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Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS on offer, we asked you what Pet Shop Boys’ best song might be.

You answered in your tens

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then…

The Deadly Calzone writes:

Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be ‘Being Boring’ owing to its subject matter of love, loss and life in their own eloquent and melancholic style. ‘Tis Axl Rose’s favourite song too.

The Bad Ambassador writes:

“Love etc.” owing to its central message that I…

(Don’t have to be) A big bucks Hollywood star
(Don’t have to drive) A super car to get far
(Don’t have to wear) A smile much colder than ice
(Don’t have to be) beautiful but it’s nice

As a result I’m now much more than content with my meagre salary, rust-bucket 1994 Nissan Micra, Shane MacGowan teeth and a face that looks like it caught fire and was subsequently extinguished with a shovel Life is good.

Bertie writes:

‘Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be Left To My Own Devices. I always thought listening to it is like speeding along in a car….AND it’s got the line: ‘Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat‘. What more could anyone want?!

 

Yupyup writes:

Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be performing You Are Always On My Mind  on the ‘Love Me Tender’ TV special commemorating the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death owing to their absolute genius ability to cover someone else’s work and make it their own.

It was a great tribute to Elvis but they tweaked the harmonies a bit and synth popped the ass out of it. It shouldn’t have worked but it really did and 30 years later it still sounds great.

They got so much praise for the tribute performance that they decided to release it as a single and it went on to be a UK Christmas number 1 keeping the first release of ‘Fairytale of New York’ off top spot.

Thanks all.

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Last week: A Hard or Soft Option?

Ever Friday, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE euros to spend at any of the many Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: Pet Shop Boys

What song from the three-decade career of enigmatic synth pop duo Neil Tennant (above right) and Chris Lowe (left) remains always on your mind, forcing you to ask, quite reasonably: what have I done to deserve them?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘Pet Shop Boys’ greatest moment would have to be ___________________________________owing to its_______________________’

Lines MUST close at 2.45pm EXTENDED until 6.15pm  MIDNIGHT!

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Thanks Bertie

Last week, with a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE euros to spend at any of the many Golden Discs stores nationwide on offer, we asked you: Name the finest song in the Elvis Costello canon?

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner

In reverse order then…

Scottser writes:

The stand out track from the Elvis Costello songbook would have to be Oliver’s Army owing to its relentlessly catchy chorus, it’s infectious motown-inspired backbeat and it’s edgy use of the term ‘white n1gger’. it was also the stand out track on 10 year old Scottser’s first hits compliation tape.

Dub Spot writes:

The stand out track from the Elvis Costello songbook would have to be “Watching the Detectives” owing to its super wry lyrics and dry delivery over a killer rhythm track.’ Lyrics so good even the Duran Duran cover was awesome!

Cool_Hand_Lucan writes:

The stand out track from the Elvis Costello songbook would have to be (I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea owing to its sinister baseline, sneering vocals, street poet lyrics and the fact that it’s a damn sexy track in spite of the fact that it’s sung by a fella named Declan MacManus.

Brother Barnabas writes:

You won’t ever hear it on the radioand it won’t make it onto any greatest hits compilation but the stand out elvis costello track, for me, is ‘battered old bird’. it’s probably not the best song on Blood & Chocolate, but it holds its own (and more) – no small feat when you’re talking about one of the most sublimely beautiful albums ever made.

What makes it stand out, though, is that with zero fuss it announced MacManus as a master storyteller-songwriter. He’d already shown that he could do punk, rock, folk, 3-minute pop, new wave, whatever else, but never that kind of linear-sequence story-song thing. that was more associated with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Cave. but, with this one song, he showed he could do the structure, progression, lyricism, tempo and gradual unraveling as well as anyone.

Actually, Dylan played it fairly regularly when he had his radio show on sirius. introducing it once, he compared the span of characters in it to his own ‘Desolation Row’ and the sense of despair and absurdity in it to Tom Waits’ ‘Murder in the Red Barn’. it’s the story of the boarding house in Birkenhead where MacManus lived as a child with his mother. it’s worth a few listens….

Scary Lady writes:

Veronica – because it reminds me of my grandmother and it’s a really moving reminder that behind the facade of old age still lies a carefree, cheeky young woman. It’s about the only portrayal of dementia in song and the combination of the lyrics and music make you like and admire, rather than pity, the subject. It’s perhaps not his greatest work (Imperial Bedroom is) but it’s the song that means the most to me.

Winner

Friscondo writes:

Shipbuilding, owing to its innate, subtle, bitter sadness, about the futile ordinariness of war. The shambles that Britain finds itself in today, could arguably be traced back to the resurgence of English nationalism that the Malvinas war evoked. The last gasp of an already dead empire.

“A new winter coat and shoes for the wife, and a bicycle on the boys birthday,” is a beautiful line in a beautiful song. It’s Costello’s masterpiece, and as if to emphasise that, you only have to listen to Robert Wyatt’s hauntingly magnificent cover of it, to hear the reverence other artists treat his work with.

It’s theme is universal, yet its expression is on a deeply human scale. The sons and daughters of those who take their countries to war, almost never die in these conflicts. As relevant today, as the day it was written.

Thanks all

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Last week: Pump It Up

Every week, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE Euro to spend at any of the many Golden Discs stores nationawide.

All we ask from is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: Elvis Costello

What song from the the vast and varied Declan McManus canon never fails to ‘Attract’ your attention?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘The stand out track from the Elvis Costello songbook would have to be____________________owing to its________________________’

Lines MUST close at 9.15pm MIDNIGHT

No ‘She‘, sorry.

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Thanks Bertie

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth Twenty Five  Euros to giveaway, we asked you to name the best thing you’ve heard all year.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner

In reverse order then…

Dub Spot writes:

The best thing I head all year is Shallow by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (from a Star is Born movie) owing to it being a power-ballad for our age, brilliantly performed from the heart from an unlikely pairing that really made sense. His croak; her colour. Perfect production.

An Madra Uisce writes:

The very best thing I’ve heard all year is Total Football, the first track from Parquet Courts album Wide Awake, owing to its message of collectivism and critique of modern america. It’s a banger of a tune with great pacing, some good shouty bits and one of the all time great closing lyrics. Nice Panini style vidjo too.

Fez writes:

The very best thing I’ve heard all year is KCTMO by Pozi owing to the lyrics blaming the Grenfell tower fire on the management company (KCTMO) while mourning the victims, backed by a Sleaford mods style bassline and eerie violins. A bold start to a new London band’s career.

f_lawless writes:

‘The very best thing I’ve heard all year is Rad Planet’s ‘Outdoors’ owing to its combination of velvety, melancholic vocals over infectious indie beat. Definite future indie-pop classic contender in my book

Bertie Blenkinsop writes:

Arctic Monkeys American Sports I played this song to death all year, I think the album is some of their finest work surprised that it got a mixed reaction “I lost the money, lost the keys But I’m still handcuffed to the briefcase” is a brilliant line imo :)

Winner

Paddy writes:

The very best thing I’ve heard all year is IDLES’ album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance owing to the fact that it confronts racism, hypermasculinity and homophobia. The loud punk pandemonium of the band combined with the very masculine lead singer Joe Talbot proudly roaring ‘I kissed a boy and I liked it!’ on the song Samaritans is one fabulous juxtaposition.

The song Danny Nedelko (above) opens with the line ‘my blood brother is an immigrant, a beautiful immigrant/my blood brother is Freddie Mercury, a Nigerian mother of three’. Then there’s the brilliant Never Fight A Man With A Perm. There’s humour, confrontation, anger and love all rolled in to one great album by a fantastically energetic band.

Thanks all

Last weeK: The Best Thing You’ve Heard All Year

Every week, we give away a voucher worth Twenty Five Euro to spend at any of the many Golden Discs branches nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year.

What new release or newly discovered oldie or song performed live made your musical 2018 memorable?

To enter, complete this sentence:

‘The very best thing I’ve heard all year is___________________owing to its________________’

Lines MUST close at 9.45pm MIDNIGHT!

All entries will be included in a lovingly-curated Broadsheet Spotify playlist.

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Every week, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS to spend at any of the many Golden Diiscs branches nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: Nirvana.

What slacker-luring sonic onslaught from Kurt Cobain’s Seattle-borne grunge gods gets your ‘too-large’ plaid shirt in a bunch.

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘Nirvana’s___________________stands the test of time owing to its_____________________’

Lines MUST close at 6.15pm

No ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit

Sorry.

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Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth twenty five euros on offer, we asked you to reveal  your favourite song from a boyband.

Yes, we went ‘there’.

You replied in your tens.

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then….

Kriss Kross – Jump

Liam Deliverance writes:

‘Despite a deep love of great music, I have a bit of crush for Jump by Kris Kross because it was a seriously cool and super street rap song. Precise and sharp lyrics with an amazing video. We probably wouldn’t have the likes of Eminem today except for these two rapping rapscallions.

I never did get the Eagles baseball jacket that Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly wore in the video but me and my mate, when we were out of eye shot of me Ma, would take off our jeans and put em back on backwards and strut about as cool as you could be.

The oul lad in the local newsagents barred us from coming in with our jeans backwards, we think he thought it was some sort of shoplifting ploy, what did he know, the old square eh?’

East 17 – Deep

Cool Hand Lucan writes:

‘Despite a deep love of great music, I have a bit of crush for Deep by East 17 because it’s a soulful, upbeat rap-ballad that takes inspiration from the Trip-hop scene from the early 90s and has no place in a boy-band discography. Regarding the video, urban camouflage will always be cool.’

Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love To You

Janet I Ate My Avatar writes:

I will be big enough to admit that under the influence I might have played this but I’m off the gargle and happily immune to loosing my better judgement in the sentimental crooning of fit fellas

The Osmonds – Double Lovin’

Yep writes:

‘Despite a deep love of great music, I have a bit of a crush for Double Lovin’ by The Osmonds because when released in ’71 at the height of the free love movement, they solidified their place as the spearhead of the sexual revolution with a song that opens up the possibility of multiple lovers for women in this important time for sexual equality.

No longer did women have to pick a favourite member of their favourite pop group but could Now daydream about Donny AND Merrill taking them for picnics or the movies or whatever…’

Winner:

Take That – Back For Good

Nigel writes:

‘Despite a deep love of great music, I have a bit of crush for Back For Good by Take That, because purely in terms of phonetics, the line ‘Got your lipstick mark still on your coffee cup’ is the aural equivalent of crack cocaine, just the sounds made by the words, all those perfectly spaced hard consonants clicking out of the speaker, still gives me shivers…

Thanks all.

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Last week: Love Them For A Reason

Last week, with a twenty five euro voucher to spend at any of the many Golden Discs branches nationwide, we asked you to name the finest moment by bombastic prog popsters Queen.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

In reverse order then…

Queen – Bicycle Race

Seamus keane writes:

“Bicycle Race because: ‘You say coke, I say Caine/ you say John, I say Wayne”’ and it manages to mention Fat Bottomed Girls, which is my second favourite Queen song.”

Queen – Flash

Jibjob writes:

While not a massive Queen fan, I believe their greatest moment was Flash owing to its even-more-wildly-over-the-top-than-usual performance for the soundtrack of the kid’s film Flash, together with bizarre lines from the film such as “Despatch war rocket Ajax to bring back his body!”.

Queen – Who Wants To Live Forever

Termagent writes:

While not a massive Queen fan, I believe their greatest moment was when I was at a house party in somewhere around 2007 and my mate Gary leapt from a stairs onto a table during the crescendo of Who Wants To Live Forever off Live At Wembley ’86 (possibly the greatest live album of all time), whereupon the table broke throwing Gary forward right into a wall knocking him out owing to its unparalleled comic perfection

Queen – Love Of My Life (Live)

Scottser writes:

While not a massive Queen fan, I believe their greatest moment was ‘Love Of My Life’ from the Live Killers album. a song Freddie wrote for Mary Austin. imagine you and your engaged are in the process of splitting up and a stadium full of people are singing a song you wrote for her back to you? what a gut-wrencher…

Queen – The March of The Black Queen

Nicorigo writes:

While not a massive Queen fan, I believe their greatest moment was The March of the Black Queen owing to its lyrics, guitar, choir and awesomeness. This is Bohemian Raphsody’s big sister, possibly the best song by Queen…

Winner

Queen – Live Aid full concert

Steve writes:

While not a massive Queen fan, I believe their greatest moment was Live Aid owing to its being the best live performance of any band in the history of rock music, except for possibly Queen’s stand alone gig in the same arena the following year. Even today its still an incredible performance to watch; energy, charisma, crowd engagement. Freddie at his finest.

Thanks all.

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Previously: Some Old Queen


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Every Friday, we give away a voucher worth Twenty Five EUROS to spend at and of the many Golden Discs branches across the country.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play next week.

This week’s theme: Boybands

What precision-tooled pop confection, manufactured and ‘performed’ by dishy young men of varying musical ability, gets your heart throbbing like a new kid on the block?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘Despite a deep love of great music, I have a bit of crush for_______________________by ______________[name of boyband], because____________________________’

Lines MUST close at 9.15pm EXTENDED until Midnight

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