Thursday, March 31, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (28/03/05)

Sorry this is a little later than usual. I've not been 100% well lately. I'll apologise in advance for things going a little more slowly next week, also. Intimate Manics gigs and GCSE exam preparation make for a very busy Hannah, I think you'll find. I'll include a brief chart observation, the usual links, and a singles summary for anybody who is 'botherd'. Otherwise expect my first live review since my outing to Cardiff sometime next week - if I have any recollection of it, that is!

Special Mention:
Do Me Bad Things - 'What's Hideous?'
Whilst lacking the sheer power of previous single 'Time For Deliverance', 'What's Hideous' still has the irresistable over-the-top fusion of metal and soul, complete with duelling vocals and funky guitar riffs. It's good, but not great, yet still better than a lot of what's on offer this week. The essence of DMBT comes from seeing them live, and the sheer craziness of the amount of band members. Their tour has practically sold out, and it's easy to see why. 3/5

Single of the Week:
Brendan Benson - 'Spit It Out'

It's release has been delayed for two weeks, but, at last, it's here. It's a little lyrically challenged in places, and has a riff that sounds suspiciously (in my opinion) like the Stereophonics, but it's great, lively, fun pop - just homemade (Brendan plays almost all the instruments himself) and free of anything artificial. Good pop music doesn't have to be manufactured! I don't actually have the song with me right now, because somebody has my copy of the album, but if you need further convincing - there's a cat on the cover. Look! See, what more reason do you need? 4/5

AVOID at all costs:
Lemar - 'Time To Grow'
Does this need explaining? Not really. Oh, and Mariah Carey's new one is out this week. I have successfully managed to avoid it, somehow, which I think deserves some sort of applause. 'Negotiate With Love', the latest from Rachel Stevens, appears to be getting some good press, though I have no idea why. It's not as bad as 'More, More, More' but it is many steps away from being a pop gem like 'Some Girls' or 'Sweet Dreams...'

All Releases: (may be subject to change/songs listened to are in bold)
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Rest Will Follow [12” only], Arcade Fire - Laika [Ltd Ed], Avril Lavigne - He Wasn’t, Brendan Benson - Spit It Out, Bullet For My Valentine - Four Words (To Choke On), Busface Ft Madamoiselle E B - Circles, Caves - Polymophic Light Eruption, Cherry Falls - My Drug, The Dead 60’s - The Last Resort, Demeter - Hellfire, DJ Format - 3 Feet Deep, Do Me Bad Things - What’s Hideous?, Eighteen Visions - I Let Go, Elvis Presley - (You’re The) Devil In Disguise, Estelle - Go Gone, The Fight - Revolution Calling, Fischerspooner - Just Let Go, Hanson - Lost Without Each Other, Jimmy Eat World - Work, Kaptain Black - Drone The Queen Bee/Overeaten [7” only], Kylie Minogue - Giving You Up, Lemar - Time To Grow, Mariah Carey - It’s Like That, Max Sedgley - Devil Inside, Michael Bublé - Home, Morrissey - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out/Redondo Beach, Patrick & Eugene - Old Times [7” only], Pink Grease - Peaches, Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love, Racine (Wendy James) - Grease Monkey, Studio B Ft Harry Brooks - I See Girls, Thirteen Senses - The Salt Wound Routine, Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying/Just Be Your Tear, Twista Ft Faith Evans - Hope, Yeti - Never Lose Your Sense Of Wonder

What's your single of the week?
(apparently The Arcade Fire are very good, but you'd have to ask Jonny...)

Monday, March 28, 2005

UK Top 75 (27/03/05)

Album Charts:
In a shock turn of events, it seems that Tony Christie owes a lot to his chance comedy collaboration with Peter Kay. His 'Definitive Collection' is this week's biggest seller. This means Tony has achieved the rare feat of topping both the albums and singles charts at the same time.

Stereophonics have been displaced to 2, and there are new entries from Basement Jaxx and Queens of the Stone Age at 3 and 4 respectively. After the success of her single, 'They', Jem has climbed triumphantly to 11 with her debut album 'Finally Woken'.

Another new entry comes from Beck, at 15, with 'Guero'. A shock We Love 1997 themed appearance comes from The Verve's 'Urban Hymns', new at 44.

More random re-entries can be found in the full chart, here.

Singles Charts:
Spending another week at the top spot, if you didn't figure it out already, are Tony Christie and Peter Kay with '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo'. Mario has this week's highest new entry with 'Let Me Love You' at 2. 'Candy Shop', the latest single from 50 Cent, charts at 4 while Elvis Presley has his lowest entry position this year at 5 with 'Return To Sender'. Will Smith is new at 6 with 'Switch'.

Natalie Imbruglia returns to the charts with 'Shiver' at 8. Other new entries come from The Faders at 13, Erasure at 15 and British Sea Power at 18.

Kasabian are new at 21 with their re-release of 'Club Foot'. It doesn't even better its original chart position of 20.

The WL single of the week, 'Volcano' by Damien Rice charts at 29, while my other highly recommended singles from Bright Eyes and I Am Kloot chart at 37 and 38 respectively.

To see the full chart, with entries from Mercury Rev, The Thrills and Tom Vek, go here.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

A few notices...

We Love 1997
Our spin-off team blog (which I will contribute to soon, I promise!) is growing faster than we could ever imagine, thanks to the involvement of Spoilt Victorian Child and the promising endorsement from the legendary Largehearted Boy. There's a new post up today, from Woodshed, featuring a bit of Mogwai, if you're interested...

Googled!
After an unexpected search, I have discovered Whatever's Left is now the top result on Google when you search 'whatever's left'. It's even above its namesake, which is startling, really. Anyway, it's unexpected, but I'm very happy.

Callum Sinclair
Our dear, dear friend Mr Callum Sinclair has been re-recording and polishing his best tunes for a demo album. This version of one of my favourites of his, 'Sweet Valium', is easily his best yet, and if you're a fan of piano-based pop music then I think you'll like it too. You can download it here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (21/03/05)

I haven't heard a lot this week, so the cream of the crop are probably those singles I've not heard. Enlighten me - what have you heard this week that should be here instead?

Special Mention:
Bright Eyes - 'First Day Of My Life'
Bright Eyes - First Day Of My LifeI currently have a weakness for charming little acoustic numbers such as this. 'First Day Of My Life' is taken from one of the latest releases from Bright Eyes - 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'. The song itself is nothing that will change the world, but its beauty lies in its simplicity and its tenderness. The video is also adorable and provides the audience with a real connection to the song, which is a nice touch too. Q has already rated the album as a ***** classic, so there's always the option to splash out and buy the whole record. Our blogging buddy at Botherd Goes Pop loves it too! 3/5

Single of the Week:
Damien Rice - 'Volcano'
Damien Rice - VolcanoI'm sure not many people will find it too hard to believe that Damien Rice's debut, 'O', was released in 2003 and has therefore been around forever. However, since 'The Blower's Daughter' became part of the soundtrack for a box office smash, it's inevitable that we'll still be seeing singles from it. 'Volcano' is arguably one of the stronger tracks on the album (beaten only by, in my opinion, 'Amie') and has the usual features of a Rice song - strings, acoustic guitar and a beautiful vocal duet between Rice and Lisa Hannigan. A new track, 'Lonely Soldier' is also included on the single, although I haven't had the pleasure of hearing it yet. 4/5

Avoid at all costs:
The Faders - 'No Sleep Tonight'
People seem to be loving and loathing this track in equal proportion. I'm afraid I'm in the latter group, finding absolutely nothing of interest in this 'Busted with boobs'. If you are looking for guitar-based pop-rock hybrids, look no further than Charlotte Hatherley. She's 4Real, carries out her solo career whilst being in a successful rock band and is considerably less plasticated and image-focused. Oh, and she writes some cracking middle-eights. This track is just cliched, boring and a sign of things to come. God help us. 1.5/5

Sara Jorge - 'Shock To The System'
Cheesy pop with bad production is usually enough to put me off, but when it is coupled with a video as disastrous as this one it's hardto even begin to take it seriously. Sara's eye make-up almost outdoes Christina Aguilera for sheer ridiculousness and as for the Frankenstein and dancing mummies...I don't want to go there. It's cringeworthy and void of talent or even a decent tune. 1/5

And why oh why do Kasabian feel the need to re-release 'Club Foot'? Didn't it do well enough the first time?

All Releases:
50 Cent - Candy Shop, Adema - Tornado, Alec Empire - Gotta Get Out, Brandy - Who Is She 2 U?, Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life, British Sea Power - It Ended On An Oily Stage, Caged Baby - Hello There/Amplified [7” only], Damien Rice - Volcano, Dizzee Rascal - Off 2 Work/Graftin’, Elvis Presley - Return To Sender, Erasure - Don’t Say You Love Me, Fabolous Ft Mike Shorey - Baby, The Faders - No Sleep Tonight, Finn Brothers - Edible Flowers, Fischerspooner - Just Let Go, Five o Clock Heroes - Run To Her, Help She Can’t Swim - I Don’t Need You/La Ain’t No Great Place To Be, Husky Rescue - New Light Of Tomorrow, I Am Kloot - Over My Shoulder, Kaptain Black - Drone The Queen Bee/Overeaten [7” only], Kasabian - Club Foot, Mario - Let Me Love You, MC Neat Ft Beatfreak B - By Far The Greatest, Mercury Rev - Across Yer Ocean, Million Dead - Living The Dream, Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver, Roots Manuva - Too Cold, Ruslana - Dance With The Wolves, Sara Jorge - Shock To The System, Subways - Oh Yeah, Sydenham & Ferrer - Sandcastles, The Thrills - Irish Keep Gate Crashing, Tom Vek - I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes, Will Smith - Switch, Wolfmother - Wolfmother EPXTM & DJ Chucky Pts Annia - Give Me Your Love

What's your single of the week? Should I be glad I haven't heard the latest effort from 50 Cent? Is Natalie Imbruglia's comeback single worth the wait? Tell all on the comments!

Monday, March 21, 2005

UK Top 75 (20/03/05)

Albums:
Topping the album chart (no surprises here) are the Stereophonics, with their latest, appallingly titled release, 'Language Sex Violence Other?'. Tony Christie has also had a surge in sales, his Definitive Collection climbing to number 2.

Other new entries in the top 10 come from The Bravery (5), Moby (8) and Daft Punk (10).

Because I'm SO indie (hmm, yeah right...) my album purchase this week was 'The Alternative To Love' by Brendan Benson, which is new at 70.

View the whole chart here.

Singles:
Unsurprisingly, Tony Christie and Peter Kay have made the top spot with ease, raising lots and lots of cash in the process - good for them! The single's also reported to have outsold everything this year, which means things look increasingly more promising! The obligatory new entry from Elvis charts at 3 this week, and Gwen Stefani, with a little help from Eve, has another hit on her hands with 'Rich Girl' at 4.

Labelled 'the new Dido', Jem has a top ten hit with 'They', at 6. Basement Jaxx are new at 8, G4 are new at 9 and Shapeshifters enter the chart at 10.

Green Day narrowly miss out on a top 10 placing - 'Holiday' is new at 11. Beverley Knight enters at 16 with 'Keep This Fire Burning' and Queens Of The Stone Age return to the chart with their comeback single, 'Little Sister', at 18. It's a shame it's nowhere near as good as 'No One Knows'. The Mars Volta round off the top 20, at 20.

Entries in the lower part of the chart come from John Legend (29), Joss Stone (32), The Black Velvets (34), The Glitterati (36) and Beck (38).

Missing out on the top 40, but still managing to make the top 75 are T.I., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Solitaire, Be Your Own Pet, Alterkicks, Lady Sovereign and Explosion.

There's no sign of the Single of the Week from Rilo Kiley.

For the full chart, go here.

Friday, March 18, 2005

10,000!

Today is the day that Whatever's Left officially has 10,000 hits. We have had for some time, if you include the fact we had 300 or so on our previous counter, but anyway, what I mean to say is as follows:

I know it's nothing in the grand scheme of things - in a world where several of our blogging buddies get that many hits per month, or even every week, but the big 10,000 means a lot to us. Why? Because we've never really offered anything except our own opinions, and the odd piece of information you could easily get somewhere else and yet people seem to be coming back, and linking us, and that's great. When I set up this site over six months ago, I could have never possibly imagined it being this successful. We've got fans in India, in Hong Kong, and in Brazil, which is absolutely fascinating, and I've met some awesome people through this little hobby, including, but not limited to, Jules, Simon, Dan and Jonny.

So, THANK YOU! It's the people who read this thing that have put us here and kept us motivated. Hopefully we'll reach 12 months of blogging and take the DMAs seriously this time!

Here's to the next 10,000!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

UK Top 75 (13/03/05)

Albums Chart:
No matter how rubbish both the artist and cover artwork may be, some records still manage to get to number one. The artist in question, this week, is 50 Cent. Kaiser Chiefs manage to still make the top 3 with their debut, 'Employment'. Idlewild's latest effort, entitled 'Warnings/Promises' has entered the chart at 9.

A huge leap in sales has allowed Mario's 'Turning Point' to become the week's biggest climber, surging upwards from 66 to 8. The Futureheads also make a welcome return to the album charts with their self-titled debut, re-released and new at 11. Rufus Wainwright is new at 22 with his latest release, 'Want Two'.

Go here for the complete chart.

Singles Chart:
Acts making the top 75 this week include:
Cuban Heels, Nate James, Jon B, Planet Funk, Agent Blue, Sub Focus, Jin, The Donnas, C-Sixty Four, James Blunt and Mitchell Brothers/Kano/Streets.

Other notable new entries come from My Chemical Romance at 19, Dirrrty Pop favourite Tyler James at 16 and Howard Brown (aka that-bloke-from-the-Halifax-ads) at 13.

Creeping into the top 10 are Phantom Planet with 'California', the theme tune from The OC, and New Order with 'Krafty', which I quite like. Sunset Strippers are new with 'Falling Stars' which is suspiciously similar to 'Star To Fall'. Silly dance music. Elvis is at 2. McFly are number one. Back to the usual load of crap that finds itself at the top of the charts, then. Also, people may be pleased to know there's aren't too many Elvis releases left to go. The most curious chart placing will be that of 'A Little Less Conversation' which only actually topped the charts not very long ago...

The complete chart is here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (14/03/05)

Special Mentions:
Tony Christie - 'Amarillo'
Amarillo!!!Regardless of what happened on Comic Relief night, this single was always going to be released, accompanied by the hilarious video from top Brit comic, Peter Kay. The most important thing is that it outdoes the McFly effort by miles, and deserves to sell just as well. Things are looking up. My mum got the last one in Tesco, today. On Friday night, it was announced that if £1 million pounds was donated in the next hour, the single would be on the shelves on Monday. The resulting surge in donations was impressive - just over £10 million - and yes, I WILL be buying this single. Why? For the video that manages to include, amongst others, some of the cast of Corrie, Ronnie Corbett, Queen, Sooty and Sweep and Mr Blobby. This video was made for my little brother. It's for charity. It's amazingly funny. And it should hopefully put McFly in their place. It will do at this rate - 40,000 copies sold on Monday alone - sheesh!

Green Day - 'Holiday'
Green Day - HolidayThe original fans have started to abandon Green Day. The band have leaped into the mainstream, they dominate The Box and MTV Hits -what self-respecting punk would like them? So what? Personally, I don't see what's changed, at least musically. There's something extremely repetitive about Green Day, yet they know how to formulate a catchy hook and keep people interested. The problem is that, in the case of Green Day, what is great upon first to fifth listen, rapidly becomes extremely boring when overplayed to the extent it is. Stay away from the TV and radio, and it's fine. 3/5

Single of the Week:
Rilo Kiley -'Portions For Foxes'
Jonny sent it to me, and it's very good. That is all. Please buy. 4/5

Avoid at ALL costs:
Beck - 'E Pro'
I feel like the odd one out. I have never understood what is so amazing about Beck. In the case of 'E Pro' The video's clever, but unnappealing and the song is one I simply wish to stop. As soon as possible. There's a nagging feeling at the back of my mind this song could have been great, but simply got lost along the way. Please tell me what is so great about this track! 1.5/5

G4 - 'Bohemian Rhapsody/Everybody Hurts'
Reason #2453 G4 should cease to exist - this. Covering pop and rock classics with your sub-standard opera that doesn't even suit them is unacceptable. 'Creep' was atrocious. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was slightly more bearable, but still an insult to one of the greatest songs in the history of popular music. I haven't heard 'Everybody Hurts' but I can hazard a guess at what my opinion will be. Operatic boybands have their place in the world. Unfortunately it is not singing this. 1.5/5

All New Releases: (songs I've heard are in bold)
3am Ft Tracey Cole - Somebody Told Me, Alterkicks - Do Everything I Taught You, Anechoic - Just Like You, Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh, Be Your Own Pet - Damn Damn Leash, Beck - E Pro, Beverley Knight - Keep This Fire Burning, The Black Velvets - 3345, Days Of Worth - Take Me Through, The Delgados - Girls Of Valour, Elvis Presley - She’s Not You, Explosion - Here I Am, G4 - Bohemian Rhapsody/Everybody Hurts, The Glitterati - You Got Nothin’ On Me, Green Day - Holiday, Gwen Stefani Ft Eve - Rich Girl, Hexstatic - Distorted Minds, Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jem - They, John Legend - Used To Love U, Jose Gonzales - Crosses, Joss Stone - Spoiled, Lady Sovereign - Random Lucky Nine - Lucky Nine EP, Magne F - Kryptonite, The Mars Volta - Widow National - Abel, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Get Ready For Love, Prodidy - Spitfire [Download Only], Quartzlock - Love Eviction, Queens Of The Stone Age - Little Sister, Rifles - Peace & Quiet, Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes, Rodney P Ft Kymani Marley - Nice Up, Shapeshifters - Back To Basics, Siobhan Fahey - Pulsatron, Solitaire - You Got The Love, T I - Bring ‘Em Out, Terri Walker - Whoopsie Daisy, Tony Christie - Amarillo, Treliks - Stereo, Undercut - Soul Food Mother

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Random 'Newsbites'

Alternative To Love:
Firstly, if you haven't checked it out already, the latest release from Brendan Benson is titled 'The Alternative To Love'. NME have an album stream available if you spare a little time to register, and there's also a highly recommended full download of one of the tracks on the official BB website. Pre-order the album - we have! It's out on Monday and it's set to be one of the greatest releases this year. For once the hype is very very well deserved.

What Am I Listening To?
I've updated (and corrected the link - sorry about that!) my MP3 player page for anybody who's interested to know what music I actually like. It still needs switching round and organising a little, and I'm also accepting any recommendations, so if you have something to send me, feel free!

Other Musical Goodies:
Coldplay have released more tickets to combat the touts - good for them! You can order them here if any are still left!

Delays recently uploaded a radio session version of Wanderlust to their website for fans to download, along with another track. Worth a look.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Hannah's Single of the Week (07/03/05)

My subconscious is making me choose a song from a selection I have barely heard, or even liked, to become my single of the week. Woe is me. Anyway, I will try, but comments really are appreciated this week.

Special Mentions:
My Chemical Romance - 'I'm Not Okay (I Promise)'
At the risk of becoming a generic comedy-emo teen, I actually quite like this song. The movie trailer style video is clever, though hardly original (it's slightly similar to the Manics' 'Tsunami') and couples effectively with the song. The lead singer also manages, at his most erratic, to look like an emo-teen Rik Mayall, although this may be just me. It has a great chorus, and is emo at its poppiest. It could be top 20. I hope it is - I wouldn't mind hearing this on the radio more often. 3/5

McFly - 'All About You'/'You've Got A Friend'
They might possibly be the two most underwhelming McFly songs ever (and that's saying something) but they happen to be for Comic Relief, so I'm a little torn. I won't criticise though - McFly can play their instruments (as demonstrated on Saturday Night Takeaway) and sing better than the Busted boys. However, if you're going to give money to Comic Relief, why not sit in a bath of baked beans, or something highly unoriginal? Rasie money, but don't endorse this rubbish and if you are, buy the copy with the video on for a bit of celebrity spotting. Johnny Vegas playing the harp? Genius. 2.5/5

Single of the Week:
Brendan Benson - 'Spit It Out'
Admittedly, I quite like Mr Benson and, although this isn't him at his best, 'Spit It Out' isn't half bad. The new album, 'Alternative To Love' is out on Monday and while it looks promising from what I've heard already, it could all be spoilt by Brendan already tinkering with perfection. The album version of the title track is inferior to the original. I can't really write about 'Spit It Out' as I've barely heard it, but it's still the best thing out this week. 3.5/5 EDIT: Apparently this release has been put back to the end of March.

All Releases:
Agent Blue - Children’s Children, Alec Empire - Gotta Get Out, Black Twang Ft K9 - GCSE, Brendan Benson - Spit It Out, C Sixty Four - On A Good Thing, David Morales Ft Tamra Keenan - Here I Am, The Donnas - I Don’t Want To Know, Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm, Gisli - The Day It All Went Wrong, Hellogoodbye - Hellogoodbye, Hipslinky - Natural/Lucky, Homegrown - When It All Comes Down, Howard Brown - You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, James Blunt - Wise Men, Jin - Learn Chinese, Jose Gonzales - Crosses, Kill City - Hooligans On E, LnM Projekt ft. Bonnie Bailey - Everywhere, Louis XIV - Illegal Tender EP, Lucky Nine - Lucky Nine, Maria Mena - You’re The Only One, McFly - All About You/You’ve Got A Friend, Mitchell Brothers Ft Mike Skinner - Routine Check, My Chemical Romance - I’m Not Okay (I Promise), Nate James - Set The Tone, New Order - Krafty, Nine Black Alps - Shot Down, Ocean Colour Scene - Free My Name, Park Slope - La Dee Da Dee, Phantom Planet - California, Planet Funk - The Switch, The Rifles - Peace And Quiet, Ruslana - Dance With The Wolves, SLK - Hype! Hype!, Solid State Revival - Step Into The Sun, Sunset Strippers - Falling Stars, Towers Of London - On A Noose, Tweet Ft Missy Elliott - Turn The Lights Off, Tyler James - Foolish, Viva Voce - Alive With Pleasure EP, Weapons Of Mass Belief - Black Line Ninja

What's your single of the week?

UK Top 75 (06/03/05)

Top 75 Albums:
It seems the 'We Love Cheesey Listening' record buying club are out in full force this week, as G4 top the chart with their debut album of song-wreckage and Il Divo follow closely behind. Then again, it could just be that these CDs are the ideal mothers' day gift...surely that can't be true? Mind you, the top 20 albums from Tony Christie, The Carpenters, Matt Monro and Michael Bublé say otherwise...

New entries come from Jennifer Lopez, at 8, and various others. To see the chart in full, go here.

Top 75 Singles:
'Hot Like Fire' from DJ Ams and Khiza ft Binns/Tafari is new at 72. Soundtrack Of Our Lives are also new at 70 with 'Heading For A Breakdown'.

There are new entries from Ambulance Ltd, The Earlies and Hell Is For Heroes, at 67, 61 and 56 respectively. 'Heartbeat' from Annie charts at 50, hardly getting the chart recognition it deserves. There are a few other new entries, but on this keyboard it's far too much hassle to type them out. Key singles, however, are from Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem and Bjork (all scraping into the tail end of the top 40) and REM and Moby (a little higher, but nothing groundbreaking). I haven't actually managed to hear the Moby single - is it any good?

Smashing into the top 10 this week are The Bravery, who have an awesome video but really bad hair, at 7. Britney Spears is new at 6. Some generic dance music comes from Cabin Crew who chart, perhaps a little unexpectedly, at 4, this week, with 'Star To Fall'. Elvis is new at 3 with 'Rock-A-Hula Baby'.

Stereophonics have their first number one in the form of 'Dakota', their latest and possibly most innovative single to date. It's also the first number one of the year I've actually liked - rejoice!

The full chart is here.

Usual updates on their way...

Having a keyboard with a half-broken spacebar and really dodgy touchpad means that the usual features are taking twice as long to type up, this week. Bear with me.

In the meantime, check out the latest stuff on We Love 1997.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

All Ticketed Out...

Well, I can safely say there'll be a fair few live reviews in the coming months. So far the gig schedule is looking like:

4th April - Derby Assembly Rooms:
Manic Street Preachers and Delays
30th April - Nottingham Arena:
Kasabian and guests
5th July - Bolton Reebok Stadium:
Coldplay and guests

The latter was a LOT of hassle, believe me. Let's just have Garbage perform somewhere other than Download and my year will be complete!

In Other News:
Chart addicts may be interested to know Radio 1 have yet again revamped the chart show. For the worse? You'll only know if you tune in on Sunday at 4pm. JK and Joel are presenting, which says it all, really.

If you link We Love 1997, we will link you back. Over the next few weeks we'll be starting some promo for this little blog. More content, more links and maybe a livening up of the layout. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Alive...just.

Hey! I'm just about surviving having been hit by a cold, computer problems and several coursework deadlines all in the space of one week! Excuses, excuses, I know, but what can a girl do?

If you are looking for new WL content I've updated my mp3 player page and Woodshed has posted something that may interest the Manics fans among you on We Love 1997.

Since there's no full chart coverage I would love to express my disappointment at the absence of Patrick Wolf from this week's top 75 albums. Wind in the Wires is quirky, a great listen and the critics seem to like it...so what are you waiting for? I'm also a little angered by the failure of the British public to notice the wonderful Miss Charlotte Hatherley, who only charted at 31 in the singles charts. Kaiser Chiefs and Futureheads made the top 10 though, so that's some consolation.

This week my single of the week just has to be 'Dakota' from the Stereophonics (I'm a fan...so shoot me) but special mentions go out to Annie for 'Heartbeat' and possibly Fatboy Slim. Avoid Britney Spears, and not just for the reasons pointed out by Leo in the post below. I'm not too keen on that song featuring Mr Kapranos either, even if he does sound fantastic in it.

All back to normal next week - I hope!