50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 17 – JAN 23

We begin this week by celebrating the birth of a Rolling Stone called Mick, but not that one. Mick Taylor, a Stone from 1969 to 1974, here in one of their last TOTP studio appearances before they became too busy/big for the show, then too low charting.

17th January is a birthday for not 1, not 2, but 3 1980s stars. Paul Young (1956) being introduced here by Simon Le Bon.

Meanwhile, three years later (or, 1959) saw the birth of Susanna Hoffs. As a treat, here’s The Bangles performing Eternal Flame in 2001, shortly after Atomic Kitten took a cover of it to Number 1.

And finally, in 1964, Andy Rourke. You know, one of the two in The Smiths that wasn’t Johnny Marr or Morrissey.

Onto more recent times, Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs (and, um, The Voice) turns 36 this week.

While Calvin Harris turns 31 this week.

It’s a busy week for birthdays, with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins turning 60. Here’s Mike Read introducing them by playing Harmonica.

Sir John Mills grandson is 41 this week. You may know him better as the singer from Kula Shaker.

Meanwhile, here’s Hard-Fi living for the weekend in 2005

Meanwhile, Robert Palmer would have been eligible for a bus pass this week if he was still alive. Here’s a random find of him performing with The Power Station, introduced by Harry Hill.

Nicky Wire from the Manics is 45 this week. Here they are performing Everything Must Go. Is it me, or does the drum loop slightly rip off Be My Baby?

The birthdays keep coming, Gary Barlow (1971) and Emma Bunton (1976)

Now to some would be birthdays, first Malcolm McLaren

And Michael Hutchence, who would have been 52 this week.

Sporting some dodgy gym gear in 1987

Performing ‘Taste It’

And finally, being introduced by his ex, Kylie Minogue in 1997, the year he later died.

Almost near the end of this week’s Birthday Bonanza, one last one, Andrew Roachford, or just plain Roachford.

Though, you can’t hear ‘Cuddly Toy’ without thinking about this.

And finally, we end on a sad note, as this week saw the 18th anniversary of the death of the London Boys. This song, is just fantastic.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.11.2012

1. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
2. The Vaccines – I Always Knew
3. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
4. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
5. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius

Last week’s X-Factor theme was ‘Guilty Pleasures’, which was a difficult one for me, as all the music I like is brilliant.

Anyway, play to the crowd, here’s some songs that may be classed as ‘Guilty Pleasures’

FIVE ‘GUILTY PLEASURES’

1. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
2. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
3. London Boys – Requiem
4. Cast Of Grange Hill – Just Say No
5. Louise – Naked

Sometimes (well, most of the time) life isn’t fair. James doing a tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, which isn’t coming to Belfast is one such example.

I saw both bands in 2010 and they are both fantastic. To celebrate (or in my case, commiserate) here’s a top Five from both acts

FIVE JAMES SONGS

1. Tomorrow
2. She’s A Star
3. Destiny Calling
4. Laid
5. I Know What I’m Here For

FIVE ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN SONGS

1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. Bring On The Dancing Horses
3. It’s Alright
4. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
5. The Cutter

Last Saturday, and this Saturday, BBC 2 are having a night of programming dedicated to the Rolling Stones. It’s as if they’re battling with BBC 4 for my affections.

So, to celebrate, here’s a Rolling Stones Top Five

I saw the Stones in 2007, for free. If you want to read about it, click here

FIVE ROLLING STONES SONGS

1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
2. Get Off My Cloud
3. I’m Free
4. Ruby Tuesday
5. Love Is Strong

And finally, Monday was International Men’s Day. To celebrate my, and others, manliness, I give you chart. Five songs about men (And in the name of equality, I celebrated International Women’s Day with a chart)

FIVE SONGS ABOUT MEN

1. Mansun – Electric Man
2. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
3. REM – Man On The Moon
4. Human League – Mirror Man
5. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 11.11.2011

1. The Pipettes – Boo Shuffle
2. Saw Doctors ft Petula Clarke – Downtown
3. Coldplay – Paradise
4. Duran Duran – Girl Panic
5. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out

As last week was Dancefloor Fillers on X-Factor, I actually missed the carcrash so can’t comment on it.

Anyway, here’s five tunes that fill the floor in my club

FIVE DANCEFLOOR FILLERS

1. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
2. Rick James – Superfreak
3. Aneka – Japanese Boy
4. London Boys – Requiem
5. Sub Sub ft Melanie Williams – Ain’t No Love, Ain’t No Use

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 21.10.2011

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I Wanna Live In A Dream
3. Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
4. Manic Street Preachers – This Is The Day
5. Miles Kane – Come Closer

Now, during X-Factor, i’m planning to do a Friday Five based on the theme of the previous week. Last week’s theme was “Love and Heartbreak”

Is it me, or are they being incredibly lazy when deciding these themes.

Anyway, behold, five love songs, and five heartbreak songs. Remember, not a definitive list, just suggested listening.

FIVE LOVE SONGS

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing At All
3. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
4. Steve Winwood – Higher Love
5. Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know

FIVE HEARTBREAK SONGS

1. Nelly Furtado – All Good Things
2. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
3. London Boys – Requiem
4. Sophie Ellis Bextor – Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer
5. Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything

As this week saw the Stone Roses reform, thought i’d just remind people that their members have been churning out amazing songs since 1996

FIVE STONE ROSES ASSOCIATED ACTS SONGS

1. Ian Brown – My Star
2. The Seahorses – You Can Talk to Me
3. Ian Brown – Stellify
4. Primal Scream – Country Girl
5. The Seahorses – Love Is The Law