MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : VOX – SEPTEMBER 1994

Beastie Boys are the cover stars, as Vox looks back at 3 festivals during the summer of 1994.

In news, the BBC announced plans for a music festival called Music Live 95, to be held over the late May Bank Holiday in Birmingham.

Suede have decided not to split, following the departure of Bernard Butler.

Eric Clapton dressed up as Batman to raise money for charity, while Oasis are going on a UK tour this month following success festival appearances.

Video CDs receive a boost in sales following releases from Queen, Tina Turner, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and Tina Turner.

VH1 launches, and will be broadcasting repeats of The Old Grey Whistle Test, while MTV (parent company of VH1) are considering bringing back the show on MTV.

Vox predicted big things for a band from Dublin called Blink. As it turned out, their main contribution to music history would be to copyright the name Blink, and force and American band called Blink to become Blink 182.

There is coverage of the Edinburgh Festival, doing a joint interview with Donna McPhail, Stewart Lee and Dorian Crook, labelling them the three hottest talents at this year’s Fringe.

The 3 main festivals getting covered are Phoenix, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury with a combined 15 pages covering these 3 events.

Terry Hall, formerly of The Specials gets a double page spread as he launches his solo career, at the same time he quits smoking.

With the World Cup over, and the Premier League not yet started, Vox comes up with a novel idea, of Team Tabs for your favourite bands, and a league table to chart their progress, complete with cartoons of Paul Weller, Jay Kay, Michael Stipe and Sinead O’Connor in football kits.

Vox looks at the history of t-shirts in music, asking Louise Wener, Sonya from Echobelly, Malcolm McLaren and James Dean Bradfield to talk about their favourite t-shirts.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAY 16 – MAY 22

We begin this week, with a man who sings about places, Jonathan Richman, who sang about New England, then followed it up with a bit of Egyptian Reggae. (Albeit, performed by Legs and Co here)

On the birthday trail this week is Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17.

And now, for a bit of RAWWWKKK!!!

This week’s sad anniversary, is two years since the death of Donna Summer.

And now, it’s all about the one name female singers (But not Madonna or Beyonce) for a bit ……

Toyah, the voice of The Teletubbies

Martika

Yazz

Well, after that trio, I guess you could say …… the only way is up (Boom Boom!!)

It’s the big 70 this week for Pete Townsend.

Another birthday this week is Jenny from Ace Of Base. I once convinced a friend to be a sperm donor for her, passionately pleading that all that she wanted, was another baby. (Don’t wory, the next Ace Of Base video won’t have a bad pun)

Sean Conlon, of the band known in Germany as Funf, is Drei und Dreizehn this week.

Back to the sad anniversaries, two years now since Robin Gibb died.

And a year since Ray Manzarek died. The lack of Doors TOTP performances has left me with no option but to post this.

Another week, another Sugababe birthday. Mutya Buena, since you ask.

And finally, Jerry Dammers of The Specials nudges just one year off the big 60.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 14 – MAR 20

We kick off this week is IKEA Brand Ambassador Jona Lewie. Often thought of as a One Hit Wonder, he is actually a Two Hit Wonder.

If you’re wondering where he is these days, well, you can always find him in the kitchen at parties.

Remember Hanson? One of them turns 31 this week. I can’t remember which one thought. On the topic of Hanson “Where’s The Love?” is probably their best song.

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 is 42 this week. I’m not really a massive fan (though ironically, I do like some stuff by Angels and Airwaves, The Transplants, and Boxcar Racer) but “I Miss You” is a brilliant song.

Also celebrating a birthday this week is William, or Will.I.Am, which bizarrely is the website code for Armenia. I wonder if there is an Armenian pop star called Will.I.Com?

Gregory’s Girl and Queen Of VH1 in the 90s, Clare Grogan is 52 this week. I bet it must be hell being invited to her birthday party and trying not to sing this.

Of course, it was St Paddy’s Day this week, and no doubt you’ll be expecting something along that theme. Well, believe it or not, there are two Irish pop birthdays that day. Caroline Corr …..

…… and Stephen Gately, who would have been 38 this week.

And also born on St Patrick’s Day (but he’s not Irish) was Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

A death anniversary now, and it’s 17 years since Jermaine Stewart died.

Remember, you don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time reading this blog. If you do, I won’t be held responsible, especially if you’re on Public Transport.

Get your lighters at the ready for an epic Power Ballad ….

Terry Hall was 55 this week and has performed on the show with three different acts, The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Colourfield.

42 today is Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.

Alex Kapranos can currently be seen on BBC 2 telling Terry Wogan how he made it, but what he made is unclear. Talking of Terry Wogan ……..

38 today, is the man with the poshest name in Nu Metal, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

And finally, a Soul classic from Newcastle’s finest musical export. Yes, you heard that right.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.1.2013

1. Vance Joy – Riptide
2. David Bowie – I’d Rather Be High
3. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
4. Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
5. U2 – New Year’s Day

Tonight, is “Top Of The Pops – The Story Of 1979” on BBC Four, which more than likely means that repeats of Top Of The Pops on BBC Four will continue into 1979.

In celebration of this, here’s a 1979 themed chart.

FIVE SONGS FROM 1979

1. Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
2. Gary Numan – Cars
3. Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
4. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
5. The Specials – Ratrace

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 2.11.2012

1. Tegan and Sara – Closer
2. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
3. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
4. Adele – Skyfall
5. Amy MacDonald – 4th Of July

As per, it’s a Top Five, based on the previous week’s X-Factor theme. Last week’s theme was Halloween, except they just sang songs in fancy dress. That was it, further proof that they are making it up as they go along.

Anyway, here’s a Halloween Top Five

FIVE, UM, HALLOWEEN RELATED SONGS

1. Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
2. The Automatic – Monster
3. Tamsin West – Round The Twist
4. The Specials – Ghost Town*
5. Allstars – Things That Go Bump In The Night

*Yes, I know it’s a song that is a social commentary on early 80s Britian, and nothing to do with Halloween, but it’s got ‘Ghost’ in the title. Have you ever tried to think of five Halloween songs? Anyway, if X-Factor can make it up as they go along, why can’t I?

This week also saw the announcement that Bon Jovi are playing Slane.

If ever an excuse was needed for a Bon Jovi Top Five, this was it.

FIVE BON JOVI SONGS

1. Real Life
2. Keep The Faith
3. Everyday
4. Bad Medicine
5. You Give Love A Bad Name

The increase of needy twats infesting my timeline on Twitter asking celebs for RTs can only mean one thing, Movember is here.

So, I thought i’d commemorate this with a Top Five Moustached Men Of History

FIVE GREAT MOUSTACHED MEN OF HISTORY

1. Peter Rafferty
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Earl Hickey
4. Cesar Romero
5. Artur Jorge

NB : This chart was created by using a scientific formula called the Moustache Index, also known as The Mindex.

Freddie Mercury doesn’t score as many Mindex points because most of Queen’s best songs came when he didn’t have a moustache. Artur Jorge loses Mindex points for Switzerland being rubbish at Euro 96, wiping out a lot of his Mindex points for Porto winning the 1987 European Cup

Cesar Romero gains Mindex points for dedication to his tache, for refusing to shave it off when playing The Joker.

Adolf Hitler, has a low Mindex score on account of him having a crap moustache, and not being a nice person.