THE FRIDAY FIVE – 12.5.2017

1. Chase and Status ft Blossoms – This Moment
2. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
3. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
4. Rich Hall – Goddamn Working Dog
5. Robert Miles – One and One

So, did you enjoy this week’s exciting European Semi-Final action?

I’m not talking about the European Cup of the UEFA Cup, but the Eurovision Song Contest. Oh yes, it’s that time of year.

So, to get you in the mood, as if you need to be gotten into the mood, here’s a Eurovision chart.

PS : Vote Sweden.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
2. A Friend In London – A New Tomorrow
3. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal Maguire – My Lovely Horse

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.5.2016

1. Chvrches – Warning Call
2. Grimes – California
3. Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz – Midnight Gold
4. Stone Roses – All For One
5. Manic Street Preachers – Together Stronger

So, this weekend, if you didn’t know already, is Eurovision. Naturally, here’s a chart of five songs to get you in the mood.

(PS : Remember to vote for Georgia and vote often)

FIVE SONGS FROM EUROVISION

1. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
2. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. Can Bonomo – Love Me Back
4. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While
5. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.5.2015

1. Little Mix – Black Magic
2. Kodaline – Ready
3. Muse – Mercy
4. The Strypes – Scumbag City
5. Doctor and the Medics – Spirit In The Sky

As if you needed to be reminded, this weekend is Eurovision, and i’m as excited as a Priest singing about a horse. So, to get you in the mood, as if you need to be got into the mood, he’re five Eurovision classics for you.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
2. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
3. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
4. Jedward – Lipstick
5. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2013

1. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
2. Editors – A Ton Of Love
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
4. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
5. Andy Williams – The Impossible Dream

So, this is the week ………….. EUROVISION!!!!!!!!

Having seen Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham lift trophies this season, BBC are hoping Bonnie Tyler will continue this run of Welsh success. She probably won’t.

What saddens me most about Bonnie Tyler is that she never married former Swansea City player Jason Scotland.

So, to get you in the mood ……. AS IF YOU NEED TO BE GOT IN THE MOOD ……. here’ a Eurovision Top Five.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2. Kartina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. Sophie and Magaly – Papa Pingouin
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

With Eurovision being held in Sweden, it would be rude not to have a chart of Sweden’s musical exports. I get the feeling i’m going to be on the end of a backlash.

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Roxette – Joyride
2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
5. Emilia – Big Big World

THE FATHER TED FIVE : 1. EUROVISION

So we have it, the greatest Father Ted episode ever.

It has everything that is the trademark of all Father Ted’s best moments : Ted’s competitive streak, Dougal being naive, Dougal being stupid, Popular Culture being parodied, Awkwardness, Jokes having the expected punchline, but not the expected victim.

We start off with Ted and Dougal bonding over their love of music. Dougal’s main passion is the Eurovision Song Contest, which plants the idea in Ted’s head that they should enter. The seed is sown when Ted learns of his arch rival Dick Byrne entering.

The best moment comes when Dougal and Ted are jamming, where Ted tells Dougal to stop being so serious. Fast forward a few hours, and a drunken Ted is furiously launching an X rated tirade at Dougal as they have what musicians call “Creative tensions”

After Dougal plays a part Eurovision song from his record collection (consisting of one record), he tells Ted of the tragic story of the band behind it, who all died in a plane crash alongside everyone at their record label, publishing company and all their families. Dougal, though having his suspicions that Ted is stealing the song, is duped into being reassured by Ted.

Ted then has a Eurovision dream, prompting another great moment, where you think you see the punchline, but get led astray, where Ted dreams an awful video and song, but wakes up thinking that all that needs to be done is to lose a Saxophone solo.

The night of the song selection arrives, and there is a great moment of awkward comedy where he speaks to the producer of the show, who refers to the presenter as “His partner”, and Ted mistaking comments that they are business partners, only to be told that hey are lovers. Ted doesn’t know how to react, providing some great awkward comedy.

As Ted and Dougal die on their arse, as they say, Dick and Cyril produce and epic Power Ballad, complete with smoke. Surprisingly, it’s the Craggy Island duo who win, prompting Dick Byrne to suggest that it was fixed, possibly because Ireland didn’t want the crippling hosting costs, causing some awkward dismissive laughter from the show’s Producer.

The show might have been over, but there was still time for one last joke in the end credits, as Ted and Dougal are backstage, sitting through what seems like a neverending succession of nil points. To add insult to injury, Jack deserts them to sip champagne with the victorious Belgian act.

Father Ted summed up there, even when he manages to achieve something, there always seems to be a crushing defeat just waiting to happen.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.5.2012

1. Alex Clare – Too Close
2. Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
3. Ben Howard – Only Love
4. Little Boots – Headphones
5. General Fiasco – Rebel Get By

It’s Eurovision!!!! Oh yes, it’s that time of year. When Englebert Humperdink was announced, I did a Eurovision Top Five. It would be rude to let this weekend pass without a chart, so here’s the Top Five from last year.

FIVE EUROVISION 2011 SONGS

1. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
2. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While
3. Jedward – Lipstick
4. Getter Jaani – Rockefeller Street
5. Lucia Perez – Que Mi Quiten Lo Bialao

This week saw the unveiling of the trailer for the new James Bond movie. So, in honour of this, here’s a Top Five of Bond themes.

FIVE BOND THEMES

1. Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
2. Duran Duran – View To A Kill
3. Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
4. Alicia Keys and Jack White – Another Way To Die
5. Chris Cornell – You Know My Name

It’s Paul Weller’s birthday today. I only know this because I saw it on Twitter. So, in honour of this, here’s a Top Five of Paul Weller solo songs.

FIVE PAUL WELLER SONGS

1. Changing Man
2. Mermaids
3. Sunflower
4. Instant Karma
5. From The Floorboards Up

This Monday sees Noel Gallagher’s birthday, so here’s the Top Five from his solo album, which I can’t urge you enough to buy.

PS : As a side note, i’ve applied for tickets to see him at Itunes Festival. Hopefully, if I do win, I get enough notice to get flights arranged, unlike when I won Manics tickets last year.

FIVE NOEL GALLAGHER SONGS

1. AKA ……. What A Life
2. I Wanna Live In A Dream
3. Everybody’s On The Run
4. AKA …… Broken Arrow
5. Stop The Clocks

Well, this week saw us have our one week of Summer and Sunshine. So, in honour of this, here’s five sun and five summer songs, to cheer you up when it starts pissing rain next week.

FIVE SUN SONGS

1. Crowded House – Distant Sun
2. Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day
3. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
4. Elliott Minor – Solaris
5. Jamiroquai – Seven Days In Sunny June

FIVE SUMMER SONGS

1. Don Henley – Boys Of Summer
2. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
3. Lovin Spoonful – Summer In The City
4. Lostprophets – Last Summer
5. Squeeze – This Summer

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.3.2012

1. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
2. Jeff Wayne – Jubilation
3. Cast – Time Bomb
4. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
5. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Last week saw the BBC announce who will be the UK’s Eurovision entry. So, in honour of this, I shall present to you a Top Five Eurovision chart.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
2. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
3. Jedward – Lipstick
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

As yesterday was International Women’s Day, I thought it was only right that this blog should commemorate it. Enjoy

FIVE SONGS WITH WOMEN’S NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Steve Winwood – Valerie
2. Dion – Runaround Sue
3. Jon Bon Jovi – Janey Don’t You Take Your Love To Town
4. Glasvegas – Geraldine
5. Blondie – Maria

FIVE GIRL GROUP SONGS

1. Ronettes – Be My Baby
2. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
3. Girls Aloud – The Promise
4. Sugababes Soul Sound
5. The Bangles – Manic Monday

FIVE SONGS WITH GIRL OR WOMAN IN THE TITLE

1. Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
2. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
3. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
4. Frankmusic – Confusion Girl
5. Cliff Richard – Devil Woman

Not a five, but a four coming up now.

I am absolutely loving the 1977 Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four. There is an absolutely fantastic series of parodies of the opening credits on Youtube, courtesy of the user TVGCity

You need to watch the show to

“get” the joke. I was literally crying with laughter at acts such as Isle Of Man World Cup Squad, St Winifred’s School Caretaker, Balls and Co, and Tony Tempah.

SOUND OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS

No doubt you’ve all been wondering what i’ve been listening to over the last few weeks, well, here goes.

There were a couple of enjoyable songs at Eurovision (Yes, i’m a recent convert), the best of which was ‘New Tomorrow’ by A Friend In London and ‘Rockefeller Sreet’ by Getter Jaani. Absolutely love these two songs.

Hurts were a band I could never really get into, but I loved ‘Stay’ last Christmas, and love ‘Better Than Love’

Maybe I am getting into them?

‘I Need A Dollar’ by Aloe Blacc, love this song, just love it.

On first hearing, I absolutely hated ‘Beat Of My Drum’ by Nicola Roberts, then I loved it, then hated it, then loved it.

At the time of writing, i’m loving it, so enjoy.

It may have been recorded for an advert, but the acoustic version of ‘Ace Of Spades’ by Lemmy is fantastic.

A band i’ve got into recently are The Pierces, whose two singles ‘You’ll Be Mine’ and ‘Glorious’ are on constant play on my stereo.

Meanwhile, as we are two weeks until we reach the half-way point of the year, so i’ll be posting up my now traditional Half-Term Half Century, listing the Top 50 songs of the year so far.

Stay tuned to see if any on this list appear.