50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 17 – OCT 23

Welcome to this week’s 50 Years Of Top Of The Pops, which doesn’t have any Calypso songs urging people to vote UKIP.

We do though, have the newly reformed S Club 7, as they made their final TOTP appearance.

And Alvin Starudst, who died today, feeling like Buddy Holly.

It’s a quiet week this week, not much in the way of pop birthdays or death anniversaries.

We move on to Wyclef Jean, such a Perfect Gentleman.

Karl Wallinger turned 57 this week. The name might not be instantly recognisable, but he did write this.

Double Fugees birthday this week, Pras also blowing out candles

Meanwhile, Tom Petty is a year away from being an OAP.

If you want to get Mark King from Level 42 a birthday present, some hand insurance sounds like a good idea. I’m guessing Pete Powell is a fan of Level 42.

This song, by Strawberry Switchblade, is a sadly forgotten classic.

Time for a bit of Bluetones

Dan Woodgate from Madness celebrated a birthday this week. He was also in Voice Of The Beehive between Madness split and early 90s reunion. Yep, that’s him with the ponytail.

PS : I’m going to see Madness in 8 weeks. Thought i’d share that with you all.

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