Stowaway Heroes – Shep Pettibone

One of the most important names of the 1980s is Shep Pettibone. You’ll know him from multiple remixes and production credits, but there’s a good chance that you don’t actually know anything about him. Me neither, frankly, so let’s start with something we can all agree on – the brilliance of his 1986 remix of Love Comes Quickly, by Pet Shop Boys:

The New York-based DJ would work with Pet Shop Boys a number of times between 1986 and 1988, working on ten tracks in total. But by 1986, Pettibone was already half a decade into his career, having cut his teeth on Afrika Bambaataa‘s Jazzy Sensation in 1981:

His CV for the late 1980s is impressive to say the least, including remixes and production work for Art of NoiseThe B-52sBee GeesBrosDavid BowieDepeche ModeDuran DuranDusty SpringfieldElton JohnErasure, FalcoGeorge MichaelJanet JacksonNew OrderRun DMCWhitney Houston and many others. But his most prolific collaborator seems to have been Madonna, who used his services no less than sixteen times between 1985 and 1993. Here’s Into the Groove:

His mixes were undeniably of their time, with huge drum fills and solos, and a lot of orchestral hits – so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that his remix work dried up somewhat in the 1980s. But if you’re looking for someone who heavily impacted the sound of a particular era, Shep Pettibone should be very high on your list.

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Music for the Masses 18 – 17 May 2000

One of the perils of the early days of Bay Radio was that it involved presenting from the DJ booth in the Aberystwyth student union. This meant that there was a fair chance that at some point your equipment might be suddenly removed for one reason or another…

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Show 18: Wed 17 May 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 15 tracks). A indicates A-list (9 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (3 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 5 tracks). X indicates tracks from other peoples’ record collections (Total 1 track).

  • 1. Muse “Unintended” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Watergate “Heart of Asia” A
  • 3. Planet Perfecto feat. Grace “Not Over Yet 99” R
  • 4. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” C
  • 5. Inter “Radio Finland” B
  • 6. Wannadies “Big Fan” S
  • 7. Dubstar “Take It” L
  • 8. Billie Piper “Day & Night” A
  • 9. Sarah Cracknell “Coastal Town” R
  • 10. Asian Dub Foundation “New Way New Life” B
  • 11. Looper “Mundo 77” C
  • 12. Sneaker Pimps “Six Underground” L
  • [Advert Break]
  • 13. Jean Michel Jarre “Tout Est Bleu” R
  • 14. Chicane feat. Bryan Adams “Don’t Give Up” L
  • 15. Moby “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” L
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 16. Beloved “Sweet Harmony” R
  • 17. William Orbit “Water from a Vine Leaf” [Part 1] R
  • 18. Elton John “That’s Why They Call it the Blues” [About 3 minutes thereof] X
  • 19. Looper “Mundo 77” [About 2 minutes thereof] C
  • 20. William Orbit “Water from a Vine Leaf” [Part 2] R
  • 21. Utah Saints “Funky Music” A
  • 22. Dum Dums “I Can’t Get You Out of My Thoughts” B
  • 23. Len “Cryptik Souls Crew” A
  • 24. Broadcast “Come On Let’s Go” A
  • 25. Dandy Warhols “Get Off” A
  • 26. Phoenix “Too Young” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 27. Monaco “Sweet Lips” R
  • 28. Moloko “The Time is Now” L
  • 29. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L

Producer: None.

Notes: Ooh crumbs, well I’m not one to moan. Well, not too much… but having your levels played with, the lights played with, your entire CD player equipment removed (yes, you guessed it, I didn’t actually choose to play Elton John. Or Looper a second time – especially given how much the latter resembles a pair of new born pants. Well, the former too actually, if it comes to that)…

The Top Twenty BRIT Award Artists (by points)

In previous years, we covered The Top Twenty BRIT Awards Artists by wins, and by nominations. This year, there’s been a recount, and we’ve come up with an unnecessarily complicated points system that means we can now revisit them using an entirely different methodology, and can therefore present the Top 20 BRIT Artists. The numbers in brackets represent the points total, the number of wins, and the number of nominations. The numbers in square brackets refer to their positions on the previous winner and nomination charts.

  1. Robbie Williams (188, 12, 26) [w: 1, n: 1]
  2. Coldplay (146, 8, 24) [w: 3, n: 2]
  3. U2 (143, 7, 19) [w: 5, n: 15]
  4. Elton John (133, 6, 19) [w: 12, n: 5]
  5. Annie Lennox (131, 8, 13) [w: 4, n: 10]
  6. Oasis (114, 6, 19) [w: 6, n: 4]
  7. Blur (109, 6, 19) [w: 7, n: 7]
  8. Take That (108, 8, 17) [w: 2, n: 6]
  9. Arctic Monkeys (105, 7, 9) [w: 10]
  10. David Bowie (98, 4, 12)
  11. Prince (95, 7, 14) [w: 11, n: 18]
  12. Phil Collins (87, 5, 11) [w: 9, n: 17]
  13. Spice Girls (84, 6, 10) [w: 8]
  14. Paul Weller (84, 4, 9) [w: 13]
  15. The Beatles (82, 4, 5)
  16. George Michael (81, 3, 19) [w: 19, n: 3]
  17. Eminem (77, 4, 10) [w: 15]
  18. Michael Jackson (75, 6, 8) [w: 17]
  19. Simply Red (75, 3, 16) [n: 11]
  20. Kylie Minogue (72, 3, 13) [w: 20, n: 12]

The BRIT Awards 2005

On 9th February 2005, Chris Evans hosted what was billed as the 25th anniversary BRIT Awards show (history seems to prefer to pretend that the first show was in 1981, rather than 1977). The venue was Earls Court in London, and an average of 6.3 million people watched the coverage the following day on ITV.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2004 ceremony here, and the 2006 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Clive Owen. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Muse – Absolution
  • Snow Patrol – Final Straw
  • The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free

Winner: Keane

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Minnie Driver. Nominees:

  • Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • Jamelia – Thank You
  • LMC vs. U2 – Take Me to the Clouds Above
  • Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
  • Will Young – Your Game

Winner: Will Young

Best British Male

Presented by Naomi Harris. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Lemar
  • Morrissey
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: The Streets

Best British Female

Presented by Lisa Stansfield. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Jamelia
  • PJ Harvey
  • Joss Stone
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Group

Presented by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • Keane
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Keane
  • Joss Stone
  • The Zutons

Winner: Keane

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV, and presented by Brian May. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse
  • Snow Patrol

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Jazzy B. Nominees:

  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Jamelia
  • Lemar
  • Joss Stone
  • The Streets

Winner: Joss Stone

Best British Live Act

Voted for by The Live Music Forum, and presented by Shirley Manson from Garbage. Nominees:

  • Jamie Cullum
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kasabian
  • The Libertines
  • Muse

Winner: Muse

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and readers of The Sun, and presented by Jodie Kidd. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Girls Aloud
  • Avril Lavigne
  • McFly
  • Westlife

Winner: McFly

Best International Album

Presented by Siouxsie Sioux. Nominees:

  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  • Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  • U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Male

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Usher
  • Tom Waits
  • Kanye West
  • Brian Wilson

Winner: Eminem

Best International Female

Presented by Charlie Creed Miles. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Kelis
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Gwen Stefani

Winner: Gwen Stefani

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Green Day
  • Maroon 5
  • Outkast
  • Scissor Sisters
  • U2

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Jet
  • The Killers
  • Maroon 5
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Kanye West

Winner: Scissor Sisters

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Jools Holland.

Winner: Bob Geldof

BRITS 25 Best Song Award

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2. Presented by Matt Lucas and David Walliams in character as Mark Owen and Howard Donald from Take That respectively. Nominees:

  • ABC – The Look of Love
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  • David Gray – Babylon
  • The Jam – That’s Entertainment
  • Elton John – Sacrifice
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Annie Lennox – Why?
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Seal – Kiss from a Rose
  • Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
  • Spandau Ballet – True
  • Rod Stewart – I Don’t Want to Talk About it
  • Sting – Fields of Gold
  • The Stranglers – Golden Brown
  • The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

The top five entries made it from round 1 to the final list of nominees, leaving:

  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Queen – We are the Champions
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Will Young – Leave Right Now

Winner: Robbie Williams

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British Rock & Pop Awards 1976-1978

Have you ever heard of the British Rock & Pop Awards? Honestly, neither had I until very recently. They’re thought by some to have been the predecessor to the BPI Awards, which would later become the BRIT Awards, but the two ceremonies actually ran in parallel for a few years.

Over the next few weeks we’ll examine what seems to have been – as far as I can make out – the ceremony’s eight year history, from 1977 to 1984, using all the information which I could find online. Note that due to the sources used, some of the information may not be accurate.

1976

The first ceremony seems to have taken place in 1977, celebrating the previous year of music, and was televised by ATV (a record exists in the BFI database here, with a second record here). If this book is to be believed, the award ceremony had a connection with the Daily Mirror too.

Winners and participants included:

  • The Bay City Rollers
  • David Essex
  • Eric Faulkner
  • Elton John and Kiki Dee
  • Paul McCartney / Wings (winners of Best Rock Band and Best Pop Band)
  • John Miles
  • Real Thing
  • Status Quo

Interestingly 1977 saw the British Record Industry Britannia Centenary Awards take place, which would later become the BRIT Awards. The presenter seems to have been Noel Edmonds, who of course appeared at the BRITs on a number of occasions too.

1977

I can’t find any trace of a 1977 ceremony – perhaps it took a year off, or perhaps it has just been lost in time. Maybe one day, someone with a bit too much time on their hands will trawl through the press from the year and confirm for us.

1978

The 1978 ceremony seems to have taken place on 11th April 1979, at the Café Royal, London, and this time was broadcast by the BBC (BFI record here). Presenters included Bob Wellings and David Jensen.

Kate Bush won Best Female Vocalist (see here and here). Dusty Springfield presented Best Group to Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees (see here).

Top of the Pops resident dancers Legs & Co performed a medley of Rod Stewart‘s D’Ya Think I’m SexyThe Bee Gees‘ Night FeverBrian and Michael‘s Matchstalk Men and You’re the One That I Want from Grease (see here).

The end credits from the ceremony, including footage from the awards, can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiKQJz34xv0 Winners:

  • Best Single: Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • Best Album: ELO – Out of the Blue
  • Best Male Singer: Leo Sayer
  • Best Female Singer: Kate Bush
  • Best Group: The Bee Gees
  • Radio 1 DJs’ Award: Nick Lowe
  • Daily Mirror Readers’ Award: Ian Dury
  • Nationwide Golden Award: Barron Knights

A detailed write-up, including a review from Clive James, is available here. This post quotes this document, erroneously referring to the ceremony as having later become the BRIT Awards, but also describes further participants as including:

  • Dave Dee
  • Georgie Fame
  • Mary Hopkin
  • Hank Marvin

The event date is also corroborated by this post. The BBC TV series Nationwide covered the event on 15th February and 29th March.

We’ll work our way forward to 1979 next week!

The Top Twenty BRIT Award Artists (by nominations)

We covered the top artists (by number of awards) last year. I’ve loaded in a whole load more information now, but inevitably it doesn’t look awfully different. So for a bit of variety, here are the most nominated artists:

  1. Robbie Williams – 25 nominations, 13 awards
  2. Coldplay – 22 nominations, 7 awards
  3. George Michael – 19 nominations, 3 awards
  4. Oasis – 18 nominations, 6 awards
  5. Elton John – 17 nominations, 4 awards
  6. Take That – 16 nominations, 9 awards
  7. Blur – 16 nominations, 5 awards
  8. Radiohead – 15 nominations, no awards
  9. Jamiroquai – 14 nominations, no awards
  10. Annie Lennox – 13 nominations, 8 awards
  11. Simply Red – 13 nominations, 3 awards
  12. Kylie Minogue – 13 nominations, 3 awards
  13. Kate Bush – 13 nominations, 1 award
  14. Craig David – 13 nominations, no awards
  15. U2 – 12 nominations, 7 awards
  16. Lisa Stansfield – 12 nominations, 2 awards
  17. Phil Collins – 11 nominations, 5 awards
  18. Prince – 11 nominations, 5 awards
  19. Pet Shop Boys – 11 nominations, 3 awards
  20. Muse – 11 nominations, 2 awards

The BRIT Awards 2002

In 2002, Frank Skinner and Zoë Ball presented the BRITs at Earls Court in London. The awards took place on 20th February.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2001 ceremony here, and the 2003 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Sol Campbell. Nominees:

  • Craig David – Born to Do it
  • Dido – No Angel
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz
  • Radiohead – Kid A
  • Travis – The Invisible Band

Winner: Dido

Best British Dance Act

Presented by the stars of Smack the Pony. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Craig David
  • Faithless
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Gorillaz

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Johnny Vegas. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Geri Halliwell
  • PJ Harvey
  • Sade

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Heidi Klum. Nominees:

  • Gorillaz
  • Jamiroquai
  • Radiohead
  • Stereophonics
  • Travis

Winner: Travis

Best British Male

Presented by Susie Amy. Nominees:

  • Aphex Twin
  • Ian Brown
  • Craig David
  • Elton John
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. The initial announcement included Dido, but she seems to have been replaced by Tom McRae for some reason. Probably just a mistake on somebody’s part. Presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten
  • Blue
  • Elbow
  • Gorillaz
  • Tom McRae
  • Mis-Teeq
  • So Solid Crew
  • Starsailor
  • Turin Brakes
  • Zero 7

Winner: Blue

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Simon Cowell. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten – Whole Again
  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Bob the Builder – Mambo No. 5
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Geri Halliwell – It’s Raining Men
  • Hear’Say – Pure and Simple
  • DJ Pied Piper – Do You Really Like It
  • S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Robbie Williams – Eternity / The Road to Mandalay

Winner: S Club 7

Best British Video

Presented by Michael Madsen. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
  • Coldplay – Trouble
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Elton John – I Want Love
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Travis – Sing
  • Robbie Williams – Supreme
  • Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue – Kids

Winner: So Solid Crew

Best International Album

Presented by Eddie Irvine. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk – Discovery
  • Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Kylie Minogue – Fever
  • The Strokes – Is This It

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Female

Presented by Russell Crowe. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Björk
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Limp Bizkit
  • R.E.M.
  • The Strokes

Winner: Destiny’s Child

Best International Male

Presented by Daryl Hannah. Nominees:

  • Ryan Adams
  • Dr. Dre
  • Bob Dylan
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Shaggy

Winner: Shaggy

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Samantha Mumba. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • The Avalanches
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Linkin Park
  • The Strokes

Winner: The Strokes

Best Pop Act

Voted for by readers of The Sun. Presented by Sophie Ellis Bextor. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Hear’Say
  • Kylie Minogue
  • S Club 7
  • Westlife

Winner: Westlife

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Kylie Minogue.

Winner: Sting

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing