Bizarre search engine terms – 2018 edition

I don’t often look at the statistics for this blog, but occasionally it tells me one or two interesting facts. One of the more revealing is the search engine terms that bring people here. These are a selection of the ones that brought you here in the last year or so!

b.e.f. ‎– music for stowaways torrent

No. Just no. I say this every time, but if you want illegal music, this is not the right place to look. Stream, buy second hand, or best, buy the original in some form. Most of B.E.F.‘s debut album is available on the 1981-2011 box set.

“stephen hague” produce

A search which has brought people here on an astonishing nine different occasions. Stephen Hague turns up a lot on this blog, of course, and not always by name. Over a four-decade career, he’s been responsible for producing many of our favourite acts around here, including Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkPet Shop BoysNew OrderErasureMarc AlmondElectronicBlurDubstarSarah CracknellAfro Celt Sound Systema-haPeter GabrielClientClaudia Brücken and more. A future stowaway hero for sure.

location of the first brit award in 1981 [and 1981 brits awards]

A lot of people seem to come here now looking for information about the BRIT Awards. As you’ll see from this article, the first BRIT Awards was not in 1981 – there wasn’t even a ceremony that year. The first was in 1977, at Wembley Conference Centre. The first regular ceremony was in 1982, at Grosvenor House.

best kraftwerk album to start with

Everyone will have their own opinion on this, but I gave mine when Kraftwerk appeared on the Beginner’s guide feature three years ago. I’d stand by that judgement – start with Trans Europa Express or The Mix. It’s worth paying extra for the German releases.

vangelis aimless noodling

This might be one of my favourite web searches ever. Honestly, yes, a good chunk of Vangelis‘s music is aimless noodling, and rather amusingly it turns out that I actually used those exact words when I reviewed the Metropolis soundtrack in 2014, although at the time I wasn’t referring to the man himself.

If you want more, here’s the 2017 edition.

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Albums chart of the year 2014 for stowaways

Here are the top twenty albums of 2014 for stowaways:

  1. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  2. William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5
  3. Moby – Innocents
  4. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  5. B.E.F. – Music of Quality & Distinction, Vol. 3 – Dark
  6. I Monster / People Soup – I Monster Presents People Soup
  7. Napoleon – Magpies
  8. William Orbit – Orbit Symphonic
  9. DARKSIDE – Psychic
  10. Erasure – Snow Globe
  11. U2 – Songs of Innocence
  12. The Human League – Dare
  13. Röyksopp – Junior
  14. David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed
  15. Sparks – In Outer Space
  16. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us *
  17. Way Out West – We Love Machine
  18. Deep Dish – Junk Science
  19. Kevin Pearce – Matthew Hopkins and the Wormhole
  20. Maps – Turning the Mind

* Number 3 in 2013

Last year’s number 1, Pet Shop Boys‘ Electric, slips just outside this chart to number 21, while Röyksopp and Robyn‘s collaborative mini-album Do it Again grabs the number 1 spot on the EP chart.

See also: Albums chart of the year 2013 for stowaways, Albums chart of the year 2012 for stowaways.

Chart for stowaways – 31 May 2014

Here are this week’s top ten albums:

  1. William Orbit – Orbit Symphonic
  2. DARKSIDE (Nicholas Jaar) – Psychic
  3. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again EP
  4. Moby – Innocents
  5. Röyksopp – Junior
  6. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night EP
  7. Enigma – MCMXC a.D.
  8. Tiga – Ciao!
  9. B.E.F. – Music of Quality & Distinction, Vol. 3 – Dark
  10. Komputer – Synthetik

Yes! That’s a new number one, finally!

Chart for stowaways – 24 May 2014

Here are the top singles this week:

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  3. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night
  4. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  5. Sister Bliss feat. John Martyn – Deliver Me

… and the albums:

  1. Moby – Innocents
  2. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night EP
  3. William Orbit – Orbit Symphonic
  4. Röyksopp – Junior
  5. B.E.F. – Music of Quality & Distinction, Vol. 3 – Dark

Chart for stowaways – 17 May 2014

We haven’t covered the albums much in detail recently, and there still isn’t a huge amount going on over there, but here are this week’s top ten:

  1. Moby – Innocents
  2. B.E.F. – Music of Quality and Distinction, Vol. 3 – Dark
  3. DARKSIDE (Nicholas Jaar) – Psychic
  4. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night EP
  5. De La Soul – Stakes is High
  6. Tiga – Ciao!
  7. Skywatchers – The Skywatchers Handbook
  8. Soulsavers – The Light the Dead See
  9. Ladytron – 604
  10. Art of Noise – Influence

Pet Shop Boys hold onto the top spot for a second week on the singles with the Flourescent 12″ single.

Chart for stowaways – 10 May 2014

All change in the singles chart this week, as the oldies start heading downwards…

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  2. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night
  3. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  4. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  5. Sister Bliss feat. John Martyn – Deliver Me
  6. Moby – A Long Time
  7. Mike Oldfield – Sentinel
  8. B.E.F. – Don’t Want to Know
  9. The Grid – Heartbeat
  10. Napoleon – Everything’s Changed

The full Let the Night EP enters at number 2 on the album chart for Dirty Vegas.

Chart for stowaways – 3 May 2014

The top ten singles this week looks like this:

  1. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  3. Mike Oldfield – Sentinel
  4. The Grid – Heartbeat
  5. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night
  6. Sister Bliss feat. John Martyn – Deliver Me
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  8. Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  9. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  10. Oi Va Voi – Dusty Road