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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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“Red Dress” – The Last Of The Fallen Angels ft Hannah Robinson July 9, 2022


“Red Dress” is the new single from the Last Of The Fallen Angels and it is out now. The first minute builds wonderfully into something like a musical film noir. The synths are almost sinister at times and the bass rumble adds to the suspense. Hannah Robinson’s voice is haunting and mesmerising in equal measure. Conrad’s deep counter vocal adds to the darkness of the tune. It was produced and mixed by the band’s long-time collaborator Simon Ellis who you will know from his work with the Spice Girls, S Club 7, and Westlife. But trust me this song goes way beyond that group of acts and is a supremely good production. I believe that “Red Dress” may be about gender and how gender lines can be so fluid. The press release refers to the song as “a Trans Atlantic story of love separated by an Ocean. It plays with ideas explored in great songs such as “Lola” (The Kinks) and “Walk on the Wild Side” (Lou Reed). and I can see that. It also delves into online relationships and finding love (or lust) online. The video directed by Henry Phillip Thompson is a thing of sublime beauty and enhances the song gorgeously well. Is this the best single so far from The Last Of The Fallen Angels? I think it is, although they have another due out in September and a new album coming soon too. If this band is not in your life yet then I need a thesis from you explaining why! OK fact fans there have been quite a few songs called “Red Dress”, notably the Sugababes who took theirs to number 4 in the UK charts in 2006, and Alvin Stardust who took his to number one in the UK in 1974. “Red Dress” by The Last Of The Fallen Angels is not a cover and if there was any justice in the world it would match Alvin Stardust’s achievement and reach the top of the charts!

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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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“Edge Of The World” – Last of the Fallen Angels ft Victoria O March 30, 2022

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Every so often an act appears that you immediately think why are they not huge? For me, The Last Of The Fallen Angels are definitely in that category. The new single “Edge Of The World” is a sad, rolling, chilled tune that brings me great joy and sadness in equal measures. It takes a great tune to do that to me. It has an ethereal trip-hop choral feel to it and is most definitely cinematic in its scope and depth. It was written by Last Of The Fallen Angels main man Conrad McQueen with Victoria Owsnett a.k.a Victoria O who provides those gorgeous vocals. It was produced by Simon Ellis who shared all the musical instrument duties with Conrad. The video is a spectacular wide-screen take on the best of those 1970s science fiction films where humans set out to colonise another planet. This is not the first time I have featured The Last Of The Fallen Angels on these pages and it won’t be the last. Click here to stream this delightful and beautiful tune on Spotify.

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A Christmas Message From The Last Of The Fallen Angels December 16, 2020


Well we promised you some Christmas surprises, and here is the first of those, a wonderful yuletide message from the rather awesome and incredibly talented the Last Of The Fallen Angels. We loved their massively successful “Phase IV” earlier this year! They have recorded a great little Christmas tune and I am honoured to say that With Just A Hint Of Mayhem has been given an exclusive first airing, yes dear readers, you get to see and hear it first!

The band have a message for you too;

Wishing all With Just A Hint of Mayhem readers a very Merry Christmas from The Last of the Fallen Angels

Come over and say ‘Hi’ 

www.facebook.com/thelastofthefallenangels

You really should check them out, and in the meantime take a look at their full Christmas message in the video below.

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“Phase IV” – The last Of The Fallen Angels July 18, 2020

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The Last Of The Fallen Angels are born out of lockdown. The band formed a few weeks into the UK COVID-19 shutdown in May 2020. It is a collaboration project of CMQ. He has worked remotely with singers and artists from across the globe. The plan is to release a series of three singles and the first one is with us now, it is called “Phase IV”. The track obviously features CMQ, but with great input from Mark D of Sapien Trace and Victoria O of north east electro champs AXLS. The song was written by CMQ and Mark D. Sapien Trace and AXLS have featured on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem previously.

Apparently Mike Bennett, a producer who has been around the block a few times with some great artists from Toyah and Hazel O’Connor to Ian Brown and the Specials to name just a few of the stellar acts he has worked with. Bennett will be releasing the track on his Paraffin Alien record label on 28th August.

“Phase IV” was produced by Simon Ellis, maybe not the man you would associate with this darker electro vibe given his pure pop credentials working with, among others, the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and S Club 7. But he really nails it with this tune. The whole recording and writing process was conducted via email and messenger, given the restrictions of lockdown. None of the musicians, singers or producers met during the recording process. It was the same for the making of the rather spiffing video which was filmed using mobile phones.

The song is a chilled ambient piece of music with almost an electro dub vibe in the instrumentation. At some points it reminded me of The Beloved’s 1989 hit, “The Sun Rising”. The vocals are a perfect match for the music and are at times ethereal. Victoria O’s singing is heavenly in the guise of a beautiful ghost. This has definitely whetted my appetite for the next two releases in the series. Check it out and let us know what you think. There is a teaser video below, that will have to keep you satisfied until the wonderful full track is unleashed to the world next month!

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