THE FRIDAY FIVE – 14.4.2017

1. Barry Manilow – New York State Of Mind
2. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
3. Royal Blood – Lights Out
4. Biffy Clyro – Friend and Enemies
5. Saint Etienne – Magpie Eyes

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for Ulster Hall in September. (Yes, I will do this every week between now and September)

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.3.2017

1. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
2. Blondie – Long Time
3. The Music Gang – How Can I Compete?
4. Chuck Berry- Johnny B Goode
5. Saint Etienne – Heather

So, some gig news. Got myself a ticket to see Amy MacDonald at Custom House Square in August. Her last Belfast gig was so long ago (feel free to correct me if i’m wrong) that it was in Auntie Annie’s. She’s actually supporting Foy Vance. I’m not that fussed on Foy Vance, so i’ll be going to see her instead.

It won’t be the first time i’ve went to a concert just for the support band, having seen The Charlatans at Falls Park in 2013 while not being fussed about Happy Mondays. Also, in 2011, I left an outdoor Laura Marling concert early because it was a monsoon. I had a free ticket so it was no loss to me. Worst thing was, the next evening was beautiful sunshine.

That concert seems to be part of a series of concerts known as CHSQ, which as any abbreviations expert will tell you stands for Switzerland Squared.

I hope Switzerland Squared becomes my favourite music festival in Belfast.

Talking of festivals in Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is due to publish it’s programme soon. I had a dream Birdy was doing a concert there. I don’t think that has any merit or value, but I just thought i’d share it.

Shed Seven (with support from Cast) announced some extra tour dates. No Belfast date. Fuck sake.

Martin Garrix announced as the last Belsonic headline. At least they had the decency to tease that it would be an EDM (that’s Electronic Dance Music for all you old farts out there) “superstar” on social media, so I knew it was going to be shite.

Kasabian announced some gigs for (relatively) smaller venues in April. They did the same in 2014, so hopes up for an Odyseey gig later in the year.

Anyone fancy taking me to Electric Picnic to see Duran Duran and Madness?

Would love to see Duran Duran. The closest i’ve got was John Taylor doing a Q and A with fans at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013.

Also, i’m still looking for a Ryan Adams ticket for September.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SELECT – JUNE 1992

Kylie Minogue and Bobby Gillespie, an unlikely pair, are the cover stars of Select in the early summer of 1992.

In news, Morrissey is the subject of an autobiography, which he hates, despite the fact he hasn’t read it.

Saint Etienne are subject to an interview as they visit a waxwork museum and get photographed with their favourite pop stars. Bob Stanley announces that the band were looking to get their album finished by June, mainly so he could take time off to watch Euro 92 and Wimbledon.

In competitions, you could win tickets to see James, Sisters Of Mercy t-shirts, or a book about REM.

Reviews that month included The Charlatans in Manchester and Suede in Tunbridge Wells.

U2 take out an full page ad for an anti Sellafield concert in Manchester that they were headlining.

Select sets up an interview between Kylie Minogue and Bobby Gillespie. Kylie shies away when Bobby asks her about the 1992 UK General Election, saying she only cares about the environment.

Kylie gets asked about U2, stating “To be honest, i’ve never thought to myself that U2 are sexy”

Bobby then asks Kylie when she is going to do a Primal Scream cover, and suggesting they could be the “Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood of the 90s”

The magazine ends with Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred being interviewed, stating that Hardcore Techno isn’t finished, Sarah Ferguson would be suited to Donald Trump, they met Faith No More in America, who told them that Right Said Fred were their favourite band, and had talked to their record company about supporting them on tour.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Own up, who has ever fallen asleep during Christmas TOTP and woke up thinking The Queen was Number 1 with a Spoken Word song? Just me?

As Noddy Holder once sang ITTTTTT’SSSSSS CCCCCHHHHHRRRRISSSSSTTTTTMAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So here, is a selection of Christmas songs for you.

Keep an eye out for a hilarious Band Aid performance.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : APR 11 – APR 17

This week’s first video is for birthday boy Neville Staple, formerly of The Specials and Fun Boy Three.

There’s lots of fun in this video. Fun Boy Three, and the presenter of Fun House. And Bananarama.

And sadly, this week would have seen Stewart Adamson’s 56th birthday. This clip, also introduced by Pat Sharp came from a shortened episode due to live coverage of the 1983 FA Cup Final Replay, which conveniently is used to link into the video (There was no video, so BBC just did a goals montage, of what Pete Powell described as “Ace goals”) for “Glory Glory Man United” by Liverpool FC Squad.

Of course not, just seeing if you were paying attention. Would you like some tenuous links between Stewart Adamson and Manchester United?

Stewart Adamson, was actually born in Manchester, and Sir Alex Ferguson (a former player of Adamson’s favourite team, Dunfermline Athletic) attended his funeral.

How was “Mulder and Scully” by Catatonia not Number One? The truth is out there.

Blowing out birthday candles this week is Will Sergeant from Echo and the Bunnymen.

I remember when “Nothing Lasts Forever” came out, I thought they were a new band (in my defence, I was 14) …….

…… and didn’t know they had a back catalogue including this.

And now, 90s men, time to relive all those dreams you had of Sarah Cracknell.

Brace yourselves, this, is just ….. wow.

Ritchie Blackmore was 69 this week. Yet, when you try to find Rainbow Top Of The Pops appearance on Youtube, this comes up. So many questions, the most pressing of which is, where’s Bungle?

Sad anniversary now – Joey Ramone died 13 years ago this week.

And finally, a Royal Birthday of sorts, as Princess Posh of Beckingham Palace hits the big 40 this week.

2012 IN PICTURES – MAY

Two football matches and a concert was the story of this month, but they were high profile ones – the Irish Cup Final, and Manchester United at Windsor Park, while also seeing Saint Etienne at Custom House Square.

I also managed to get some graffiti shots.

Enjoy

Irish Cup Final

Irish Cup Final Photo Album

Saint Etienne Live At Custom House Square

Saint Etienne Photo Album

Manchester United v Irish League XI

Manchester United v Irish League XI Photo Album

Lagan Towpath Sunset

Graffiti Round-Up

SAINT ETIENNE – LIVE AT CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE 10.5.2012

Was at Custom House Square last night to see Saint Etienne perform, as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (CQAF)

They are one of those bands that you know more songs of theirs than you think you do. If you were a regular viewer of The Chart Show in the mid-late 90s, you definitely do know more songs than you think you do.

The band are returning with new material for the first time in seven years, and it showed at times, with some technical issues on the sound, and in some cases, Sarah Cracknell forgetting the words on some songs.

It was with some trepidation, by the singer’s own admission, that they previewed some new material. They needn’t have worried, the crowd enjoyed them. One woman inparticular in the front row, who screamed “I LOVE YOU SARAH!!!!” before turning her attentions to Bob Stanley with “I LIKE YOU BOB!!!! I REALLY REALLY LIKE YOU BOB”

As with any band, the biggest hits got the biggest cheers, and the crowd went wild for “You’re In A Bad Way” and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

Absolutely loved the live version of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

It was a nice vibe in a nice intimate venue but it did feel like it wasn’t as good as I’d expected. Maybe I built up too much expectations going into it?

That said, it was still an enjoyable evening.

Photos

See Also

Echo and the Bunnymen (CQAF 2010)

Echo and the Bunnymen (CQAF 2010) Photos

 

 

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 11.5.2012

1. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
2. Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way
3. Keane – Silenced By The Night
4. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
5. Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna

Paul Heaton celebrated his 50th birthday this week, and this milestone deserves a Top Five, a song of his for every decade he has been alive.

FIVE PAUL HEATON SONGS

1. The Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back
2. The Beautiful South – The Table
3. The Beautiful South – This Could Be Our Year
4. The Housemartins – Shelter
5. The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.4.2012

1. Fun ft Janelle Monae – We Are Young
2, Keane – Silenced By The Night
3. Embrace – You’re Not Alone
4. Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way
5. Hector Nicol – Hearts Song

It’s Robert Smith’s birthday tomorrow. The only reason I remember this is because it is on the same day as a mate. Happy Birthday Greg if you are reading this.

So, to commemorate this, here’s a Top Five The Cure chart.

FIVE SONGS BY THE CURE

1. Close To Me
2. Friday I’m In Love
3. Lullaby
4. Lovecats
5. Push

On Monday, it is St George’s Day. Having done St David, Andrew and Patrick, it’s only fair to do George. So, for all my English readers, here’s a St George’s Day chart.

FIVE SONGS BY ENGLISH ACTS

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Cast – Finetime
3. The Charlatans – Blackened Blue Eyes
4. Duran Duran – Wildboys
5. The Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FEATURING SOMEONE CALLED GEORGE

1. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
2. Wham – Freedom
3. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
4. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
5. The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun