THE SOUND OF 2019

So 2019 is now over and we are almost in 2020.

Seeing as everybody is doing End Of Year Reviews, I thought i’d join the party, albeit a bit belatedly.

So here is my Top 50 Songs Of 2019. There’s no scientific formula to this list. I just went through 2019s Friday Fives and decided to spend an hour and rank the songs in order of favouriteness.

In a change from previous years, it’s only a Top 50 as it would probably take me until 2021 to do a Top 100.

1. Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hill
2. Sigrid – Mine Right Now
3. Taylor Swift ft Brendon Urie – Me
4. Dermot Kennedy – Outnumbered
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot
6. Liam Gallagher – Shockwave
7. Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
8. Two Door Cinema Club – Talk
9. Freya Ridings – Castles
10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Wandering Star
11. Tom Walker – Just You and I
12. Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
13. Pet Shop Boys ft Olly Alexander – Dreamland
14. Of Monsters And Men – Alligator
15. Chvrches and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Miracle
16. Kygo ft Whitney Houston – Higher Love
17. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing
18. Bastille – Joy
19. Coldplay – Orphans
20. Liam Gallagher – Now That I’ve Found You
21. Sam Fender – Will We Talk
22. Gang Of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
23. Editors – Black Gold
24. Bastille – Can’t Fight This Feeling
25. Bloxx – Go Out With You
26. Katy Perry – Never Really Over
27. Blossoms – Your Girlfriend
28. Muse – Hungry Like The Wolf
29. The Courteeners – Heavy Jacket
30. Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
31. Chemical Brothers – MAH
32. Jade Bird – Lottery
33. Haim – Now I’m In It
34. Crystal – Just Can’t Get Enough
35. Rick Astley – Every One Of Us
36. Chvrches – Death Stranding
37. OMD – Don’t Go
38. The Divine Comedy – Infernal Machines
39. Vic and Bob – Bono’s Cooking Some Pork
40. Miles Kane – That’s Life
41. Liam Gallagher – The River
42. The Divine Comedy – Queuejumper
43. Weezer ft Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
44. The Vaccines – All My Friends Are Falling In Love
45. Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
46. Shakespear’s Sister – All The Queen’s Horses
47. Lizzo – Juice
48. Rose Elinor Dougall – First Sign
49. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
50. Dea Matrona – Let’s Go Crazy

Congratulations to Vampire Weekend. There’s no physical prize, but they can just boast about it everywhere they go. Ideally, they’d be doing so in Belfast before a concert. Hint hint.

If you care, here’s the list of previous winners (NOTE: The 2006-2008 Countdowns were on Bebo, and have now been wiped from internet history)

2018 Lovelytheband – Broken
2017 Liam Gallagher – For What It’s Worth
2016 The Strumbellas – Spirits
2015 Blossoms – Charlemagne
2014 Jamie T – Zombie
2013 Haim – The Wire
2012 Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together
2011 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
2010 Marina and the Diamons – Shampain
2009 Little Boots – New In Town
2008 Sons and Daughters – Darling
2007 Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
2006 Kasabian – Empire

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 29.11.2019

1. Bastille – Can’t Fight This Feeling
2. Miles Kane – That’s Life
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Wandering Star
4. Liam Gallagher – Once
5. Dea Matrona – Hard On Yourself

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.8.2018

1. Kyle Falconer – Family Tree
2. Chvrches – Out Of My head
3. George Ezra – Shotgun
4. Miles Kane – Cry On My Guitar
5. Lewis Capaldi – Tough

Today, is Duran Duran Appreciation Day. No idea what it is or why it is, but just go with the flow. Somewhere, Tony Hadley is furiously typing “And when is it Spandau Ballet Appreciation Day?” on his computer.

So, to celebrate, here’s a chart to get you in the mood. It really should be a Bank Holiday

FIVE SONGS BY DURAN DURAN

1. Ordinary World
2. Hungry Like The Wolf
3. Wild Boys
4. Save A Prayer
5. Serious

This Thursday, is Madonna’s 60th Birthday. Nobody ever remembers it’s her birthday because it’s the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

Here’s a chart for you if you’re celebrating her milestone birthday.

FIVE SONGS BY MADONNA

1. Rain
2. The Power Of Goodbye
3. Who’s That Girl?
4. Open Your Heart
5. La Isla Bonita

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.8.2018

1. Vampire Weekend ft Danielle Haim – Son Of A Preacher Man
2. Miles Kane – Cry On My Guitar
3. Lewis Capaldi – Tough
4. Paul Weller – Movin On
5. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me

This week, saw International Yorkshire Day, so to celebrate, here’s a chart for you to belatedly celebrate.

FIVE SONGS BY ARTISTS FROM YORKSHIRE

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Def Leppard – When Love And Hate Collide
3. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
4. Human League – Tell Me When
5. Kiki Dee – Star

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.6.2018

1. Richard Ashcroft – Break The Night With Colour
2. Liam Gallagher – I’ve All I Need
3. Miles Kane – Loaded
4. The Kooks – No Pressure
5. Florence and the Machine – Hunger

Exciting news, 1986 episodes of Top Of The Pops will be starting next month. Can’t wait.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – MARCH 2011

Liam Gallagher is the cover star of Q as he prepares to launch the debut album of Beady Eye, a band comprising of the non Noel Gallagher members of Oasis.

If you look closely, in Liam’s shades, you can see the other members of Beady Eye in his reflection.

In “Q Mail”, Simon Hunt e-mails to respond to previous correspondence complaining about Take That appearing in Q, while cheekily asking when Justin Bieber will be appearing on Cash For Questions.

Jonathan Paul from Leicester contacts Q to complain about their ignoring of Ian Matthews and Chris Edwards in Kasabian articles, in comparison to Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan.

Q50 is a feature of the 50 songs you should download this month. Top of the pile was The Beat Goes On by cover stars Beady Eye.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol gets a guest submission, choosing Coal by The Mariner’s Children.

In news, Alex Turner records solo songs for a movie soundtrack, Green Day release a live album, The Kills are reforming and Beth Ditto is going on a solo career.

Featuring forthcoming albums, Glasvegas get a double page spread for their as yet titled new album.

Also working hard in the studio were Hard-Fi, with a propsed release date given as “Summer 2011”

Q dedicates a full page to a phone interview with Plan B, where he reveals that Forrest Gump is the one movie that makes him cry.

Tipped for greatness this month are The Joy Formidable, Miles Kane and MNDR.

Shaun Ryder is the subject of this month’s Cash For Questions, answering questions about Tony Wilson, UFOs and Reality TV.

In ads, Paul McCartney stars in an advert for PETA.

There are nine pages dedicated to cover stars Beady Eye, with Liam Gallagher claiming that “People will be calling their kids Beady Eye by the end of the year”

It’s not all about Liam, as Gem, Andy and Chris get profiled, looking at their musical CVs pre Oasis.

Junior Gallagher had gotten the first blow in to release post Oasis music, but Senior Gallagher (Noel) was at work on his debut solo album, with 17 tracks believed to have been recorded, one of which has Miles Kane on guitar, and was set for release in late summer.

Noel’s (using the name of Noel Galagher’s High Flying Birds) self titled debut album was eventually released in October 2011.

KT Tunstall gets a full page interview, where she denounces her stepdad, who was a BNP candidate.

Riding high on the success of Rolling In The Deep, Adele gets a four page profile.

Cee Lo Green is gets interviewed by Q, where he discusses his favourite albums.

Another band riding high in the charts, were Noah and the Whale, who got a three page feature.

2011 was the year that saw the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, and Q interviews Roger Taylor and Brian May, ahead of a feature about unseen Queen photographs being made public for the first time.

In reviews, Beady Eye’s debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding gets four stars.

Also getting four stars was Clare Maguire’s debut album Light After Dark and Hotel Shampoo by Gruff Rhys.

If Bruce Springsteen is your thing, Q has a handy guide for those wishing to explore his vast discography.

Concert Reviews sees Paul McCartney get a five star review for a concert at 100 Club in London just before Cristmas 2010.

Also getting five stars were The View for their pre Christmas gigs in Sheffield and Stoke.

2014 IN PICTURES – APRIL

April began for me at The Limelight, seeing Miles Kane in concert. Fantastic concert and a fantastic performer. Was up at the front, so managed to get some good photos.

It wasn’t until the second Saturday of the month that I went to my first football match (there was no football for me on the first Saturday due to Irish Cup Semi-Finals) at Seaview, seeing Linfield win a thrilling game 3-2.

Within ten days, Linfield’s title hopes had ended with a draw (v Portadown) and a defeat (v Glentoran) over Easter.

The game against Glentoran was Linfield’s last at Windsor Park before refurbishment, so I took the opportunity to get some final shots of the South Stand.

Linfield’s season ended with a trip to Mourneview Park, David Jeffrey’s last game in charge. End of season stuff and an easy win for Linfield, and some nice photos.

The next day, I headed to North Street to get some photos of Street Art which had just appeared in the area.

Miles Kane Live At The Limelight

Miles Kane Live At The Limelight Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Portadown

Linfield v Glentoran

Glenavon v Linfield

North Street Art April 2014

North Street Art April 2014 Photo Album

MILES KANE – LIVE AT THE LIMELIGHT 2.4.2014

“HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU? IT’S BEEN A WHILE!!!” screamed a breathless Miles Kane, three songs in. It was his first chance to say something inbetween songs, such was the frantic pace of the concert.

Miles Kane is one of those acts you’ve heard but not know you have. If you haven’t, you probably should.

Strutting on the stage and going straight into his solo hit “Inhaler”, Kane couldn’t resist the opportunity to dance around while singing, and try to get as close to the crowd as possible, creating surges at the front from fans desperate to high five their hero as he stood at the edge of the stage.

Kane was at home on the stage, playing hits such as “Come Closer” and “Better Than That”

He even managed to make one fan’s night by giving them his beer.

Highlight of the night was his rendition of “Give Up”, which he merged into a cover of “Sympathy For The Devil”

One of the great qualities of Kane’s songs is their singability, with Kane regularly indulging in Karaoke (or possibly Kane-aoke) with the crowd, pointing the microphone in their direction and inviting them to sing along, most notably during “Give Up”

The encore began with and acoustic set on his own, but technical problems meant it became an electric set, on his own.

He was then joined by the rest of the band to perform “Don’t Forget Who You Are”

Belfast won’t be forgetting who Miles Kane is.

Photo Album