THE FRIDAY FIVE – 30.1.2014

1. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Falling Awake
3. U2 – Every Breaking Wave
4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. Marina and the Diamonds – I’m A Ruin

It was Australia Day last week, so as is tradition of this blog, a musical chart in celebration of Australia.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Savage Garden – To The Moon And Back
3. INXS – Need You Tonight
4. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
5. Mental As Anything – Live It Up

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50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 24- JAN 30

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up from Top Of The Pops history, which features a tribute to a country.

Neil Diamond turned 73 this week. One of his most famous songs might surprise you ……. or maybe not, as Red Red Wine, made famous by UB40 was a cover of a Neil Diamond song.

Sharing a birthday, is TV’s Jools Holland, who believe it or not, was once a popstar as well, playing keyboards in Squeeze.

On the theme of Neil Diamond covers, here’s another one, by a man who shares a birthday with him (1959) ……… Mr Victor Reeves, performing with EMF in 1995.

Of course, it would be rude to mention Vic Reeves, and not include his collaboration with The Wonder Stuff.

58 this week, Andy Cox was a two time (or three time, if you include Two Men and a Drum Machine) pop star in the 1980s, with The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

So, in the interest of fair play, here’s one of each.

Another famous Andrew in pop, is Mr Andrew Ridgeley off of Wham! This song, is just superb.

Seeing as birthdays of New Order members will be commemorated with side projects such as Electronic or Monaco, how about an actual New Order song for Gillian Gilbert.

They probably should have just mimed.

Meanwhile it’s Mark Owen’s birthday this week, so here he his performing Never Forget, in an episode seemingly presented by Howard Donald’s future other half Catherine Tate.

Frank Skinner celebrates a birthday this week. I imagine you’ve guessed what video is coming up next. Sadly, it’s the awful 1998 version rather than the excellent 1996 one.

Matthew Wilder also celebrates a birthday this week. Here he is being enthusiastically introduced by John Peel. He ended up helping No Doubt become massive in the late 90s.

And finally, this week sees Australia Day, so here’s a couple of tunes from Down Under for you.

And finally, the song that soundtracked Australia’s Royal Wedding. I still get emotional thinking about it. Scott and Charlene. What a lovely couple.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.1.2013

1. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
2. Adam Buxton – Friends
3. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
4. Haim – Don’t Save Me
5. Little Boots – Superstitious Heart

Tomorrow is Australia Day, so, let’s celebrate by doing an Aussie chart. So much talent to choose, I just know i’m going to get angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans.

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
3. Midnight Oil – Suddenly
4. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
5. Mental As Anything – Live It Up

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.1.2012

1. Lloyd – Dedication To My Ex
2. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
3. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
4. Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
5. The Beatles – Taxman

Seeing as it was Burns Night this week, though i’d do a Top Five of songs by Scottish acts. Why not?

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
2. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
3. Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
4. KT Tunstall – Black horse And The Cherry Tree
5. Del Amitri – Roll To Me

TOP FIVE BURNS

1= Aaron/Billy Joe
3. Gordon
4. Montgomery
5. Pete

And seeing as it was Australia Day this week, why not have a chart countdown of Australia’s finest songs?

Sadly, New Seekers aren’t Australian enough for this chart, so “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” isn’t on the chart.

I’m awaiting angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans for him being left out of this chart.

FIVE AUSTRALIAN SONGS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make you Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts
4. Mental As Anything – Live It Up
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly