A shirtless Brett Anderson is the cover star of Q in early 1993, accompanied by the headline “The band of 1993”
Oliver Reed feels the wrath of Q’s “Who The Hell Does …..” column a few pages in.
In news, Later With Jools Holland has got a new series and an earlier timeslot, now going out at 10pm on a Friday. Nicky Wire got into trouble after yelling “I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury” at a gig, prompting some fans to give him a mouthful after the gig.
Meanwhile, The Edge’s dog ran away from home.
In other news, the tree that Marc Bolan hit when he died has shown signs of decay and might have to be chopped down. Factory records has collapsed under £2m of debt
The Levellers, having had a successful year, are the subject of a three page feature.
1992 gets a 12 page review, looking back at the events of the year, a year when U2 and Nirvana went big in different ways.
Shane MacGowan gets a five page interview, which stereotypically takes place in a wine bar.
In adverts, British Waterways are advertising Countryside Holidays, promoting the value of water based activities.
Bryan Ferry is on the comeback trail and doing his first interview in five years, and doesn’t react well to jibes about him being a country gent, saying “I lived in the country for a bit but I was never a fully paid-up Land Rover driver, though I have Wellington boots, both green and black”
Q gives four pages to cover stars Suede, stating that they are doing for Haywards Heath what Paul Weller has done for Woking, describing Suede as “Britain’s sexiest band, bringing back glamour not seen since Roxy Music”, nicely linking in with Bryan Ferry’s interview a few pages earlier.
There is then a double page feature on how the music scene in 1993 resembles the scene in 1973, while jokingly pointing out that some of 1973’s biggest stars are still going strong in terms of album sales in 1993.
In reviews, Ian McShane has brought out an album. Yes, that Ian McShane, Lovejoy. Or Deadwood, if you prefer. Q only gave him one star.
Riding high in the album charts this month were Cher, Erasure, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan, Genesis and Simple Minds.
After Neil Young went on the warpath against digital music the previous month, John Bauldie meets musicians who still record using analogue.
1. Charli XCX – London Queen
2. McBusted – Air Guitar
3. Hozier – Take Me To Church
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. Future Islands – Seasons
Last Saturday night saw some inspired scheduling on BBC 2, with a whole night of programmes dedicated to Genesis. I haven’t got round to watching the documentary yet, but I have seen the Top Of The Pops 2 special.
In, um, celebration of this, here’s a Genesis Top Five
FIVE SONGS BY GENESIS
1. Land Of Confusion
3. Turn It On Again
4. That’s All
5. Invisible Touch
And as a bonus, how about a Genesis related Top Five?
FIVE GENESIS RELATED SONGS
1. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
2. Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
3. Mike and the Mechanics – Word Of Mouth
4. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
5. Phil Collins – Sussudio
Hello and welcome to this week’s look back at 50 years of Top Of The Pops (Or, to be pedantic, 42 years and 8 years worth of Christmas specials)
This week’s first birthday of note is Guy Chadwick, lead singer of House Of Love. Unfortunately, we don’t have a clip of them performing ‘Shine On’, but we do have East 17 performing ‘House Of Love’, a song not about the early 90s band of the same name.
East 17 of course, were named after their local postcode. If they came from East Belfast, they would have been called BT4, BT5 or BT6, depending on whereabouts in East Belfast they came from.
Also celebrating this week is Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. This, is an epic tune. BAAYYYYYBAAYYYY!!!!!
and … Jonas Berggren from Ace Of Base. I once got lost en route to an Ace Of Base concert trying to find the venue ………. then, I, saw the sign.
And from Sweden, we head to Canada, for a bit of Sum 41.
And from Canada, to Liverpool, for Pete Wylie’s birthday.
And now, to chill the mood a bit, with a bit of Beverley Knight.
Our globetrotting adventures now take us to the suavest man in Glasgow. If you really need to be told, Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, who spent the whole of 1994 at Number One. How exactly, was a Sweet Little Mystery. I know you’ll love these next few clips. Why? I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.
Our birthday travels this week take us now to the Mockney King (from Colchester) …… Damon Albarn (And yes, I am aware he doesn’t sing on the first song)
And now ……. we go to Germany for one of the best songs of the 1980s. A woman who wouldn’t make a good Financial Advisor as she spent all her money on a bag of balloons. Since you ask, I counted, there were 78 balloons in the studio when this was filmed. BBC Cutbacks.
And from Germany, we go to German based West Indians …….. singing a song about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Ironically, Bobby Farrell of Boney M had the most Belfasty name in pop.
39 this week was Mel Blatt from All Saints. Here she is as a solo artist.
Milestone time now, and Diana Ross was born 70 years ago this week. So, as a tribute, here’s Steps covering ‘Chain Reaction’
Wee treat for you for Tony Banks of Genesis birthday (the one who isn’t Phil Collins or the guy from Mike and the Mechanics) …. a studio appearance from 1992
With all these births, unfortunately, we have a death anniversary. Ian Dury died 14 years ago today.
And finally, Elton John *whispers* turned 67 this week.
This, is his best song, performed nearly 20 years after it came out on a TOTP Special.
I used to think the chorus went “Coco Heart” when I was younger.
And, if you don’t know already, he didn’t play on this song, just mimed on TOTP.