Retro chart for stowaways – 5 March 2005

These were the top ten singles on the chart for stowaways, an amazing fourteen years ago this week!

  1. Kings of Convenience – Know-How
  2. Girls Aloud – Wake Me Up
  3. Moby – Lift Me Up
  4. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
  5. Client – Pornography
  6. Erasure – Breathe
  7. Tears for Fears – The Closest
  8. Duran Duran – What Happens
  9. Bent – Comin’ Back
  10. Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll

Ivor Novello Awards – 2010-2012

Ivor Novello Awards 2010

For the final post in this series, we reach the 2010s, and 55 years of the Ivor Novello Awards. The 2010 ceremony took place on 20th May 2010 at the Grosvenor House, London.

  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work: The Fear, performed by Lily Allen. Also nominated: Broken Strings, by James Morrison, and The Promise, by Girls Aloud, written by Xenomania
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Desperate Romantics, composed by Daniel Pemberton. Also nominated: Life, by George Fenton, and Red Riding 1974, by Adrian Johnston
  • Best Contemporary Song: Daniel, written by Natasha Khan. Also nominated: Bonkers, by Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden, and In for the Kill, by La Roux
  • The Ivors Inspiration Award: Johnny Marr
  • Best Original Video Game Score: Killzone 2, composed by Joris de Man. Also nominated: Empire: Total War, by Richard Beddow, Richard Birdsall, Walter Mair, Lorenzo Piggici and Simon Ravn, and Savage Moon: Waldgeist, by Armin Elsaesser
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Best Song Musically & Lyrically: The Fear, written by Lily Allen. Also nominated: Save It for Someone Who Cares, by The Leisure Society, and The Last Bus, by Patch William
  • Album Award: Sunny Side Up, by Paolo Nutini. Also nominated: The Duckworth Lewis Method, by The Duckworth Lewis Method, and Tongue N’ Cheek, by Dizzee Rascal
  • International Achievement: Imogen Heap
  • Best Original Film Score: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, composed by John Powell. Also nominated: Skin, by Hélène Muddiman, and The Young Victoria, by Ilan Eshkeri
  • PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Trevor Horn
  • The Special International Award: Neil Sedaka
  • Songwriters of the Year: Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
  • Lifetime Achievement: Paul Weller
  • BASCA Fellowship: Tim Rice

Ivor Novello Awards 2011

Grosvenor House in London hosted the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards, on 19th May.

  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work: She Said, performed by Plan B. Also nominated: All the Lovers, written by Kish Mauve and performed by Kylie Minogue, and This Ain’t A Love Song, by Scouting for Girls
  • Best Original Video Game Score: Napoleon: Total War, composed by Richard Beddow, Richard Birdsall and Ian Livingstone. Also nominated: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, by Nitin Sawhney, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone, by Richard Jacques
  • Best Contemporary Song: Pass Out, performed by Tinie Tempah. Also nominated: Islands, by The xx, and Katy on a Mission by Katy B
  • Best Television Soundtrack: Any Human Heart, by Dan Jones. Also performed: Agatha Christie’s Marple, Series V, by Dominik Scherrer, and Going Postal, by John Lunn
  • The Ivors Inspiration Award: Dizzee Rascal
  • The Ivors Classical Music Award: Michael Nyman
  • Album Award: The Defamation of Strickland Banks, by Plan B. Also nominated: Flaws, by Bombay Bicycle Club, and Man Alive, by Everything Everything
  • Best Original Film Score: How To Train Your Dragon, composed by John Powell. Also nominated: Monsters, by Jon Hopkins, and Unstoppable, by Harry Gregson-Williams
  • PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Paul Rodgers
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Becoming a Jackal, performed by Villagers. Also nominated: MY KZ, UR BF, by Everything Everything, and Spanish Sahara, by Foals
  • International Achievement: Muse
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Steve Winwood
  • Songwriter of the Year: Ben Drew
  • PRS for Music Special International Award: Stephen Sondheim

Ivor Novello Awards 2012

The 2012 ceremony took place at Grosvenor House on 17th May.

  • Best Contemporary Song: Video Games, performed by Lana Del Rey. Also nominated: Promises, by Nero, and The Wilhelm Scream, by James Blake
  • PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Rolling In The Deep, performed by Adele. Also nominated: Someone Like You, by Adele, and The Flood, by Take That
  • Best Television Soundtrack: The Shadow Line, composed by Martin Phipps. Also nominated: Leonardo, by Mark Russell, and Page Eight, by Paul Englishby
  • The Ivors Jazz Award: Stan Tracey
  • Album Award: Let England Shake, by PJ Harvey. Also nominated: 21, performed by Adele, and 50 Words For Snow, by Kate Bush
  • Outstanding Song Collection: Gary Kemp
  • The Ivors Inspiration Award: Siouxsie Sioux
  • Best Original Film Score: The First Grader, composed by Alex Heffes. Also nominated: Life in a Day, by Harry Gregson-Williams and Matthew Herbert, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Jonny Greenwood
  • PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Take That
  • Best Song Musically and Lyrically: The A Team, by Ed Sheeran. Also nominated: Rolling in the Deep, by Adele, and Shake It Out, by Florence + The Machine
  • Lifetime Achievement: Mark Knopfler
  • Songwriter of the Year: Adele
  • PRS for Music Special International Award: Jimmy Webb
  • BASCA Fellowship: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Further Reading

Retro chart for stowaways – 24 January 2004

Here are the top ten singles from fourteen years ago this week:

  1. Liberty X – Everybody Cries
  2. Sugababes – Too Lost in You
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Miracles
  4. Girls Aloud – Jump
  5. Martin L. Gore – Loverman
  6. Madonna – Love Profusion
  7. Goldfrapp – Twist
  8. Dave Gahan – Bottle Living
  9. Kylie Minogue – Slow
  10. Sugababes – Hole in the Head

Retro chart for stowaways – 26 February 2005

Here are the top ten albums from eleven years ago:

  1. Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll
  2. Erasure – Nightbird
  3. Client – City
  4. The Chemical Brothers – Push the Button
  5. Bent – Ariels
  6. Lemon Jelly – ’64-’95
  7. Depeche Mode – The Remixes 81-04
  8. Kylie Minogue – Ultimate Kylie
  9. Girls Aloud – What Will the Neighbours Say?
  10. Dirty Vegas – One

Retro chart for stowaways – 3 February 2007

The top ten singles from nine years ago:

  1. Client – Lights Go Out
  2. Eric Prydz vs. Floyd – Proper Education
  3. Depeche Mode – Martyr
  4. Sohodolls – No Regrets
  5. Girls Aloud – I Think We’re Alone Now
  6. Schmoof – Chocolate Boyfriend
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Numb
  8. Bent – To Be Loved
  9. Tiga – (Far from) Home
  10. Girls Aloud – Something Kinda Oooh

Retro chart for stowaways – 24 July 2004

Here’s another singles chart from ye oldene dayse!

  1. Front Line Assembly – Vanished
  2. Faithless – Mass Destruction
  3. Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
  4. Girls Aloud – The Show
  5. Client – In it for the Money
  6. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
  7. Kylie Minogue – Chocolate
  8. Kings of Convenience – Misread
  9. Air – Cherry Blossom Girl
  10. Orbital – One Perfect Sunrise

Five underrated artists

Another fine list from my archives, originally posted on my old website on 21st November 2003. In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, I was living in Germany at the time.

Herewith five artists who are big in Germany, and ought to be big in the UK, but nobody has ever heard of them…

  • One-T + Cool-T – I’ve no idea where they’re from, but they have a really catchy hip hop track with a fantastic video out at the moment called The Magic Key, which is big all over Europe. Except in the UK, of course. It just spent its 18th week on the German chart.
  • Samajona – A Berlin-based girl band, who appear to be big all over eastern Europe. Their current single Miss You ought to be enough to give Girls Aloud a run for their money, only it’s in German, which isn’t really a terribly commercial idea.
  • Sylver – A Dutch dance duo, who are now on their second album. They had a minor hit in the UK with Turn the Tide a couple of years ago. A lot of their stuff isn’t that great, but Livin’ My Life and the current single Shallow Water are particularly noteworthy.
  • Within Temptation – I’ve no idea what most of their material is like, but I just heard a very good industrial rock track called Mother Earth. They seem to sound a bit like Evanescence, except the vocalist uses opera influences, which is interesting. No idea where they’re from.
  • Wolfsheim – A German electronic group, who seem to have built up a big cult audience in Germany through the 1990s. I’d never heard of them before, but they’ve done a couple of really good singles this year, including Kein Zurück and Find You’re Here.

I could also mention Bernd das Brot, but that’s probably not a terribly good idea. Oh, and the German Popstars: The Rivals band, the unfortunately named Preluders are quite good, too. Or rather, like Girls Aloud, they’ve got a good production team behind them.