THE FRIDAY FIVE – 21.4.2017

1. Paramore – Hard Times
2. Kasabian – Bless This Acid House
3. Prince – Deliverance
4. Camens – Boys Will Stray
5. Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Today is Robert Smiths’s birthday, and it’s his favourite day of the week. It’s the first time it’s fallen on a Friday since 2006, and won’t happen again until 2023, so he had better enjoy it.

To celebrate, here’s a The Cure Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY THE CURE

1. Friday I’m In Love
2. Lullaby
3. Hot Hot Hot
4. Close To Me
5. In Between Days

This Sunday, is St George’s Day, so time to lie back and think of England with some themed playlists for you

FIVE SONGS BY SINGERS CALLED GEORGE OR BANDS WITH SOMEONE CALLED GEORGE

1. Wham! – Freedom
2. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
3. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM ENGLAND

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
3. Cast – Finetime
4. The Beautiful South – Ole Red Eyes Is Back
5. Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Gig news, Paramore are coming to Belfast. The downside is, i’m already going to see The 1975 that night. If their marketing team had any brains, they could get them to do a gig at the bar of a South Belfast hotel and call it “PARAMORE AT THE PARADOR”

No doubt you all saw May’s big announcement on Tuesday morning. Brian that is, not Theresa. “Queen” are coming to The Odyssey in November. I’m not a big fan of him as a solo artist (apart from What Do You Want From Me?) but Adam Lambert is a capable vocalist and Queen + Adam Lambert looked decent at their BBC New Year’s Eve concert in 2014/2015. However, £74? For £74, i’m expecting Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage, and David Bowie to make a guest appearance on Under Pressure.

Ever since BBC Four had a night of programming dedicated to Depeche Mode, i’m been rediscovering how brilliant they are. There’ll be a Belfast gig this year, date to be announced, so I might pop along to see them.

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig.

THE FRIDAY FIVE- 3.3.2017

1. John Hassell and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
2. Pale Waves – There’s A Honey
3. Ryan Adams – Streets Of Philidelphia
4. Blossoms – In Da Club/Carelss Whisper
5. Ray Davies – Rock N Roll Cowboys

In gig news this week, it’s all about people not coming to Belfast. The Kooks are already on a Greatest Hits tour which bypasses Belfast, but now they’ve announced a European tour with Blossoms as support. It would be brilliant if that line-up came to Belfast. That said, i’m going to see Blossoms on Wednesday night as a headliner, having already seen them support Paul Weller. Regular readers will know I think Blossoms are brilliant.

Erasure have announced a new album and tour for May which has no Belfast gig. I’m staring expectantly towards the organisers of Belfast Pride. Outdoor show, Custom House Square. You know it makes sense. Go on go on go on go on. That’s just me hoping and wishing rather than any inside info by the way.

Shed Seven are back with their first album since 2001 and are touring in December. It gets better, they have Cast as support. Guess what? No Belfast gig. Seeing as Cast have been to Belfast the last two years, i’m hoping John Power has a word in Rick Witter’s ear and rectifies this.

Ryan Adams is coming to Belfast in September. Unfortunately, it had sold out by the lunchtime of the day it went on sale. So, if you know anybody selling a spare standing ticket, get in touch.

On Monday lunchtime, I chanced my arm by going to the Venue Box Office during my final ten minutes of lunch. I was third in line, and manage to spend all ten minutes queuing. The person at the front couldn’t make their mind about about what seats they wanted for whatever show they were booking for, then proceeded to pay with a credit card that wouldn’t work.

The next person had a complaint about tickets they had recently purchased and were referred to Ticketmaster but then proceeded to argue that the problem had to be dealt with by the Venue Box Office Staff.

Seriously, how the fuck do people get out of the house and be so fucking stupid?

Also announced in the past week was the line-up for Party At The Palace in August at Linlithgow Palace. If you’re wondering where that is, it’s near Edinburgh.

Regular readers will know I go to Edinburgh every August. Very tempted to make this the weekend I head over.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT PARTY AT THE PALACE

1. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
2. Razorlight – America
3. Ash – Oh Yeah
4. Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God

Finally, I spotted an article wondering whatever happened to the mythical and mystical place in music history called 3 Alveston Place. 90s kids will know what i’m talking about. You can read the article here.

This Wednesday, is International Richard Herring Being A Sneering Dick On Twitter Day. Or, if you prefer, International Women’s Day.

If it’s just another day to you, or if you’re doing something to commemorate it, enjoy yourself. Except if you’re planning on sitting in front of the computer screaming “IT’S NOVEMBER 19TH!!!!” all day. You’re a bit of a weirdo and you need help.

This blog will be commemorating it in the only way it knows, by having a series of charts of songs by and about women

FIVE SONGS BY WOMEN

1. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
2. Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You
3. Madonna – Rain
4. Taylor Swift – Ours
5. Laura Branigan – Self Control

FIVE SONGS BY GIRL GROUPS

1. Girls Aloud – Biology
2. Eternal – I Wanna Be The Only One
3. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
4. The Saturdays – Up
5. All Saints – Pure Shores

FIVE SONGS BY BANDS WITH FEMALE SINGERS

1. Chvrches – Lies
2. Paramore – That’s What You Get
3. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
4. Echosmith – Cool Kids
5. The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You

FIVE SONGS WITH FEMALE NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. The Beatles – Dear Prudence
2. Bastille – Laura Palmer
3. Cosmic Rough Riders – Melanie
4. Glasvegas – Geraldine
5. Britney Spears – If You Seek Amy

FIVE SONGS WITH FEMALE PRONOUNS IN THE TITLE

1. Oasis – She Is Love
2. James – She’s A Star
3. U2 – Hallelujah Here She Comes
4. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
5. Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday

FIVE SONGS WITH GIRL/WOMAN IN THE TITLE

1. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
2. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
3. Ash – Girl From Mars
4. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
5. Simple Minds – Chelsea Girl

LIVERPOOL STREET ART SEPTEMBER 2016

You may remember in early Summer 2015, I wrote a blog about Street Art in Liverpool having had a brief stop-off in the city when travelling to the Northern Ireland v Qatar match in Crewe. I signed off by saying that due to my ratio of visits to Merseyside being every 4 to 5 years (2006, 2010, 2015) that I didn’t expect myself to be in Liverpool again until 2019 or 2020. Well, it turns out I was wrong.

Invited to a friend’s wedding last weekend, I decided to make a trip of it. I was always going to head over on the Friday anyway, to avoid flying in on the day of the wedding, I took a gamble on United being at home on the Sunday (they ended up being away) so stayed for an extra day afterwards meaning I had Friday and Sunday to explore Liverpool, and by explore Liverpool, I mean get some Street Art photos.

In case you care, I actually did do some sightseeing, but actually forgot about The Jam exhibition that was on that I wanted to go to.

On my last visit, I did an official(ish) tour, so had an idea of where to go.

On the Friday, I headed to Bold Street and wandered around streets near it, stumbling into pieces.

Before heading off this time, I did a bit of research online and discovered an area known as Baltic Triangle, which was home to a lot of pieces.

Signposted from Albert Dock, and not too far from the City Centre, I set off, spotted pieces, spotted some more and got snapping.

I even managed to get lucky in the shape of finding a Skate Park in Baltic Triangle that was filled with Street Art and empty with people at the time.

Friday was spent exploring Liverpool City Centre, and I even managed to stumble on some pieces round the back of Lime Street Station, close to the O2 Academy.

Saturday was the day of the wedding. I left my camera in the hotel room as I wanted to travel light. I thought i’d be off duty in terms of Street Art spotting, but that turned out not to be the case.

As I walked to the church, I spotted a wall mural at the side of someone’s house of The Beatles.

As you can imagine, The Beatles are a big deal in Liverpool. A lot of pubs in the City Centre have plaques to commemorate any tenuous Beatles link.

There’s probably a pub in Liverpool with a plaque to say that John Lennon took a dump in the toilets in 1961.

I was curious as to this and did a bit of researching online, as there was a link on the mural, that it was part of something known as Liverpool Mural Project.

It had a web address but that seems to be inactive when you click on it.

Further searches online revealed it to commemorate Liverpool being made European Capital Of Culture in 2008. There’s even a Belfast link to the mural, as it was painted by Mark Ervine and Danny Devenny.

It’s not the only time Mark Ervine has painted a music icon from Merseyside, having painted a mural of John Peel in the Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast in 2011.

Naturally, I headed back on the Sunday, armed with my camera, to get some photos of the mural.

Cut out of my photos were pre-fame Beatles Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.

If you’re interested and want to see it, get the Merseyrail to Seaforth and Litherland Station, turn right as you leave the station, and you’re only a few minutes away. You won’t be able to miss it.

Unlike last time, I won’t be giving an estimated return date to Liverpool. We’ll just see how things turn out.

Photo Album

See Also

Liverpool Street Art June 2015

Liverpool Street Art June 2015 Photo Album

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 4.1.2013

Welcome to the first Friday Five of 2013. Pity the year has started off on a bad note musically, as Channel 4 have scrapped one of the best music shows on TV, Freshly Squeezed. Humbug.

1. Led Zeppelin vs The Beatles – Whole Lotta Helter Skelter
2. Arlissa – Sticks and Stones
3. The Maccabees – Pelican
4. Amelia Lily – Shut Up
5. The Darkness – One Way Ticket to Hell And Back

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.7.2012

1. Katy Perry – Wide Awake
2. Florence and the Machine ft Calvin Harris – Spectrum
3. The Killers – Runaways
4. Josh Osho – Redemption Days
5. Gym Class Heroes ft Ryan Tedder – The Fighter

Last Sunday, ITV launched a three part series titled ‘The Nation’s Favourite Number One’ which will probably have some crap Robbie Williams or Spice Girls song as the winner.

To commemorate this (The UK Singkes chart turns 60 this year) i’m going to do a Top Five for every decade from the 60s on.

I have three editions of the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (1999, 2001, 2003) and read them from cover to cover, so I know which songs were and weren’t Number One off by heart.

I had to use Wikipedia for this decade, whatever it’s called. A marked departure from when I would check the charts on Ceefax on a Sunday night (It’s still on page 528, if you’re interested)

FIVE NUMBER ONES FROM THE 60s

1. Small Faces – All Or Nothing
2. Rolling Stones – Get Off My Cloud
3. Tommy Roe – Dizzy
4. The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
5. Bee Gees – I Just Gotta Get A Message To You

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 70s

1. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
2. Tina Charles – I Love To Love
3. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
4. Sweet – Blockbuster
5. Status Quo – Down Down

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 80s

1. Wham – Freedom
2. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
3. Blondie – Call Me
4. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
5. The Jam – Going Underground

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 90s

1. U2 – The Fly
2. Queen – Innuendo
3. Chesney Hawkes – the One And Only
4. Blur – Country House
5. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 00s

1. Tatu – All The Things She Said
2. Stereophonics – Dakota
3. Nelly Furtado – Maneater
4. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
5. Billie Piper – Day And Night

FIVE NUMBER ONES OF THE 10s

1. Owl City – Fireflies
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
3. Rihanna ft Calvin Harris – We Found Love
4. Gotye ft Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
5. Diana Vickers – Once

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

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

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

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – JUNE 1997

Paul McCartney, promoting his new album ‘Flaming Pie’ is the cover star of this edition of Q, from the summer of 1997.

Former Primer Minister Ted Heath also features, being the subject of the monthly “Who the hell does ……..” column.

In news, there is an interview with the country’s biggest band, Swing Out Sister. Not this country, but Japan about how unappreciated they are in their home country and their love of Japan.

Louise Wener, lead singer of Sleeper, gets a double page spread as she sits online, answering questions from fans via a chatroom on the Q website.

How primitive, seeing as celebrities do this everyday now via Twitter.

Tipped for greatness was Fountains Of Wayne ……… only the seven years before they had their only big hit “Stacey’s Mom”

A whopping twelve pages gets dedicated to an interview with Paul McCartney, including a buyers guide to his back catalogue, both as a Beatle and a solo artist.

In chart news, Chemical Brothers top the album chart, beating off competition from Spice Girls and Wet Wet Wet. Bee Gees have two albums in the top twenty.

In other news, Channel 5 is launched and Q dedicates two pages to this by looking back at the launches of the four other terrestrial channels.

Gary Barlow, then trying to make his name as a solo artist, is featured in a short interview at the end where he reveals that Adam and the Ants was his first concert, that he was the hardest boy in his year at school, and that he doesn’t like Reggae.

Gary Barlow also stated that “I like a girl who can dance and really knows how to move her body”

Something to bear in mind if you are entering X-Factor 2012.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – FEBRUARY 1996

With Oasis as the biggest band in Britain, Q has managed to get Noel Gallagher on the cover with the headline “THE GREATEST SONGWRITER OF THE 90s?”

The magazine comes with a free casette tape of songs from the Channel 4 show ‘The White Room’

Meanwhile, Mick Jagger is in the news after doing an online webchat with fans. Well worth getting dial-up for.

1995 was reviewed with most of the coverage focusing on the chart battles between Blur and Oasis.

Q lists “20 CRAP THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN 1995”, among which includes : Irvine Welsh, Prince Naseem Hamed, Hollyoaks, Jim Davidson’s Generation Game, The OJ Simpson Trial, and Princess Diana.

Hope the Daily Express don’t find out about that last one.

Stone Roses get five pages dedicated to them, where Mani proclaims “We have the X-Factor”

Within six months, they had split up, before reforming in 2011.

Thus far, they have never appeared on an ITV talent show.

Noel Gallagher gets five pages dedicated to him. We wouldn’t have been happy if he looked at the album chart, as Oasis were number two behind Robson and Jerome.

John Lennon (The Beatles) and Freddie Mercury (Queen) make posthumous appearances in the top ten while Michael Jackson is at number nine, one place ahead of Pulp, which maybe inspired Jarvis Cocker to bare his arse at Jackson at that month’s Brit Awards.

Stuart Maconie’s round-up of the best of the (still fledgling) internet sees him review a Tina Turner fansite.

One of the greatest inventions of the modern era, and somebody is using it to show their love for Tina Turner.