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The Mayhem Monthly Top 20 Artist Chart – January 23rd, 2022 February 24, 2022


Greetings dear readers how is 2022 shaping up for you. I am a little late with this post, so there will be a February top 20 on the way soon and some news as to how these Top 20 posts will change going forward. 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 still remain over 97% more obscure than other users in the UK. It also lists my most obscure artists, (the top two of which have been there since I began doing these posts) which currently are;

Woke Up Dead (One of the two bands that have been ever-present in my obscure list and an excellent band to boot!)

Promethium (This metal bunch continue to fly the flag for great British rock and like Woke Up Dead have been ever-present in this obscure team)

Penfriend – (Not Laura Kidd’s first time in this list and a welcome return)

Cabinet Of Millionaires – (the art of political protest is still strong!)

Folk The System – (folky protest and frankly great songs)

So who were the top artists for January 23rd? Check the full lists below, in a first for this chart there are more female artists than male artists for the first time (11 versus 9). In fact the Top 4 are all women, including a first number one for Gwen McCrae, what a voice! The Dame hangs in at number five. My reggae taste is represented by Dr. Alimantado (7), Dillinger (8) and Marcia Griffiths (17). My favourite 90s band Gene sit at number 18. There a a few classic artists (Kiki Dee, Kate Bush, Judie Tzuke and Joni Mitchell to name a few). This was before Joni removed her music from Spotify of course. Confession time, I really, really fancied Judie Tzuke when I was in my teens! There is a great showing for new artists too, some are more new to me, including The Anchoress, Helen Love, Bruno Skibbild and Yard Act. Look out for an upcoming Bruno Skibbild post soon. Give Obscurify a spin and let me know what your chart looks like and how obscure your tastes are ūüôā

1 Gwen McCrae
2 Kate Bush
3 Tori Amos
4 Millie Jackson
5 David Bowie
6 Kiki Dee
7 Dr. Alimantado
8 Dillinger
9 The Anchoress
10 Joni Mitchell
11 Tavares
12 Helen Love
13 Beverly Craven
14 Yard Act
15 Shabazz Palaces
16 Norman Connors
17 Marcia Griffiths
18 Gene
19 Judie Tzuke
20 Bruno Skibbild

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“Keats and Yeats are on your side, a dreaded sunny day” June 26, 2010


Neil Gaiman¬†is without doubt one of my favourite authors and I have read all his novels and short stories along with a number of the graphic novels he has worked on (including the Sandman stories). So I was very pleased to read that he has won the Cilip Carnegie Medal, a prestigious children’s fiction award, for his novel ‘The Graveyard Book’. I read it a few months back and for me it definitely ranks among his best efforts. You can buy it from Amazon, go on, you know you want to, you won’t be disappointed!

It is a story of an orphaned boy who is brought up by the ghosts who live in a graveyard, hence the book’s title. It took Neil more than 25 years to complete. I’m not sure if the film options have been bought yet but I reckon it would make a great movie. Coraline and Stardust¬†were great adaptations of Gaiman¬†books, although personally I’d love to see Neverwhere¬†and American Gods, which is my favourite Gaiman novel, on the big screen. American Gods also recently¬†won the 1 Book 1 Twitter vote, which is an attempt to get everyone on Twitter reading the same book at the same time.

He also wrote the supremely funny Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. He is also a good friend of Tori Amos and the pair have often referenced each other in both song and print.

You can read the news of Neil Gaiman winning the award here on the beeb. Also click here to visit Neil’s excellent website

Neil is advised not to drink the water, by someone who clearly has!

Tori Amos included a Neil reference in her song “Tear In Your Hand” with the line¬† – ‘me and Neil’ll be hangin’ out with the Dream King, Neil says hi by the way’. The Dream King is a character from the Sandman series

I would like to finish this post with a couple of loosely relevant songs from Michael Jackson (“Ghosts”) and the Smiths (“Cemetery Gates”) respectively, enjoy! Coincidentally the script to the Jack short film ‘Ghosts’ was actually written by another of my favourite authors, Stephen King.

 

“I can’t bear to see the sun go down, casting stormy shadows all around” January 11, 2010


I guess no one missed it, as for every snow flake being unique it's all very well saying it but let me see the proof!

As I trudged through the¬†slush and snow¬†this morning I got to thinking about winter songs. There really aren’t too many of them are there? Especially if you discount all the Christmas and December specific songs and also songs that by default are associated with Christmas such as Winter Wonderland. I also thought that as this is the UK’s coldest winter for 30 years I ought to at least mark it with a post!

So during my break today I thought of five winter songs which you can find below, hopefully these will help you get through the cold and boredom, especially if you are still stuck indoors. I spoke to someone yesterday who hasn’t been able to leave the house since last Tuesday, hello Mum! I’m also damned sure that you can send me many more winter songs too, so that’s your challenge dear readers! No Christmas or December songs though and whilst all mine have Winter in the title that doesn’t have to be the case

Rock And Roll Winter” – Wizzard. This band were formed by the¬†very talented Roy Wood who initially found fame with the Move and went on to form ELO with Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, also off of the Move. Wood bailed out in 1972 to form Wizzard¬†just a couple of years before ELO went stratospheric! This song ended up being release in the Spring in the UK owing to some kind of dispute with the label I believe

Winter” – Tori Amos – Ms Amos is a fantastic singer songwriter whose music I really enjoy, although not as much as Kate Bush, someone she is often compared too. She is also a good friend of one of my favourite authors; Neil Gaiman. Tori began composing her own instrumental pieces at the age of just 5

Winter Melody” – Donna Summer I find it a little ironic that one of my favourite songs from someone named Summer is actually about Winter! This song is taken from Donna’s Four Seasons Of Love album released in 1976. It contained just four tracks; Spring Affair, Summer Fever, Autumn Changes and Winter Melody. there is also a reprise of Spring Affair at the end. The album length was just over 30 minutes

Hazy Shade Of Winter” – Simon And Garfunkel – This song was written by Paul Simon and recorded by the duo for their Bookends album¬†released in 1968. The Bangles later covered the song for the soundtrack of the 1987¬†film Less Than Zero¬†

It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)” – Love Unlimited – These ladies¬†began by providing backing vocals for the late great Walrus Of Love himself, Mr Barry White. The trio included his wife Glodean James and also his sister-in-law Linda James. This song reached the UK top 20 in 1975

Just to round this post up one casualty of this bad weather has been the cancellation of a number of gigs. My son’s band Steal The Smile were due to play at the FaceBar in Reading last Thursday, but the snow meant that the gig was cancelled. So if you were looking forward to seeing them last week here is a little something for you. Click here and go straight to their MySpace page, do not pass go and do not collect $200, just click and listen to some great songs from an excellent young band. They might not be winter songs but they are bloody good songs!

Swine Flu gets to the 100 Acre Wood

 

 
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