THE FIRIDAY FIVE – 17.3.2017

1. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
2. John Hassall and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
3. Amy MacDonald – Automatic
4. Sister Sledge – Frankie
5. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy

You may have noticed that today is St Patrick’s Day. So, i’m doing a couple of themed charts. One for Northern Ireland, one for Republic Of Ireland, and one for the musical Patricks (and Paddys and Pats) out there.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

1. Wonder Villains – TV
2. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
3. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
4. Snow Patrol – Signal Fire
5. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

1. U2 – The Fly
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Heathers – Remember When
4. Sinead Lohan – Whatever It Takes
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

FIVE SONGS BY BANDS WITH SOMEONE CALLED PAT, PATRICK OR PADDY

1. Prefab Sprout – King Of Rock n Roll
2. Train – Drops Of Jupiter
3. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia
4. Hue and Cry – Labour Of Love
5. Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.6.2016 (A EURO 2016 SPECIAL)

1. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
2. Birdy – Keeping You Head Up
3. Tom Odell – Magnetised
4. Biffy Clyro – Wolves Of Winter
5. Johnny Lloyd – Pilgrims

Today is the start of Euro 2016. Sounds like a good excuse for a chart, or a series of charts.

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP A

1. Yello – Oh Yeah
2. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. Air – Sexy Boy
5. Alexandra Stan – Lemonade

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP B

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Mansun – Wind Open Space
3. Stereophonics – Dakota
4. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
5. The Cure – Close To Me

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP C

1. Wonder Villains – TV
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
4. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
5. Ruslana – Wild Dance

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP D

1. Enrique Iglesias – Do You Know?
2. Can Bonomo – Love Me Back
3. Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme
4. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew
5. Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP E

1. Gala – Freed From Desire
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Roxette – Joyride
4. Spagna – Call Me
5. Ace Of Base – The Sign

SONGS BY ACTS FROM COUNTRIES IN GROUP F

1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
3. Bjork – Play Dead
4. Christina Strumer – Fieber
5. Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.3.2016

1. The 1975 – The Sound
2. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
3. James – Nothing But Love
4. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
5. Gwen Stefani – Misery

First of all, apologies for not doing a St Paddy’s Day chart for you last week. I forgot. Too busy doing a Red Hot Chilli Peppers one.

Still, here’s some songs for you to get through your hangover today.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

1. Wonder Villains – TV
2. Ash – A Life Less Ordinary
3. The Adventures – Broken Land
4. The Divine Comedy – The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count
5. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

1. U2 – The Fly
2. Heathers – Remember When
3. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
4. The Cranberries – Dream
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

Meanwhile, this week saw the latest Belsonic headliner announced – Chemical Brothers. I love Chemical Brothers, but live dance music doesn’t do it for me. Anyway, i’ll be in France when they are in Belfast.

I saw them live at T In The Park once, so if you are going, you’ll probably have a good night.

Now, if Belsonic could hurry up and get Noel Gallagher, The 1975, Chvrches and Madness to do headline gigs, that would be nice. I’m not asking for much.

Anyway, here’s a Chemical Brothers chart for you.

FIVE SONGS BY CHEMICAL BROTHERS

1. Go
2. Galvanize
3. Do It Again
4. The Test
5. Out Of Control

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 8.1.2016

1. Ellie Goulding – Army
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Eliza and the Bear – It Gets Cold
4. Kygo ft Maty Noyes – Stay
5. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods

Tonight, sees Top Of The Pops : The Story Of 1981 on BBC Four (10pm) looking back at the music of 1981 in anticipation for the repeats of 1981 episodes of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four next Thursday.

As is now tradition, here’s a 1981 chart to get you in the mood.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1981

1. Kim Wilde – Kids In America
2. Human League – Don’t You Want Me Baby
3. Aneka – Japanese Boy
4. Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men
5. Jo Dolce – Shaddap You Face

Honourable mention for Ossie’s Dream. Even though it’s a rival football team, it’s still a quality tune.

Also, a new series of The Life Of Rock begins on BBC Four next Thursday as well. I cannot recommend that show enough.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.3.2015

1. Coasts – Modern Love
2. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
3. Muse – Psycho
4. Florence and the Machine – What Kind Of Man
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

For some reason, I totally forgot about it being St Patrick’s Day coming up and thus, forgot to do a chart. Consider that corrected, and a bonus chart

TOP FIVE PATRICKS

1. Starfish
2. Sharpin (more commonly known as Pat Sharp)
3. Stewart
4. Swayze
5. Duffy

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

1. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
2. Wonder Villains – TV
3. Duke Special – Freewheel
4. Ash – Envy
5. Briana Corrigan – Love Me Now

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

1. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
2. U2 – The Fly
3. Hozier – Take Me To Church
4. Kodaline – Honest
5. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

The line-up for Belsonic 2015 was announced last night. Stereophonics and Paloma Faith are the ones that appeal to me. Here’s five songs to look out for in August

FIVE SONGS BY BELSONIC PERFORMERS

1. Stereophonics – Dakota
2. Bastille – Pompeii
3. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
4. Rudimental – Free (ft Emeli Sande)
5. Paloma Faith – Thirty Minute Love Affair

And finally, The Charlatans have been announced to be coming to Belfast in May as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. So, Charlatans Top Five anyone?

FIVE SONGS BY THE CHARLATANS

1. Love Is The Key
2. Blackened Blue Eyes
3. Forever
4. The Only One I Know
5. North Country Boy

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : AUG 15 – AUG 21

It’s a Royal Edition this week, so put on your best clothes and be on your best behaviour.

This week saw the 37th anniversary of Elvis Presley faking his death to open up a chip shop. Remember, he’s not dead, he’s just having a break. The week after he faked his death, Legs and Co did a tribute. It’s what he would have wanted.

No even a Number 1 in 2002 off the back of a sportswear commercial could tempt him out of retirement.

That day, was Madonna’s 19th birthday. It’s unknown wether that ruined it. On her 34th birthday, Nottingham Forest played Liverpool in the first ever Sky Super Sunday. It’s unknown if she watched it.

Meanwhile, sharing a death date with Elvis, is Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners.

Born the day after Madonna, a woman who believes Heaven is a place on earth, and her surname is the most heavenly place on earth.

Kevin Rowland (no relation to Kelly Rowland) from Dexy’s turned 61 this week. They did more than one song you know.

So, we’ve had The King Of Rock N Roll, The Queen Of Pop, and now, John Deacon from Queen, 63 this week.

Queen’s TOTP appearances were rare. It’s a pity they didn’t do one for Radio Ga Ga. It would have looked amazing the whole audience doing the hand clappy bit at the chorus.

And now, Europe, who actually came from Europe (Sweden) with The Final Countdown.

Their follow-up single, The Final 15 To 1, didn’t chart so high.

It’s an onslaught of poodle hair rockers now. Led Zep’s lack of singles denied Robert Plant any TOTP action until his solo career.

Phil Lynott would have got his Bus Pass this week.

Joe Strummer would have been 62 this week. Here’s his only TOTP appearance, pretending to be a football commentator.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 3 – JAN 9

Thanks for coming back after last week’s debut for this week’s trawl through the TOTP archive.

Mark Hollis of Talk Talk is 59 this week. He got bored of pop and decided to set up a broadband provider

Exactly a year younger, Bernard Summer has made many TOTP appearances with Joy Division and New Order, but i’m going to throw a curveball and include this from Electronic, who would have been a Manc Supergroup if it wasn’t for the presence of Newcastle’s Neil Tennent.

It’s easy forget how good Electronic were. They did other songs than Getting Away With It, you know.

54 this week, Michael Stipe once had hair. Here’s proof of it.

There aren’t many REM TOTP appearances on the net, but this one, is great.

Also born on 4th January (in this case, 1977) was Tim Wheeler of Ash, for some reason, had their stage cordoned off when performing A Life Less Ordinary in 1997.

While all those were celebrating their birthday in 1986, Phil Lynott died. He once did the TOTP theme but didn’t appear to promote the single, so they got a load of dancers to do it. Check out Peter Powell’s dad dancing.

Exactly 25 years later, Gerry Rafferty died. You should probably stop playing your imaginary Saxophone, i’m not playing that song.

Another death anniversary this week, is Jon Lee from Feeder on 7th January 2002. And yes, I am aware that this week’s round-up is taking a morbid direction.

Back to births, and Kit Kat Brand Ambassador Elvis Presley turns 79. Yep, i’m talking about Elvis in the present tense because well, Elvis lives.

He’s not dead. He’s just, taking a break.

I could show the Legs and Co tribute from the week he faked his death, but instead, i’ll show some 1980s tributes to him.

I only learnt recently that Jimmy Sommerville sang backing vocals on Suspicious Minds (The one by Fine Young Cannibals, in case you were wondering)

And sadly, we go back to death anniversaries, this time, Steve Clark of Def Leppard on 8th January 1991. Feel free to pour some sugar on yourself as a tribute.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.1.2013

1. Vance Joy – Riptide
2. David Bowie – I’d Rather Be High
3. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
4. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
5. U2 – New Year’s Day

Tonight, is “Top Of The Pops – The Story Of 1979” on BBC Four, which more than likely means that repeats of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four will continue into 1979.

In celebration of this, here’s a 1979 themed chart.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1979

1. Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
2. Gary Numan – Cars
3. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
4. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
5. The Specials – Ratrace

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.3.2012

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
3. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
4. Noel Fielding – Luxury Comedy Theme Tune
5. Emeli Sande – Next To Me

So, as it’s St Paddy’s Day tomorrow, I shall be spending the day in The Hatfield wearing my Guinness hat and getting drunk to the sound of The Dubliners.

Having done charts for St David’s Day, and St Andrew’s Day, I might as well do one for St Paddy’s Day

FIVE SONGS BY REPUBLIC OF IRELAND ACTS

1. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
2. The Cranberries – Dreams
3. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
4. Samantha Mumba – Always Come Back To Your Love
5. Laura Izibor – Shine

FIVE SONGS BY NORTHERN IRELAND ACTS

1. Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
2. Katie Melua – The Flood
3. Duke Special – I’ll Come When You Call
4. The Adventures – Broken Land
5. Snow Patrol – Signal Fire

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 23.12.2011

Due to unexplainable technical issues, there was no Friday Five last week. Hope this week’s makes up for it.

1. Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No!
2. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
3. Team America – Team America Theme
4. Damien Rice – Cannonball
5. Noah and the Whale – Life Is Life

Last week’s technical fuck-up meant you missed out on the Five Best Songs Ever By An Act From X-Factor.

Shouldn’t be too hard, there are only five listenable tracks by X-Factor acts.

FIVE SONGS BY X-FACTOR ACTS

1. Jedward – Lipstick
2. Diana Vickers – My Wicked Heart
3. Leona Lewis – Forgive Me
4. Diana Vickers – The Boy Who Murdered Love
5. Leona Lewis – Better In Time

Seeing as it’s Christmas, I might as well join in the fun and do a Christmas Five.

Everyone knows what I want for Christmas, and that I don’t want it until 4.45pm on Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas to all readers, hope to fill up the blogosphere with more pictures and music suggestions in 2012.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. Jonah Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas (War Is Over)