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.


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

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.3.2016

1. The 1975 – The Sound
2. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
3. James – Nothing But Love
4. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
5. Gwen Stefani – Misery

First of all, apologies for not doing a St Paddy’s Day chart for you last week. I forgot. Too busy doing a Red Hot Chilli Peppers one.

Still, here’s some songs for you to get through your hangover today.


1. Wonder Villains – TV
2. Ash – A Life Less Ordinary
3. The Adventures – Broken Land
4. The Divine Comedy – The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count
5. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy


1. U2 – The Fly
2. Heathers – Remember When
3. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
4. The Cranberries – Dream
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

Meanwhile, this week saw the latest Belsonic headliner announced – Chemical Brothers. I love Chemical Brothers, but live dance music doesn’t do it for me. Anyway, i’ll be in France when they are in Belfast.

I saw them live at T In The Park once, so if you are going, you’ll probably have a good night.

Now, if Belsonic could hurry up and get Noel Gallagher, The 1975, Chvrches and Madness to do headline gigs, that would be nice. I’m not asking for much.

Anyway, here’s a Chemical Brothers chart for you.


1. Go
2. Galvanize
3. Do It Again
4. The Test
5. Out Of Control


Lenny Kravitz is the cover star of Select, as 1991 comes to an end.

A trend at that time was sampling. Just as trendy, was suing over sampling, so Select made a handy chart of ongoing sampling related court cases that were currently live.

In news, Pet Shop Boys raised £20,000 after doing a benefit gig at Heaven in London for St Mary’s Hospital HIV Unit. In the crowd was Sandie Shaw, Carter USM and James and Ian from EMF.

At time of press, Izzy Stradlin was still a member of Guns n Roses, amid rumours of his departure.

Prizes on offer in competitions include am REM video and posters, and a Cocteau Twins boxset.

Reviews included The Cranberries at The Parkway in Limerick, written by Graham Linehan, who went on to create Father Ted.

The Black Crowes get a three page feature, with singer Chris Robinson taking exception to Rod Stewart comparisons, and stereotypes because he comes from the Deep South.

Also getting three pages, is cover star Lenny Kravitz.

In reviews, INXS have a live album out, which gets 4 stars (out of 5) with the reviewer labelling them “The acceptable face of Stadium Rock”

John Peel, due to celebrate 25 years at Radio 1 in 1992, gets four pages about his career, as he prepares to release a series of Peel Sessions compilations.


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 – 16.3.2012

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
3. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
4. Noel Fielding – Luxury Comedy Theme Tune
5. Emeli Sande – Next To Me

So, as it’s St Paddy’s Day tomorrow, I shall be spending the day in The Hatfield wearing my Guinness hat and getting drunk to the sound of The Dubliners.

Having done charts for St David’s Day, and St Andrew’s Day, I might as well do one for St Paddy’s Day


1. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
2. The Cranberries – Dreams
3. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
4. Samantha Mumba – Always Come Back To Your Love
5. Laura Izibor – Shine


1. Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
2. Katie Melua – The Flood
3. Duke Special – I’ll Come When You Call
4. The Adventures – Broken Land
5. Snow Patrol – Signal Fire


Dolores O’Riodan is the cover star as Vox celebrates it’s 50th edition.

The main features, however, were of Blur and REM. Guitarist Peter Buck comments “I Shudder to think that I might be playing in stadiums when i’m 51, like the Stones”

When Peter Buck was 51 (2007), REM were still doing stadium gigs.

This month saw the launch of a column where musicians guest review singles. The honour of the very first one went to Andy Cairns, frontman of Therapy?

To celebrate the 50th edition, Vox asked 90s popstars for their review of the 90s so far, and what they thought would be on the cover of Vox in 2000 (Vox was actually wound up before then)

Noel Gallagher’s 2000 front cover is “OASIS – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” – the answer would be, releasing their 4th album, while his hopes for the rest of the 90s would be for a second Stone Roses album, Man City to win a trophy and The Verve to do a gig on the moon.

Only one of those events happened, and it was the most far fetched suggestion, Stone Roses releasing a second album.

The Grid, a side project of Soft Cell’s David Ball list Bryan Adams being number one as the worst global event of the 90s, while suggesting that Oasis will be on the cover of Vox in 2000, as “We’ll all be having a 90s revival by then”

Nicky Wire’s Vox cover reply is “Hopefully Vox won’t exist by then” – His hope was correct.