposed to be doing two concerts in Dublin, but due to Anthony Kiedis being unwell, they have been postponed until September 2017.

Wouldn’t it be great if they snuck in a couple of Odyssey gigs around that.

If you were to sum up 2017 in four words, it would be ………… LIAM. GALLAGHER. SOLO. ALBUM. Which i’m hoping is as entertaining as his Twitter.

It may be brilliant, it may be bad, it won’t be boring. Cannot wait for it. Potato.

Meanwhile, the race for Christmas Number 1 (Usually dominated by X-Factor in the same way Celtic have dominated the SPL over the last few years) is between Rangers and Little Mix, which gives me an excuse to post my favourite Youtube videos, from the time Celtic and Rangers players formed a band with a man in a tiger costume to record a charity single to promote Glasgow as a tourist destination.

Think of it as my seasonal gift to you.

Merry Christmas.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 5.8.2016

1. Biffy Clyro – Howl
2. Tegan and Sara – Faint Of Heart
3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Come With Us
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions
5. ABC – The Flames Of Desire

Last Monday, was International Yorkshire Day. I went to Yorkshire once, it were alright.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM YORKSHIRE

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
3. Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday
4. Kiki Dee – Star
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way

This Wednesday, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day. In other words, it’s just another day for me. I’d appreciate them a lot more if they’d come and do a gig in Belfast.

Here’s a Duran Duran Top five. It wasn’t easy trying to pick five. In fact, it was about as easy as a nuclear war.

FIVE SONGS BY DURAN DURAN

1. Wildboys
2. Hungry Like The Wolf
3. Ordinary World
4. Serious
5. Save A Prayer