MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 15.12.1999

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.

THE SOUND OF 2020

We haven’t had our first 24 hours of 2021 yet and I can’t imagine that many want to look back at 2020, but it’s time for my annual look back at the best songs of the past year.

I’m not going to insult you by cutting and pasting the usual about how it was a great year and all that. It really wasn’t.

Even though we got treated to some interesting covers and live online concerts from bored pop stars in lockdown, i’d swap all that for a return to normality.

As much as i’ve loved Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco, i’d rather it not have to exist, if you know what I mean.

I actually have concert tickets for 2021, unsurprisingly, most are carried over from 2020.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are first up in April, although that is looking ambitious, considering that Paul Weller scheduled for the week before has already been put back to November.

Also in the diary is Lightning Seeds, Ash, Doves and Beabadoobee.

Hopefully, when I do get back to concerts, it won’t be in the first batch. Let’s be honest, they’ll be full of tanked up bellends determined to “make up for” what they’ve “missed out on”.

You don’t realise how much a sound crowd adds to a concert until you’re surrounded by bellends.

So, enjoy the best songs of 2020. Hopefully, i’ve introduced you to something you’ll like.

Let’s hope 2021 will be a lot better than 2020, although we’re working off a very low bar.

  1. Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
  2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  3. Powfu ft Barbadoobee – Death Bed
  4. Post Malone – Circles
  5. David Guetta and Sia – Let’s Love
  6. Royal Blood – Trouble’s Coming
  7. Beabadoobee – Care
  8. Paul Molloy – Dungaree Day
  9. Shader – Don’t You Forget About Me
  10. Georgia – Running Up That Hill
  11. Declan McKenna – Beautiful Faces
  12. Tom Grennan – Amen
  13. Andy Bell – Cherry Cola
  14. Lady Gaga – Stupid Love
  15. Dea Matrona – Roll With It
  16. Blossoms – Paperback Writer
  17. Dermot Kennedy – Giants
  18. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Wildflower
  19. Blossoms ft James Skelly – Dreaming Of You
  20. Beabadoobee – Together
  21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Come On Outside
  22. Crowded House – Whatever You Want
  23. Tom Grennan – Something Better
  24. Samara Ginsberg – Inspector Gadget
  25. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me
  26. Oasis – Don’t Stop
  27. 24kgoldn – City Of Angels
  28. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – We’re Gonna Get There In The End
  29. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Some Might Say
  30. Samara Ginsberg – Knight Rider
  31. Declan McKenna – Rapture
  32. Samara Ginsberg – Thomas The Tank Engine
  33. Liam Gallagher – All You’re Dreaming Of
  34. Beabadooebee – Worth It
  35. Karen O and Willie Nelson – Under Pressure
  36. Tate McRae – You Broke Me First
  37. Declan McKenna – Be An Astronaut
  38. Two Mad Men And A String Quartet – Madness Hits Medley
  39. Blossoms – It’s Going To Be A Cold Winter
  40. Arlo Parks – Black Dog
  41. New Order – Be A Rebel
  42. Izzy Bizu – Faded
  43. The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy
  44. David Latto – Geordie Munro
  45. Magnum Haus – Rip It Up
  46. Swim School – Dignity
  47. Ash – Darkest Hour Of The Night
  48. Doves – Broken Eyes
  49. AC/DC – Shot In The Dark
  50. Tom Ogden – Everyday I Write The Book

PAST WINNERS

2019 Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
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 Diamonds – Shampain
2009 Little Boots- New In Town
2008 Sons and Daughters – Darling
2007 Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 1.12.1999

Supergrass are this week’s cover stars of Melody Maker, in a week where Oasis announced details of a UK tour in the summer of 2000.

That Oasis tour will take in gigs in Bolton, London and Edinburgh, amidst rumours that the band will leave Creation to form their own record label.

Rick Witter of Shed Seven is the subject of a Q and A, revealing he didn’t want the band to release a Greatest Hits album, and enjoyed seeing his sister get married to the band’s drummer.

Cover stars Supergrass get four pages as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Germany.

Tim Burgess gets asked about his obsessions, revealing himself to be obsessed with Bob Dylan, and blowing up food in microwaves.

In concert reviews, Melody Maker went to see Foo Fighters in Glasgow and Metallica in Berlin.

Lightning Seeds are this week’s Singles Reviewers, giving the Single Of The Week Award to Longpigs, while sending Ace Of Base to The Dumper.

Cerys Matthews is also the subject of a Q and A, revealing she would avenge a friend’s murder.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2019

1. Taylor Swift ft Brendon Urie – Me
2. The Divine Comedy – Queuejumper
3. Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
4. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
5. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s Eurovision this weekend. So, to get you in the mood, as if you need to be got into the mood, here’s a chart for you

FIVE SONGS FROM EUROVISION

1. Rasmussen – Higher Ground
2. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 11.9.1996

A topless (did he ever wear a shirt in 1996?) Peter Andre is the cover star of this week’s Smash Hits, with a Superman logo painted on his chest, but with a P instead of an S.

In news, Ant and Dec have signed a £1m deal to present shows for Channel 4, while Smash Hits does a report on the highlights from the Reading Festival and V96.

Meanwhile, Boyzone have announced that their next single will be a cover of Words by Bee Gees.

Staying with Boyzone, two of Shane Lynch’s sisters have formed a pop band called Desire. Yes, that’s Keavy Lynch and Edele Lynch from B*Witched. The other member of Desire was Sinead O’Carroll, also of B*Witched. Lindsay from B*Witched wasn’t a member of Desire.

It is interested to note, that Keavy’s name was spelt Ceavy in this edition. It is unsure if she changed the spelling or if Smash Hits messed up.

Cover star Peter Andre gets a double page interview.

In competitions, you could win a visit to your school by Spice Girls.

In website reviews, Mariah Carey’s website gets reviewed, and is not considered to be user friendly.

Shane Lynch wasn’t the only pop star to have relatives vying for pop fame, as Michael Jackson’s nephews launched a band called 3T, who get a double page feature.

Also getting a double page feature is Oasis, after a chaotic American tour where Liam went AWOL.

Geri and Mel B from Spice Girls are Singles Reviewer, poo pooing Shampoo’s new single and giving the Best Single award to Busta Rhymes.

Also appearing in this week’s edition was Emma Bunton, giving Stephen Gately questions from a biscuit tin. He prefers Oasis over Blur.

The magazine ends with an interview with Louise Wener from Sleeper.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 31.7.1996

Eternal are the cover stars of this week’s Smash Hits, described as being “Now with added bounce”.

There is an Oasis column, keeping us up to date with Gallagher (and Arthurs, McGuigan, White) related news, Noel Gallagher told Tom Cruise at the premiere of Mission Impossible that he’d be a great James Bond.

There is a look at the headlines that have surrounded Jarvis Cocker this year, and Smash Hits assess their credibility.

Eternal are interviewed as they indulge in activities they find fun, such as rollerblading, going to the gym, and bowling.

In competitions, you could win the chance to meet Michael Jackson.

There is a three page feature on Suede, making a comeback and being described as “The Kings Of Pop”.

Bon Jovi’s website gets reviewed as is recommended to visit.

Dodgy are this week’s Singles Reviewers, unsurprisingly, give their own single Good Enough the award for Best Single.

Suggs takes questions from a biscuit tin, appropriately getting involved in the Digestives v Rich Tea debate, stating that Digestives are better.

The magazine ends with an interview with Mike Flowers.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.3.2019

1. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Longshot
2. Chvrches and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Miracle
3. KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
4. The Prodigy – Firestarter
5. Rose Elinor Dougall – First Sign

Today, is International Women’s Day. As is now tradition on this blog, i’ll do some themed charts.

If you doing something or going to something, enjoy yourself.

If you’re not that bothered and it’s just another day to you, enjoy yourself.

Whatever you’re doing, just don’t be a dick about it. You know who I mean, the sort of person who sits in front of a computer screaming IT’S NOVEMBER 19TH!!!!!!

Here’s some charts

FIVE SONGS BY FEMALE VOCALISTS

1. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
2. Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back To Me
3. Madonna – Who’s That Girl?
4. Amy Studt – Misfit
5. Britney Spears – Boys

FIVE SONGS BY FEMALE FRONTED BANDS

1. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
2. Chvrches – Lies
3. Paramore – Hard Times
4. Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love
5. Garbage – Stupid Girl

FIVE SONGS BY GIRL GROUPS

1. Sugababes – Soul Sound
2. Alisha’s Attic – I Am I Feel
3. Bananarama – Love In The First Degree
4. Girls Aloud – Biology
5. Little Mix – Black Magic

FIVE SONGS WITH A GIRL’S NAME IN THE TITLE

1. The Killers – Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
2. Toto – Roseanna
3. Oasis – Lyla
4. Marillion – Kayleigh
5. Franz Ferdinand – Eleanor Put Your Boots On

FIVE SONGS WITH GIRL OR WOMAN IN THE TITLE

1. Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
2. White Town – Your Woman
3. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
4. Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
5. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.11.2018

1. Jade Bird – Love Has All Been Done Before
2. Johnny Marr – Spiral Cities
3. Editors – Cold
4. Razorlight – America
5. The Strypes – Get Into It

This Monday, sees International Men’s Day. So, as is tradition, here’s a series of musical charts. If you’re celebrating, that’s cool. If it’s just another day for you, that’s cool. Just don’t be a self-hating dick fishing for likes on Social Media about it.

FIVE SONGS BY MALE SOLO ARTISTS

1. Prince – Gold
2. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA … What A Life
4. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
5. Kyle Falconer – Family Tree

FIVE SONGS WITH BOY OR MAN IN THE TITLE

1. The Killers – The Man
2. T-Rex – 20th Century Boy
3. Aneka – Japanese Boy
4. Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
5. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

FIVE SONGS BY ALL MALE GROUPS

1. Europe – The Final Countdown
2. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
3. A-Ha – Take On Me
4. U2 – The Fly
5. Queen – I Want It All

FIVE SONGS WITH MALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Bat For Lashes – Daniel
2. Toni Basil – Mickey
3. Oasis – Little James
4. Sister Sledge – Frankie
5. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home