50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 31 – FEB 6

With February now here, what does our look back at Top Of The Pops have for us.

We start, with Mike Read, in a pair of short shorts introducing KC and the Sunshine Band, wearing a multicolour coat. The 1980s, eh?

Fast forward a few years, we have Public Image Limited performing the superb Rise. Despite the jingly jangly radio friendly nature of the song, it actually has a dark subject matter …………. police brutality in South Africa.

We continue our 1980s theme with Lloyd Cole, who is actually no relation to Jimmy Car, believe it or not.

Moving away from the 1980s, to a pop star born in the 1980s, January 31st 1981 to be precise, Mr Justin Timberlake.

Another birthday this week, is Big Boi from Outkast.

A death anniversary, of sorts, as 19 years ago this week, Richey Edwards from Manic Street Preachers disappeared, and has never been seen since.

Incidentally, Richey Edwards disappeared on Shakira’s 18th birthday.

Alice Cooper turned 66 this week. Sadly for any kids watching, school isn’t out for summer ……. you still have another five months to go.

Also born this week in pop history was Tim Booth of James, the lead singer of one of my favourite bands. If you don’t like them, you should probably look away now, there’s a few videos coming up.

Also celebrating a birthday this week, is Natalie Imbruglia. She’s done some good songs you know.

Meanwhile, a death anniversary this week for Alex Harvey.

Patrick MacNee turned 92 this week. Yes, he of The Avengers. It’s basically an excuse to post a link to Don’t Look Back In Anger, which he appeared in the video for.

And finally, it’s Rick Astley’s birthday this week. It’s safe to watch this video. You won’t get Rickrolled.

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GLASGOW STREET ART

Went to Glasgow for a few days recently. I may have been on a break, but my Street Art Radar wasn’t on a break.

I didn’t go there specifically in search, but if it was there, it would have been rude not to take a photo.

If anyone is wondering, the 1935-1982 one is of singer Alex Harvey, a singer from Glasgow

My favourite was the one of the balloons and the taxi near Central Station.

Photo Album

 

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.12.2011

1. Rihanna – We Found Love
2. The Coronas – Addicted To Progress
3. The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over
4. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
5. Beyonce – Love On Top

As ever, last week’s X-Factor themes ripped the piss. First up, was ‘Guilty Pleasures’, which was difficult for me as I have no guilty pleasures, every song I like is brilliant.

However, feel free to enjoy that some people may consider to be guilty pleasures.

FIVE ‘GUILTY PLEASURES’

1. Cliff Richard – Wired For Sound
2. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
3. Spagna – Call Me
4. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
5. The Wanted – Heart Vacancy

Meanwhile, the second theme was ‘Heroes’, which rather disappointingly, didn’t involve any of them singing from Lynda Carter’s back catalogue.

Instead it was ‘Musical Heroes’, where tone deaf chancers spoke of their admiration of tone deaf chancers who have sold loads of records.

Poor Janet Devlin found this hard, as she only listens to “Obscure music that nobody else has heard of”, as a nation collectively screams “Oh fuck off you fucking self-righteous Emo” at their TV screens, as we see her and her boyfriend in her bedroom, listening to obscure music on her ipod.

I felt sorry for him. When she took him up to her bedroom, he was obviously expecting to get laid, not be subjected to “Obscure music” through an ipod.

Anyway, here’s five hero songs

FIVE HERO SONGS

1. Stereophonics – Superman
2. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
3. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
4. Aerosmith – Spiderman Theme
5. Five For Fighting – Superman

Meanwhile, this week saw the tenth anniversary of the death of George Harrison.

I can actually remember when it was announced, I didn’t find out until the Friday morning as it was announced late on a Thursday night, that it was the lead story on Ceefax.

I was at Bangor Tec and had planned on spending the morning doing assignment work, but ended up trawling the web for Harrison obituaries.

So here, are five classic George Harrison songs.

As a side note, the recent documentary about him that was on the BBC is rather good. I’m still waiting to hear back from the BBC about getting funding for my documentary ‘Ringo : The Tank Engine Years’

FIVE GEORGE HARRISON SONGS

1. Travelling Wilburys – Handle With Care
2. George Harrison – Any Road
3. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
4. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

Meanwhile, this week also saw St Andrew’s Day, which gave a good excuse to do a chart of songs by Scottish acts, and popstars called Andrew. Yes, there are five.

Don’t worry Welsh readers, you shall get your own chart for St David’s Day.

FIVE SCOTTISH SONGS

1. Big Country – One Great Thing
2. Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Boston Tea Party
3. Amy McDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
4. Deacon Blue – Twist And Shout
5. Travis – Side

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS CONTAINING SOMEONE CALLED ANDREW

1. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
2. Wham – Freedom
3. Hurricane #1 – Only The Strongest Will Survive
4. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
5. Andrew Cole – Outstanding

And finally, today marks the 30th birthday of Britney Spears. My word, I can still remember *That* school uniform video like it was yesterday.

So, let’s celebrate this milestone with a Top Five Britney Chart. you know you want to.

FIVE BRITNEY SPEARS SONGS

1. If You Seek Amy
2. Boys
3. Born To Make You Happy
4. Overprotected
5. Toxic