THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.12.2017

1. Manic Street Preachers – International Blue
2. Hurts – Ready To Go
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If Love Is The Law
4. Amy MacDonald – This Christmas Day
5. Reigen – Dreams

Apologies for there being no Friday Five last week. I was in England and was busy and just couldn’t be bothered.

A few weeks back, Simple Minds and Pretenders have announced a joint tour with KT Tunstall as support. Yes please. No Belfast gig yet. If you’re reading this CHSQ or Belsonic, get on it.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Christmas this weekend. So, here’s a Christmas chart to get you in the mood.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
4. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
5. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

And if I can’t be bothered or forget next week, Happy New Year as well.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.4.2017

1. Beth Ditto – Fire
2. Hurts – Beautiful Ones
3. The Amazons – Black Magic
4. Paramore – Hard Times
5. Goldfrapp – Systemagic

So, concert news – The Kooks confirmed as supporting Arcade Fire at Belsonic. Not that fussed on Arcade Fire and £45 seems a bit steep just to watch a support act.

Ryan Adams update. Guess what? Still looking for a Standing ticket for his Ulster Hall gig at Face Value.

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 51-75

51. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
52. Paul McCartney – New
53. Muse – Panic Station
54. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
55. Taylor Swift – 22
56. Hurts – Miracle
57. Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
58. Wonder Villains – Blonde
59. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
60. Passenger – Let Her Go
61. Kodaline – High Hopes
62. London Grammar – Strong
63. Lorde – Royals
64. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
65. Haim – Forever
66. Stereophonics – We Share the Same Sun
67. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
68. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
69. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
70. Bastille – Laura Palmer
71. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
72. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
73. Haim – Falling
74. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane
75. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out

THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Six months gone, six months to go, we are officially at the halfway stage of 2013.

As per tradition on this blog, I shall do a Top 50 songs of the year so far, a nice wee preview of my Top 100 in December.

So, here we go …….. the Top 50 songs of 2013 so far.

1. Editors – A Ton Of Love
2. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
5. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
6. Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
7. Bastille – Pompei
8. Haim – Don’t Save Me
9. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
10. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
11. Wonder Villains – Blonde
12. Foals – My Number
13. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
14. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
15. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
16. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
17. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
18. Muse – Panic Station
19. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
20. Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
21. Kodaline – High Hopes
22. Mark Owen – Stars
23. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
24. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
25. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
26. Frank Turner – Recovery
27. Miles Kane – Give Up
28. Hurts – Miracle
29. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
30. Silhouette – Toss It Up
31. Passenger – Let Her Go
32. Matthew Koma – One Night
33. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
34. Tom Odell – Hold Me
35. Suede – Hit Me
36. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
37. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
38. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
39. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
40. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
41. Paramore – Still Into You
42. Beady Eye – Flick Of The Finger
43. OMD – Dresden
44. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
45. Taylor Swift – 22
46. John Newman – Love Me Again
47. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
48. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
49. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out
50. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 11.1.2013

1. Hurts – Miracle
2. Haim – Don’t Save Me
3. Cara Dillon – Teenage Kicks
4. The Answer – Shining Light
5. Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah

You may have noticed two songs sticking out there in that playlist. They come from ‘Great Northern Songbook’ that was on BBC Two on New Year’s Day. The concept of the show? Northern Ireland acts covering Northern Ireland acts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ulster Hall (It was filmed in May 2012)

If you missed it, here it is on BBC Iplayer

Meanwhile, talking of BBC’s music outputs, last week saw BBC Four broadcast ‘The Story Of 1978’ a documentary about the music scene in 1978 to lead into their repeats of Top Of The Pops from that year.

If you missed the TOTP repeats from 1976 and 1978, you really have missed out. Check them out every Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC Four.

So, to commemorate this, here’s a Top five from 1977.

Now, to spend the next year coming up with a Top Five for 1979.

1. Queen – Bicycle Race
2. ELO – Mr Blue Sky
3. The Motors – Airport
4. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
5. Andy Cameron – Ally’s Army

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 21-40

21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run
22. The Pierces – You’ll Be Mine
23. Ed Sheeran – A Team
24. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
25. Miles Kane – Come Closer
26. Manic Street Preachers – This Is The Day
27. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
28. Hurts – Better Than Love
29. The View – Grace
30. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
31. The Killers – Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
32. Snow Patrol – Called Out In The Dark
33. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – The Adventures Of Raindance Maggie
34. Beady Eye – The Beat Goes On
35. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me
36. Beady Eye – For Anyone
37. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
38. Duke Special – I’ll Come When You Call
39. Clare Maguire – The Sword and the Shield
40. The Pipettes – Boo Shuffle

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.