50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 24- JAN 30

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up from Top Of The Pops history, which features a tribute to a country.

Neil Diamond turned 73 this week. One of his most famous songs might surprise you ……. or maybe not, as Red Red Wine, made famous by UB40 was a cover of a Neil Diamond song.

Sharing a birthday, is TV’s Jools Holland, who believe it or not, was once a popstar as well, playing keyboards in Squeeze.

On the theme of Neil Diamond covers, here’s another one, by a man who shares a birthday with him (1959) ……… Mr Victor Reeves, performing with EMF in 1995.

Of course, it would be rude to mention Vic Reeves, and not include his collaboration with The Wonder Stuff.

58 this week, Andy Cox was a two time (or three time, if you include Two Men and a Drum Machine) pop star in the 1980s, with The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

So, in the interest of fair play, here’s one of each.

Another famous Andrew in pop, is Mr Andrew Ridgeley off of Wham! This song, is just superb.

Seeing as birthdays of New Order members will be commemorated with side projects such as Electronic or Monaco, how about an actual New Order song for Gillian Gilbert.

They probably should have just mimed.

Meanwhile it’s Mark Owen’s birthday this week, so here he his performing Never Forget, in an episode seemingly presented by Howard Donald’s future other half Catherine Tate.

Frank Skinner celebrates a birthday this week. I imagine you’ve guessed what video is coming up next. Sadly, it’s the awful 1998 version rather than the excellent 1996 one.

Matthew Wilder also celebrates a birthday this week. Here he is being enthusiastically introduced by John Peel. He ended up helping No Doubt become massive in the late 90s.

And finally, this week sees Australia Day, so here’s a couple of tunes from Down Under for you.

And finally, the song that soundtracked Australia’s Royal Wedding. I still get emotional thinking about it. Scott and Charlene. What a lovely couple.

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.3.2013

1. Bastille – Pompei
2. The 1975 – Chocolate
3. The Wonder Stuff ft Rankin Roger – Save It For Later
4. Biffy Clyro – Biblical
5. The Wonder Stuff – Oh No!

First of all, apologies for not having a Friday Five last week. It was due to “Technical Reasons*”

* Technical Reasons, being, I forgot, as I was busy getting ready to head to Manchester on Friday morning. I know.

As a result of “Technical Reasons”, I forgot to do a St Patrick’s Day chart. Better late than never I guess.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM NORTHER IRELAND

1. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
2. The Adventures – Broken Land
3. Relish – Rainbow Zephyr
4. The Undertones – Wednesday Week
5. Snow Patrol – How To Be Dead

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

1. U2 – The Fly
2. Aslan – Crazy World
3. Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
4. JJ72 – Oxygen
5. The Thrills- Big Sur

So, anyone watching The Big Reunion on ITV2?

No, well, you’re missing out. Pity there’s an S Club 7 shaped hole in it.

FIVE (OR, 5IVE) SONGS BY ACTS ON THE BIG REUNION

1. Liberty X – Song 4 Lovers
2. 5ive – Got The Feelin
3. Honeyz – Finally Found
4. Blue – One Love
5. B*Witched – Cest La Vie

And finally, while The Big Reunion is on our TV screens, let’s take a moment to remember Girls Aloud, who sadly split up this week.

Don’t worry though, they will be appearing on the 2022 series of The Big Reunion, performing in Qatar at the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup, and go on a tour which includes a date at The Venue in Ebrington, which was renamed Nadine Coyle Hall in 2017

FIVE SONGS BY GIRLS ALOUD

1. The Promise
2. Biology
3. I’ll Stand By You
4. The Show
5. Life Got Cold

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.11.2012

1. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
2. Paul Weller – The Attic
3. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
4. Pink – Try
5. Stooshe – Waterfalls

Last week’s X-Factor theme was ‘Best Of British’, a tribute to Britain’s best acts.

Amazingly, all the covers were of songs by British acts. An X-Factor theme, that they actually stuck to.

Anyway, here’s five underrated songs by British acts

FIVE SONGS BY BRITISH ACTS

1. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
2. The King Blues – Save The World, Get The Girl
3. The Wonder Stuff – Welcome To The Cheap Seats
4. Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor
5. Eliza Doolittle – Rollerblades

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SELECT – OCTOBER 1994

“Oasis – Better than The Beatles and God” screams the front page, but not as big as Suede, as Brett Anderson hogs the cover of this edition.

In news, Richey Edwards was hospitalised and Manics manager is interviewed, saying “If we hadn’t got Richey help, he might have killed himself”

Richey Edwards vanished on 1st February 1995 and has never been seen since.

Oasis get six pages dedicated to them, focusing on their year where they rose to stardom, having the then biggest selling UK debut album with Definately Maybe.

On the guestlist for their show at Leisure Lounge in London was Miles Hunt, singer in The Wonder Stuff. A true sign that they had “made it”

Cover stars Suede get eight pages, speaking at length about Bernard Butler leaving the band.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SELECT – MARCH 1992

Curve are the cover stars of this early 90s magazine, alongside Lush and Sugarcubes. A magazine cover literally can’t get any more 1992.

In news, The Wonder Stuff are bringing out a documentary of their recent tour, which included a concert at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

Ian McCullough, now a solo artist about to launch his second solo album, dismisses The Bunnymen as history. They reformed in 1997.

Newly reformed Madness are featured, jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon due to the success of a Greatest Hits compilation.

The topic of new material was raised and was sidestepped. That didn’t come until 1999.

Eagle eyed viewers of Top Of The Pops 2 will have noticed Mark Bedford and Daniel Woodgate spending the time between Madness split and reformation in Voice Of The Beehive.