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With the Coronavirus lockdown ramping up the cabin fever, many artists are passing the time streaming live performances on their social media pages to their cooped-up fans.

With a crisp €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won, I want to know which song you would most like to see beamed into your living room via a virtual gig by a living artist.

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

The winner will be chosen by my window cleaner.

Lines close at 9.30pm.

Nick says: Good luck.

The votes are in

Last week, with a gorgeous Golden Discs voucher worth 25 on offer, I asked you to name your favourite video.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner

Third Place:

Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel

Barry The Hatchet writes

The greatest music video of all time. No contest.

Runner up:

Bohemian Rhapsody by The Muppets

Theo Kretschmar Schuldorff writes:

The Muppets are just effing brilliant, such consistency over many decades, I laughed when Beaker did his “Me,me,me, me” part!

Winner:

Frontier Psychiatrist by The Avalanches

Rosette of Sirius writes:

Because it’s plainly the most bonkers music video. Really really bonkers. I love it.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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Feck yer fancy Spanish storms.

With St Patrick’s Day now just a matter of weeks away, I am compiling a St Patrick’s Day Playlist which will be posted on Broadsheet on March 17.

And I have a shamrock-friendly Golden Discs voucher worth €25 on offer for the best of YOUR suggestions.

To enter, simply tell me below what song by a foreign artist about Ireland should I include?

The winner will be chosen by my Irish setter.

Lines MUST close at 6am Saturday!

Nick says: Go n’eiri an bothar leat.

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a desirable €25 Golden Disc Valentine’s Day voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite love song.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner

Third Place:

I Will by The Beatles

Rosette of Sirius writes:

A sweet lovely little melody from Paul McCartney and was meant just as that. A lovely little love song. Lyrics are perfect and not complicated as love can indeed be. Or get. So for the day that’s in it, have a listen and enjoy!

Runner-up:

Easy Living by Billie Holiday

Barry The Hatchet writes:

When we first started going out, the car only had an aul tape-deck and we only had one tape. The Best of Billie Holiday came with us everywhere. Times have moved on, the tape-deck is long gone, the tape is lost. But this is still our song <3

Winner:

Dance Me To The End Of Love by Leonard Cohen

Millie Vanilly Strikes Again writes:

Dedicated to the husband, who can’t dance, but will still twirl me round the living room to this later. For all the he comes home with no flowers, chocolates or card for me, but always with a something special for our little lady.

Thanks all.

Win Nick’s Valentine Voucher

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Can you feel it?

Storm Dennis Love is in the air.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day I’m giving away a smoochy Golden Discs voucher worth €25.

Simply tell me below your favourite love song.

Here’s one of mine.

The winner will be chosen by Cupid.

Lines close at 2am!

Please include video links if possible and a dedication to a loved one should it suit

Nick says: Good luck!

UPDATE: Heartfelt stragglers will be mushily accepted until 6.30am Monday morning. I’m a romantic fool.

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth a blooming €25 on offer, I asked for your favourite song about or mentioning Spring.

You entered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Poisoning Pigeons In The Park by Tom Lehrer

Glat1 writes:

When I think of Spring, my mind turns to Tom Lehrer’s song about the delightful pastimes that Spring affords us all. This makes me smile every time I hear it. I’m sad that he gave up performing back in the 70’s, claiming that satire was dead once Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. On the other hand, he is still alive (aged 91), so there is still hope that he’ll do a retirement World Tour in the near future. I’ll be at the front of the line for tickets…

Runner up:

The Rain Song By Led Zeppelin

Rosette of Sirius writes:

I love the folksy ballad like feel to the start of the song that builds with intensity as Plant’s pitch and volume increases as does Page’s orchestral melody. A gorgeous and powerful song.

Winner:

Go Down Easy by John Martyn

Eamonn writes:

‘Curl around me like a fern in spring…..’

All I can say is , what an image…. oh my love. I know people judge the man – fair enough. But could he pen a tune?

Nick says: Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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Goodbye January.

As we approach the start of Spring (yeah, right!), what better way to celebrate the new season than by giving away a Golden Discs voucher worth a blooming €25.

To be in with a chance to win, simply tell me below what is your favourite song about or mentioning Spring.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my good self.

Lines close at 9.30pm

Please include video links if possible.

Nick says: Good luck.

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a ravishing €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked YOU to name your favourite B-side and why?

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Dun Laoghaire by The Boomtown Rats

Ringsend Incinerator writes:

“There’s only one way out of Dun Laoghaire, you know what it is? Off the mail boat piery”

B-side to Like Clockwork. Love the Irish accents done by the band in this song (it’s only on the Irish pressing of the single).

Runner up:

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

F_lawless writes:

By the 1950s and 60s, the African-American musical styles of rhythm and blues and gospel had become absorbed into mainstream American culture – and there’s a case to be made that the white artists who adopted those expressive styles didn’t have quite the same authenticity as their counterparts.

However, I would say that’s definitely not the case with ‘Unchained Melody’ (the B-side to “Hung on You” by the Righteous Brothers) which is a soul classic up there with the best of them – in my opinion!

Winner:

Green Onions by Booker T & The MGs

Scottser writes:

Booker T & the MGs released Behave Yourself with Green Onions on the B side and six months later it became their defining hit. If you’re looking for B-sides that completely outclass their As, then this has to be it. As a pervy aside, this song more than any is responsible for my fascination with watching women’s bums while they dance.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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Readers, we’ve made it past Blue Monday relatively unscathed.

Now it’s giveaway Friday!

For fans of ye olde vinyl singles, I’m offering a €25 Golden Discs voucher to one lucky reader who tells me below: what is your favourite B-side and why?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my AI robot.

Lines MUST close at at MIDNIGHT!

Please include video link where possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

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Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth a ravishing €25 on offer I asked YOU to name your favourite closing song on an album.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Hunting The Wren by Lankum.

Fearganainm writes:

The final track on their album ‘The Livelong Day’’, a song based on the true story of ‘The Wrens of the Curragh’, a small colony of some of Ireland’s homeless in the middle of the 19th century.

The Wrens were an assortment of pregnant young women, alcoholic women, mentally frail women and ‘fallen women’ who lived in holes scooped out of the ground on the Curragh of Kildare with gorse as their covering.

At that time around one third of the British army was made up of Irishmen and some of the pregnant young women had probably made their way to the burgeoning military camp on the Curragh in search of the young men who were in part responsible for their condition but who had legged it from the small towns and villages that they came from.

Over a period of around five decades many of the women became ‘professionals’, camp followers. Denounced and castigated by local clergy the Wrens were often attacked by ‘pious’ Irishmen who burned their nests and assaulted the women.

Of course, in those days militant clerics yearned for a theocratic state and were content to whip up mobs that saw it as righteous punishment to attack the unfortunate Wrens.

So, not a happy song but a piece relating to a morsel of our history.’

Runner up:

Eclipse by Pink Floyd

Walter Ego
writes:

‘The album [Dark Side of the Moon] starts with a heartbeat, brings you on an epic journey of the human soul and ends with a heartbeat. Perfection.’

Winner:

The End Medley by The Beatles

Seanydelight writes:

if the end of Abbey Road can be counted as one song, that medley is one of the most amazing pieces of music in history. Including the jaunty “Her Majesty”.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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