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Sexy music videos

A little earlier this year Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the 30 sexiest music videos of all time. I wonder how many you’ll know and how many you agree with. Here’s the list

Rank Artist Title
30 Cher If I Could Turn Back Time
29 TLC Red Light Special
28 FKA Twigs Papi Pacify
27 Michael Jackson In the Closet
26 Usher Confessions, Part II
25 En Vogue Giving Him Something He Can Feel
24 Robbie Williams Rock DJ
23 Nicki Minaj Anaconda
22 Enrique Iglesias Escape
21 Shakira feat Rihanna Can’t Remember to Forget You
20 George Michael Freedom 90
19 Christina Milian Dip It Low
18 Fountains of Wayne Stacy’s Mom
17 Paula Abdul Cold Hearted
16 White Stripes I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
15 Aerosmith Crazy
14 Ciara feat Ludacris Ride
13 Madonna Express Yourself
12 Selena Gomez Hands to Myself
11 Duran Duran Girls on Film
10 Beyoncé Partition
9 Kanye West Fade
8 Rihanna S&M
7 Fiona Apple Criminal
6 D’Angelo Untitled (How Does it Feel)
5 Janet Jackson Any Time, Any Place
4 Britney Spears I’m a Slave 4 U
3 Madonna Justify My Love
2 Prince Kiss
1 Chris Isaak Wicked Game

Locarno Ballroom, Coventry

It’s 40 years since the famous Locarno Ballroom in Coventry shut down. Let’s have some memories of it…


  1. It was designed by Coventry council and had a strung dance floor as well as a revolving stage and was situated on the first pedestrianised shopping centre in the UK on the second floor. The cost in 1958? £211,000.


  1. They had their first all-nighter in May 1961 and the Glaswegian jazz band, The Clyde Valley Stompers were the first headline act.


  1. In December 1971 there was an IRA bomb scare during a Led Zeppelin concert and the place had to be evacuated. When the police gave the all-clear, the band and the audience returned.


  1. Pete Waterman was the resident DJ for over 10 years after it was renamed Tiffany’s and became more of a disco.


  1. Two live UK number one hits were recorded there, firstly Chuck Berry’s oddity My Ding-A-Ling in 1972 and then nine years later The Special AKA recorded their number one EP Too Much Too Young.


  1. It was converted to the city library in 1986 which is what it remains today.


The location


New Year’s Eve 1966

The 35 best debut albums of all time according to….

A couple of months ago, The Independent printed a list of the The 35 best debut albums of all time but didn’t actually saying according to whom. It seems they were picked by Roisin O’Connor, hmm, an ‘interesting’ list. What do you think?

Rank Artist Title Year
35 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 2006
34 Please Please Me The Beatles 1963
33 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell 2003
32 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 2004
31 Oasis Definitely Maybe 1994
30 Lady Gaga The Fame 2008
29 Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d City 2012
28 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 1969
27 The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy 1985
26 Jeff Buckley Grace 1994
25 Eminem The Slim Shady LP 1999
24 The Who My Generation 1965
23 The Strokes Is This It 2001
22 Run-DMC Run-DMC 1984
21 Roxy Music Roxy Music 1972
20 Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt 1996
19 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 1970
18 Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols 1977
17 The Clash The Clash 1977
16 Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction 1987
15 Daft Punk Homework 1996
14 The Doors The Doors 1967
13 Kanye West The College Dropout 2004
12 Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
11 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998
10 Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner 2003
9 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill 1986
8 The Notorious BIG Ready to Die 1994
7 Ramones Ramones 1976
6 NWA Straight Outta Compton 1988
5 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967
4 Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? 1967
3 Patti Smith Horses 1975
2 Illmatic Nas 1994
1 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures 1979

Top 50 most popular instrumentals

Last month, on the Bank Holiday Monday, Boom radio broadcast the top 50 most popular instrumentals as voted for by their listeners. At least it was a proper poll where you had some suggestions on their website but you could also add your own suggestions which other radio stations don’t do. Some interesting and unusual choices as well as a few obvious ones. Here is the list. Not a bad radio station. If you’ve not come across it, check it out here

Rank Title Artist
50 Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
49 On The Rebound Floyd Cramer
48 Magic Fly Space
47 Diamonds Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
46 Rise Herb Alpert
45 Foot Tapper Shadows
44 I Will Return Springwater
43 In The Mood Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
42 Music Box Dancer Frank Mills
41 The Hustle Van McCoy
40 Morning Dance Spyro Gyra
39 Cast Your Fate To The Wind Sounds Orchestral
38 Tubular Bells (Opening Theme) Mike Oldfield
37 Mozart 40 Waldo De Los Rios
36 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat
35 Oxygene Part IV Jean-Michel Jarre
34 Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy
33 Song For Guy Elton John
32 Birdland Weather Report
31 The Eve Of The War Jeff Wayne
30 The Persuaders Theme John Barry
29 A Walk In The Black Forest Horst Jankowski
28 Sleep Walk Santo And Johnny
27 Nut Rocker B. Bumble & The Stingers
26 Aria Acker Bilk
25 Chi Mai (Theme From The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George) Ennio Morricone
24 Jessica Allman Brothers
23 A Touch Of Velvet – A Sting Of Brass Mood Mosaic
22 Eye Level (Van Der Valk) Simon Park Orchestra
21 Love’s Theme Barry White
20 Atlantis The Shadows
19 Let There Be Drums Sandy Nelson
18 Take Five Dave Brubeck
17 Arrival ABBA
16 Fanfare For The Common Man Emerson Lake And Palmer
15 Groovin’ With Mr Bloe Mr. Bloe
14 Green Onions Booker T. & The M.G.s
13 Time Is Tight Booker T. & The M.G.s
12 Sylvia Focus
11 Samba Pa Ti Santana
10 Man Of Action Les Reed Orchestra
9 Because They’re Young Duane Eddy
8 Soul Coaxing Raymond Lefevre
7 Classical Gas Mason Williams
6 Telstar The Tornados
5 Theme from A Summer Place Percy Faith
4 Stranger On The Shore Acker Bilk
3 Wonderful Land The Shadows
2 Apache The Shadows
1 Albatross Fleetwood Mac

Covers of Beatles hits

Following a recent round in my quiz of cover versions of Beatles song that were written by any members of the group, I was asked how many songs have been hits that are covers of songs the Beatles also had hits with rather than just album tracks. Well, there were 35 in total including one The Beatles charted with eventually in the digital era.

Artist Title Year Peak
Ella Fitzgerald Can’t Buy Me Love 1964 34
Matt Monro Yesterday 1965 8
Marianne Faithfull Yesterday 1965 36
Peter Sellers A Hard Day’s Night 1965 14
Otis Redding Day Tripper 1967 43
Joe Brown With A Little Help from My Friends 1967 32
Young Idea With A Little Help from My Friends 1967 10
Ray Charles Yesterday 1967 44
Ray Charles Eleanor Rigby 1968 36
Joe Cocker With A Little Help from My Friends 1968 1
Wilson Pickett Hey Jude 1969 16
Shirley Bassey Something 1970 4
Stevie Wonder We Can Work It Out 1971 27
David Cassidy Please Please Me 1974 16
Rod Stewart Get Back 1976 11
Four Seasons We Can Work It Out 1976 34
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Here Comes The Sun 1976 10
Dollar I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1979 9
Tina Turner Help 1984 40
Ferry Aid Let It Be 1987 1
Wet Wet Wet With A Little Help from My Friends 1988 1
Bananarama La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo Help 1989 3
Candy Flip Strawberry Fields Forever 1990 3
Wet Wet Wet I Feel Fine 1990 30
Michael Jackson Come Together 1992 3
Tom Jones and Dave Stewart All You Need Is Love 1993 19
Smokin’ Mojo Filters Come Together (War Child) 1995 19
Wet Wet Wet Yesterday 1997 4
Blackstreet (Money Can’t) Buy Me Love 1997 18
Spiritualized Come Together 1998 39
Sam & Mark With A Little Help from My Friends 2004 1
Glee Cast Hello Goodbye 2010 48
Glee (Season Two) I Want to Hold Your Hand 2011 74
Arctic Monkeys Come Together 2012 21
Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band Here Comes The Sun 2012 59

Top 20 greatest BBC Radio presenters

In 2017, the BBC launched a poll to celebrate 50 years or Radio’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 and the results were as follows.

20 Tony Blackburn
19 Nick Clarke
18 Linda Smith
17 Fi Glover
16 James Naughtie
15 Danny Baker
14 Melvin Bragg
13 John Humphrys
12 Kirsty Young
11 Brian Redhead
10 Jenni Murray
9 Eddie Mair
8 Humphrey Lyttelton
7 Jane Garvey
6 Kenny Everett
5 Alistair Cooke
4 Annie Nightingale
3 Sue MacGregor
2 John Peel
1 Terry Wogan