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Show 131: Paul Finch’s Seacroft Studios

Tonight I had the brilliant Paul Finch on.

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Paul is the founder of Seacroft Studios and has local bands on the his podcasts, as well has his own recording set up, sound engineering at gigs/theatre shows and even host nights at The Alex in Southend.

Paul divulged into his collection of the songs he has recorded from his podcast sessions (one session even involved yours truly’s Finding Miranda).

Here are the songs played on the show…

1. Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
2. Hard Fi – Hard To Beat
3. Happy Mondays – Step On
4. The Horrors – New Ice Age
5. The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A
6. Davey Hal – Fingertips
7. Adam Sinclair – Passengers
8. Nicola Collis – Same You, Same Me
9. Apachelux – Waiting For The Red Light
10. Ren Stedman – Honestly
11. Petty Phase – It’s Different For Girls
12. Rollin Machine – Joy Ride
13. Shea – Part Of The Game
14. Billy Collins – Oceans Of Love
15. Paul Woodley – Rambling On My Mind
16. Graham Okey – Funny
17. The Beatniks – CC Love Supreme
18. Woodmans – Mouth

We couldn’t let Paul go without participating in 50 Grades Smarter. The weekly quiz for my guests. He participated in a colours quiz and scored a total of 15 points. Putting him near the top of the scoreboard…

John Paul Elliott – 18
The Facilitators – 16.5
Young Songwriters – 16
Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Hemmingway – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Collette Meury – 12.5
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 130: SoSlam’s Young Songwriters

Tonight was brilliant.

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Last week I had the honour of presenting a talk on radio and help out writing songs with a host of the best young songwriters in South Essex. It was one of the best things I’ve been involved it.

I had 10, count them 10 guests on the show. Seven of the songwriters and three of my fellow facilitators. Each songwriter who were able to attend played at least one of the originals they worked on last week.

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Here are the songs played on the show. Including the songwriters tunes which they played live in bold.

1. General Fiasco – Hollows
2. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
3. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – I Spy
4. Guy Garvey – Belly Of The Whale
5. Gaz Coombes – Hot Fruit
6. Green Day – Holiday
7. Gorillaz – Punk
8. Grizzly Bear – Dory
9. Gym Class Heroes – The Queen And I
10. Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
11. Darren Jones – Rise Above
12. Nicola Collis – Unforgiving Minute
13. Wombats – Tales of Boys, Girls and Marsupials
14. Wombats – Kill The Director
15. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
16. Peace – Wraith
17. Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
Aaron Wong – Timelines
18. The King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
19. Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
Clem Talbot – Anymore
20. Foals – Out Of The Woods
21. Sunflower Bean – Come On
Lottie Molica – Emily
This Town

22. Friendly Fires – On Board
23. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
Leo C – I’d Express You Anytime
Is That You?

24. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
Caitlin King – When I Wake Up
Metaphor

25. Django Django – Default
26. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
Emily Frith – This Town
Change It

27. Taylor Swift – Better Than Revenge
Lillith Vlkova – Passed Just Once
Witches

28. Foster The People – Call It What You Want?
29. Editors – Munich
30. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
31. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
32. Elastica – Connections
33. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
34. Apachelux – Waiting For The Red Light
35. Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
36. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
37. Evil Twin – As Lost As Alice
38. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
39. Asylums – Missing Persons

Here are all the performances in a YouTube video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DxUaVIZNow

The Facilitators and the songwriters both participated in the 50 Grades Smarter. Both ended up in the top three and blown the competition wide open. Here is the scoreboard.

John Paul Elliott – 18
The Facilitators – 16.5
Young Songwriters – 16
Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Hemmingway – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Collette Meury – 12.5
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 129: Colette Meury

This week on 50 Shades Of Chay, we had a bit of an international flavour in the guest variety.

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Colette Meury is an interest lady. She has worked alongside Pet Shop Boys, Lisa Stansfield, Billie Piper, along side members of Portishead, The The, Talk Talk, Cocteau Twins. And many more. Being a vocal coach, a session musician, songwriter.

For more information, you can visit her website http://colettemeury.com/about/.

Here are the songs played on the show last night, with Colette’s songs she played live in bold…

1. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
2. Django Django – Default
3. Neon Neon – Dream Cars
4. Pigeon Detectives – I’m Not Sorry
5. Tame Impala – Elephant
The Man Who Got Away
6. Darren Jones – Do It
7. Nicola Collis – Same You, Same Me
You Never Know Till You Try
8. Holly Hannigan – Let Me Be
9. Treefight For Sunlight
10. The View feat. Paolo Nutini – Covers
We Only Live Once
11. Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
12. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors
13. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
14. Hard Fi – Gotta Reason
Homeless
15. Frank Turner – Isabel
16. Foo Fighters – I Should Have Known
How Many More Times
17. Circa Waves – Lost It
18. Blur – Ong Ong

Here are two songs Colette performed on the show.

Colette also participated in 50 Grades Smarter, my weekly quiz for my guests. In the premier league of quizzes she sits comfortably away from relegation with 12.5 points.

John Paul Elliott – 18
Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Hemmingway – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Collette Meury – 12.5
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 128: Hemmingway

Hello all.

This week I had two-thirds of Hemmingway on the show for the first two hours of the show. I also had an extra hour to play lots of bangers (that’s what the kids say right?).

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Hemmingway spoke about their music, how they formed, their regular nights called “On The Pulse” which is based in Chelmsford. You can videos of their performances below.

Here are the list of the songs that I played on the show last night, with Hemmingways songs they played live in bold…

1. The Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll
2. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
3. The Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
4. Peace – Wraith
5. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
6. Klaxons – Golden Skans
Frontier
7. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Soundcheck
8. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
9. Borns – Fool
Black And Blue
10. Mumford and Sons feat. Baaba Maal – There Will Be A Time
11. Lucy Rose – Bikes
Rise Again
12. Courtney Barnett – Elevator Operator
13. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
14. Matt Cross – It’s Better Late Than Never
15. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss
16. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me, Now You Don’t
17. Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
18. Bastille – Good Grief
19. Dananananakroyd – Pink Sabbath
20. Asylums – Missing Person
21. Circa Waves – Lost It
22. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
23. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
24. Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish
25. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
26. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Ain’t Dead
27. The Smiths – Bigmouth Stikes Again
28. The Cure – In Between Days
29. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
30. Adam Duffill – I’ll Be Waiting
31. Paul J Williams – The Knock
32. Amy Sergeant – Bite The Bullets
33. Sarah Holburn – I Won The Battle, You Won The War

Hemmingway also participated in the quiz, 50 Grades Smarter which they accumulated 14.5 points. Here is the scoreboard.

John Paul Elliott – 18
Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Hemmingway – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 127: Right Action

Hello all,

I was on my own for the first time in two months. So I’ve named the show after the Franz Ferdinand opening track from their fourth album.

Here is the track listing for the show. Next week we have Hemmingway on the show!

1. Florence and the machine – Ship To Wreck
2. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
3. Foals – Out Of The Woods
4. Feeder – Buck Rogers
5. Fidlar – Drone
6. The Feeling – Sewn
7. Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood
8. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
9. Fleetwood Mac – I Don’t Wanna Know
10. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
11. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
12. Future Island – Seasons (Waiting On You)
13. Velvet Tree – My Love
14. The 1975 – She’s American
15. Fatboy Slim – Weapon Of Choice
16. Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
17. Friendly Fires – On Board
18. EMF – Unbelievable
19. East India Youth – Song For A Granular Piano
20. Frank Turner – Isabel
22. Paul J Williams – Wise Crack
23. The Fratellis – Too Much Wine
24. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
25. Fall Out Boy – A Little Less Sixteen Candles…
26. Fightstar – Its Blood Is Black
27. Foo Fighters – I Should’ve Known
28. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
29. TDF – Hang With The Happiness
30. Katy Perry Feat Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
31. The Libertines – What Katie Did

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Show 126: John Paul Elliott

Hello!

Yes, you know the drill! I go on radio, bring on a great guest, we quiz, we chat, decent music – it’s all good.

This week I had 50 Shades of Chay – somewhat regular, Mr John Paul Elliott.

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John Paul has been on the show three times now, plus he contributed to soundbites and participated in the sessions for my 100th show back in September.

The Scotsman did not want to play live but he did want to spend the evening promoting his debut album “North To South”. Which we played the majority album on the show.

Here is the playlist for the show.

1. Everything Everything – Regret
2. Elastica – Connection
3. Editors – Munich
4. John Paul Elliot – High On Heels
5. Eagles Of Death Metal – So Easy
6. John Paul Elliot – I’m Not Someone
7. Eric Claption – Wonderful Tonight
8. John Paul Elliott – Dance The Day You Die
9. The Enemy – Our Time
10. John Paul Elliott – Seen Better Days
11. EMF – Unbelievable
12. John Paul Elliott – Weird And Wonderful
13. John Paul Elliott – Follow Your Star
14. Elbow – The Fix
15. John Paul Elliott – Jennifer Said
16. Eagles – Tequila Sunrise
17. Elliot Smith – Angeles
18. Holly Hannigan – I don’t Believe In Love Anymore
19. Matt Tubey – He Below Me
20. John Paul Elliott – Nothing But Love

John Paul Elliott is now the runaway leader in the quiz. He scored a massive 18 points (most you can score is 22). As this rate he will be in the grand final in December.

John Paul Elliott – 18
Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 125: Drew Sutton

Hey all.

Show 125, can you believe it? Well to celebrate I had Drew Sutton on the show to play some tunes. Do the quiz. And talk about his ambitions to form a band and make an album.

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Here is the song-list for the show with the songs played live from Drew in bold.

1. The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
2. A Day To Remember – All I Want
3. Dananananakroyd – Pink Sabbath
4. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
5. Delphic – Doubt
Don’t Say It’s Over
6. Derek And The Dominos – Layla
7. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
The Distance Is Near
8. Django Django – Hail Bop
9. Disclosure – You And Me
10. Don Broco – Yeah Man
11. Drenge – The Snake
12. Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
13. Duran Duran – Reflex
14. Marvin Gaye – Heard It Through The Grapevine
15. Del Amitri – Just Like A Man
16. Matt Cross – Better Late Than Never

Here is the full show…

Drew also participated in the quiz, playing a songs opening lines, where he scored a midway – 10 points. Here is the scoreboard.

Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Drew Sutton – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 124: Remedy

This week I had Luke Sanders and Ben Henderson, who recently formed the band, Remedy.

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The band are only two week’s old and are looking to expand and bring in a bassist and possibly a female vocalist. The band played a host of singer-songwriter, Luke Sanders’ tunes on the show. And I expect great things in the future. Two day’s later I played a gig with them at The Traitors Gate in Grays.

Here is the show’s track listing (even Take That got on the show for the first time ever, Ben requested the song “Flood).

1. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Soundcheck
2. Courtney Barnett – Elevator Operator
3. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses
4. Chemical Brothers – Hey Girl, Hey Boy
5. Clean Bandit – Extraordinary
Riptide (Vance Joy cover)
6. Maccabees – Spit It Out
7. The Cure – In Between Days
8. Circa Waves – Lost It
Funeral For A Living
9. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
10. Take That – The Flood
Two Of A Kind
11. Chapel Club – Surfacing
12. The Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll
13. The Clash – Career Opportunities
14. Cream – I Feel Free
15. Coldplay – Lost
If I Could Change The World
16. Chvrches – Recover
17. The Coral – Shadows Fall

Here is the full show plus YouTube videos of the performances.

The band also played the weekly guest quiz 50 Grades Smarter. The duo scored 9.5 out of 20. And find themselves in the “relegation zone” end of the leaderboard…

Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Remedy – 9.5
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 123: Poetry To Succeed

It fun-day, Sunday. And a bonus edition of 50 Shades Of Chay.

Tonight I made special arrangements so that the people behind Poetry In Commotion, part of Poetry to Succeed could come in and talk about their monthly event at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon.

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For more information of how you can get involved and perform please visit. http://www.poetrytosucceed.co.uk. You can see performances from Olmo Lazarus, Gill West and Liz Grant below.

Here is the list of songs played on the show plus performances from all three poets in bold.

1. B.O.B feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
2. Blink 182 – Not Now
3. Busted – You Said No
4. Band Of Horses – Knock Knock
5. Band Of Skulls – Death By Diamonds And Pearls
Olmo Lazarus – Mist Descents
6. Basement Jaxx – Romeo
7. The Bohicas – I Do It For Your Love
8. Beautiful South – Rotterdam
Liz Grant – Stand Off
9. De La Soul – The Magic Number
10. Black Eyed Peas – Gone Going
Gill West – Summer
11. Borns – Fool
12. The Charlatans – Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
13. Brand New – Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades
14. Bring Me The Horizon – Drown
Olmo Lazarus – Craylands
15. Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
16. Don Broco – Actors

The Poetry To Succeed performers also participated in the quiz. They scored a strong 14 points. which puts them right bang in the middle of the scoreboard.

Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Poetry To Succeed – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 122: Leo C

It’s Thursday. And you know what that means?

Yes it’s 50 Shades of Chay and this week I had 15-year-old, Leo C in the studio with me.

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You can hear the full show below and see videos of Leo’s performance. But here is the full song list on the show including the tunes Leo played live in bold…

1. Bastille – Send Them Off!
2. Black Keys – Everlasting Light
3. Ben Howard – Old Pine
4. Beady Eye – Beatles and Stones
5. Blossoms – At Most A Kiss
6. Boxer Rebellion – The New Heavy
Kept Aside
Forget You

7. Blonde – Hanging On The Telephone
8. Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing
9. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisted
Night Time
Untitled Blues Song

10. Bombay Bicycle Club – What You Want
11. BoyKillBoy – Civil Sin
12. Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices
13. Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
14. Biffy Clyro – Folding Stars
Drunken In Dreams (Angel Olson cover)
If You’re Not Begging, What Are You Doing?

15. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me, Now You Don’t
16. Paul J Williams – All Is Well
17. Jassniro – Our Golden Days
18. Bat For Lashes – Laura
19. Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Leo also participated in the quiz. He scored a mid-table score of 10.5. Not bad, considering he is the youngest contestant ever on the quiz. Here is the leaderboard.

Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Leo C – 10.5
Nicola Collis – 10
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 121: Chris Robson

Hello all.

This week I had the lovely Chris Robson in the studio with me.

Chris has been a regular on the local music scene in and around Southend in the last five years or more. It was a pleasure having him on the show.

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Chris has an EP out with SoSlam records, and I urge people to give it a shot.

Here is the the songs played on the show with Chris’ performances in bold…

1. Angels and Airwaves – The Adventure
2. Art Brut – Direct Hit
3. Different People – Line Em Up
4. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
5. Alt J – Matilda
The Last Dictator
6. Adam and The Ants – Prince Charming
7. Arcade Fire – Haiti
Box of Bees
Rainbow Scars

8. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
9. Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
10. Alex Turner – Piledriver Waltz
Sunday School
11. Adam Duffill – I’ll Be Waiting
12. Paul J Williams – Out of Sight, Out of Mind
13. Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
14. Asylums – Missing Persons
15. Arctic Monkeys – Thats Where You’re Wrong
16. All American Rejects – It Ends Tonight

Chris also participated in the weekly quiz 50 Grades Smarter. And on our third season of the quiz, Chris is on top of the scoreboard, scoring 14 points but as Chris and Nicola Collis both went for harder quizzes, they score and extra point.

Chris Robson – 15
Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Nicola Collis – 10
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 120: Darren Jones And The World Music Band

This week on 50 Shades of Chay I had the delight of Darren Jones and Nicola Collis of his World Music Band on to play some music and have the most competitive quiz I have ever witness on my show.

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Darren released on album on SoSlam Records last year, and will be playing Chinnerys on the 25th February as a headline show with last week’s guest Davey Hal as support.

Here are the songs played on the show, with the song Darren and Nicola played live in bold…

1. Beach Boys – I Get Around
2. Wheatus – A Little Respec
3. Elastica – Vaseline
4. Don Broco – Actors
5. Art Brut – Sound Of Summer
6. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
7. The Charlatans – Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
8. Klaxons – Golden Skans
Old Life
9. Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
10. Jungle – Busy Earnin
11. David Bowie – Suffragette City
Dance In The Rain
Another World

12. Darren Jones – Rise Above
13. David Woodcock – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
14. Holly Hannigan – I Don’t Believe In Love Anymore
15. Tall Dark Friend – Hang With The Happiness
16. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
17. Keane – Bend And Break
18. The La’s – I Can’t Sleep
Forgotten Friend
Do It

Here is the full show with videos of performances at the bottom of the page.

Darren also participated in the quiz which he was determined to beat Davey Hal – he fell half a point short. Which puts him second in the leaderboard. It was an emotional rollercoaster – the man could not sit still.

Davey Hal – 14.5
Darren Jones – 14
Nicola Collis – 9
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 119: Davey Hal

This week on 50 Shades Of Chay is the Leigh-On-Sea singer-songwriter, Davey Hal.

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It was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Davey, and it was a delight to have him on the show. Beatles puns, the quiz and a whole to of good music.

Here are the songs that were played on the show with the numbers sang by Davey live are in bold…

1. Brand New – The Quiet Things That No-One Ever Knows
2. The Cribs – Men’s Needs
3. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
4. Jamie T – Salvador
Fingertips
5. Temper Trap – Fader
6. Gaz Coombes – Hot Fruit
Run With Me
7. Horse Heads – Coffee
8. Coral – Dreaming Of You
9. Ed Sheeran – Don’t
10. De La Soul – The Magic Number
11. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
12. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
13. John Paul Elliot – High On Heels
White Wall
14. Elbow – Grounds For Divorce
15. Arcade Fires – Haiti

Here is the full show with videos of performances below.

Fingertips

Run With Me

White Wall

Davey Hal also participated in the guest quiz, 50 Grades Smarter, in which he took on questions on musicals. He scored an impressive 14.5 which means he is top of the leaderboard.

Davey Hal – 14.5
Nicola Collis – 9
Adam Duffill – 8.5

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Show 118: Nicola Collis

My second guest of the year was the lovely Nicola Collis.

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Nicola hails from Southend-On-Sea. She released an EP which contained four songs she wrote for the SoSlam Battlelines competitions, which she won in 2016. Yours truly will be up against her in the semi finals at the end of February.

Miss Collis’ second EP will be released this year. Her song “Don’t Walk Away From This”, is from the EP, and it was given its first ever airplay on this show.

Here are the songs heard on the show with Nicola’s songs she played live on the show…

1. The Wombats – Tales of Girl, Boys and Marsupials
2. The Wombats – Kill The Director
3. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
4. Sunflower Bean – Come On
5. Black Keys – Money Maker
6. These New Puritans – Colours
The Unforgiving Minute
7. Django Django – Default
8. Alt J – Fitzpleasure
Instead Of Love
Without Love

9. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Emily
10. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
11. Kings Of Leon – Molly’s Chamber
12. Nicola Collis – Don’t Walk Away From This
13. Darren Jones – Rise Above
14. John Paul Elliot – Better Days
15. Adam Duffill – I’ll Be Waiting
16. Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
17. First Aid Kit – Master Pretender
18. Lucy Rose – Bikes
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Finally Friday

Why Did It Happen?

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Nicola also played the guest quiz, 50 Grades Smarter. She, like Adam Duffill the previous week went for “Songs Opening lines”. She scored 9 points overall. Which puts her at the top the leaderboard on week two. Here is the scoreboard…

Nicola Collis – 9
Adam Duffill – 8.5

Here is a bio for Nicola Collis…

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Show 117: Adam Duffill

After a week where snow and sickness got in the way of me getting to my beloved radio. I was delighted to be back on the bandwagon.

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This week I had an old friend from the music circuit in Adam Duffill to come on the show and talk about his musical endeavours.

Here is what songs were played on the show, with the songs Adam played live in bold…

1. Art Brut – Sound Of Summer
2. Viola Beach – Like A Fool
3. John Paul Elliot – Dance The Day You Die
4. Wild Beasts – All The Kings Men
5. Adam Duffill – So In Love With You
6. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
7. The Beatles – She Loves You
So In Love With You
8. The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen
9. Treefight For Sunlight – The Universe Is A Woman
Bright Blue Eyes
10. A Tribe Called Quest – Butter
11. Yuck – Operation
12. Taylor Swift – Better Than Revenge
13. Ellie Goulding – Human
14. The Verve – Love Is Noise
15. The Great Swerve – The End Of The World As We Know It
Colours
16. Tame Impala – Elephant
17. +44 – Lyncanthrope
18. James Vincent McMorrow – And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop

Here is the full show…

I’m So In Love With You

Bright Blue Eyes

Colours

Adam also participated in the 50 Grades Smarter quiz, which now has a new format! He scored a modest 8.5 (which he was happy with). As the first contestant of 2017, here is the leaderboard.

1. Adam Duffill – 8.5.

Here is the bio for Adam Duffill.

Southend-based Adam Duffill is a Rock singer/songwriter who performs throughout the UK; priding his energetic performances on enthusiasm, consistency & building a rapport with his audience – to make them feel they are on the stage and in the moment with him.

Reviews have been complimentary towards the 27-year-old’s guitar playing and vocal ability – the latter of which being described by reviewers as a ‘Penetrating, Distinctive Voice’ with ‘Dulcet Tones’. In a career spanning 5 years, Adam has quickly established himself as a top professional performer and achieved several accolades; the most recent of which included seeing off 10,000 other participants to reach the UK Songwriting Competition Grand Final.

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Show 116: Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials

Hello all,

I’ve named this show Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials the opener from the debut Wombats album. One of my closest mates loved that album, it sounds only natural to open a radio show.

The show’s picture shows the Bodrum harbour in July 2015. Before the bands start flocking back into the studio next week on my show I crammed lots of good music onto my slot this week.

Here is the the playlist this week…

1. The Wombats – Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials
2. The Wombats – Kill The Directors
3. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
4. Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
5. The All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
6. +44 – Lycanthrope
7. Bastille – Good Grief
8. Maccabees – Accordion Song
9. Coldplay – Charlie Brown
10. Mumfords and Sons Feat. Baaba Maal – There Will Be A Time
11. Neon Neon – Dream Cars
12. MGMT – Brian Eno
13. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
14. Newton Faulkner – Gone In The Morning
15. Noah And The Whale – LIFEGOESON
16. REM – Imitation Of Life
17. R. Kelly – Chocolate Factory
18. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
19. A Tribe Called Quest – Butter
20. Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
21. Arctic Monkeys – Crying Lightning
22. Don Broco – Actors
23. Pvris – My House
24. Editors – An End Has A Start
25. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
26. Paramore – Decode
27. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
28. Chapel Club – All The Eastern Girls
29. The 1975 – She’s American
30. Foals – Snake Oil
31. Jamie XX – Obvs
32. The Libertines – What Katie Did

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Show 115: Imitation Of Life

Hello all.

New year, same old good musical goodness. I spent the bulk of this show finding guests for the show for the next five months.

The picture of the post shows some lovely looking residents from Bodrum in Turkey, where I went in 2015.

I’ve named this extra edition of the show “Imitation Of Life” which is a song by the alt-rock heroes R.E.M.

Here are the songs I played this week.

1. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
2. The Young Knives – Terra Firma
3. Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
4. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
5. Arctic Monkeys – Crying Lightning
6. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
7. Kasabian – Empire
8. Hard-Fi – Gotta Reason
9. REM – Imitation Of Life
10. Yuck – Operation
11. Noah And The Whale – LIFEGOESON
12. Villagers – Nothing Arrived
13. Treefight For Sunlight – The Universe Is A Woman
14. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
15. Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back
16. The Jam – Start
17. The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
18. The 1975 – She’s American
19. Kings Of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
20. The Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys
21. The Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
22. Elastica – Vaseline
23. Slaves – She Wants Me Now
24. Horse Heads – Coffee
25. Castaway – Life of The Lost
26. Bow Flats – Battle
27. Matt Tubey – Prison Van
28. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
29. The White Stripes – One More Cup Of Coffee
30. Haim – The Wire
31. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – I-Spy
32. The View – Covers
33. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Aint Dead
34. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure

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Show 114: Giant Peach

After a week’s absence, due to me winning a songwriter’s competition heat (yeah I know :D) I’ve came back to the wireless for a three hour special. Quite fitting as it was my last

I’ve named the show after the Wolf Alice tune “Giant Peach”. One of the best songs off their debut.

1. Danananananakroyd – Reboot
2. The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
3. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
4. Savages – Evil
5. Tame Impala – Elephant
6. The 1975 – Chocolate
7. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
8. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
9. Neon Neon – Dream Cars
10. The Pigeon Detective – I’m Not Sorry
11. The Young Knives -Terra Firma
12. Mumford and Sons Feat. Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time
13, Laura Marling – False Hope
14. The Redlands Palomino Company
15. Lucy Rose – Bikes
16. The XX – VCR
17. David Woodcock – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
18. Paul Weller – All i Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
19. John Thorpe – Roads To Follow
20. Darren Jones – Rise Above
21. Muse -Supermassive Black Hole
22. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
23. Paramore – Decode
24, Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
25. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Dani California
26. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
27. Kings of Leon – Mollys Chamber
28. Elastica – Vaseline
29. Usher – Confessions (Interlude)
30. Usher – Confessions (Part II)
31. Gorillaz Feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul – Superfast Jellyfish
32. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
33. Luke Sanders – Happy Ever After
34. Nicola Collis – Same You, Same Me
35. Fightstar – A City On Fire
36. Fidlar – 40Oz On Repeat
37. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
38. Don Broco – Actors
39. Asylums – Missing Persons
40. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
41. The Horse Heads – Who Are You?
42. Peace – Wraith
43. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
44. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors
45, The King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
46. Kaiser Chiefs Feat. Sway – Half The Truth
47. Jack Penate – Second, Minute or Hour
48, Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up
49. Outkast – Prototype

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Show 113: THE 50 GRADES SMARTER FINAL 2016

So here it is. The big one.

Every week when I have a guest on I make them play a quiz, most enjoy it, some do well, some crumble under the pressure.

Over the course of the year the highest scoring three guest appeared in the show. Singer-songwriters Adam Sinclair and Matt Cross as well as Tarek Papworth from Southend band, Velvet Tree contested for the trophy.

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In each round I asked questions was based on a school subject, maths, english, music, sport (well P.E) and so on.

It was Matt Cross who dominated proceedings the whole way. Starting the maths round with a massive eight points. There was a point half way through where I felt I asked too difficult and I put them through torture.

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Still its an even playing field (well I thought so anyway). But it was Matt who triumphed.

Here is the full show.

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Here are the songs I played on the show…

1. Everything Everything – Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread
2. Fightstar – A City On Fire
3. MGMT – Brian Eno
4. Peace – Wraith
5. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
6. Kings Of Leon

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Show 112: Snake Oil

This show was named after The Foals’ “Snake Oil” coming from their latest album “What Went Down”.

1. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
2. Peace – Wraith
3. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
4. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors
6. King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
7. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
8. Don Broco – Actors
9. Foals – Snake Oil
10. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
11. MGMT – Brian Eno
12. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Dani California
13. Usher – Confessions (Interlude)
14. Usher – Confessions (Part II)
15. Outkast – Prototype
16. DMAs – In The Moment
17. Paul Weller – All I Wanna Do Is (Be With You)
18. Rae Morris – Love Again
19. Lucy Rose – Bikes
20. Mumford and Sons Feat. Baaba Maal – There Will Be A Time
21. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
22. Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
23. Paramore – Decode
24. Nirvana – Come As You Are
25. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
26. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up
27. Billy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
28. Luke Sanders – Happy Ever After
29. David Woodcock – Relatively Single Man
30. John Thorpe – Better On
31. The View Feat. Paolo Nutini – Covers

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Show 111: Pumpkin Soup

This week I’ve decided to name it after the Kate Nash song “Pumpkin Soup”.

Here are the tunes that I played on this week show.

1. The Rifles – Science In Violence
2. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
3. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
4. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
5. Kings Of Leon – Molly’s Chambers
6. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
7. Savages – Evil
8. Fightstar – A City On Fire
9. Orson – No Tomorrow
10. Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
11. Grouplove – Colours
12. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
13. MGMT – Brian Eno
14. Fidlar – 40Oz On Repeat
15. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
16. The Horse Heads – Coffee
17. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
18. Paramore – Decode
19. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
20. Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup
21. NORE Feat. Pharrell Williams – Put Em Up
22. NWA – Express Yourself
23. Vampire Weekend – Worship You
24. Circa Waves – Fossils
25. John Thorpe – Lately
26. Darren Jones – Rise Above
27. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me, Now You Don’t
28. Editors – An End Has A Start
29. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – I-Spy
30. The Horrors – New Ice Age
31. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up
32. The 1975 – Settle Down

Join me next week for some more musical goodness.

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Show 110: Craig Eddie

The last featured artist of the year on my show is Mr Craig Eddie, and he is probably one of the most extraordinary I’ve had on the show.

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Well, Craig and his family that is. They set out on Thursday morning for an 11 hour journey to play on my little show? I mean, hats off to them, that is dedication of the highest order.

Craig Eddie was brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed him on the show, he played a range of covers and originals and with his debut EP he looks to record come next year, he is one to take note of.

Here is a list of the songs played on the show, included the songs Craig played live in bold…

1. Paolo Nutini – Coming Up Easy
2. Kasabian – Empire
3. The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
Business (Catfish And The Bottlemen cover)
4. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
5. Kings Of Leon – Molly Chambers
Not In This Alone
6. New Order – Singularity
7. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
Wait For Your Love
8. Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
9. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
Say You Wont Let Go (James Arthur cover)
10. Travis – Writing To Reach You
11. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
12. Elastica – Vaseline
13. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
14. Foals – Snake Oil
15. The King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
16. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
Last Request (Paolo Nutini cover)
17. John Paul Elliot – Nothing But Love

The full show.

Craig also participated in 50 Grades Smarter, I was pretty lenient with his mum helping (in other words – telling him the answers which led to some amazing sharades actions in the background trying to help him). He scored a decent score of 11 out of 15. Not good enough for the final on the 15th December, which will save his mum a lot of money on petrol.

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Show: 109: Half The Truth

Naming the song after a Kaiser Chief’s album track from years before.

Trying to throw alot of music into the show, always good to promote your peers. But mixed with some great music from the mainstream I think I’m doing well with this playlist…

1. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
2. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
3. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
4. Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song
5. Kaiser Chiefs Feat. Sway – Half The Truth
6. The Horse Heads – Coffee
7. Haim – The Wire
8. Ladyhawke – My Delirium
9. Circa Waves – Fossils
10. Nirvana – Come As You Are
11. Fightstar – A City On Fire
12. Don Broco – Actors
13. Gorillaz feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul – Superfast Jellyfish
14. M.I.A – Pull Up the People
15. Kanye West – School Spirit
16. Kanye West – School Spirit Skit 2
17. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
18. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
19. Paul Weller – All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
20. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
21. Laura Marling – False Hope
22. The Velvet Tree – Light Your Way
23. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just like Honey
24. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
25. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
26. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?
27. Kasabian – Empire
28. Johnny Marr – Upstarts
29. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock all The Doors
30. The King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
31. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
32. Bay City Rollers – Shang-A-Lang

The last song was for my mother :)

I have Craig Eddie, singer-songwriter from Scotland on the show.

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Show 108: Upstarts

Hello all!

This week I’ve named the show after the Johnny Marr song, ‘Upstarts’ which I played during the show.

This show followed my night at the Q Awards, which I talked to Justin Young from The Vaccines, waved at Tim Burgess, and I was in touching distance of Johnny Marr, Ronnie Wood and Lee Thompson of Madness. And I saw a great set by The Charlatans later on.

The beginning part of my playlist this week is based on what acts I saw win awards or present them at the Q Awards, the rest are just the great stuff I have on my playlist, obviously.

1. Fidlar – 40oz On Repeat
2. Paolo Nutini – Coming Up Easy
3. The Las – I Can Sleep
4. Johnny Marr – Upstarts
5. New Order – Singularity
6. Madness – Lovestruck
7. Muse Supermassive Black Hole
8. The Charlatans – The Only One I know
9. Oasis – Waiting For The Rapture
10. General Fiasco – The Age You Start Losing Friends
11. Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
12. Circa Waves – Fossils
13. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
14. Newton Faulkner – Gone In The Morning
15. Elastica – Vaseline
16. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
17. The Maccabees – Accordion Song
18. The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
19. Hard-Fi – Gotta Reason
20. The Killers – All These Things I’ve Done
21. Jassniro – Our Golden Days
22. Weekend Recovery – Rumours
23. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
24. Guy Garvey – Angelas Eyes
25. Keane – Bend And Break
26. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – I-Spy
27. Laura Marling – False Hope
28. Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
29. Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
30. David Woodcock – I Forgot To Miss You

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Show 107: The Lightscopes

This week I had The Lightscopes on my show.

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The band were a delight to have on the show, really nice gents, and they had good songs too. Some of which they played live on the show as you can hear below.

In bold you will see the name of the songs played live, along with the rest of the playlist.

1. KT Tunstall – Hard Girls
2. The Las – I Can’t Sleep
3. Elastica – Vaseline
4. Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys
5. Grouplove – Colours
6. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
Control
7. Madness – Lovestruck
8. Keane – Bend And Break
Better
I Like It
9. Newton Faulkner – Gone In The Morning
10. Laura Marling – False Hope
11. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
Down
12. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
13. Joy Division – Interzone
14. Castaway – In And Out Of Time
15. Different People – Over Your Shoulder
16. Young Machetes – Off and On
17. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
18. Don Broco – Actors
The Skies The Limit
19. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
20. Jamie XX – Obvs

The band did very well at the quiz, scoring 10/15. Here is the leaderboard.

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Finding Miranda – 12.5
Dogtober 2 – 12.5
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Shoasis – 11.5
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Lightscopes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Fake Tales – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 106: Superfast Jellyfish

Hello all,

I’ve decided to name this show after a Gorillaz song! And why not?

I kicked off with some Happy Monday’s “Kinky Afro”. Ain’t nuthin going on but funky music ya’ll.

1. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
2. Dananananakroyd – Reboot
3. The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
4. Kasabian – Empire
5. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors
6. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
7. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
8. Gorillaz Feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul – Superfast Jellyfish
9. Kanye West – School Spirit
10. Kanye West – School Spirit Skit 2
11. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
12. Foals – Snake Oil
13. David Woodcock – The Adventures of You And Me
14. Laura Marling – False Hope
15. Ren Stedman – Dear Darling
16. Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again
17. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
18. Nicola Collis – Without You
19. The Maccabees – Accordion Song
20. General Fiasco – The Age You Start Losing Friends
21. Different People – Picture Perfect
22. Narrow Plains – Tomorrow
23. Wax Colour – Liberty
24. Editors – An End Has A Start
25. The Enemy – 40 Days And 40 Nights
26. Jamie XX – Obvs
27. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
28. Fightstar – A City On Fire
29. Don Broco – Actors
30. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?
31. The King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
32. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
33. The Libertines – What Katie Did

Join me next week when I have The Lightscopes on the show!

8pm sharp!

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Show 105: Shoasis

This week on the show I had Oasis tribute act, Shoasis in the studio. A first for 50 Shades Of Chay.

As a massive Oasis fan before they split up in 2009, I was excited to have them on the show.

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The band played five Oasis classic in Whatever, Some Might Say, Songbird, Masterplan and Wonderwall. They were a delight to have on the show, very good company indeed.

Here is the songs that was played on the show this week. The songs the band played on the show are in bold…

1. Blink 182 – She’s Out Of Her Mind
2. The 1975 – Chocolate
3. Circa Waves – Fossils
4. Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
5. Foals – Snake Oil
6. Kasabian – Empire
7. Hard-Fi – Gotta Reason
Whatever
8. The Enemy – 40 Days And 40 Nights
9. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – I-Spy
Some Might Say
Songbird

10. Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
11. Don Broco – Actors
12. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?
Masterplan
13. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
14. Disorder Kid – Everybody knows The High Chich
15. Velvet Tree – Celebrity
Wonderwall
16. Chris Hobart – SoSlam
17. Lets Be Strange – The Art Of Feeling Down

The band did participate in the quiz 50 Grades Smarter and did very well. Obviously I did a very hard Oasis and they scored and impressive 11.5. Not bad, but maybe next year lads.

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Finding Miranda – 12.5
Dogtober 2 – 12.5
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Shoasis – 11.5
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Fake Tales – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 104: Music on a Saturday night

Hello all.

You could say I am covering Courtney tonight. So here is the tunes I played in my two hour stint of musical goodness.

1. Haim – The Wire
2. Interpol – Evil
3. The Horrors – New Ice Age
4. The Jam – Start!
5. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
6. David Woodcock – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
7. Weekend Recovery – Rumours
8. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
9. Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
10. Diana Vickers – Once
11. General Fiasco – The Age You Start Losing Friends
12. Castaway – Life Of The Lost
13. Matt Cross – Let You Down
14. Chris Hobart – SoSlam Recording
15. Nicola Collis – Unforgiving Moment
16. Asylums – Necessary Appliances
17. Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
18. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
19. Horse Heads – Coffee
20. Killatrix – Bad Language
21. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
22. Fightstar – A City On Fire
23. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
24. King Blues – The Streets Are Ours
25. Chapel Club – All The Eastern Girl
26. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
27. Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
28. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
29. Vellocoet – Better Days
30. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need me (Now You Don’t)

Join us on Thursday! I will have Oasis tribute act Shoasis on the show. 8pm sharp!

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Show 103: Fake Tales

This week my guest came late due to traffic problems… but my gosh it was worth the wait.

Fake Tales are a band from North London, and they were by far the funniest band I’ve had on the show, a sheer delight having them on.

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In the show the guys made a new introduction to the quiz (which I will use next year), I tweeted the wrong band (also known as Fake Tales) and the guitarist, Marco answered his Mum’s phonecall to find out she’s been locked outside the house, to which he replied that he wasn’t going to be home for two more hours.

Here is the playlist of the show with the songs played on the show in bold. The full show is at the bottom of the playlist.

1. Asylums – Second Class Sex
2. General Fiasco – The Age You Start Losing Friends
3. Fightstar – A City On Fire
4. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
5. Everything Everything – Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
6. Young Machetes – Off And On
7. The Horrors – New Ice Age
8. The Jam – Start!
9. The Ends – You Write The Hits, I Write The B-Sides
10. Chapel Club – All The Eastern Girls
11. Interpol – Evil
12. Bow Flats – Battle
If You Were Right, I’d Agree With You
13. Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
Lately
14. Nicola Collis – Lights At The End Of The Tunnel
Cover Up
15. John Paul Elliot and Colin Coates – Songs from the 100th Show
16. Matt Tubey – Songs from the 100th Show
17. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Songs from the 100th Show
18. Neil Davies – Songs from the 100th Show

The band started well at the quiz but unfortunately faded away towards the end. Ending up with a score of 9.5 points.

Here is the scoreboard.

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Finding Miranda – 12.5
Dogtober 2 – 12.5
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Fake Tales – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 102: Dogtober charity event.

This week I had Wendy from Angel and The Melodyhorns, David Woodcock, their dog named Barkley and Kristina Stazaker come on the show to promote Dogtober 2. Last year to celebrate Barkley’s birthday my guests put on a gig to help donate money to dog charities.

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This explains Dogtober 2 from the event’s on Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/305341686509369/

After the massive success of last year’s event, this is going to be even bigger and better! WHAT A LINE UP!!! The Scarletts, Indigo (being rebranded as The Trusted), Two Legs Bad, The Tuppenny Bunters, Andy J Gallagher, Tom and Lance Cusack, Gary Bynorth with Doojip and the Wotnames, Treatment, David Woodcock and the Fixtures, Sophie Burrows, Kris Stazaker, Jude Dulake’s new band (The Sprockets),Daryl Easlea on the decks and MORE!!!!

The event is free but we are hoping people will give generously to the two charities we are supporting this year, All Animal Rescue and Rehoming, a non kill rescue that will take any animal in need of rescue – based in the South East and The Baan Unrak Animal Sanctuary, a self-funded and donation based organisation run by a local lass who helps to rehome and improve the quality of life of many animals on the streets of Thailand, many rehomed in England.

There will be a raffle with lots of great prizes donated from local businesses and to round the evening off, Middle Aged Spread DJ Daryl Easlea will get us stomping our feet, paws, hooves and trotters until 1am.

The event is sponsored by fantastic local business Earthzest Organics.

You can hear the full show and videos of performances below. But first of all here is all the songs played on the show…

1. Everything Everything – Regret
2. Grouplove – Love Will Always Save Your Soul
3. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
David Woodcock – Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
David Woodcock – The Adventures of You and Me

4. Haim – The Wire
Wendy, from Angel and The Melodyhorns – Retribution Blues
Wendy, from Angel and The Melodyhorns – The Last Days Of The Summer

5. Ben Howard – Only Love
Kristina Stazaker – Death By The Fire
Kristina Stazaker – The Journey (Pt. 2)
6. The Trusted – Upside Down
7. Arctic Monkeys -Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High
8. Alt-J – Breezeblocks
9. The Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll
10. Young Machetes – Off And On
11. Sheratones – Sundance
12. Art Block – Don’t Call My Name

I also couldn’t let them leave the studio without making them do the quiz. And to be fair it was good that I did – they did very well. They scored an impressive 12.5 out of 15.

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Finding Miranda – 12.5
Dogtober 2 – 12.5
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 101: A new century with lots of music

New century. Good excuse to add some more stuff to the playlist and share them with you all.

No guests this week, so it was just you, me and airwaves between us.

Here is what I played…

1. Arctic Monkeys – A View From The Afternoon
2. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
3. Them Crooked Vultures
4. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
5. These New Puritans – Elvis
6. Fidlar – Drone
7. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back
8. Viola Beach – Really Wanna Call
9. The View feat. Paolo Nutini – Covers
10. Walking On Cars – Speeding Cars
11. White Stripes – One More Cup Of Coffee
12. The Lunar Tides – Right From The Start
13. Matt Cross – Don’t Leave So Soon
14. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
15. Velvet Tree – Celebrity
16. De La Soul – The Magic Number
17. A Tribe Called Quest – Better
18. Kings Of Leon – Pyro
19. Mumfords and Sons – The Wolf
20. Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
21. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
22. Bring Me The Horizon – True Friends
23. Biffy Clyro – In The Name Of The Wee Man
24. Slaves – Cheer Up London
25. Elastica – Connection
26. Peace – Lovesick
27. Blur- Bank Holiday
28. Radiohead – There There
29. Finding Miranda – A New Kind Of Beast
30. Weekend Recovery – New Tattoo
31. Roisin O’Hagan – At Our Finest.

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Show 100!!!! Finding Miranda!!!

Well, I made it to 100 shows. So as this was the 100th time I hosted this show I felt it was only natural to have my bandmates from Finding Miranda come in to have a chat.

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Order of the day? Well I booked a session at Creative Studios on the A128 to have a gathering of local musicians who I have had on the show previous to play three or four songs to be played especially for the show. Also it seemed an appropriate occasion to play new Finding Miranda material on the show.

So the songs below which were recorded by the artists at Creative Studios are the ones in bold. It was quite a show, which you can hear in full underneath this weeks playlist.

1. Foo Fighters – The Feast And The Famine
2. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
3. Bow Flats – Battle
4. John Paul Elliot – Song One
5. The Sheratones – Shake Your Tamborine
6. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Song One
7. Weekend Recovery – Rumours
8. Finding Miranda – A New Kind Of Beast
9. Matt Tubey – Song Two
10. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
11. Neil Davies – Song one
12. John Paul Elliot – Song Two
13. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Song Two
14. Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
15. Velvet Tree – My Love
16. Matt Tubey – Song Two
17. Neil Davies – Song Two
18. Finding Miranda – New York Can You Hear Me?
19. Chay Appleyard – Song One
20. Lee Tallon – Song One
21. John Paul Elliot – Song three
22. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Song Three
23. Horse Heads – Coffee
24. Lee Tallon – Song Two
25. Matt Tubey – Song Three
26. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
27. Chay Appleyard – Song Two
28. Lee Tallon – Song Three

I also couldn’t resist getting my bandmates to participate in 50 Grade Smarter, my weekly quiz for guests on my show. Are my pals smart enough to compete with the best?

Well actually it turns out they’re not too bad. In fact they are 4th in the rankings. It may not be enough to get them in the final. But it was a worthy effort.

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Finding Miranda – 12.5
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Introducting: Polly Haynes

Polly graduated from Essex University with a 1st class distinction in Popular Music in 2014.

Polly Haynes

During and after Uni, she fronted rock/funk band, Newton’s Apple and later went on to form the
band Polly Violet Collective. Over the next two years, Polly proceeded to tour the region and perform at countless venues and festivals before making the decision to concentrate on her solo
performance.

Since then, Polly has been promoting her new solo act and so far has shared the stage with
multi-platinum artist’s, performed at countless well known venues and has also performed on
the stages of many small festivals, with a number of dates still to come.

Since choosing to perform as a solo act, Polly has gone from strength to strength, having recorded with chart topping producer, Tom Donovan and secured her backing band she is set to continue to flourish with each new performance.

With big things planned for 2016 and having already performed at Proud – Camden, Strongroom – Shoreditch, The Magic Garden – Battersea and many other venues and festivals, Polly is set to up the ante and surprise critics and fans alike.

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Show 98: Doojip And The Wotnames

This week I had Doojip And The Wotnames!

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Great name right?

They take inspirations from the likes of Weller, Stones and others of the old school rock and roll ilk. They put on a great show as you can hear below.

Here is the playlist from this week. With the songs the band played live in bold…

1. The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
2. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
3. The Last Shadow Puppets – Miracles Aligner
4. Arctic Monkeys – The View From The Afternoon
5. Biffy Clyro – In The Name Of The Wee Man
New One
6. The Enemy – Gimme The Sign
7. Asylums – Missing Persons
Woodcutter’s Son (Paul Weller cover)
8. The Sheratones – Shake Your Tamborine
9. Killatrix – Bad Language
10. Horse Heads – Coffee
I Know Why
When I’m Hungry
11. Mumford And Sons – The Wolf
12. Chvrches – Recover
13. B.O.B Feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
14. The Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
15. BoyKillBoy – Suzie
Real Life
Would I Lie To You

16. Beach Boys – God Only Knows

It was going so well for the guys in the quiz, answering the first seven questions correctly. They ended up with 11 points which is not quite enough for the final in December.

The Leaderboard…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 97: The Vision

Back to the guests and this week I had The Vision came on to give us their version of perfect pop.

The Vision

The band have only been going nine months but are gathering a following online through their live performances and live streams.

The band songs are below on the playlist, the rest are recordings from the best indie around. And you know its true…

1. Angels and Airwaves – The Adventure
2. Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
3. The Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner
4. Stereophonics – Hurry Up And Wait
5. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
Stitches
6. The Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
7. Vampire Weekend – A Punks
8. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
Drive
9. Viola Beach – Boys That Sing
10. The View – Grans For Tea
11. Reverend And The Makers – 18-30
La La
12. Rae Morris – Closer
13. Swim Deep – Honey
14. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
15. Miles Kane – Inhaler
16. The Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll
17. The 1975 – The Sound

The full show…

The band, although were good live, they were not so good at quizzes. They scored on six out 15 on my weekly quiz 50 Grades Smarter. Better luck next year lads.

The leaderboard…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 96: All killer, no filler

Show 96! Can you believe they let me get this far!

So this is my last all music show before we get some guests on in the next couple of weeks. So I decided to get a good 30 songs-a-playing in my two hour slot this week.

These were the tunes I decided to play, and who could blame me…

1. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
2. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
3. Django Django – Default
4. Courteeners – You Overdid It Doll
5. Delphic – Doubt
6. Foo Fighters – The Feast And The Famine
7. Palma Violets – Rattlesnake Highway
8. The Fratellis – Creepin’ Up The Backstairs
9. The Enemy – Our Time
10. Jake Bugg – Gimme The Love
11. Kasabian – Vlad The Impaler
12. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up
13. Richard Ashcroft – They Don’t Own Me
14. Viola Beach – Boys That Sing
15. General Fiasco – Dancing With Girls
16. James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine
17. Keane – Nothing In My Way
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
19. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
20. Luke Sanders – Mary
21. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
22. Narrow Plains – So Rewind
23. Emnibis – Origami Heart
24. The Horse Heads – Coffee
25. Fightstar – It’s Blood Is Black
26. Blur – Bank Holiday
27. Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
28. Franz Ferdinand – Dark Side Of The Matinee
29. The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
30. The Maccabees – Go

Next week we have The Vision on the show! Join me then.

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Show 95: Polly Haynes

As we hit closer to the 100th show, the pace of great show isn’t dimming. In fact. They get a bit more interesting as the weeks go by.

Polly Haynes

This week we had Colchester singer-songwriter, Polly Haynes come in for a session, supported by her band’s drummer Tom on cajon. Polly played a host of her original material, and she was nothing like what we’ve had on the show before. A jazz-trained guitarist with a knack for a killer hook.

Here is the playlist of the show with the songs Polly played live in bold…

1. Viola Beach – Boys That Sing
2. Richard Ashcroft – They Don’t Own Me
3. Band Of Skulls – I Know What I Am
4. Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
5. Slaves – Cheer Up London
Wasting Time
6. Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch
7. Yuck – Get Away
Tree Tops
8. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
9. The Maccabees – Go
Launch To The Floor
10. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
11. Travis – Sing
12. Ren Stedman – Honestly
Good For You
13. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like This
14. Disorder Kid – Everybody Knows The High Chick
15. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
Crazy Today

Polly and Tom also participated in 50 Grades Smarter, where I put my guest brains to the test and not just their musical prowess. They scored an above-average 10 points. Which leaves the scoreboard like this…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 94: In an emergency…

Sometimes things do not go to plan. Our guest this week unfortunately couldn’t make it to the studio. As much as that is a disappointment, we replace that time interviewing with just lots of great music.

The playlist this week shows…

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening/Morning
2. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
3. The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
4. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Soundcheck
5. Mad Winter – Let Me Know
6. Narrow Plains – Belong Together
7. Keane – Nothing In My Way
8. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
9. The Velvet Tree – My Love
10. Blur – Bank Holiday
11. Indigo – Upside Down
12. Radiohead – Just
13. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
14. Darren Jones – Rise Above
15. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
16. S J Denney – This Is Where It Rains
17. James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine
18. Ren Stedman – Love Wins
19. Matt Cross – Let You Down
20. Son – Warm
21. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
22. Franz Ferdinand – Dark Of The Matinee
23. All Time Low – Stay Awake
24. Royal Blood – Little Monster
25. Green Day – Basket Case
26. Linkin Park – Crawling
27. Kings Of Leon – Pyro
28. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
29. Taylor Swift – Treacherous

More Musical goodness next week.

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Show 93: 29 great tunes!

On my own this week. So I added my tradition 10 new songs to my playlist and spent the whole two hours playing the good stuff.

Here is my playlist…

1. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
2. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
3. Miles Kane – Inhaler
4. The Black Keys – In Time
5. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
6. The Horse Heads – Who Are You?
7. Editors – Racing Rats
8. Sunflower Beam – Easier Said
9. Bat For Lashes – All Your Gold
10. Different People – Line Em Up
11. Peace – Lovesick
12. Reverend And The Makers – Mr Glassalfempty
13. Foals – Providence
14. Queens Of The Stone Age – Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
15. Franz Ferdinand – Dark Side Of The Matinee
16. Gorillaz – White Flag
17. Darren Jones – Pretending To Be Kings (Intro)
18. Nicola Collis – So Slam Recording
19. Ben Howard – Only Love
20. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
21. Band Of Skulls – I Know What I Am
22. Bloc Party – Helicopter
23. Indigo – Take On The World
24. Ellie Goulding – Human
25. Clean Bandit – Come Over
26. Everything Everything – Blast Doors
27. Friendly Fires – On Board
28. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors
29. Dolly Mavies – Wait For Me

We have Orlean playing in the studio on Thursday (4th August). So join me then at 8pm.

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50SOC: Introducing Billy Collins

Billy Collins explains his musical journey…

“Have been playing music from a young age starting out on drums with my first ever gig at the age of 11 where dads drummer let them down for a gig in Wales so I stepped up and performed on drums for the night
From there music was all I wanted to do.

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“I grew up listening to a wide range of different genres of music. But my main interests are Country, Blues, Folk , Rock n Roll / Rockabilly and more
My influences growing up were: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Green day, Busted, My Dad and a few more

“Everything I have done has been self taught from learning the drums to little bit of the harmonica and learning Guitar.

“Way I started on drums was I started playing on pillows playing long to my favourite songs I was listening to.

“Guitar – I was home one day from college and I had always wanted to learn guitar so I decided to pick up a guitar we had in the house and started trying to make a decent sound out of it and I had remembered my granddad showing me a C chord ages ago but I couldn’t quite remember it. So I decided to learn a Johnny cash riff ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ only the start part and then once I kind of got it I rung my Dad and Step mum and played it to them over the phone. And from there I learnt all the chords just from reading out a book and using my ear. I learnt on a fender acoustic guitar and now I have one of my dream guitars which is a martin guitar.

“I have been on a holiday to Memphis Tennessee and stayed at the heartbreak hotel it was one of the best times I have had visiting the kings home at Gracelands and then doing sun studios and Beale Street.

“In the process of getting recordings done and demos done to send out and get my music out there”.

To contact me –
FACEBOOK- @BillyCollinsAcoustic
TWITTER – @billster95
EMAIL – billyc.n@hotmail.co.uk

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Show 92: Billy Collins

This week I had Billy Collins come in for a radio session.

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He is a singer songwriter who will soon embark in recording some of his own material.

Here is the playlist for the show, with the songs Billy played live in bold…

1. Yuck – Get Away
2. Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner
3. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
4. Ryan Adams – Style
5. Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood 2 (Laika)
The Love We Had
6. Peace – Lovesick
7. Wolf Alice – Bros
Rebellion
8. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
9. The Rifles – Sometimes
Paradise
10. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
11. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
12. Catfish And The Battlement – Soundcheck
13. Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
14. The Strokes – Machu Picchu
15. Iggy Pop – Sunday
Seen It All (Jake Bugg cover)
Ocean Of Love
16. All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
17. Don Broco – Yeah Man
Mother’s Words
18. Circa Waves – Talking Out Loud

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 91: The Horse Heads

This week I had The Horse Heads as my first guest on the show for six weeks.

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They are old friends of mine from playing gigs with them in my band, Finding Miranda. The guys are a great laugh and a pleasure to have them on my show.

Here is the playlist from the show…
1. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
2. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
3. Fidlar – Drones
4. The Enemy – Gimme The Sign
5. Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch
Castles
6. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Soundcheck
7. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
Teeth
8. The Wombats – Moving To New York
9. REM – Orange Crush
Who Are You?
Coffee

10. These New Puritans – En Papier
11. The Rifles – Sometimes
12. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
13. Circa Waves – Talking Out Loud
Snow
14. Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner
15. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again

The guys also participated in 50 Grades Smarter – my quiz show for acts that come on the show. They scored a total of 9.5 points. Mid-table but consistent from the Chelmsford trio.

The scoreboard goes as this…
Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 90: Let’s try some new music…

In life you come across bands/artists on the radio, in magazines, word of mouth… but what about the ones that get away?

I thought it would be an interesting experiment to go through the PhoenixFM library to see what bands I have missed through my years. So here is 30 songs that I picked out to test out, from bands who I feel I’ve heard loads about but never seem to get round to listening to.

1. Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
2. Asylums – Missing Persons
3. Aztec Camera – Walk Out To Winter
4. Barenaked Ladies – It’s All Been Done
5. Belle and Sebastien – I’m A Cuckoo
6. Blossoms – Charlesmagne
7. British Sea Power – No Lucifier
8. Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends
9. Cage The Elephant – Mess Around
10. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – War Of The Worlds
11. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battle The Robots
12. Zac Brown Band – Loving You Easy
13. Theme Park – Tonight
14. Teenage Fanclub – I’m In Love
15. Broken Bells – Leave It Alone
16. Divine Comedy – At The Indie Disco
17. Daughter – Human
18. St Vincent – Rattlesnake
19. Walking On Cars – Speeding Cars
20. Magic Numbers – Love Me Like You
21. M83 – Midnight City
22. We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
23. The Joy Formidable – Whirring
24. The Damned – Love Song
25. Jagwar Ma – The Throw
26. I Am Kloot – Life In A Day
27. The History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu
28. Guillemots – Annie, Lets Not Wait
29. The Go! Team – Doing It Right
30. Egyptian Hip Hop – Rad Pitt

The experiment was a success, was fantastic to find some new stuff to listen to. And I encourage others to take the dive!

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show 89: Homecoming

I just came back from England’s disappointing effort in France but I had a wonderful, wonderful time. Saw some fantastic sites, tasted some expensive beer and experienced some of the best memories that I will cherish forever.

Now, however, is business as usual and I’ve chosen some great songs to brace my homecoming…

1. The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secrets
2. Arcade Fire – Neighbourhoods 2 (Laika)
3. Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner
4. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Soundcheck
5. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
6. Wolf Alice – Bros
7. Don Broco – Yeah Man
8. Blur – Bank Holiday
9. Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
10. Fidlar – Drone
11. Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening/Morning
12. The Cribs – Hey Scenesters
13. Everything Everything – Blast Doors
14. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
15. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
16. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
17. Disorder Kid – Everybody Knows The High Chick
18. Let’s Be Strange – Daydream Boy
19. LJ Howard – Nothing
20. Luke Sanders – Mary
21. John Paul Elliot Feat. Ashley – Nothing But Love
22. Band Of Horses – Feud
23. Ryan Adams – Style
24. Radiohead – Just
25. The Vaccines – Blow It Up
26. The Young Knives – I Can Hardly See Them
27. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
28. Ellie Goulding – Human
29. Clean Bandit – Come Over
30. Kasabian – Vlad The Impaler
31. Fightstar – It’s Blood Is Black.

Ladies and gentlemen, its good to be back.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day 15 – Our last hurrah!

You could feel it in the camp.

I don’t think they guys wanted to admit it but we were a little sad it was over. It was a horrible way to go out. I will miss it, going round France in a hope that England reach Euro 2016 glory. But alas, it is over.

We woke up making jokes about it. “It’s England, what do you expect?” Or Coatesy joked “Chay, please tell me it was a dream”. Sadly not my friend. It was not a dream. England did go out to Iceland.

For the second morning in a row we had a lovely breakfast at the hotel. The gent and who I assumed was his wife gave us croissants, baguettes, some weird Nutella thing, a yoghurt, a cake thing, juice, hot chocolate – the works. Hats off to him he did a great job. I wish him well.

The problem is now, that we had a full day ahead of us awaiting our flight at 9:55pm. We took the last flight available as it saved us £300 or so. To get home actually cost us £227 exactly.

Throughout the day we went to different bars just going to half a pints just to kill the time. Sometimes it’s horrible just waiting to go home, like the setting was beautiful and I couldn’t think of much better places to kill time in, but there was a sense of “I just wanna go home now”. Not because we wanted to, but because knowing we had to.

I believe the mood would’ve been better if we would’ve won last night. If we had a quarter final against France l set up for this coming Sunday, we would’ve been buzzing. Our Euro dream was over, and once we get home from Nice, so was our travels.

We took walks, we had food, we sipped our last beers, we chatted. All was left was to take our bags from the hotel then walk to the airport and await our flight. Our hotel manager even gave us a ice cream before we left for free. What a guy!

There was flight cancellations and delays due to the industrial strikes in France. To kick us while we were down we knew we would have to face delays. We were the last flight of the day from Nice airport. We were making regular contact with Sammy, Coatesy’s better half to update her on proceedings but it seemed she was getting information before we was.

We made conversation with some nice chaps for London and Eastbourne over the game last night. Many a humorous wrote and discussion on the silly odds to who will be next England manager. Emile Heskey at 100/1, seriously?

As news filtered though the flight departure time get later and later. And we finally set off three hours later than planned. Strikes. There was a callout for someone to refuel two airplanes – including ours because the guy on shift went home. The cabin crew were actually on standby before the flight to cover the original crew because of the long hours they have been working due to the strikes. It had been eventful I assure you.

I am writing on the plane as we speak to close this chapter. I am sitting in the middle with Trigg to my right and Coatesy to my left. They have been winding me up because I sneaked my bag in the plane despite being asked to put it with the rest of the big luggage. We all want to get home, I didn’t want to wait at baggage collection. They kept saying I was going to get in trouble and I would be the reason the flight would be delayed even further and people would be throwing shoes at me down the isle of the plane.

Luckily none of this happened.

All in all, I’ll do a summary of my thoughts on England and their performance in my final post but all in all…

This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

It is sad it finished so terribly, and lots of people will gaze upon this as a disaster, but I have had the best time. And my main highlights may not have been in the games. I still have Lens, and the 90th minute Daniel Sturridge winner. The feeling that gave us hope of winning, the pandemonium, the ecstasy, that came before the agony.

And no one can take that away from me.

Thank you France 2016. You have been a delight.

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My Euro 2016 Story: Day 14 – The tragic Iceland game

Where, oh where do I begin?

Not with the game that’s for sure. That can wait.

I had a wonderful time in Nice, and so did Coatesy and Trigg. We had maybe the oddest preparation for an England game ever. Did we go out drinking? No. Did we go into town and sing with a host of England fans to get us in mood? No! Then what did we do?

We spent it sunbathing on the beach.

That’s right friends. We didn’t do the stereotypical pre-match ritual. And I tell you what, it was a great day.

A few waters to drink, and I went straight into the sea for a swim. Coatesy did join for a while but it did take him a good four and half hours from the moment he put his feet in the Mediterranean to the rest of him. Wimp.

I, for one, was loving it. I love a good swim in the sea. And it’s not like we get a chance to do so at Grays Beach or sunny Southend On Sea. So I’m making the most of it.

We spent most of the day there wasting the hours before going for s nearby bar for dinner, well kinda. We did have a big lunch at the beach, all of us had pizza (surprise, surprise) so we just needed a top up before heading to the match.

I had ice cream, three different types, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate – the classic combination. The other had a quick snack of assorted meats. The lures of happy hour came too much to bear as we had four beers (only having to pay for two), but we overstayed our welcome and needed to move quick.

Kick off was at 9pm but we didn’t leave the bar till nearly 7. No problem, except we were a good seven miles from the ground. There was a shuttle bus running from the airport which was only a few minutes walk away so we went there. We were too late for that!

So we needed a taxi and luckily enough there was a gent on hand to order us one as the communication between Trigg and the lady on the phone broke down. Not only I, but the others didn’t improve on their French either. The taxi arrived in minutes and took us to the ground with time to spare. At a cost of 35 euros.

So here we at the ground. We missed Three Lions but we had enough time to soak up the atmosphere before kick off. Within five minutes of the start it was going so well.

I won’t talk about the game. I’ll save it for my final post of the series.

Sadden, dejected, angry, upset. We left the ground – knowing we’d reached the end of the road.

Getting out the ground was easily enough, probably the most organised game out of them all in regards to getting in and out the ground. We got a free train back into Nice but needed a way back to the hotel which was a good five miles out in St Laurent. We got back to our hotel in record time after paying a ridiculous 45 euro taxi from the city centre.

Tomorrow we go home. For good.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day 13 – Arrival in Nice

It is exactly how I expected the night train to go.

I tossed and I turned most of the night. I woke up first time, 1:30am. Woke up second time, 3:45am. Third time, 4:15am, etc…

Never a heavy sleeper when it comes to transport, I got a fair amount of sleep but in doses. Luckily I don’t get tired during the day so it shouldn’t affect my day too much.

I did have an awkward moment of being unable to open a door. I tried pushing it, pulling it, finding a button to open it. Everything. Unfortunately no joy. Turns out I have to open the double doors by pulling them apart. I like to think I am bright but I am not a scientist.

Okay, so we were due to arrive at 8:30am but with a slight delay. Once I got out of bed, I cleaned my teeth and got dressed for the day ahead knowing we wouldn’t get a shower till later I used all the toiletries I had to freshen up. I gazed outside the window and the weather was beautiful.

It was nicer than what we had last week in Paris but the weather this time took us back to Marseille and Montpellier.

We arrived at the station but we had time to kill before we were to check into our hotel. So it was enough time to get some food and see a bit of Nice before then.

So what did we do? Well we had a small wander and decided to go and the match tickets for tomorrow, which took a while to find. The tickets were at an exposition area outside an Novotel. Once we got our tickets, through a good amount of UEFA security, Coatesy noticed that at the Novotel was an roof bar. This was too good to turn down.

The roof bar was lovely, beer was expensive but it’s what we expected. We had a few there whilst some Icelandic television was proceeding on the nearby table. This time my media expertise were not called into action. If only I spoke the lingo.

We continued our wander through nice where we found some nice market place. It wasn’t long until Coatesy while eating an ice cream said “Nice could be my favourite place in France”. To be honest he had a point, Nice was… Well… Nice. Pun not intended.

Okay, pun entirely intended.

We wanted to watch France play Republic of Ireland at a bar so we went on a search to find somewhere to base ourselves for a few hours. Not before we went to the beach before to take a few pictures of the view. Coatesy and Trigg saw a rooftop to go up and take a picture from up high. But I couldn’t be bother with my heavy bag so I had a few quiet moment by myself gazing out towards the Mediterranean with the sunshine beaming down on it. Bliss!

I was low on battery didn’t have enough to take lots of pictures but we got our standard flag picture.

We found a bad that was doing happy hour (happy days), and got the rounds in. It was great for a little while when Ireland went ahead against France which could lead to an upset. Unfortunately for the Irish the French overcame them in the end.

We finally got a taxi back to the hotel and checked in. The guy running the hotel was a decent chap. He was very helpful and he said we should head to the nearby beach for dinner.

I could get used to this. Part of me is delighted we finished second in the group.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day 12 – Back for the last 16

I hate early starts.

Like okay this is more bareable than when I have an early shift at work. But 5am… Really?

So here is the scenario, England finish top of the group to set up a last sixteen game in Paris against fellow British nation, Northern Ireland. Go Saturday, enjoy an England win, stay one night in Paris, get a flight home the following day! Simples (meerkat kiss).

Wrong!

Wales toppled England to the top putting us second to set up a game in Nice. Now we were excited about a game in the French Rivera, true but it doesn’t go without its complications.

We already booked a flight out to Paris which was fine, we had a hotel booked for one night there, and two nights in Nice just in case, but of course it’s become more expensive.

It meant three nights in France instead of one, includes a train ride to Nice and a flight home from there. At one stage we were probably looking at £700 each just for the last 16 game, not including spending money. So we had to look for cheaper alternatives.

The cheapest solution? We found a nice train to Nice which came to £70 each, cancel the hotel room in Paris, then wake up the following morning in Nice, stay there for two night then get an expensive flight home in the Tuesday.

Oh and the flight itself cost £227.

We headed out at 8am without Nick as he is at Glastonbury this weekend, and you’re up and down before you know it. The flight is just over an hour and we comfortably landed at 10am European time. We had to find our way to Paris Austerwitz train station for 9:22pm so we had lots of time to kill. We got a train into central Paris and had a walk through the shopping districts which we didn’t go to see upon first visit.

I wanted to see Bastille so we took a stroll there after some wine and pizza for lunch. Yes, settled for wine and pizza because they are considerably cheaper. To be honest, not much to the statue of Bastille, I didn’t know what to expect. But I can assure you the band didn’t turn up at any point.

We found a nice Irish/Americany pub to watch the Poland vs Switzerland then Wales and Northern Ireland game, where ideally we would’ve been playing. We had some of the pubs own brand of beer (which took a few sips to get used to) and settled there. It was a good way to kill time before our train.

Trigg had been pro-navigator but left the duties to me today as his and Coatesy’s peril. I guided us to Bastille but I was quick to give the reigns back to him for our trip to the station.

We got into our train at 9:22pm and lets just say it wasn’t something I was looking forward to. I don’t sleep on trains or planes so I was s little worried about lack of sleep. Be that as it may it is certainly an experience I was willing to try. It was better go take an 11-hour night train then to rent a car and drive for nine hours.

In each room there was six beds, three on each side. We got ours first and we were hoping that we was the only ones in our cabin. That didn’t last long as a gentleman who must of been pushing 127 years of age quickly came in reserved his bed. Didn’t seem too happy that he was sharing with three English lads. A young lady also joined us and quickly took the top bunk.

I was on the middle bunk. Not the most comfortable but I would make do. I lent on the inside of the bed and part of the bed fell through to the lower bunk. Thank god no one was below it. I tried to fix it, gave up quickly and whilst the others laughed at my expense, I soon resulted in the lower bunk.

Let’s see how this turns out…

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My Euro 2016 Story: Day 11 – The last group game

For our last group game it was another tricky one.

Plan: take a 9:30am train to Lyon to where we put our bags into out hotel and head to St Etienne for our last group game against Slovakia. Similar scenario to our game in Lens against Wales.

Lyon statioj

So we got to the station via the tram service, had a Le Mixte each (cheese and ham baguettes) then headed off for our two hour journey to Lyon. In that time the others can sleep and I can ponder why I cannot sleep on trains.

So we arrive just before midday and took a walk to our hotel, which was about 50 minutes away on foot. One problem…

IT WAS ON TOP OF A MASSIVE HILL!!!

lyon

So with everyone who had one bag, I foolishly took two a holder and a rucksack. So it took me a good time longer than everyone else and by the time we got up the 947 flights of stairs to the top, I was shattered.

We put our bags down but wasn’t allowed our rooms till 3pm so got some lunch at a nearby burger restaurant and I drank a well earned beer. The burger was delicious, bacon and cheese. I even made the waitress laugh when I requested no salad or Mayo.

I believe she said “well you won’t grow up big and strong” as a 25 year old I found that amusing.

FYI this was mine and Coatesy’s room for the night. Sometimes on this trip we had to double up on beds, but this was too romantic for my liking…

Lyon bedroom

Once we checking in our lovely hotel, we headed in direction of the station. We did stop off for a beer beforehand and we noticed there a special edition glass for the football. And we were excited to see who got it… This competition was win by yours truly…

Lyon beer

The train to St Etienne was less chaotic than the trip to Lens. Less people taking the train, and less time to get onto the train. Perfect. The journey took just under an hour.

Upon arrival we sensed St Etienne was very much like Dijon. Not much in the town but at least here there was a few bars to get beer. We found a takeaway that was service beer which wasn’t too busy and it was five euros a beer (doesn’t sound great but in most places this was a bargain).

England fans were kicking a football around and we heard the broke a window, they did have a whip round to replace it however. We ain’t all bad I guess.

The game itself was again a bit of a bore. I called it “uninspiring”! I think I had a point. Roy Hodgson made six changes, which I kinda understood given the fact we were practically through anyway but even with all those changes, we should destroyed them, or at least tried to.

I don’t need to tell you, you all saw it. In my next post I’ll explain how coming second in the group made our plans to the last 16 game very problematic.

st etienne

So after the game we headed back to the train station, it was carnage. We fiddled about (which probably didn’t help us), debating whether to get an Uber cab, or wait for the train. It was too expensive and unlikely to obtain an Uber so we braved the queue for the train. It was lucky we got there where we did, there was thousands of people behind us who likely were going to wait ages for a train.

We got a train comfortably all in all, but it was somewhat shambolic organising to have games in small cities where the majority of fans couldn’t get hotel rooms and therefore had to travel from other cities located an hour away on the day of the game. And us England fans got two of them. Ridiculous. Also the lack of extra trains made everybody’s lives, including the French police very difficult.

We eventually got to out hotel around 2am, knowing we have to get up and out by 7am for a train from Lyon to Paris at 8am. We got a taxi to the station without Nick who planned a later train and who also wasn’t coming to the last 16 game in Nice as he was going to Glastonbury.

Our two and an half hour train to Paris went smoothly and like a few days before had to make a switch in the capital before heading on the Eurostar to Kings Cross/St Pancreas.

I love the Eurostar, it’s so much better than flying. The weird thing about it is that it took only 150 minutes from Paris to London. I mean that’s nothing!!!

One thing Trigg says that sticks out to me is that it’s amazing how big France is where it takes 90 minutes from Paris to Callais but it only takes 45 mins from Dover to London. Or more to the point how small England and the rest of Britain is.

So, phase one complete we’re home! After 11 days on the road up and down France we have the chance for a few days rest before returning for the last sixteen.

May the adventure continue…

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My Euro 2016 story: Day 10 – Our walkabout in Dijon

As our last group game was tomorrow we took a day to wander in the quaint town of Dijon.

Although waking refreshed from no booze, I didn’t not have the best night sleep. However, I did wake up at 8am to go to the hotel gym. It was a bit of a disaster, not going to lie. My health has deteriorated from our travels, and when I tried to run – lets just say it was very difficult.

We got a tram into town to get some breakfast. We stopped off at a shop which specialises in milkshake and muffins (to further my point of my current unhealthy lifestyle), they were delicious and thoroughly enjoyable.

There was a iPad on each of the tables of this restaurant, for some reason or another Trigg thought it would be funny to put “Coatesy” into urban dictionary (dictionary for definition for slang words), and it strangely come back with this…

“Noun. A person who genuinely serves no positive purpose to society. See also d***h***.”

For PG censorship, this has been edited. He got bullied for that all day.

Dijon marketDijon squaee

After our nutritious breakfast we went for a mooch around town after taking the short tram ride to the centre. To be honest, despite Dijon being a nice little town, there wasn’t much to see. In fact we were pretty much done by 3pm in the afternoon.

On the plus side we found a lovely Turkish restaurant and we ate handsomely there. We saw some lovely churches, there was a wonderful market where Trigg and I bought some gifts. We even spent a nice little while in the park .

We even found time to have a flag picture by a lovely fountain.

Dijon flag

The weirdest thing of the day was seeing Coatesy knock a local man off his bike.

Now some would say he punched the man, some would say he pushed him, some even would say that he attacked the man with a roundhouse kick, depends on what version of the story you believe. As we entered a palace/castle-like building through an archway, Nick and I were queueing for a toilet when all of a sudden we heard a collision, and as we turned we saw Coatesy helping up a poor cyclist from the floor.

Coatesy to this day claims his innocence. It is plain to see he wasn’t having a great day.

Dijon ground

Before we headed back to the hotel we took a quick trip to the Dijon football ground. It is in closed season so we wasn’t allowed in but we did see one side of the ground having refurbishments of a new stand. We took a few snaps then headed back to the hotel for dinner. Oh and we saw someone up high in the tree urinating on the stadium, but that’s a story for another time.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day Nine – Our trek to Dijon

Today was travelling day – where we made our way to Dijon which was our stop off before our last group game to St Etienne.

I woke up at 7am, mainly due to the fact I came home first. I hit my wall on our night out and I went to bed around midnight. But after my shower I awaited to hear how my teammates spent their night after I left.

They made friends with some locals, drank with them for a while. Trigg came home but Coatesy and Nick went to a nightclub, to which they initially got refused entry (mainly because they were British). Coatesy thought it was naff so he came home, but Nick was out till at least 4am.

Gee, I am boring.

When Nick woke he was still under the influence and sang to me “Appleyard!!!!! Appleyard!!!!!” When I saw him. Trigg however, was worse for wear.

“I hate life, I hate football, I hate France” was his opening statement. I think it’s fair today, today will be a sober one for all. A detox in Dijon!

The plan today: get a train from Lille to Paris then switch stations in the capital to get another train to Dijon at around 5pm. There was no need to rush as the first train arrived in Paris at 2:20pm. This gave us a couple of hours in Paris to get some overpriced tea/coffee before our two journey to south east France.

Also, on our journeys we had many cheese and ham baguettes, or “Jambon et fromage bagettes” as the French call it. Isn’t “Jambon” a better word for ham then “ham”?

No! Just us then.

Thank god for trains. Turns out if we had drove, it would’ve taken us four hours 23 minutes to 505km by car. I don’t fancy that.

We arrived in Dijon around 7:15pm, and we had to examine our options as the hotel was on the other side of the city. So we went to a bus stop but realised that there was a cab service nearby. I heroically offered to call the taxi service…

(After 10 mins of waiting on the phone I heard) “Bonjour”

“Bonjour …. Err…. I want taxi”

Okay yes, I panicked. My French hasn’t improved in the week or so that I have been in this country. Coatesy, Trigg and Nick robbed me about that for a while after that.

Anyway after making arrangements for a taxi, we waited for 45 minutes or so, till eventually we caved and got a tram.

I like trams.

It is my favourite mode of transport. It’s what London and Essex fails to have is a good tram service. I know there is one in Croydon but nothing too central. So I was a bit excited. And… It was only one euro 70 cents. Bargain!

On this journey around France we haven’t always eaten ‘properly’. Our diets have been regularly filled by the likes of bagettes, pasta, pizza and burgers. But on this night we had what Delboy would describe da “slap up meal”

As we watched the football, where we saw Austria and Portugal battle out a 0-0 draw, we had a three-course meal which was reasonably priced at 25 euros. I had mozzarella for starters, chicken for mains and cheesecake for desserts.

It made a nice change. We went to bed and we gee’d ourselves up for our walk around Dijon tomorrow.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day eight – The aftermath and the rain

After the heroics of the day before, mood was good in the camp.

I went to bed first last night, I have this thing of hitting the wall, and rather force myself to carry on, my thought process is “if I end my day here, I’ve had a good one”. This can sometimes be seen as a sign of weakness to some of my friends.

I woke up in need of orange juice so I head to the hostel bar where I could also obtain breakfast. BBC Radio Five Live team were still in the building and I was asked to do another interview about my views of yesterday’s game, and the proceedings around it. Twas good fun.

radio five live

We had another day in Lille, so the plan was to have a mooch and go to the “Free Zoo”. Now, I was a little excited by the prospect of a zoo, but a free one as well! My word!

I didn’t get to go to the free zoo.

“Why?” Do you ask? Because it was raining. Not that a light drizzle would put me off, but it lashed it down. I said in a previously edition that it was like being in a different country from coming from the south to the north of France. The tropical conditions of Marseille and Montpellier then turned to what easily could’ve been mistaken for a rainy Tuesday evening in Barnsley at around January time.

So what does one do when the “Free Zoo” is not an option and mooching seems improbable? Well you simply find a bar!

I wouldn’t like to say we were “forced” into drinking on this day, but options became somewhat limited. The rain was so bad we even encountered a power cut in the restaurant where we had lunch.

Lille Rain

We had one task to do and that was a Trigg booked twice at the same hostel (one booking each for both nights we were there) so we have to check in and check out.

Like the day before we had to put our luggage in cupboard until our rooms were ready. The receptionist (bless her) thought it was hilarious that we identified the “Luggage Room” as a cupboard. She was in stitches. She said “It’s funny because a cupboard is small”. We did raise an eyebrow each between us, but at least we were bringing some joy to the locals. Trigg who initiated the “cupboard” comment, left the hostel identifying himself as a “Walking, breathing – banter merchant”.

No, I have no idea what that is either…

The streets were empty, due to the rain being that bad.

As previously noted drinks are not cheap in France. Period. Most people have a system when buying drinks, such as a whip system or rounds. We do the latter. The failure of the rounds system, however is that sometimes one person could spend more than the other, it’s a game of chance.

Anyway once before we did round during an England away game in Ireland (dubbed by the media as the worst England game in history), I ended up buying a 28 euro round in Temple Bar, which was at least 8 euro higher than the next highest round. And because I moaned about it, my mates had been winding me up about it since.

So throughout our time in a bar where we spent most of our evening, they were warning me that the round was 32 euros (highly believable in Lille but it still was the most expensive round). So as far as I was concerned, Coatesy, Nick and Trigg all bought a round each.

I did wonder why we stayed so long in there, because surely we could find some place cheaper.

I walked up to the bar fully prepared to pay the 32 euros. And I took out my credit care (don’t do this, upon reflection it will cost you extra), and the lady behind the bar took it and used it with contactless – to which the limit was 30 euros).

Rather confused I gave a look with a raised eyebrow, she gave me the receipt and I gazed at it. And low and behold… 17 euros and 60 cents.

My mates are hilarious!

Sometimes.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day seven – The Wales game

“A last minute goal, can you imagine it?” – my words to Nick in 89th minute.

Game day number two – and as we all know, it was a huge improvement – as a spectacle for England fans and as a day experience for all.

The plan: Paris to Lille by train, check in at hostel, drop off bags, go to get train to Lens for the game!

Bad news first off, we had to wake up at 5:30am (thats 4:30am BST) to get our first train at Paris’ Gard Du Nord station. We talked the 1.5 miles from our hostel and got there in plenty of time for our 6:40am train. Not much time for sleep however as it was only 65 minutes to Lille.

Arrive at our hostel just after 8am, and strangely enough there was a radio crew to the right hand side of the entrance. It was none other than BBC Radio Five Live. After a small while we were asked to do some interviewing, which again I jumped the chance at after our previous appearance on Channel Five news. The others this time, were not too keen. Still that didn’t stop me.

radio five live

We were first asked to sing a rendition of Three Lions (being a singer in a band, I was all up for singing on national radio – just didn’t imagine it being with a bunch of England fans singing Baddiel And Skinner). Then I was asked what our predictions were going to be. I said that “Gareth Bale was going to make Kyle Walker cry today”. How wrong was I?

Now prepping for Lens which was a 17 Euro train journey. One part of it was to be prepared for the drinking ban that was set in place, now the thought of starting 9am frightens me but that didn’t scare off Coatesy and Nick.

When we got to the station it wasn’t the best organised. No real guidance but we soon figured out that the queue going around the station wasn’t for tickets, it was for trains. The train was short and sweet – and we were for the game.

Now to kill some time before kick off. But what is there to do with a drinking ban….

bad drinking ban

Oh wait, it seems as though that was a myth – there was no drinking ban. As seen here in the picture above. We had a good few drink at this bar (which was basically someones back garden).

In a way it didn’t make any sense to have the game at Lens – it was in a small town which has less people in it than the stadium has seats. Still, we eagerly anticipated the game.

The English and Welsh showed solidarity after arguments from trouble making Russians (or so reports says – again we show no trouble), with chants such as “We’re England and Wales, we’re England and WALLLLLLEEEESSSS, **** off Russia, We’re England and Wales!” – not the best chant I’ve ever heard. Everyone was in good spirits. One man said to me that it reminded him of Notting Hill Carnival.

All in all – IT WAS EVERYTHING I DREAMED THESE GAMES WOULD BE!

wales

I wont go too much into the game but we dominated the game, again Wales tactically were brilliant – especially in the first half. There was something in the seconds in the build up to the free kick by Bale which made its way to the back of the nets where I knew it was going to go in. I knew! In fact I believe I turned to Coatesy and said “****, this is going in”.

Half time was horrible – with the Welsh fans singing “England’s going home” – it looked like a possibility.

Still Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge came on and he made a different – not just because they both scored. Roy Hodgson went for it the second half, it’s exactly what we wanted.

The winning goal? I glad you asked. I was emotional, not going to lie. The place went mad. We hugged each other for a long, long time. Trigg got a bruise on the back of his leg (which he moaned about for days). At one point I thought Nick was going to fall of the railings to held on to him.

We sang “Please don’t take me home” for about 10 minutes after the game. It was the best moment I’ve ever witness at a football game.

We got food and drink after the game. Seven euros a pint again, but for once we didn’t care. It was worth it. Trigg foolishly said to a quite precarious looking male “Oi mate, thats my drink” (it wasn’t) after leaving it on the side in what he thought was a mix up. This guy had already taken the mick out of me because of my southern accent. Luckily he took it in good spirits and said sorry. To be honest – I thought he was a goner. Trigg soon claimed he didn’t like Lens too much… I wonder why.

The train station in Lens going back to Lille was a disaster. We went for a train at 8pm – there wasn’t one for another two hours or so. Thats a lot of waiting around – especially as bars were starting to shut. So we got an Uber cab.

If you’ve read the other articles in this series – Uber has become a regular occurrence. For all it’s bad press, it was our life saver on many occasions on this trip. We paid 59 Euros, which considering the distance was good enough for us. The only weird thing is that when we got to Lille he knew all the places to get the “women of the night”.

We politely declined and spent the rest of the night in the hostel bar.
A last minute goal, imagine that?

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My Euro 2016 story: Day six – The Catacombs

Today we went to the Catacombs.

Well most of us did, Nick decided he rather go to a racing track which was cool, he likes betting and he works in the industry – and no he is not a horse. Trigg, Coatesy and I however, decided to go to the Catacombs.

randome building

We queued for over an hour and half, it felt a long time. I think that’s what pushed Nick over the edge, he much rather of watched the horses. They did laugh at me because I wasn’t too sure about what the Catacombs was, and the fact I forgot it was called and couldn’t pronounce it…

Cataprawns? Catadawns? Capahippos? They had a good laugh.

I’m not going to bore you with the history of the Catacombs – but to put a long story short, its basically lots and lots of bones.

Bones?

Catacombs

Yes, bones. Made into some kind of “art?” If thats the best word for it. The whole thing is a good mile long down a tunnel. So imagine this, down a tunnel, lots of human bones around you, mainly skulls, not much light. Like I wasn’t freaked out but there is a moment of “Yeah… these were people once”.

As Trigg puts it… “I wouldn’t like to life down there.

We didn’t want to walk as much today compared to the 13 miles the day before, so we sat and watched all the football in nearby bars. Slovakia beat Russia 2-1 which delighted us, Romania and Switzerland drew 1-1, and we watched the France game in a bar whilst having dinner.

By this point Nick has rejoined us, returning from he races. It was Five Euros entry, and he was up Five euros on betting – so he broke even. Well kinda, according to him due to exchange rate he was actually up £2… don’t ask.

It was a pretty dull game, but as the tournament was going on there was a theme of late goals in the games. So when France scored two late goals the restaurant exploded with joy. It was one of my highlights of the journey so far, seeing a whole bar go absolutely mental because the host nation was winning. Even against Albania – who have been defending very, very well.

Notre dame

Two things about Paris before we leave tomorrow. 1) There is no different between restaurants, cafes, and bars. They’re all the same. Some even quadruple up into newsagents as well. 2) Nobody turns left or right. All the roads seem to one way systems. I can barely remember having to use the green cross code in Paris. Isn’t that weird?

We went to bed a reasonable time due to our 6:40am train to Lille in the morning. Across the evening however, we heard of more violence occurring between English and Russian fans as the earlier game too place in Lille.

I’m sure nothing to worry about again.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day five – Sightseeing in Paris

Day five: Sightseeing in Paris.
I had the worst night’s sleep.

I’ve never shied away from being on a top bunk in a hostel but on this particular occasion, we was not up against the wall, nor did it have an barriers around the sides, nor a step ladder. I have no fear of heights but I feared for my safety.

So I moved the mattress onto the floor waking Trigg up in the process where a couple of times he moaned “What are you doing?”, I apologise sincerely for waking him up, but I just couldn’t stay up there.

I then declared, “I’m not drinking today”.

Will I keep to it? We’ll see.

Today we did a lot of walking. I mean we worked it out we did a good 10 miles at least, probably half a marathon if we’re honest – but its a good excuse to walk off the booze. Paris is a big city, but I didn’t expect us to do that much. We went 150 minutes without stopping until we got to the Eiffel Tower, to which we were going to climb the top and take pictures of some shots of Paris.

eiffel tower

Wrong! The Eiffel Tower was closed due to strikes. Which brings us onto another issue. I mentioned earlier about the strikes. We were teargassed (kinda) in Marseille due to the trouble behind us when they were walking. But it must of been a good way back, but tear gassed travels! Trigg and Coatesy caught the end of it in Marseille luckily I avoided it, but they said the effects carries on for a few days.

In Paris they were having demonstrations due to the transport strikes, French police brought out the teargas (which becomes a regular thing it seems) to calm the situation down. As we were walking down the River Seine, it travelled and I got a whiff of it. Let me tell you, it is not nice! It goes up your nose and makes your eyes water and makes them sting. Now I got hit from a good half-a-kilometre away from the demonstrations where the teargas was released – imagine if we were closer.

paris tear gas

I was coughing for days after that and it affected my sleep.

We got our third picture done with the flag with the view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Arguably our best one to date.

Paris flag

On our journeys round we also saw the Arch De Triomphe, which is weirdly situated on a roundabout – not just any roundabout but possible the most lethal roundabout in the world. Thank god for underground passages or it would’ve inevitably have made us road kill. We queued up for a good 20 minutes to the box office to buy our tickets. But wait? Whats this? If you’re 25 year old or younger coming from a country in the EU you get free entry? RESULT!

So we wandered in, and my good self carrying a bag with the flag in, obviously we got checked of our possessions, and I was refused entry due to the flag. I said I wouldn’t take it out the bag but he wasn’t having any of it. Anyway, he did say he would take care of the flag while I go up. Okay thats fine – so I handed him the flag.

He put it in the nearby bin.

“WOAH, WOAH WAIT A SECOND MISTER! Someone has gone out of their way to make us this flag, and its cost us money” (blatant lie – it didn’t cost us a penny, I just wanted to make a point). Anyway I was fuming, what about if I put his country’s flag in a bin?

Arc De triomphe

I sat outside and waited for Nick, Trigg and Coatesy to come down. They wasn’t long but I didn’t want to go up in the end, probably out of protest. I wasn’t that bothered.

Still, my perspective of Paris has changed. The scenery is beautiful, the tourist attractions are great and we were having a great time despite a few minor things.

Okay, okay, we starting drinking. What a shock! We went on the wine because beer is too expensive. It went from a healthy day of walking to drinking cheap box wine in a french bar.

Two things about this bar:

The first is that the French box red wine was horrible. My god it was disgusting. We had four bottles of it. Why? Well after spending 32 Euros on a round the previous day – you’ll take anything. We went for a fifth but luckily the bar closed.

The second thing is that not long after we entered the bar, the lights went down a hoard of people came into the bar. A projector came on and showed a film. Now I had no idea what this film was about as it was in French, but it was so weird. It must’ve been a student thing. Trigg classed it as “The most French thing I have ever seen in my life”. Cool thing though to see happen. It only last five minutes or so, the room was empty not long after it finished however.

We got an Uber cab back to the hostel. Trigg decided it was a funny idea to fake putting the room key down a drain… He wasn’t in charge of the key for much longer after that. And we went to bed for the greater good.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day Four – Our three day stint in Paris

After two hotels in three nights it was worth setting up camp for a few days.

There was a five day gap between the Russia and Wales games, so before we hit Lens on the 16th we made the three and half hour train journey to Paris from Montpellier, and began our three night accommodation in a nice hostel.

Montpellier flag

Before leaving Monpellier we had our second flag picture. In a park, we ask an old man to take the picture and he put his thumb across, but its was the best one out of the three he took. Never mind! Here it is.

The train was delayed for two hours due to strikes – which was something to be wary of in the lead up to the tournament. The others slept for most of the journey on the train, unfortunately I cant do such a thing, so I spent my time on the iPad playing football manager. It certainly passed the time.

Upon arrive we walked to our hostel, it was mid-afternoon and to put it bluntly, I didn’t enjoy my first impressions of Paris. I witnessed a young boy running down the road his mother chasing him, nearly getting run over from an oncoming car. Luckily, tragedy avoided. But it almost felt that we were walking through a ghetto. Just people hanging about on a Monday afternoon, smoking, certain people drinking on corners. As I dragged my case through, I didn’t feel particularly comfortable.

Pray for Paris

We reached the hostel and checked in, paid our outstanding fees and put the stuff in our room – which we had to ourselves. Then we headed to a nearby bar for a beer and burger round the corner in the Clichy region.

Now – Paris prices. Yikes! £8 a pint. I’m going let you that sink in for a second…

Disgusting right?

Okay there is no such thing a cheap pint in France, but Marseille and Montpellier both had what I regarded as ‘London prices’, but you’re looking at just under £7 a beer.

It wasn’t soon until we converted to wine which turns our cheaper.

We did have a bit of moment in a bar where a drunk man who spoke little English came over and spoke to us, he was passed the point of “Mate, you’ve drank enough – we are not serving you anymore” but he seemed like a regular who was friendly with the manager. He kept trying to give us drink and I even made the excuse of going to the toilet to avoid more awkward moments, like you know, putting his face up in my personal space.

He eventually moved to the next table and started stealing their food.

A bad start in Paris for yours truly. Still the night was young.

Paris Eye

We did some sightseeing, saw the Paris Eye (if thats what its called) and saw a few monuments under the night sky. The weather was considerably colder than the sunny south. It was like you’re were in a different country compared to earlier in the day. Finished the night with a few more bars before taking an Uber cab back to the hostel. More on them later in the series.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day Three – Our day in Monpellier

In between games we made a plan to go to stop points visit a couple of cities to see a bit more of France whilst we’re there.

So our second stop off was Montpellier on the south coast. A mere 90 minutes train ride from Marseille. How much did it cost us? Seven of your English sterling pounds. £7! Can you image a 90 minutes train journey anywhere in UK for £7? Ridiculously cheap.

But whilst at the station in Marseille, we made our first ‘flag picture’. We got a flag made as a favour for free and the plan was that we would get a group photo in every city we went to with us holding it.

Marseille flag

You may be asking about the “Alright Pal?” reference, and to be honest I’m not the best person to ask. However, it made a few people laugh and it caught the eye of a nearby television camera crew. After a small while waiting for our train, the journalist and his camera crew came over and asked us for an interview. He was from Channel Five and asked us all a few questions, which delighted me, Nick was okay with it, but for the others maybe wasn’t their cup of tea.

The journalist asked if the “Alright Pal” reference was a social media fad, to which we denied (maybe with a hope it may become one after the interview). It was fun but I felt as though he tried to trip us up to say some controversial about Marseille and the game. Perhaps to say “it was horrible, we saw some horrific things”. We said we didn’t see anything, we had a great time, but looking forward to elsewhere. Albeit we were not overly enthusiastic about Marseille, it certainly was a great experience.

Anyway onto Montpellier we arrived early afternoon, checked into our hotel and went for a walk around. On arrival at our hotel for the night, the manager was very helpful supplying us a map, the WIFI code and a couple of bottles of free water, which was a nice gesture.

Montpellier

We went for food at an Italian restaurant nearby (Italian cuisine was a common thing in the first few days of the journey), then went to a few bars in the centre.

It was great, I loved my 24 hours in Montpellier. No football fans, very clean city, great scenes, and very hot weather to compliment it. If anything I felt as though the rest of the journey would be hard to compete, despite the fact we still had to go to Paris, Lille, Lens, Dijon, Lyon and St Etienne in the group phases.

We ended up settling in a bar where we had some dinner and settled to watch two games of football. First we saw Poland beat Northern Ireland and The Germans ease past Ukraine. I was advised by a family member that if you stayed in a bar long enough, eventually they will give you free drinks. Which this little bar did, much to our delight.

Montpellier bar

Once the football was over we went to another small bar in a side-street where there was music playing. It wasn’t long until the locals played some popular English music because of our attendance, including “Free From Desire” – to which the Will Griggs’ version got sung. They even played some French pop music too which the locals sang and drank.

The side-street bar was nice, it wasn’t that busy and we had a say in the playlist. Up steps Trigg, who I think has a great taste in music. He strides up to the laptop which was playing the music and says “I’m going to put some Gary Rafferty”. Whose Gary Rafferty you ask? I think he meant Gerry. Throws on some Baker Street.

What a tune! However, is it suitable for a night out with some Montpellier locals who want a dance? No! The bar went dead for the duration. People walked outside or went straight to the bar. Not his smartest move.

The day drew to a close, on the empty streets of Montpellier. The rest of the guys pretended they were wrestlers. Despite being 25, there is always a child deep inside your soul. Wrestling wasn’t for me however. What’s a ‘Stone cold stunner’ anyway?

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My Euro 2016 story: Day Two – The Russia game

A beautiful sunny day in South France.

Marseille Harbour

We spent the remainder of the night before at a Italian restaurant which was a five minute walk from the hotel. Coatesy ordered this meaty pizza which the rest of us were jealous of. Each pizza was named after each of the 1998 World Cup winning French side, and I’m afraid that Christoph Duggary’s one just didn’t cut it for me.

The plan for today was simple, we checked out the harbour (where all the trouble was alleged to be occurring) early so we don’t get caught up in any problems, we strolled around Marseille, grabbed a few beers and headed for the game later that evening. We achieved it without any fuss.

There were lots of nice squares in the centre of Marseille, full of bars and restaurants, even the port/harbour was a lovely walk this morning. Despite what people may say about the events surrounding the match, Marseille certain had some great spots and we had a great time.

Marseille palace

The thing that I found people didn’t realise about the violence from the two previous nights was that we wasn’t going into a tinpot town, we were going to a city to play our opening game. Let me put it this way, if something kicked off at Wembley tube station, would anyone be directly affected if they were in Upminster? No, of course not. So we were aware of the “troubled” areas. So we just stayed away. It’s that easy.

I don’t want to pass blame onto anyone for whatever happened, I couldn’t comment, I wasn’t there and did not witnessed any violence. From an outsiders perspective, I wouldn’t be surprised if the French police weren’t partly to blame, along with the locals of Marseille and some sections of the fans. Our trek to the stadium is where I formed this opinion.

After a good day of eating and drinking we ended up on the long road to the stadium where we met one of Trigg’s friends for a quick beer before we walked in. The atmosphere was great walking up the long road, lots of singing “Don’t take me home” amongst other chants and it seemed the mood was positive. We reached the outside of the Velodrome (which by the way – is a fantastic stadium, a thing of modern beauty in football), and it wasn’t clear where to go. We approached to go in the left side and found that there was no entrance – but did witness a small number of fans jumping the fences but to no avail.

There was only one entrance into the Velodrome, which I guess if you were a Marseille regular or had been to the ground before – you would know this. Once we found it and made our way in – the checks were not what I would regard as sufficient. I was searched, and asked about my glasses case but let through easily enough, but it was carnage, I was not surprised when explosives and flares got into the ground in the Russian end, more on that later.

Don’t get me wrong at no point in the time or at any stage of the tournament up to the point in writing was there a time where I felt unsafe, but given the high intensity of terrorist alerts from different sources regarding the tournament – I’d like to of thought there could’ve been more to prevent something as simple as a flare or explosives getting into the ground.

Velodrome

There was a realisation of “Oh my gosh we’re actually here” when we were walking up the steps to our seat. Perfect timing when we got our first glimpse of the turf we heard the song “Three Lions” was blaring out in the speakers. A tingle went through me and the buzz of exciting I’ve had since arriving in Marseille came and I sang “It’s coming home” at the top of my lungs. Even Trigg who announced “I refuse to sing Three Lions until the semi finals if we get that far” – went totally against his word and got his voice working.

The game itself was a little – meh. A pattern which continued to the next two group games, where England had lots of possession of the ball but found no cutting edge.

Half time was brilliant, the DJ who was playing the music obviously was keeping up to date with British football, as they played “Free From desire”, to which 85% of the ground were singing the Will Griggs version. It was really good fun.

The best part however was the goal itself.

Velodrome inside

Not in a million years would I ever expect Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier to score a free kick. It was a little unexpected. Still, the place went potty. The four of us hugged each other, pandemonium ensued. Even the random guy in the next seat along and I embraced. It was a great moment and something I will never forget.

Like all England fans however, I am used to disappointments. The last minute goal was against the run of play and shamefully conceded by the England defence. We should’ve seen that game out, and we didn’t.

Seconds earlier we did hear a bang in the ground (which I believe some people mistook it as a terrorist attack in the ground when hearing it on the telly), after looking around nothing was to be seen. We were led to believe that this was the signal for the Russian fans to attack, questionable whether that is true or not, we did see a bunch of England supporters run away from the opposition faithful soon after the goal. The pictures of the attack can be seen all over the internet, one image that stuck with me was the one with the gentleman holding his son protecting him the from the violence – asking to be left alone.

We left the ground without any problems – walked out, turned left and headed back to our hotel which was 5 kilometres away. On the way back, Coatesy and myself were bombarded by messages of asking reassurance from girlfriends, family members and mates who wanted to know were we okay due to the issues outside the ground. There were reports of clashes between English and Russian supporters outside the Velodrome. I’m pleased to say that we saw none of this. We got home and went straight to bed.

Despite the reported trouble and the result of the game, I had a great day. The Dier goal was something to treasure, and we were to leave Marseille in the morning unscathed.

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My Euro 2016 story: Day One – The Journey Begins

It started as an idea in 2012.

Euro 2016 sign

A conversation down the pub with a few friends dreaming of going to see England in an international tournament. As a 21 year old lifelong football fan, I was totally game! Who wouldn’t want to go to a distant land and support the mighty England compete in a major tournament with the hope in your heart that they’ll come home with the trophy at the end?

Although I am always the optimist, I am also a realist, and the original idea was the World Cup in Brazil 2014 I felt was a little farfetched, and certainly wasn’t possible in my eyes. But France 2016? Yes absolutely.

I belatedly got my England membership, so I had to play catch up with my friends, Coatesy, and Trigg, who had gone to many games already and accumulated many “caps” which are required to apply for tickets for matches at major tournaments. Along the way we have seen some great games (Away to Scotland 3-1 at Celtic Park was a standout), and some major drosses (A midweek painful viewing of a 1-0 win against Norway, a converted Wayne Rooney penalty was the difference).

It’s come down to this, over the last four years we’ve gone to so many England games that we are able to get tickets for all three group games and the four conditional games in the knockout phases, depending on how far we get.

First up, Marseille. So Trigg, Coatesy and I got up early and luckily transported to Stansted Airport (Thanks Sammy) where we met Trigg’s uni friend, Nick, we then flew to the south of France and got going on our tour of France.

Italy stop off

Oh yeah, it turns out that airlines are clever and bump up prices for major tournaments such as the European Championships. A bit priced out of a direct flight to Marseille, we first went to Rome Ciampino, then got a taxi from there to Rome’s main airport, Fiumicino.

Now it sounds hectic enough, but let me ask you a question. Have you ever been in a taxi that goes 20 KM/H over the speed limit at all times, go from overtaking someone in the outside lane by using the hard shoulder to cross over three lanes to get back to top speed? No? Well we have. The funniest part was the fact he had the audacity to moan at other driver who was sticking to the speed limit, then looking at yours truly to concur with him.

How much did we save by doing this crazy act, you ask? a mere £70 each! Totally worth it.

Marsielle train station

Okay, so eventually we would have to get onto the subject of the trouble which was widely reported in the press. Yes, it happened, its all there on the internet for you to see. I had messages from a schoolfriend who was also out for the Russia game in Marseille,about the trouble he said “Don’t go down dodgy streets”, and even claimed he had a knife pulled on him by a local on his first night there. My friend kept messaging me reporting when things were “kicking off”, especially on the Thursday night prior to us arriving. So its fair to say although I wasn’t afraid – I was apprehensive. More on this later.

We arrived in Marseille around 7pm local time and as we arrived, there was hoards of cars full of Turkish fans waving their flag, leaning outside their cars, cheering and beeping their horns. It was good to see them enjoying themselves. We got a bus into centre of Marseille and the roads were busy. I was thrilled by what I originally saw of Marseille, it seemed a bit run-down, nothing much to look at. However, once we got to the centre it was a bit more promising.

Marseille

It took a while to find a taxi – the streets were so full of cars it was difficult to pick one out. Eventually we succeeded, but it wasn’t until we got to the hotel where I was made to look like a fool.

We walked through the door of the hotel with the hotel manager looking a little perplexed the fact we arrived. I said the booking was in the name of Appleyard to which he looked through his papers. Around 90 seconds later he asked for my confirmation. His English wasn’t perfect and after a slight gaze at my paperwork he simply said the word “Non!”.

He pointed out to me that I had booked the wrong day, and wasn’t scheduled to arrive until tomorrow.

After a few minutes later we realised we booked the flights after the rooms and didn’t clock they didn’t match. We negotiated a room for the night and then cancelled the one for Sunday. At a cost of around 135 Euros extra between the four of us.

I’m lucky Trigg, Coatesy and Nick took it in good heart.

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Show 88: My last for a few weeks – COME ON ENGLAND!

Well this is it… for a few weeks anyway – I am off to the European Championships tomorrow.

So lets play some music before we go, yeah? I mean who can beat this combination?

1. Radiohead – Just
2. Miles Kane – Inhaler
3. Last Shadow Puppets – Miracle Aligner
4. The Vaccines – Blow It Up
5. Palma Violets – Rattlesnake Highway
6. Vellocet -Better Days
7. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
8. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
9. Matt Cross – Don’t Leave So Soon
10. The Extons – Make Fun Of It
11. Wolf Alice – Bros
12. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
13. Reverend And the Makers – Mr Glassalfempty
14. The Velvet Tree – Shade
15. Ryan Adams – Style
16. Courtney Barnett – Nobody Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party.
17. Climb The Attic – Got Any Change
18. Castaway – Life Of The Lose
19. Fall Out Boy – A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Bit More Touch Me
20. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
21. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
22. Bring Me The Horizon – True Friends
23. Editors – The Racing Rats
24. Paul Weller – Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
25. Fidlar – Drone
26. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
27. The Strokes – Machu Picchu
28. Tall Dark Friend – Hang With The Happiness
29. Let’s Be Strange – Party Political Broadcast
30. Mumford and Sons – The Wolf
31. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Soundcheck
32. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
33. Marmaduke Duke – Rubber Lover
34. Blur – Song 2
35. The 1975 – The Sound
36. Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love

COME ON ENGLAND!

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Show 87: I’ve start my playlist again

Every now and then I get to a stage with my playlist and start again. I do not know whether its just to avoid playing the same songs or something but it’s always good to have a shake up.

So in my signed music folder (I have one for acts I’m a fan of and another for acts I’ve either played with whilst being in a band) I am going to add 10 new songs a week. You know, to keep it fresh.

So as I had no guests on this week, I had enough time to play most of my catalogue, and also recap on the bands that have come on my show this year on 50 Shades of Chay.

1. Frank Turner – We Shall Not Overcome
2. The Enemy – Gimme The Sign
3. Bring Me The Horizon – True Friends
4. Mad Winter – Let Me Know
5. Fidlar – Drone
6. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
7. The Black Keys – In Time
8. Florence And The Machine – Shake It Out
9. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
10. The 1975 – Loving Someone
11. Cameron Davidson – Invented
12. Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
13. Mumford And Sons – The Wolf
14. Blink 182 – Bored To Death
15. Wax Colour – IDK
16. The Cribs – Hey Scenesters
17. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
18. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
19. Different People – Over Your Shadow
20. We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
21. Bloc Party – Helicopter
22. David Bowie – Starman
23. Art Block – Don’t Call My Name
24. Courtney Barnett – Nobody Cares If You Go To The Party
25. Circa Waves – Talking Out Loud
26. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
27. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art To Keeping A Secret
28. Indigo – Pins And Needles
29. Paramore – My Heart
30. General Fiasco – Sinking Ships
31. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
32. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything.

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50SOC: Introducing Castaway

Upbeat, driven and hugely exciting- Castaway have quickly established themselves as a promising Indie rock band within the Essex music scene.

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Started by Singer/Songwriter Matt Buckle, the band has been relentless since early 2015 and taken their guitar heavy sound through Essex and beyond.

With influences such as The Who, Oasis, Green Day and Nirvana- their back to basics approach is a refreshing homage to their heroes.

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Show 86: Castaway

Hello all!

This week I had the last of my long stint of bands coming into my show. I now have nothing else booked until after I come back from the European Championships to watch England.

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I had Castaway who came from Colchester who came on the show, played some songs, had a chat, and participated in the quiz. The band’s bio and live videos will be uploaded sometime in the near future. But here is the songs that were played on the show, with the songs played live by the band on the show in bold…

1. Disorder Kid – We Just Go
2. Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
3. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art To Keeping A Secret
4. Bring Me The Horizon – True Friends
5. Bloc Party – Helicopter
Be Someone
6. Florence And The Machine – Shake It Out
7. David Bowie – Starman
Come Alive
8. Wolf Alice – Bros
9. Climb The Attic – I Know
Home
10. Darren Jones – Pretending To Be Kings
11. Temper Trap – Fall Together
12. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Zephyr Song
13. The 1975 – Loving Someone
Only Get Better
14. Fall Out Boy – A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch *Touch Me*
15. Paramore – My Heart
16. General Fiasco – Sinking Ships

You can hear the full show here…

The band also participated in the quiz, in which they accumulated 10.5 points.

The scoreboard goes as this…
Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Climb The Attic

Climb the Attic are a four piece alternative rock band.

Climb The Attic

Based out of west London, we have been recording our first EP and booking gigs around the capital throughout the last few months.

So far we have played at venues such as; The Magic Roundabout(Old Street), New Cross Inn and The Water Rats in Kings Cross. We currently have our first single out on soundcloud ( soundcloud.com/climbtheattic ) and hope to release the Ep on all social networks by the end of may. Taking influence from 90s hard rock, punk and grunge we have a unique sound mixing elements from The Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Greenday and Queens of the Stone Age.

We are looking to continue to book more shows throughout the year and want to play as many different venues as possible by the time the EP is released.

The band is made up of vocals, two electric guitars, bass and drums aged between 19-22 with the view of building a larger fan base and getting a foothold within the music industry as professional artists.

Please contact me with any opportunities that may suite our style as we are now looking for bookings.

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Show 85: Climb The Attic

This week I had Climb The Attic from London come on the show and play some songs, told us about their upcoming EP and they participated in a quiz.

Climb The Attic

The videos from their performances will be up very soon, but you can listen to the full show below and here is a list of songs played on the show with Climb The Attic’s live performances in bold…

1. Wolf Alice – Bros
2. Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
3. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
4. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
5. The Strokes – Machu Picchu
I Know
6. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
7. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
Mistaken
Doss House
8. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
9. SoSlam – Chris Hobart
10. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
11. Mumfords and Sons – The Wolf
Got Any Change
12. We Are Scientists – Nobody Moves, Nobody Get Hurts
13. The Young Knives – I Can Hardly See Them
14. Vellocet – Better Days
15. Snow Patrol – You’re All That I Have
Incomplete
Great Place To Hide
16. Castaway – In And Out Of Time

The band also participated in 50 Grades Smarter, my weekly quiz for the artists who come on my show. Despite the awkward start where the band were the first ever to get negative points, then answered the question “Finish the famous song by Lou Bega, ‘Mambo No…’?”. To which the lead singer answered… “7”. They clawed their way back to get a respectable six points.

The scoreboard goes as this…
Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Velvet Tree

The Velvet Tree is a dynamic acoustic/rock band from Essex exclusively performing original material to appreciative audiences all over.

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Comprised of Neil Raymond (bass), Joe Reid (drums), Marc Howson (vocals & guitar) and Tarek Papworth (vocals, guitar, Harmonica), The Velvet Tree focuses on compelling rhythms and melodies in their music, attempting to lead the listener on unexpected lyrical journeys and leaving them with a story to consider.

In 2013 the band signed a deal with Soundz Studios in Southend on Sea to produce an album, “Pockets Full Of Rain” – following the success of that project they are collaborating once again on a follow up album, “Everything Is Everywhere #SoWhyBother” which is due for release in the summer of 2016….

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Show 84: Velvet Tree

This week on 50 Shades of Chay I had my friends, Velvet Tree on the show. Charming guests which played at The Alex in Southend on the 1st May with my band, Finding Miranda.

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You can hear the full show below, but here is the full list of songs played on the show, with the live performances by Velvet Tree in full…

1. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
2. Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening/Morning
3. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
4. Disorder Kid – We Just Go
5. Domino Collective – Not Worth It
S.O.S
6. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
7. Editors – The Racing Rats
Shades
Petricor
8. Mumford and Sons – The Wolf
9. The Extons – Grown Up
10. Courtney Barnett – Nobody Cares If You Go To The Party
11. MGMT – Kids
12. Blink 182 – I Miss You
13. Ren Stedman – Break
Pockets Full Of Rain
Falling Back On You
14. Cameron Davidson – Sundown and Hurricanes
15. Ciara Waves – Talking Out Loud

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Matt Cross

Matt Cross is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Grays, Essex.

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Matt describes his sound as indie, rocknroll, mixed in with a bit of blues. His main influences come from the 60’s and 70’s British bands such as the Stones, Beatles, Kinks and T.Rex, but also drawing from songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Noel Gallagher and Alex Turner.

Matt only picked up the guitar around a year and a half ago and have been writing songs for about 7 months. He have posted a few demo’s onto Soundcloud for that same length of time, the first song posted was the first song he ever wrote.

Currently in my final year (final weeks) of university where I’m studying Economics. Once he finish the degree he looking at releasing my debut EP within 2 months of finishing, whilst gigging to hopefully build up some momentum before the release.

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Show 83: Imaginery Dreams

Back to the guests this week and I had Imaginary Dreams on for a session.

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You can hear the full show below, but here are the songs played on the show, including the songs Imaginary Dreams played live in bold…

1. Editors -An End Has A Start
2. Future Islands – Waiting On You
3. Them Crooked Vulture – Dead End Friends
4. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
5. Maximo Park – Our Velocity
6. Slaves – Cheer Up London
Beyond Starlight
7. New Order – Singularity
8. Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool
Inside/Outside
9. Beatles – Drive My Car
10. Black Lips – Dawn Of The Age Of Time
Changealing
11. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
12. Don Broco – Yeah Man
13. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
14. Dananananakroyd – Think And Feel
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15. John Paul Elliot – Nothing But Love
16. Disorder Kid – Everyone Knows The High Chick
17. The Velvet Tree – The Ballad Of Frank Magnum

The band picked a LEVEL THREE Beatles quiz and scored an impressive seven out of 15. Here is the scoreboard…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 82: No guests? No problem!

Due to a unfortunate cancellation, I was on my own this week. Doesn’t mean the music doesn’t stop!

Here is the playlist!

1. MGMT – Electric Feel
2. Shed Seven – Getting Better
3. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
4. The Subways – Oh Yeah
5. Wolf Alice – Your Loves Whore
6. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said
7. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
8. The Smiths – Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
9. Palma Violets – Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach
10. Foals – Balloons
11. The 1975 – Settle Down
12. Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
13. Velvet Tree – Celebrity
14. Florence + The Machine – Queen Of Peace
15. The Kooks – Ooh La
16. Paramore – Where The Lines Overlap
17. Biffy Clyro – Whose Got A Match
18. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses
19. Peace – Lovesick
20. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
21. Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
22. The Young Knives – Light Switch
23. Nicola Collis – SoSlam Song
24. Rae Morris – Love Again
25. Matt Cross – Let You Down
26. The Black Keys – Tighten Up
27. Reverend And The Makers – Mr Glassalfempty
28. Paul Weller – No Tears To Cry
29. Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
30. General Fiasco – Waves
31. The Enemy – Our Time
32. Grouplove – Love Will Save Your Soul
33. Blink 182 – Not Now
34. Bat For Lashes – Laura

Join me on the 5th May where I will have Imaginary Dreamers in the studio with me.

Till then peeps…

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Show 81: Matt Cross

And now I’m back on my Thursday slot after covering Sunday. This week I had new singer/songwriter Matt Cross, from Grays who has had success by getting thousands of plays on his Soundcloud from songs he has recorded in his house.

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You can hear the full show below. But here are the songs played on my show with Matt’s songs played live on the show in bold.

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
2. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
3. The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
5. Courtney Barnett – Aqua Profunda
6. The 1975 – The Sound
Dedicated Medicated Fool
7. T Rex – 20th Century Boy
8. The Kinks – All The Day And All Of The Night
9. The Clash – I Fought The Law
Wheels Stops Turning
10. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses
11. Peace – Lovesick
12. Alt J – Every Other Freckle
13. Black Keys – Tighten Up
14. Kings Of Leon – Pyro
15. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Can’t Go Back
Let You Down
16. Manic Street Preachers – Australia
17. The Editors – An End Has A Start
18. The Stone Roses – This Is The One
19. Mad Winter – On My Mind
Shadow Of A Man
20. Tall Dark Friend – Didn’t You Know
21. Bow Flats – I Know What I Know

Matt Cross also participated in my quiz show, 50 Grades Smarter! He is now leading after doing a Rolling Stones quiz. Scoring an impressive 14 out of 15! The scoreboard is as follows…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 80: Sunday Night Covering

As I missed Thursday due to my holiday in sunny Wales. I thought it would be nice to cover a show on Sunday. Just to kick back, play some tunes, and cram as many songs in as humanly possible.

So here is the playlist this week…

1. Dananananakroyd – Reboot
2. Foo Fighters – Rope
3. Don Broco – Superlove
4. Last Shadow Puppets – Separate And Ever Deadly
5. Slaves – Sockets
6. Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
7. Arthur Warwin – Hard To Love
8. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
9. Peace – Wraith
10. Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
11. Disorder Kid – Everybody Knows The High Chick
12. The Las – Feelin’
13. Sum41 – Never Waking Up
14. Elastica – Vaseline
15. Free Recovery – Our Summer Is Dead
16. Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool
17. The Jam – Start
18. The Kooks – Eddie’s Gun
19. Matt Cross – Don’t Leave So Soon
20. De La Soul – A Little Bit Of Soap
21. Miles Kane – Come Closer
22. Circa Waves – Get Away
23. Blur – Bank Holiday
24. Indigo – Take On The World
25. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Mexican
26. Paolo Nutini – Bus Talk (Interlude)
27. Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full Of Lead
28. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
29. The 1975 – She’s American
30. The Enemy – Our Time
31. Velvet Tree – My Love
32. Buddy Holly – Rave On
33. Beatles – Drive My Car
34. Courtney Barnett – Aqua Profunda
35. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
36. Bring Me The Horizon – Throne
37. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
38. Amy Sergeant – Bite The Bullet
39. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
40. Stornoway – Love Song Of The Beta Male

40 Great songs here. Wanna hear more? Listen to 50 Shades Of Chay on Thursdays at 8pm.

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50SOC: Introducing The Extons

The Extons are a four piece Alt-Indie rock band formed in May 2015 and originate from King’s Lynn.

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They soon gained attention from BBC Introducing after uploading their first demos ‘Grown Ups’ and ‘Make Fun Of It’ in the Autumn.

Huw Stephens has broadcast the band on BBC Radio 1 and they have had continuous airplay from their local BBC Introducing show.”

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Show 79: The Extons

This week Kings Lynn natives, The Extons joined me in the studio. You can hear the full show below.

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The band profile and video will be posted in a forthcoming post. Here is the playlist of the show with the band live performances in bold…

1. Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
2. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
3. The La’s – I Can’t Sleep
4. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
5. Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats
Infactuated
6. The Last Shadow Puppets – Separate and Ever Deadly
7. Jake Bugg – Seen It All
8. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
Balaclava
9. Slaves – Live Like An Animal
10. The Strokes – Last Nite
11. Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash
12. Indigo – Upside Down
Seventeen
13. Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
14. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
15. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
16. Arcade Fire – Rebellion
17. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
18. The Extons – Grown Up
Be A Nobody
19. Chas And Dave – Rabbit
20. Harry Cash And The Loose Change – Flaming Room
21. The Enemy – Don’t Let Nothing Get In The Way

The band also participated in 50 Grades Smarter which is the weekly quiz, to test the artist’s knowledge and not just their musical abilities. They scored an above average of nine points. Here is the scoreboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 78: Vellocet

This week on 50 Shades of Chay. I have Brighton based quartet, Vellocet join me in the studio. The band have been working hard recently with music videos, writing an album worths of material, and coming on my show – of course.

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You listen to the full show below underneath all songs played on the show – with the band’s songs they performed live in bold…

1. Catfish And The Battlement – Soundcheck
2. The Vaccines – 20/20
3. The 1975 – She’s American
4. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
5. Squeeze – Up The Junction
Build Me
6. New Order – Singularity
7. The Young Knives – Light Switch
Mad Love
8. Paul Weller – Push It Along
9. Noel Gallagher’s Hight Flying Birds – The Mexican
10. Maccabees – Love You Better
Better Days
11. Pulled Apart By Horses – V.E.N.O.M
12. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
13. SoSlam – Si Brandon
14. Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
15. Climb The Attic – Doss House

Vellocet participated in 50 Grades Smarter – my weekly quiz show for artists who come on my show. They scored a mid-table eight points. Better luck next time lads. Here is the scoreboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Island City

This is from Aether Enterprises…

“Island City is to release their debut self-titled EP on 29th April 2016 under Aether Records, with a South Coast Tour in May-June 2016.

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The EP is an introduction to the band and the message they stand for; Find your passion & share it with the world.

Supporting aspiring musicians is a big part of the Island City ethos, which is why the debut EP will host some great session musicians from the boys local areas, creating a community of performers.

This concept of community is important to the band, without music the world would be a very dull place, Island City dedicate portions of their time to causes that help aspiring musicians & the community.

Drawing on influences from Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Amy Winehouse & Doves – Island City composes hard-hitting, emotive hooks delivered with powerful, soulful vocals that will make you forget you are listening to a working class London boy.

Each track on the debut EP will speak to you directly, as the lyrics tells the age old story of love & self-development with a modern perspective.

Combining dirty Hip-hop inspired drum patterns, with progressive piano accompaniment, held together with grooving bass & sealed with funky guitar riffs, Island City sets itself apart from all others.”

Here are videos of their performances

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Show 77: Island City

This week on my show I had Island City from Leigh-On-Sea on the show.

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The guys have an EP on release on 29th April, with a gig on the same night to celebrate it’s release.

Here are the songs played on the show with the songs played live in bold…

1. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – By The Way
2. Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
3. Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
4. Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
5. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
6. Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match
Hidden Little Island
7. The Vaccines – Dream Lover
8. Palma Violets – English Tongue
9. Everything Everything – Regret
10. Circa Waves – My Love
Lately
11. The 1975 – The Sound
12. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
13. Velvet Tree – My Love
14. Vellocet – Better Days
15. Indigo – Take On The World
Showtime
16) Matt Tubey – Prison Van

You Can Listen to the full show here…

During the show the band participated in 50 Grades Smarter – my quiz show for my quests. They scored an impressive 12 out of 15. Here is the current scoreboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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Show 76: Indigo

This week I had local heroes Indigo in the studio.

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The first band EVER to give me a copy of their EP on vinyl. I was a little happy about this, being the musical nut that I am.

You can find out more about Indigo in my other post “Introducing Indigo” – but here is the full songlist what was played on the show with the songs played live by Indigo in Bold.

1. Circa Waves – Get Away
2. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
3. General Fiasco – Waves
4. Drenge – We Can Do What We Want
5. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Kathleen
6. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Working Man
7. Lucy Rose – Nebraska
8. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
Pins And Needles
Upside Down
9. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
10. Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
I Will Take On The World
Whats In Your Mind, I Wanna Know

11. Nothing But Thieves – Itch
12. Foo Fighters – Rope
13. Sarah Holburn – So Slam Recording
14. Vellocet – Better Days
Shelter
Mysterious Ways (U2 cover)

15. Biffy Clyro – Modern Magic Formula
16. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses

Here is the full show…

Like all bands/artists who come on my show, Indigo participated in 50 Grades Smarter – my quiz show. They Accumulated a mid-table score of eight points. Here is the scoreboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Indigo

Indigo are a young 4 piece band originally from Leigh On Sea in Essex.

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Coming together with a host of influences they quickly discovered a shared passion for crafting intelligent, rocking indie tunes with exciting ferocity and infectious hooks and established a reputation for high-energy live shows.

Front man Tom Cunningham delivers their original set with exuberance and confidence Tom studies popular music at Goldsmiths College in London. Guitarist Dale Hold-Mead (studying music in Holborn) and bassist Finlay Cunningham create the band’s grinding and pulsing soundwave, and powerhouse drummer Matt Lamb creates the groove and dynamic drive that the songs are hung on…

Videos of performances…




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50SOC: Introducing Me and The Moon

Guildford based four piece ‘Me and The Moon’ write original and catchy Indie-Pop. They have just self released their first EP ‘Run With Wolves EP’.

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Me and The Moon have received continuous support from BBC Introducing with both ‘Hold On’ and ‘Run With Wolves’ being featured as ‘Track Of The Day’. The band have also played live sessions and performances for BBC Radio Suffolk.

Reviews have already started popping up online from around the globe. “The band’s sound is like a lighter, poppier version of Florence + The Machine with a terrific melody and fine harmonies”(- The Revue, Canada).

The band consists of Vocals from Tamara Jane, Guitar from Jonny Elstone, Bass from Yani De Jesus Patel and Alex Archer on Drums.

The quartet are currently playing around the country (with recent dates including Victorious Festival 2015) and are busy writing new material.

Live performances

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Show 75: Me and The Moon

This week on the show I have Guildford quartet Me and The Moon on the show. They brought an unique brand of folk/pop/indie to PhoenixFM and they were very enjoyable to listen to.

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You will be able to find more details regarding in the following post, including videos of their performance. In the meantime here is the playlist with the songs that were played live by Me and The Moon in bold.

1. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
2. The 1975 – The Sound
3. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out Words Gone
4. Everything Everything – Regret
5. Reverend and The Makers – Making Babies
Coward Escape
6. Indigo – Upside Down
7. Castaway – Life Of The Lost
The Light
8. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
9. Maccabees – Pelican
10. Foals – Two Steps Twice
Meant To Be
Hold On

11. Sarah Holburn – So Slam Battlelines Recording
12. First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Daydreaming
Run With Wolves

13. Mystery Jets – Telones
14. Matt Cross – Split Plum

Here is the full show…

Me and The Moon also participate in 50 Grades Smarter and answered some interesting questions. They chose to do an Indie quiz – they choose to answer Peter Andre and Westlife to a couple of these questions… that being said they accumulated eight points. Here is the leaderboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Me And The Moon – 8
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Forever And Out.

Forever & Out are a refreshing upcoming band from Essex, hitting home with their captivating brand of upbeat melodic Pop/Rock anthems.

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Their sound could best be described as a fresh mix between All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer which they deliver in their own unique way.

Forever & Out toured extensively last year in the UK, also hitting the road in Amsterdam and Paris, winning over new fans along the way. Their efforts gained them media attention, including a nod from Kerrang , and Featuring on BBC Essex Olly Winiburgs Unsigned Essex.

Here is some videos of the band playing live in the studio…

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Show 74: Forever and Out

This week I had pop-punk rockers Forever and Out on my show.

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They played three great uplifting songs on 50 Shades of Chay, they did great – even for a band who were one member short due to illness and haven’t played a show in 2016.

Here is the playlist, the songs that Forever and Out played live are in bold…

1. +44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating
2. Paramore – Thats Whats You Get
3. Kate Nash – Mouthwash
4. Slaves – Sockets
5. Sum 41 – Never Waking Up
6. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
7. General Fiasco – The Age Where You Start Losing Friends
8. Yuck – Get Away
9. Plain White Ts – Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)
Electric Heartbeat
10. Bring Me The Horizon
11. Fidlar – 40oz On Repeat
Forget Tonight
12. Blink-182 – All The Small Things
13. All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
Call You Mine
14. The 1975 – Chocolate
15. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
16. Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
17. Mad Winter – On My Mind
18. Ease Springs – Swayze
19. John Paul Elliot – Follow Your Star
20. All Time Low – Poppin Champagne
21. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Here is the full show…

Forever and Out scored only five points on 50 Grades Smarter. Perhaps will get another chance next year. The leaderboard currently shows…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Wax Colour – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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50SOC: Introducing Art Block

Art Block to release Borderline EP

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Reverb drenched vocals accompanied by fizzing electric guitars – the new Borderline EP from London-based alt-folk singer-songwriter, Art Block, is due to be released on 4th March 2016. Inspired by the plight of migrants into Europe and produced by BBC Radio Award Winning musician, Ben Walker, of Folkroom Records, the EP explores issues of alienation, relationships and suffering.

“A top notch singer-songwriter” – Emerging Indie Bands, Tim Whale
His debut Los Feliz EP inspired by the underbelly of Los Angeles was produced by Ed Seed, who plays for signed artist, La Roux. The song ‘Polly’ featured on Amazing Radio by Scottish Xfm DJ, Jim Gellatly and on internet radio stations including US college radio.

“His music often brings comparisons to people like Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley” – Indie Minded, Jared Thomson

Here are the performances from 50 Shades of Chay…

“Five perfectly crafted alt-folk songs” – Find a Song Blog, Steffi Fixemer
“Stirring and powerful song-writing in a classic acoustic-alt-rock vein, recalling the passion and grit of Tom Petty” – Sound Event Solutions
You can listen to the title track of his forthcoming EP via his promotional video shot in Brighton and directed by Ada Cotton, a French-Rwandan ethnographer based in London. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MPjnJM0BWM

Further media links are below:-
Soundcloud http://www.soundcloud.com/artblock
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/artblock75
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/artblockofficial
To contact Art Block, please email artblock75@gmail.com

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Show 73: Art Block

This week I had Art Block come on the show.

Art hails from East London from He was a great guest, with lots of great songs. You can hear his full show on my following post.

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He is set to release an EP entitled ‘Borderline’ on the 4th March (This coming Friday), I’ve listened to it – it’s ace!

Here is the playlist of my show with the songs Art Block played live in bold…

1. Future Islands – Season (Waiting On You)
2. Klaxons – Gravitys Rainbow
3. These New Puritans – Elvis
4. Matt Tubey – He Below Me
5. Ryans Adams – Bad Blood
6. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
Borderline
7. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors
8. Tame Impala – Elephant
Don’t Call My Name
9. Climb The Attic – Doss House
10. Vellocot – Better Days
11. Eagles Of Death Metal – So Easy
Stowaway
12. Different People – Line Em Up
13. Editors – All Sparks
14. Foo Fighters – St Cecelia
15. Franz Ferdinand – Dark Of The Matinee
16. Little Green Cars – The Song They Play Every Night
Some Days
17. First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows
18. Last Shadow Puppets – My Mistakes Were Made For You

Here is the full show…

Art Block did participate on 50 Grades Smarter in which he obtained 11 points. Here is the scoreboard…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Wax Colour – 6

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50SOC: Introducing Different People

This 4 piece rock band from Essex formed at the start of 2014 and consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Matt Whitta, rhythm guitarist Thomas Carter, lead guitarist Lee Sambridge, and drummer David Nolan.
 
Different People take their audience on an emotive journey with their high energy live sets, infectious riffs, soaring melodies and powerful rhythm section. The band have been busy making a name for themselves on the Essex and London live circuit and supported Scouting For Girls in November 2014.

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Venues played have included:
• 02 Academy, Islington
• 299 Club, London
• Underbelly, Hoxton Square
• Roadtrip & Workshop, Old Street
• Chinnerys, southend-on-Sea
• Bassment, Chelmsford
 
After forming an alliance with Backwater Channel Records and working closely with their producer and recording engineer Barry Banks, the band have been busy writing new material throughout 2015 and are now pleased to announce the release of their debut EP entitled Picture Perfect which is currently available to purchase in physical format on CD and via digital download from our store (see link below).

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Show 72: Different People

On the show this week I have South Essex five-piece Different People on the show.

After hearing so much about them, it was a pleasure having them on the show and they were a delight to have around.

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You can listen to to the full show on the following piece I will post up shortly, with a full biography to read all about them.

Here is the playlist of the show, with the songs the band played live in bold…

1. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
2. Everything Everything – Blast Doors
3. Foals – What Went Down
4. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
5. David Bowie – Starman
6. Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales Of San Francisco
7. The Cribs – Men’s Needs
Picture Perfect
8. Cameron Davidson – Open Your Eyes
9. Frank Turner – Mittens
10. Dananananakroyd – Think and Feel
11. The King Blues – Headbutt
Over Your Shoulder
12. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
13. Yuck – Georgia
Daniel
14. The Vaccines – 20/20
This Dream Ain’t To Fade
15. Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows

Here is the full show…

The band also participated in 50 Grades Smarter. They accumulated nine points which is good, just not good enough to put them near the top. Here is the leaderboard.

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
Wax Colour – 6

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50SOC: Introducing Wax Colour

They’ve only just started playing in January but it was good enough to convince Phoenix FM’s Tara to put them on 50 Shades of Chay.

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Tara caught them at their first gig at the Traitors Gate in Grays. The band start last April where lead singer, Charlton needed to get his songs out in the big wide world.

Two of the band turned up to play three songs on the show which you can hear from the show files at the top of the file.

You can find their two downloadable songs on Soundcloud by clicking the link below. You can find more about the band on Twitter and Facebook. Both songs available to download, the band played live on the show.


https://twitter.com/waxcolour
https://www.facebook.com/waxcolour/?fref=ts

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Show 71: Wax Colour

This week I had two members of the Chelmsford quartet, Wax Colour on the show with me. You will be able to listen to their full show on the next post.

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The band released a brand new song on their Soundcloud prior to coming onto the show. The song, “Liberty” is available to listen and download right now on their account, so go check it out.

Here is the playlist of the songs I had on my show – the ones the band played live in bold…

1. Don Broco – Yeah Man
2. Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
3. Foals – Balloons
4. Chvrches – Empty Threat
5. Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach
6. Peace – Wraith
Liberty
7. Reverend And The Makers – The Trip
8. The Vaccines – 20/20
9. Paramore – Daydreaming
10. Wolf Alice – Fluffy
S.P.S
11. Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
12. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
13. Pulled Apart By Horses – High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
14. The Libertines – Glasgow Coma Blues
15. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
16. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
17. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors
18. Everything Everything – Spring, Sun, Winter Dredd
IDK
19. Art Block – Borderline

Here is the full show…

The band also participated in 50 Grades Smarter which they accumulated a total of six points. Here is the leader board as it stands…

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9
Wax Colour – 6

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50SOC: Introducing Cameron Davidson

“Something seriously special and it won’t be long until the rest of the world realises it.” – Pure M Magazine

Cameron Davidson

Cameron Davidson was the frontman and songwriter for Southampton based 6 Minutes to Sunrise.

Since going solo he has played with Lonely the Brave, Natives, Man Made, Dolomite Minor, Funeral for a Friend and Nothing but Thieves. He recently played a live session for BBC Introducing, which was chosen as one of the best of 2015.

Playing emotive alt pop with soaring melodies, Cameron has built up a solid collection of work as he looks to release further music throughout 2016

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Show 70: Cameron Davidson

He arrived late – but the show was inevitably great Mr Cameron Davidson came all the way from Southampton to appear on my show. Unfortunately he was held up by all the traffic on the M3 and the M25.

Cameron Davidson

We have had some terrific guests on my show in the last few weeks. Cameron added himself to that list. The full shows will be added to the site soon. But in the meantime – here is the playlist with all Cameron’s songs he played live are in bold.

1. Fidlar – 40oz On Repeat
2. Squeeze – Up The Junction
3. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
4. Bombay Bicycle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
5. Circa Waves – My Love
6. Kings Of Leon – Pyro
7. Luke Sanders – Mary
8. Paolo Nutini – Diana
9. Don Broco – Yeah Man
10. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
11. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
12. Vellcoet – Better Days
13. Wax Colour – IDK
Cameron Davidson – All I See Is You
14. Dolly Mavies – The Weight Of You
15. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
Cameron Davidson – Alive
Cameron Davidson – Beautiful

16. The Last Shadow Puppets – My Mistakes Were Made For You
17. Foals – My Number
18. BoyKillBoy – Suzie
Cameron Davidson – Scrapbooks
Cameron Davidson – Inventor

Here is the full show…

Cameron did partake in the 50 Grades Smarter quiz and this week obtained 12 points. He is currently ranked second in the leaderboard.

Adam Sinclair – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9

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50SOC: Introducing Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair was the first guest on 50 Shades of Chay in 2016.

When asked, Adam describes himself as a “Singer/songwriter & Podcaster with a eye and and ear for lush light and vibrations”.

Adam Sinclair

Adam has a song on the Thames Delta Compilation, called “Passenger”. You can hear it on Spotify or you can buy the compilation on iTunes and other mediums. See link below…

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/compilation-pt.-1-thames-delta/id1062997628

You can also listen to his podcast on the following link, but be warned it is for a “mature audience”…

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50SOC: Introducing Mad Winter

Mad Winter are a four-piece indie rock band from Manchester. Our main musical influences come from Stereophonics, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Noel Gallagher.

The members of the band are Scott Morris on bass, James Hartley on vocals and rhythm guitar, George Fitzgibbon on lead guitar and backing vocals and Callum Thomson on drums.

Mad Winter

The members met at Access To Music in October 2014. The band began by making acoustic songs, then moved onto an indie-dance genre until Summer 2015 when they started to turn and speed things up to become louder and rockier.

Since then, Mad Winter have put a lot of hard work into gigging, song writing and covering and have produced our their home recorded, 5 track EP.

The EP was released on the 21st of November at our headline gig at Academy 3 – their biggest gig to date. It was also where the pictures above were taken. The EP was uploaded onto SoundCloud on the same day as well – which this link will take you straight to:

https://soundcloud.com/madwinter2/sets/get-away-ep

Mad Winters have already began working on our second EP and have a number of gigs booked for the early months of 2016 – Including Manchester Club Academy and the MET in Bury.

You can find the band on Twitter: @madwinter1
And on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/madwinter2

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50SOC: Introducing Dolly Mavies

Dolly Mavies is a blue eyed soul singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire, with Welsh roots and soulful sounds; Dolly’s music is captivating with poetic lyrics and haunting vocals and her enchanting voice is one to be heard.

Dolly Mavies

Dolly’s first EP; Behind Closed Eyes, released in December 2015, rose to number 25 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Dolly’s Music has been played on BBC Radio Oxford’s BBC Introducing show and following an interview with BBC Oxford, a video of her performance racked up 3 thousand views in an hour.

Dolly’s influences include: Patti Smith, Eva Cassidy, Florence and the Machine, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, James Taylor and an array of punk rock bands. Dolly has supported Coasts, Little Comets and Pixel Fix, and continues to gig across the country.

Dolly’s EP Behind Closed Eyes is available NOW on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Twitter: @dollymavies
Instagram: @dollymavies

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Show 69: Dolly Mavies

This week I had Dolly Mavies come into the studio all the way from Oxford. Having beaten all the dodgy traffic on the night, she arrived early in Brentwood, and eventually come on air to wow us all.

Dolly Mavies

More information regarding the show will be posted shorty. In the mean time, here is the playlist with the songs that Dolly played live in bold…

1. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy
2. Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
3. Haim – Forever
4. Pulp – Common People
Old Shoes
5. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
6. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)
You And Yourself
7. Florence And The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Jerk It Out (The Caesers cover)
8. The Cribs – Martell
9. Lucy Rose – Bikes
Wait For Me
Bille Jean (Michael Jackson cover)

10. Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full Of Lead
11. The Cure – In Between Days
12. Weezer – Buddy Holly
13. Mad Winter – On My Mind
14. Matt Tubey – Prison Van
The Weight Of You
Pretty Please
The Rain

The full show is right here…

Dolly also took part in 50 Grade Smarter which she accumulated 10 points. Making her currently joint second place with Mad Winter.

Leaderboard
Adam Sinclair – 13
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9

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Show 68: Mad Winters – all the way from Manchester

This week I had Mad Winters on the show. They hail from Manchester. They were a delight to have on the show. The songs they played were great and they had a decent taste in music.

Mad Winter

This is a band who travelled far but they were delighted with their evening’s work. And so they should be.

Here is the playlist, the songs the band played live were are in bold…

1. Everything Everything – Regret
2. Foals – Birch Tree
3. Frank Turner – Josephine
Get Away
On My Mind
4. Miles Kane – Better Than That
5. Palma Violets – English Tongue
6. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
7. Wolf Alive – Giant Peach
Running Low
8. Reverend And The Makers – Glassalfempty
9. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
Last Request (Paolo Nutini cover)
Let Me Know

10. The Young Knives – Terra Firma
11. Circa Waves – T Shirt Weather
12. Catfish and The Battlemen – Pacifier
13. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
14. The Shermans – Shake Your Tamborine
15. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Cant Go Back

Here is the full show…

The band did participate in 50 Grades Smarter and accumulated 10 points.

Here is the leaderboard..

Adam Sinclair – 13
Mad Winters – 10
Jenni Pettican – 9

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Show 67: Co-host Jenni Pettican (Award nominated radio host)

So on the second show of the year I have brought in a friend who host a radio show at her University at Norwich. Oh, and its probably good to mention she is an award winner radio host. Only the best on my show.

Jenni

Jenni Pettican I met a few years ago whilst participating on a singing competition. We have remained friends since. On the show we discussed the Brit nominations, her radio show’s nomination at the University’s Radio Awards last year, and upcoming releases this year.

The playlist is to reflect bands/acts who are supposedly bringing out albums this year (or already have, also Jenni had no idea who Tame Impala was so I clued her up)…

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Can’t Go Back
2. Kanye West – Lil Jimmy Skit
3. Kanye West – Through The Wire
4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Modern Magic Formula
5. Suede – Animal Nitrate
6. Gorillaz Feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def – Stylo
7. Radiohead – High And Dry
8. The Last Shadow Puppets – My Mistakes Were Made For You
9. Royal Blood – Come On Over
10. The XX – Islands
11. Blink 182 – Always
12. Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices
13. The 1975 – The City
14. U2 – Every Breaking Wave
15. Foo Fighters – St Cecilia
16. Cage The Elephant – Mess Around
17. Tame Impala – Elephant

Jenni’s second appearance on the show meant it was her second attempt at 50 Grades Smarter. She did twice as good as she did last year. She gained nine points, her specialist subject was on McFly. Jenni’s previous scored was only four, so it was a great improvement.

Leaderboard
1. Adam Sinclair – 13
2. Jenni Pettican – 9

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Show 66: Adam Sinclair – The Great Traveller

It’s the first show of 2016, and my first guest of the year I have decided to bring in a man who is well travelled. Adam Sinclair left the country to go travelling for the second time at the beginning of 2015, and in the process gigs in Australia and Panama. He came into the studio and told me and people listening in to the show of his experiences.

Adam Sinclair

My playlist for the show included…

1. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
2. Blur – Ong Ong
3. Catfish and the Battlemen
4. Disclosure – You And Me
5. Foals – My Number
6. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
Adam Sinclair – Passenger
7. Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go?
8. Matt Tubey – Lady In Grey
9. S J Denney – So Much More
Adam Sinclair – Buffalo
Adam Sinclair – Bow And Arrow

10. Slaves – She Wants Me Now
11. The View – Same Jeans
12. The Young Knives – Terra Firma
13. New Order – Tutti Fruiti
14. Crystal Fighters – Love Natural
Adam Sinclair – Tribal Attraction

You can listen to the show below. ..

He was also the first participant in the second series of 50 Grades Smarter. On my guest to find the 2016 champion. We may have a finalist already with Adam scoring a record 13 points. He specialised in a quiz on the Beatles…

Leaderboard
1. Adam Sinclair – 13 points.

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Show 65: End of year party music

Hello,

After a xmas week off. I had the pleasure of hosting the last live show in 2015 on Phoenix FM.

So I played the whole two hours of non-stop music. No breaks – just great music to get ready to before your night out on New Years Eve.

Its been a wonderful year for music. Here’s to a great 2016, more of the same please.

Here’s the playlist…

1. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
2. Courteeners – Not Nineteen forever
3. Everything Everything – Regret
4. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
5. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
6. The Maccabees – Pelican
7. Peace – Wraith
8. The Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
9. Reverend And The Makers – Heaveweight Champion Of The World
10. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
11. The Vaccines – Handsome
12. The Wombats – Kill The Director
13. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
14. Miles Kane – Come Close
15. Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
16. Ladyhawke – My Deilrium
17. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow
18. Kasabian – Processed Beats
19. King Blues – I Got Love
20. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
21. Franz Ferdinand – The Dark Of The Matinee
22. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
23. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
24. Elastica – Vaseline
25. Eagles of Death Metal – So Easy
26. Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
27. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Pacifier
28. Beatles – Please, Please Me
29. Buddy Holly – Rave On
30. Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
31. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
32. The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
33. The 1975 – Chocolate
34. Foals – Two Steps, Twice

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Show 64: Best of 2015 – part two

Hello,

Carrying on from last week I have carried on with some of the best music of 2015. I stated that 2015 was the best year for music for arguably a decade. When you look at the list below you can see why.

I would like to wish you all a merry xmas, I will be doing a show on New Years Eve to celebrate the new year. Don’t get too drunk!

Here is the playlist…

1. Everything Everything – To The Blade
2. The Enemy – Don’t Let Nothing Get In The Way
3. The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It
4. Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
5. Foals – Birch Tree
6. Blur – Go Out
7. Peace – Money
8. The Cribs – Different Angle
9. The Vaccines – Handsome
10. Rae Morris – Do You Even Know?
11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Ballad Of The Mighty I
12. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
13. Lucy Rose – Koln
14. Frank Turner – Mittens
15. Lianne La Havas – Green And Gold
16. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
17. The Libertines – You’re My Waterloo
18. Ren Stedman – Honestly
19. Reverend And The Makers – Mr Glassalfempty
20. Don Broco – Automatic
21. Drenge – The Snake
22. Slaves – Live Like An Animal
23. Fightstar – Murder All Over
24. Palma Violets – English Tongue
25. John Paul Elliott – Follow Your Star
26. Stornoway – Josephine
27. SJ Denney – Step Into The Fray
28. Stephen Rudd – Against My Will
29. Matt Tubey – Lady In Grey

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Shows 62 and 63: 50 Grades Smarter final and my best of 2015 (part pne)

Well, we have a winner.

50 Grades Smarter 2015 was won by Safehouse, the productions company who run their own YouTube and Facebook channel won the competition. Coming through the semi-final last week they were in fine form going into the last round of questions. The unlucky runners up were Holly Hannigan and Jordan Gray A.K.A Tall Dark Friend – who was able to join us for a round of questions on the phone.

Back to normal the week after however. I compiled my first of two week special of my favourite music of 2015. The second half will be next week.

Here is the playlist from the best of 2015…

1. Mumford and Sons – Believe

2. Foals – Mountain At My Gates

3. Reverend And The Makers – Black Widow

4. The Enemy – It’s Automatic

5. Everything Everything – Regret

6. The Cribs – Burning For No One

7. Peace – Lost On Me

8. Don Broco – Superlove

9. Frank Turner – Josephine

10. Lucy Rose – Our Eyes

11. Florence + The Machine – Delilah

12. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows

13. Lianne La Havas – What You Dont Do

14. Domino Collective – Not Worth It

15. Wolf Alice – Bros

16. Palma Violets – Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach

17. Drenge – Running Wild

18. Slaves – Do Something

19. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like This

20. The Vaccines – 20/20

21. The Maccabees – Something Like Happiness

22. Killatrix – Overcome

23. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Lock All The Doors

24. The Libertines – Glasgow Coma Scale Blues

25. Ren Stedman – Break

26. Paul Eliott & Gemma Grant – I’m Not Someone (Live on 50 Shades Of Chay)

27. Matt Tubey – Long Time Coming

28. Stornoway – Love Song Of The Beta Male

29. Arthur Warwin – White Wine

30. Blur – Ong Ong

31. SJ Denney – The Knee-Jerk Blues

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Show 61: 50 Grades Smarter Semi Final

Well it was only a week away till we found out the first ever winner of 50 Grades Smarter. My quiz segment of my show which I ask my guest a series of questions to test their knowledge.
In the studio this week I had Leigh-On-Sea singer-songwriter, S J Denney, two members of the Colchester band Killatrix, two members of the Thurrock based CJ2, and Safehouse Productions from Southend-On-Sea.
All of these scored eight out of 15 when they visited the studio. So I’ve brought them back for one more shot at the final .
Round one: Safehouse promotions lead the way early on, leading CJ2 by five points.
Round two: CJ2 closed the gap to just one point, but Killatrix got most points in this round, with a 12-point improvement from the previous bunch of questions.
Round three: This is where the game was won with my “pot potato round” which player potentially lost points from questions they passed on. Safehouse took full advantage, ending the round on 98 points overall.
Round four: The final was the tightest of them all. All players got within 13 points of each other.
BUT IT WAS SAFEHOUSE WHO GOT THROUGH TO THE FINAL. They went on to face Holly Hannigan and bandmate, Tall Dark Friend the following week.
Not a lot of music this week, but I played some music from the musicians who participated in the quiz this week.
1. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like This
2. Killatrix – Overcome
3. Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
4. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
5. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
6. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors
7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
8. Slaves – Cheer Up London
9. Lucy Rose – Bikes
10. Kooks – Around Town.

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Show 60: The Creative Sessions and the Thames Delta Compilations

Following on from last week I’d thought I would carry on with the Creative Sessions songs which were recorded in early August. Twas a great choice found some great local bands in the process. Some I’m familiar with from being in a band myself.

The second half of the show showed songs which are on the Thames Delta compilation which is coming out on the 6th December. All mainly from the Thurrock and Brentwood areas, these artists are writing some great stuff at the moment.

P.s. Couldn’t help putting a couple of songs of mine, one solo song and one from the band Finding Miranda, in the two hours too. Why not? It is my show.

Here is the playlist.

1. Finding Miranda – Slow Drive Home
2. Petty Phase – Transfixer
3. The Victories – Wiccan
4. Tokyo Taboo – Leech
5. False Heads – Steal And Cheat
6. Different People – Daniel
7. Juke – I’ll Take On The World
8. Only Braves – Sirens
9. Dem Bones – Puppet On A String
10. Eva Tobin – Worlds Away
11. Pola – Untitled #3
12. The Shermans – Only Braves
13. Winter – Bridges
14. Ren Stedman – Break
15. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
16. Klair Quest – Let’s Drink, Let’s Dance
17. Paul Woodley – Po Black Maddie
18. Paul J Williams – Two Shoestring Paper Plane
19. John Paul Elliot – Follow Your Star
20. Gregg Brown – One In The Eye
21. Matt Tubey – Long Time Coming
22. Chris Hutton – Have It All
23. Chay Appleyard – Amy Rose
24. Mr Cee – Golden Days
25. Bow Flats – Battle
26. CJ2 – Light Up The Sky
27. These New Puritans – We Want War

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Shows 57, 58 and 59: Great music and Creative Sessions

Well here is three weeks of great music. I am also pleased that I was able to have a full week music from the Creative Sessions which took place in August. Even my band Finding Miranda took part in the event. See all my playlists in the last three weeks.

Songs from the 29th October
1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds – Do The Damage
2. Reverend And The Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World
3. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy
4. The Futureheads – Alms
5. Peace – Lovesick
6. Hard Fi – Gotta Reason
7. Lucy Rose – Bikes
8. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
9. Everything Everything – Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread
10. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
11. The 1975 – Chocolate
12. Two Door Cinema – Come Back Home
13. Coldplay – Charlie Brown
14. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
15. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
16. The Smiths – Stop Me If You’ve Think You’ve Heard This One Before
17. Ren Stedman – Break
18. Adam Sinclair – Passenger
19. Queens Of The Stone Age – You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
20. The Subways – Rock & Roll Queen
21. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
22. Miles Kane – Come Closer
23. The Cure – In Between Days
24. Arthur Warwin – White Wine
25. Kaiser Chiefs – Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)
26. Paramore – (One Of Those) Crazy Girls
27. The Stone Roses – This Is The One
28. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
29. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
30. Mumfords & Sons – Dust Bowl Dance
31. The Young Knives – Terra Firma
32. The Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
33. The Libertines – Last Post On The Bugle

Songs from the 5th November…
1. Florence and the Machine – Queen Of Peace
2. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
3. Roison O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
4. The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
5. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
6. The White Stripes – Jimmy The Exploder
7. The Black Keys – Dead and Gone
8. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)
9. S J Denney – The Great Unknown
10. The Cribs – Come On, Be A No-One
11. The Smiths – I Want The One I Can’t Have
12. Lucy Rose – Red Face
13. Snow Patrol Feat. Martha Wainwright – Set The Fire To The Third Bar
14. Paul Weller – Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
15. Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats
16. Friendly Fires – On Board
17. Michael Jackson – Baby Be Mine
18. Lianne La Havas – Forget
19. Arctic Monkeys – All My Own Stunts
20. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Pacifier
21. CJ2 – Light Up The Sky
22. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
23. Editors – All Sparks
24. Danananananakroyd – Reboot
25. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
26. Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It
27. Blur – Bank Holiday
28. Elastica – Vaseline
29. The Futureheads – Alms
30. Bat For Lashes – Laura
31. Taylor Swift – Treacherous
32. The Young Knives – Terra Firma
33. Kasabian – Fire

Now for the Creative Sessions show from 12th November…
1. The Shermans – Feel Good Inc
2. The Victories – Sleepwalker
3. Tokyo Taboo – Bubblicious
4. Paul Williams – Mean To Be Cruel
5. Different People – Picture Perfect
6. Eva Tobin – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
7. Galug Vakation – Days Of Her Life
8. Matt Tubey – Long Time Coming
9. Kurtze – Vessel
10. Klair Quest – Social Conscience
11. Petty Phase You’ll Be Dead
12. Winter – Never Say Never
13. Only Braves – To LA
14. The Hundred – Fantistico
15. Paul Woodley – Shake Your Hips
16. Pola – Untitled #1
17. KLOQ – Behind The Screams
18. Finding Miranda – A New Kind Of Beast
19. Dem Bones – Quiet Riot
20. False Heads – Wrap Up
21. Juke – Head Full Of Nothing
22. Under The Star – Rapture
23. Paul Elliot – Seen Better Day (Live On 50 Shades of Chay)
24. Paul Elliot and Gemma Grant – I’m Not Someone (Live On 50 Shades of Chay)
25. Holly Hannigan – I Don’t Believe In Love Anymore (Live On 50 Shades of Chay)
26. Domino Collective – Not Worth It
27. Bow Flats – Battle
28. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like This
29. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
30. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me, Now You Don’t
31. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors

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Show 56: The Highland Hero Returns

Six weeks ago I had John Paul Elliot on my show with three other guest to support my 50th show. I couldn’t resist bringing him back on for another live session on the radio.

Here is the playlist on the show, the songs Mr Elliot played live are in bold…

1. Florence + The Machine – Queens Of Peace
2. Everything Everything – Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread
3. Foals – My Number
4. The 1975 – Chocolate
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – SEEN BETTER DAYS
5. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
6. Frank Turner – Pass It Along
7. Lucy Rose – Bike
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – FOLLOW YOUR STARS
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – HIGH ON HEELS
8. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
9. Kaiser Chiefs – Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – I’LL DANCE THE DAY YOU DIE
10. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
11. Rae Morris -Closer
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – GOD BLESS YOU
12. Reverend and The Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World
13. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES
14. Pulled Apart By Horses – Outahead
15. The Cribs – Martell
16. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Pacifier
17. Coldplay – Charlie Brown
JOHN PAUL ELLIOT – YOU ARE LOVED
18. Cream – I Feel Free

John Paul Elliot scored 6/15 on 50 Grades Smarter which doesn’t quite reach the semi-final or the final, the current scoreboard goes…

Tall Dark Friend 9.5
Holly Hannigan 9
Three Pauls and a Pod 8
CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
John Paul Elliot 6
Matt Tubey 6
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Join me next week for some more music madness.

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Show 55: 32 Great songs

I’m soon to interview John Paul Elliot on my show. So to warm up, I’d thought I’d show you all the good stuff I played on the show last week.,,

1. Wolf Alice – You’re A Germ

2. Arctic Monkeys – All My Own Stunts

3. Slaves – She Wants Me Now

4. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Pacifier

5. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny

6. Peace – Lovesick

7. Foals – My Number

8. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

9. The Wombats – Kill The Director

10. Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It

11. Frank Turner – Pass It Along

12. Bow Flats – Battle

13. Foo Fighters – Dear Rosemary

14. Danananankroyd – Reboot

15. The Young Knives – She’s Attracted To

16. Kaiser Chiefs Feat. Sway – Half The Truth

17. Bombay Bicycle Club – What You Want

18. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy

19. Vaccines – Give Me A Sign

20. Coldplay – Dont Let It Break Your Heart

21. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)

22. The Enemy – It’s Not OK

23. The Cribs – Martell

24. Blur – Ong Ong

25. Bloc Party – Helicopter

26. DIsclosure Feat. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me

27. Finding Miranda – Summer Rain

28. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart

29. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun

30. Brand New – The Quiet Things That No-One Knows

31. Jungle – Busy Earnin’

32. The Futureheads – Alms

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Show 54: The expansive playlist

I’m liking how my show is shaping up. I’ve had some great guests this year. And every week I add around 10-12 songs to my playlist and its gradually turning into a great set of musical gems.

So with 12 new songs to the list this week, here is what was played on my show..

1. Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
2. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy
3. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
4. The Maccabees – Given To The Wild (Intro)
5. The Maccabees – Child
6. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
7. Peace – Lovesick
8. Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
9. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
10. Ladyhawke – My Delirium
11. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me
12. The Smiths – I Want The One I Can’t Have
13. The Vaccines – Give Me A Sign
14. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
15. Foo Fighters – Dear Rosemary
16. MGMT – It’s Working
17. We Are Scientists – It’s A Hit
18. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
19. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Minor Thing
20. Reverend And The Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World
21. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
22. The 1975 – Chocolate
23. The All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
24. Paramore – Pressure
25. Plain White T’s – Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)
26. Slaves – She Wants Me Now
27. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
28. Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
29. Temper Trap – Down River
30. The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
31. The View – Claudia

Join me next week for more amazing music. You know you want to.

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Show 53: Matt Tubey enters the studio

Matt Tubey, local singer/songwriter was my guest this week.

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He has been a regular figure in open mics across Brentwood, Thurrock and the East of London where he regularly performs.

Here is the playlist this week, all of Matt’s tracks which he performed live are in bold…

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxy Lady
2. The Subways – Rock and Roll Queen
3. The Vaccines – Dream Lover
4. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
5. Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot
6. Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
7. Ash – Wild Surf
8. Tame Impala – Elephant
LONG TIME COMING
9. Doves – There Goes The Fear
10. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
11. Reverend and The Makers Feat. Alex Turner – The Machine
THE PRISON VAN
12. The Stone Roses – Waterfall
13. The Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
14. Miles Kane – Better Than That
ALL DAY LONG
15. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
16. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy
17. Brand New – The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
HE, BELOW ME

18. Slaves – Cheer Up London
19. Foo Fighters – Dear Rosemary
LADY IN GREY

20. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
21. The 1975 – Settle Down
22. Friendly Fires – On Board
23. Coldpay – Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
DEAD FLOWERS – Rolling Stones cover
24. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Stop
25. Oasis – Importance Of Being Idle
26. Echo And The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

Unfortunately Matt’s performance on 50 Grades Smarter was not as good as his performance when playing his music. He got a six out of 15, which is mid-table.

Here is the scoreboard…

Tall Dark Friend 9.5
Holly Hannigan 9
Three Pauls and a Pod 8
CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Matt Tubey – 6
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

See you next week. No guest, just plenty of great music.

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Show 51: The dawn of a new (half) century

After the partying on my 50th (show, not birthday), I had a week to myself to play some great songs and have some quality time. Which was lovely, I even got to play some recordings from previous shows. Came out pretty good if I say so myself.

So here is the playlist…

1. Chvrches – Leave A Trace
2. CJ2 – Light Up The Sky (Live on 50 Shades of Chay)
3. Charlie Simpson – Long Road Home
4. Wild Beasts – We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues
5. Arthur Warwin – White Wine
6. Elastica – Annie
7. The Black Lips – Dawn Of The Age Of Tomorrow
8. The Futureheads – Alms
9. Buddy Holly – Rave On
10. The Beatles – Please, Please Me
11. The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
12. Interpol – Evil
13. The Vaccines – Dream Lover
14. The Wombats – Kill The Director
15. The Young Knives – She’s Attracted To
16. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
17. Bow Flats – Battle
18. Hard-Fi – Gotta Reason
19. Razorlight – Before I Fall To Pieces
20. The Kooks – Eddie’s Gun
21. The King Blues – Headbutt
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
23. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
24. La Roux – Bulletproof
25. 1975 – Settle Down
26. Holly Hannigan – I Don’t Believe In Love Anymore (Live On 50 Shades of Chay)
27. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
28. The XX – Crystalised
29. PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
30. Snow Patrol Feat. Martha Wainwright – Set The Fire To The Third Bar
31. The National – Cold Girl Fever
32. The Stone Roses – Waterfall
33. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)
34. Peace – Toxic
35. Paramore – Pressure
36. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
37. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Ain’t Dead
38. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
39. Pink Floyd – Money
40. Blink 182 – Not Now
41. The Enemy – Away From Here
42. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
43. Editors – An End Has A Start
44. The Fratellis – Creepin Up The Backstairs
45. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
46. Paul Elliot & Gemma Grant – I’m Not Someone (Live on 50 Shades of Chay)
47. Taylor Swift – Treacherous
48. First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows
49. Paul McCartney – The End Of The End

Join me next week. We can look forward to hearing Matt Tubey play on the show in a couple of weeks time.

Remember if you’re in a band or local singer-songwriter. Get in contact with me at chayappleyard@hotmail.co.uk or @chaychay9 on Twitter.

Much love, see you next week.

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50 – not out. Party with some guests.

Well after 50 shows of 50 Shades of Chay, it was party time in the studio this week. And I had three special guests with me to share the occasion. There was music, laughs, good times and chocolate cheesecake (yum!).

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I had three Pauls and a “pod” in the studio (not their band name, not even a band, just the name of their quiz team). I had Paul Woodley, Paul Elliot, Gemma Grant and Paul J Williams to help me celebrate my 50th show. They played nine songs between them and all of them were fantastic. You can hear all of them below.

Here is the playlist, including the live songs in bold.

1. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
2. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
3. Tame Impala – Elephant
4. Stereophonics – Bartender And The Thief
5. Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
6. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Paul Woodley – Rolling And Tumbling
Paul Woodley – Po Black Maddie
7. Eagles of Death Metal – I Only Want You
Paul Woodley – Skinny Woman
8. Palma Violets – Best of Friends
9. Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
10. Stephen Rudd – Against My Will
Paul Elliot – Seen Better Days
11. Villagers – Nothing Arrived
Paul Elliot and Gemma Grant – High On Heels
Paul Elliot and Gemma Grant – I’m Not Someone
12. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
13. Tall Dark Friend – Corridors
Paul J Williams – Mean To Be Cruel
14. All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
Paul J Williams – Together We’re Free
15. The Rifles – Sometimes
16. David Bowie – Young Americans
Paul J Williams – Goddamn The Devil In Me
17. Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match
18. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
19. Klair Quest – Our Song
20. Frank Ocean – Thinkin’ Bout You
21. The Naked And Famous – Punching In A Dream
22. The Twang – Push The Ghosts
23. Blur – Ong Ong
24. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
25. Guns and Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine

They participated in 50 Grades Smarter and scored 8/15, which is becoming the average. Here is the current scoreboard.

Tall Dark Friend 9.5
Holly Hannigan 9
Three Pauls and a Pod 8
CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Heres to the next 50, but before that, here is all the tracks performed by the acts on the show.

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Paul Elliot and Gemma Grant


Paul J Williams


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Show 49: Tall Dark Friend

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This week Tall Dark Friend (Jordan Gray, to her parents) turned up in the studio and chatted to me on the 49th edition of the show. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances she could perform any of the great songs she has self-penned but we still got to hear them from her recordings with fellow local artist Arthur Warwin.

Here is the playlist…

1. Everything Everything – MY KZ UR BF
2. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
3. Jack Penate – Torn On The Platform
4. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
5. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
6. The View – Same Jeans
7. Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good
8. Jet – Rollover DJ
9. La Roux – Bulletproof
10. Tall Dark Friend – Didn’t You Know (First time on the radio)
11. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark Dark Lie
12. Rae Morris – Love Again
13. Michael Jackson – Baby Be Mine
14. The 1975 – Settle Down
15. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
16. Tall Dark Friend – YOLFO
17. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
18. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like
19. Blur – Ong Ong
20. The Lumineers – Flowers In Your Hair
21. Lana Del Rey – Off To Tee Races
22. Kate Nash – Mouthwash
23. Klair Quest – Our Song
24. Tall Dark Friend – Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)
25. Tall Dark Friend – Hang With The Happiness
26. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
27. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
28. Ease Springs – Swayze
29. Tall Dark Friend – Zero

Jordan participated in 50 Grades Smarter and has overtaken Holly Hannigan and is leading. As it stands they both will be in the final on the 3rd December, but it is tight at the top. Here is the scoreboard…

Tall Dark Friend 9.5
Holly Hannigan 9
CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

As it is the 50th edition of the show I have three marvellous guests, John Paul Elliott, Paul J Williams and Paul Woodley all joining for some live music, chat and quizzes.

Good stuff. Join me next week.

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Show 47: Holly Hannigan spends the evening at Phoenix

This week I had 18-year-old singer songwriter Holly Hannigan in for a session, play some of her own material and some great covers.

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Holly has been making quite a name for herself at open mics and other gigs and she will be playing tonight (Friday 21st August) at the Ship in Little Thurrock alongside Klair Quest and Tall Dark Friend.

Here are the song that were aired, the ones in bold are what Holly played live.

1. Dananananakroyd – Reboot
2. Palma Violets – Best of Friends
3. The Vaccines – Dream Lover
4. Foals – Miami
5. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
6. Peace – Toxic
Triangular Love
7. David Bowie – Golden Years
8. Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Confused
9. Frank Turner – Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
10. Bow Flats – I Know What I Know
When Doves Cry (Prince)
11. Blink 182 – Not Now
12. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
What Does That Make You?
13. Blur – Ong Ong
14. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back
15. Lianne La Havas – Forget
QUIZ
15. The Kooks – Eddies Gun
16. Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
17. The Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys
18. Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match
Don’t Cry (Guns & Roses)
19. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
20. Simply Red – Sunrise
I Don’t Believe In Love Anymore
21. Steely Dan – Do It Again
22. Whitesnake – Is This Love
Wicket Game (Chris Isaak)
23. Eagles Of Death Metal – I Only Want You
24. Miles Kane – Better Than That
25. Band Of Horses – Feud
Will You Still Love Me? (The Shirelles)
26. James Brown – Papas Got A Brand New Bag
27. Kool and The Gang – Get Down On It
28. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon

Holly also participated in 50 Grades Smarter and scored 9/15 – she is currently leading on the board. Here is the league table…

Holly Hannigan 9
CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Here is Holly’s original songs that she played live on the radio.

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Show 46: CJ2 make a visit

This week I had young local band CJ2 visit me for a session. Hailing from Thurrock, they have played and wowed crowds in the small time they have been together. They previously have played Phoenix Fridays at the Old Brentwoods.

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Here is a playlist of the music played on the show. The songs in bold are the ones that CJ2 played live on the show, and among their own songs, they played some classics too.

1) Paramore – Pressure

2) Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends

3) Plain White Ts – Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)

4) The Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys

5) Slaves – Cheer Up London

6) Stereophonics – The Bartender And The Thief

Never Seen A Day Like This

7) Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One

8) Manic Street Preachers – Austrailia

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)

9) Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metalheads

10) The All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret

Two Fingers (Jake Bugg cover)

11) Howler – Wailing (Making Out)

12) The Kooks – Eddie’s Gun

13) The Las – Feelin’

14) Elastica – Vaseline

Light Up The Sky

15) Green Day – Basket Case

16) Fightstar – Mercury Summer

QUIZ

17) Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill

18) Dr Feelgood – Milk and Alcohol

19) The Beatles – Please Please Me

20) CJ2- Going Nowhere

The Importance of Being Idle (Oasis cover)

21) The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of The Understatement

22) Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me

Seen It All (Jake Bugg cover)

23) Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun

24) The White Stripes – One More Cup Of Coffee

Hotel California (The Eagles cover)

25) Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk

26) Palma Violets – Best of Friends

27) The Clash – White Riot

28) The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny

Good Riddance (Green Day cover)

29) Frank Turner – Reasons Not To Be An Idiot

30) The Cribs – Come On And Be A No-One

31) The Cure – In Between Days

32) The Boxer Rebellion – Spitting Fire

33) Linkin Park – In The End

You can see the link below for two of the songs they played in the studio. During the show they participated in 50 Grades Smarter, which they answered 8/15.

Here is the scoreboard

CJ2 8
Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Next week I have Holly Hannigan in the studio playing some tunes. Tune in at 8pm Thursday.

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Show 45: OMG 60 NOT OUT!!!

After my excitement of how well England did in the Ashes today, I did a show of Ashes based facts. Maybe not to everyone’s taste but I couldn’t contain myself.

I had a three hour special this week starting from the earlier time of 8pm till 11pm.

Here is the playlist…

1) The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
2) Rae Morris – Love Again
3) Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
4) Reverend And The Makers Feat. Alex Turner – The Machine
5) The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
6) The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
7) Frank Turner Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
8) Fightstar – Mercury Summer
9) The Vaccines – Dream Lover
10) BoyKillBoy – Suzie
11) Peace – Toxic
12) The Enemy – Away From Here
13) Elastica – Vaseline
14) The Clash – White Riot
15) The Libetines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
16) Kasabian – Where Did All The Love Go?
17) The Maccabees – Child
18) Neon Neon – I Told Her On Alderaan
19) The Boxer Rebellion – Spitting Fire
20) Alt J – Fitzpleasure
21) The Cure – In Between Days
22) Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
23) Paul Weller – Find the Torch, Burn The Plans
24) Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
25) The Beatles – Please, Please Me
26) The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
27) Yuck – Get Away
28) Kings Of Leon – Charmer
29) Band of Horses – I Know What I Am
30) Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
31) All American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
32) The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
33) James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine
33) Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
34) Klair Quest – Road To Home
35) SJ Denney – The Way It Should Be
36) Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
37) De La Soul – A Little Bit Of Soap
38) Gorillaz Feat. Bashy and Kano – White Flag
39) Chvrches – Recover
40) Foster The People – Call It What You Want
41) The 1975 – Settle Down
42) The Kazans – That Girl
43) The King Blues – Headbutt
44) Domino Collective – Not Worth It
45) Mile Kane – Better Than That
46) Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Minor Thing
47) Adam And The Ants – Prince Charming

Next week I have CJ2 coming in the studio next week to play some track.

See you then!!!

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Show 44: Laptops back, so is the goodness

Being without a laptop for a few weeks meant I couldn’t put anything of my collection to put on the show. BUT NOW IS BACK!!! For the last two weeks I’ve been updating the playlist and I’m pleased.
I’m putting around 12-15 songs a week to the playlist from now on so to put briefly, equilibrium restored!

Here is the playlist this week.

1) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
2) Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metalheads
3) REM – Man On The Moon
4) Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
5) Heads Up – Cabin By The River
6) Laura Marling – Devils Spoke
7) Paolo Nutini – Bus Talk (Interlude)
8) Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
9) Noah And The Whale – 5 Years Time
10) Paramore – Pressure
11) Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match
12) De La Soul – A Little Bit Of Soap
13) Madness – NW5
14) Bow Flats – I Know What I Know
15) Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
16) Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
17) Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
18) Foster The People – Call It What You Want
19) Grouplove – Tongue Tied
20) Foals – Miami
21) The Cribs – Come On, Be A No-One
22) All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
23) The King Blues – Headbutt
24) Slaves – Cheer Up London
25) Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Aint Dead
26) CJ2 – Going Nowhere
27) Miles Kane – Better Than That
28) Jeff Buckley – So Real
29) Zac Brown Band – Homegrown
30) Rolling Stones – (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction
31) Police – Message In A Bottle
32) Ordinary Boys vs Lady Sovereign – Nine2Five

Some things to celebrate. 10 Years since Paramore’s debut album ‘All We Know Is Falling’, so I rightly played a song from that. I went to see Less Than Jake at Chinnerys last night, so I played a ska-punk classic from them.

Join me next week for some indie-resting (see what I did there?) songs next week. Have a great weekend.

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Show 43: Half local, half international!

The last few weeks have seen the likes of Safehouse Productions and Killatrix come onto 50 Shades of Chay as guests. This week I was all on my lonesome… But that doesn’t mean the tunes were missing. In fact, they are just as good as ever.
The first half was just full of great local music. The second half we went to the commerical. A perfect mix from whoever made the playlist (If I say so myself).
So here we go…

1. Finding Miranda – Slow Drive Home
2. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
3. Domino Collective – Not Worth It
4. Heads Up – Cabin By The River
5. The Kazans – The Pretender
6. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
7. Klair Quest – The Whole Experience
8. Amy Sergeant – Bite The Bullet
9. Graham Okey – Rage
10. CJ2 – Going Nowhere
11. Freedom Givers – Golden Days
12. Gregg – Just A Song
13. These New Puritans – We Want War
14. Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metalheads
15. Slaves – Cheer Up London
16. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Aint Dead
17. Foals – Miami
18. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
19. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
20. Jamie T – Salvador
21. The Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
22. Miles Kane – Better Than That
23. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me
24. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow
25. The Cribs – Come On, Be A No-One
26. King Blues – Headbutt
27. Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
28. Frank Turner – The Next Storm
29. Weezer – Buddy Holly
30. Art Brut – Direct Hit

Well with Killatrix and Safehouse scoring eight each on 50 Grades Smarter, that puts them both on joint top with Safehouse with SJ Denney. Makes great reading for if there is a grand final at the end of the year.

Here is the leaderboard.

Stuart Denney 8
Killatrix 8
Safehouse 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran McLoughlin 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Join me next week for more 50 Shades of Chay.

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Killatrix back in session

Click here to hear in the interview again:

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Essex electrodirters Killatrix came into the studio for their third Phoenix FM session just before their performance at the Brentwood Festival.

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SinDii, Sam, Chris and Paul told us about what they’ve been up to for the last few months and also gave us three songs live in the studio which you can see again below:

You can find out more about them on their official website or their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Helloooo – it’s been a while

Long time no speak
Hello everyone,

Sorry for my absense, one has been without a laptop. However, that hasn’t stopped the fun times on 50 Shades of Chay. Here is a section of the songs i have played on my show. Many of which have been from the PhoenixFM library due to myself not been able to upload any of my music. I found some gems which I’d forgotten all about.

28/05/15
1. The Enemy – Gimme The Sign
2. Radiohead – Just
3. The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream
4. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
5. The Strokes – Last Night
6. Kings of Leon = On Call
7. Lana Del Rey – Off To The Races
8. Foals – My Number
9. Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy
10. Kaiser Chiefs – Loves Not A Competition
11. Elastica – Connection
12. Everything Everything – My Kz Ur Bf
13. Catfish And The Bottlemen
14. Domino Collective – Not Worth It
15. Clean Bandit – Extraordinary
16. T Rex – I Love To Boogie
17. The Beatles – Please Please Me
18. Alabama Shakes – I Found You
19. James Vincent McMorrow – All Points
20. Jake Bugg – A Song About Love
21. Freedom Givers – Golden Days
22. Stone Roses – Elizabeth My Dear
23. Travis – Writing To Reach You
24. Taylor Swift – Treacherous
25. Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang
26. Sum 41 – Fat Lip
27. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I’d Pick You Everytime
28. Mumford and Sons – Dust Bowl Dance
29. Outkast – Miss Jackson
30. PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
31. Paramore – Daydreaming
32. Stornoway – Love Song Of A Beta Male.
4/6/15
1. Chemical Brother – Let Forever Be
2. Paramore – Daydreaming
3. Foals – My Number
4. The Crooked Vultures – New Fang
5. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
6. Domino Collective – Not Worth It
7. Black Keys – Tighten Up
8. Chas and Dave – Rabbit
9. The Wombats – Give Me A Try
10. The Jam – Start
11. Everything Everything – My KZ Ur Bf
12. Don Broco – Yeam Man
13. Finding Miranda – Summer Rain
14. Heads Up – Cabin By The River
15. Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
16. Lucy Rose – Bikes
17. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Can’t Go Back
18. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
19. Supergrass – Alright
20. Taylor Swift – Style
21. Stornoway – Get Low
22. Bedouin Soundclash – When The Night Feels My Song
23. Arctic Monkeys – Why You Only Call Me When You’re High?
24. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
25. Kasabian – Days Are Forgotten
26. KC and The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
27. Knack – My Sharona
28. Madcon – Beggin
29. Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
30. The Police – Message In A Bottle
31. Sugababes – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
11/6/15
1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
2. Yuck – Get Away
3. Foo Fighters – Feast And The Famine
4. Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
5. Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is The Sun
6. Bloc Party – Helicopter
7. Clean Bandit – Extraordinary
8. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
9. Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
10. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
11. General Fiasco – Waves
12. Pulled Apart By Horses – High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
13. Everything Everything – Qwerty Finger
14. Pvris – My House
15. First Aid Kit – Cedar Lane
16. Frank Turner – Wanderlust
17. Defiled – Five Minutes
18. The 1975 – Settle
19. Peace – Love Sick
20. Florence And The Machine – Shake It Out
21. Bassment Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
18/6/15
1. The Smith’s – How Soon Is Now?
2. Squeeze – Up The Junction
3. The Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
4. Travis – Sing
5. Wannadies – You And Me Song
6. Years and Years – King
7. The 1975 – The City
8. Biffy Clyro – Victory Over The Sun
9. Arctic Monkeys – Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High?
10. Blur – Coffee and TV
11. The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
12. The Caesers – Jerk It Out
13. Cast – Fine Time
14. Crowded House – Weather With You
15. Ed Sheeran – Don’t
16. Everything Everything – Distance Past
17. Florence And the Machine – Ship To Wreck
18. Taylor Swift – Style
19. Frightened Rabbit – Backyard Skulls
20. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
21. Lazlo Bane – I’m No Superman
22. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
23. The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
24. Mallory Knox – When Are We Waking Up?
25. Morrisey – Irish Blood, English Heart
26. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
27. OK Go – Here It Goes Again
28. Oasis – Importance Of Being Idle
29. Koopa – The Crash
30. Sixpense None The Richer – Kiss Me
31. The Rembrants – I’ll Be There For You
25/06/15
1. Pulp – Common People
2. The La’s – There She Goes
3. Blur – Ong Ong
4. Knack – My Sharona
5. Kirsty MacColl – A New England
6. The Futureheads – Beginning Of The Twist
7. The Jam – Eton Rifles
8. Happy Mondays – Step On
9. Jagwar Ma – The Throw
10. Everything Everything – Kemosabe
11. Frank Turner – Poetry Of The Deed
12. Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine
13. The Who – My Generation
14. James Bay – Hold Bakc The River
15. Hozier – Take Me To Church
16. Alabama Shakes – I Found You
17. Rae Morris – Closer
18. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
19. Lianne La Havas – If Your Love Big Enough
20. Django Django – First Light
21. Peace – Wraith
22. Clean Bandit – Extraordinary
23. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone
24. Jamie T – Sheila
25. The Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses
26. Catfish and The Bottlemen – Pacifier
27. Circa Waves – T Shirt Weather
28. The Vaccines – Teenage Icon
29. Foo Fighters – Best Of You

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Show 35: Just massive choons!!!

Here is my playlist for the 21st May 2015. Nothing to report this week, I’ll have more next week after my sporting weekend extravaganza from going to See Southend at Wembley and Lords for the Cricket on Sunday.
For now however, here is some massive choons (tunes) for you to enjoy.
1. Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
2. Villagers – Nothing Arrived
3. The View – Same Jeans
4. The Zutons – Valerie
5. Stereophonics – Hurry Up and Wait
6. The Rifles – Science In Violence
7. The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
8. Peace – Wraith
9. The Maccabees – Can You Give It?
10. London Grammar – Hey Now
11. Lucy Rose – Bikes
12. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
13. Cee-Lo Green – Forget You
14. Klair Quest – This Whole Experience
15. Graham Okey – Rage
16. Ren Stedman – Honestly
17. The Editors – Bones
18. Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys
19. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
20. Paul Weller – Push It Along
21. Pvris – My House
22. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
23. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
24. These New Puritans – Hologram
25. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk
26. Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
27. Swim Deep – Francisco
28. T Rex – I Love To Boogie
29. MGMT – Brian Eno
30. Stornoway – Love Song Of A Beta Male
Thirty great songs for you to divulge in. You can listen to the show back on my Mixcloud by clicking the link below…

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Show 34: Tried and tested route

No guest this week, I was all on my lonesome, however it doesn’t mean there wasn’t going to be any great music place.
So this week I went down a tried and tested route of songs I have played before. These songs were…
1. Frank Turner – We Shall Not Overcome
2. Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
3. Band of Horses – Feud
4. The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
5. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
6. Alt J – Breezeblocks
7. Rae Morris – Closer
8. Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
9. Marmaduke Duke – Rubber Lover
10. The Las – There She Goes
11. The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
12. Kasabian – Empire
13. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow
14. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
15. Muse – Starlight
16. Disclosure Feat. Eliza Doolittle – You and Me
17. Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
18. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
19. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Can’t Go Back
20. The Cure – In Between Days
21. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
22. James Vincent McMorrow – The Old Dark Machine
23. Ben Howard – Only Love
24. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
25. Black Keys – Tighten Up
26. Kings of Leon – Pyro
27. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
28. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours
29. King Blues – I Got Love
30. Noah And The Whale – Five Years Time
31. Heads Up – Cabin By The River
32. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
Missed it? Listen to it back on my Mixcloud.

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Show 31: SJ Denney pops in

So this week brought the return of SJ Denney. He, alongside Roisin O’Hagan and Amy Sergeant performed on my Xmas special. Denney, the “S” standing for Stuart, is in the process of releasing his new EP “The Waiting Room”, I’ve listened to it… and its pretty darn good.
AND he is currently leading 50 Grades Smarter, earning eight out of a possible 15. Although, it did not go down well with previous participants, claiming he got easy questions.
1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Right Stuff
2. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
3. REM – Imitation of Life
4. SJ Denney – The Great Unknown
5. Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
6. Oasis – Rockin’ Chair
7. SJ Denney – Another Way To Fade (Live in the studio)
8. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
9. Jake Bugg – Broken
10. Roisin O’Hagan – At Our Finest
11. SJ Denney – Knee Jerk Blues (Live in the studio)
12. Neil Young – Alabama
13. Paul Weller – Echoes Round The sun
14. Lucy Rose – Watch Over
15. Elbow – The Fix
16. The Wings – Love In Song
17. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
18. SJ Denney – Average Man (Live in the studio)
19. Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
20. The Enemy – 40 Days and 40 Nights
21. Franz Ferdinand – This Fire
You can listen to the show back on this link… https://www.mixcloud.com/chay-appleyard/
Here is the current scoreboard of 50 Grades Smarter.
Name Score
Stuart Denney 8
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

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Show 29 and 30: Three shows in week, here is the latter two.

After doing my Oasis top 20 show I did my normal show the day after, and as a special bonus from doing a 12 shift at work on a Sunday, I will able to finish the day with another show.
Here are the playlist, starting with my regular show on Thursday…
1. Kasabian – Club Foot
2. Blur – Country House
3. Eagles of Death Metal – Stuck In The Metal
4. Black Keys – Stop Stop
5. Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
6. Green Day – The Ballad of Willhem Fink
7. Dancehall Crashers – Triple
8. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
9. James Vincent McMorrow – Breaking Hearts
10. First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows
11. The Maccabees – No Kind Words
12. Luke Sanders – Mary
13. Alex Turner – It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind
14. Laura Marling – Rambling Man
15. Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood
16. Paolo Nutini – One Day
17. Keane – Is It Any Wonder
18. The Cribs – Chi-Town
19. Kaiser Chiefs – Caroline, Yes
20. King Blues – Modern Life Has Let Me Down
21. Frank Turner – I am Disappeared
22. Editors – Escape The Nest
23. Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running
24. Coldplay – Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
25. Beatles – Do You Want To Know A Secret
26. Buddy Holly – Rave On
27. T-Rex – Metal Guru
28. Johnny Cash – The Battle of New Orleans
29. Luke Sanders – Two Of A Kind
30. Band Of Horses – Knock Knock
31. Kings Of Leon – Back Down South
32. The Redlands Palamino Company – Don’t Fade
33. Stornoway – Josephine
34. Stevie wonder – Part Time Lover
For my second playlist for Sunday…
1. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
2. The Jam – Start
3. Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
4. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing In My House
5. Miles Kane – Inhaler
6. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
7. The Vaccines – Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
8. Snow Patrol – Spitting Games
9. Peace – Lovesick
10. Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
11. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
12. Biffy Clyro – Whose Got A Match?
13. Coldplay – Charlie Brown
14. Don Broco – Yeah Man
15. General Fiasco – The Age That You Start Losing Friends
16. The Kazans – That Girl
17. Paramore – Still Into You
18. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
19. The Subways – Rock and Roll Queen
20. Supergrass – Moving
21. Tame Impala – Elephant
22. Ren Stedman – Honestly
23. Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
24. Basement – Where’s Your Head At?
25. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
26. Boxer Rebellion – Spitting Fire
27. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses
28. The La’s – Feelin
29. Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed
30. Madness – Wings Of A Dove
31. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Ain’t Dead.
Hope you enjoyed the shows. Busy week. I’ll be putting them up on Mixcloud soon.

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Show 28: The Robes

So after having a comedian last week, we went back to having live musical guests in the studio. The Robes are a band from Upminster who I met recently when performing with my band Finding Miranda. I liked them so much, I invited them in the studio.
Here is the playlist I chose in their company…
1. Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
2. Black Keys – Lonely Boy
3. Arctic Monkeys – Bet That you Look Good On The Dancefloor
4. The Robes – Are You Gonna Be Mine? (Live in the studio)
5. Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
6. The Libertines – Horror Show
7. Royal Blood – Little Monsters
8. The Robes – See The Light (Live in the studio)
9. Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
10. Sum 41 – Never Waking Up
11. Blink 182 – First Date
12. The Robes – White Horse (Live in the studio)
13. Temper Trap – Fader
14. Oasis – Live Forever
15. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk MY Life Up)
16. The Vaccines – Teenage Icon
17. Kaiser Chiefs – Everything Is Average Nowadays
18. Useless I.D. – Too Bad You Don’t Get It
19. Indeclinable Ambuscade – Not Again
20. The Robes – Don’t You Want To Know (Live in the studio)
21. Queens of The Stone Age – If I Had A Tail
22. We Are Scientist – The Scene Is Dead
23. The Robes – Moving On (Live in the studio)
24. The Kooks – Ooh La
If you want to listen to the episode back you can log onto my Mixcloud. You can access it on this link… https://www.mixcloud.com/chay-appleyard/
The lads did play 50 Grades Smarter and received a moderate score of four. Nowhere near previous leader Tom Verity with 7 points. The current scoreboard shows…
Name Score
Tom Verity 7
Dangerous Poets 6
Kieran 5
Jenni Pettican 4
The Robes 4
Ren Stedman 3
Blackwaters 3

Join me on Wednesday for my top 20 Oasis show at 10pm. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.

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50 Shades Of Chay

I like mixing things up on 50 Shades of Chay. One thing I do like to do is laugh. So I asked a good friend of mine Tom Verity, who is an aspiring comedian to come on the show and make me chuckle, and I must say… he succeeded with great ease.
Tom requested some Royal Blood and Alt-J, so I made it happen, along with these other great songs…
1. Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
2. Noah and The Whale – Five Years Time
3. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
4. Paolo Nutini – Jenny Don’t Be Hasty
5. The Cribs – Martell
6. Snow Patrol – Splitting Games
7. Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
8. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
9. Alt-J – Fitzpleasure
10. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Stop
11. Oasis – Part of the Queue
12. King Blues – I Got Love
13. Matt Nathanson – Laid
14. Citizen Fish – Alienation
15. Rancid – Blacklisted
16. Samiam – Long Enough To Forget You
17. Fightstar – The English Way
18. Outkast – Prototype
19. Kanye West – I’ll Fly Away
20. Biffy Clyro Bubbles
Tom did participate in 50 Grades Smarter – AND HE IS CURRENTLY LEADING. Beating Dangerous Poets to the top with 7/15 correct answers. As it stands he will be in the final come December.
He is looking to do more with his comedy. You can hear the episode back on my Mixcloud which is on the link below.

Next week I will have local band The Robes in for a session. Join us for another night of great music.

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Show 20: BlackWaters first ever radio interview

Oh to be sixteen/seventeen again and to be in a band with your friends and have an extended group follow you round coming to gig to gig and listen to you on the radio.
Well I’m… older now but having BlackWaters on the show on Thursday reminded me of good times being a teenager in a band with my school mates.
Here is the playlist which includes the bands live performances…
1. The Wombats – Moving To New York
2. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
3. The Vaccines – Blow It Up
4. BlackWaters – Go Easy (Live in the studio)
5. Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
6. T-Rex – Telegram Sam
7. BlackWaters – A New Kind of Low (Live in the studio)
8. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
9. Muse – Starlight
10. Rancid – Blacklisted
11. Samiam – Long Enough To Forget You
12. Screeching Weasels – Dirty Needles
13. Miles Kane – Better Than That
14. The Las – Timeless Melody
15. BlackWaters – Chomp (Live in the studio)
16. Paolo Nutini – Bus Talk
17. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
18. Biffy Clyro – Who’s Got A Match?
19. BlackWaters – As I Grow Younger (Live in the studio)
20. Banana Splits Theme Songs
21. Finding Miranda – Slow Drive Home
22. BlackWaters – Toxic (Britney Spears) (Live in the studio)
23. Oasis – Slide Away
24. BlackWaters – Bloodrush
25. Kaiser Chiefs – Loves Not A Competition
BlackWaters were a thoroughly enjoying band to have on the show and I’d have them back. You can catch their live performances on my Mixcloud. https://www.mixcloud.com/chay-appleyard/
The band did participate in 50 Grades Smarter, which they scored three points (even if one was given to them), they may not reach the final but at least they gave it their best.

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Show 24 and 25 – ladies week and dangerous poetry readings

On show 24, it was slap bang in between International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, so what better way to celebrate both occasions than to have an all-women’s show.
Actually, this has been one of my favourite weeks musically. I felt as though this was very varied in styles and genres and looking at the playlist, I am pleased with what I have chosen. So here is some girl power!!!
1. Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
2. Paramore – Misery Business
3. Avril Lavigne – I Don’t Give
4. Lucy Rose – Red Face
5. Rae Morris – Closer
6. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
7. Pvris – White Noise
8. Ladyhawke – Manipulating Woman
9. La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy
10. Chvrches – Gun
11. The Naked and The Famous – Jilted Lovers
12. Haim – Forever
13. Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
14. London Grammar – Strong
15. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
16. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie
17. Amy Sergeant – Just The Way It Goes
18. Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
19. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
20. Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup
21. Elastica – Soft
22. Lauryn Hill – Ex Factor
23. Lianne La Havas – Au Cinema
24. Laura Marling – What He Wrote
25. Katie Melua – The Closest Thing To Crazy
26. Ellie Goulding – Lights
27. Taylor Swift – Treacherous
28. Miss Dynamite – Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
For my 25th milestone show I had something different of not just songs… but poetry too. I had Dangerous Poets in this week, consisting of Sammy Crooks, Cherry Scott, Olmo Lazarus and Snowy. You can find them on Facebook. I picked songs this week that I felt were some of the best lyrically in my playlist (Apart from maybe Pink Floyd, which has no words, just “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHs”), in-between the songs the poets performed some of the pieces they have written…
1. Arctic Monkeys – Crying Lightning
2. Oasis – The Importance of Being Idle
3. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
4. Olmo Lazarus – Most Descends
5. Cherry Scott – Through The Window
6. Mumford and Sons – The Cave
7. Alt-J – Matilda
8. Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
9. Snowy – I Sold My Soul Today
10. Sammy Crooks – Job For Life
11. Vampire Weekend – Worship You
12. Frank Turner – Redemption
13. Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish
14. De La Soul – Jenifa Taught Me
15. Olmo Lazarus – Raised Afraid
16. Cherry Scott – Through The Window (Part two)
17. The Streets – Sharp Darts
18. Jamie T – Salvador
19. Snowy – Fountain
20. Sammy Crooks – This Time
21. Pink Floyd – The Great Gig In The Sky
22. Elbow – Open Arms
23. Snowy – Wow!
24. Cherry Scott – Untitled
25. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
They did participate in 50 Grades Smarter, they are officially leading with 6 points HOWEVER they did cheat, when the deal was not to discuss answers, they did on a few occasions, and subsequently were deducted points. I am a tough quizmasters.
Next week I have Guildford teenage rockers BlackWaters to come in and play a live set. Tune in. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE ON MY OASIS TOP 20 SHOW. Vote on… http://www.phoenixfm.com/2015/03/21/the-top-20-show-oasis/.
I am also doing the Brighton Marathon on the 12th April, so if you could save a few pennies I would appreciate that a lot. https://www.justgiving.com/chaybrightonmarathon
Till next week, have fun!

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Show 22 and 23: Why haven’t I played these yet?????

50 Shades Of Chay
Show 22 and 23: Why haven’t I played these yet?????
I was looking at my iTunes the other day and I thought “Jeez, there are so many good songs I haven’t played yet. I like to think I barely repeat songs on this show but I felt I needed at least a good couple of songs to expand my playlist. I even found some clean hip hop to play. So on the 26th February I played the following…
1. Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder – Just Good Friends
2. Outkast – Miss Jackson
3. Timberland feat. Keri Hilson – The Way I Are
4. Princess Superstar – Bad Babysitter
5. Kanye West – Love Lockdown
6. Mase – The Love You Need
7. Usher – Confessions
8. Lucy Rose – Bikes
9. Supergrass – Pumping Up Your Stereo
10. T- Rex – Children Of The Revolution
11. Stone Roses – This Is The One
12. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Ballas Of The Mighty I
13. Pulled Apart By Horses – V.E.N.O.M
14. Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys
15. REM – Man On The Moon
16. Keane – Nothing In My Way
17. Neon Neon – Dream Cars
18. Wombats – Backfire At The Disco
19. Stornoway – You Take Me As I Am
20. Steve Earle – Galways Girl
21. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
22. Kate Nash – Mouthwash
23. The Twang – Wide Awake
24. Yuck – The Wall
25. Suede – Filmstar
26. Vaccines – I Wish I Was A Girl
27. Temper Trap – Soldier On
28. Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
29. The View – Claudia

And if that wasn’t enough musical goodness, I expanded it on the 5th March by playing these massive tunes…
1. Kasabian – Roll Like We Used To
2. Queens of The Stone Age – Lost Art To Keeping A Secret
3. Pharrell Williams feat. Jay-Z – Frontin
4. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
5. Gorilaz feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def – Stylo
6. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – You Know We Can’t Go Back
7. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
8. Paul Weller – Push It Along
9. T-Rex – 20th Century Boy
10. Madness – Embarrassment
11. Will Smith – Men In Black
12. Rae Morris – Love Again
13. Vampire Weekend – Step
14. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
15. The Twang – Push The Ghosts
16. The Naked and Famous – No Way
17. Friendly Fires – Show Me Lights
18. The Maccabees – Can You Give It?
19. The Strokes – Hard To Explain
20. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
21. Paolo Nutinit – Coming Up Easy
22. Palma Violets – We Found Love
23. Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
24. Republica – Ready To Go
25. XX – Island
26. Sparkle and R Kelly – Be Careful
27. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
28. James – Sit Down
29. White Striples – One More Cup Of Coffee

Fifty different tracks that I have played in the last two shows. All that I have never played before. Quite frankly, I need to keep this up to keep things nice and fresh. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

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Show 20: Request week

This week I took to Facebook and other sources of social media to ask what my listeners wanted to listen to. Here is the playlist and the people who sent their requests in…
1. Black Keys – Weight of Love (Alexander James, Grays)
2. Maccabees – Latchmere (Luke Sanders, Stanford-Le-Hope)
3. Stereophonics – Pick A Part That’s New (Roger Day, Grays)
4. Mr Quest – Stop Living In The Past (My selection)
5. Harry Cash and the Loose Change – Flaming Room (My Selection)
6. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Cant Stop (Craig Suckling, Grays)
7. Kings of Leon – McFearless (Danielle, South Ockendon)
8. Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers (Darren Wood, Grays)
9. Bow Flats – Ride (Tony Buckley, Purfleet)
10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment (Roisin O’Hagan, Chelmsford)
11. Blur – Universal (Darren Kavanagh, Swanscombe)
12. Pvris – My House (Emma Ward, Purfleet)
13. The Defiled – Five Minutes (Bethany Casey, Grays)
14. KT Tunstall – Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (Amy Sergeant, Southend)
15. Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (Craig Suckling and Darren Kavanagh)
16. Ben Howard – Old Pine (Colin Coates, Grays)
17. Status Quo – Down Down (Neil Davies, South Ockendon)
18. Rebecca Black – Friday (Jake Smith, Tllbury)
19. Bellowhead – Whiskey Is The Life Of Man (Neil Davies)
20. Linkin Park – Crawling (Lenny Swain, Rainham)
21. Ash – Low Ebb (Neil Davies)
22. Banana Splits Theme Tune (My selection – because why on Earth not?)

23. Fightstar – A City On Fire (Ross Souter, Althorne)
24. … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Mistakes and Regrets (Lee Tallon, West Thurrock)
25. Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me (Alexander James)
26. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (Darren Kavanagh)
27. Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed (Chris Teasdale, Grays)
28. Foo Fighters – The Feast and The Famine (Shaun Cirket, Grays)
As You can see some people got more than one. I’m going to choose songs next which haven’t been played on my show as of yet. Starting with Man On The Moon by REM, especially for Mr Chris Teasdale.

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Valentines weekend special :)

Love it or loathe it. It was Valentine’s weekend. I, for one, think it’s nice to embrace it. Commerical? Probably. But I am a romantic and I do love a decent love song. So I picked a host of decent love songs this week…
1. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
2. Miles Kane – Come Closer
3. Maccabees – Love You Better
4. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
5. Foster The People – I Would Do Anything For You
6. Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
7. Madness – Lovestruck
8. Peace – Lovesick
9. Grouplove – Love Will Always Save Your Soul
10. Beatles – From Me To You
11. Buddy Holly – Everyday
12. Beach Boys – God Only Knows
13. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
14. BOB feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
15. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
16. Queens of the Stone Age – Make It With Chu
17. Paramore – The Only Exception
18. Michael Jackson – Human Nature
19. Lianne La Havas – No Room For Doubt
20. Jake Bugg – A Song About Love
21. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
22. King Blues – Headbutt
23. Noah And the Whale – Shape of My Heart
24. Frank Turner – Wanderlust
25. James Vincent McMorrow – And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop
26. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun…
27. David Gray – Sail Away
28. Paolo Nutini – Last Request
29. Taylor Swift – Love Story
I did, however, get a taste of my own medicine by my co-host Bethany Casey this week. She made a Valentines quiz so that I, myself became embarrassed when I got my answers wrong. I got four out of fifteen. I knew nothing about Valentines’ day.

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Show 19: King Kieran

I had Kieran McLoughlin-Spink on the show this week. He is a singer/guitarist who plays in two bands, these are called WithinOurHonour and Fortify.
Kieran released a solo EP last year, and played his song Parenthood live for the very first time. The night after he hosted an acoustic gig at the Thameside Theatre in Grays which a range of the best local acts played.
1. Paramore – That’s What You Get
2. The Las – I Can’t Sleep
3. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
4. Franz Ferdinand – Eleanor Put Your Boots On
5. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – The Kill (Live in the studio/Thirty Seconds To Mars cover)
6. Friendly Fires – Pull Me Back To Earth
7. The Cribs – Pure O
8. Nirvana – In Bloom
9. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Creep (Live in the studio/Radiohead cover)
10. Wild Beasts – We Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues
11. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
12. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
13. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – Parenthood (Live in the studio)
14. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – If It Means A lot To You (Live In The Studio/A Day To Remember cover)
15. Pulled Apart By Horses – Back To The F*** Yeah
16. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
17. The Subways – With You
18. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – She Will Be Loved (Live in the studio/Maroon 5 cover)
19. Blink 182 – First Date
20. Foo Fighters – The Feast and The Famine
21. Fightstar – The Blood Is Black
22. All Time Low – Remembering Sunday
Kieran also participated in 50 Grades Smarter in which he scored five point out of a possible 15. The current scoreboard as it stands…
1. Kieran McLoughlin-Spink – 5
2. Jenni Pettican – 4
3. Ren Stedman – 3

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Show 13: Some stuff I haven’t got round to playing yet

Thirteen may be an unlucky number for some but my three hour extravaganza this week was anything but.
Basically I wanted to choose songs which I have used on the show yet, to keep things nice and fresh. These songs were…
1. Kings of Leon – Pyro
2. Cream – I Feel Free
3. The Eagles – Hotel California
4. Lianne La Havas – Forget
5. Ed Sheeran – Grade 8
6. REM – Orange Crush
7. Stereophonics – We Share The Same Sun
8. The Cribs – Mirror Kisses
9. Bellowhead – Whiskey Is The Life Of Man
10. The Feeling – Never Be Lonely
11. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
12. Ben Howard – Only Love
13. Feeder – Buck Rogers
14. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
15. Matt Nathanson – Laid
16. Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed
17. London Grammar – Hey Now
18. Ellie Goulding – The Writer
19. The Redlands Palamino Company – Call Me Up
20. Taylor Swift – Ours
21. The Script – Nothing
22. Madness – It Must Be Love
23. Kanye West – School Spirit
24. Keane – Spiralling
25. MGMT – Brian Eno
26. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
27. The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
28. Don Broco – Yeah Man
29. The Secret Squirrel Theme Song
30. Foo Fighters – I Should’ve Known
31. Paul McCartney – Dance Tonight
32. The Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist
33. All American Rejects – Move Along
34. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
35. Hard Fi – Hard To Beat
36. Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance
37. Jack Penate – Have I Been A Fool
38. The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?
39. Manic Street Preachers – Australia
40. Charlie Simpson – Long Road Home
41. Bow Flats – Battle
42. Usher – U Turn
43. Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
44. PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
45. Laura Marling – Made By Maid
46. Johnny Cash – Hurt
47. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
This 47 song megathon is only the start. Next week I have Grays singer-songwriter Ren Stedman on the show. And that will be something you cannot miss!

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Show 12: Things to look forward to in 2015.

Show 12: Things to look forward to in 2015.
2014 was an okay year for music, but I am incredibly excited for what is to come in 2015. I had a guest this week in Jenni Pettican who is a radio presenter at her university in Norwich. Jenni and I spoke about the exciting albums which are going to be released this year. All artist mentioned below are going to have a fantastic 2015.
1. Elbow – One Day Like This
2. Offspring – Pretty Fly
3. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
4. Maccabees – Child
5. Foals – My Number
6. The Cribs – Hey Scenesters
7. Frank Ocean – Thinkin’ Bout You
8. Kanye West – Golddigger
9. Darstardly and Muttley theme songs
10. Haim – The Wire
11. Bombay Bicycle Club feat. Rae Morris – Luna
12. Mark Ronson Feat. Lily Allen – Oh My God
13. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
14. Paul Weller – No Tears To Cry
15. Pink Floyd – Time
16. Tame Impala – Why Won’t They Talk To Me
17. Suede – Animal Nitrate
18. Everything Everything – Qwerty Finger
19. Coldplay – Every Teardrops Is A Waterfall
20. Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
21. Blink 182 – Always
22. The Libertines – The Last Post on The Bugle
23. The Wombats – Lets Dance To Joy Division
24. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
25. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
26. Palma Violets – Rattlesnake Highway
27. Peace – Waste Of Paint
28. The Vaccines – I Always Knew
29. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Dani California
30. Florence And The Machine – Shake It Off
31. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis.
Join me next week for more fantastic musical fusion.

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Show 11: End of Year Party

So for my last show of 2014 I decided to play some great R&B and indie songs that would be suitable for a party. You may disagree but I know I did well here…
1. The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
2. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
3. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
4. Noah And The Whale – Five Years Time
5. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
6. Usher Feat. Ludacris and Lil’ Jon – Yeah
7. R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
8. Clean bandit feat. Jess Glynn – Rather Be
9. Hong Kong Phooey Theme Song
10. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
11. La Roux – Bulletproof
12. Ladyhawke – My Delirium
13. Peace – Wraith
14. Miles Kane – Inhaler
15. Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
16. The King Blues – The Futures Not What It Used To Be
17. MGMT – Kids
18. Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
19. Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metalheads
20. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
21. The Cribs – Men’s Needs
22. Madness – Wings Of A Dove
23. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
24. Bloc Party – Helicopter
25. Blink 182 – Josie
26. Arctic Monkeys – D is For Dangerous
27. Basement Jaxx – Romeo
28. Disclosure – F For You
29. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
30. Justin Timberlake feat. Clipse – Like I Love You
31. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
32. Gorillaz – Punk
I have a guest next week in Jenni Pettican. She and I will be going over music that we should get excited for in 2015.

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Show nine and ten: Covering and More Xmas Stuff

So two shows this week: the first covering for Tracy Morter, the second being the tenth show as 50 Shades of Chay.
There was no theme on Tuesday night, just some damn good music…
1. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That you Look On Dancefloor
2. Black Keys – Money Maker
3. General Fiasco – The Age That You Start Losing Friends
4. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
5. Bombay Bicycle Club – What If
6. Peace – Follow Baby
7. Pink Floyd – Breathe (In The Air)
8. Supergrass – Moving
9. Roisin O’Hagan
10. De La Soul – Three
11. Alt-J – Fitzpleasure
12. Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus
13. Ease Springs- Travelling Girl
14. Florence and The Machine – Spectrum
15. Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me
16. Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices
17. Paramore – (Not One Of Those) Crazy Girls
18. Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
19. Paul Weller – Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
20. Newton Faulkner – Gone In The Morning
21. Shiny Toy Guns – You Are The One
22. The Kooks – Naïve
23. Mumford and Sons – Roll Away Your Stone
24. Palma Violets – Step Up For The Cool Cats
25. Bats For Lashes – Laura
26. Coldplay – Shiver
27. James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine
28. Editors – An End Has A Start
29. Elastica – Vaseline
As for my normal show on a Sunday, I did first hour of just good music and the second half as a xmas extravaganza…
1. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
2. Queens Of The Stone Age – My God Is my Son
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Do The Damage
4. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
5. Radiohead – Just
6. The Vaccines – If You Wanna
7. Wake Up The Nation
8. The Pokemon Theme Tune
9. Yuck – Georgia
10. Tame Impala – Elephant
11. Swim Deep – Francisco
12. Travelling Wilburys – Runaway
13. Lumineers – Ho Hey
14. Wealdston Raider – Got No Fans
15. T-Rex – I Love To Boogie
16. Stornoway – Watching Birds
17. Wild Beasts – All The Kings Men
18. The Wombats – Is This Christmas
19. Kylie – Santa Baby
20. This Remarkable Vessel – Away In A Manger
21. Peggy Lee – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
22. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
23. Dean Martin – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
24. The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
25. Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
26. The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
27. This Remarkable Vessel – Deck The Halls
28. Mud – Lonely This Christmas
29. Cee-Lo Green – What Christmas Means To Me
30. This Remarkable Vessel – Little Drummer Boy
31. Brenda Lee – Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
32. Eddie Cochran – I Want Elvis For Christmas
33. The Drifters – The Christmas Song
34. Bing Crosby – Winter Wonderland
35. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
36. This Remarkable Vessel – Frosty the Snowman
So that is it for Christmas songs this year. Next week we will have an end of year party with the best rock, R&B and indie music that you can dance too.
HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!

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Show eight: The Xmas Party

I think I had a bit too much fun with this week… But who cares? IT’S XMAS SOON!!! I wanted to celebrate it in the best way possible.
This week I had three guest, Amy Sergeant from Southend, Roisin O’Hagan from Chelmsford and S J Denney from Leigh-On-Sea, who filled in last minute for the unwell Amy Westney. All three are aspiring musicians all acoustic guitars were used but each with their own unique flavour. One rule: they all had to play at least one Xmas cover… and all acts were fantastic.
Along with the live performances, the playlist includes…
1. The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
2. The Wombats – Is This Christmas?
3. Eddie Cochran With The Holly Twins – I Want Elvis For Christmas
4. S J Denney – War Is Over (Live)
5. Cee-Lo Green – What Christmas Means to Me
6. This Remarkable Vessel – Xmas Carols
7. Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas
8. S J Denney – The Great Unknown (Live)
9. S J Denney – Bite My Tongue (Live)
10. Dean Martin – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
11. This Remarkable Vessel – Xmas Carols
12. Amy Sergeant – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Live)
13. Amy Sergeant – Temper (Live)
14. Kylie Minogue – Santa baby
15. Glen Campbell – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
16. Roisin O’Hagan – Last Christmas (Live)
17. Roisin O’Hagan – Blood (Live)
18. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Lie (Live)
19. Peggy Lee – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
20. This Remarkable Vessel – Xmas Carols
21. Mud – Lonely This Christmas
22. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
23. Kingston Trio – We Wish You A Merry Christmas
24. The Impressions – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The This Remarkable Vessel tracks are made from my fellow bandmate Lee Tallon, who last year made everyone a Christmas Album which he put in the cards he sent out to people. He is planning to repeat the idea this year but with new songs. I also used some of his Christmas instrumentals throughout the Xmas quiz.
The quiz was a last minute idea I had. It was a funny experience and it caused a tense atmosphere. Amy, Roisin and Stuart (S J Denney) all wanted to win. There could only be one winner, and that was Amy Sergeant who became a proud owner of some Cadbury Milk Tray chocolates, all of which was likely to be stolen by Amy’s mother when she returned home.
Here’s to a great Christmas with only 11 days to go! See you on Tuesday, I am covering for Tracy Morter. 

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Show seven: Essex Finest

Before going into xmas shows in the coming weeks this week has been purely based on the best of Essex. A lot of these are local bands and a considerable amount are peers of Finding Miranda. After a lot of research this week I settled on the following playlist…
1. Blur – Coffee and TV
2. These New Puritans – We Want War
3. The Horrors – New Ice Age
4. Ease Springs – Swayze
5. Bow Flats – I Know What I know
6. Fallen Poets –All This Time
7. McFly – Dynamite
8. The Saturdays – Beggin
9. Gorillaz – White Flag
10. The Jetsons Theme Tune
11. Boxer Rebellion – Spitting Fire
12. Amy Sergeant – Uneven Ground
13. Klair Quest – Lie A Little
14. Turtle Soup – Robin
15. The Defaults – Eventually
16. The Kazans – One Winner
17. Pixie Lott – Dedication To My Ex
18. Interpol – Evil
19. BreakForCover – Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
20. C2J – Going Nowhere
21. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark Dark Lie
22. Jessie J – Domino
23. The Fancy Dress Party – Fall Into Day
24. Finding Miranda – Every Bit of Abuse
25. Prodigy – Breathe
26. Galug Vakation – Days of Her Life
27. Breaking Illusion – Shatter Control
28. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
29. The Las – Feelin
Picking songs from Essex was harder than I thought. It was lucky I had lots of local music to play, and it is good that I had a lot of variety of music to play on this show in particular. From the country of Roisin O’Hagan, to the indie of The Kazans to the rock of Breaking Illusion.
Next week is the most exciting yet, we have three great local acts to come in and play some xmas covers… take the to stage Amy Westney, Amy Sergeant and Roisin O’Hagan.

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Show Six: Money Money Money

Well this was my third show in a week. A very busy seven days ended with finding myself in that joyous time of the month where payday has just been and gone but the expenditure this month will be hefty due to that wonderful religious holiday… Christmas.
So I based this week’s show on money. If we have none of it or too much it will always affect us all. So here is my rich playlist (get it?)…
1. Queens of The Stone Age – You Think I Am Not Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
2. Usher – Pop Ya Collar
3. Pulp – Common People
4. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar
5. Basement Jaxx – Bingo Bongo
6. Beady Eye – Millionaire
7. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
8. Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
9. Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling
10. Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi
11. Yogi Bear Theme Tune
12. Eagles of Death Metal – Stacks O’ Money
13. Foster The People – Life On The Nickel
14. Jamie T – If You Got The Money
15. Frank Turner – If Ever I Stray
16. Pink Floyd – Money
17. Oasis – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
18. The Clash – Career Opportunities
19. Mase – Money Comes and Goes
20. M.I.A – Pull Up The People
21. The Jam – Pretty Green
22. Rolling Stone – Casino Boogie
23. Reverend and The Makers – Bandits
24. The View – Superstar Tradesman
25. The Smiths – Frankly Mr Shankly
26. The Enemy – 2 Kids
27. Hard Fi – Cash Machine
28. These New Puritans – £4
29. The Libertines – Begging
30. Band of Skulls – Death By Diamonds and Pearls
31. 1975 – Money
32. Foals – Two Steps, Twice
The last songs has nothing to do with money. Truth is, I ran out of songs. It is a great song to end on anyway.
Next week will be entitled ‘Essex Finest’. Some local and some mainstream music to keep your ears happy.

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Shows four and five: Escapism/covering on Tuesday night

Well I had a wonderful time in Scotland, it kinda sucked coming home to be honest. Too many boozers and in such a small amount of time.
England came away 3-1 winners and there wasn’t a bit of trouble in sight. After the media made it out as if my friends and I were going to enter a war zone, everybody was friendly and it was lovely to get away for a few days.
Que creating a playlist about escapism. The idea of getting away from your normal surrounding to somewhere else completely different…
1. Madness – Night Boat To Cairo
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
3. General Fiasco – Ever So Shy
4. Yuck – Get Away
5. Fightstar – Mercury Summer
6. Franz Ferdinand – Jacqueline
7. The Drums – Lets Go Surfing
8. Beautiful South – Rotterdam
9. Top Cat Theme Tune
10. First Aid Kit – This Old Routine
11. Coldplay – Violet Hill
12. Foo Fighters – Rope
13. Blur – Magic America
14. The Enemy – Had Enough
15. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow
16. Oasis – Cigarettes and Alcohol
17. Paramore – Daydreaming
18. Hard Fi – Middle Eastern Holiday
19. Maccabees – Go
20. Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise
21. KT Tunstall – Other Side Of The World
22. The Kazans – Hollywood
23. Futureheads – Le Garage
24. The Doves – There Goes The Fear
25. Queens Of The Stone Age – Auto Pilot
26. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
27. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
28. Klair Quest – Our Song
29. The Jam – That’s Entertainment
30. Elbow – New York Morning
31. Villagers – My Lighthouse
Then on Tuesday I covered for Tracy Morter which I kept things simple and chose songs which I had already played or wanted to play but never got the time in the two hours I have on Sunday.
1. Dananananakroyd – Reboot
2. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
3. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
4. Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
5. Band of Horses – Feud
6. Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
7. Black Keys – Money Maker
8. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
9. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
10. We Are Scientist – Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
11. Outkast – Hey Ya
12. Foals – Out Of The Woods
13. Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
14. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
15. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
16. The Wombats – Kill The Director
17. Young Knives – She’s Attracted To
18. Everything Everything – My KZ Ur BF
19. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
20. B.O.B Feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
21. Bassment Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
22. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8
23. Disclosure Feat. Eliza Doolittle – You and Me
24. 1975 – Chocolate
25. The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
26. The Coral – Dreaming Of You
27. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
28. Radiohead – High and Dry
29. Lana Del Rey – Off To The Races
30. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
31. Finding Miranda – Karaoke Singers
Hope you can join me on Sunday 😀

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Show Three: Scotland vs England

In preparation of my trip to Glasgow to watch England play Scotland I decided to do a playlist of bands from each nation up against each other to see how they fair. I played them in two songs stints alternating from each country. Below is my playlist…
1. Dananananakroyd – Reboot vs Foals – My Number
2. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To vs Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
3. Biffy Clyro – A Whole Child Ago vs Pulled Apart By Horses – High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
4. Paolo Nutini – She’s in Fashion (Feat. Janelle Monae) vs Frank Turner – I Still Believe
5. Travis – Sing vs Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
6. The Fratellis – Whistle For The Choir vs The Enemy – Gimme The Sign
7. The View – Face For The Radio vs The Libertines – Time For Heroes
8. Snow Patrol – You’re All That I have vs Oasis – Supersonic
9. Jesus And Mary Chain – April Skies vs The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
10. Chvrches – Night Skies vs Kasabian – Processed Beats
11. Twin Atlantic – Yes, I Was Drunk vs Bombay Bicycle Club – Ivy and Gold
12. Kassidy – Get By vs Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I love You Less and Less
13. Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone vs Reverend and The Makers – The Machine (Feat. Alex Turner)
14. KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See vs Jake Bugg – Me and You
15. Primal Scream – Loaded vs The Wombats – Kill The Director
Now we all know England won the game but I felt in regards as music is concerned they match up well. The majority of Scottish acts came from Glasgow and I suppose that is poignant as that is where the game was played but it took until KT Tunstall to find an act from Edinburgh and that fascinated me.
I had a great time in Glasgow. Would love to go back. Join me on Sunday at 6pm to play songs about escapism. Weird subject I know, but I enjoyed getting away for a few days.

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Show two: Dave Shalloe – The King of Creative

This week I had my first guest this week. I couldn’t think of anyone better than local legend Dave Shalloe.
The owner of Creative Studios on the A128 Dave and his team has done wonders for my band, Finding Miranda in the production of both our EP’s. It is not just us that he has helped out but hundreds of bands in the region over the course of the last eight years.
I asked Dave to bring in some of the music that he has worked on that he is proud of. Here is a list of what he chose and some tunes that I picked out for the occasion…
1. Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
2. Them Crooked Vultures –Dead End Friends
3. Bloc Party – Helicopter
4. Foals – Cassius
5. Defaults – Eventually
6. Gulag Vakation – Days of Her Life
7. David Axtell –Saddest Song
8. Breaking Illusion – Shatter Control
9. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
10. Finding Miranda – Whether Tis Nobler
11. The Kazans – That Girl
12. Kings of Leon – Red Morning Light
13. Chaos Theory – My Enemy
14. Tenek – Track One
15. Turbulence – Land of Confusion
16. Kinetic – Zombie
17. BreakForCover – Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
18. Robin – Turtle Soup
The tenth song we played is the first play from Finding Miranda’s new EP “Find Ghost”. We will be releasing that shortly. Also included is a band that I met at the O2 in Islington named the Kazans, who are a great young band originating from Harlow and Southend, they are released their EP also entitled “That Girl” which you can find on iTunes.
Next week in preparation of my trip to Scotland to watch England in my first ever football away game, my theme will be “Scotland act vs England act”. I’ll alternate between the two, so the first two bands Dananananakroyd will be up against Foals.

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Show one: My New Show Sounds Like This…

On the 2nd November 2014 I presented my first regular show on Phoenix FM. I decided to call it 50 Shades of Chay because one or two people have coined that in the past as a band name. Mainly due to the fact it makes people laugh.

I gave myself the easy task in the first week of just picking a host of songs which I feel would work as a collective. In time I would like to theme the show’s most weeks to give it a different edge, but as I am new to the schedule then I think it would be suitable to ease my way in gently.

So here is my first ever playlist…
1.Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Good Rebel
2.Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
3.1975 – Chocolate
4.Two Door Cinema Club – Come Back Home
5.Klaxons – Golden Skans
6.Alt-J – Breezeblocks
7.Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
8.Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle – You and Me
9.Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
10.Amy Sergeant – Racing The Tide
11.Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
12.C2J – Going Nowhere
13.Black Keys – Lonely Boy
14.Peace – Wraith
15.Palma Violets – Best of Friends
16.Villagers – Nothing Arrived
17.First Aid Kit – Emmylou
18.Hanna-Barbara – Tra La La (Banana Splits theme song)
19.Finding Miranda – Every Bit of Abuse
20.The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny
21.The Maccabees – Glimmer
22.Reverend and the Makers – Heavyweight Champion of the World
23.Beady Eye – Beatles and Stones
24.Fightstar – A City On Fire
25.Foo Fighters – Dear Rosemary
26.Coldplay – Charlie Brown
27.Chvrches – Recover
28.King Blues – I Got Love
29.Stornoway – The Great Procrastinator
30.The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

I’m sure as it is soon to hit Christmas themed but I made sure this week I had a small unsigned section for peers, a small dedication to Beady Eye as they called it quits during the week and I’m keeping the cartoon theme songs going. What better than the Banana Splits, right?

I have the king of Creative studios, Dave Shalloe joining me and I’m certain he will make an interesting interview.

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