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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Song Chart – July 2022 August 3, 2022


Here comes the fifth monthly Mayhem Top 20 Song Chart, this time for July 2022 and it is still as eclectic as most of the previous charts. July’s number one is “B-Side” from a very young York band, the Corsairs who I was lucky enough to see play their first gig a few weeks ago at the Fulford Arms. Another local band, Vaquelin has now remained in the chart for three months in a row with “Roads Leading Nowhere” which was number one in May, dropped to number 20 in June, and is now at number 17. Last months number one by Randy Newman falls to number 8. Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” goes from number 3 last month to number 2 in July. The reggae flag is flown by Dave Barker’s “Smooths And Sorts” (no. 4) (for the fact fans Dave was the Dave from Dave and Ansell Collins) and “Your Honour” by Pluto Shervigton (No. 10). The Last Of The Fallen Angels featuring Hannah Robinson are at number 3 with the wonderful “Red Dress”. Hannah’s rather excellent single “Confusion” reaches number 7. Meanwhile another Last Of The Fallen Angels collaborator, MARQ Electronica is at number 5. Soul is represented by the aforementioned Stevie Wonder, Chris Clark, Michael Jackson, and a lost gem from Wilson Pickett’s time at RCA, “Mr. Magic Man”. This month’s number one in the artist charts was the late, great Sylvester, he is number 9 in the song chart with a classic b-side, “Was It Something That I Said”. As always there are some timeless classic artists there, notably the Sex Pistols and Steely Dan. Some more recent classic artists are her, Panic! At The Disco, and Biffy Clyro. Biffy arrive here courtesy of their cover of David Bowie’s “Modern Love” which is good news as this is the first time that the Dame has not appeared in the song chart himself! Toad The Wet Sprocket make their first appearance in the Mayhem charts while Hootie and the Blowfish take “Only Wanna Be With You” to number 6. The Hootie tune is there as I have been reading a review copy of Hootie drummer Jim Sonefeld’s rather spiffing new autobiography. That review will be on these pages soon! Finally, how did Slik (featuring a very young Midge Ure) make it to number 20 with “Forever And Ever”? Well, it is only me to blame, that is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. 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 B-Side – The Corsairs
2 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
3 Red Dress – The Last Of The Fallen Angels
4 Smooths And Sorts – Dave Barker
5 You Do What You Want – MARQ Electronica
6 Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie and the Blowfish
7 Confusion – Hannah Robinson
8 You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman
9 Was It Something That I Said? – Sylvester
10 Your Honour – Pluto Shervington
11 Modern Love – Biffy Clyro
12 P.S. – New Version – Toad The Wet Sprocket
13 No One Is Innocent – Sex Pistols
14 I Want To Go Back There Again – Chris Clark
15 Got To Be There – Michael Jackson
16 Viva Las Vengeance – Panic! At The Disco
17 Roads Leading Nowhere – Vaquelin
18 Dirty Work – Steely Dan
19 Mr. Magic Man – Wilson Pickett
20 Forever And Ever – Slik

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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Artist Chart – July 2022 August 2, 2022


The Mayhem Artist Top 20 artist chart for July 2022 is here. Many of you know that I am a keen user of a site called Obscurify. It claims to tell you how obscure your listening on Spotify is. Compared to the rest of the UK I achieved a level of only 95% more obscure than other users in the UK this month, two points down from last month’s 97%. Although my obscure overall percentage remains at 99%! Regular readers will know that it also lists my most obscure artists, which currently are;

Promethium (The British metal titans returned to this list last month after a short break and they are still here)

Vaquelin (One of York’s finest young bands. You will be hearing more about them on this site soon). Check out the video for their latest single “Broken Window” below, watch it through to the end and you will witness my first acting performance, which I am sure will be winning many awards before long! I play old bloke at the bar with a pint of Guinness!

Hannah Robinson (talented singer who provided haunting vocals for the Last Of The Fallen Angels single “Red Dress”

The Last Of The Fallen Angels – (and speaking of the Last Of The Fallen Angels here they are, Conrad’s lot are firm favourites at Mayhem Towers)

MARQ Electronica – (The Talented Mr. Electronica graced the world with the rather fantastic album ‘Savage Times’ recently)

As for the June Top 20, Dame David and Kate Bush remain from the last chart, but this time Bowie drops from number 1 to number 4 and Kate Bush is up from 16 to 6. Soul music, specifically Motown is represented by the Supremes and Syreeta Wright. Meanwhile, reggae is represented by Burning Spear. Four of the five artists on the obscure list above are also in the top 20; MARQ Electronica (no. 3), The Last Of The Fallen Angels (5), Vaquelin (13), and Hannah Robinson (17). Classic bands and artists include Steely Dan, Nick Cave, Eminem, the Streets, Panic! At The Disco, and Hootie and the Blowfish. I am just preparing a review of Hottie drummer Jim Sonefeld’s autobiography ‘Swimming With The Blowfish. More recent but equally great artists include Captain Ska, The Beths, The Sheratons, and Yard Act. But it is disco music that makes it to the top of the pile this month thanks to the artist that made us feel mighty real, Sylvester! Check out the full chart below. I really would love to hear your thoughts on this chart. Please keep your eyes open for the fifth Mayhem Monthly Song Chart, just like an old-school top 20 singles chart! That one includes songs by eight of the artists featured in the July Artist Chart.

1 Sylvester
2 Hootie and the Blowfish
3 MARQ Electronica
4 David Bowie
5 The Last Of The Fallen Angels
6 Kate Bush
7 Captain Ska
8 Steely Dan
9 Burning Spear
10 Panic! At The Disco
11 The Beths
12 Nick Cave
13 Vaquelin
14 Supremes
15 Syreeta Wright
16 Eminem
17 Hannah Robinson
18 The Streets
19 The Sheratons
20 Yard Act

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‘Savage Times’ – Marq Electronica July 17, 2022

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After releasing some great singles over the past couple of years Marq Electronica has just released his first album, ‘Savage Times’. I have reviewed a couple of his singles and I once said that he is a “Purveyor of some of the finest electronic pop you will find in the UK” This album cements that opinion. The album opens with “Next To Nothing” which has a great dance feel to it and is ripe for a club remix. Marq draws influence from the best of early 80s synth pop and makes it his own. At times his vocals reminded me of Boy George in his Jesus Loves You days back in the early 90s. Next, is “Feeding The Fire” which keeps the dancey feel of the first track and features one of the best vocals on the album. This track, in fact, much of the album, would be an excellent soundtrack to a good gym workout. In “Just Look Around You” I can hear a synth riff that instrumentally would fit well as the theme tune to a hard-hitting Channel 4 documentary. Meanwhile, it is overlaid with a wonderful really positive lyric, with a hook that stays with you long after the sound of the song fades. This really is a stunningly good dance album and, for me, “You Do What You Want” is an epic banging floor filler. The sublime 80s synthpop vibe returns with “Lifetime” with its wonderful abundance of pop hooks. “The Way I Feel” reminded me of early Soft Cell with the sweeping soundscapes putting Visage in my head too. The album closes with “I’m Waking Up To You” which is perhaps one of the most chilled tracks in this collection, although it still wears its dance credentials proudly. The music has a poppy happy vibe while the lyric is kind of dark and positive at the same time.

When I chatted to Marq recently he said that he was immensely proud of ‘Savage Times’ but nervous in equal measures as this is the first time he has given himself full artistic control. I reckon he should reduce the nerves and build up the pride. This is a great album. If I have one criticism it is that it is a little short for me, clocking in at just over 27 minutes, but there is absolutely no filler, this is all killer! Marq had this to say about the album “The album is my reaction to the trauma of losing my father, my crippling self-esteem issues, and the state of the UK and politics. I wanted to create something funky and dancey that reminded me of good times even though the topics were often quite dark – I like the dichotomy. The music reminds me of The Freemasons and Hed Kandi and is mixed with electro and deep house influences to create a full-on dance-pop vibe.” Based on what Marq has given us with ‘Savage Times’ he will clearly be around for a very long while! Get this album into your ears now, by any means necessary, well apart from anything that involves stealing or being unkind of course!

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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Song Chart – March 2022 April 11, 2022


We have been publishing our Mayhem Top 20 Artist Chart for a while now, so it’s about time we hit you with our top 20 song chart right? We promised you this in the last Artist Top 20 and here it is! The inaugural Mayhem Top 20 Song chart. Who will be on the hotlist? Who will be number one? Read on to find out! Well it won’t be a traditional old skool run down from 20 to 1, we thought we’d hit you with number one first and it is………. Prairie Brigade with “Is This How The World Ends”. York singer-songwriter Rubby Addy is a close second with her gorgeous tune “Roadkill”. Meanwhile, Bang Bang Romeo follow up their chart-topping of the Mayhem Artist Top 20 appearance for March with a very respectable number three placing. The oldest release on the list is “Metal Guru” by T. Rex at number 20. Eight of the artists who featured in the Mayhem Top 20 Artist chart for March also feature on this list. We would love to hear your thoughts on the Mayhem Song Top 20 Chart as we hope to make it a regular feature. Check out the complete list below.

1 Is This How The World Ends – Prairie Brigade
2 Roadkill – Ruby Addy
3 Cemetery – Bang Bang Romeo
4 Edge Of The World – Last Of The Fallen Angels
5 Ride Home – Katy Hurt
6 You Belong – Set Your Sights
7 Mansard Roof – Vampire Weekend
8 ROCK$TAR – Police Car Collective
9 Sunday – David Bowie
10 Colourful White Lies – Electric High
11 Pieces – Revivalry
12 I Thought I Knew It All – Marq Electronica
13 Wilder Days – Morgan Wade
14 Barbara Streisand – Phonomatiq
15 Fool Britannia – The Undercover Hippy
16 Rhubarb – Childcare
17 I Wanna Be By Your Side – Na’eemah Harper
18 Little Bit Broken – Hattie Briggs
19 If You Get To Hell First – Fury
20 Metal Guru – T Rex

We love our readers so much we have even created a Spotify Playlist of the Mayhem Song Top 20 for March 2022. Click here to give it a spin!

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2022 Part 2 April 1, 2022


This is the second singles round-up of 2022 and I must apologise for its tardy arrival. I certainly hope we become more prolific with singles reviews. There are twelve great songs with a group of artists from across the globe (sorry flat earthers); Middlesborough, Bergen (Norway), NE UK, Lincolnshire, Texas, Deptford, Nashville, Bristol, Dublin (via France), New Jersey and the Goldilocks Zone around another star (well that is where it feels like the Galaxy Electric are from). I think only Marq Electronica and the Galaxy Electric have appeared on these pages before the rest are new to us but I am sure this will not be their last appearance.

“All The Way” – Kirk Covington a.k.a CPT. Kirk and The Devil Horns

This is like a glorious old skool soul revue band. Funky, modern, and a song that you simply have to dance to. Shades of Bar-Kays, Ohio Players, Jamiroquai, Silk Sonic and great Jazz Funk among others. Vocals remind me of the 70s classic “Why Did You Do It” by Stretch. This is music that straddles the best of late 20th and early 21st-century music. This is one of the best tunes I have heard in ages!

“You Belong” – Set Your Sights

Gritty, grungey, power pop punk from Middlesborough. Everything comes together nicely on this track. I reckon it will be a proper stormer played live.

“Colourful White Lies” – Electric High

Funky, riffy garage rock with a dose of Jimmy Page and John Bonham at times. The vocal hooks are spot on.

“I Thought I Knew It All” – Marq Electronica

Purveyor of some of the finest electronic pop you will find in the UK. This sad ballad reminds me of Soft Cell in their softer moments. The song grows on you and seems to get better with every listen.

“Pieces” – Revivalry

You can’t tell from the rather powerful rock tune that “Pieces” is but this lot are aged from 14 to 17. They have a well-developed sound and the song and performance are banging! They will be hitting the live circuit soon, including Kendal Calling. They have also had a TV show on Sky TV and made the charts as a part of the Brits & Pieces project. This bunch has huge potential.

“Deadzone” – Parasocials

Is it possible to find dirty, funky, post-punk, shoegaze? Yes, in this classy tune from Parasocials. This apocalyptic song was inspired by David Cronenberg’s film version of Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone”. At times it’s a bit like Yard Act, but from a much, much darker alternative universe.

“How The Light Gets In” – Sound&Shape

Ryan Caudle’s voice on this is exactly what a great rock voice should be. It starts off gently and builds to a wonderfully string-laden, epic, Beatlesesque finish. This song is a thing of pure musical beauty. I was taken back to some of the finest moments from My Morning Jacket and Gomez.

“Fool Britannia” – The Undercover Hippy

I think this actually came out last year, but somehow I missed it. A fabulous ska-punk tune with more emphasis on the ska element. A seriously clever takedown of what the UK has become. Play this tune as we move into those sunlit uplands of Brexit, which in actual fact are scorched earth and poverty. The opening line “I bet you never thought you’d regret a BJ” sets the scene perfectly! For the less aware and prudish among you, the BJ referred to is a pun-like take regarding fellatio versus Boris Johnson. I’m not sure why I actually had to say that, let’s just call it a public service announcement 🙂

“How High/ Endless Voyage” The Galaxy Electric

This is like a Giorgio Moroder film score condensed into under four minutes. It would be perfect playing in a futuristic seedy bar in any further reboots of ‘Blade Runner’. Its swirling synth soundscape hits you like a widescreen wave which suggests the endless voyage of the title. This is a perfect track for listening on good headphones, it gets deep inside your head and your psyche that way!

“Novocaine” – Sammi

Sammi has a voice with an ethereal, angelic quality and it takes me to a good place. This is a sublime piece of music and I will definitely need to check out her album, ‘Silver’ very soon.

“I Got Caught” – Jeremy Engel

French born and Dublin based Engel packs more emotion into this track than many songs can take. But he carries it off with aplomb. Shades of Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley ring out to me and the guitar work is truly exquisite.

“Break Of Dawn” – Cory Singer

Singer took to Tik Tok during the pandemic to describe what living with autism is like for him. He has become an ambassador for anyone affected by autism and released this song in support of World Autism Awareness Day which takes place on April 2nd every year and kicks off World Autism Month. Cory is clearly a talented singer-songwriter and this is a beautiful summery tune which made me think back to the Alessi Brothers 70s hit “Oh Lori”

Click here to stream a playlist of all the above tracks on Spotify. The only one missing is Sammi’s “Novocaine” which I don’t believe is on Spotify. There is a YouTube video for every one of the songs apart from The Galaxy Electric, that video says that I am unable to add it here. However I have added the link against the song title above, believe me, it is worth watching!

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“Bad Bones” – Marq Electronica April 6, 2021

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Regular readers know that I love political and protest songs, which is the first reason that “Bad Bones” the new single from Marq Electronica alerted my ears. It is like a Portishead collaboration with Goldie at his peak, but this is no facsimile, the song stands up really well on its own and is driven hard by some bountiful bombastic electro synth bass lines. Marq says this of the track, “Bad Bones is my reaction, my dissatisfaction and frustration at the political landscape what I see as the smiling faces and the double talk of those in power.” Personally I think he has nailed the dissatisfaction that many of us feel about current politicians, particularly the UK Government. Lyrics like, “The higher the bidder, the more you comply. Lie to the people, then look them straight in the eye”. have immense depth and huge power. The video has a gorgeous ‘Tron’ versus ‘Max Headroom’ feel to it and enhances what is already a great tune. The song was produced and mixed by Simon Ellis who has worked with the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, East 17, S Club 7, and Westlife). This track is good enough for me to forgive Simon for anything he did with Westlife! Marq has a really interesting canon of work available on SoundCloud, his cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” takes the tune to another dimension. This dude is definitely one to watch out for, click here to play “Bad Bones” and more of his music.

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