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Brian McFadden Can’t Wait To Get You Home So He Can Do Some Damage. Nice.

He might have (stupidly) quit Westlife about 100 years ago, but now Brian McFadden has decided he would still rather like to be a popstar, fair enough right? But the only thing holding him back unfortunately, seems to be lack of talent.

Don’t get me wrong, the general consensus in the office is that if we were mega drunk and trapped on the dance floor when this came on, we’d party like it was 1999, but as for cranking it up during a car journey. Perhaps not.

That said, this IS the third time I’ve listened to it this morning, and each time I find myself wiggling my bum along with that annoying banjo, but then I hear the line “I can’t wait to get you home so I can do some damage” and do a bit of sick in my mouth.

What do YOU think to it?


Young Guns’ New Video Is Delicious

Young Guns Stiches 

Let’s face it, anything with Gustav Wood in it is going to go down well in an office full of females any day of the week… but Gustav showing off thos buff-ting arms and pointing those little eyes out of your screens… oh my.

We are of course talking about the video to Young Guns new single (and the best track on their album), Stitches.

Shot in glorious black and white (which always makes people look better) the boys  battle the four elements, a piano in flames, as well as a hawk named Fern in what is undoubtedly their most delicious video yet.

Don’t just take my word for it though, get yourself a cuppa and have a watch below. We think we’re in love…


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27: MANCHESTER Academy


01: DUBLIN Olympia
03: NOTTINGHAM Rock City
04: BIRMINGHAM Academy
05: NEWPORT Centre
06: LIVERPOOL University
07: LEEDS Academy
09: GLASGOW Barrowlands
10: NEWCASTLE Academy
12: LONDON Brixton Academy
13: LONDON Brixton Academy

Sorry Rihanna, But Katy Perry Does Latex Better…

Oh. My. Word. This is a bit much isn’t it? I remember when music videos were about boy chasing girl, girl falling in love with boy… that kind of thing, and now it’s as though Lady GaGa, Rihanna and Katy Perry are just trying to out-rude each other.

Lady GaGa got her muffin out for the cameras this morning, and now Rihanna has unveiled this rubbery delight of a video in response, but I just wonder, have these ladies gone too far with their videos now?

Rhi is seen swanning about in Latex (already done by Katy Perry love) and messing about with whips, bondage stuff and eating fruit in a sexually suggestive manner, and after a quick poll in the office, we’ve decided, we’re not fans.

Video : A Day To Remember On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Babes. That is all.

A Day To Remember + All I Want Video = Babes.

A Day To Remember All I Want Video

As a band, you know you’ve ‘made it’ when you’re invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Well, you probably do anyway. Luckily for A Day To Remember, they’re finally getting the media recognition they deserve thanks to the release of their fourth album What Separates Me From You.

Yesterday the band unveiled the video for their latest single, ‘All I Want’, and we’ve got to say, we’ve already watched it three times and are still seeing even more awesome musicians in cameo roles each time around.

Obviously it’s New Year and money is a bit tight, so what do you do when the kitty runs dry? Well, you call up all your BFF’s of course, and get them to lip sync along to your lyrics. Genius.

Luckily for the guys in ADTR, those friends just happened to be rock royalty, and includes Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis, Bring Me The Horizon, Andrew WK, Andrew Neufeld from Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals, Pete Wentz, Sam Carter of Architects, The Devil Wears Prada, This Is Hell and more, in fact, it’s basically bromance central.


Cheryl Cole Sings Live. Not Good

Cheryl Cole took time out of her hectic schedule for an appearance on Alan Carr : Chatty Man last night, singing and being interviewed in the hope of shifting some last minute copies of her album before Christmas. Only one problem… I imagine she wishes she’s never took to the mic.

To be honest, if she wasn’t utterly stunning, I doubt she would have even got to the live shows of The X Factor these days, at least, not if her live performances were anything to go by.
God only knows what key she was singing in during the ‘exclusive’ performance of her No.1 single Promise This, but I’ll tell you something, I was cringing inside for the poor lass, because that really was awful.

After being interviewed by Alan Carr, she then got up to the mic once again for another live performance of her new track, The Flood. Luckily she had brought along a couple of backing singers  for this one, but still, her vocals were less than great.

Have a watch of the videos below and tell me… should she still to talking about singing, rather than actually doing it?


Live Review : Asking Alexandria @ Manchester Club Academy

With Support From The Amity Affliction & Miss May I

Planning has never been a strong point of mine, I like to think I’m organised, and I like to have a plan, but putting it into action always seems to be my downfall… and last night was a prime example of this.

I knew that the Club Academy doors were opening early and that The Amity Affliction would be hitting the stage around half seven. I also knew that Kings Of Leon were playing at the MEN Arena AND Manchester United had a home game, so technically I should have doubled my travel-time… I didn’t I got distracted by this new Soap & Glory shampoo and conditioner and spent far too long messing about with my hair…

When I eventually got off the M62 and arrived at the Club Academy, TAA were already leaping about the stage screaming their little Australian heads off… and the kids seemed to love it, so much so that the room already had an air of sweat and emo-tosterone buzzing about it.


The Amity Affliction By Ian Taylor

Despite having an average age of about 17, the crowd were just as enthusiastic about the Aussie openers as you’d expect for any headline act, and I’m sure Ahren and friends were really pleased about that, considering they’d travelled halfway across the world to be here in Manchester and need to make sure they get their new album, Youngbloods, flying off the shelves in January.

After taking time off to sit down and drink and pint of cider (classy) my other half and I battled through the sea of kiddies to try and get a good view of Miss May I – a metalcore band from Troy, Ohio – who were surprisingly impressive considering I’d never even heard of them – perhaps Asking Alexandria liked their cover of “Run This Town” which featured alongside them on Punk Goes Pop 3, I don’t know, but if you’re heading to any of the shows left on this tour, I’d stick around to watch them and have your toilet & fag break before AA come on.

By half 9 the anticipation (and moisture) in the room had reached fever pitch, and scores of teenage girls – who should have really been at home doing their schoolwork – started elbowing their way to the front so that they could have a good old gawp at Danny Worsnop and co and hopefully get a date.


Miss May I By Ian Taylor

I tried to focus on the band, but I kept getting distracted by guys dressed in Jeggings and vests (since when did that become fashionable) and girls wandering about in their bra and knickers. I felt like I there would be police waiting for us ‘adults’ when we left the venue after we spent a night in a dark room with a load of half-naked kiddies. Well, until Danny opened his mouth and started saying stuff like; “Five Jack Daniels and a blow job and we’ll play another song.” Classic.

I know it’s supposed to be ‘rock and roll’ to drink JD and have hoards of women falling at your feet, but when those females are young girls who don’t even buy their own clothes yet, we seem to have a problem… Don’t let that deter you from the sound though, their set was tight (no pun intended) and the guys really impressed the old fogies in the room as well as the kids who made such a ruckus that the photographers were removed from the photopit for their own safety.

Wow, you know you’re doing well if it’s not safe to be at the front with a wide angled lens – although there was a lot of talk about the boys getting naked, so I’m sure had that happened, we would have had mass hysteria break out.

Whilst I couldn’t actually make out a word they were saying and wondered if I’d look like a crazy grandma if I stared running around without my dress on (although my magic pants might have ruined that ‘look’) you’ve got to respect what they’re doing… following in the footsteps of their fellow Yorkshiremen Bring Me The Horizon, the guys know how to walk, talk and sing they way to success, and there are certainly a bucketload of young girls willing to give them a helping hand…