Retro chart for stowaways – 16 July 2005

These were the top ten singles, thirteen years ago this week:

  1. Röyksopp – Only This Moment
  2. Sohodolls – Stripper
  3. Daft Punk – Technologic
  4. Rachel Stevens – So Good
  5. Saint Etienne – Side Streets
  6. Erasure – Here I Go Impossible Again / All This Time Still Falling Out of Love
  7. Ladytron – Sugar
  8. Moby – Raining Again
  9. New Order – Jetstream
  10. Moby – Put the Headphones On

Chart for stowaways – 16 June 2018

These are the top albums this week:

  1. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  2. The Human League – Secrets
  3. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  4. Tracey Thorn – Record
  5. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
  6. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  7. Chvrches – Love Is Dead
  8. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  9. Chicane – The Place You Can’t Remember, The Place You Can’t Forget
  10. Portishead – Portishead

NME Awards – 2007-2008

Just two years this time: 2007 and 2008, including the one-off US version of the awards from 2008.

Shockwaves NME Awards 2007

Host: Lauren Laverne

  • Godlike Genius Award: Primal Scream
  • Best British Band: Muse. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Oasis
  • Best International Band: My Chemical Romance. Also nominated: CSS, The Killers, The Strokes, We Are Scientists
  • Best Solo Artist: Jamie T. Also nominated: Lily Allen, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Jarvis Cocker, Thom Yorke
  • Best Live Band: Kasabian. Also nominated: Arctic MonkeysBabyshamblesMuse, My Chemical Romance
  • Best New Band: Klaxons. Also nominated: The FratellisThe HorrorsThe KooksThe View
  • Best Album: Arctic Monkeys, for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Also nominated: Kasabian, for Empire, The Killers, for Sam’s Town, Muse, for Black Holes And Revelations, My Chemical Romance, for The Black Parade
  • Best Track: The View, for Wasted Little DJs. Also nominated: Dirty Pretty Things, for Bang Bang You’re DeadThe Killers, for When You Were YoungKlaxons, for Atlantis to InterzoneMuse, for Supermassive Black Hole
  • Best Video: The Killers, for Bones. Best Video: The Horrors, for Sheena Is A Parasite, Kasabian, for Empire, OK Go, for Here It Goes Again, Panic! At The Disco, for I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  • Best Music DVD: Arctic Monkeys, for Scummy Man. Also nominated: Dirty Pretty Things, for Puffing On A Coffin Nail, Foo Fighters, for Skin And Bones, Maximo Park, for Found On Film, My Chemical Romance, for Life On The Murder Scene
  • Best Live Event: Carling Weekend : Reading and Leeds Festivals. Also nominated: Download 2006, Oxegen, T In The Park, V2006
  • Best TV Show: The Mighty Boosh. Also nominated: Extras, Gonzo, Lost, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
  • Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1). Also nominated: Lauren Laverne (Xfm), Chris Moyles (Radio 1), Colin Murray (Radio 1), Jo Whiley (Radio 1)
  • Best Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Also nominated: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Casino Royale, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine
  • Sexiest Woman: Kate Moss. Also nominated: Lily AllenBeth Ditto, Kate Jackson, Karen O
  • Sexiest Man: Matt Bellamy (Muse). Also nominated: Carl Barât, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Gerard Way
  • Worst Album: Robbie Williams, for Rudebox. Also nominated: Lily Allen, for Alright, Still, The Feeling, for Twelve Stops And Home, My Chemical Romance, for The Black Parade, Razorlight, for Razorlight
  • Worst Band: Panic! At The Disco. Also nominated: The FeelingThe HorrorsThe Kooks, Razorlight
  • Best Dressed: Faris Rotter (The Horrors). Also nominated: Carl Barât, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers
  • Worst Dressed: Jonathan Ross. Also nominated: Lily Allen, Johnny Borrell, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Faris Rotter
  • Hero of the Year: Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance). Also nominated: Carl BarâtPete Doherty, Faris Rotter, Alex Turner
  • Villain of the Year: George W. Bush. Also nominated: Tony Blair, Johnny Borrell, Pete Doherty, Gerard Way
  • Best Live Venue: Carling Brixton Academy.Best Venue. Also nominated: Glasgow Barrowlands, London KOKO, London Astoria, Manchester Apollo
  • Best Website (excluding NME.com): YouTube. Also nominated: DrownedinSound, Last.FM, MySpace, Pitchfork, YouTube
  • John Peel Award for Musical Innovation: Enter Shikari
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: The Twang

Shockwaves NME Awards 2008

The award party took place in indigO2 next to The O2 Arena on 28 February 2008.

Host: Matt Horne and James Corden

  • Godlike Genius Award: Manic Street Preachers
  • Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Babyshambles, The Cribs, Klaxons, Muse
  • Best International Band: The Killers. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, My Chemical Romance
  • Best Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Nominees: Jack Penate, Amy Winehouse, Jamie T, Patrick Wolf
  • Best Live Band: Muse. Nominees: The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, My Chemical Romance
  • Best New Band: The Enemy. Nominees: Foals, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, The Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats
  • Best Album: Klaxons, for Myths of the Near Future. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare, Babyshambles, for Shotter’s Nation, The Enemy, for We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, Radiohead, for In Rainbows
  • Best Track: Arctic Monkeys, for Fluorescent Adolescent.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, The Cribs, for Men’s Needs, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, The Wombats, for Let’s Dance To Joy Division
  • Best Dancefloor Filler: The Wombats, for Let’s Dance to Joy Division.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, Foals, for Hummer, Klaxons, for Atlantis To Interzone, Justice, for D.A.N.C.E.
  • Best Video: Arctic Monkeys, for Teddy Picker.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, Justice, for D.A.N.C.E., Klaxons, for Golden Skans, My Chemical Romance, for Teenagers
  • Best Music DVD: Nirvana, for MTV Unplugged in New York.Also nominated: Babyshambles, for Up The Shambles, Led Zeppelin, for The Song Remains The Same, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, Amy Winehouse, for You Know I’m Trouble
  • Best Live Event: Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals.Also nominated: Glastonbury, Muse at Wembley Stadium, T In The Park, V Festival
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Glasvegas
  • Best TV Show: The Mighty Boosh. Also nominated: Heroes, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, Skins
  • Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1). Also nominated: Russell Brand (Radio 2), Chris Moyles (Radio 1), Colin Murray (Radio 1), Jo Whiley (Radio 1).
  • Best Film: Control. Also nominated: Hot Fuzz, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, The Simpsons Movie, Superbad
  • Best Music Blog: The Modern Age. Also nominated: The Hype Machine, Nothing But Green Lights, Spinner, Stereogum
  • Best Band Blog: Radiohead. Also nominated: Foals, Lily Allen, Lightspeed Champion, The Streets
  • Best Album Artwork: The Good, The Bad & The Queen, for The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare, The Killers, for Sawdust, Kings of LeonBecause Of The Times, Manic Street Preachers, for Send Away The Tigers
  • Sexiest Woman: Kylie Minogue. Also nominated: Jenny Lewis, Rihanna, Hayley Williams, Rachael Yamagata
  • Sexiest Man: Noel Fielding. Also nominated: Julian Barrett, Nicky Wire, Holwin’ Pelle Almqvist, Patrick Wolf
  • Worst Album: Britney Spears, for Blackout. Also nominated: James Blunt, for 1973, The Hoosiers, for The Trick To Life, Mika, for Life In Cartoon Motion, Leona Lewis, for Spirit
  • Worst Band: The Hoosiers. Also nominated: Panic! At The Disco, 30 Seconds To Mars, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy
  • Best Dressed: Noel Fielding. Also nominated: Pete Doherty, Kate Nash, Gerard Way, Alex Turner
  • Worst Dressed: Amy Winehouse. Also nominated: Johnny Borrell, Pete Doherty, Mika, Gerard Way
  • Hero of the Year: Pete Doherty. Also nominated: Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke, Ryan Jarman, Matt Bellamy
  • Villain of the Year: George W. Bush. Also nominated: Johnny Borrell, Tony Blair, Amy Winehouse, Gordon Brown
  • Best Live Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • Best Website (excluding NME.com): Facebook. Also nominated: Myspace. Bebo, Last.fm, YouTube
  • John Peel Award for Musical Innovation: Radiohead
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Glasvegas

NME Awards USA

NME took just one foray into the US, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, on 23 April 2008. Hosts were Jim Jeffries and Har Mar Superstar. The winners were:

  • Best American Alternative/Indie Band: The Killers. Also nominated: Foo FightersKings of LeonMy Chemical RomanceThe White Stripes
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Live Act: My Chemical Romance. Also nominated: Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Solo Artist: Albert Hammond Jr. Also nominated: Andrew Bird, Beck, Cat Power, Ryan Adams
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Band: Vampire Weekend. Also nominated: Band of Horses, Black Kids, MGMT, Paramore
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Live Act: Vampire Weekend. Also nominated: Band of Horses, Black Kids, MGMTSantigold
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Solo Artist: Mark Ronson. Also nominated: Cass McCombs, Sam Sparro, Santigold, Seasick Steve
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Album: Foo Fighters, for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Also nominated: The Hold Steady, for Boys and Girls in America, The Killers, for Sawdust, Kings of Leon, for Because of the Times, The White Stripes, for Icky Thump
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Track: The Killers, for Tranquilize. Also nominated: Foo Fighters, for The Pretender, LCD Soundsystem, for All My Friends, My Chemical Romance, for Teenagers, The White Stripes, for Icky Thump
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Band: Arcade Fire. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Oasis, Radiohead
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Live Act: Arcade Fire. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Kaiser ChiefsMuse
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Also nominated: Amy Winehouse, Feist, Jamie T, M.I.A.
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Band: Klaxons. Also nominated: The Enemy, Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Wombats
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Live Act: Klaxons. Also nominated: CSS, FoalsThe Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Also nominated: Dev Hynes, Duffy, Jack Peñate, Lily Allen
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Album: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, for Neon Bible, Babyshambles, for Shotter’s Nation, Klaxons, for Myths of the Near Future, Radiohead, for In Rainbows
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Track: Klaxons, for Golden Skans. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, for Intervention, Arctic Monkeys, for Teddy Picker, Bloc Party, for Flux, Kate Nash, for Foundations
  • Best Alternative/Indie Music Video: Justice, for D.A.N.C.E.. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Fluorescent Adolescent, Foo Fighters, for Long Road to RuinThe Killers, for Tranquilize, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
  • Best Film: Juno. Also nominated: Control, No Country for Old Men, The Simpsons Movie, There Will Be Blood
  • Best Television: Heroes. Also nominated: Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, The Mighty Boosh, The Office
  • Best Alternative/Indie Breakthrough Artist: Santigold
  • Best Alternative/Indie Breakthrough Track: MGMT, for Time to Pretend
  • Classic Album: The Lemonheads, for It’s a Shame About Ray
  • Godlike Genius Award: Jane’s Addiction
  • Inspiration Award: Mick Jones

See also

New Order – Lost Sirens

As used to be customary after major New Order albums, they basically imploded after Waiting for the Sirens’ Call. They had had a pretty good year, closing it out with their brilliantly comprehensive Singles compilation, and there was an extensive tour, but then in May 2007, things got very confusing. As you probably remember, Peter Hook appeared in an interview and said that New Order had split up, to which the rest of the band responded, “no we didn’t,” and we’ve now been treated to a decade or so of Hook moaning about how badly he was treated while the rest of them seem to put their fingers in their ears and sing “la la la, I’m not listening”. There are some real issues there, but it all comes across as very childish.

It took another six years for Lost Sirens to appear, but it’s pretty amazing that it did. Plugging the gap firmly between Waiting for the Sirens’ Call, when they had Peter Hook, and Music Complete, when they no longer did, you get this. It opens with I’ll Stay with You, which is comfortably better than most of the tracks on the preceding album. It’s a great, catchy song, with some great contributions from Hook.

Even Sugarcane, hinting somewhat at some of Bernard Sumner‘s dafter lyrical moments, is still another catchy and memorable song. What’s notable here is that whereas the parent album was gloomy and rock-infused, this is positively chirpy.

Recoil gives us a more acoustically-focused piece, with some great (electric?) piano work alongside Hook’s unforgettable bass lines. If this had been the last album New Order ever recorded together, it would have been an excellent way to leave – think what you like of Music Complete, the end of the Peter Hook era definitely left listeners on a high. You just have to put emotions to one side – a bit like being in a band, really.

I think California Grass is probably my favourite track on here. It’s also the most rock-sounding, with some relatively big guitars, but they stay subdued and hold back on too much extreme wankery. It just feels like an epic coastal road trip song, somehow.

This is a compilation at heart though, and the track listing is appropriately odd. Hellbent, which snuck out on a compilation a couple of years earlier, is good, but it’s not great. Shake it Up starts off sounding like one of Electronic‘s better moments, but ultimately fails to deliver, particularly once the wah-wah turns up. “I read your book from front to cover,” must surely be up there among Sumner’s worst lyrics ever?

I’ve Got a Feeling is better – it starts off particularly promisingly, although things fall apart quickly during the verse, and despite a catchy chorus, it still sounds a bit generic. The first half of this mini-album was definitely better than the second. To close things out, I Told You So was up there with Jetstream as one of the best tracks on the last album, and now we get a remix of it, the Crazy World mix. It’s huge, epic, and… well, very disappointing. In this century, the guitar-based version of New Order simply isn’t as good as the electronic version. So roll on Music Complete, the album where for the first time in a long time, they really understood who they were, and did it well.

For all my misgivings, Lost Sirens is a pretty good release, and I’m glad we got it, even somewhat belatedly. Is it better than Waiting for the Sirens’ Call? Well, they’re probably about the same, but this does at least have a nice stack of uplifting tracks at the start, which can’t be said for its predecessor.

You can find Lost Sirens at all major retailers.

Preview – Chicane

After a long period of silence at the very time when he would have had a lot of hits, it is good to see Chicane being so prolific in recent years, but it’s getting hard to keep up (hence the fact that I’m posting this about a month late) especially with the volume of slightly unnecessary cover versions. Anyway, this week’s new album is called The Place You Can’t Remember, The Place You Can’t Forget, and this track is called Serendipity:

Preview – Erasure

Erasure have had a busy couple of years, with World Be Gone, followed by World Beyond, and now the live companion World Be Live. The naming falls apart a little bit at the stage, but here’s a great version of Phantom Bride: