THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.12.2015

1. Foxes – Amazing
2. Muse – Revolt
3. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
4. Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins
5. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold

There’ll be no Friday Five next week as it’s Christmas Day, and you all have better things to do. So, that’s me signing off for The Friday Five for 2015. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what i’m listening to and will continue to do so in 2016.

Would be rude not to, here’s a Christmas Chart for you.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
5. John Lennon – Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.12.2014

Yes, a day late, I know, but ….. it’s Christmas, which is a handy excuse.

1. James Bay – Hold Back The River
2. AC/DC v Bee Gees – Staying Alive
3. Charli XCX – Need Ur Love
4. Embrace – Beautiful Day
5. Lisa Loeb – Light

In case you hadn’t noticed, this is the last Friday Five before Christmas, so here’s five songs to get you in the mood.

FIVE CHRISTMAS SONGS

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
3. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (Ware Is Over
4. The Ramones – A Punk Rock Christmas
5. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : APR 11 – APR 17

This week’s first video is for birthday boy Neville Staple, formerly of The Specials and Fun Boy Three.

There’s lots of fun in this video. Fun Boy Three, and the presenter of Fun House. And Bananarama.

And sadly, this week would have seen Stewart Adamson’s 56th birthday. This clip, also introduced by Pat Sharp came from a shortened episode due to live coverage of the 1983 FA Cup Final Replay, which conveniently is used to link into the video (There was no video, so BBC just did a goals montage, of what Pete Powell described as “Ace goals”) for “Glory Glory Man United” by Liverpool FC Squad.

Of course not, just seeing if you were paying attention. Would you like some tenuous links between Stewart Adamson and Manchester United?

Stewart Adamson, was actually born in Manchester, and Sir Alex Ferguson (a former player of Adamson’s favourite team, Dunfermline Athletic) attended his funeral.

How was “Mulder and Scully” by Catatonia not Number One? The truth is out there.

Blowing out birthday candles this week is Will Sergeant from Echo and the Bunnymen.

I remember when “Nothing Lasts Forever” came out, I thought they were a new band (in my defence, I was 14) …….

…… and didn’t know they had a back catalogue including this.

And now, 90s men, time to relive all those dreams you had of Sarah Cracknell.

Brace yourselves, this, is just ….. wow.

Ritchie Blackmore was 69 this week. Yet, when you try to find Rainbow Top Of The Pops appearance on Youtube, this comes up. So many questions, the most pressing of which is, where’s Bungle?

Sad anniversary now – Joey Ramone died 13 years ago this week.

And finally, a Royal Birthday of sorts, as Princess Posh of Beckingham Palace hits the big 40 this week.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 30.12.2011

1. Big Foote – Crazy Crazy Nights
2. Voice Of The Beehive – Monsters and Angels
3. The Ramones – Needles and Pins
4. UB40 – Sing Your Own Song
5. Showaddywaddy – Under The Moon Of Love

So, this is the last Friday Five of 2011, here’s hoping i’ll be listing five songs for you on a weekly basis throughout 2012.

Happy New Year to all blog readers

Last week was the 9th anniversary of the death of Joe Strummer. I forgot to do a Clash Top Five last week, so i’ll do it this week.

I can still remember that day. Was working in The Globe on a Saturday night. Woke up on the Sunday lunchtime, and put on Ceefax, and the lead story was “PUNK LEGEND JOE STRUMMER DIES AGED 50” as the lead story on 101

And yes, I am aware that there are songs that Mick Jones sings the lead on in my Top Five.

FIVE THE CLASH SONGS

1. Train In Vain
2. London Calling
3. Spanish Bombs
4. Magnificent Seven
5. Guns Of Brixton