THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.12.2018

1. Robert Goulet- Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. Greg Lake- I Believe In Father Christmas
4. Ash – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas War Is Over

Apologies for missing out a couple of Friday Fives for the past few weeks. Believe it or not, i’ve been busy socially.

Here’s to more Friday Fives in 2019. I’ll try to do a 1987 as that’s where the Top Of The Pops repeats will be starting next week.

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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.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : ROLLING STONE – 28.10.2010

We go back to late 2010 with a Rolling Stone on the cover of Rolling Stone, as they exclusively bring you Keith Richards memoirs.

Earlier in the month was what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, and there was a tribute concert which Lady Gaga performed at, which was covered by Rolling Stone.

In news, Kid Rock is facing a battle against imposters and lookalikes who go out in public pretending to be him, while The Who are plotting to go on tour in 2011.

Robert Plant is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals himself to be a fan of Los Lobos.

At the time, halfway through his presidency (though he would win a second term in 2012), there are seven pages dedicated to Barack Obama’s presidency, and the case as to why it has been a success.

The serialisation of Keith Richards memoirs gets twelve pages of coverage, focusing on Rolling Stones success in the 1960s and 1970s.

That was three times as many pages dedicated to Kings Of Leon, as they get set to release their 5th album, looking to follow on from the success of their 4th, Only By The Night.

That album gets reviewed in this edition, getting 4 stars out of 5, being described as “Their U2 moment”

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.12.2016 (AND SOME MUSICAL THOUGHTS FOR 2017)

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
4. Fountains of Wayne – Alien For Christmas
5. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

You didn’t think I wouldn’t have any Christmas songs this week? I’m not that much of a Scrooge.

Somebody started a rumour that i’ve cleared my diary to watch Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell on RTE 1 at 9.30pm tomorrow. It might be true, or it might not be true.

This week, saw the first headliners for Belsonic 2017 announced, a lot earlier than usual (recent years have been announced between February and April)

Just the two announced, and they were, well, underwhelming.

If you don’t know, it’s Jess Glynne and Axwell Ingrosso (who sounds like a Swiss footballer)

I know i’m guilty of complaining about bands I don’t like/have never heard of being on the bill when Belsonic headliners are announced, because I should know by now that not every Belsonic concert will appeal to me due to the line-up being so vast and varied.

These concerts will be at Ormeau Park, the third venue in the last three years. It’s slightly concerning that it’s starting to have a nomadic existence like what Tennent’s Vital used to have.

I thought Titanic worked as a venue in my own observations. Spatious, easy to get to and out of. I didn’t experience any real problems, even though Ormeau Park will be very convenient for me.

I really hope they don’t go down the Tennent’s Vital route of having pits. I find the idea that someone could just turn up ten minutes before showtime and get a better view than me, simply because they’re mates of a mate of a mate of a mate of someone who works for a sponsor.

I love Belsonic because it’s not Tennent’s Vital. I really hope it doesn’t go down a road of trying to be Tennent’s Vital.

I would imagine there will be more concerts announced in the new year.

One of the fun things I like to do when announcements are announced is to try and predict who will be performing.

As you can see from the link, my predictions were well off.

Belsonic isn’t the only festival in Belfast/Greater Belfast. There’s also Catherdal Quarter Arts Festival, Feile and Open House Festival (Bangor) which will be staging concerts.

So, i’m going to post my musical hopes for people coming to Belfast. The only 2017 concert I have in my diary is Blossoms. They’re brilliant. You may remember them winning The Sound Of 2015 on this blog. If you want to see how good they are, they’ll be on Top Of The Pops on New Year’s Eve.

You may remember me getting excited about Simple Minds coming to Waterfront Hall in June next year. Well, it’s an all seated gig and I can’t be arsed with that.

So, i’m going to post my hopes for those who I would love to come to Belfast in 2017.

Cast and Embrace will have albums out in 2017, so hopefully they’ll fit in a Belfast gig.

Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Amy MacDonald, KT Tunstall and Two Door Cinema Club all have 2017 tours announced but no Belfast gig. Hopefully some of them well be adding Belfast to their schedule.

Rose Elinor Dougall is a singer I absolutely adore, a former member of The Pipettes (Remember them? They were brilliant too) who is releasing her first album in six years, so i’m hoping she stops off in Belfast.

This week, Red Hot Chili Peppers were supposed to be doing two concerts in Dublin, but due to Anthony Kiedis being unwell, they have been postponed until September 2017.

Wouldn’t it be great if they snuck in a couple of Odyssey gigs around that.

If you were to sum up 2017 in four words, it would be ………… LIAM. GALLAGHER. SOLO. ALBUM. Which i’m hoping is as entertaining as his Twitter.

It may be brilliant, it may be bad, it won’t be boring. Cannot wait for it. Potato.

Meanwhile, the race for Christmas Number 1 (Usually dominated by X-Factor in the same way Celtic have dominated the SPL over the last few years) is between Rangers and Little Mix, which gives me an excuse to post my favourite Youtube videos, from the time Celtic and Rangers players formed a band with a man in a tiger costume to record a charity single to promote Glasgow as a tourist destination.

Think of it as my seasonal gift to you.

Merry Christmas.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.12.2015

1. Foxes – Amazing
2. Muse – Revolt
3. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
4. Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins
5. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold

There’ll be no Friday Five next week as it’s Christmas Day, and you all have better things to do. So, that’s me signing off for The Friday Five for 2015. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what i’m listening to and will continue to do so in 2016.

Would be rude not to, here’s a Christmas Chart for you.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.12.2014

Yes, a day late, I know, but ….. it’s Christmas, which is a handy excuse.

1. James Bay – Hold Back The River
2. AC/DC v Bee Gees – Staying Alive
3. Charli XCX – Need Ur Love
4. Embrace – Beautiful Day
5. Lisa Loeb – Light

In case you hadn’t noticed, this is the last Friday Five before Christmas, so here’s five songs to get you in the mood.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (Ware Is Over
4. The Ramones – A Punk Rock Christmas
5. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

2014 IN PICTURES – FEBRUARY

February was busy, it usually is, as it usually involves a weekend away somewhere. In 2013 it was London. In 2014, it was, um, London.

But first, the month began with a trip to Solitude to see Linfield take on Cliftonville.

The following weekend, I was London bound for a short break. I’d went there in 2013 and had a great time, but there was still so much I wanted to do and see.

I’d wanted to do the Street Art Tour when I was there. Unfortunately, delays on The Tube meant I missed out. However, I kept stumbling across stuff and managed to get some nice photos by accident, including murals of David Bowie and John Lennon.

While I was in London, I did some football watching, going to see Leyton Orient take on Peterborough, then going to see Tottenham take on Everton the next day

The following Saturday, back in Belfast, heading to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard, on the day David Jeffrey announced he’d be standing down as manager at the end of the season.

Two days later, I was at the Ulster Hall to see The 1975 in concert before ending that week with a trip to The Oval to see Linfield beat Glentoran 1-0 in a televised game.

Cliftonville v Linfield

London Street Art

London Street Art Photo Album Volume 1

London Street Art Photo Album Volume 2

Leyton Orient v Peterborough United

Leyton Orient v Peterborough United Photo Album

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton Photo Album

Linfield v Ballinamallard United

The 1975 Live At Ulster Hall

The 1975 Live At Ulster Hall Photo Album

Glentoran v Linfield

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 3 – OCT 9

This week’s first birthday, is Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac officially becoming an OAP. In 1988, he sold his house, Buckingham Palace, to the British Royal Family for £20m and a signed copy of Rumours.

Unfortunately, there’s not much Mac in the archives, so here’s The Corrs.

It was Gwen Stefani’s birthday this week, of which there is No Doubt.

As yet, Danny from The Script isn’t in the TOTP Hall OF Fame.

Also blowing out candles this week is Chris Lowe, writer of Ian Wright’s 1992 classic Do The Wright Thing , 55 this week.

Remember when Tatu scandalised the nation (well, Richard and Judy) back in 2003?

Bob Geldof, caught in a Rat Trap.

Who wants to see Madness cover The Kinks?

Nicola from Girls Aloud edged another year closer to 30 this week.

And from Girls Aloud, we go to Radiohead ……

Two sadly missed Johns now, to end this week’s round-up.

John Lennon would have been 74 this week.

And a Legs and Co tribute. It’s what he would have wanted.

John Entwhistle would have been 70 this week.

LONDON STREET ART

Was in London last week, and while I was there, managed to get some Street Art photos.

I was in London last year, but didn’t get many Street Art photos. This year, I made an effort to do the Shoreditch Street Art Tour, but I was thwarted by The Tube running late.

On my first day in London, I headed to Brixton to try and get a concert ticket, but stumbled upon some excellent pieces.

On the Thursday night, I travelled via Shoreditch from Stratford to Paddington on the bus (Paddington Train Station was out of bounds due to the Tube Strike), which turned out to be a stroke of luck.

I was trying to get en route to Shoreditch for the tour, before the Tube delays, so it was too late to turn back.

Upon arrival, I had a brief idea of where the Street Art was in Shoreditch was. So, I did my own tour.

On the Saturday morning, I went to Camden, not in search of Street Art, but I saw some, so I photographed it.

Photo Album 1

Photo Album 2

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.12.2013

1. Nina Nesbitt – Selfies
2. Gary Barlow ft Elton John – Face To Face
3. Pixie Lott – Heart Cry
4. Pharrell Williams – Happy
5. Chvrches – Gun

So, this is the last Friday Five before Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed what i’ve been listening to every week. Here’s to more in 2014 and beyond.

So, to get you in the mood for Christmas, here’s a Christmas Top Five. Merry Christmas and all that.

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