The Other UK Singles Chart: 2. The New Musical Express Singles Charts

A beginners’ guide to the NME Charts, the UK’s original Hit Parade The UK’s first singles chart, like its American pioneer owes its existence to an iconic music magazine. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the Billboard Singles Chart that was (and remains to this day) compiled by Billboard Magazine. In…

Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #3: The Untied Shoelaces Show

BBC Scotland’s early 1980s summertime treat The fusion of popular music and children’s television programming has been a solid formula for public service and commercial broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, its commercial potential was seen in programmes like Lift Off With Ayshea (Granada Television) and Saturday Scene (London Weekend Television). By the…

The Other UK Singles Chart: 1. Independent Local Radio Music Charts

A beginners’ guide to chart tracking on ILR stations from 1974 to 2008 If you mention the UK singles chart, the first thing that springs to mind in the Official Charts Company’s countdown. This goes out every Friday on BBC Radio One. Before then, it used to go out on Sunday afternoons and, prior to…

The Phoenix Has Risen! Introducing Boarshurst Silver Band’s Second Album

An exclusive review of Phoenix, Boarshurst Silver Band’s second LP Hot off the success of their first LP, Images, Boarshurst Silver Band have another hit on their hands with the long-awaited follow-up Phoenix. Taking the name of a Peter Graham piece, it symbolises two things. One is the band’s triumph over adversity. The other is…

(Do You Remember) Needle Time?

Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of…

Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2018 Season of Sunday Brass Concerts

A look at this year’s exciting programme of Sunday Brass concerts at the Boarshurst Band Club Boarshurst Silver Band’s programme of Sunday Brass concerts got off to a good start on the 21 January. This year’s season of concerts was opened by Greenalls Brass Band, an Ashton-in-Makerfield based band on the up. With Musical Director…

Now Available: Images by Boarshurst Silver Band

Boarshurst Silver Band’s exciting new CD Followers of the Sunday Brass reviews on East of the M60 will be delighted to hear about this new release by Boarshurst Silver Band. It gives us great pleasure to announce the release of their new CD, entitled Images.

Rebellious Mixtape #10: One After 409

A musical tribute to the 1978 version of Rochdale Bus Station Nostalgia’s a strange thing. I love the latest version of Rochdale bus station because of its improved tram connections and how everything is under one roof. No trying to run across roadways to catch a 528 for Halifax (because of the 409 being on the opposite…

Great Tunes With Electronic Tom-Toms: The Not So Perfect Ten

“A drum. That’s right, a drum (shabba)” Nothing epitomises late 1970s and early 1980s music better than early electronic instruments. At one extreme you had multifarious synthesizers from the Mini Moog to the Prophet 5 and the Yamaha DX-7. Then drum machines, sequencers and – 1981 onwards – the Fairlight CMI.

I Love a 1980s Christmas Singalong: The Not So Perfect Ten

The ten greatest Christmas tunes from the 1980s The 1970s and 1980s were probably the best decades for Christmas chart singles. So much so that Messrs Wood and Holder make a fair amount of their royalties in December. For this Not So Perfect Ten, I could have just focused on the 1970s and the 1980s. Instead, just…

ITV Startup Music Through The Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten great pieces of television startup music used by ITV franchises Once upon, quite so long ago, there was a time before 24 hour television. Television channels used to start at around 9am or a little later, and finish at about the same time when most adults went to bed.