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.


Liam Gallagher is the cover star of Q as he prepares to launch the debut album of Beady Eye, a band comprising of the non Noel Gallagher members of Oasis.

If you look closely, in Liam’s shades, you can see the other members of Beady Eye in his reflection.

In “Q Mail”, Simon Hunt e-mails to respond to previous correspondence complaining about Take That appearing in Q, while cheekily asking when Justin Bieber will be appearing on Cash For Questions.

Jonathan Paul from Leicester contacts Q to complain about their ignoring of Ian Matthews and Chris Edwards in Kasabian articles, in comparison to Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan.

Q50 is a feature of the 50 songs you should download this month. Top of the pile was The Beat Goes On by cover stars Beady Eye.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol gets a guest submission, choosing Coal by The Mariner’s Children.

In news, Alex Turner records solo songs for a movie soundtrack, Green Day release a live album, The Kills are reforming and Beth Ditto is going on a solo career.

Featuring forthcoming albums, Glasvegas get a double page spread for their as yet titled new album.

Also working hard in the studio were Hard-Fi, with a propsed release date given as “Summer 2011”

Q dedicates a full page to a phone interview with Plan B, where he reveals that Forrest Gump is the one movie that makes him cry.

Tipped for greatness this month are The Joy Formidable, Miles Kane and MNDR.

Shaun Ryder is the subject of this month’s Cash For Questions, answering questions about Tony Wilson, UFOs and Reality TV.

In ads, Paul McCartney stars in an advert for PETA.

There are nine pages dedicated to cover stars Beady Eye, with Liam Gallagher claiming that “People will be calling their kids Beady Eye by the end of the year”

It’s not all about Liam, as Gem, Andy and Chris get profiled, looking at their musical CVs pre Oasis.

Junior Gallagher had gotten the first blow in to release post Oasis music, but Senior Gallagher (Noel) was at work on his debut solo album, with 17 tracks believed to have been recorded, one of which has Miles Kane on guitar, and was set for release in late summer.

Noel’s (using the name of Noel Galagher’s High Flying Birds) self titled debut album was eventually released in October 2011.

KT Tunstall gets a full page interview, where she denounces her stepdad, who was a BNP candidate.

Riding high on the success of Rolling In The Deep, Adele gets a four page profile.

Cee Lo Green is gets interviewed by Q, where he discusses his favourite albums.

Another band riding high in the charts, were Noah and the Whale, who got a three page feature.

2011 was the year that saw the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, and Q interviews Roger Taylor and Brian May, ahead of a feature about unseen Queen photographs being made public for the first time.

In reviews, Beady Eye’s debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding gets four stars.

Also getting four stars was Clare Maguire’s debut album Light After Dark and Hotel Shampoo by Gruff Rhys.

If Bruce Springsteen is your thing, Q has a handy guide for those wishing to explore his vast discography.

Concert Reviews sees Paul McCartney get a five star review for a concert at 100 Club in London just before Cristmas 2010.

Also getting five stars were The View for their pre Christmas gigs in Sheffield and Stoke.


Seeing as it’s the end of the year, almost, I thought I’d keep you all up to date with my STLFTEM for 2011.

For those who don’t know, STLFTEM is basically Something To Look Forward To Every Month.

I started it in 2009, and it basically is to have something to go, see or do every month, and look forward to it.

The only rules are that it has to be something seen in person. Therefore, watching Euro 2012 on TV won’t count for June next year.

Also, I can have more than one STLFTEM each month. In fact, I can have as many as I wish.

January was a bit of a cheat, as I went to the Linfield v Glentoran match postponed from 26th December 2010. But, my lifestyle ethos, my rules.

February was a bumper month as I went to Barcelona for a weekend, and then the following Wednesday, I went to see Northern Ireland take on Scotland.

March was also a Northern Ireland match. A 0-0 draw v Slovenia. Yep, that was well worth the wait.

April was a bumper month with a title showdown for Linfield against Crusaders and three matches against Glentoran, one of which was an Irish Cup Semi-Final. Not only that, but there was also the matter of Beady Eye’s first concert in Belfast.

Four wins, and an excellent concert made it a worthwhile month.

May was all about travelling as I went to the UEFA Cup Final, and Manchester United’s last match of the season, against Blackpool.

June was quiet, but I did go and see 3OH!3

July was also quiet, but Linfield playing in Europe and a pre-season friendly against Derriaghy were enjoyable. As I stated earlier, some months are a struggle.

August was busy with the start of the new Irish League season and trips to Edinburgh and Brighton.

September was the Arthur’s Day concert at Ulster Hall (Any my ticket was free)

October was another concert at Ulster Hall, Noah and the Whale. There were fantastic.

I’d hoped that November would be going to the MTV EMAs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a ticket, so I had to make do with a trip to Old Trafford to see United take on Sunderland.

December will be the Boxing Day match at The Oval. If that bites the dust because of the weather, I’ll make it the Ulster v Aironi match two weeks ago (Again, a free ticket)

Well, that is how i’ve managed to have STLFTEM throughout the year, but I’ve already got some lined up for 2012.

In January, I’m going to see Roy “Catchphrase” Walker as part of the Out To Lunch Festival.

February will be a busy month as I’ll be taking a break to Amsterdam from 3rd-6th, then going to see Noel Gallagher at The Odyssey on 16th, before flying to Manchester on 23rd.

I’m hoping to see United v Ajax. I’ve no ticket sorted as yet, but I’m confident I’ll get one.

Pretty tempted to go and see The Beat at The Limelight in March. Undecided as yet.

August of course, will see me head to Edinburgh for the Festival. If I could afford to, I’d spend the whole month there.

So that, is how I’ve managed to enjoy myself at least once a month this year and how I plan to do so next year.

If you have any suggestions for any of the months, feel free to get in touch and suggest.


Busy month as the Irish League season reached it’s finale and Beady Eye rolled into town.

The first day of the month saw me visit Seaview for a clash between Crusaders and Linfield. Earlier in the season, i’d left Seaview happy with the photos but disappointed with the result. That night, I left the other way around.

I did manage to get one good one, of Jim Ervin waiting to take a throw. Artistic.

My next Linfield away trip was at The Oval, and for once, I managed to get some good photos, especially at the end when Linfield were pushing for a winner, which eventually came.

Managed to get some OK photos of Beady Eye, but the month is mainly dominated by photos of Linfield matches and sunsets.


Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Glentoran (Irish Cup)

Glentoran v Linfield

Beady Eye

Beady Eye Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

Linfield v Cliftonville

Lagan Towpath Sunsets

Shamrock Rovers Stickers

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

Linfield v Portadown

Stranmillis Sunset

April 2011 Sunsets Photo Album


Given my love of Oasis, it was unsurprising that I was at Ulster Hall last night to see Beady Eye on their first tour.

But ignore Oasis, Beady Eye can stand up on their own merits. Their album, “Different Gear, Still Speeding” is excellent.

If you don’t know by now, Beady Eye is a band made up of members of Oasis, minus Noel Gallagher.

On the day of release, I skived off work to get tickets, and have been counting down since, as this was my STLFTEM for April.

The concert itself was excellent, with the whole band on form. It was standard Liam Gallagher, going on stage, very little small talk and just singing the songs.

Managed to get myself into a good position for photo taking and some not bad results.

Photo Album


It only just dawned on me that it was a year ago this weekend that I was getting ready to head to Dublin, where I would be based to head to Slane to see Oasis in concert.

It was my 5th Oasis concert, having previously seen them at Lansdowne Road (2000), The Odyssey (2002, 2008) and T In The Park (2002)

In the summer of 2002, I was working part-time in a bar, and won an internal staff competition for tickets to T In The Park.

I spent a day with colleagues, frantically trying to get shifts covered and buses arranged at three days notice.

Oasis are the sort of band you go to this much trouble to see.

I love Oasis. I mean, I love Oasis. I have their entire back catalogue of Singles and Albums.

I got into them, like everyone else did, in the mid 1990s. Without having a disposable income due to being in school, I would usually wait until my brother was out of the house, to sneak into his room to listen to his Oasis CDs.

By my 15th birthday, he had moved out, and when I got money for my birthday, I was straight into town to get my own copies of ‘Definately Maybe‘ and ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?‘.

A thrill you can’t get on itunes is heading home from a CD shop, desperately rushing to get home to listen to your purchase.

That Christmas, I asked santa really nicely and got a copy of ‘Be Here Now‘ and ‘The Masterplan‘ to complete the set.

‘The Masterplan’, was an album compiled of B-sides. B-side is a bit of an insulting term in music, implying that a song is only there to fill up space on a CD so that consumers can’t complain about not getting enough siongs when purchasing a single. Not with Oasis.

That’s the beauty of Oasis, that every song means something. With most bands, people only ever know their singles, but not Oasis.

In a lot of cases, their B-sides and album tracks are often better than their singles. It’s a prolific ratio most bands can only dream of.

This was proved with the 2006 best of compilation album, ‘Stop The Clocks‘, where big hits were side by side with B-sides and album tracks.

This week, Oasis are due in the album chart with the singles compilation, ‘Time Flies‘, a compilation of all their singles.

It’s only when you look at the songs on it, and not on it, that you realise how good Oasis were.

Back in the late 1990s, when the internet was in it’s infancy as a commercial utility, record companies would leave cards in their CDs for people to fill in with their address, and get sent out postcards of cover art sent out to them in the run-up to a release.

I had sent replies to cards in many CDs, and it was a great excitement to come home from school, and then later tec, on a Friday or Monday (Dependent on how fast Royal Mail were) to see what had arrived through the post, if it was worth buying, and most importantly, as a lover of music art, worth hanging up on the wall.

I would get postcards sent from many varying artists, but it was always the ones from Oasis that generated the most excitement.

An e-mail to your inbox, or a PM on Facebook, will never generate the same excitement.

That wasn’t enough, I also had a vast video collection, taken from MTV and VH1 from the days when they broadcast music programming, of concerts, interviews and documentaries.

A recent documentary on Channel 4 featured voxpops with a wide range of Oasis fans explaining what Oasis means to them.

One of those featured was Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero. Despite being a world recognised public figure, who has achieved the ultimate accolade for both club and country, playing in the best stadiums in the biggest games, he spoke about his childish excitement at getting to meet Oasis, about his favourite songs, just like any other Oasis fan.

I actually met Alan White, drummer from 1995-2004 when I worked in The Apartment, when he was guesting with Ocean Colour Scene.

It was a quiet Wednesday night, so I took the opportunity to chat to him about music and general randomness.

Though being the focal point of the band, there’s more to Oasis than Liam and Noel, as they have been complimented by two different backing line-ups of Bonehead and Guigsy (1991-1999) and Andy Bell and Gem Archer (1999-2009), without whom, Oasis just wouldn’t function.

Every Oasis album since 2000 has been waited with excitement. For ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants‘, I waited patiently for Woolworths in Bangor Town Centre to open at 9am so I could get my copy as soon as it was on sale.

When ‘Heathen Chemistry‘ came out in 2002, I saw them at The Odyssey the night before it came out, having watched the World Cup final that afternoon.

Despite being a student, and having the day off the part-time work I was at, I was up first thing on the Monday morning to get my copy.

For ‘Don’t Believe The Truth‘ in 2005, the final assignments and exams of my HND were to take a back seat while I got my copy of the new Oasis album.

By the time they released ‘Dig Out Your Soul‘ in 2008, I was working for a media intelligence company in an industrial park with no civilisation nearby.

It was a horrible company to work for. The management team was weak and clueless, often being given the runaround by social retards who only got employed through knowing someone who knew someone.

I spent most of my time having to make endless apologies to customers for mistakes made by other people, and the only mistake I made was to pick up the phone when they rang to complain.

The social retardation of my work colleagues was bad enough, but they insisted on playing Cool FM at full blast, believing that Pink, Taylor Swift and The Script on constant repeat is what people want to listen to.

When you are dealing with people who think the lyrics to Pink songs are deep and meaningful, there’s nothing you really can do.

That one day, I went to Tesco at lunchtime, as I did every lunchtime, because it was the only place nearby, but this day was different, as I purchased a copy of the new Oasis album.

As I sat in the office that afternoon, I kept looking at the new CD I purchased, with the giddy excitement I felt in 1998 when I bought the first two Oasis albums with my birthday money.

My word, doesn’t time fly.

Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

The Odyssey, 2008 Blog


Slane, 2009 Blog

Odyssey 2008 Photos

Slane 2009 Photos

Lansdown Road 2000 Photos

Odyssey 2008 Flickr

Slane 2009 Flickr


Today, marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Oasis album, ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’. It’s never an album that gets included in ‘Greatest Ever …….’ lists, but it’s an easily forgotten classic which remains special to me.

I remember the day it was released. I know that Monday’s get a bit of a bad name in the media, but they always have one redeeming feature, namely that the latest CDs and DVDs are always released on a Monday.

It was always something to look forward to on a Monday, to get to Woolies/Our Price/HMV/Virgin (3 of which now sadly gone) as soon as possible to purchase the latest releases.

Oasis, however, are far more special to me than any other band, and when they release something, I just have to buy it as soon as I wake up.

Even to this day, it’s just something I uphold. When ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ was released in 2008, I spent half a morning in work wanting to have it, and then after purchasing it in Tesco during my lunchbreak, I then spent half a day waiting to go home in order to listen to it.

The emergence of the internet has meant that albums can be listened to well in advance of it’s release date. For Oasis albums, I just can’t do it. It just feels like opening you Christmas presents well in advance of December 25th.

That day, I skived off class to purchase it. To my surprise, I saw two other people in my class outside Woolworths in Bangor Town Centre in ready anticipation of the 9am opening time.

At break-time, we held an inpromptu listening session of our new purchase.

If you could sum up the music scene in 2000 in one word, that word, would be …………. shite.

At that time, I was working in a soul-destroying part-time job at The Bot lifting glasses for a pittance, and being forced to listen to the same playlist every night, at the same time.

As if listening to a Backstreet Boys medly was bad, it was just compunded by the fact that you knew a Lou Bega medley would follow, then a Vengaboys medley.

For some reason, all the bands that I loved in 1997 that were massive such as Embrace and Ocean Colour Scene found themselves being ignored and derided by the music press, and Oasis were no different as it suddenly became cool to bash them.

There once was a prehistoric age in the music industry before when advertising was done through Myspace/Twitter/Etc when record companies put up posters in cities and sent out promotional postcards to people.

In order to receive them, you used to fill out wee cards that came with a CD you bought, and sent it off, postage provided free of charge. For most of them, the address was always 3 Alveston Place.

I don’t know why, but it always seemed like some magical workshop, even though it is probably some warehouse in an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere.

It was great coming home from school and seeing some postcard (usually of the CD cover art) waiting for me, and through time, I built up a collection.

I have a confession to make, I actually half-inched some cards from CDs that I never bought. It’s a guilt I live with, but one day, i’ll learn to live with it.

Such was my love of CD art, I would sometimes (every two to three months) pop into the Grammaphone Shop and try to haggle a shop attendant into letting me have any surplus and out of date promotional posters they may have.

On a Friday, I had to go to class at Ards Tec, and going through Dundonald on the bus journey, I couldn’t help but notice that during January/February 2000, Dundonald was plastered with promotional posters flyposted onto any available wallspace for the lead single ‘Go Let It Out’ and the album of ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’

It got me thinking that perhaps Oasis viewed Dundonald as a key market that needed to be taught the gospel of Noel.

Is it me, or has flyposters for albums totally disappeared in Belfast?

After all, any flyposters you see are for clubnights or concerts, but never actual CDs.

I remember when I worked in The Globe, I would often walk in before starting my shift, or returning from my break and see guys flyposting on what was a building site where Esperanto now is, and just thinking about how they are unsung heroes of the music industry.

Ever since I got into Oasis, it was always my ambition to see them live. It’s an ambition i’ve realised on five occasions, in three different countries.

The first time I saw Oasis was in July 2000 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Even though I had tickets for the stand, it didn’t bother me, I was getting to see Oasis, and that was the important thing.

Best of all, the concert was on a Saturday night, which meant I got the break the usual Lou Bega-Backstreet Boys-Vengaboys-Ann Lee-Etc (Although, credit where credit’s due, the DJ did always play ‘Electric Dreams’ by Phil Oakey, which would become the one ray of light to look forward to in a tunnel of shitness) cycle.

I had photos of the concert, but they just sat for almost 7 years. I don’t know why. I think it was simply because I didn’t think the photos were any good, and it wasn’t until I rediscovered my love of photography that I decided to get them developed.

The results can be seen here, as well as the photos from their concert at The Odyssey in 2008 and Slane in 2009.

So, as I head out for my Sunday stroll, guess what i’ll be listening to on my MP3 player?