Exhibition for 30th anniversary of Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead

A soundscape and photographic exhibition will pay tribute to the Smiths in Salford later this year, marking 30 years since the release of  their seminal album The Queen Is Dead.

The cover of the Smiths’ third studio album was famously shot outside Salford Lads Club, less than a mile away from the Lowry, which will host the Smiths exhibition. So it will be a case of the “Sons of Salford” coming together in Smiths' The Queen Is Dead 2spectacular fashion.

The Queen Is Dead album cover photo is one of 20 rarely seen images in the exhibition by photographer Stephen Wright. Wright went on to have a successful career photographing live concerts and weddings but says he is happy to be “haunted” by the Lads Club shoot.

Morrissey and Johnny Marr have given their approval to the project, which will see “real” Smiths reflect on life in Salford, soundtracked by the band’s music. Knocks’s audio soundscape – to Panic, This Charming Man and What Difference Does It Make – premieres on Thursday 5 May.

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Paul McCartney battles to get the Beatles family silver back

Paul McCartney has begun the process of regaining control of his share of the US publishing rights from the Beatles’ back catalogue.

The Beatles songs publishing is currently owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but US law gives the option to living artists to apply to regain copyright 56 years after initial publication, meaning the Lennon-McCartney catalogue will become available in 2018.

According to Billboard magazine Paul McCartney began the process to take control of his half of the Beatles publishingpaul mccartney on the 15th December 2015. Under the US copyright act of 1976, a songwriter must file a claim with the copyright office two to 10 years before the 56 years elapse. Paul McCartney filed a termination notice for 32 songs at the end of last year. However, John Lennon’s half of the publishing – all Beatles songs were credited to Lennon-McCartney, regardless of who wrote them – will remain with Sony/ATV who previously agreed a deal with John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

The Beatles lost control of their publishing rights over 50 years ago. The company Northern Songs was founded by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, their manager Brian Epstein and publisher Dick James in 1963. Dick James sold his stake to the UK firm Associated Television (ATV) in 1969, and Lennon and McCartney failed in an attempt to regain their rights. Another attempt by the music manager Allen Klein to set up a deal for the Beatles’ Apple Corps to buy out ATV also failed.

Michael Jackson bought ATV Music for $47.5m in 1985, but then merged it with Sony Music in 1985 leading to the formation of Sony/ATV. In 2006, in financial trouble, Michael Jackson struck a further deal with Sony, giving the former the right to buy his half of Sony/ATV.

It was finally announced last week that the Michael Jackson estate was prepared to sell its 50% stake to Sony for $750million.

Putting the cynical world of politics and business aside, let’s simply celebrate the brilliance of the music of the Beatles  with this top 20 best Beatles songs –

Top 20 Best Beatles Songs

1)  A Day In The Life

2)  Eleanor Rigby

3)  Norwegian Wood

4)  She’s Leaving Home

5)  Help

6)  Helter Skelter

7)  Let It Be

8)  I am the Walrus

9)  Something

10)  Girl

11)  Yesterday

12)  She Loves You

13)  Strawberry Fields Forever

14)  Come Together

15)  Ballad of John & Yoko

16)  Penny Lane

17)  Nowhere Man

18)  Revolution

19)  Hey Jude

20)  Don’t Let Me Down

 

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Top 5 Best Punk Songs to mark Punk music 40th anniversary

The son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood has threatened to burn millions of dollars worth of punk memorabilia in protest of the state-backed “40th Anniversary of Punk” celebrations planned for later in the year in London.

In a statement, Joseph Corré said he plans to burn his entire punk collection, with an estimated worth £5 million, in Camden on the 26th November to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ debut single, Sex_Pistols_-_God_Save_the_Queen“Anarchy in the U.K.” He has invited others to bring their own punk memorabilia to destroy at the same time.

Joe Corré has been incensed by the corporate and state sponsorship of Punk.London, a year-long series of concerts, film screenings, talks and exhibits. Among its partners are the British Film Institute, the British Fashion Council, Live Nation, Universal Music, the Museum of London and the British Library. Punk.London has also received a £99,000 grant from the National Lottery and the support of the mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

In a statement, Joe Corré said: “The Queen giving 2016, the year of punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard. Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a fucking museum piece or a tribute act.”

Sex Pistols singleThe irony doesn’t escape the Record Press author – after all the Sex Pistols infamously released their second single “God Save the Queen” in June 1977, to coincide with the Queen’s Royal Silver Jubilee celebrations. The track accused Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of running “a fascist regime” and questioned her human credentials.

Corré continued in his statement: “A general malaise has now set in amongst the British public. People are feeling numb. And with numbness comes complacency. People don’t feel they have a voice anymore. The most dangerous thing is that they have stopped fighting for what they believe in. They have given up the chase. We need to explode all the shit once more.”

In May through to September 2016, The British Library will be hosting Punk 1976-1978, an exhibition celebrating 40 years since the birth of Punk, in conjunction with Punk London, a city-wide celebration of the pioneering movement. Featuring a range of fanzines, flyers, artwork, clothing and recordings (including a bootleg copy of early Sex Pistols shows), the exhibition will realise all the mythology, creating the perfect physical expression of those two whirlwind years in British cultural history.

However punk was always about so much more than the music. Punk was a spirit, a life philosophy – the essence of which is summed up best in this top 5 best punk songs by the five leading proponents of punk –

 

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1) Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love? ( No12 1978 )

2) Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant ( No6 1977 )

3) Jam – Down in the Tube Station ( No15 1978 )

4) Stranglers – No More Heroes ( No8 1977 )

5) Clash – White Riot ( No38 1977 )

 

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Prince artefacts to go under the hammer

An auction house in Los Angeles is about to sell many Prince artefacts, including unreleased music and personal possessions.

The collection comes courtesy of Prince’s first wife, Mayte Garcia, former manager Owen Husney and guitarist Dez Dickerson.

For music buffs, there are two fascinating items in particular. The first is a three-track demo tape recorded by Prince in winter 1976 and spring 1977, featuring Just As Long As We’re Together, My Love Is Forever and Jelly Jam – accompanied by a press pack, one of only 15 made. The starting price for prince wedding ringthat is $6,500. The second is a tape, from 1978, of six early songs, three unreleased and three that would later be recorded for official release, including an early version of Sometimes It Snows in April. You’ll need a minimum of $20,000 (£13,900) to bid for that.

Of a more personal and romantic nature the auction collection will also include the diamond engagement ring and handwritten marriage proposal Prince gave to Mayte Garcia – these have a reserve / opening bid of $100,000. The proposal takes the form of five handwritten notes on five pink, heart-shaped notes,“which Prince used to lead Garcia on a romantic journey to the ring”.

Also up for auction is an array of Prince’s wardrobe including jewellery, accessories (including a pair of handcuffs used during stage performances of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World), and 36 lots of tableware from Prince and Garcia’sprince wedding china set wedding. If you have a limited budget for this Prince memorabilia collection, the cheapest of those items are the five saucers featuring a keyboard design; bidding starts at $1,000 each. If you are a little more flush, the opening bid on a 50-piece set of wedding china is $50,000.

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Farewell fanfare for the common man: Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson, the co-founder and keyboardist of progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died aged 71.

Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Santa Monica police confirmed. His death was being investigated as a suicide, police added.

“We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles,” read a statement on the band’s Facebook page. Former band mate Carl Palmer said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the keith emersonpassing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humour, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft.”
Inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s stage craft and theatrics with the electric guitar, Keith Emerson was famous for his showmanship and outlandish on-stage performance style.

Emerson Lake and Palmer built up a loyal international following, particularly popular in the UK and Japan. As a Prog Rock band  they will be best remembered for their albums, in particular Tarkus, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery which all reached the top five in the UK chart. That said Emerson Lake and Palmer had a notable single success with Fanfare for the Common Man which reached No2 in British singles chart in 1977.

Before Emerson Lake and Palmer , Keith Emerson was a member of The Nice, which formed in 1967 but disbanded three years later.

 

Twenty great reasons to see & hear Motown the Musical

As a massive Motown fan it was fantastic to finally see the elusive if not reclusive Motown Records founder Berry Gordy interviewed on TV. My only criticism is that such a rare appearance by Berry Gordy warranted and deserved more than a cursory five minute interview on The Jonathan Ross talk show!!

Berry Gordy made this brief TV appearance in order to promote Motown the Musical, which tells the story of the legendary US record label. Motown the Musical has been written by Berry Gordy and has just moved to the West End of London after a very successful two-year run on Broadway, New York and a wider US tour.

Motown founder Berry Gordy, Supremes singer Mary Wilson and Motown legend Smokey Robinson all attended Tuesday’s opening night in London, which was hailed a great success by the critics with these rave reviews….. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35764779

However you don’t need to read the critics’ reviews to know that Motown the Musical will be a great show and wonderful entertainment. All you need to do is remind yourself of the brilliance of Motown Records by perusing this Top 20 Best Motown Records Songs –

 

Top 20 Best Motown Records Songs

 

1) Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough ( 1970 )

2) Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On? ( 1971 )

3) Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There ( 1966 )

4) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave        ( 1963 )

5) Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? ( 1966 )

6) Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine ( 1969 )

7) Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone ( 1973 )

8) Supremes – Stop In The Name Of Love ( 1965 )

9) Four Tops – Standing In The Shadows Of Love ( 1967 )

10) Temptations – Ball Of Confusion ( 1970 )

11) Edwin Starr – War ( 1970 )

12) Four Tops – Bernadette ( 1967 )

13) Stevie Wonder – Superstition ( 1973 )

14) Marvin Gaye – Abraham Martin & John ( 1970 )

15) Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – You Are Everything ( 1974 )

16) Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself  ( 1965 )tamla motown vinyl record

17) Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting ( 1971 )

18) Supremes – Baby Love ( 1964 )

19) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street ( 1964 )

20) Stevie Wonder – In The City ( 1974 )

 

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George Martin was not the fifth Beatle…..

…….George Martin was the third Beatle, just behind Lennon and McCartney. The legendary Beatles producer has died at the age of 90. In terms of his sphere of influence on popular and classical music in the 20th century, George Martin’s longevity will last well beyond his 90 years. More like 900 years!!George-Martin

What qualifies George Martin to be the third Beatle is that quite simply without his classical arrangements there would be no Beatles, or at least not as we know them today!!

In 2011 I paid tribute to George Martin in my blog article “Surely George Martin should be elevated to the rank of Third Beatle?” Click on this link to read the article in full…… http://www.myfirstrecord.co.uk/recordpress/retro-music/surely-george-martin-should-be-elevated-to-the-rank-of-third-beatle/

 

Carole King to play Tapestry album at first UK gig since 1989

Carole King is to play her first UK concert in more than 25 years at the BST festival in London’s Hyde Park on the 3rd July.

Carole King, aged 74, will play her seminal album Tapestry in full, followed by a smattering of other hits. It will be the first opportunity to see Carole King play in the UK since her City Streets tour in 1989. She commented: “I can’t wait to carole king tapestryperform Tapestry from beginning to end for the first time… in the heart of one of my favourite cities.”

Carole King explained to the BBC that it “actually wasn’t my idea to play the album in full, but no-one has ever thought to ask before and I loved the idea.” She continued: “I’ll be adding other songs because it would be a very short set if I only did Tapestry. I might actually even have it on my social networks where people can offer up their favourites and see if we can get a consensus and help me figure out which songs to add.”

Recorded in the hippie community of Laurel Canyon in 1971, the album Tapestry featured a dozen classic songs, including the standards It’s Too Late, I Feel The Earth Move and You’ve Got A Friend. The Tapestry album made Carole King a star in her own right but she was already a very successful and prolific ­songwriter, having written hits like The Loco-Motion ( Little Eva ), Pleasant Valley Sunday ( the Monkees ) and I’m Into Something Good ( Herman’s Hermits ) with her lyricist ­husband Gerry Goffin.

Carole King put her own stamp of identity on some of her earlier songs on the Tapestry album, including (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Tapestry spent 15 consecutive weeks at No1 on the Billboard 200 and until Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was the world’s biggest-selling record by a solo artist.

 

Top 5 Best Carole King Songscarole-king-its-too-late-1971

1) It’s Too Late

2) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow 

3) I Feel The Earth Move 

4) You’ve Got A Friend

5) Loco-Motion

 

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Top 10 best Manchester bands & their best song

Record Press recently posted a Top 5 Best Liverpool Bands to mark the city’s recent City of Music Award. However when collating the Top 5 best Liverpool groups, the Record Press author was surprised how relatively easy it was to arrive at that Top 5.

Take the Beatles out of the Liverpool music equation along with a clutch of 1980s bands with ridiculously long and convoluted names like Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Echo & The Bunnymen, oasis don't look back in anger vinyl singleTeardrop Explodes and A Flock of Seagulls and what else is there?!!

I realise this will not go down well with the good bretheren of Liverpool, but the fact of the matter is that the global, historic and lasting impact and popularity of the Beatles has distorted the reality that Liverpool has not contributed as much to the annals of rock and pop music as you might suppose.

In comparison Liverpool’s neighbour and urban enemy Manchester has contributed a far greater lasting music legacy. No doubt this shock revelation that Manchester wins the “Battle of the Bands” will be seen as divisive but this Top 10 best Manchester bands & their best song will amply prove the point –

 

Top 10 Best Manchester Bands & their Best Song –smiths what difference does it make vinyl single

 

1) Oasis – Live Forever ( 1994 )

2) Smiths – What Difference Does It Make? ( 1984 )

3) 10cc – I’m Not In Love ( 1975 )

4) Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart ( 1980 )

5) Stone Roses – I am the Resurrection ( 1992 )

6) New Order – Blue Monday ( 1983 )Buzzcocks_-_EverFallenInLove_-_SingleCover

7) Buzzcocks – Have You Ever Fallen In Love? ( 1978 )

8) Hollies – The Air That I Breathe ( 1974 )

9) Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro ( 1990 )

10) Simply Red – Holding Back The Years ( 1986 )

 

 

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No way – Gilbert O’Sullivan has released a new single!!

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that Gilbert O’Sullivan had released a new single “No Way” and even more pleasantly surprised to hear it being broadcast regularly on the Radio 2 playlist.

It’s good to hear Gilbert O’Sullivan on our radio airwaves once again because for those of the Record Press author’s vintage, Gilbert O’Sullivan is evocative of a time and a place many moons ago.Gilbert O'Sullivan alone again naturally

Every time I hear a Gilbert O’Sullivan ditty, I’m automatically transported back to Sunday lunchtimes in the family kitchen in the early 1970s – Mum cooking the Sunday Roast, Dad reading the Sunday Express at the worktop and “Two-Way Family Favourites” on Radio 2 providing the soundtrack to this scene of middle class, bourgeois domestic bliss.

And Gilbert O’Sullivan was very much part of the staple diet on a Sunday in the Sterland household, along with the joint of beef or leg of lamb!! Gilbert O’Sullivan was constantly requested on “Two-Way Family Favourites”; his easy listening, catchy tunes being popular with all generations. It could be said that Gilbert O’Sullivan has gone from “Two-Way” in the early 1970s to “No Way” in 2016. But either way, he has always done it his way and it’s very good to see Gilbert O’Sullivan back where he belongs – in our homes and in our hearts!!

We shouldn’t underestimate Gilbert O’Sullivan – not only is he an adept pianist and witty wordsmith, but he certainly can hold a tune too as a vocalist. Lest we forget the talent of Gilbert O’Sullivan, here is the Record Press top 5 best Gilbert O’Sullivan songs –

Top 5 Best Gilbert O’Sullivan Songsgilbert o'sullivan Alone Again ( Naturally ) vinyl single

 

1) Alone Again ( Naturally ) ( N03 1972 )

2) No Matter How I Try ( No5 1971 )

3) Nothing Rhymed ( No8 1970 )

4) Christmas Song ( No12 1974 )

5) Clair ( No1 1972 )

 

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Win England World Cup Memorabilia in 50th Anniversary Competition

Can you believe it’s the 50th anniversary  of England winning the 1966 World Cup with that Geoff england 1966 world cup winners pendantHurst hatrick and BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme’s timeless & immortal words “They think it’s all over…..It is now”?

MyFirstRecord.co.uk & Record Press would like to celebrate this occasion with you with our England 1966 World Cup Winners 50th Anniversary Competition. To enter, simply answer these three questions –

1) Who was your favourite England player in the last 50 years and why?

2) What was the name of the England 1966 World Cup Mascot?

3) Which was your favourite World Cup tournament  in the last 50 years and why?

 

The author of the best reply to these three questions will WIN A PRIZE OF A FRAMED CD / FRAMED VINYL SINGLE of either

Baddiel /Skinner/ Lightning Seeds – 3 Lions ( 1998 World Cup ) 3 lions cd single

or

England & New Order- World In Motion ( 1990 World Cup )

WITH A COMMEMORATIVE ENGLAND 1966 WORLD CUP WINNERS 50th ANNIVERSARY PLAQUE.

 

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Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies

Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90m albums has died of Parkinson’s Disease.

Maurice White’s brother Verdine issued a brief statement: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that Earth Wind & Fireour privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Earth Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and that trademark horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Earth Wind & Fire’s most successful period started with the 1975 album That’s The Way of The World and continued through the rest of the decade with hits like September, Shining Star, After the Love has Gone and Boogie Wonderland.

Earth Wind & Fire’s early sound was jazzy, but evolved into an exuberant, horn-driven mix of jazz, funk, gospel and Big Band music. They were a great stage act with a energetic dancing, fog machines, multi-coloured light shows and glittery costumes. Earth, Wind & Fire epitomised the disco movement and culture in the late 1970s.

For the Record Press author, my introduction to Earth Wind & Fire was their 1978 single Fantasy and I still feel it was their best song, hence it heads up this Top 5 Best Earth Wind & Fire Songs –

Top 5 Best Earth Wind & Fire Songs

 
1) Fantasy ( UK No14 1978 )Earth Wind & Fire medallion

2) After the Love has Gone ( UK No4 1979 )

3) September ( UK No3 1978 )

4) Let’s Groove ( UK No3 1981 )

5) Boogie Wonderland ( UK No4 1979 )

 
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ELO will bring a certain Mr Blue Sky to Glastonbury 2016

Jeff Lynne’s ELO will fill Glastonbury’s “legends” slot on Sunday 26th June 2016 and the band’s signature song Mr Blue Sky will hopefully be a good omen for sunny, dry weather at Glasto this year!!

Glastonbury’s “legends” Sunday slot is one of the highlights of the annual festival – Dolly Parton drew Glastonbury’s biggest ever elo logocrowd in 2014, while Lionel Richie’s appearance last year sent him to the top of the chart.

Originally known as Electric Light Orchestra, ELO was formed by Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood in 1970. They had an 18-year run of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including Roll Over Beethoven, Telephone Line, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Livin’ Thing and The Diary of Horace Wimp and of course Mr Blue Sky which still commands regular radio airplay in the UK. In total the ELO sold 50 million records before Jeff Lynne called time in 1988.

After years in the music wilderness an on-air campaign by BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans cajoled the band into reuniting in 2013 for elo telephone line vinyl singlea one-off show in Hyde Park. The public response and demand was so overwhelming that Jeff Lynne returned to the recording studio and began work on a new album, Alone in the Universe, under the moniker Jeff Lynne’s ELO. The album subsequently went platinum in the UK, while ELO stole the show at last year’s Grammy Awards.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis summed up the Record Press author’s sentiments with her tweet: “Yes! ELO are playing this year’s Glastonbury Sunday teatime slot. Can’t wait!”

Lest we forget how good the ELO were in the 1970s, here is a Top 5 Best ELO songs –

Top 5 Best ELO songs

1) Mr Blue Sky

2) Rock Aria

3) Diary of Horace Wimp

4) Don’t Bring Me Down

5) Last Train to London

 

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Farewell Terry Wogan, Doyenne of Disc Jockeys

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of broadcaster and bon viveur Terry Wogan.

My  immediate thoughts, which are always the most instinctive and therefore accurate, are that Terry Wogan was a lovely, amiable and affable chap. Heterry wogan floral dance vinyl was everybody’s favourite uncle; a member of your family. Terry Wogan possessed a bonhomie that masked a rapier wit – mischievous and cheeky, irreverent and rebellious but never cruel or callous. He was gentle: a gentleman in the true, pure sense of the word.

On TV Terry Wogan mercilessly teased his Wogan chat show guests, Blankety Blank panellists and Eurovision contestants alike but got away with it because of his self deprecating nature and humour. On radio he gently mocked his listeners ( affectionately nicknamed “TOGGS” – Terry’s Old Geezers & Gals ), but most of all he sent himself up. Terry Wogan was the consummate broadcaster because behind that deceptively languid style and delivery was a bright intellect, knowledge and mastery of language. A wordsmith of the highest  order, fuelled and fired by a vivid, technicolour imagination.

I was lucky enough to attend a BBC1 Wogan chat show in 1988 and spent time with him in the “Green Room” afterwards as a guest of his TV producer Peter Estall. Terry simply came across as a genuine, self-effacing person with humility and no ego. That was the essence of the man.

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A reminder that Mott The Hoople could’ve been so much more

The recent news that Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, had died brought into sharp focus what a good band Mott The Hoople were, but how they never fulfilled their potential.

Although Mott The Hoople shone very brightly with songs like Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes, the sad thing was they simply didn’t do it for long enough.mott the hoople

Mott The Hoople recorded eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence. They won a record contract in early 1969 and went to London to record under producer Guy Stevens, who renamed the band Mott the Hoople after a 1967 novel by Willard Manus.

Although Mott The Hoople created a strong fanbase and cult following, they struggled commercially and were on the verge of breaking up in 1972, until David Bowie stepped in and persuaded them to stay together, under the guidance of his manager Tony De Fries.

David Bowie also very generously offered them the song Suffragette City, which amazingly they declined. Refusing to mott the hoople all the young dudes vinyl singlegive up on them David Bowie then wrote the anthemic All The Young Dudes for Mott The Hoople. The narrative of All The Young Dudes forms part of the story of Bowie’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.

All The Young Dudes  reached No2 in the UK charts and the top 40 in America, giving Mott The Hoople the new lease of life they required. Later albums produced UK hits such as Honaloochie Boogie, All The Way From Memphis, Roll Away The Stone the Record Press author’s personal introduction to the band – the Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll.

Sadly no sooner had I been introduced to Mott The Hoople in 1974 and the band disintegrated when lead singer Ian Hunter, suffering from physical exhaustion, cancelled their entire European tour. When rumours then spread that he was making a solo album with David Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson, it led to an irrevocable rift in the ranks of Mott The Hoople.

The sad thing for me is that unlike their mentor David Bowie, Mott the Hoople didn’t make the most of their talent. And that’s a great pity. They never quite reached the heights their talent and charisma promised; they regrettably left a void of unfulfilled potential.

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Will Top of the Pops repeats prove 1981 produced best music?

This year BBC4 has arrived at 1981 in terms of showing repeats of Top of the Pops.

In a Guardian article over Christmas Bob Stanley argued 1981 was a key, influential year for music: “Forget 1966, because 1981 was pop’s year of revolution.” Bob expounded: “I’d go for 1981 as a post-60s pinnacle. BBC4’s Top of the Pops repeats next year will lay 1981 out on a marble slab and give me the chance to work out whether I’m just biased or whether it was a true golden age – I was 16, after all, and the world was a peach.”

The Record Press author agrees with Bob that 1981 was one of the best years for music in the last 50 years. I was 18 in ’81, which has a certain symmetry!! I also wonder whether like Bob Stanley I am biased as 1981 was the year I finally adam & the ants stand & deliverescaped school, replacing it with the relative freedom of university life. Like Bob I too felt the world was my oyster in 1981 and maybe this has coloured my judgement now I am languishing in my mid 50s!!

However I don’t believe this is the case. I still have some perspective and am happy to cite other years before and since as brilliant and influential years for music: 1967, 1974, 1975, 1979 & 1995.

Let’s paraphrase some of Bob Stanley’s persuasive argument for 1981: “Adam & the Ants went straight in at No 1 in May with Stand and Deliver, a wildly busy single – one of the year’s – which had a dense but laugh-out-loud funny lyric and ended with a chorus of diddly-qua-qua’s. Adam Ant was an English eccentric whom Edith Sitwell would have recognised, and Adam & the Ants were the most experimental pin-up act since the Beatles. No one has come close since. They saw out the year with Prince Charming, featuring an intro that sounded like a Venusian death chant, and Ant Rap, which didn’t quite predict Public Enemy, but still found room for a three-second harpsichord break.”

“In Sheffield, the Human League split in two, one half forming Heaven 17 and debuting with the single (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang, which was witty, timely, and way too fast to actually dance to. The rump League members released the album Dare, featuring the No 1 single, Don’t You Want Me, and briefly became superstars. Everybody human league don't you want mewon.”

“With the Human League and Soft Cell at No 1 (the latter with Tainted Love), it was the first huge year for synthpop. Gary Numan had been a friendly forebear, but 1981’s spirit of optimism saw him in second place to a group who had supported him on tour in 1980. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released the multi million-selling album Architecture and Morality in 1981 which included three top five singles (Souvenir, Joan of Arc – Maid of Orleans) and could probably have spawned three more. They took Kraftwerk’s notion of instrumental chorus hooks and grafted them onto melancholic melodies that sounded simultaneously industrial and suburban.”

Bob concludes: “Have I forgotten anything? Of course I have: New Order’s first two singles, Ceremony and Procession; Imagination’s proto-trip hop Body Talk; Kate Bush’s voyage into utter oddness, The Dreaming; Ghost Town by the Specials; even Phil Collins’s In the Air Tonight … 1981 was a rich and remarkable year for pop, and it would need a 600-page book to do it justice. Anyone fancy having a go?”

I don’t think I could manage to run to a 600 page thesis Bob – this 600 word blog will have to suffice!! But I totally agree that 1981 was a truly rich and colourful  year in the UK pop charts. It was a watershed year, endorsed and illustrated by this Record Press Top 10 Best Songs of 1981 –

Top 10 Best Songs of 1981

  1. The Specials – Ghost Town ( UK No1 )
  2. Hazel O’Connor – Will You? ( UK No8 )specials ghost town.png
  3. Human League – Sound of the Crowd ( UK No12  )
  4. Ultravox – Vienna ( UK No2 )
  5. Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight ( UK No2 )
  6. Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure ( UK No1 )
  7. Toyah Wilcox – It’s A Mystery ( UK No4 )
  8. Teardrop Explodes – Treason ( UK No18 )
  9. The Specials – Do Nothing ( UK No4 )
  10. Madness – Embarrassment ( UK No4 )

 

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The Dichotomy of David Bowie

Far more illustrious writers than myself will write extensively and eloquently on David Bowie on the occasion of his passing.

The Record Press author is not going to espouse and eulogise with clichés like “legend” and “genius”, which are always wheeled out on the occasion of the death of a show business celebrity. Suffice it to say David Bowie wove the tapestry of my teenage years whilst creating the definitive soundtrack of the seventies for the whole of my generation. Somehow hedavid bowie 2 transcended every genre he touched: music, film and fashion without ever becoming tired, clichéd or a parody of himself.

What struck me most was the dichotomy of David Bowie. He was everyman whilst not being like any other homo sapien. On one level he was this great innovator, creator, inventor who’s stage persona and alter egos were not of this world yet away from the stage he seemed totally grounded and down to earth. He came across as the most normal, level headed man in a world of insanity.

If there is a single person on Earth who is not familiar with David Bowie and his music, then Record Press recommends these songs and records that best convey the essence of the man…….

 

Top 5 David Bowie Songs –bowie life on mars

 

1) Life on Mars  ( Hunky Dory album )

2) Heroes  ( Heroes album )

3) Starman  ( Ziggy Stardust album )

4)  Moonage Daydream ( Ziggy Stardust album )

5) Oh You Pretty Things  ( Hunky Dory album )

 

Top 5 David Bowie Albums –david bowie heroes

 

1) The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust

2) Hunky Dory

3) Heroes

4) Aladdin Sane

5) Young Americans

 

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Bee Gees mentor Robert Stigwood no longer Stayin’ Alive

Robert Stigwood, mentor to the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and Cream, has died at the age of 81.

The announcement of the Australian-born music mogul’s death was made on Facebook by Spencer Gibb, son of Bee Gees band member Robin Gibb: “I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather, and the longtime manager of my family, Robert Stigwood, has passed away,” going on to describe him as a “creative genius with a very quick and dry wit”.

Robert Stigwood launched the Bee Gees career in the UK and US in 1967, before producing Cream’s self-titled debut album. He continued to work with Eric Clapton on his solo career after Cream disbanded.

saturday night feverRobert Stigwood, who was born in South Australia, also produced the stage productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as Evita. He also produced or co-produced film musicals Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar but undoubtedly Robert Stigwood’s most lasting film legacy will be the groundbreaking film of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, and the seminal Saturday Night Fever, which acted as a springboard for disco music and John Travolta’s film career while elevating the Bee Gees to global super stardom.

It is hard to conceive of a world without the Bee Gees and John Travolta’s white suit and disco dancing moves, but it is a fair assumption that without Robert Stigwood, this might well have been the case. RIP Richard.

It seemed fitting that Natalie Cole passed away at Xmas

Such was her emotional fragility, it was no great surprise to hear that R & B singer Natalie Cole had sadly passed away over Christmas. There’s a certain aptness that she died over the festive period as she never quite shrugged off the mantle and cloak of her father Nat King Cole, who will always be synonymous with Christmas time through his classic Christmas Song.

Natalie Cole had been dealing with health issues in recent months: In October, she cancelled her November and Natalie ColeDecember tours after undergoing “a medical procedure which led to a lengthy hospital stay,” she said in a statement. Natalie Cole’s February 2016 tour dates were also cancelled after the singer became ill with an unspecified ailment. Natalie Cole also suffered from Hepatitis C and required a 2009 kidney transplant.

The daughter of “Unforgettable” singer Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins, Natalie Cole released her debut album Inseparable in 1975, with the LP’s title track and “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” becoming No1 on the US R&B charts. The platinum-selling album helped Natalie Cole win both Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1976 Grammys.

A string of hits singles, including “Our Love,” “Sophisticated Lady,” and “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” followed through the latter half of the 1970s. However, by the early 1980s Natalie Cole’s career de-railed as drug abuse took control of her life. However, after nearly eight years without a hit single she re-surfaced in 1987 with her album Everlasting, which contained her well-received cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.”

Perhaps Natalie Cole’s finest hour was 1991’s Unforgettable… With Love, her multi-platinum album that featured her Natalie Cole Unforgettable… With Loveversions of standards previously performed by Nat King Cole, who died in 1965; the album’s closing track and lead single was a duet between father and daughter using the crooner’s pre-recorded vocals. Unforgettable… With Love won the 1991 Album of the Year Grammy while the “Unforgettable” duet earned Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance. In 1994, Natalie Cole performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta.

2008’s Still Unforgettable, the 1991 LP’s sequel, scored Cole her ninth and final Grammy, this time in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. In addition to her singing career, Natalie Cole made numerous television and film acting appearances, including portraying herself in the made-for-TV biopic Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story.

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The Specials drummer John Bradbury dies aged 62

John “Brad” Bradbury, the drummer with 2 Tone group the Specials, has died aged 62.

The band announced the news of his death on 29 December via Twitter: — @thespecials December 29, 2015 It is with John_Bradburydeep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.

A statement released by the Special’s spokesperson praised the musician’s influence on the 2 Tone scene: “Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind the Specials, and it was seen as a key part to the 2 Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming, and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground-breaking when the Specials first hit the charts in 1979. He was an integral part of the Specials re-forming in 2008, and [he] toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated. He’ll be much missed by family, friends and fans alike.”

During his career, John Bradbury was also a member of soul group JB’s Allstars and Selecter. He performed with the Specials until his death. Record Press would like to mark his passing with this Top5 Best Specials songs –

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1)    Ghost Town ( No1 1981 )

2)    Do Nothing ( No4 1980 )

3)    Rat Race ( No5 1980 )

4)    Stereotype ( No6 1980 )

5)    Too Much Too Young ( No1 1980 )

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Lemmy, the Ace in the Rock & Roll pack, dies

Lemmy, founding member and frontman in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Motorhead announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on the 26th December, and was at home when he died.

The band requested fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lemmylovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself: “There is no easy way to say this … our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.”

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness; there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please … play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. “HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.” “Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister 1945 -2015  Born to lose, lived to win.”

Ozzy Osbourne paid this tribute on Twitter: “Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”

Lemmy had struggled with deteriorating health in recent years and accordingly somewhat wryly changed his lifestyle switching from Jack Daniels whiskey to vodka to aid his search for improved health. The Motorhead singer underwent surgery to have an implantable defibrillator placed in his chest in 2013, and has cancelled shows in recent years due to exhaustion and a haematoma. Motorhead had been scheduled to tour the UK and France in early 2016.

motorhead ace of spades vinyl singleLemmy was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, on Christmas Eve in 1945. His musical career began in the early 1960s and he was, for a time, a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. He played in several rock bands, including the Rockin’ Vickers, Sam Gopal and Hawkwind, before founding Motörhead.

Motörhead’s loud, fast style was a pioneering force in heavy metal. Lemmy’s signature growling, gravelly vocals and aggressive bass playing has been emulated by countless other bands, but the singer joked that he largely learned on the job, telling Spin in 2012 that “the volume’s loud so nobody really notices that much”.

The band’s highest-rating record was the live album No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith, which peaked at No1 on the UK album charts. Motörhead’s second and third albums, Overkill and Bomber, were probably the pinnacle in terms of studio albums ( both recorded in 1979 ) but Lemmy will be best remembered by the general public for the The Ace of Spades single, which reached No15 in the UK charts in 1980.

The Record Press author was a huge fan of Lemmy, so much so that I would place two of his songs in this Top 5 Best Heavy Rock Songs –

 

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1) Black Sabbath – Paranoid ( 1970 )

2) Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love ( 1969 )

3) Motorhead – The Ace of Spades ( 1980 )

4) Hawkwind – Silver Machine ( 1972 )

5) Deep Purple – Smoke On the Water ( 1972 )

 

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BBC Not Biased Against The Bay City Rollers

The BBC has been accused of being anti the Bay City Rollers, ironically in the week a documentary on the band, Rollermania, was aired on BBC4.

The BBC has defended its decision to reject a complaint of bias for not playing a Bay City Rollers song in more than 310 shows by a BBC Radio 2 DJ. The complainant said the 1970s band the Bay City Rollers had not featured once in six bay-city-rollers-rollinyears of DJ Johnnie Walker’s BBC Radio 2 show “Sounds of the 70s”.

The complainant, who said the Bay City Rollers are “Scotland’s answer to the Beatles”, said licence fee payers were entitled to hear what they wanted and that the show’s DJ was “unreasonably biased” against the band. The complainant accused the BBC of showing bias against Scottish licence fee payers.

The BBC freely admitted that Johnnie Walker had made “no secret” of his “poor opinion and dislike” of the Bay City Rollers, but his job is to play classic tracks he feels his audience will “most enjoy”. The BBC panel added there was no evidence that his decision not to play Bay City Roller’s songs was because they were a Scottish band.

The Record Press author can see no grounds for an anti Bay City Rollers bias on the BBC, particularly in the week a Bay City Rollers documentary “Rollermania” was aired on BBC4. It was a fun hour that reminded anyone of my vintage that the “Rollermania Rollercoaster” was one hell of a crazy ride, although there was little in the band’s music in the documentary to merit the Bay City Rollers being put on a par and pedestal with The Beatles!!

Let’s remind ourselves of that “Rollermania Rollercoaster” with this Top 5 best Bay City Rollers songs –

Top 5 Best Bay City Rollers Songs

 

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1) Shang-A-Lang ( No6 1974 )

2) Summerlove Sensation ( N03 1974 )

3) Give A Little Love ( N01 1975 )

4) You Made Me Believe In Magic ( No34 1977 )

5) Bye Bye Baby ( No1 1975 )

 

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Top 5 Best Liverpool Bands to endorse City of Music Award

Liverpool has been recognised as a City of Music by the United Nations.

The city of Liverpool earned the award due to music’s “place in the heart of the city’s life”, following a bid by Liverpool City Council. Unesco acknowledged and recognised a strong commitment to a “clearly defined” music, education and beatles let it be cover vinylskills strategy for young people.

A further 10 global destinations have also been given the title, including Kingston in Jamaica, the home of reggae. Judges commented that Liverpool is a “haven for music” with festivals such as its International Music Festival, Sound City and Psych Fest events. Unesco also noted the importance of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and dance music institution Creamfields.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is renowned for its musical influence and this status is the ultimate, and appropriate, accolade for a city which lives and breathes music.”

To endorse the Unesco City of Music Award, here is a Top 5 best Liverpool bands that contributed to the city’s musical heritage over the last 50 years frankie goes to hollywood relax vinyl single

 

Top 5 Best Liverpool Bands

 

1) The Beatles

2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood

3) Echo & The Bunnymen

4) The Teardrop Explodes

5) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

 

 

Has Radio 2’s Steve Wright gone past his sell by date?

As the Record Press author was preparing to write this blog article, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t alone in thinking that Radio 2’s Steve Wright gone past his sell by date……..

Don’t get me wrong, I have been a big fan of Steve Wright for many years since I first heard him on Radio Luxembourg in 1979. Within months he had moved steve-wrightto Radio 1 and I continued to be throughly entertained by his creative, inventive and entertaining broadcasting.

Steve Wright took the best of Kenny Everett and fused it with the best of American radio broadcasting, culminating in the institution that his Radio 1 Afternoon Show became, ably supported by his cast of characters and idiots. But alas I have found myself becoming more and more irritated by Steve Wright. His style of broadcasting is tired, jaded and trite; constantly recycling the same old cliched banter from the 1980s, completely devoid of new ideas. Surely it is time that Steve Wright was put out to graze on the lawns outside the Radio 2 Retirement Home?!

As I prepared for this blog article, I discovered I wasn’t alone and my sentiments are being echoed on Facebook. Jonathan Ross recently covered for Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Radio 2, and was a breath of fresh air in the stale corridors of Broadcasting House. Infact he seems to have got a much better reception than last time he was on Radio 2.

A single post on Facebook posted on Wednesday 26th August received almost 500 likes and around 250 comments – the majority of which welcomed Jonathan Ross back to Radio 2. What was particularly telling was the volume of listeners preferring him over regular host Steve Wright. Here are some of the Facebook comments –

“Glad to have you back on Radio 2, Jonathan. You did a bad thing but you paid the price & it’s a long time ago. You’re a pro and R2 is better when you’re on.”Jonathan+Ross

“Welcome back Jonathan Ross. The trouble with Steve Wright is that he thinks he’s still ‘down with the kids’ when in actual fact the ‘kids’ have grown up and listen to a different type of music now. The kids he thinks he is playing to are over listening to Radio 1.”

“Please keep Jonathan Ross on permanently. He is so much better than boring Steve Wright.”

“I used to like Steve Wright but his format is the same as he was doing when I was in my teenage years and I am nearly 45. It’s outdated but he still thinks he is bang up to date. Wrong. It’s old hat now and has been for ages.”

The Record Press author urges Bob Shennan, Radio 2 Programme Controller, to bite the bullet and bring some fresh blood into the daytime weekday schedule. I know Steve Wright’s RAJAR listening figures are good, but I would argue that the Radio 2 Afternoon Show listening figures would not drop under the stewardship of a new host.

Everybody said Terry Wogan was irreplaceable as Radio 2 Breakfast Show host……..Chris Evans, his replacement in 2010, quickly increased the number of listeners. Jonathan Ross’ Saturday morning show on Radio 2, before “Sachgate” brought his Radio 2 career to an end, was some of the best radio I have ever heard. Time to give Jonathan Ross a regular slot on Radio 2 and the Afternoon Show would be a good fit.

 

Blue Monday as New Order find money will tear us apart

Former New Order bass player Peter Hook is suing his ex-bandmates for millions of pounds in a long standing quarrel over royalties.

Peter Hook claims he has lost in excess of £2.3m since the three other band members set up a company without him to process the band’s income in 2011. Peter Hook has accused Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of “pillaging” the pop group’s assets.

new-orderThe three of them have responded to this claim by stating that they have treated Peter Hook fairly and that his share of the royalties is reasonable. At a High Court hearing, Judge David Cooke ruled that Peter Hook was not acting out of “spite” and cleared the way for him to take his complaints to a full trial.

New Order, formed by the surviving members of Joy Division in 1980 after lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, are best known for anthemic hits Blue Monday, True Faith, World In Motion and Regret. Peter Hook parted company with the band in 2007, but the other members carried on without him and continued to use the New Order name.

New Order’s latest album Music Complete ( minus Peter Hook ) was released in September and reached No2 in the UK charts, making it their highest-charting album since 1993. Meanwhile Peter Hook has been touring with a new band under the name Peter Hook and the Light.

Let us remember better days when Peter “Hooky” Hook was an integral member of Joy Division and New Order with this Top 5 Best Joy Division and New Order songs –

 

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1) Love Will Tear Us Apart ( 1980 )

2) Blue Monday ( 1983 )

3) Transmission ( 1979 )

4) Atmosphere ( 1980 )

5) World In Motion ( 1990 )

 

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Liam & Noel Gallagher to reunite for Oasis film documentary

Shock!! Horror!! Liam and Noel Gallagher are to reunite after agreeing to appear in a film about Oasis.

The Gallagher brothers, who fronted Oasis, have agreed to contribute their memories and insight in interviews for Matt Whitecross’s documentary. Oasis’ record label, Big Brother Recordings, will permit the film-makers access to all archives.

The film, produced by director Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees who made “Amy”, the film about singer Amy gallagher brothersWinehouse, will offer “a rare and candid insight” into the group and document Oasis’s early years.

The film documentary will chronicle the stratospheric ascent of Oasis after their first album, Definitely Maybe, became the fastest selling debut album in British music history when it was released in 1994. It was followed by eight UK No 1 singles and eight UK No 1 albums until the Gallagher brothers’ acrimonious split in 2009.

The film, which scheduled for release in 2016, will also feature Oasis’s two-night residency at Knebworth Park in 1996, when they played to 250,000 fans.

The Gallagher brothers have had a turbulent relationship since Oasis split up and have yet to resolve their differences despite constant rumours they plan to reunite.

So it strikes the Record Press author that this film collaboration is the best opportunity yet for Noel and Liam to heal the rift and kiss and make up. On that basis, perhaps the film should be called “Don’t Look Back In Anger”…… Here are a Record Press Top 5 best Oasis songs as a suggested film title –

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1) Don’t Look Back In Anger

2) Live Forever

3) Champagne Supernova

4) The Masterplan

5) Roll With It

 

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Win a framed Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 7″ vinyl single

November 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Queen’s epic prog-rock operatic song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a six minute classic that topped the charts in the UK in late 1975 / early 1976 and then nearly repeated the feat in the USA in 1992 on the back of the iconic lip-sync to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the film “Wayne’s World”.

bohemian-rhapsody1The social and cultural influence of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen cannot be overstated, as group and song singlehandedly introduced the concept of the music video, seven years before MTV was launched, at which point the music video then becoming commonplace.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is eerily idiosyncratic and to this day nothing sounds quite like it. The song has never been matched – put simply few musicians could possibly emulate the creativity, invention and imagination of Freddie Mercury. Queen are marking the 40th anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by releasing their much-bootlegged 1975 London Hammersmith BBC broadcast as Queen – A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith this month to coincide with the holiday season.

MyFirstRecord are are also marking the 40th anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by offering a framed copy of the Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 7″ vinyl single to the winner of our competition.

Simply answer the question below in order to enter our  Bohemian Rhapsody 40th Anniversary Competition.bohemianrhapsodyuk7label

QUESTION: “Bohemian Rhapsody was at No1 in the UK for nine weeks. In that time four songs were denied the No1 spot. Can you name the four artists / groups & their songs?”

THE WINNER FROM OUR PRIZE DRAW WILL RECEIVE A FRAMED COPY OF THE 7″ VINYL SINGLE OF BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY BY QUEEN WITH A 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE ( INCLUDING THE WINNER’S NAME ).

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40th Anniversary – Top 5 Best Albums released in 1975

Whilst the UK singles charts in 1975 were proving to be an eclectic mix showcasing Glam Rock, Disco, Northern Soul, mainstream Soul and Bay City Roller Mania, the album charts were dominated by some definitive album releases; notably rock hybrids fashioned by the “Prog Rock” Pink Floyd, “Blues Rock” Led Zeppelin & “Glam Rock” Queen……

Here’s the Record Press Top 5 Best Albums released in 1975 –

Top 5 Best albums released in 1975

 

1)      Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Herepink floyd wish you were here

Having had great commercial and critical success and acclaim with their previous album Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd were almost suffering from “survivor guilt” with the follow up album Wish You Were Here. The album was a melancholic, reflective tribute to former band member and founder Syd Barrett, epitomised by the track “Shine on you Crazy Diamond” ( “Remember when you were young, you shone like the Sun?” ). Although denied by songwriter Roger Waters, the title track “Wish you were here” also seems to be a fitting tribute to the charismatic former front man Syd Barrett. The other two tracks on the album “Have a Cigar” and “Welcome to the Machine” are a satirical slant on the record / music industry. A great album that transcends the the last four decades.

 

2)      Queen – Night at the Operaqueen a night at the opera

For most critics, this is Queen’s best album, with its audacious centrepiece mock rock opera “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Queen broke the mould with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but this musical jewel in the crown was ably supported by “Death on Two Legs”, “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon”, “You’re My Best friend”, “I’m in Love with my Car”, “39” and “Love of my Life”.

 

3)      Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti3) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Although overshadowed by the sublime Led Zeppelin II album, Physical Graffiti gave us two of Led Zep’s best songs, “Houses of the Holy” and “Kashmir”. This album is a rock heavyeight – pure and simple!!

 

 

 

4)      ABBA – ABBAabba abba

After ABBA’s international success in May 1974 with their Eurovision Song Contest winner “Waterloo”, things went very quiet for over a year. However this album produced three singles with increasing UK chart success – “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”, ( which only charted on the periphery of the Top 40 at No38 ) “SOS” ( which took the group into the Top 5 once again ) and “Mamma Mia” ( which gave ABBA their second UK No1 ).

 

5)      David Bowie – Young AmericansDavid Bowie – Young Americans

This album marked David Bowie’s re-location to Los Angeles, which saw him make the departure from glam rock / rock inspired and orientated music to soul and funk. The title track “Young Americans” and “Fame” became successful singles and launched David Bowie to a new black, soul audience, whilst exbiting his great musical dexterity and versatility.

 

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Ban Sam Smith Bond song, not Paloma Rugby World Cup song

Thousands of sports fans have signed a petition asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith’s Rugby World Cup song.

The Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union” has been pilloried online, with people branding it “excruciating”. The Paloma Faith “World in Union”campaign was spearheaded and initiated by Jonathan Wilson from Worcester, who launched the petition a week ago on campaign website Change.org. Since then it has attracted nearly seven thousand signatures.

The IT worker told the Press Association: “The petition isn’t taking issue with Paloma herself – in fact, I’d never even heard any of her music before last week. I don’t like her rendition of World in Union, but she’s interpreted the song in her own unique way and sung it in her style, and it would be wrong of her to have approached it in a different way. What we’re petitioning against is ITV’s decision to use the song in their coverage, and the regularity with which it is forced upon our gentle ears.”

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The Record Press author would respectfully suggest and argue that  if we are going to ban the Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union”, then equally the Sam Smith Bond film theme should also be banned. Sam Smith’s theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” for the latest James Bond theme “Spectre” is dull, dull, dull……

Arguably it’s the worst James Bond film theme ever and yet it appears to be on course to make history, by becoming the first Bond theme to reach No1 in the UK charts. Out of 23 Bond themes, Adele’s “Skyfall” and Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” have performed best, both peaking at No2 in the charts.

Sadly the Sam Smith Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” has heralded the return to a trend in recent years for adele-skyfall-21-150x150inferior Bond film themes, that fall short of the majestic standards set between 1963 and 1995. Most of the James Bond film themes in the past 20 years have been grossly inadequate, notably those performed by Chris Cornell, Jack White / Alicia Keys and Garbage ( the latter aptly summing them all up!! )

The exception was Adele’s “Skyfall” in 2012 which bucked the trend with the power and performance standard set by Shirley Bassey. Since 1995 and Tina Turner’s “Goldeneye”, the rest have fallen well short of the standards expected and associated with the classic James Bond film themes of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

If Sam Smith reaches No1, he will undeservedly head this Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs, based on their UK Chart positions –

Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs ( with chart position & year of release )

 

1= Adele – Skyfall ( Chart position No2 / 2012 )

1= Duran Duran – A View To A Kill ( CP No2 / 1985 )duran-duran-a-view-to-a-kill.-150x150

3 Madonna – Die Another Day (CP No3 / 2002 )

4 A-ha – The Living Daylights ( CP No5 / 1987 )

5 Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill ( CP No6 / 1989 )

6= Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die ( CP No7 / 1973 )

6= Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better ( Spy Who Loved Me CP No7 / 1977 )

6= Chris Cornell – You Know My Name ( Casino Royale CP No7 / 2006 )

9 Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only ( CP No8 / 1981 )

10 Jack White / Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die ( Quantum of Solace CP No9 / 2008 )

11 Tina Turner – Golden Eye ( CP No10 / 1995 )tina-turner-golden-eye-150x150

12= Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice ( CP No11 / 1967 )

12= Garbage – The World Is Not Enough ( CP No11 / 1999 )

14 Matt Monro – From Russia With Love ( CP No20 / 1963 )

15 Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger ( CP No21 / 1964 )

16 Tom Jones – Thunderball ( CP No35 / 1965 )

17 Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever ( CP No38 / 1971 )

18 Rita Coolidge – All Time High ( Octopussy CP No75 / 1983 )goldfinger-150x150

19= Lulu – The Man With The Golden Gun ( CP Non Hit / 1974 )

19= Shirley Bassey – Moonraker ( CP Non Hit / 1979 )

 

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This Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes are Missing from Viewer Poll….

According to the exclusive viewer poll that formed the basis of countdown show The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune ( to mark ITV’s 60th anniversary ), the Benny Hill signature tune Yakety Sax is the all-time favourite ITV programme theme, polling at No 1.

A perfectly understandable choice as it’s so memorable and catchy. As The Guardian newspaper commented in their article on The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune: “Obviously, the correct way to celebrate this victory forbenny hill tv show good old-fashioned slap-and-tickle would be to initiate a snaking conga pursuit across the country by pinching the bottom of a buxom nurse – it’s what Benny would have wanted.”

But was it the best ITV programme theme of all time? Definitely not. As The Guardian article pointed out: “The win seems all the more impressive considering the competition, even with the field restricted to ITV output. Yakety Sax surpassed venerable bong hit News at Ten, the silver service tinkle of Downton Abbey and even the iconic fanfare of Richard Greene’s Robin Hood. But despite The Sound of ITV’s rundown of 20 classic themes, there were still some notable omissions.”

The newspaper lists these five ITV programme theme tunes “that regrettably didn’t make the cut”: World In Action, Bullseye, Taggart, Terrahawks & Funhouse.

The Record Press author would concur with World In Action, but not the remainder. So here is the definitive Record Press Top 5 Best ITV programme theme tunes, none of which appeared in The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Top 20 which is a total scandal –

Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes / Theme Tunes

 

1)      The Persuaders Theme by the John Barry Orchestra

2)      The Protectors – Avenues and Alleyways sung by Tony Christie

3)      The Adventures of Black Beauty – Galloping Home by the London  String Chorale

4)      World In Action – Nantucket Sleighride performed by Mountain

5)      Cheers – Where Everybody Knows Your Name sung by Gary Portnoy 

 

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