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

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2013 IN PICTURES – JUNE

There may have been no football, but June was still a busy month, with many photos.

At the start of the month, protest t-shirts began appearing on trees in Ormeau Park, and I saw Silhouette in concert at Stiff Kitten.

Meanwhile, I was out and about with my camera, and got some pics of Street Art and Graffiti near Lavery’s. There was even one in East Belfast declaring Eric Clapton’s divinity.

I also attended The Big IF, held at Botanic Gardens to coincide with the G8, where I got absolutely drenched watching Two Door Cinema Club do an Acoustic set. Not one of my more pleasurable photo adventures.

Meanwhile, on my travels, I saw Street Art in Lisburn urging people to love more, stencils of Norman Wisdom in Ballyclare, and attending Whitewash, a Street Art event in Portadown.

Belfast Randomness

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Eric Clapton and the G8

The Big IF

The Big IF Photo Album

Whitewash Portadown

Whitewash Portadown Photo Album

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.8.2013

1. The Vaccines – Melody Calling
2. Katy Perry – Roar
3. Tired Pony – All Things All At Once
4. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
5. Jake Bugg – Broken

So, Tennent’s Vital is almost over, but Belsonic is about to start. I’m Sueding it this year (and James. Ever so excited about that line-up) so will get you in the mood with a Top Five from the Belsonic line-uo.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT BELSONIC

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Suede – Beautiful Ones
3. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
4. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
5. Ben Howard – Only Love

THE HALF-TERM HALF CENTURY

Six months gone, six months to go, we are officially at the halfway stage of 2013.

As per tradition on this blog, I shall do a Top 50 songs of the year so far, a nice wee preview of my Top 100 in December.

So, here we go …….. the Top 50 songs of 2013 so far.

1. Editors – A Ton Of Love
2. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
3. Phoenix – Entertainment
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
5. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
6. Suede – It Starts And Ends With You
7. Bastille – Pompei
8. Haim – Don’t Save Me
9. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
10. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
11. Wonder Villains – Blonde
12. Foals – My Number
13. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
14. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
15. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
16. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
17. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
18. Muse – Panic Station
19. Robin Thicke ft Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
20. Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
21. Kodaline – High Hopes
22. Mark Owen – Stars
23. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
24. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
25. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
26. Frank Turner – Recovery
27. Miles Kane – Give Up
28. Hurts – Miracle
29. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
30. Silhouette – Toss It Up
31. Passenger – Let Her Go
32. Matthew Koma – One Night
33. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
34. Tom Odell – Hold Me
35. Suede – Hit Me
36. Pink ft Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
37. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
38. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
39. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
40. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
41. Paramore – Still Into You
42. Beady Eye – Flick Of The Finger
43. OMD – Dresden
44. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
45. Taylor Swift – 22
46. John Newman – Love Me Again
47. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
48. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
49. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out
50. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.6.2013

1. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
2. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
3. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
4. Silhouette – Toss It Up
5. Eliza Doolittle – Big When I Was Little

This Monday, is Canada Day, which sounds like a good excuse for a chart of Canadian acts. So, here we go.

FIVE SONGS BY CANADIAN ARTISTS

1. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
3. Appleton – Fantasy
4. Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
5. Nelly Furtado – Maneater

BELFAST RANDOMNESS

With the nice weather in recent weeks, i’ve made the most of it and cycled around Belfast, coming up with new routes. Amongst those routes this week, i’ve seen things that could be best described as “Random”

Cycling along the Westlink, I noticed some graffiti in the Donegall Road, so naturally, I changed direction, and headed over to get some photos of it. Nothing special as such, featuring usual suspects such as ANCO and NOTA, but it was good to get some photos that I didn’t have before.

On Monday night, I was out and about in Ravenhill getting some photos of the Street Art in Bikedock’s car park. I got photos, but they’re a bit rubbish.

While cycling back through Ormeau Park, I happened to have my attention grabbed by a series of trees. One had a t-shirt on it which said “Save The Trees” and another which said “Let Me Live”. An interesting form of protest. Not sure who it is by there.

A park bench beside them, had a cover knitted on top of them.

On Tuesday, the weather was so nice, I tried a few arty shots, and got one which made Belfast look rather nice, featuring the River Lagan and the two Harland and Wolff cranes. I even managed an arty selfpic of my shadow …….

…….. Which leads me nicely into the fact I was at Stiff Kitten for a concert headlined by Silhouette, supported by Runaway Go.

I’d seen Runaway Go before (at Arthur’s Day) and enjoyed them, but I was really there to Silhouette, a fantastic band who I love. As a beginner’s guide, you probably know ‘Can’t Keep Up’ from the Tourism adverts.

A mixed bag of photos, but the end of a four day run that shows that Belfast is a bit of a random place at times.

Street Art Photo Album

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 31.5.2013

1. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
2. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
3. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
4. Editors – A Ton Of Love
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

This week, it was announced that Charlatans will be performing at Falls Park as part of Feile. One of my favourite bands. So, an excuse, if it was needed, to do a Charlatans Top Five

FIVE CHARLATANS SONGS

1. Love Is The Key
2. Blackened Blue Eyes
3. Forever
4. North Country Boy
5. I Never Want An Easy Life

And finally, in other concert news, some new acts were added to the Belsonic bill. I was already excited about seeing Suede, but James being added to the bill makes me even more excited.

I saw them in Glasgow this year. They’re a band you must see live, though it will be interesting to see how their live show translates to an outdoor gig.

The other Belsonic gig which interests me is Friday 23rd August, Silhouette, Nina Nesbitt and The Courteeners. Not that fussed by Jake Bugg to be honest.

So, to get you in the mood for Belsonic, here’s a Belsonic themed chart for you.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT BELSONIC

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Suede – Trash
3. The Courteeners – What Took You Do Long?
4. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
5. Ben Howard – Only Love

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 7.12.2012

1. Lenka – Everything At Once
2. M82 – Midnight City
3. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
4. The Family Rain – Trust Me, I’m A Genius
5. Silhouette – Foxes

There is no X-Factor themed chart this week in protest at last week’s theme being utterly useless.

‘Songs that mean a lot to me’ – Seriously, they are making this up as they go along.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 27.1.2012

1. Lloyd – Dedication To My Ex
2. Lana Del Ray – Born To Die
3. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
4. Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
5. The Beatles – Taxman

Seeing as it was Burns Night this week, though i’d do a Top Five of songs by Scottish acts. Why not?

FIVE SONGS BY SCOTTISH ACTS

1. Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
2. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
3. Waterboys – Whole Of The Moon
4. KT Tunstall – Black horse And The Cherry Tree
5. Del Amitri – Roll To Me

TOP FIVE BURNS

1= Aaron/Billy Joe
3. Gordon
4. Montgomery
5. Pete

And seeing as it was Australia Day this week, why not have a chart countdown of Australia’s finest songs?

Sadly, New Seekers aren’t Australian enough for this chart, so “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” isn’t on the chart.

I’m awaiting angry abuse from Jason Donovan fans for him being left out of this chart.

FIVE AUSTRALIAN SONGS

1. Stefan Dennis – Don’t It Make you Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts
4. Mental As Anything – Live It Up
5. Angry Anderson – Suddenly

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 1-20

So, here it is, the Top 20 songs of the year ……….

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA What A Life
2. Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
3. The Pierces – Glorious
4. Jon Fratelli – Santo Domingo
5. The View – Blondie
6. Clare Maguire – The Last Dance
7. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
8. Beady Eye – The Roller
9. The Naked And The Famous – Young Blood
10. Girl Crisis – The Sign
11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I Wanna Live In A Dream In My Record Machine
12. Scala and Kolacny Brothers – With Or Without You
13. My Chemical Romance – Planetary
14. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
15. Sunday Girl – Stop Hey
16. Pearl and the Puppets – I Do Like You
17. Adele – Rollin In The Deep
18. Nero – You And Me
19. Tone Damli – Butterflies
20. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

So, congratulations to Noel Gallagher. What A Life ……. What a tune.

There is no prize as such, but if wants to meet up before his Belfast show in February, i’ll buy him a Hungry Hound. It’s only fair.

By the way, the offer of a Hungry Hound is still open to Marina and the Diamonds (2010) and Little Boots (2009) should they ever be in Belfast.

If you haven’t heard ‘AKA …… What A Life’, here’s the video, as well as the previous winners.

Sound Of 2010

Sound Of 2009

Sound Of 2008

Sound Of 2007

Sound Of 2006