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Simon Mayo | 09:21 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011

A dreary Monday it may be but job well done for all those bloggers who tirelessly answered the phones and took pledges all day long. There is a type of knackered which comes from doing good things- a righteous knackeredness if you like-and that's what you should be feeling. And a pretty good total I think you'll all agree.
Aside from that, I should tell you that being on Radio 4's "Infinite Monkey Cage" (which had been scaring me all day) was great fun, even if I was by some margin, the stupidest person on the stage. The highlight was afterwards when child 3 was discussing quantum physics with Professor Brian Cox for a good 10 minutes. The producer was not the only one thinking she had the wrong Mayo on the panel.
Yesterday I went to sample the delights of Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan who were playing at the Hammersmith Apollo. This clearly was a show waiting to happen since Mark produced Bob's "Slow Train Coming" in 1979. Well I can report that Mark was brilliant and his band (with John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick) first rate. I can also report that in my view Bob was terrible. I am out of step with the rest of the audience who whooped and clapped but it seemed to me they were applauding the memory of great songs, not the versions they had just heard. Sure it's great to be there when Bob does Tangled Up In Blue, Desolation Row And Like a Rolling Stone but he didn't actually sing any of them, he growled them. When the crowd joined in the 'How does it feeeeeeel', it was the first thing with a tune for a while. Since Mark Knopfler in fact. After a while I had had enough.
So today we welcome Russell Watson to Drivetime who has this year returned to the stage after his battles with cancer. He thinks his voice is even better than it was and you can judge for yourselves tonight after 6.
And today, in case you didn't know, is International Hello Day where we are invited to say hello to ten people at least. So we'll do songs that say HELLO in anyway, or contain a GREETING or SALUTATION of some sort. And then you've done your duty.
Have an organised and thorough Monday, see you after 5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Greetings and hello to all!

    Back in a mo when more organised.

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and dutiful and righteous bloggers,


    That's the song by THE DOORS, of course. Not you personally.

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning all

    One of the "righteously knackered" here!

    I'll go for the obvious -

    HELLO - Lionel Richie

    Back soon

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all! Grey again, though I'm beginning to resign myself to the fact that it is nearly December and therefore I shouldn't be surprised. Nice start to the week - air con in the car stopped working yesterday, immediately preceded by a loud pop from within the engine compartment. Just the kind of bill I need this close to Christmas...


    THE BEATLES - Good Morning, Good Morning
    THE BEATLES - Good Day Sunshine
    THE DOORS - Hello, I Love You

    Will have a wee think. There must be hundreds of songs, but trying to whittle it down to some good ones!

    Back later...

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning again –

    Obvious suggestions-

    HELLO – Lionel Richie

    HELLO AGAIN – Neil Diamond

    HELLO GOODBYE - Beatles

    HELLO LITTLE GIRL - Fourmost

    HAVE A NICE DAY – Stereophonics



    EVERYBODY SAYS HI – David Bowie

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi again Simon and bloggers

    I agree with you, Simon, about Bob Dylan... both times I have seen him he barely sang a note in tune and I don't think he'd get to boot camp in X Factor!

    DEAR PRUDENCE ~ The Beatles

    HELLO I LOVE YOU ~ The Doors

    DEAR JESSIE ~ Madonna

    HI HI HI ~ Paul McCartney and Wings

    HELLO SUSIE ~ Amen Corner


  • Comment number 7.


    HI HO SILVER - Jim Diamond


  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning All :)

    It's respite day, so I get to laze around all day, if I want to... Yay! I probably won't though, always lots to do, twins or no twins.

    It's a grey, cold day, so maybe I'll just stay in where it's cosy and warm :)

    Oldie suggestions...





  • Comment number 9.

    Back with more...

    OASIS - Hello
    THE BEATLES - Hello Goodbye
    TIM BUCKLEY - Goodbye and Hello
    SOFT CELL - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (or there's David Gray's cover)

  • Comment number 10.

    Hello and Good Morning to all from Cutbush Central,

    well done to all bloggers who manned the phones on Friday, we kept an eye on things via this blog and judging by the messages appearing here everyone enjoyed the day.

    Lots of tunes come to mind, so we'll start with:




    and anything by BON-JOUR-VI :o)

  • Comment number 11.

    HELLO WORLD - Tremeloes

    HELLO - TT (Wah!)

  • Comment number 12.

    Close thing my boss just walked in off the plane from Florida and I was nearly caught on the blog!

    How about "Hello" by Lionel Ritchie, not very inspiring I know and my U2 tune of the day is "A Sort of Homecoming".


  • Comment number 13.

    _HEY JOE - Jimi Hendrix

  • Comment number 14.


    Cos it says "Hello" all the way through!

  • Comment number 15.

    A couple more that might suit the theme!

    WELCOME TO MY WORLD ~ Jim Reeves

    WELCOME BACK ~ John Sebastian


  • Comment number 16.


  • Comment number 17.

    A few more oldie suggestions...


    SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - THE ROLLING STONES (pleased to meet you...)



  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning everyone.

    I'm not a great fan of Mr Dylan but Mrs Snapper thinks he can do no wrong. So for her I'll ask for:


    which I think fits with the theme nicely.

    I'll be back later.

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning All
    How about
    Dear Prudence - the beatles
    Hello - Lionel Ritchie
    Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
    Earthquake - labrinth (begins 'come in labrinth')
    the theme from Dixon of Dock Green which, of course, always began...Evening All!

  • Comment number 20.

    Afore I go may I just recommend something rather wonderful? Please have a listen to Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's album "Don't Explain" and especially "Your Heart is Black as the Night"

  • Comment number 21.


  • Comment number 22.

    Lots of "Hello"s in this -

    THE INTRO AND THE OUTRO - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi and howdy do!




  • Comment number 24.

    Morning all

    Also one of the righteous knackered, back at work :( Great day though and great to meet lots of bloggers, Deebee, MCW. PSL & Mo to name but a few.

    Can I suggest

    Roxette - Joyride "hello, you, fool, I love you"

    and second Hello again and Dear Prudence, but the Siouxie & the Banshees version.



  • Comment number 25.

    #20 Harry - have just seen a tweet you sent a few days ago. Eek. Sorry I inadvertently ignored you. Reply on its way.

  • Comment number 26.

    _HEY JUDE - Beatles

    Not many people use this greeting any more...

    _HOW DO YOU DO - Roxette

    Meanwhile, on a different tangent...

    _LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL - Howard Jones

    Must be orf now.

    Good day all


  • Comment number 27.

    One that also fits, and hasn't been played for yonks:


    or how about

    GOOD MORNIN' from the SINGING IN THE RAIN soundtrack?

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning again

    First Thought:


    More tea and maybee the creative thoughts will flow...

    Mrs B x

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    Hope you all had a restfull weekend. Especially those who manned the R2 CiN phones on Friday. Hope the voices are back on form today.

    My suggestion:-

    Hello - Shakespear's Sister

    Maybes laters


  • Comment number 30.

    People meeting up again -

    SALON AND SALOON - Jim Croce


  • Comment number 31.

    Just one more..

    _ALRIGHT! - Supergrass

  • Comment number 32.

    #24 Didn't realise you were there AT - do you feature in any pics? Not that I've seen many photos. Were any taken during the evening?

  • Comment number 33.

    Holla !!!!!

    Straight off the mark can I choose HELLO - BELOVED

    Now back to read who elce has sugested it :-)

  • Comment number 34.

    #22 - that is a TOP suggestion, Billie. Brought a smile to my face just to think about it :o)

    As 'Dear Prudence' is making such a regular appearance, that justifies...
    STATUS QUO - Dear John

  • Comment number 35.

    morning all o:-) added a little halo on account of belonging to the righeous bloggers group!

    I' trying really hard to come up with something soulful for the theme as I bent the good mans ear in person re the lack of soul on the show....he said I was biased....I think he could just be right ;-D

    PSL x

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning to all, hoping everyone had a great weekend.

    Wisdom of the day, never fully believe all the product desciptions on Ebay, I had ordered and just received a telephone headset, (I do alot of calls from home) and the damn thingy does not fit. Having made sure the description matched the phones spec I placed the order. I even checked online to see if my rather old BT phone matched the headset.
    Oh well another return, I would rather buy it in a shop anyway. Something satifying wandering around Maplins in a daze, trouble is I always come home with some other little gizmo's I don't really need.
    Songs for today


  • Comment number 37.

    #32 Katy - I think MTF was taking some photos at the restaurant, haven't seen them on FB yet though.

  • Comment number 38.


  • Comment number 39.

    Hello, Each!

    What a fine theme.

    'Hey, Joe' by Jimi Hendrix

    'Hey, You' by Pink Floyd

    'Hello, Goodbye' by The Beatles

    'Good Morning, Judge' by 10CC

    'Pleased To Meet You' by james

    'All At Once, Well Met' by The Kings Singers

    One of the above is by The Blogs Favourite Act

    Shall I get on with it?

  • Comment number 40.

    Oh well done me coming up with something original. (first time for everything)

    My opinion of Bob Dylan is that while he is clearly quite the genius when writing songs, unfortunatly thats where it ends cos he couldent hold a tune in a bucket!
    Feel free to disagree of course.

    My first day back at work this morning and it was so nice to see everyone, especially when they said theyed missed me. Just doing mornings this week in conjunction with my deputy who amusingly this morning tried to tell me how to do my job. Bless. Typically the whole family started with a stinking cold this weekend so that was a 'fun' thing to contend with on the first day back.

    Off to join the 'sickly' cherub n hubbs who are snuggled up on the couch watching cartoons :-)

    ~ Gill ~

  • Comment number 41.

    Hello Day? Yesterday, on Johnnie Walker's show, the newsreader said it was World Toilet Day and Skelmersdale loos had twinned with loos in Burundi!

    HELLO by MARTIN SOLVEIG (R1 probably plays it more than R2)

  • Comment number 42.

    Greetings one and all from a very grey.......damp....cold East Anglia...............can't believe that it is Monday already......................well done for Friday the telephonist bloggers..............grand job all round...............................................
    my oldies suggestions for the NYM and Simon to contemplate are.........................

    Hey Howdy Hey - Dolly Parton

    Greetings To The New Brunette (Shirley) - Billy Bragg

    You Had Me From Hello - Bon Jovi

    Morning - Al Jarreau

    Good Morning Girl - Journey

    Hello I Love You - The Doors

    Hello World - Lady Antebellum

    The Greeting - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Caffeine now required.....................have a good day everyone..........................

    Cherio for now

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x

  • Comment number 43.

    HI HOW YA DOIN' .... by KENNY G

  • Comment number 44.

    Good morning and hello!

    A bit difficult to say hello to 10 people today. I am working from home and here in the rural idyll, there is no one to say hello to. I have greeted Mr P and the 4 cats, so that is 5, then I said hello to a robin and 2 blue tits and that is my lot for face to face hello-ing.

    Well done again to the CiN-ers - so glad you had such a good day and evening. Was thinking about you all day. Hopefully be with you next year.

    PSL, heard your mensh by Tony B and did a whoop whoop!

    Very foggy and chilly here today. Complete contrast to yesterday when we were drinking prosecco on the patio in glorious sunshine.

    Will pop back later today


  • Comment number 45.

    Saying hello to 10 people, some old, some new...

    _BRAND NEW FRIEND - Lloyd Cole and The Commotions

    Now I'm really not here.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hello all,


  • Comment number 47.

    Morning all

    I like Siouxsie's "Dear Prudence" so will second the call for that one.

    Will Deebee be giving a Wembley Strictly review? I noticed a floor person on camera instructing the crowd to applaud at one point - oops! Have to say as a viewer I think the Blackpool Tower ballroom option works much better than Wembley Arena.

    RG's routine was just ridiculous. The only time there should be canon's in there are when AC/DC are playing :-) Faith in British public restored.

  • Comment number 48.

    The Blogs Favourite Act

    Twenty nine bloggers took part in the exercise, posting a total of 63 list of five artists each, and 1 list of four artists. 18 contributors were ladies, 11 were men. The results were as follows. In reverse order.

    The chart position is the number on the left, with the points accrued to the right...

    237 Amy Winehouse 1
    237 Big Country 1
    237 Billy Ocean 1
    237 Blondie 1
    237 Brad Paisley 1
    237 Brian Protheroe 1
    237 Budgie 1
    237 Chick Corea 1
    237 Darts 1
    237 Dolly Parton 1
    237 Dougie McLean 1
    237 Energy Orchard 1
    237 Erasure 1
    237 Frank Sinatra 1
    237 Godley & Crème 1
    237 Gogol Bordello 1
    237 Haircut 100 1
    237 Harpers Bizarre 1
    237 Hot Chocolate 1
    237 INXS 1
    237 Jacques Loussier 1
    237 Janis Ian 1
    237 Joan Armatrading 1
    237 K D Lang 1
    237 Kajagoogoo 1
    237 Kasabian 1
    237 Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 1
    237 Milli Vanilli 1
    237 Moody Blues 1
    237 Morrisey 1
    237 Noel Gallagher 1
    237 Otis Redding 1
    237 Paolo Nutini 1
    237 Patty Griffin 1
    237 Pretenders 1
    237 Sam Cooke 1
    237 Sarah McLachlan 1
    237 Shirley Bassey 1
    237 Supertramp 1
    237 Ten Years After 1
    237 The Buzzcocks 1
    237 The Smurfs 1
    237 The Spinners 1
    237 The Sweet 1
    237 The Zombies 1
    237 Wishbone Ash 1

  • Comment number 49.

    Oh...............back again..................just thought of another suggestion...............

    Float On - The Floaters

    Lots of introductions in this song......................................plus it's guaranteed to make Matt giggle......................................and Sally tut tut!

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x

  • Comment number 50.

    Just had a thought (I think that's two this month!), what about the opposite of "Hello"?


    #25 Katy, no need to apologise, I know you've been busy with your Mum.

  • Comment number 51.

    Next bit...

    199 Al Jarreau 2
    199 Ali Farke Toure 2
    199 Alison Krauss & Union Station 2
    199 Amy MacDonald 2
    199 Boontown Rats 2
    199 Chipmunks 2
    199 Crosby, Stills & Nash 2
    199 Earth, Wind & Fire 2
    199 Eminem 2
    199 Fairground Attraction 2
    199 Family 2
    199 Gladys Knight & The Pips 2
    199 Hawkwind 2
    199 Heaven 17 2
    199 Humble Pie 2
    199 Jewel 2
    199 Kathleen Edwards 2
    199 Manic Street Preachers 2
    199 Michael Buble 2
    199 Morrisey Mullen 2
    199 Paul McCartney 2
    199 Richard Hawley 2
    199 Robbie Williams 2
    199 Ryan Adams 2
    199 Seth Lakeman 2
    199 Shania Twain 2
    199 Smokey Robinson 2
    199 Steve Windwood 2
    199 T Rex 2
    199 The Bothy band 2
    199 The Clash 2
    199 The Killers 2
    199 The Muppets 2
    199 The Smiths 2
    199 The Trio 2
    199 Thin Lizzy 2
    199 UB40 2
    199 Village People 2

  • Comment number 52.

    Next bit....

    159 AC/DC 3
    159 Aerosmith 3
    159 Baseballs 3
    159 Bee Gees 3
    159 Bellamy Brothers 3
    159 Benny Hill 3
    159 Black Lace 3
    159 Bucks Fizz 3
    159 Chris Rea 3
    159 Crowded House 3
    159 Dandy Warhols 3
    159 Dave Brubeck 3
    159 Dave Edmunds 3
    159 David Essex 3
    159 Deep Purple 3
    159 Depeche Mode 3
    159 Diana Ross 3
    159 Diana Ross & The Supremes 3
    159 Gomez 3
    159 Happy Mondays 3
    159 Hurricane Smith 3
    159 James Morrison 3
    159 Joe Jackson 3
    159 King Crimson 3
    159 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions 3
    159 Madonna 3
    159 Melanie 3
    159 Nick Drake 3
    159 Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3
    159 Pet Shop Boys 3
    159 Porcupine Tree 3
    159 R E M 3
    159 Rory Gallagher 3
    159 Simply Red 3
    159 Sterophonics 3
    159 Style Council 3
    159 Suzanne Vega 3
    159 Tannahill Weavers 3
    159 The Chieftans 3
    159 The Feeling 3

  • Comment number 53.

    Oh My PoS.

    I wouldn't like to think how long it took for you to compile this.


  • Comment number 54.

    Morrissey Mullen - I had the pleasure of seeing them in St Albans on a reunion tour many years ago. Had seen Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen seperately in a trio with Mike Carr previously, and also Dick Morrissey with his own quartet in my local which used to host the Herts Jazz club. Morrissey's Soliloquy album is one of my favourites - a great sax player, sadly missed.

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning all.

    I have a few suggestions:

    Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp (Goes against the grain a little I suspect...)
    Beautiful Day - U2 (another stretching the boundaries)
    Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
    Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd
    Who are You - The Who
    Hello, Goodbye - The Beatles
    Hello - Lionel Ritchie

  • Comment number 56.


    124 10cc 4
    124 Aly Bain 4
    124 Annie Lennox 4
    124 Barbara Striesand 4
    124 Barclay James Harvest 4
    124 Billie Holiday 4
    124 Blur 4
    124 Creedence Clearwater Revival 4
    124 Deacon Blue 4
    124 Emerson, Lake & Palmer 4
    124 Eurythmics 4
    124 Gram Parsons 4
    124 Ian Dury & The Blockheads 4
    124 John Etheridge 4
    124 Joni Mitchell 4
    124 Kate Rusby 4
    124 Kenny Thomas 4
    124 Kings Of Leon 4
    124 Lenny Kravitz 4
    124 Leonard Cohen 4
    124 Nat King Cole 4
    124 O M D 4
    124 Pat Methany 4
    124 Pentangle 4
    124 Pinky and Perky 4
    124 Prince 4
    124 Roy 'Chubby' Brown 4
    124 Rush 4
    124 Santana 4
    124 Soft Cell 4
    124 Sparks 4
    124 Stevie Wonder 4
    124 Take That 4
    124 Tom Paxton 4
    124 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 4

  • Comment number 57.


    Dougie MacLean 1 Point?????? He featured on three of my 5 lists - I make it he had at least 6 points.


  • Comment number 58.

    Again, more...

    86 Buddy Holly 5
    86 Chris Liberator 5
    86 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 5
    86 David Cassidy 5
    86 Dougie MacLean 5
    86 Dusty Springfield 5
    86 Emmylou Harris 5
    86 Fairport Convention 5
    86 Four Tops 5
    86 George Benson 5
    86 Gerry Rafferty 5
    86 Goombay Dance Band 5
    86 Jackie Wilson 5
    86 Jackson Browne 5
    86 Jimi Hendrix 5
    86 June Tabor 5
    86 Little Feat 5
    86 Louis Armstrong 5
    86 Lucinda Williams 5
    86 Mamas & Papas 5
    86 Mumford & Sons 5
    86 Rod Stewart 5
    86 Rolf Harris 5
    86 Show of Hands 5
    86 Slade 5
    86 Steely Dan 5
    86 Steve Winwood 5
    86 The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band 5
    86 The Corries 5
    86 The Doors 5
    86 The Faces 5
    86 The Four Tops 5
    86 The Specials 5
    86 The Wombles 5
    86 Tom Jones 5
    86 T-Rex 5
    86 Yes 5

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning All,

    Another 'righteous' blogger reporting in! It was lovely to see Deebee, Tortie, Mo and MTF again, and just as lovely meeting PSL and Andy- who I found out is indeed Ken Bruce's long lost son! ;-)

    Have to be brief, as am very busy trying to tie up all the loose ends before I depart for my happy hols:


    Will try and call in again later. I think I may have sussed the Bloggers favourite act thanks to Paul's clue!

    madchick x

  • Comment number 60.

    My #57 ................... (somewhat red-faced) my fault for mis-spelling his name on list one LOL

  • Comment number 61.

    The Wombles trounced Stevie Wonder??????????? pah!

  • Comment number 62.

    3 of my favourite songs ever

    Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell
    Hello - Lionel Ritchie
    and Dear Prudence - Siouxie and the Banshees

    Also - Diamond Smiles - Boomtown Rats

  • Comment number 63.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Simon, thanks for your kind words. It was a pleasure to help out on the phones, everyone involved got a real buzz out of the day, and I hope we get invited back to do it all again next year. And thank you so much for taking the time to come and see us. I think you just about made it to the studio in time for your show!

    No mensh chasing for me today. I'll miss the show as I'm going to see Simon's colleague and pal Mark Kermode. Will have to 'listen at a time more convenient' though, as I love Russell Watson. He performed at Proms in the Park this year - at one point he turned to the audience and said "This is why I lived". Awww...

    #47 Mo and I had a fantastic time at Strictly. The only 'live' bit is the Saturday night show - and even then the opening dance was pre-recorded before they started on air. There was a great atmosphere at Wembley, although I have to say having been last year to Shepherd's Bush that the former was better - more 'intimate' as it was smaller. And we didn't really need to be told to clap - I would say 90% of the time it was spontaneous!


  • Comment number 64.

    Yet more...(reverse order, remember...

    74 Bay City Rollers 6
    74 Beautiful South 6
    74 Caro Emerald 6
    74 John Martyn 6
    74 Lindisfarne 6
    74 Lynyrd Skynyrd 6
    74 Meatloaf 6
    74 Paul Simon 6
    74 Paul Weller 6
    74 Southgate & Leigh 6
    74 The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 6
    74 The Wurzels 6
    63 Alan Parsons Project 7
    63 Bob Dylan 7
    63 Dire Straits 7
    63 Don McLean 7
    63 Elton John 7
    63 Gillian Welch 7
    63 Jimmy Cliff 7
    63 Johnny Cash 7
    63 Robert Palmer 7
    63 Steeleye Span 7
    63 Wham 7
    53 Aretha Franklin 8
    53 Cara Dillon 8
    53 Carole King 8
    53 Elbow 8
    53 Eric Clapton 8
    53 Hermans Hermits 8
    53 Kate Bush 8
    53 Nick Lowe 8
    53 Snow Patrol 8
    53 Status Quo 8
    45 Christy Moore 9
    45 E L P 9
    45 Ella Fitzgerald 9
    45 Joan Baez 9
    45 Neil Young 9
    45 Radiohead 9
    45 Scissor Sisters 9
    45 Spandau Ballet 9
    41 Bon Jovi 10
    41 Bruce Springsteen 10
    41 Stranglers 10
    41 Van Morrison 10
    33 Adele 11
    33 Eagles 11
    33 Elvis Costello 11
    33 HMHB 11
    33 Jethro Tull 11
    33 Marvin Gaye 11
    33 Neil Diamond 11
    33 The Jam 11
    29 Carpenters 12
    29 Kinks 12
    29 Madness 12
    29 Oasis 12
    25 Abba 13
    25 Beach Boys 13
    25 James Taylor 13
    25 The Hollies 13
    24 George Michael 14
    19 Level 42 15
    19 Paul Young 15
    19 Queen 15
    19 Tears for Fears 15
    19 Traffic 15
    17 Coldplay 18
    17 The Who 18
    16 Genesis 19
    14 Rolling Stones 20
    14 Roxy Music 20
    13 Fleetwood Mac 21
    12 U2 22
    11 Elvis Presley 25
    11 Foo Fighters 25

  • Comment number 65.

    #61 Madchick, I was dismayed to see that Village People beat so many great acts. I think the Wombles exalted position in the list is down to the Happy Hornet.

  • Comment number 66.

    Getting there...

    9 Billy Joel 26
    9 Duran Duran 26
    8 Led Zepelin 28
    7 Al Stewart 30
    6 David Bowie 31

  • Comment number 67.

    Morning all,
    Lovely to hear your news of exciting trips up the Big Smoke, raising money for charity, dinners out, shared girls bedroom (was there enough energy for a midnight feast?) and lastly, but not leastly Strictly Live at Wembley! Must have been a memorable few days, special times.
    RE live bands - Bob 'the mumbler' Dylan was on TV the other day & Mr e (professional muso) declared his band 'amazing' and that they were carrying the great man.
    I also though the band of SCD got a bit lost in the vastness of the auditorium of Wembley- not quite as hot and tight as they usually are in studio - presumably those that were there think differently?
    RE Theme, nothing new to add - my fave is David Bowie of course 'Everybody says hi'
    I was a bit run-down over the weekend so played it safe not doing much EXCEPT I must say that Lord Ammo is so lucky that child #3 is a boy - as my child #3 (gal) just turned 13 and I had to go to see, for her b'day, the new teen movie:
    'Twiglet - The Breaking Yawn' which was a rite of passage...sitting next to an embarrassed, squirming teen while watching simulated sex, baby birth, wolf-men and vampires (in fact the vampire scenes were a welcome relief to her I suspect)

    Have a nice Monday y'all, back to earth with a bump for many blogger I suspect!

    I'm off to look up the Beth Hart song Harry has recommended...

  • Comment number 68.

    #64 Yay! Leve 42 made the top 20


  • Comment number 69.

    #68 and here's the missing l


  • Comment number 70.

    The Top 5...

    5 Squeeze 32

    4 Simon & Garfunkel 35

    3 E L O 44

    2 Pink Floyd 47


    1 Beatles 52

  • Comment number 71.

    #65 & #61 There is nothing wrong with the Wombles. I'm with gazza on this one......

  • Comment number 72.

    #70 PoS, first APOLOGIES for questioning your ability to count when the problem was my inability to spell. Second, THANKS for taking the trouble to do all the work for the BFA, it's been fun.

  • Comment number 73.

    Amy Winehouse, ONE POINT??!?

    Harry, the spelling should have been picked up by me, so not really your fault. There were others that I spotted, such as ELO as compared with E L O, but that one slipped by. Sorry, an' all that!

    I'm off to mop my brow. Katy might have a bit more info on the lists, or she may not. Catch y'all later.

  • Comment number 74.

    WELL DONE POS !! (and Katy Mac)

    A wonderful achievement even if Harry does want a recount!

    Mrs Bx

  • Comment number 75.

    #32 Yes Katy I was definitely there, as MCW testifies! I think I'm on a couple of photo's but I had to leave for my train so couldn't stay for the meal, which was a shame.

    PoS - #70 Well done on collating all that, quite a surprising top 5, not sure how many would have thought all those would be up there, but the bloggers have spoken!


  • Comment number 76.

    #74 Mrs Boris, see my #72!

  • Comment number 77.


  • Comment number 78.

    @RK Deebee and @RK Viking Mo, what does Bruce Forsyth do when the first part of SCD is finished? Does he go home to bed?

  • Comment number 79.

    POS - Well done and thank you for compiling that list - and Katy too for her help. You've obviously worked extremely hard.

    What a revealing list too - there seem to be some notable omissions from our list but a worthy top 5. I'll have to look at it a bit more closely! I've really enjoyed this - thanks Paul.

  • Comment number 80.

    #20 - Wow Harry! What lovely late-night, 'sitting by the fire' music (thought about it this weekend - having a fire that is)
    They don't tho' seem to be touring the 'LP' together, and are mainly in the US (Joe) and in Viking_Mo coutry (Beth)

    Still pondering hello/goodbye tunes..does
    count as a greeting?

  • Comment number 81.

    A late good morning to you Simon, team and poppets all,

    Been an eventful weekend here but I'm not getting into all that now.

    I know it's very late for choon suggestions but was surprised not to read any of the following above ...





    Suspect they will get lost amongst the wonderful chart run down!

    Very well done to PoS for compiling the list, it makes surprising reading. Due to events on Friday I didnt get a chance to post my final five and I know you didn't either Paul, I wonder how many others missed the cut off and how it would've changed things.. we shall never know! Was great fun, thanks again PoS and also Katy.

    Got to run for now, have a good day all.


    p.s. #20 it's an amazing track isn't it, great listening.

  • Comment number 82.

    #80 Suzieeeee, isn't it just? I'd heard them doing their solo stuff before (and Beth singing with Slash) but together, they're just perfect. I can't stop playing it.

  • Comment number 83.

    Morning all I have had a lovely hello yesterday - finally got to meet & cuddle Oor Willie, my nephew - at last! He's only 5 weeks old and all new and milky smelly.

    I actually prefer the DAVID GRAY - SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE version. As well as 'Mr Blue Sky' (I wish I had some of that here in foggy Horsforth) I remember Dave Lee Travis introducing them as 'Eeee ello' in a Lanky accent. Well you had to be there I think.

  • Comment number 84.

    #78 exactly what Mr e said this weekend - we all know that Sunday is not live - and that Tess just changes her clothes, Claudia Winkleperson comes on - and Bruce gets driven home pronto for his horlicks!

  • Comment number 85.

    Afternoon Poppeteers

    All I can think of today is Hello Lionel Ritchie and I'm not too keen on that song.

    Well done POS and Katy for pulling these lists together - it was great to read through.

    Catch you later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 86.

    SCD Sunday show........................................Robbie Savage is normally on Five Live talking about the Sunday footie matches at 6ish!.....................pretty sure that he doesn't sit there in his sequins and high heels!!

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x

  • Comment number 87.

    The Wombles? *sigh*

  • Comment number 88.

    So The Beatles are the Bloggers' favourite - who'd a thunk it. Well done them! What do they win - one of Harry's books? Or a jar of Alison from Eastleigh's home made jam, perhaps? Thanks to Paul and KatyMatey for compiling the lists.

    #78 #86 Sir Bruce does indeed go home after the live Saturday show. I really don't know why they keep up the pretence that Sunday's show is live - everyone knows it's recorded on the Saturday.

    Note to self - must remember to revert to my usual blog name tomorrow...


  • Comment number 89.

    Hello All

    What a fascinating list of favourite acts, I am still trying to digest the contents and see if I can determine anything about my fellow bloggers from the results.
    Many thanks for compiling the list and all those who took the time and trouble to contribute.

    Although only making a creditable No.124 I am pleased to see ELP in the list and in celebration of this can I suggest for one of todays 'greeting' tunes

    KARN EVIL 9 - FIRST IMPRESSION PART 2. -Emerson Lake & Palmer
    better known as
    WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS TO THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS (we're so glad you could attend step inside, step inside)

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 90.

    #88 RK Deebee, I can remember feeling really cheated when I found out that Jools Holland's New Years Eve Hootenanay was recorded. I watched it for years thinking it was all live.

    The Wombles?? *deep sigh*

  • Comment number 91.

    Ooh ooh moment of inspiration!

    HELLO AGAIN-Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 92.

    #87 and #90 Harry, are those sighs of longing or despair?!

  • Comment number 93.

    Is it too late for an auggestion...

    _CHANTILLY LACE - Big Bopper

    "Helllllooooooooo, baby!"

    Well done PoS for being the Master Compiler. Will digest and ruminate for a few mins.

  • Comment number 94.

    Hello Mayo bloggers,

    Lovely to see some of you last Friday. I know exactly what Simon means.......I was exhausted for the whole weekend after our 9 hour stint last Friday but it was a satisfied, meaningful exhaustion.

    My suggestion for the music theme: The Greeting Song by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    Peace & love bloggers

  • Comment number 95.

    Good afternoon all -

    Choon suggestions (which will undoubtably have been picked already)

    Hello - Lionel Richie ('our song' aah....)
    Hello - Neil Diamond

    Back to catch up. See you soon.

    I wonder if the Number one blog act has been revealed yet? How exciting!!!


  • Comment number 96.

    #94 Hi Cathmel - nice to 'see' you over here!

    Are we doing bad lyrics this week? Shall I kick off? My first suggestion would be from 'Little does she know' by the Kursaal Flyers. Two of the verses in particular:

    "She was sharing her spindryer with a guy in a tie-dye
    When she saw my reflection in the chrome
    I knew that she'd seen me, cos she dropped her bikini
    The one that I got her in Rome..."


    "When she'd finished her laundry she was all in a quandary
    And made it for the street like a hare
    Her escape was so urgent, she forgot her detergent
    And dropped all her clean underwear..."

    Need I say more... ;o)

  • Comment number 97.

    Just to say BIG thanks to Paul and Katy for their work compiling the blog's fave act pick of the pops chart rundown. 250+ acts - what a breadth of tastes we have...

  • Comment number 98.

    #97 Driver, "what a breadth of tastes we have..."? Yes, but THE WOMBLES??? :-)

  • Comment number 99.

    #96 hellllllloooooo DeeBee xx

  • Comment number 100.

    I am thinking we might need counselling for Harry and WOMBLEGATE! ;-) x


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