THE FRIDAY FIVE- 3.3.2017

1. John Hassell and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
2. Pale Waves – There’s A Honey
3. Ryan Adams – Streets Of Philidelphia
4. Blossoms – In Da Club/Carelss Whisper
5. Ray Davies – Rock N Roll Cowboys

In gig news this week, it’s all about people not coming to Belfast. The Kooks are already on a Greatest Hits tour which bypasses Belfast, but now they’ve announced a European tour with Blossoms as support. It would be brilliant if that line-up came to Belfast. That said, i’m going to see Blossoms on Wednesday night as a headliner, having already seen them support Paul Weller. Regular readers will know I think Blossoms are brilliant.

Erasure have announced a new album and tour for May which has no Belfast gig. I’m staring expectantly towards the organisers of Belfast Pride. Outdoor show, Custom House Square. You know it makes sense. Go on go on go on go on. That’s just me hoping and wishing rather than any inside info by the way.

Shed Seven are back with their first album since 2001 and are touring in December. It gets better, they have Cast as support. Guess what? No Belfast gig. Seeing as Cast have been to Belfast the last two years, i’m hoping John Power has a word in Rick Witter’s ear and rectifies this.

Ryan Adams is coming to Belfast in September. Unfortunately, it had sold out by the lunchtime of the day it went on sale. So, if you know anybody selling a spare standing ticket, get in touch.

On Monday lunchtime, I chanced my arm by going to the Venue Box Office during my final ten minutes of lunch. I was third in line, and manage to spend all ten minutes queuing. The person at the front couldn’t make their mind about about what seats they wanted for whatever show they were booking for, then proceeded to pay with a credit card that wouldn’t work.

The next person had a complaint about tickets they had recently purchased and were referred to Ticketmaster but then proceeded to argue that the problem had to be dealt with by the Venue Box Office Staff.

Seriously, how the fuck do people get out of the house and be so fucking stupid?

Also announced in the past week was the line-up for Party At The Palace in August at Linlithgow Palace. If you’re wondering where that is, it’s near Edinburgh.

Regular readers will know I go to Edinburgh every August. Very tempted to make this the weekend I head over.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT PARTY AT THE PALACE

1. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
2. Razorlight – America
3. Ash – Oh Yeah
4. Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God

Finally, I spotted an article wondering whatever happened to the mythical and mystical place in music history called 3 Alveston Place. 90s kids will know what i’m talking about. You can read the article here.

This Wednesday, is International Richard Herring Being A Sneering Dick On Twitter Day. Or, if you prefer, International Women’s Day.

If it’s just another day to you, or if you’re doing something to commemorate it, enjoy yourself. Except if you’re planning on sitting in front of the computer screaming “IT’S NOVEMBER 19TH!!!!” all day. You’re a bit of a weirdo and you need help.

This blog will be commemorating it in the only way it knows, by having a series of charts of songs by and about women

FIVE SONGS BY WOMEN

1. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
2. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You
3. Madonna – Rain
4. Taylor Swift – Ours
5. Laura Branigan – Self Control

FIVE SONGS BY GIRL GROUPS

1. Girls Aloud – Biology
2. Eternal – I Wanna Be The Only One
3. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
4. The Saturdays – Up
5. All Saints – Pure Shores

FIVE SONGS BY BANDS WITH FEMALE SINGERS

1. Chvrches – Lies
2. Paramore – That’s What You Get
3. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
4. Echosmith – Cool Kids
5. The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You

FIVE SONGS WITH FEMALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. The Beatles – Dear Prudence
2. Bastille – Laura Palmer
3. Cosmic Rough Riders – Melanie
4. Glasvegas – Geraldine
5. Britney Spears – If You Seek Amy

FIVE SONGS WITH FEMALE PRONOUNS IN THE TITLE

1. Oasis – She Is Love
2. James – She’s A Star
3. U2 – Hallelujah Here She Comes
4. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
5. Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday

FIVE SONGS WITH GIRL/WOMAN IN THE TITLE

1. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
2. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
3. Ash – Girl From Mars
4. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
5. Simple Minds – Chelsea Girl

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50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 7 – MAR 13

We begin this week’s round-up celebrating the birth of Paul Cattermole of S Club 7. I love S Club 7 and I don’t care who knows it.

Also celebrating a birthday this week, is a singer called Cheryl, a national treasure who had a TV career as well. Not her soon to be back on X-Factor. I am, of course, referring to Cheryl Baker.

Sharing a birthday with her is Gary Numan.

And “Freak Like Me”, from the week when Gary Numan was a member of the Sugababes.

It’s easy to mock Keane (the band, not Roy Keane though) but this is a brilliant song.

And now, a band that is as easy as 123, and are not to be confused with AC/DC …… ABC (Warning : Video introduced by Jimmy Savile)

Remember “What I Am” by Emma Bunton? Well, it’s a cover, and the original by Edie Brickell is far better.

Emeli Sande gets everywhere, and she’s even made it onto this blog. Easy to mock her, but this song is bloody brilliant.

46 this week, was 90s one hit wonder Lisa Loeb. This is a brilliant song. (Also, feel free to look up “I Do”, which should have been her second hit, if there was any justice)

Last week, we had The Proclaimers, this week, our twins (It won’t be a weekly thing) are Joel and Benji Madden from Good Charlotte.

45 this week was Graham Coxon of Blur, one of the best singles bands of the 90s, if not ever. So, we’ll include their two Number Ones, “Country House” which beat “Roll With It” by Oasis to Number One.

The definitive answer ……… both Oasis and Blur are brilliant. Oasis are better than Blur, but “Country House” is better than “Roll With It”

….. and “Beetlebum”, their second Number One, which is actually far better than the single which followed it, “Song 2”.

Also big in 1997 was Eternal, currently on ITV 2’s ‘The Big Reunion’. Not a massive Eternal fan, but this is superb.

28 this week was Danny Jones from McFly/McBusted, performing “One For The Radio”, ironically, on the TV.

If he was alive today, Scatman John would have been 72.

Born this week (in England, but shhhh about that) in 1960 was Adam Clayton of U2. Here they are before they became too big for Top Of The Pops. Anyway, you wouldn’t have been able to fit a 30 foot lemon into Television Centre.