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 SOUND OF 2017 : 76-100

It’s that time of year folks where I count down the best songs of the year. It’s a bit later than usual, but it will be worth the wait.

I’ll spare you the usual crap about how it was a great year for music and all that. There were some good songs and some bad songs, so I spent a Sunday afternoon trying to put the good songs in an order.

Here’s the first batch. Enjoy

76. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – I Gotta Praise
77. Rose Elinor Dougall – Hell and Back
78. Shed Seven – It’s Not Easy
79. Benjamin Clementine – Jupiter
80. OMD – Isotype
81. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
82. The Amazons – Black Magic
83. Tove Lo – Being Boring
84. Metallica – Don’t Look Back In Anger
85. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
86. Joy Williams – Ordinary World
87. Matt Maltese – As The World Caves In
88. The Killers ft Paul McCartney – Helter Skelter
89. Rag n Bone Man – Reach Out I’ll Be There
90. Gorillaz – We Got The Power
91. Kasabian – Ill Ray
92. Paul Weller – Woo Se Mama
93. Donald Trump ft Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
94. Barry Manilow – New York State Of Mind
95. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
96. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Living In The City
97. Shed Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times, Disco Down
98. Blossoms – In Da Club/Careless Whisper
99. Imelda May – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
100. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 6.1.2017

1. Amy MacDonald – Dream On
2. The Killers ft Paul McCartney – Helter Skelter
3. Rag n Bone Man – Reach Out I’ll Be There
4. Bastille – Blame
5. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular

Listen up Pop Pickers, I bring you the news you’ve all been craving, that the Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four will continue into 1983.

Tonight on BBC Four is Top Of The Pops : The Story Of 1983 at 9pm, followed by a clip show, and then the first 1983 episode will be on next week.

To celebrate this, here’s some tunes from 1983 for you.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1983

1. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence
2. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
3. Simple Minds – Waterfont
4. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
5. Men At Work – Down Under

As a bonus, Saturday night on BBC Two (9pm) is the documentary David Bowie : The Last Five Years. The subject is self explanatory.

Meanwhile, over the Christmas period, BBC Four broadcast Pop Quiz – The Comeback. A show which is self explanatory, it’s a music quiz. I’ve only seen the first one (I have the second one recorded to watch this weekend) but I feel both proud and ashamed of the fact that I got 99% of the questions right.

I’m hoping to get 100% right when I get round to watching the second episode.

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.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – JUNE 1988

“In England, my image is still dodgy” proclaims George Michael, cover star of Q, in the summer of 1988.

Facing the wrath of Q in their “Who the hell ……..” column is Janet Street-Porter.

Prince gets four pages of the processes of his new album, with rumours of British dates in the summer of 1988.

Israeli singer Ofra Haza, billed as the “Yemenite Dancing Queen”, (her parents came from Yemen), gets a double page feature, focusing on her transformation from “Israel’s answer to Olivia Newton-John” to “The toast of the fasionable Western dancefloor” in the space of then years, following the success of her hit, Im Nin Alu.

In news, Paul McCartney announces plans to release an album exclusively in Russia, claiming “Many of my loyal fans are in the Soviet Union”, and James Brown has been arrested for attempted murder.

Bruce Springsteen has announced summer gigs at Wembley, Villa Park and Bramall Lane.

Formerly of 10CC, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme get a three page interview about their video making career, complete with a photo of them in their office, surrounded by videos, and a couple of MTV awards just lying in the background.

George Michael is interviewed as he begins a solo tour in Rotterdam, complaining that he doesn’t have the credibility in the UK that he has in the US, mainly due to him being associated with Wham!

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JUN 13 – JUN 19

Last week’s 50YOTOTP featured Cerys Matthews, who ended up getting an MBE. I didn’t even know The Queen read this blog.

This week’s trawl through TOTP history begins with Buddy Holly. Oh wait, it’s a guy who looks like him.

And from Buddy Holly …….. to the Rovers Return.

…… and a TOTP performance from the first band to appear on CD:UK

Boy George turns 52 this week. This song, is brilliant.

Another week, another Sugababe birthday. This week, Siobhan Donaghy, who narrowly lost out to Siobhan Fahey as pop’s most famous Siobhan.

Noddy Holder turns 68 this week. You know what song I want to play, but well, IIIIITTTTTTT’S NOOOOOTTTT CHHHRRRRISSSSTMMMAAASSSS!!!!

Here’s Oasis covering Slade from 1996

The first of two Norn Iron pop birthdays this week, Gary Lightbody (being covered by Leona Lewis)

And on his 9th birthday ……. Nadine Coyle came into the world

Meanwhile, the second greatest living Beatle celebrated a birthday this week.

And from Macca, to Moyet.

Whicj nicely links into the fact it’s two years since the Moyet covering Brian Hibbard died.

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 51-75

51. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
52. Paul McCartney – New
53. Muse – Panic Station
54. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
55. Taylor Swift – 22
56. Hurts – Miracle
57. Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
58. Wonder Villains – Blonde
59. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
60. Passenger – Let Her Go
61. Kodaline – High Hopes
62. London Grammar – Strong
63. Lorde – Royals
64. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
65. Haim – Forever
66. Stereophonics – We Share the Same Sun
67. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
68. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
69. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
70. Bastille – Laura Palmer
71. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
72. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
73. Haim – Falling
74. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane
75. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.11.2013

1. Nick Mulvey – Nitrious
2. Classified ft Olly Murs – Inner Ninja
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaff
4. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
5. Paul McCartney – New

Last week, was ‘Disco Week’ on X-Factor, and rather disappointingly, nobody sang ‘Disco 2000’, probably because it wasn’t a Disco song. X-Factor isn’t as much fun when they stick to the rules.

FIVE DISCO SONGS

1. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
2. Aneka – Japanese Boy
3. Boogie Box High – Jive Talkin
4. Lipps Inc – Funkytown
5. Blondie – Heart Of Glass

As a bonus, much love popular beat combo Unemployment Benefit 40 are playing a gig at The Limelight in Belfast next year, which is as random as you can get.

As a tribute, here’s a Top Five.

(NOTE : I’ve left out “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” by Robert Palmer cos it’s more of a Robert Palmer song. To include it, would be more controversial than leaving it out.

FIVE UB40 SONGS

1. Red Red Wine
2. Sing Our Own Song
3. Rat In Mi Kitchen
4. Don’t Break My Heart
5. Tell Me Is It True

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 1.11.2013

1. Paul McCartney – New
2. U2 – Ordinary Love
3. Arlissa – Into The Light
4. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
5. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye

So last week, was movie week on X-Factor, where they resorted to singing a U2 song from a documentary about U2. Yep.

FIVE SONGS FROM FILMS

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
3. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
4. Lisa Loeb – Stay
5. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 15.6.2012

1. Little Boots – Headphones
2. Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive
3. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess Of China
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
5. White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

This Tuesday, it’s Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday. Fab. Groovy. Rad. Know what I mean Maaaaan.

Anyway, the 3rd best Beatles Simpsons guest star and 2nd greatest living Beatle (Thomas The Tank Engine and his Simpsons cameo swing it in Ringo’s favour) deserves a Top five.

Look out next week for an Ash Top Five as they celebrate their 20th anniversary next week. But, until then, here’s a Paul McCartney Top Five

FIVE PAUL McCARTNEY SONGS

1. Song We Were Singing
2. Live And Let Die
3. Maybe I’m Amazed
4. Beautiful Tonight
5. Frog Chorus