A blog I wrote to sum up the latest entertainment news from our GCU radio show.


By Lorne Gillies

The Rolling Stones

British rock legends The Rolling Stones have been announced as the final headline act for this year’s Glastonbury Festival in Pilton.

The four day event will see Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian also take up headline slots.

An appearance from The Stones will be a first for the band and singer Mick Jagger is clearly excited about it all, tweeting: “Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt!”

Although the news broke last night of their attendance at the festival Jagger has made comments in interviews asking about the weather for the legendary festival.

Kasabian guitarist also fuelled rumours of a Stones set after he said: “I hope ours is the most talked about performance of the weekend, but that would be a miracle because The Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury.”

Alongside big name headline acts Glastonbury will also be the…

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BritPop Rivalry is No More

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that Blur and Noel Gallagher, former Oasis member, did a duet together, on the same stage, at the same time, together!

The former BritPop rivals performed a rendition of Blur’s ‘Tender’ at this years Teenage Cancer Trust event at the Royal Albert Hall, curated by Noel Gallagher.

Previously Gallagher has commented that he would like to player ‘Tender’ because it was an easy song on guitar.

Talking to NME he said: “”I suggested that we do ‘Tender’ for various reasons. It’s a fucking great song. It’s a piece of piss to play on guitar. It’s got four chords in it. And more importantly the crowd loves it.”

Brother Liam Gallagher was not so happy about the duet tweeting:

Did you mean Blur, Liam? Taken from Liam Gallagher's personal Twitter.

Did you mean Blur, Liam? Taken from Liam Gallagher’s personal Twitter.










Maybe it is the end of the world…

Stone Roses: Waterfall

Parents teach us a lot in life. Most of the time it’s because we’ve done something really stupid and we get into trouble and learn never to do that again…I’m talking thinking it’s a great idea to be a ten year old Lara Croft and hang from curtains until they come crashing to the floor along with the curtain rods.

I still deny any involvement in that incident to this day even if I was the only person in the room.

Witchcraft is the only plausible answer to what happened that dark day.

Sometimes though parents teach us worthwhile things.

My mum, Mama P, taught me about music and the Stone Roses.

So cheers Mama P you may have not believed my witchcraft excuse but you did introduce me to one hell of a cracking band.

Stone Roses – Waterfall

Chimes sing sunday morn
Today’s the day she’s sworn
To steal what she never could own
And race from this hole she calls home

Now you’re at the wheel
Tell me how, how does it feel?
So good to have equalised
To lift up the lids of your eyes

As the mile they disappear
See land begin to clear
Free from the filth and the scum
This american satelites won

She’ll carry on through it all
She’s a waterfall

She’ll carry on through it all
She’s a waterfall

See the steeple pine
The hills as old as time
Soon to be put to the test
To be whipped by the winds of the west

Stands on shifting sands
The scales held in her hands
The wind it just whips her away
And fills up her brigantine sails

She’ll carry on through it all
She’s a waterfall
She’ll carry on through it all

She’s a waterfall

The Edit

by Lorne Gillies

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Students have you ever dreaded the thought of waking up before seven (people actually do that!) to travel in your Sunday best to an interview for that dream job you have studied four years to get a degree for? Yes? Thought so, we have all been there.

Well what if I told you that you could have the interview experience of our generation? New company, The Needle Online, is a video hosting site that allows you to relax into the interviewing process.

Founded by Christine Tautari and David Gillies their website allows a painless and easy experience at selling yourself for that dream job. Imagine sitting in your humble abode sipping a cup of coco and rocking your finest Cookie Monster pyjama bottoms whilst having an interview? Living the dream.

Obviously up top you…

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Goodbye Glorious Killjoys

Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

My Chemical Romance

New Jersey rock band My Chemical Romance (MCR) have split up after 12 years of being together.

A statement posted on the bands official website told fans the news that the band were to call it a day.

The band, who’s best selling album to date was 2006’s The Black Parade which went to number two in the UK charts,  stated last year that they were to start work on their follow up album to 2010’s Danger Days…

'Welcome to the Black Parade' launched MCR to rock stardom in 2006

‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ launched MCR to rock stardom in 2006

Since the departure of drummer Bob Bryar before the release if Danger Days…  the band, made up of Way brothers Gerard (vocals) and Mikey (bass), Frank Iero (guitar) and Ray Toro (guitar), have been playing with a series of session drummers and have not managed to replicate the success of The Black Parade.

No explanations of the split have been made public so far.


Music is my Wonderwall

Song writing always seems impressive and admirable and damn near impossible to do in my eyes.

How can those people get pen and paper and write something that moves millions of people to tears, fills them with joy or make them remember a moment from their past?

Then you realise, song writing is just poetry with a tune.

I’m no Bob Dylan or John Lennon but I can appreciate amazing lyrics and music as much as the next person but I want to be able to understand every aspect of music because, beside writing, it really is the *insert cliche comment* to me.

Until I have a sudden creative blast I’ll leave the musicians to do their musical stuff and I’ll just write some blogs about them.

I’ve had this song on repeat all day, getting me through hard essay writing times.

Today is gonna be the day
That they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

Back beat, the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don’t know how

Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you’re my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day
But they’ll never throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you’re not to do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

And all the roads that lead you there are winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don’t know how

[Repeat x2]
I said maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you’re my wonderwall

Chuck Ragan: Music Defined

What is real music?

Everyone has their own opinion.

In my humble opinion folk rocker (when did that become a genre?) Chuck Ragan really is the definition of real music.

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Starting off his career in Hot Water Music in 1993 Ragan was a real punk rocker but after the band separated, on good terms, in 2006 Ragan has went on to release multiple solo albums.

To be honest, they don’t make musicians like Chuck Ragan any more.

Travelling the world alongside his fiddle player, and collaborator,  Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg, Ragan gives music a new lease of life with his acoustic guitar, husky  and dulcet tones that just make you stop what you’re doing and listen.

The talent that flows through Ragan has allowed him to collaborate with some of the finest names in the alternative music world, including The Gaslight Anthem‘s Brian Fallon.

Album after album released by this excruciatingly talented musician makes the process of song writing look simple and care free.

Each song has the same stripped back folkish feel without sounding similar and repetitive.

Chuck Ragan really is a musician to be admired in this era of: auto-tuned, polished, boom, badoom, boom bass sameness.

Keep on being perfect Mr Ragan.

Jake Bugg: Note to Self

Girl, you’ve been forgetting
Just how special you really are
And I try to remind you
Sometimes I can’t find you
But the truth is in your heart

So write a note to yourself

Girl, don’t beat yourself up
Your best is good enough
So pick the pen up

So write a note to yourself,
A note to yourself
And don’t be cruel,
‘Cause things do happen
And you know it’s not your fault
Don’t cover your wounds with the salt

Girl, let me tell you what I see
You’ve got to believe me
You’re a thing of beauty

Girl, put it in an envelope
Put it in the post
It’ll come back to your door

So write a note to yourself,
A note to yourself
And don’t be cruel,
‘Cause things do happen
And you know it’s not your fault
Don’t cover your wounds with the salt

And write a note to yourself
And read the note to yourself

Green Day: Broadway Idiot/ ¡Quatro!

Green Day are releasing not one but two documentaries this year – lucky us?

The first, Broadway Idiot, looks at the production and execution of punk-rocks very first musical.

Yes, musical.

Broadway Idiot will allow viewers to understand how Green Day’s iconic 2004 album American Idiot – which literally reinvented the band and made them the biggest selling punk act since, well ever – turned into a Tony award winning musical on Broadway.

Move over Les Mis the punks are in charge now.


The conclusion to  Green Day’s 2012 triple album offering, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!, is upon us with the release of their documentary  ¡Quatro!

Fans will get the opportunity to watch a documentary looking at the production of the bands latest offerings.

There will be no mention of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s public meltdown and battle with alcohol and drug abuse as both documentaries were filmed prior to Armstrong’s stint in rehab.

¡Quatro! gives fans the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and see the hilarity and work that goes into making a Green Day record.

Until its release watch the sneak peak of the documentary which was aired on VH1 last year.

Drink for the Galway Girl

As I sit in my room with a cup of tea nursing my chipped knee (that’s a different story for a different blog) and my flatmates get ready to enjoy St Patrick’s day I decided to share my favorite Irish songs.

Get the Guinness down yi!

Steve Earle – Galway Girl

Galway Girl by Steve Earle is a catchy little number. No matter if you know the words or not, guaranteed  after experiencing all the Irish pubs your town has on offer, at the end of the night you and your friends will be merrily singing aaaee aiiii aeeee aaii aeeee all the way home. The drunken version is still going to be better than Gerard Butler’s attempt.

Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

I have loved Stiff Little Fingers, the Irish punks, since I was around 15. I’ve been lucky enough to see them play at the iconic Glasgow Barrowlands one St Paddy’s Day way back when and this classic is my favorite SLF song by far.

The Cranberries – Linger

The Cranberries are up there with the greatest bands Ireland has to offer. ‘Linger’, released in 1993, is still as hauntingly beautiful as every other Cranberries song out there. And it makes a change from listening to ‘Zombie’ all the time.

The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl – Fairytail of New York

It may not be Christmas but it is one of the best Irish songs out there. The classic ‘Fairytail of New York’ by Irish rockers The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl is a great tune at any time of the year with the Irish fiddle in the background it makes you feel as if your dancing away in a crowded pub in the middle of Dublin.

Westlife – Seasons in the Sun

It’s still socially acceptable to like Westlife? Right? No? I’ll just leave this here anyway.