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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Song Chart – August 2022 September 25, 2022


Very, very late indeed, but here comes the sixth monthly Mayhem Top 20 Song Chart, this time for August 2022, and it remains as eclectic as most of our previous charts. There are some weird and wonderful strange bedfellows in this list, just like those charts of my youth. The number one for August is the rather splendid Newcastle act, Cat Ryan with their incredible single “Rex Mundi”. They are followed closely by four acts who have not appeared in the song chart before, Trunky Juno, Thrillhouse, Matt James, and Lynx Deluxe. The latter made it into the artist chart for August. Check out Matt James’ new album, ‘Breaking The Fall’, a set of fine songs from a former member of one of my favourite bands, Gene! Politics and passionate, powerful opinions are represented by Captain Ska with “Blood On Your Hands” at number 6, Muse with “Will Of The People” at number 19, and the magnificent current single full of monumental power, passion, and anger from Delilah Bon, “Dead Men Don’t Rape” at number 10. Vaquelin, one of York’s finest bands have appeared in the song chart four months in a row now, their latest single “Broken Window” is at number 20. Classic soul and reggae are represented by Holland and Dozier and Junior Byles. The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Just Jack, Yungblud, and Pale Waves are all here. Early Italian House Disco music is at number 17 with Silvetti’s “Spring Rain”. Tom Waits is at ten, while classical music gets a look in with the beautiful and haunting piano piece “Metamorphosis No. 4” composed by Philip Glass at number 16. Hannah Robinson has featured in the Mayhem charts a few times and she returns as the voice of J.A.G. on “Fools Lie”. We would love to hear your thoughts on the Mayhem Song Top 20 Chart. Check out the complete list below and click here to access a Spotify playlist of the whole top 20!

1 Rex Mundi – Cat Ryan
2 Oxford English Dictionary – Trunky Juno
3 Cruel Twist Of Fate – Thrillhouse
4 Champione – Matt James
5 Jane Goodall – Lynx Deluxe
6 Blood On Your Hands – Captain Ska
7 Why Can’t We Be Lovers – Holland and Dozier
8 Brexit At Tiffany’s – The Streets
9 Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen) – Tom Waits
10 Dead Men Don’t Rape – Delilah Bon
11 Curly Locks – Junior Byles
12 Starz In Their Eyes – Just Jack
13 Fools Lie – J.A.G
14 Star Treatment – Arctic Monkeys
15 Tissues – Yungblud
16 Metamorphosis No. 4 – Philip Glass/ Jenny Lin
17 Spring Rain – Silvetti
18 Lies – Pale Waves
19 Will Of The People – Muse
20 Broken Window – Vaquelin

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“Rex Mundi” – Cat Ryan August 15, 2022

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Huge apologies to all the bands, singers, and PR companies that continue to send us some ace music. We will never catch up and review every tune that gets sent to us here at Mayhem Towers, but we will do our best to feature as many as possible. Earlier today while trawling through the hundreds that have been sent in recent months I chanced upon a gem. It is called “Rex Mundi” and it is by Newcastle’s happy, indie funsters, Cat Ryan. It is a song that cannot fail to make you smile, it has some delightful hooks and the production is quirky but crystal clear. “Rex Mundi” has huge levels of energy and generates mega happy vibes. This track needs to be on your soundtrack for summer 2022. Apparently, the song is about an Irish Greyhound called Rex Mundi, which completely threw me, I thought it might relate to the book of the same name by George Sims, which clearly proves how little I actually know. However, I do know that this is a wonderfully crafted tune that needs to be heard!

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 10 August 20, 2020


Here we are with our tenth singles round-up of 2020. This one features six rather spiffing tracks, which appeared in recent weeks. This roundup is a little different to all the previous ones though as the reviews are from not just me, but also a special guest. I was joined for this online listening party by one of the most well liked people on the York music scene. He presents radio shows, he is a talented gig promoter under his Northern Radar banner and above all that he has excellent taste in music. Let me introduce you to Simon Pattinson!

These six tracks feature another eclectic mix of bands and singers from Newcastle, Bristol, Wales and three from London and all of these acts are new to With Just A Hint Of Mayhem except Cat Ryan and I am sure that they will all feature again sometime in the future. Fill your ears with them now!

“Blessed Through The TV” Cat Ryan

Bill – I liked the kind of eastern sounding guitar and drums with a very prominent bass line holding it together. Catchy and percussive, this will be a great live song.

Simon – I found it enchanting with a sound like South American pan pipes (similar to the pan pipe buskers who play in York sometimes). I would definitely be keen to book Cat Ryan for a future gig.

“Bee Cage” – Japanese Television

Simon – This is very different and perhaps out of my comfort zone. But I love the energy, especially from the build up to the middle.

Bill – Like the Flaming Lips on speed. I think I will use this for intro music to my radio show when I get around to doing one.

“Resonate” – Tomos

Bill – This is really chilled and relaxed night music and it reminds me at times of the Beloved. A dub mix of this on a great sound system would be awesome.

Simon – This reminds me of James Blake, supremely mellow. The perfect track for sitting down with a bottle of wine and a great book.

“Music Shall Live” – Denise Sherwood featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Simon – I like this one a lot, perhaps a contender for a huge Ibiza summer tune, back in those pre COVID-19 days. This is a track that would get you in the mood for a good night out. It reminds me a little of early Chase & Status.

Bill – This is Adrian Sherwood’s daughter and her Dad gets a credit on the track too. I love the production and vocally Denise reminded me of Neneh Cherry. It has a vibe similar to the Groove Corporation or Gary Clail.

“Sunken Boy” – YOWL

Bill – Superb vocal range, it is rooted in mid 90s Brit Pop but gets much heavier towards the end before easing down again. The lyrics are bleak, angry and very much about real life. I definitely want to hear more from this band. I also think they would work incredibly well on the same bill as Avalanche Party.

Simon – I am already a YOWL fan. Most of their tracks are quite long and this one is even a little hillbilly in parts. The angry break catches you a little off guard at the end and the still from the video looks quite creepy.

“I’m Healed” – Indigos

Simon – This is groovy and haunting in equal parts. I was expecting it to change up a gear but it didn’t, although that is no criticism. I was reminded of early Wolf Alice and Sonic Youth.

Bill – I love the vocals, it felt like a cross between a softer grunge sound and classic hook laden pop. I agree with Simon on the Sonic Youth link too.

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“Mannerism” – Cat Ryan April 4, 2020

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Cat Ryan is an up and coming trio fronted by their multi-instrumentalist lead singer Mary Anne. This track “Mannerism” is a very pleasant lilting melody led off by some wonderful jangling guitar work that has a touch of the Smiths about it. Billed as an Art Rock/Modern Shoegaze band they will appeal to those of you who are into the mighty Wolf Alice. Tom Robinson has said nice things about them on his show and on this evidence Cat Ryan absolutely has what it takes to go places. More, please!

Written by Paul Bamlett 🙂

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