Bizarre search engine terms – 2017 edition

I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to the statistics for this blog, to be honest, but roughly once a year, I like to take a peek through and see what crazy search engine terms people have used to get to the site. Here’s a selection…


I love the idea of a junior version of INXS. Perhaps you’re thinking of Michael Hutchence‘s daughter, whom UK tabloid The Daily Racist seem to have been obsessed with for some time, disturbingly describing her as “remarkably beautiful” when she was just fifteen.

Thanks, by the way – I just lost comfortably half an hour Wikisurfing about the sad tales of Paula Yates and her family.

robin hood trevor horns

You might be thinking of Batman, who’s a similar sort of historical character I believe. Trevor Horns produced Seal‘s Kiss from a Rose in 1994.

have madness rever won a brit award

Astonishingly, they rever haven’t – they have three nominations to their name, but that’s it. Check out my list of BRIT Award Losers here.

royksopp the understanding rubbish

Definitely not. Royksopp the understanding quite exceptional.

fascinating facts about the brit awards

That’s a subjective term, but I found these pretty fascinating. And these. And also these.

alison moyet cat deeley forum

This sounds like a great event, which all of us should thing about attending. The closest I can find is that time someone pretended to be Alison Moyet on Stars in Their Eyes.

1990 brit awards who returned awards

That would be Fine Young Cannibals that you’re thinking of. Because nobody really liked Margaret Thatcher.

smashie and nicey shamen

No idea about this one. I’m assuming it’s a clip which may or may not exist, but if you do manage to find anything, please share it with the rest of the class.

trevor pinnock songs of the auvergne

In an extreme moment of self-doubt, I actually searched this blog to find out what that takes you to. The answer lies in the 1984 BRIT Awards!

Well that was fun, wasn’t it? See also: the 20162015, 2014, and 2013 editions.


Q Awards 2016

It may be a little late for this round-up, but I’m afraid that’s the way things go round here these days. The StubHub StubHub Q Awards took place in London on 2nd November, and these were the results. As always, the award names are ridiculously long and corporate and almost all of them were identical, but let’s go with it…

Q Best Act In The World Today, presented by The Cavern Club

  • Biffy Clyro
  • Coldplay
  • Muse
  • The 1975
  • U2

Winner: Muse

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Help Musicians UK

  • James Bay
  • Noel Gallagher
  • PJ Harvey
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skepta

Winner: James Bay

Q Best Breakthrough Act, presented by Red Stripe

  • The Amazons
  • Blossoms
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Gallant
  • Jack Garratt
  • Lady Leshurr
  • Let’s Eat Grandma
  • Nothing But Thieves
  • Rat Boy
  • Spring King

Winner: Jack Garratt

Q Best Track, presented by Jack Daniel’s

  • Bastille – Good Grief
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen – Twice
  • Biffy Clyro – Howl
  • The 1975 – Somebody Else
  • Skepta – Man

Winner: Bastille

Q Best Album, presented by Absolute Radio

  • Bastille – Wild World
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  • Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
  • The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

Winner: The 1975

Q Best Video, presented by Boxplus

  • Beyoncé – Formation
  • Coldplay – Up & Up
  • PJ Harvey – The Community of Hope
  • The 1975 – A Change of Heart
  • Wolf Alice – Lisbon

Winner: PJ Harvey

Q Best Live Act presented by StubHub

  • Coldplay
  • Muse
  • Savages
  • U2
  • Wolf Alice

Winner: U2

Q Hero, presented by Conker Spirit

Winner: Meat Loaf

Q Classic Songwriter, presented by Pretty Green

Winner: Ray Davies

Q Classic Album

Winner: The Charlatans, for Tellin’ Stories

Q Innovation In Sound

Winner: M.I.A.

Q Gibson Les Paul Award

Winner: The Edge

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music, presented by Buster & Punch

Winner: Blondie

Q Hall Of Fame, presented by StubHub

Winner: Madness

Which just about ends our awards coverage for another couple of months. You can read Q Magazine’s own coverage here.

Preview – Madness

This isn’t a taster for the music, but it’s a rather brilliant video of an album launch anyway. Madness are back with a new album called Can’t Touch Us Now, and here they are with some pensioners, telling everyone about it:

Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day always ruffles a few feathers, although the charming story about a mini-popup shop opening in London this year on the NME website does make up for some of the controversy.

In previous years, we’ve taken a spin through a selection of the special releases for Record Store Day, and this year is no exception. The list starts here:

  • a-haTake on Me (7″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, 1,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • AirPlayground Love / Highschool Lover (coloured 7″, 5,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • Amorphous Androgynous (still also known as The Future Sound of London) – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding in Your Mind) / The Wizards of Oz (2xLP, 500 copies, UK and Germany)
  • David BowieChanges (7″ picture disc, 6,000 copies in the US, 3,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) Kingdom Come with the same song by Tom Verlaine on the other side (7″, 9,600 copies in the US, and 2,000 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands) and also 1966 (white LP, 2,000 copies, UK only, also Germany)
  • Buena Vista Social ClubChan Chan (7″, 1,000 copies, regional release, US / Germany / Netherlands)
  • CamouflageShine + Remixes (12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • ChvrchesGet Away / Dead Air (7″, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Empire of the SunWalking on a Dream (LP)
  • Brian EnoMy Squelchy Life (2×12″, 4,000 copies, US / Netherlands)
  • ErasureThe Violet Flame Remixes (12″, 400 copies regionally in the US, and 700 copies in the UK, also Germany / Netherlands)
  • GarbageChemicals / On Fire Stunvolume (10″, 4,000 copies in the US, and 500 copies in the UK)
  • GoldfrappFelt Mountain (coloured vinyl LP, 3,200 copies – first US LP release, US only)
  • Happy MondaysPills Thrills ‘n’ Bellyaches (coloured 12″, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands) and Live Brixton Academy 2012 (orange double LP, 1,000 copies, UK / Netherlands)
  • Jon HopkinsI Remember (Nils Frahm Remix) (10″, 1,000 copies in the US, 500 copies in the UK)
  • LambTrans Fatty Acid (Pure Filth 2014 Mix) / SH09 is Back (10″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Little BootsBusiness Pleasure (180g white 12″, 500 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • MadnessLovestruck / Le Grand Pantalon (7″, pop up sleeve, 1,000 copies, UK only)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the DarkJulia’s Song (Dub Version) / 10 to 1 (10″, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany / Netherlands)
  • The ProdigyIbiza (glow in the dark vinyl, Germany only)
  • The ResidentsIntermission (LP, 1,000 copies, US only) and Satisfaction (7″, 500 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Donna SummerAnother Place and Time – The UK 12″ Singles (5×12″ box set, 1,000 copies, UK / Germany)
  • Tears for FearsShout / Everybody Wants to Rule the World (180g 12″, Germany only)
  • Tracey ThornSongs from the Falling (Germany only)

Remember, some of these will be available in different countries, so they may vary where you are… More details at the official US Record Store Day website, the UK one, the German one, the Dutch one, and you might also want to look at Wax Poetic.

Pet Shop Boys – Christmas

Twenty-five years into their superlatively successful career, Pet Shop Boys had never actually managed a Christmas release – 1997’s one-off It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas remains an extremely sought after one-off fan club release, and their Christmas number 1 Always on My Mind was really never intended as a festive hit.

So in 2009, shortly after their brilliant album Yes, the Christmas EP was an extremely welcome collection of festive tracks, with a couple of updated versions, a couple of cover versions, and a beautiful piece of sleeve artwork.

The new version of It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas is great – a very worthwhile update, but it is a little disappointing that the original was never properly released – in 1997, it received so much BBC Radio 1 airplay that it isn’t difficult to imagine it being a significant hit. In 1998, it was still being played widely. In 2000, they performed it live on TFI Friday, on Channel 4 television. The final release came out for the general public in 2009, and unfortunately ended up being widely ignored, because the moment had passed. Which is a great shame, as it’s definitely among Pet Shop Boys‘s best tracks.

Their brilliantly atmospheric cover of Madness‘s My Girl, originally performed in the autumn at a tribute concert for PSB’s friend and long time bodyguard Dainton Connell. As with most of their cover versions, it’s far from being just a pointless rehash of the original, bringing a very different energy to the track. It’s also got some festive chimes, although that’s really the only justification it has to be on this EP. As if it needed any.

The New Version of All Over the World is acceptably similar to the original, just now with slightly snappier beats and a bit more of a pop feel. It’s still fun and uplifting, if ultimately a little pointless and unnecessary in its own way – which is maybe exactly what good pop music should be. On the other hand, the fourth track, an odd medley of Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida and PSB’s own Domino Dancing is a little lacking in context – in fact, this is a studio recording of one of their live tracks from the period, and with that in mind, it’s easy to enjoy the track. Without it, it’s easy to wonder why on earth they bothered.

The final track is the Our House mix of My Girl, essentially an extended version in the 80s tradition which Pet Shop Boys always did so well. Clocking in at a touch under six minutes, it’s easily the best track on the EP, and closes it in fine form.

The CD or download release of Christmas is still widely available.

British Rock & Pop Awards 1982-1984

Due to a fundamental failing on my part, this post was actually written several months ago, accidentally deleted, and has now been recreated for your general entertainment. In the third article in this series, we look at the final three years of this nearly-decade-long award ceremony, before the BPI Awards (later the BRITs) supplanted them.


The seventh ceremony took place in February 1983, at The Lyceum in London, and were presented by Anne Diamond (see BFI record).

On 15th January, Tommy Vance and Kid Jensen voiced this promo for the awards for BBC Radio 1 (also trailed here). This confirms that the following categories were included and were open for voting: Best Female SingerBest Male SingerBest GroupBest Single, and Best Album.

Thereza Bazar of Dollar presented the Best Album award.

The winners were ABC, with The Lexicon of Love (in third place), Madness, with Complete Madness (in second), and the overall winner was Duran Duran, with Rio.

The 1983 BPI Awards can be viewed here.


The eighth and final ceremony, celebrating the music of the year 1983, took place on 21st February 1984 at The Lyceum in London, and.was presented by David Jensen and Sarah Kennedy, the latter of whom, as we’ll learn, didn’t write her own script, and hopefully didn’t pick her own wardrobe either.

In the award for Best British Rock/Pop Single were True, by Spandau Ballet, in third place, and Duran Duran with Is There Something I Should Know? in second place.

The winner was Karma Chameleon, by Culture Club.

By 1985, the BPI Awards (later the BRITs) were swiftly gaining momentum, and were well on the way to becoming the definitive British music award ceremony. They were also fully televised, for the first time since 1977, effectively taking the place of the British Rock & Pop Awards. Whether that’s the reason why these awards were discontinued, or whether there’s some other reason, is long lost in the mists of time, but for comparison the 1984 BPI Awards can be viewed here.

British Rock & Pop Awards 1979-1981

From 1982 (confusingly the 1981 ceremony thanks to the year numbering) onwards, the British Rock & Pop Awards were happening concurrently with the British Record Industry Awards (later the BPI Awards, and even later the BRIT Awards).


The awards for 1979 seem to have taken place on 26th February 1980. Simulcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 1, and again at the Café Royal, London (see BFI record). Presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley. Awards included:

  • Best Single
  • Best Album
  • Best Male Singer
  • Best Female Singer
  • Best Group or Band
  • Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music
  • Daily Mirror Readers’ Award for the Outstanding Pop Personality
  • Nationwide Golden Award for the artist or group with the most all-round family appeal

Presenters included Barron KnightsKate BushMarianne FaithfullAndy Gibb, and Leo Sayer.

Rick Wakeman presented The Police with the Best Album award for Regatta de Blanc.

Kate Bush seems to have either won Best Female Singer for a second year running, or the previous entry was an error (see here). Paul McCartney won the Daily Mirror Readers’ Award.

Dave Lee Travis introduced John Peel to present Jerry Dammers with Radio 1’s Disc Jockeys’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Pop Music for his work with The Specials. Apparently Gary Numan also won “multiple awards” (see video entry for next year).


Again presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Lawley (see BFI record here) on 24th February 1981. This entry on a Wikipedia talk page is largely apocryphal, but mentions The Jam winning the Best Single Award for Going Underground, which is mentioned in more detail here.

Best Male Singer nominees included:

  • Gary Numan
  • Cliff Richard
  • Paul McCartney
  • David Bowie

Winner: David Bowie. Presented by Lulu. See also image here and entry here. There’s an alternative recording of the video here.

Ultravox were nominated for Best Video for Passing Strangers, but failed to win.

Showaddywaddy were also in attendance according to this page, and MadnessAdam and the Ants, Hazel O’ConnorHot ChocolateMadness, and Ronnie Hazlehurst and His Orchestra all performed (see here).


The 1981 ceremony took place on 8th February 1982 at the Lyceum, London, and were presented by Dave Lee Travis and Sue Cook (see BFI record).

Ultravox won the Best Single award for Vienna (see here). Toyah Willcox won the Best Female Singer award (see Daily Mirror article here and record company coverage here, but note that her IMDB biography is incorrect). She also performed I Want to Be Free:

Shakin’ Stevens also won the Best Male Singer award (see here), while Duran Duran were nominated for Best Newcomer, and performed Girls on Film and My Own Way (see here). Bananarama performed Shy Boy (see here).

If you would like to see the comparison, the 1982 BRIT Awards are covered here.

This series will continue next week with 1982.