HILL STREET WALL OF FAME

If you’ve been in the Cathedral Quarter over the past month, chances are you’ve seen Glen Molloy hard at work on a new mural beside The Harp Bar, covering building work taking place at what is/was (sorry for not being up to date with Civil Service locations) NIEA offices in Hill Street.

It began for me with a social media post that there was a new mural of David Holmes in Hill Street. So, armed with my camera, I went to investigate.

I was busy doing other stuff and actually forgot to check out the main thing I was in Belfast City Centre for.

So, I came back later, saw a mural of David Holmes, and other works which were works in progress. Naturally, I got snapping.

There was a clear theme of music legends developing, so I went back every lunchtime and evening to snap the work that was in progress.

There was a brief stop in the work here as Glen Molloy was working elsewhere on a mural at Filthy McNasty. You can see a write-up of that here

Gradually, the wall was getting filled. Frustratingly, I missed photographing a key day in the painting of Van Morrison and Bap Kennedy due to biblical rain.

It wan’t the first mural of Morrison to appear in Belfast. There was one near the away entrance to The Oval in 2007, but that soon disappeared due to housing being build on that site.

The faces appearing on the mural are : David Holmes, Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Una Healy, Van Morrison, Bap Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Fatboy Slim.

Photo Album

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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

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 10 – JAN 16

We begin this week with John Peel playing Mandolin and Football at the same time. I imagine you’ve already guessed who turned 69 this week.

Like Top Of The Pops, Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies was born in 1964. It took him 30 years, but eventually he got to appear on Top Of The Pops.

Also celebrating a birthday on 10th January is Vicky Peterson of The Bangles. One of their biggest hits was written by a gentleman called Christopher Nevermind. Who? I hear you ask. It was Prince under an assumed name.

Fast forwarding to more recent times, Jamelia turns 33 this week. Here she is performing Superstar in 2004

And now, rewind to 1991, Roxette (It’s Per Gessle’s birthday) performing Joyride. Remember, we are all magic friends.

Incidentally, that was the year Pixie Lott was born, and in a tenuous link that any TOTP presenter would be proud of …….

This week is the 11th anniversary of the death of Maurice Gibb. Born on Isle Of Man and growing up Manchester made the Bee Gees Manx Mancs.

53 this week, Suggs might be known to some as the guy from Night Fever, but to many more, he’ll be known as the guy from Madness.

He was also one of the captains on A Question Of Pop, a music version of a Question Of Sport. 13 years on, we’re still waiting for a second series.

He also had a briefly successful solo career you know.

Meanwhile, someone has went to the effort of doing a montage of all of Madness TOTP appearances.

Madness split up before I started school, so imagine how excited I was when they made a comeback in 1999. The lead single of their comeback, Lovestruck is fantastic, classic Madness.

Remember Calvin and Frankie from S Club Juniors? Well, you’ll never guess what Frankie did next …..

Meanwhile, Aaliyah would have been 35 this week. Here she is performing Try Again a year before her death.

Another singer born this week in history is Preston, erm, from The Ordinary Boys. I used to like them before he went on Big Brother.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.5.2013

1. Beady Eye – Second Bite Of The Apple
2. Phoenix – Entertainment
3. Editors – A Ton Of Love
4. David Bowie – The Next Day
5. B*Witched – Love And Money

So, the line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend, or Raydio Wan’s Bug Weekend, as it’s being hosted by Derry~Londonderry, now using a ~ instead of a /, was announced.

I’d love to get a ticket, especially for the Sunday, so if you know of any spares going, feel free to sort me out.

To get you all in the mood, here’s a chart made up of those performing

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS PERFORMING AT FRIDAY OF RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND

1. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s
2. Wiley – Cash In My Pocket
3. Dizee Rascal ft Calvin Harris –
4. Breaks Co-Op – The Otherside
5. Katy B – Anywhere In The World

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS PERFORMING AT SATURDAY OF RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND

1. Biffy Clyro – The Captain
2. Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets
3. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
5. The Saturdays – Up

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS PERFORMING AT SUNDAY OF RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND

1. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
2. Paramore – That’s What You Get
3. Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
4. Haim – Don’t Save Me
5. 30 Seconds To Mars – Kings & Queens

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.12.2011

1. Rihanna – We Found Love
2. The Coronas – Addicted To Progress
3. The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over
4. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
5. Beyonce – Love On Top

As ever, last week’s X-Factor themes ripped the piss. First up, was ‘Guilty Pleasures’, which was difficult for me as I have no guilty pleasures, every song I like is brilliant.

However, feel free to enjoy that some people may consider to be guilty pleasures.

FIVE ‘GUILTY PLEASURES’

1. Cliff Richard – Wired For Sound
2. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
3. Spagna – Call Me
4. Glenn and Chris – Diamond Lights
5. The Wanted – Heart Vacancy

Meanwhile, the second theme was ‘Heroes’, which rather disappointingly, didn’t involve any of them singing from Lynda Carter’s back catalogue.

Instead it was ‘Musical Heroes’, where tone deaf chancers spoke of their admiration of tone deaf chancers who have sold loads of records.

Poor Janet Devlin found this hard, as she only listens to “Obscure music that nobody else has heard of”, as a nation collectively screams “Oh fuck off you fucking self-righteous Emo” at their TV screens, as we see her and her boyfriend in her bedroom, listening to obscure music on her ipod.

I felt sorry for him. When she took him up to her bedroom, he was obviously expecting to get laid, not be subjected to “Obscure music” through an ipod.

Anyway, here’s five hero songs

FIVE HERO SONGS

1. Stereophonics – Superman
2. It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
3. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
4. Aerosmith – Spiderman Theme
5. Five For Fighting – Superman

Meanwhile, this week saw the tenth anniversary of the death of George Harrison.

I can actually remember when it was announced, I didn’t find out until the Friday morning as it was announced late on a Thursday night, that it was the lead story on Ceefax.

I was at Bangor Tec and had planned on spending the morning doing assignment work, but ended up trawling the web for Harrison obituaries.

So here, are five classic George Harrison songs.

As a side note, the recent documentary about him that was on the BBC is rather good. I’m still waiting to hear back from the BBC about getting funding for my documentary ‘Ringo : The Tank Engine Years’

FIVE GEORGE HARRISON SONGS

1. Travelling Wilburys – Handle With Care
2. George Harrison – Any Road
3. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
4. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

Meanwhile, this week also saw St Andrew’s Day, which gave a good excuse to do a chart of songs by Scottish acts, and popstars called Andrew. Yes, there are five.

Don’t worry Welsh readers, you shall get your own chart for St David’s Day.

FIVE SCOTTISH SONGS

1. Big Country – One Great Thing
2. Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Boston Tea Party
3. Amy McDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
4. Deacon Blue – Twist And Shout
5. Travis – Side

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS CONTAINING SOMEONE CALLED ANDREW

1. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
2. Wham – Freedom
3. Hurricane #1 – Only The Strongest Will Survive
4. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
5. Andrew Cole – Outstanding

And finally, today marks the 30th birthday of Britney Spears. My word, I can still remember *That* school uniform video like it was yesterday.

So, let’s celebrate this milestone with a Top Five Britney Chart. you know you want to.

FIVE BRITNEY SPEARS SONGS

1. If You Seek Amy
2. Boys
3. Born To Make You Happy
4. Overprotected
5. Toxic

THE SOUND OF 2011 : 61-80

61. Jessie J ft B.O.B – Pricetag
62. Far East Movement – Rocketeer
63. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Dream On
64. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Stop The Clocks
65. Florrie Arnold – Sunday Girl
66. U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing (Jacques Lu Cont remix)
67. The Saturdays – My Heart Takes Over
68. Florence and the Machine – What The Water Gave Me
69. Kelly Clarkson – Mr Know It All
70. Hayley Westenra – World In Union
71. Caro Emerald – The Other Woman
72. Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go
73. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks
74. Nickelback – When We Stand Together
75. Martin Solveg – Hello
76. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
77. Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum
78. Getta Jaani – Rockefeller Street
79. Beady Eye – Millionairre
80. Wretch 32 – Don’t Go

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS BELFAST STYLE

A galaxy of stars descended on Belfast last night as the biggest names in showbiz such as Hugo Duncan, Pamela Ballantine and Pete Snodden were all in attendance at the 2011 MTV EMAs, held at The Odyssey in Belfast.

Madonna was noticable by her absence, having spent the night in a police cell after assaulting a photographer early in the afternoon.

Madonna, one of many stars to take advantage of Belfast’s range of exclusive boutique stores, was arrested whilst on a visit to Connswater with her 20 year old “Personal Trainer”

“I saw Madonna and her male companion just about to enter Connswater, and I shouted, ‘Excuse me Mrs Robinson, can I get a photo?’, because when you see an old woman walking around East Belfast with a man young enough to be her son, you naturally assume it’s Iris Robinson with her latest toyboy” said the photographer.

Controversy was provided by Julian Simmons, working as a roving reporter at the event for UTV Live, during a live interview with Peter Andre and The Saturdays.

“Look at the state of ye, I haven’t seen as much fake tan and make-up since I was in the Beach Club last weekend ………………….. and you wee girls aren’t much better” he said during the live piece, causing Mollie to cry, before handing back to Paul Clarke, who made a tit out of himself by proclaiming to be a fan of “En Dash Dub Zed”

Simmons was later thrown out of the event by security for pestering Cheryl Cole by telling her “It’s about time you got rid of that toerag Ashley” before adding “Do you want a real man who will watch Coronation Street with you?”

Despite the mass coverage given to the event by UTV, BBC Northern Ireland ignored the event, on the basis that neither Graeme “G-Mac” McDowell or Rory McIlroy were on the guestlist, thus making it not worth covering.

Sinn Fein held a protest outside the event due to the fact that Take That, who have a singer called Jason Orange, were on the bill, and that this was “Just another example of British oppression of the people of Ireland”

Eventually, the Parades Commission ruled that Take That had to perform as a four piece without Jason Orange, not have a Lambeg Drum or Flute in their performance, and couldn’t sing “Relight My Fire”, as Sinn Fein considered this to be a song yearning for the 11th July Bonfires.

Naturally, the DUP complained, and organisers appeased them by allowing Dawn Penn to sing their favourite song, “No No No”

The crowd was treated to a surprise duet between Adams and Ritchie. Not the leaders of SDLP and Sinn Fein, but, even more gruesome than that, Bryan Adams and Lionel Ritchie.

UUP Leader Tom Elliott was also in attendance, and found himself sitting at the same table as X-Factor crooner Wagner.

“I can’t believe I was sat beside a joke figure that nobody would admit voting for” said the Brazilian singer.

After performing a duet with host Jackie Fullarton, Bono then waffled some shite about the peace process and how he single-handedly brought about the Good Friday Agreement, as a means of giving himself something to do between the Pop and Elevation tours.

“If you thought getting John Hume and David Trimble on a stage was impressive, i’ve gone one better and reunited Oasis”

Unfortunately, whilst waiting backstage for Bono to shut the fuck up about the Peace Process, Liam and Noel Gallagher got so bored they had a fight, and refused to go on stage.

The night was a complete success, until Megadeath singer Dave Mustaine dedicated his Limetime Achievement Award to “The cause”

The clean-up of the riot that followed means that all the economic profits made from this event will now be spent on the clean-up, as politicians rushed to the scene to do interviews for television saying how terrible it is.

The 2011 MTV EMAs in Belfast, really was a night to remember.