THE FRIDAY FIVE – 7.6.2019

1. Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
2. Liam Gallagher – Shockwave
3. Lewis Capaldi – Grace
4. Feeder – Save Us
5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Rattling Rose

So, are you all excited? Tonight is The Story Of 1988 on BBC Four. So, to get you in the mood ahead of that and the next year of Top Of The Pops repeats, here’s a chart for you.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1988

1. Jane Weidlin – Rush Hour
2. U2 – Angel Of Harlem
3. Ofra Haza – Im Nin Alu
4. Desireless – Voyage Voyage
5. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be Lucky

It appears that yesterday was Sweden’s National Day. I only found out after their promotional bus was packing up outside Belfast City Hall. So here’s some Swedish songs for you

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Europe – The Final Countdown
2. Roxette – Joyride
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Ace Of Base – The Sign
5. Emilia – Big Big World

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 17.11.1999

Nina Persson of The Cardigans, or Nina Cardigan as she has been dubbed, is the cover star of this week’s edition of Melody Maker, having been dubbed “The Sexiest Woman In Rock”

In other news, Ian Brown has made a comeback gig at Conway Hall in London, performing a cover of Billie Jean by Michael Jackson during the encore.

Oasis and Blur are also in news, with Blur subject to a South Bank Show special, while Oasis have announced Andy Bell of Hurricane #1 as a new member.

Blur were among the winners at the MTV Awards in Dublin, an event which gets covered by Melody Maker.

Skin from Skunk Anansie gets asked about the forthcoming new Oasis album, and she describes herself as being “intersted” in hearing it.

Making a comeback is 1980s TV show The Tube, with Donna Air and Chris Moyles presenting alongside original presenters Jools Holland and Paula Yates.

Mark McKeever won the letter of the week for e-mailing in to complain about how crap the music scene in Belfast is.

Cover star Nina Persson gets a double page interview, stating that the majority of her fans are female.

There are two pages dedicated to 1993, as Melody Maker looks back at the 90s, during the decade’s final days.

Brian Molko gets interviewed as Placebo are busy recording their third album.

Jonathan Davis of Korn talks about his five obsessions, one of which is playing a bagpipe.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Badly Drawn Boy in concert, though not at the same time.

Rick Witter of Shed Seven is subject to a Q and A, revealing that he would watch a public execution if it was broadcast on TV.

If you wanted, there was a lyrics sheet for So Low, Ocean Colour Scene’s new single.

In gigs, James (with support from Cast), Ian Brown and Shed Seven were going on tour in the coming weeks.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 31.10.2014

1. George Ezra – Listen To The Man
2. Kasabian – Stevie
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment
4. Beady Eye – The Roller
5. Twin Atlantic – Hold On

This week’s X-Factor theme was “Saturday Night At The Movies”, or “Movie Night”, as it seems they are trying to give fancy new names to the same themes they rehash. Anyway, a chart based on the theme.

FIVE SONGS FROM MOVIES

1. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
2. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
3. Lisa Loeb – Stay
4. The Cardigans – Lovefool
5. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : SEP 5 – SEP 11

September is now in full swing. A sure sign that summer is over is that it is the last of Queen’s summer babies (They were all born between July and September) this week, as Freddie Mercury would have been 68.

Not sure what he would have made of this.

Before we get into full swing, why not make yourself a special brew?

And then fast forward 20 years …..

Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries turned 43 this week.

Nina Persson turned 40 this week. Given her chart history, a duet with a Welshman could be want she would want.

Chrissie Hynde also celebrated a birthday this week. The Pretenders had the first new Number One of the 80s you know.

There’s a former Genesis singer celebrating a birthday this week ……. but it’s not Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins. Ray Wilson replaced Phil Collins in 1997, sang on the brilliant “Congo” but is probably better known for being the lead singer of Stiltskin.

And a birthday this week for Dave Stewart.

Siobhan Fahey also blew out candles this week. She’s had two UK Number Ones. You may know “Stay”, but perhaps not know of her involvement in the other one, which took nearly a decade to be a Number One.

Her other Number One, was a songwriting credit on “Young At Heart” by The Bluebells, which took ten years to reach the top of the charts, on the back of a car commercial.

And finally, RIP Robert Young from Primal Scream, who died today.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2013

1. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
2. Editors – A Ton Of Love
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
4. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
5. Andy Williams – The Impossible Dream

So, this is the week ………….. EUROVISION!!!!!!!!

Having seen Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham lift trophies this season, BBC are hoping Bonnie Tyler will continue this run of Welsh success. She probably won’t.

What saddens me most about Bonnie Tyler is that she never married former Swansea City player Jason Scotland.

So, to get you in the mood ……. AS IF YOU NEED TO BE GOT IN THE MOOD ……. here’ a Eurovision Top Five.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2. Kartina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. Sophie and Magaly – Papa Pingouin
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

With Eurovision being held in Sweden, it would be rude not to have a chart of Sweden’s musical exports. I get the feeling i’m going to be on the end of a backlash.

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Roxette – Joyride
2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
5. Emilia – Big Big World