15th November 2010. That was the last time, almost 10 years to the day, that McFly last released a full studio album. Said album - Above the Noise - is probably still up there with Spice Girls' Forever and The Human League's Crash as a potentially brilliant but wonkily executed tap into an unexpected territory … Continue reading #CrazyStupidAlbum: McFly (@mcflymusic) – ‘Young Dumb Thrills’
The Story of Pop: 2000. Our weekly series, every Thursday at midday, that recounts the UK chart movers and shakers at the dawn of the 21st century. This week: a chart topper from one of the box office smashes of the year... Prior to November 2000, US country teen star LeAnn Rimes was best known … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2000 (Chapter 47)
Howdy all! Just wanted to do a quick post regarding something special I've been doing this month with my walking group, Walk and Talk 4 Men. Headed by James Mace, our founder, I have been part of a fundraising team for Movember. For those of you unaware, they are an organisation which primarily does fundraising … Continue reading I’m raising money for Movember!
There are many things about 2020 that we'll all be quick to try and forget about once it passes. But one positive thing is that for the first time in a very long while, where pop music is concerned, it has caused everyone involved to pull their socks up a little. In short, this year … Continue reading #CrazyStupidAlbum: Little Mix (@LittleMix) – ‘Confetti’ / Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) – ‘Disco’
Taking you back in time with the hugest UK chart hits of the turn of the millennium, this is The Story of Pop: 2000. This week: the biggest selling single of 2000 in the UK not to make number one... It can't have escaped your notice that, over the course of this series, many of … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2000 (Chapter 46)
As soon as October rolls around every year, there is some sort of inner instinct in me that is probably only shared with a dormouse, that wants to nest and make things as cosy and calming as possible. It's that blissful moment when the tealight holders which have been sat gathering dust all summer are … Continue reading The power of a scented candle.
Take yourselves back now, to a time when the Spice Girls were just a twinkle in their creator's eye, and when Little Mix were but mere specks in the pop constellations. The year is 1979, and childhood friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward have just moved from outside Bristol into the YWCA in London. Little … Continue reading #CrazyStupidBook: Bananarama – “Really Saying Something”
Taking you back to the chart toppers and shakers from the top of the 21st century every Thursday at midday, this is The Story of Pop: 2000. And one of Ireland's biggest boybands write themselves further into the record books for this week's entry... In a year of such rapid chart turnover, there was one … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2000 (Chapter 45)
Offering up more hits from the turn of the new millennium then you could shake a stick at, every Thursday at midday, this is The Story of Pop: 2000. This week: a ninth - and divisive - number one for the biggest girl group in the world... Anyone who's followed both this series of blogs … Continue reading The Story of Pop: 2000 (Chapter 44)
Time as always to kickstart a new week on the blog with a gentle proffer in the direction of another bright corner of the social media sphere with #PositiveInstagramPeople. It's where you can get to know more about another brilliant social media account to follow that's bringing something positive, uplifting or inspiring to other's feeds … Continue reading #PositiveInstagramPeople (26/10/2020)