Sunday, 24 January 2016

Same Name, Different Song

You know what it's like. You play Alright by Cast and that makes you think of Alright by Supergrass.

You play Slide Away by The Verve and that makes you think of Slide Away by Oasis. And then you think, I wonder if we could make a whole show of different songs with the same name?

The problem surely though is would there be enough examples to fill a show? Short answer, yes. Lots actually. 160 to be exact.

The simpler the title the more likely there is be another song with the same name. There are 5 bands with a song called Blue; The Verve, McAlmont & Butler, The Bluetones, Elastica and SymposiumHowever there are also two bands (Echobelly and Libido) with a track called God's Guest List which feels a bit more random.

In the end we couldn't fit even half of them into the show but had a lot of fun finding these unusual partnerships. As always on our show we ended up with some big songs by big bands and some deliciously obscure stuff too (Hillman Minx B-side anyone?).

The show is available here:

And we've created a Spotify Playlist of all the songs we found (some of the more obscure stuff is not on Spotify though). If you can think of any that we missed just add them in the comments below.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Albums Of The Year 2015

It's fair to say that we've not seen much activity on this blog in 2015 but the conversation is in full swing over on Facebook and Twitter, so come and join us.

To mark the end of the year we dedicated our final show of 2015 to a look back over the year, some of our interview and gig highlights and of course our Albums Of The Year and New Band Of The Year.

It has been another good year with plenty of old bands back together and playing again from Suede to The Bluetones, Menswear to Shed Seven and we've seen the first 90s festival with the Shiiine Weekender. It's going to be running again in 2016 and we can strongly recommend it!

Blur surprised us with a new album, The Magic Whip, and with new music from Noel Gallagher and Suede (due out January 22nd) we only needed something from Jarvis to complete the set.

So our albums of 2015 are:

  1. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
  2. Blur - The Magic Whip
  3. Ash - Kablammo!
  4. The Charlatans - Modern Nature
  5. Gaz Coombes - Matador
And our New Band Of The Year was not a band at all but the fantastic Courtney Barnett.

You can listen to our show every Wednesday at 6pm UK on Phonic FM or catch up via our Mixcloud page.