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

1. Dakota
2. A Thousand Trees
3. Superman
4. Indian Summer
5. Just Looking

FIVE SONGS BY PALOMA FAITH

1. Thirty Minute Love Affair
2. Upside Down
3. Crybaby
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

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 10.11.1999

It’s a special James Bond edition of Melody Maker, as Huey from Fun Lovin Criminals and Shirley Manson from Garbage cosplaying on the cover.

In news, Feeder play their biggest ever indoor concert, supporting Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Wembley Arena.

Elswhere, Oasis are filming a new video, with Gem Archer, formerly of Heavy Stereo, now confirmed as a member of the band.

Bobby Gillespie talks about Primal Scream’s new album, describing it as both a Punk record and a Dance record.

Gillespie is one of a series of musicians from both countries commenting on the forthcoming England v Scotland Euro 2000 Play-Off, stating that he doesn’t give a fuck.

Cover stars Huey and Manson relive their favourite Bond memories, with Garbage having done the soundtrack.

Eminem is interviewed, denying that he glorifies violence.

In reviews, Melody Maker pays a visit to see Suede in concert in Reading.

Paul Draper of Mansun is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he once shoplifted from Boots in Chester.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 2.2.2000

Billed as “America’s sickest band”, Korn are the cover stars of this week’s Melody Maker.

In news, Noel Gallagher headed to the pub to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

Alan McGee is part of a forum looking at the future of music, focusing on web streaming and the increase of MP3 players.

Elsewhere, Ian Brown had to destroy copies of his new single due to a processing error.

The Brit Award nominations have been announced, and it is dominated by The Chemical Brothers, while Suede and Catatonia are snubbed. It’s a ceremony that won’t be presented by Jamie Theakston after the BBC blocked him from doing so.

Marilyn Manson is interviewed about his favourite music videos, nominating videos by David Bowie, Eurythmics, Prince and himself.

Cover stars Korn get four pages, revealing that Jonathan Davis hates Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Feeder and Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert.

The Cure’s new album Bloodflowers is the subject of a 1 and a half star review, with the headline “Goth-Awful”

Death In Vegas get a more favourable, being awarded Single Of The Week by Magic Alex.

Moby is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he would jump on board a UFO if offered it.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.2.2017

1. Kings Of Leon – Reverend
2. Conor Oberst – A Little Uncanny
3. Rag n Bone Man – Skin
4. Cast – Paper Chains
5. Ryan Adams – To Be Without You

Next Wednesday, is St David’s Day. So get ready for some Welsh tunes for you.

FIVE SONGS BY WELSH ACTS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
3. Charlotte Church – Moodswings
4. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
5. Feeder – Save Us

And as a bonus, here’s a celebration of all musical Davids.

FIVE SONGS BY SINGERS CALLED DAVID OR BANDS WITH SOMEONE CALLED DAVID

1. McAlmont and Butler – Falling
2. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
3. U2 – The Fly
4. David Bowie – Sound and Vision
5. Dollar – Hand Held In Black And White

2016 IN PICTURES – OCTOBER

October began with a trip to The Oval, to see Linfield take on Glentoran, play awful but grind out a 2-1 win.

The following Saturday, I went to see Northern Ireland take on San Marino, the first game at a fully redeveloped Windsor Park.

I then went home, and got a bit of sleep, before an early morning boat to Dumfries to see Linfield take on Queen of the South in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

The following Saturday, it was back to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard United.

Two days later, I was Limelight bound to see Feeder in concert.

There were then two frustrating weekends as I was then Coleraine bound the following Saturday to see Linfield held to a frustrating draw, just as they were at home to Crusaders the following Saturday.

The month ended by going to see KT Tunstall in concert at Mandela Hall.

Glentoran v Linfield

Northern Ireland v San Marino

Northern Ireland v San Marino Photo Album

Queen of the South v Linfield

Linfield v Ballinamallard United

Feeder live at The Limelight

Feeder live at The Limelight Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

KT Tunstall live at Mandela Hall

KT Tunstall live at Mandela Hall Photo Album

FEEDER – LIVE AT THE LIMELIGHT 17.10.2016

After a break. Feeder are back, and currently riding high in the Top Ten of the Album Chart and recently did a gig at Old Trafford, albeit as entertainment during Rugby League’s Super League Final.

From Old Trafford to The Limelight, not quite 76,000 were packed into the South Belfast venue, but it didn’t matter to those that were there.

Long time fan, i’ve never seen Feeder play live. The closest I ever came was in 2014 when Grant Nicholas played a instore gig at HMV in Cardiff ……… the day after I went home from Cardiff after a few days there.

And when I say long time fan, I mean long time fan, going back to the days when they were the darlings of the Melody Maker.

I know this because I recently picked up some late era Melody Makers on the cheap, which are going to be appearing on The Magazine Archive at some point in the future. Apologies for the plug. 1999-2000 era Melody Maker is a headmelter.

Grant Nicholas, now sporting long hair and a beard which makes him dangerously close to passing as a Barry Gibb lookalike, was reminiscing about his previous visits to Belfast, describing it as a city that loves Guitar Bands, preaching his love of The Limelight, while remembering that Feeder’s first gig in Belfast was attended by 20 people.

Nicholas did a lot of talking inbetween songs, which was convenient if you wanted to quickly check the Liverpool v Man United score. I don’t know why, even by the Twitter commentary it looked like a match destined to finish 0-0.

Something that Feeder managed to do during their heyday was to combine heavy riffs with slow building anthems, and they managed to mix them up enough to keep people happy, fitting Feeling A Moment, Pushing The Senses, Lost and Found, High, Tender, Come Back Around and Just The Way I’m Feeling onto the setlist, saving Just A Day for the encore.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest cheers were saved for Buck Rogers, starting off as a slow ballad before morphing into the song we all know and love.

Photo Album

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUL 25 – JUL 31

We start this week with a treat for you. Mick Jagger turned 71 this week. We’ve pretty much exhausted all the Rolling Stones appearances, so here’s Mick trying a solo career in 1987.

Another week, another Royal Birthday. Roger Taylor from Queen, who narrowly beats Roger Taylor from Duran Duran as the most famous Roger Taylor in pop, turns 65.

No clip yet, but there’s a treat at the end (Not really a treat, but a tenuous Queen linked video)

Also celebrating a birthday this week is John Craven’s wife Beverley.

And Taka Hirose from Feeder.

This blog has accidentally taken on a theme of the 2000 US Presidential Election. Last week we had Gore (Martin, of Depeche Mode) and this week, we have Bush (Kate, much loved popular solo artist. Not the band fronted by Gavin Rossdale)

Some more birthdays, some drummers attempting to blow out candles this week, include, Sean Moore from Manic Street Preachers, who turned 46 this week.

And another drummer birthday this week, Bill Berry, formerly of REM.

Also celebrating this week, former Housemartin Norman Cook. And of a few other acts as well.

And finally, remember that Queen treat for Roger Taylor’s birthday? Prepare to be underwhelmed.

McFly were set to have the last Number 1 on the last weekly edition of TOTP with a cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Until Shakira and Wyclef knocked them off.

You may be interested to know that epsiode was broadcast 8 years ago yesterday.

This was broadcast a few weeks earlier. I warned you it was underwhelming.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 28 – APR 3

We begin this week with a would be birthday, as Jon Lee from Feeder would have been 46 this week. You’re best to ignore Jamie Theakston getting the name of the song wrong.

And now, for something completely different.

Terry Jacks turned 70 this week. I’d love to post a video of him, but there is none, so i’m posting a video of Westlife covering him. I’m sorry. I’m really really sorry.

Now, for Northern Ireland’s greatest musical talent. No, not Dana, but he comes from the same city (Well, if you want to be pedantic, not really, as she was born in London)

Sadly gone 19 years now.

Eric Clapton was 69 this week. This song is a forgotten classic.

I’ve spent all this week trying to remember who won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. Oh wait, it’s all coming back to me now.

In the history of Boybanders gone solo, this song is up there with the best.

New York, London, Paris, Munich. Everybody’s talking about this guy’s suit.

Hannah Spearritt from S Club 7 turns 33 this week. How old does that make you feel?

30 years ago this week since Marvin Gaye died. Scraping the barrel here, but here’s a Paul Young cover.

Back to this week’s birthdays ….. Karen Woodward of Bananarama, or, Mrs Ridgeley. What an A List couple that would have been in 1983.