- Sam Fender – Spit Of You
- Simon Le Bon and John Taylor – Let’s Dance
- The Ronettes – Be My Baby
- Muse – Won’t Stand Down
- Tears For Fears – Break The Man
As the millennium approaches, Travis are the cover stars of Melody Maker, having hit the big time in 1999.
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics talks to Melody Maker about working with his namesake (and no relation) Tom, with a duet between Tom Jones and Stereophonics due to be released in the new year.
In news, Melody Maker was in the news, with Cerys Matthews comments on drugs in a recent edition of Melody Maker being debated on Question Time.
There is a profile of one of the cult TV shows of the year, Rock Profile on UK Play, starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
Travis get four pages as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Europe.
Hoping to be as big as Travis in the future are Muse, who get a full page profile on the following page.
The early months of 2000 will see Oasis release a new album, and Melody Maker gives a track by track review, courtesy of a “shadowy insider”
In reviews, Melody Maker pays a visit to Brighton to see James in concert, and a trip to Glasgow to see Pet Shop Boys.
It’s October 2012 and Muse, with a space background are the cover stars of Q.
Blur get a two page photo special as they reunited to play Hyde Park, but do a couple of low key gigs first.
That concert was part of the Olympic celebrations, with a two page feature on the musical highlights of that sporting event.
Q goes for lunch with Daryl Hall, who talks about doing ads for Google with bad puns.
Also meeting Q is Bloc Party, who are back together three years after splitting up.
Tulisa gets a three page profile, as she is described as Britain’s Most Ambitious Pop Star, leading into a nine page profile of Muse.
The magazine ends with a Q and A with Professor Green, who reveals that he was once arrested when he was in hospital awaiting surgery.
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
1. Muse – Hungry Like The Wolf
2. Ryan Adams – Manchester
3. Chemical Brothers – MAH
4. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot
5. The Killers – Land Of The Free
1. Pale Waves – Eighteen
2. Muse – Pressure
3. King Princess – 1950
4. Charles Aznavour – She
5. George Ezra – Shotgun
I hate it when Belsonic announces concerts by acts I like and want to see. Pissed up schoolkids, people too thick to put empty bottles in a bin, and scummy tramps stinking of cigs and vapes. I would have preferred it if George Ezra did an Odyssey concert on his March tour.
1. The Kooks – Four Leaf Clover
2. DMAs – Believe
3. Muse – Something Human
4. Dennis Lloyd – Nevermind
5. Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody
Not a large magazine this week, as we look back at a free sampler edition of Melody Maker, which was free for one week only as it changed to an A4 sized publication.
This edition saw Cerys Matthews as the cover star.
As you open the magazine, there is an editorial explaining the new look, as well as a look at some classic Melody Maker covers.
There is an article called Maker Breakers, detailing the breakthrough acts interviewed by Melody Maker in 1999 such as Groove Armada, Gay Dad and Muse.
Dexter Holland of The Offspring is subject of a Q and A, revealing he would watch an execution if it was broadcast on TV.
In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Travis in Aberdeen, gave four and a half stars to The Charlatans new album, while Ian Brown, Cerys Matthews and Ash were celebrity Singles Reviewers.
It’s late 2000, and Melody Maker is on tour with Eminem and Limp Bizkit.
Two Welsh rock stars were in the news this week, with James Dean Bradfield stopping an assault on old man, while Kelly Jones solo tour was given a “cautious welcome” by fans giving their opinions to Melody Maker.
Ash have announced that everyone will love their upcoming new album.
Suede were in Iceland to perform at a festival, a trip described as “farcical”.
There are four pages dedicated to Eminem and Limp Bizkit, with Melody Maker giving it to Limp Bizkit, slightly, for the best act.
Ten years after their first release, Alex and Graham from Blur look back at the band’s ten finest moments.
In reviews, Melody Maker visits Muse, The Bluetones, Coldplay and Idlewild in concert.
A toilet roll with parody song titles is this week’s cover image, as Melody Maker asks if the charts are going down the toilet.
Tommy Scott of Space reveals that he will sing on their new album in “his real voice”, after stating that he sang in character on the band’s previous albums.
The cover story gets four pages, with a panel of music fans, Melody Maker writers and Daphne and Celeste debating if the charts are crap.
There are two pages dedicated to the life of Ian Curtis from Joy Division, on the 20th anniversary of his death.
In concerts, Melody Maker paid a visit to see Bush supported by Muse and James supported by Coldplay.
In reviews, Toploader’s debut album gets an unfavorable two stars out of five.