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A Very Musical Christmas #1: 2008 Virgin Book of British Hit Singles

 
By on Sunday, 9th November 2008 at 3:41 pm
 

Still stuck for a Christmas idea for a loved one? Or need the definitive book to settle those pub quiz arguments?

Well, the 2008 version of the Virgin Book of Hit Singles has just been published, and you can’t get much better than its impressive 661 pages of musical knowledge.

We spent a night down the pub (being the hardcore students that we are…) analysing it and it held up pretty well, bringing back memories of one hit wonders such as “Mambo No 5” by Lou Bega and “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann… classics.

It’s all there, and it’s your definitive guide to what’s right or wrong, solving those arguments and finding those obscure acts that nobody’s heard of.  It seems it’s all there and after a few hours of browsing we could only find one mistake  on page 437 – it that says “Vampire Weekend – Dutch producer”. I thought they were a US four piece unless I’m much mistaken! Still, they’ve got to be allowed one mistake in the whole book, eh?

Alongside all the British Hit Singles ever, there are also some interesting page long asides about some of the most interesting artists (and, er, Tony Wilson) covering a bit about their stories, which is fascinating and gives a bit more depth to the facts.

So, if you’re stuck for a useful Christmas present (or just a bloody good door stop) why not get yourself a copy of the 2008 Virgin Book of British Hit Singles? Buy a copy here – it’s just £12 at the moment from Amazon.

 

MySpace School Invasions competition…

 
By on Tuesday, 14th October 2008 at 8:36 pm
 

So I know a lot of readers of TGTF are avid MySpace users, and quite a few of you are still at school… so did you know about the MySpace School Invasions?

It’s basically a popularity contest for schools, with the school with the most votes from the MySpace School Invasions page winning an exclusive party.

The prize includes an all-expenses paid party with live performances from rock band Fightstar and DJ sets from Kate Nash, The Wombats, and DJ Ironik. The school that receives the most votes on the profile will host the event.

As well as winning their own exclusive party, the school will receive £10,000 worth of music equipment and a music masterclass with an established band. As part of the workshop, the band will share tales of how they got started and offer tips and advice about getting into the music industry.

Interested? Why not log into your myspace account, head on over to the School Invasions MySpace.

 

Aviv Geffen / October UK Show and competition

 
By on Thursday, 2nd October 2008 at 5:04 pm
 

I’ll be honest… my knowledge of Israeli rock singer-songwriters is lacking at best.

However when I got a press release earlier today introducing me to Aviv Geffen, I was intrigued – he’s got over 14 albums released over 15 years, and seems to be rather a big deal in the Middle East.

And now he’s coming to the UK.

He’s playing an exclusive London gig on 10th of October at London’s Roundhouse in preparation for releasing a single and album in the UK for the first time.

In the same press release, the F-Gen competition was announced, which sees Aviv opening the doors for video directors, stylists and artists to completely design the look and feel for the upcoming video’s, artwork and tour costumes ahead of a full UK tour and single release next year reportedly.

So, if you fancy something a bit different why not pop on down to London’s Roundhouse to catch Aviv next Friday… tickets are £8 each from the Roundhouse Box Office.

 

Simian Mobile Disco / Win Free tickets!

 
By on Thursday, 3rd April 2008 at 1:32 pm
 

I love Simian Mobile Disco‘s album, it almost made my Albums of 2007 post last year.

Those nice PR people have offered us the chance for you, (yes, YOU!) to win tickets to see them on their current DJ tour around the UK, or for those of you in the USA for their upcoming tour. And if you don’t win tickets, you can watch some videos – all good, no? Enjoy!

 

Pigeon Detectives and GoodBooks for London Fashion Show

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2007 at 7:32 pm
 

Pigeon DetectivesCurrent indie darlings The Pigeon Detectives and GoodBooks are set to play a special show during London Fashion Week.

The bands will appear with Malvern singer/songwriter Sam Isaac at Gibson Guitar Studio on Tuesday 18th September as part of ‘The Big British Sound’ series of events.

To be able to go you’ll need to enter a prize draw on the Ben Sherman website.

If you don’t win tickets it’ll be shown on MTV Two on Saturday 13th October at 9pm as part of their ‘Best of British’ night.

 

Hard-Fi / Album Launch show

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007 at 8:31 pm
 

Hard-FiThings are heating up for Hard-Fi as they announce that they’ll be playing a special one off gig to celebrate their new album launch.

They’ll be playing Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street in London on Sunday 2nd/3rd September at midnight. The band will be performing live as well as signing copies of the brand new album “Once Upon A Time In The West” fresh from release.

To win tickets all you have to do is answer the below question:

What Balearic island did HARD-FI recently play?

Simply email in your full name, address and contact telephone number to [email protected] – with the subject title ‘HARD-FI VIRGIN COMP’

I don’t know when the competition closes, but give it a go shortly and you’ll find out!

(As a hint, remember that they recently played Ibiza Rocks festival.)

Photo from sarahphotogirl’s flickr stream.

 
 
 

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