THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.1.2018

1. George Ezra – Paradise
2. The Vaccines – Nightclub
3. The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue
4. Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)
5. Squeeze – Rough Ride

Today is Australia Day, so, you’ve guessed it, time to celebrate with an Australian themed chart.

FIVE SONGS BY AUSTRALIAN ACTS

1. Steffan Dennis – Don’t It Make You Feel Good
2. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
3. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You
4. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
5. Natalie Imbruglia – Want

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.1.2017

1. Squeeze – Rough Ride
2. Post Precious – Sign Of The Times
3. The Cranberries – Dreams
4. George Ezra – Paradise
5. Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)

This week, U2 teased that they will be doing a concert in Belfast later in the year. If it does happen, i’ll definitely be trying to go to this, having seen them at The Odyssey in 2015.

Sounds like a good excuse for a U2 Top Five.

FIVE SONGS BY U2

1. The Fly
2. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
3. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
4. Wild Honey
5. Angel Of Harlem

2016 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

It was a musical start to September 2016, by going to see Squeeze in concert at Ulster Hall, then going to see The Divine Comedy perform at HMV two days later.

It was back to football the following weekend as Linfield took on Portadown.

I was then off to Liverpool for a wedding and made a trip out of it, getting some Street Art photos in Liverpool.

The following weekend after my return from Liverpool, it was back to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Ards.

Having photographed Street Art in Liverpool, I was photographing Street Art in Belfast, of North Street and surrounding areas, having missed Culture Night due to being in Liverpool.

Squeeze live at Ulster Hall

Squeeze live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

The Divine Comedy live at HMV Belfast

The Divine Comedy live at HMV Belfast Photo Album

Linfield v Portadown

Liverpool Street Art

Liverpool Street Art Photo

Linfield v Ards

North Street Art

North Street Art Photo Album

SQUEEZE – LIVE AT ULSTER HALL 4.9.2016

80s Pop Legends Glenn and Chris popped into Belfast last Sunday to perform at Ulster Hall.

Not that Glenn and Chris. Obviously, Glenn Hoddle was in Trnava commentating on the England match for ITV.

No, this Glenn and Chris is Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze, one of those bands who you know more songs than you realise.

They entered the stage unremarkably, Tilbrook strolling onstage playing a bluesy guitar solo before launching into Hourglass, with the saxophone bits being replaced by organs.

Squeeze are back after a 17 year absence, returning in 2015 with a new album, Cradle To The Grave. The title track, was the theme tune to the BBC 1 Sitcom of the (almost) same name.

As a side note, if you haven’t seen Cradle To Grave, you really should. It’s based on Danny Baker’s autobiography. If Danny Baker is involved in something, you know it’s going to be brilliant.

That song went down well with the audience, as did the song that followed it, a cover of Harper Valley PTA.

After Tilbrook hogging the microphone, it was Chris Difford’s turn in the spotlight, singing their signature song which he sang lead vocals on, Cool For Cats.

During the performance, the LED screen on the stage had visuals to sync up with the lyrics, including a newspaper clipping of a 14 year old Glenn Tilbrook being suspended from school for having long hair.

A lot of the songs had slight changes to them, compared with the recorded version.

Tempted began with Glenn Tilbrook performing solo at a piano, with the audience clapping along where there should have been a drum beat before performing the song as it is known.

Clapping seemed to be a theme throughout the show, and dancing. A lot of clapping along and dancing.

Unsurprisingly, all the big hits were performed – Is That Love?, Pulling Mussels From A Shell, Labelled With Love, Another Nail In My Heart and Up The Junction.

For the encore, they performed Black Coffee In Bed, which is what a lot of the audience were looking forward to by this point, literally, and then finished where it all began, by performing Take Me I’m Yours, their first hit single.

Photo Album

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.9.2016

1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand
2. The Courteeners – No One Will Ever Replace Us
3. Bastille – Send Them Off
4. KT Tunstall – Hard Girls
5. Squeeze – This Summer

This Monday sees what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday.

So, in honour of this milestone, here’s a look at Queen’s five finest moments

FIVE SONGS BY QUEEN

1. Seven Seas Of Rhye
2. Let Me Live
3. Innuendo
4. Bicycle Race
5. I Want It All

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 5.2.2016

1. Franz Ferdinand – Matinee
2. Ellie Goulding – Army
3. Beauty Sleep – The Dark
4. Frank Turner – Mittens
5. Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira – When The Light Comes In

Today, sees tickets for Squeeze at Ulster Hall (Not until Setpember. That’s seven long months away) go on sale. Hoping to get one for this. To get you in the mood, here’s a Squeeze Top Five.

FIVE SONGS BY SQUEEZE

1. This Summer
2. Hourglass
3. Black Coffee In Bed
4. Another Nail In My Heart
5. Tempted

This coming Wednesday, is Ash Wednesday. I know it’s a religious event and this isn’t a religious blog, but it sounds like a good excuse for an Ash Top Five.

In the interests of equality, if there are any bands out there called Ramadan or Yom Kippur, send a few CDs my way and i’ll do a Top Five whenever those events occur.

FIVE SONGS BY ASH

1. Oh Yeah
2. Envy
3. Girl From Mars
4. Jesus Says
5. Cocoon

And finally, venturing into the world of TV, there is one show (it is music related) that I feel compelled to recommend for you. I was literally crying with laughter at times.

That show is Brian Pern : 45 Years Of Prog and Roll, starring Rhys Thomas, Simon Day and Paul Whitehouse. Off to a good start.

If you love The Fast Show and music history, you’ll love this.

Spoiler alert, features Noddy Holder fishing and Peter Gabriel getting worked up about seat belts.

You can watch it here.

THE SOUND OF 2015 : 51-75

51. Stereophonics – Song For The Summer
52. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia
53. Travis – Everything At Once
54. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love
55. Echosmith – Cool Kids
56. Charli XCX ft Rita Ora – Doing It
57. Cathal Smyth – Do You Believe In Love?
58. Squeeze – Cradle To Grave
59. Stereophonics – Cest La Vie
60. Walk The Moon – Different Colours
61. David Bowie – Blackstar
62. New Order – Restless
63. Muse – Psycho
64. Kodaline – Ready
65. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Riverman
66. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
67. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Dying Of The Light
68. James Bay – Hold Back The River
69. The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face
70. Chvrches – Empty Threat
71. Sunset Sons – She Wants
72. The Vaccines – Handsome
73. Years and Years – King
74. Charli XCX – Famous
75. Natalie Imbruglia – Instant Crush

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 24- JAN 30

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up from Top Of The Pops history, which features a tribute to a country.

Neil Diamond turned 73 this week. One of his most famous songs might surprise you ……. or maybe not, as Red Red Wine, made famous by UB40 was a cover of a Neil Diamond song.

Sharing a birthday, is TV’s Jools Holland, who believe it or not, was once a popstar as well, playing keyboards in Squeeze.

On the theme of Neil Diamond covers, here’s another one, by a man who shares a birthday with him (1959) ……… Mr Victor Reeves, performing with EMF in 1995.

Of course, it would be rude to mention Vic Reeves, and not include his collaboration with The Wonder Stuff.

58 this week, Andy Cox was a two time (or three time, if you include Two Men and a Drum Machine) pop star in the 1980s, with The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

So, in the interest of fair play, here’s one of each.

Another famous Andrew in pop, is Mr Andrew Ridgeley off of Wham! This song, is just superb.

Seeing as birthdays of New Order members will be commemorated with side projects such as Electronic or Monaco, how about an actual New Order song for Gillian Gilbert.

They probably should have just mimed.

Meanwhile it’s Mark Owen’s birthday this week, so here he his performing Never Forget, in an episode seemingly presented by Howard Donald’s future other half Catherine Tate.

Frank Skinner celebrates a birthday this week. I imagine you’ve guessed what video is coming up next. Sadly, it’s the awful 1998 version rather than the excellent 1996 one.

Matthew Wilder also celebrates a birthday this week. Here he is being enthusiastically introduced by John Peel. He ended up helping No Doubt become massive in the late 90s.

And finally, this week sees Australia Day, so here’s a couple of tunes from Down Under for you.

And finally, the song that soundtracked Australia’s Royal Wedding. I still get emotional thinking about it. Scott and Charlene. What a lovely couple.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.5.2012

1. Alex Clare – Too Close
2. Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
3. Ben Howard – Only Love
4. Little Boots – Headphones
5. General Fiasco – Rebel Get By

It’s Eurovision!!!! Oh yes, it’s that time of year. When Englebert Humperdink was announced, I did a Eurovision Top Five. It would be rude to let this weekend pass without a chart, so here’s the Top Five from last year.

FIVE EUROVISION 2011 SONGS

1. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
2. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While
3. Jedward – Lipstick
4. Getter Jaani – Rockefeller Street
5. Lucia Perez – Que Mi Quiten Lo Bialao

This week saw the unveiling of the trailer for the new James Bond movie. So, in honour of this, here’s a Top Five of Bond themes.

FIVE BOND THEMES

1. Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
2. Duran Duran – View To A Kill
3. Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World
4. Alicia Keys and Jack White – Another Way To Die
5. Chris Cornell – You Know My Name

It’s Paul Weller’s birthday today. I only know this because I saw it on Twitter. So, in honour of this, here’s a Top Five of Paul Weller solo songs.

FIVE PAUL WELLER SONGS

1. Changing Man
2. Mermaids
3. Sunflower
4. Instant Karma
5. From The Floorboards Up

This Monday sees Noel Gallagher’s birthday, so here’s the Top Five from his solo album, which I can’t urge you enough to buy.

PS : As a side note, i’ve applied for tickets to see him at Itunes Festival. Hopefully, if I do win, I get enough notice to get flights arranged, unlike when I won Manics tickets last year.

FIVE NOEL GALLAGHER SONGS

1. AKA ……. What A Life
2. I Wanna Live In A Dream
3. Everybody’s On The Run
4. AKA …… Broken Arrow
5. Stop The Clocks

Well, this week saw us have our one week of Summer and Sunshine. So, in honour of this, here’s five sun and five summer songs, to cheer you up when it starts pissing rain next week.

FIVE SUN SONGS

1. Crowded House – Distant Sun
2. Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day
3. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
4. Elliott Minor – Solaris
5. Jamiroquai – Seven Days In Sunny June

FIVE SUMMER SONGS

1. Don Henley – Boys Of Summer
2. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
3. Lovin Spoonful – Summer In The City
4. Lostprophets – Last Summer
5. Squeeze – This Summer