50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 31 – FEB 6

With February now here, what does our look back at Top Of The Pops have for us.

We start, with Mike Read, in a pair of short shorts introducing KC and the Sunshine Band, wearing a multicolour coat. The 1980s, eh?

Fast forward a few years, we have Public Image Limited performing the superb Rise. Despite the jingly jangly radio friendly nature of the song, it actually has a dark subject matter …………. police brutality in South Africa.

We continue our 1980s theme with Lloyd Cole, who is actually no relation to Jimmy Car, believe it or not.

Moving away from the 1980s, to a pop star born in the 1980s, January 31st 1981 to be precise, Mr Justin Timberlake.

Another birthday this week, is Big Boi from Outkast.

A death anniversary, of sorts, as 19 years ago this week, Richey Edwards from Manic Street Preachers disappeared, and has never been seen since.

Incidentally, Richey Edwards disappeared on Shakira’s 18th birthday.

Alice Cooper turned 66 this week. Sadly for any kids watching, school isn’t out for summer ……. you still have another five months to go.

Also born this week in pop history was Tim Booth of James, the lead singer of one of my favourite bands. If you don’t like them, you should probably look away now, there’s a few videos coming up.

Also celebrating a birthday this week, is Natalie Imbruglia. She’s done some good songs you know.

Meanwhile, a death anniversary this week for Alex Harvey.

Patrick MacNee turned 92 this week. Yes, he of The Avengers. It’s basically an excuse to post a link to Don’t Look Back In Anger, which he appeared in the video for.

And finally, it’s Rick Astley’s birthday this week. It’s safe to watch this video. You won’t get Rickrolled.

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 – 29.3.2013

1. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
2. Taylor Swift – 22
3. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
5. Nicole Scherzinger – Boomerang

This week, saw Razorlight announce that they had split up. The thing is, most of us thought they already had, considering they hadn’t released an album since 2008.

Personally, I think Johnny Borrell is a bit of a knob. He quoted himself when listing great quotes of history during Live 8 for crying out loud.

Anyway, to be fair, they did do some good singles.

So, um, thank you Razorlight, you did a few good songs a few years ago.

FIVE SONGS BY RAZORLIGHT

1. America
2. In The Morning
3. Who Needs Love?
4. Before I Fall To Pieces
5. Golden Touch