Category Archives: The Weekend Starts Here

November has Well and Truly Started

We looked back to a great weekend in local sport, with a large quota of local teams going through to the 2nd round of the FA Cup including Chelmsford City.  We akso liiked ahead to a busy weekend of live events.

Playlist as follows:-

Blur – For Tomorrow
REM – All The Way To Reno
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Skunk Anansie – Weak
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Wild Beasts – Albatross
Ultravox – All Stood Still
Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U
Tori Amos – Professional Widow
Al Stewart – On The Border
Mcalmont And Butler – Yes
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Fox – S-S-Single Bed
Björk – Play Dead (With David Arnold)
Madonna – Live To Tell
Johnny Cash – Gods Gonna Cut You Down
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Terry Callier – Time Peace – Love Theme From Spartacus
Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane
Marillion – Kayleigh
Oscar Peterson – Hymn To Freedom

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Firework Weekend Starts Here

As we head into November and the weather threatens local sport fixtures, we also looked through all the local firework displays in a show that started 2 hours earlier than normal.  Music as follows:-


The Teardrop Explodes – Passionate Friend
Inxs – Disappear
Alice Cooper – Poison
Faces – Stay With Me
Crowded House – Saturday Sun
Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
My Life Story – Girl A, Girl B, Boy C
Joni Mitchell – This Flight Tonight
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Marlborough Road
Soft Cell – Torch
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
The Maccabees – No Kind Words
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Shocking Blue – Venus
Genesis – I Know What I Like
Gary Numan – We Are Glass
Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground
Joe Cocker – With Little Help From My Friends
George Harrison – What Is Life
The Police – Voices Inside My Head
Xtc – Senses Working Overtime
REM – First We Take Manhattan
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

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25th of October Playlist

Two hours of music as follows:-

Squeeze – Cool For Cats
Split Enz – I Got You
David Bowie – Heroes
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive
Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices
Clash – I Fought The Law
Van Morrison – Gloria
Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
New Order – Blue Monday
Black – Wonderful Life
Passions – I’m In Love With A German Film Star
Blur – Song 2
The Doors – Riders On The Storm
Terry Callier – I Don´t Want See Myself
Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful World Beautiful People
Laura Branigan – Gloria
Kraftwerk – Showroom Dummies (Single)
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
Pulp – Common People
Nirvana – Come As You Are
Robert Palmer – Looking For Clues
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane
10Cc – Wall Street Shuffle

Every Thursday between 10 and midnight, The Weekend Starts Here on Phoenix FM.

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18th of October Looking Ahead to the Weekend

Playlist for the week as follows:-

Prince – When Doves Cry
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Beatles – Revolution
E.L.O – All Over The World
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Inxs – New Sensation
R.E.M. – At My Most Beautiful
Nina Simone – Put A Spell On You
Neil Young – Helpless
White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
Bobby Darin – Mack The Knife
Bonnie Raitt – Nick Of Time
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Kula Shaker – Tattva
Goldfrapp – Alive
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
The Verve – Lucky Man
The Automatic – Monster
Roxy Music – Dance Away
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
Republica – Ready To Go
Simon & Garfunkel – 59Th Street Bridge Song
Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love
Michael Mcdonald – Sweet Freedom
Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same

We looked ahead to the weekend’s local events and sport across Essex.

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Quite a Few Long Tracks This Week

Looking ahead to the weekend where the weather forecast was promising. I had a chance to play quite a few long tracks for two hours, in between the events and news updates.

Van Morrison – Gloria
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Joe Jackson & Iggy Pop – It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing
Nina Simone – I Put a Spell on You
Pet Shop Boys – Your early Stuff
Levellers – One Way
Manic Street Preachers – Kevin Carter
Scott Walker – Patriot (A Single)
Big Audio Dynamite – Medicine Show
Delphic – Good Life
Icicle Works – Love is a Wonderful Colour
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
Al Stewart – The Year of the Cat
David Byrne – Don’t Fence Me In
New Order – Blue Monday
ELO – Mr Blue Sky
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught the Train
Marc Almond – Jacky
Eagles – One of These nights
Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love
Editors – An End Has a Start
Ladyhawke – Black White and Blue
Lloyd Cole – Perfect Skin
Madness – Night Boat to Cairo

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Last Weekend of September Starts Here

Looking at the day’s news, along with the local events coming up and national sport.  The music as follows:-

Blur – There’s No Other Way
Brian Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Killers – Somebody Told Me
Kingsmen – Louie Louie
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same
Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Blondie – Atomic
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
Badly Drawn Boy – Once Around the Block
Beatles – Something
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Bob Sinclar feat Steve Edwards – World Hold On (Children Of The Sky)
Polica – Dark Star
Sultans of Ping – Girlwatchin’
Pigeon Detectives – This Is An Emergency
Busted – Year 3000
Emeli Sande – Read All About It, Pt III
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Perfect Skin
Alanis Morissette – Thank U
Madonna – Music
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
New Order – Hellbent
Gay Dad – To Earth With Love
Beatles – Something
Ocean Colour Scene – Profit In Peace

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20th of September Playlist

Shorter than advertised, we still looked ahead to the weekend of sport and had a look at the pick of the local events.

Music as follows:-

Divine Comedy – The Frog Princess
Embrace – Ashes
David McWilliams – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3
Everything But The Girl – The Only Living Boy In New York
Happy Mondays – Step On
Flight Of The Conchords – Inner City Pressure
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
R.E.M. – Leaving New York
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

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13 September Playlist

Another look ahead to the weekend’s events, with a mixture of music as follows:-


Athlete – Westside
Blondie – Sunday Girl
Fleetwood Mac – Dont Stop
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Smashmouth – Walking On The Sun
Zombies – She’s Not There
Smiths – How Soon Is Now
Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll
Outkast – Ms Jackson
Roxy Music – Love Is A Drug
New Order – True Faith
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Van Morrison – Moondance
Kraftwerk – Showroom Dummies (Single)
Happy Mondays – Step On
James Brown – The Boss
Lonestar – Amazed
Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom
Maroon 5 – Payphone
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
Morrissey – First Of The Gang To Die
Jingle – 3 Sec Vocal
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Supernaturals – Smile
Britney Spears – Till The World Ends

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Going for Gold

Keeping an eye on the Paralympics and looking ahead to the weekend’s events and up and coming sport. We even got time to play some decent music:-

Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Sam And Dave – Soul Man
Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think
Young Knives – Turn Tail
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Stranglers – Peaches
All Seeing I feat Tony Christie – Walk Like A Panther
B-52s – Rock Lobster
Big Country – Wonderland
Blur – There’s No Other Way
Boxer Rebellion – Flashing Red Light Means Go
Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good
Shed Seven – Going For Gold
Tears For Fears – Mothers Talk
Joe Jackson – Stepping Out
REM – Daysleeper
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
Trio – Da Da Da
Queen – We Will Rock You
Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Pulp – Disco 2000
Puretone – Addicted To Bass

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Looking Ahead to a September Weekend

It was a busy evening with the Paralympics in full flow. The chatroom was full of people appreciating the music, which was nice (even if there were requests for the teletubbies).

As usual we looked ahead to the weekend’s events, along with Joe bringing us interviews from his visit to Brentwood Trampoline Club during the week. Joe is due to bring us handball next week.

Playlist as follows:-

Cerys Matthews – Arlington Way
Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
Crash test dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Lily Allen – LDN
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
Cure – Lovesong
Beatles – Get Back
Soup Dragons – I’m Free
Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Nina Simone – Sinnerman
Wierd Al Yankovic – Eat it
Madness – Night Boat to Cairo
Loaded – Primal Scream
Oasis – Whatever
Public Enemy – Harder Than you Think
Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
Maximo Park – The Undercurrents
David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Kylie Minogue – I Believe In You
Lightning Seeds – Life of Riley
Lloyd Cole – Lost Weekend
Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us
Police – Walking on the Moon
Prodigy – Firestarter

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Bank Holiday Starts Here

Thursday evening and in the Bank Holiday mood, as always we looked ahead to the weekend’s events locally as well as on a larger scale with weekend sport and the Reading Festival.

Playlist as follows:-

Kate Bush – Running up That Hill
10cc – Rubber Bullets
Queen – March of the Black Queen
Zutons – You Will You Won’t
Athlete – Half Light
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning
Wolf Parade – You are a runner and I am my Father’s Son
New Order – Blue Monday
Peter Gabriel – Solesbury Hill
Tracy Chapman – Thinking of You
Placebo – Nancy Boy
The Passions – I’m in love with a German Film Star
Green Day – American Idiot
David Bowie – Fashion
Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Spoon – They Never Got You
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
U2 – Desire
Coldplay – Sparks
Supertramp – Breakfast in America
Stranglers – Always the Sun
Steeley Dan – Do it Again
The Who – Pinball Wizard
Landscape – Einstein a Go Go
Visage – Fade to Grey
Madonna – Vogue
Massive Attack – Protection

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Mid August Looking Ahead to the Weekend and the Paralympics

With the summer now in full flow, we looked ahead to the Paralympics starting in less than 2 week’s time.  As always looking ahead to the weekend’s local events and the weather.

We also found time to play some decent music as follows:-

Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy
The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Ladyhawke – Black White and Blue
Spiller – Groovejet
Electrix Six – Gay Bar
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Killers – Runaway
Gossip – Move in the Right Direction
Sam the Sham – Wooly Bully
Rudimental – Feel the Love
Michael Gray – The Weekend
Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
Divine Comedy – Everybody Knows (Except you)
Futureheads – Hounds of Love
Razorlight – Somewhere Else
Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running
Oasis – Cigarettes and Alcohol
Elvis – A little Less Conversation
Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Something Stupid
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Holly Valance – Kiss Kiss
Garbage – Bright Bright World
Coldplay – Princess of China
INXS – Need You Tonight
Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good

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Playlist for the Last Thursday of the Olympics

As always we looked ahead to the weekend, with the Olympic closing ceremony coming up. During the show, we were winning more gold medals, which is always worth talking about.

The playlist as follows:-

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Beatles – Day Tripper
Fleetwood Mac- Oh Diane
10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin Beats
Florence and the Machine – Kiss With a Fist
Foo fighters – Wheels
Fool’s Garden – Lemon Tree
Fun Boy Three – Tunnel of Love
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive
Talking Heads – Psyco Killer
Damned – Eloise
Thrills – One Horse Town
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive
Run DMC Vs Jason Nevins – it’s Like That
U2 – Discotheque
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Scarlet – Independent Love Song
Calvin Harris – Acceptable in the 80s
Bloc Party – Octopus
Idlewild – A Modern Way of Letting Go
The Who – The Kids are Alright
Zutons – Why Won;t You Give Me Your Love?
Young Knives – Turn Tail

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Super Olympic Weekend Starting Here

Keeping an eye on the latest goings on from East London we had a look at the top gigs across the county for the coming weekend. Most of the songs played were number ones from years gone by:-

Morrissey – Suedehead
Jon and Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home
Killers – Runaways
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Petshop Boys – West End Girls
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
Tori Amos – Professional Widow
Madness – House Of Fun
Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again
Beatles – The Ballad Of John & Yoko
Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Dave & Ansil Collins – Double Barrel
Blondie – Call Me – 1980
Ash – Return Of White Rabbit
Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric
Police – Walking On The Moon
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Jam – Beat Surrender
Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
Kraftwerk – The Model
Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
Kinks – You Really Got Me
Animals – The House Of The Rising Sun
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
10cc – I’m Not In Love
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run

The weekend starts on Phoenix FM every Thursday at 10pm.

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The Olympics Starts Here

I really enjoyed playing the following tracks:-

Sparks – The Number One Song In Heaven
Sniff ‘n’ the Tears – Driver’s Seat
Shirley Bassey – Diamonds are Forever
America – Ventura Highway
From Indian Lakes – We are Invincible
Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You
MC Solaar – Le Belle Et The Bad Boy
Metronomy – The Look
Air – Surfing on a Rocket
Propaganda – Duel
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
Blur – Under the Westway
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Wings – Band on the Run
The Strange Death of Liberal England – Rising Sea
Foals – Olympic Airways
Joni Mitchell – Car On A Hill
Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Jackson Browne – Somebody’s Baby
Midge Ure – No Regrets
Kinks – Lola
The Antlers – Zelda

It’s another busy weekend locally and I found time to look ahead to the Olympic opening ceremony. Tune in next week for more of the same.

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Mid July Playlist

Playlist as follows:-

1 – Foo Fighters – This is a Call
2 – Madness – Embarrassment
3 – David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World
4 – Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
5 – The Who – Baba O’Riley
6 – Queen – Now I’m Here
7 – Michael Stipe & Asha Bhosle – The Way You Dream
8 – Blur – Under the Westway
9 – Wild Beasts – Two Dancers (part one)
10- Yusuf – Road singer
11- Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft
12- Bloc party – Octopus
13- Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi
14- The Vapours – Turning Japanese
15- Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
16- Kirsty MacColl – They Don’t Know
17- The Jam – Start
18- Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
19- Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
20- Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive
21- K.D. Lang – Helpless
22- Madonna – The power of Goodbye
23- Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
24- Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Marlborough Road (Live at Phoenix FM)
25- Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
26- The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
27- Boxer Rebellion – We Have This Place Surrounded (Live at Phoenix FM)

As I am covering for Dave Turner on the sport show this Saturday, it was nice to look back over a couple of my favourite memories from old sport show birthday sessions at the Baytree Centre, playing Jonny Cola and the Boxer Rebellion.

We also headed through the weekend gig guide across Essex and looked at the more local events coming up for the weekend.

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I had a great time playing a few more guilty pleasures than usual, with the likes of The Eagles and Dire Straits. The full playlist as follows:-

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy lady
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
Waterboys – Whole of the Moon
White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross
Neil Young – like a Hurricane
Kraftwerk – Autobahn
Elbow – One Day Like This
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Roxy Music – Ladytron
Focus – Sylvia
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
Dire Straits – Industrial Disease
ELO – Rockaria
Eagles – One of these Nights
James Brown – The Boss
The Jam – That’s Entertainment
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Air – Sexy Boy
B52s – Love Shack
Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
Radiohead – Karma Police

The playlist almost resembles the sort of music I would have been playing on the radio twenty years ago.

I looked ahead to the weekend’s events locally, as well as some of the bands playing further afield including Southend, Chelmsford and Harlow’s weekend entertainment.

See you at 10PM next Thursday for some more up to date music.

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Mid June Playlist

With a look at the events for the weekend, some of the latest news from the area and an eye on the weather forecast, we also played the following music:-


Cure – In Between Days
Ian Dury – Sex and Drugs
Led Zeplin – Kashmir
REM – Final Straw
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the devil
Frankie Valli – Dec 63
Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence
Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Roxy music – Virginia Plain
Tears for Fears – Mothers Talk
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Split Enz – I Got You
Muse – Hysteria
Queen – Another one Bites the Dust
Automatic – Monster
Daft Punk – One More Time
Flight of the Concords – Inner City Pressure
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Waterboys – Whole of the Moon
Squeeze  – Tempted
Prince – When Doves Cry


I even found time to explain to the younger members in the chatroom who Paul Simon is.

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7 June Starts Here

With a look at the local news and upcoming events for the weekend, we also found time for some music:-

Smash – Real Surreal
Genesis – Battle of Epping Forest
Kate Bush – Sat in your lap
Clash – London Calling
Chicks on Speed – We Don’t Play Guitars
Chris Issak – Wicked Game
The Doors – Love her madly
Neil Diamond – Solitary Man
U2 – With or Without You
Hot Chip – Night and Day
Mike Oldfield – Family man
Coldplay – Clocks
Neil Young – Like a hurricane
Santigold – Disparate youth
Temper trap – Rabbit Hole
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive
Van She – Idea of Happiness
Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
Donovan – Catch the Wind
Santana – Samba Pa Ti

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Patricks Day, Sport, Give Me A Ball and A Yard Of Grass !

17 March 2012

So it was St Patricks Day 2012. Normally at 4 on Saturdays Dave does between the lines, expertly keeping Brentwood and Billericay abreast of all that is sport from around the world……….today you had me….so I renamed it Give Me a Ball and a yard of Grass… almost to start, and the rest of the playlist here…

Sultans Of Ping F.C. – Give Him a Ball (And a Yard of Grass)
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Flo Rida feat Sia – Wild Ones
J90 – Distracted
That Petrol Emotion – Big Decision
The Original Rude Boys – Travelling Man
New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man
Razorlight – Up All Night
Michelle Branch and Santana – Game Of Love
Brian Deady – Over Like McGyver (Radio Mix)
Candy Flip – Strawberry Fields Forever
Graham Coxon – What’ll It Take
Sultans Of Ping F.C. – Red Cadillac and a Black Moustach
Young Rascals – Groovin’
Lana Del Ray – Off to the Races
Florence & The Machine – No Light, No Light
Aslan – Too Late for Hallelujah
Gotye feat Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
The Frames – Revelate
Main Attraction – Everyday
Rizzle Kicks – When I Was a Youngster
Cranberries – Show Me The Way
James Blunt – Stay The Night
Sultans Of Ping F.C. – 2 Pints of Rasa 2

I’ll be back in my usual 10 to midnight slot Thursday to Start The Weekend!
See you then.

James M

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Valentines Day, It’s February and the Weekend Starts Here!

Thursday 16th February 2012

Two days after Valentines Day and a First from the New Studios at the Brentwood Centre the Playlist looked like this

Huey Lewis & The News – Heart and Soul
Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
The Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
Hall & Oates – Adult Education
Mull Historical Society – City Lights
Turin Brakes – Pain Killer
The Ronettes – Do I Love You?

Friday Facts Featured Two New Entries from the Chart of 16 Feb 1980 –
Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down

Super Furry Animals – Demons
Missing Andy –
Mumm Ra – What Would Steve Do?
Leo Sayer – Heart (Stop Beating In Time)

This weeks Pole to Pole Country was Senegal and musically these –
Abdul Tee-Jay – Wele Kpeku
Ebenezer Callendar and His Maringer Band -Arria Baby
Seydu – The Well

Simple Minds – Hypnotised
Steely Dan -FM
Arthur Alexander – All I Need Is You
Chris Rea – Stop
Hall & Oates – Sara Smile
The Beautiful South – Pretenders to the Throne
Phil Collins Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away
Randy Crawford – Rainy Night In Georgia
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Beatles – Goodnight

TWSH is back this Thursday 23rd Feb. Join me 10 to midnight for weekend local events, Phoenix stuff and more music you don’t hear on the Radio anymore.

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TWSH – 2012 Cometh!

The Last One Of 2011 – December 29th

As tonights show fell somewhere between Christmas and The New Year and was perhaps too early to start 2012 but too late to remember 2011….it fell into some sort of mince pie fuelled Christmas time warp…so none of the usual features just Music to look forward to 2012 and some New Years Resolution suggestions….Playlist was like this …

Mew – Wheels Over Me
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Elton John -Too Low For Zero
Whipping Boy – When We Were Young
Friendly Fires – Paris (Ambient Version)
The Beatles – I Will
Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Harmony Grass – Move in a Little Closer
Manic Street Preachers – Empty Souls
Roxy Music – Pyjamarama
Chris Rea – Loving You
Rooney – Are You Afraid
Ruby & The Romantics – Our Day Will Come
Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
Kaiser Chiefs – Kinda Girl You Are
Caro Emerald – Back It Up
Japan – Visions Of China
The Assembly – Never Never
Mull Historical Society -The Final Arrears
Florence and the Machine – No Light, No Light
Reverend and the Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)
Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
Turin Brakes – Fishing For A Dream
The Cribs – Men’s Needs
The Enemy – Had Enough
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
U2 – New Year’s Day
Abba – Happy New Year

Looking forward to 2012 and just in case you have forgotten what TWSH is meant to be like here’s a quick catch up on the penultimate two of 2011

December 15th 2011

Tonight all of the songs were entrants in the charts today in various years from 1962 to 2010…plus the usual features

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Manic Street Preachers – Australia
Kandi – Don’t Think I’m Not
Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives
Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection
The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl

Friday Facts – Number 1 Tomorrow 1979
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2

East 17 – Stay Another Day
Pixie Lott – Cry Me Out
Wil Young – Leave Right Now
Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus – Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)
U2 – Miss Sarajevo
Daniel Powter – Bad Day

Pole To Pole & Back Again – Country : Netherlands
Trockner Kecks – Met Hart en Ziel
Golden Earring – Radar Love
2Unlimited – No Limit
BYentl – Jingle all the Way (christmas greetings )- No 15 in Holland this week.

Wham – Last Christmas (Single Version)
Culture Club – Time (Clock Of The Heart)

Teenage Kicks
Mickey Modelle – Teenage Kicks

KLF – Justified And Ancient
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You
Mud – Show Me You’re A Woman
Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love (2006 Digital Remaster)
The Wombles – Wombling Merry Christmas

8th December 2011

Normality on TWSH

The Newbeats – Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms)
Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
Chris Rea – Hey You
The Killers – Human
Dean Martin – Let It Snow, Let It Snow Let It Snow
Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are

Friday Facts – Number 1 in 1984 today
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love

New Order – Regret
Cat Stevens – Peace Train
Jessie J – Who You Are
Royseven – We Should Be Lovers
The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride

Pole To Pole & Back Again – Country : Germany
Felix De Luxe – Taxi nach Paris
Subway to Sally – So fern so nah
Tokio Hotel – Ready, Set, Go!

Sraight No Chaser – The 12 Days of Christmas
The Korgis – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
Nena Simone – Mr. Bojangles
Teenage Kicks
The Bad Shepherds – Teenage Kicks

Amy Winehouse – Our Day Will Come
Richard Hawley – Open Up Your Door
Diana Decker – I’m A Little Christmas Cracker
Stereophonics – Nice To Be Out
Manic Street Preachers – You Stole The Sun From My Heart

Happy New Year!

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TWSH – Double Trouble

So another two weeks have gone by the weather’s got colder (I would put in commas but that button’s broken! .. sorry!) we’re two weeks closer to Christmas…(and the end of XFactor SCD and I’m a Celebrity!…Unconfined Joy…..or Agony? )Anyway during that time to make life better we’ve been starting Brentwood and Billericay’s (and surrounding areas) weekend every Thursday Night 10 to Midnight..So here’s what I played;

November 24th 2011

Simple Minds – Mandela Day
The Script – Talk You Down
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Al Stewart – On The Border
Brandon Flowers – Crossfire

Friday Facts
We give you the pub quiz answers to impress on a Friday morning….not sure this works!
Marilyn – Calling Your Name (Chart 1984 Friday 25th November)

The Beatles – It’s Getting Better
Aslan – Something In The Air
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Voellig Losgeloest)
Little River Band – Reminiscing
Police – Can’t Stand Losing You

On Pole to Pole and Back Again we are musically travelling North South at present down the Globe towards the South Pole. Today It was Norway

Ole Ivars – Nei Sa Tjukk Du Har Blitt
Marit Larsen – If a song could get me you
The Low Frequency In Stereo – Geordie La Forge

Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me
Stereophonics – Lying In The Sun
Elana Del Ray – Video Games

Teenage Kicks (Endless versions of this song scored out of 10)
Nouvelle Vague – Teenage Kicks (Score 1/10)

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
The Eagles – Desperado
Foreigner – Urgent
Coldplay – In My Place
Steve Winwood – When You See A Chance Take It

And then came winter with

December 1st 2011

The Sports – Who Listens to the Radio
The Manic Street Preachers – Empty Souls
The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write The Book
Billy Joel – Leave A Tender Moment Alone
Chase & Status & Sub Focus – Flashing Lights

Friday Facts at 10.30 and a new entry from the chart today 1980
Hall & Oates – Kiss On My List

Ed Sheeran – Lego House
The Rolling Stones – Imagination
The Belle Stars – Sign Of The Times
Turin Brakes – The Sea Change
Peter Gabriel – No Self Control
The Beatles – All My Loving

Pole to Pole ABAG…..This week Denmark
Mew – She Came Home For Christmas
Thomas Helmig -100 Dage
Aura Dione – Geronimo
This is the current Danish Number 1….does it really sound a bit like Lady Ga Ga?

Richard Hawley – For Your Lover Give Some Time
Robbie Robertson – Sonewhere Down the Crazy River

Ade Edmondson had a hand in tonights Teenage Kicks scoring a 5/10 for …..well I’m not sure!
The Bad Shepherds – Teenage Kicks

INXS – Elegantly Wasted
Depeche Mode – Precious
Lana Del Ray – Video Games
The Monkees – A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
Hoobastank – The First Of Me

So Join Me to Start Your weekend this Thursday at 10 on Phoenixfm
‘Til Then…..

James M.

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TWSH – It’s Where The Weekend Starts

This Winter on Phoenixfm – Thursdays are the New Friday here’s why

TWSH – The Weekend Starts Here

When – Thursday 10 to Midnight


The first one was on November 10th and the playlist was  this

Elvis Costello – Clubland

Genesis – Tonight, Tonight

Adele – I’ll Be Waiting

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Questions

Two Door Cinema Club – This Is The Life

Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

Fountains Of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom


Number 1 Today 1968

Joe Cocker – With a Little Help from My Friends

Rod Stewart – The Killing Of Georgie (Part I & II)

Friendly Fires –  Jump In the Pool

Radiohead – Karma Police

Steve Winwood – Higher Love


Pole to Pole and Back Again

Music From Greenland

Julie – Lige Nu

Nanook – Tarnera Piareerpoq

Guesch Patti – Etienne

The Heart of the Nightlife – A Weekend In Brooklyn

Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music – Same Old Scene

Peter Paul and Mary – Puff, the Magic Dragon


Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Stephen Bishop – Little Italy

England Dan and John Ford Coley – I’d really love to see you tonight  Vanessa Paradis – Joe le taxi

Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years

Chris Rea – Daytona

Elton John – Philidelphia Freedom


Then On the 17th November I played these

Tom Robinson – Listen to the radio

Alan Parsons Project – I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You

Reverend and the Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World

Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him

U2 – Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk

Rose Murphy – Busy Line


Number 1 today 1976 was

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

Ed Sheeran – Lego House

David Bowie – Modern Love

Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Dancing tight

Fine Young Cannibals – Blue

Moby – Porcelain

Crosby Stills & Nash – Our House


Pole to Pole and Back Again

The Music of Iceland

Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet

Ros Sigur –  Hoppipolla

Hafdis Huld – Boys And Perfume (live at Phoenix FM 28-03-2009)

The Crows – Gee

Chase & Status Feat. Plan B – End Credits

The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

Nick Lowe – So It Goes


Ash – Teenage Kicks

Rhianna – Don’t Stop The Music

Elbow – Some Riot

Linda Ronstadt with The Stone Poneys- Different Drum

Bread – Look What You’ve Done

Pointer Sisters – Fire

John Lennon – #9 Dream

The next instalment of TWSH with previews of your phoenix weekend Weekend events and Great Music happens this Thursday 10 to Midnight at Phoenixfm

‘til next time

James M


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