t’s 2010. Newport City Radio heads into it's third year with a super-charged Breakfast Show with plenty of stunts, wind-ups, and cracking guests, including a dancing Mayor! DJ Lamsie was being bruised but not battered by the recession, but the ‘Fire’ went out. A baby was born and it was a World Cup year… and I was in the second-best country to watch the final.
As I’ve mentioned previously, there is no better feeling of presenting a breakfast show on radio from your hometown to your hometown. It’s even better in the lead-up to Christmas. Our second stint of 28 days (our third FM radio broadcast) was the very best we’d done. We were fully established online and the whole radio team, based at Urban Circle on Dock Street, were making some great local content. We had a rule of no silly DJ names, focussing on show names instead. Imagine the shock as we went onto FM with the ‘Breakfast Shakeup’ with Lamsie, Crazy Kaylee and Dizzee Dee! If you’re going to break a rule, smash it, is my philosophy. The banter between us was electric. We had such a knowledge of each other and made sure that if we did get too close to the bone with some of our comments, we’d clear the air after the show. I don’t think we ever needed to have that conversation.
We also set up a stunt where we ‘implied’ that Kaylee had stolen my car while I was at work in Lloyds TSB to have it ‘branded’ with Newport City Radio logos’. This was a brilliant team up with Sytner Mini. The guests were amazing too: from the Mayor of Newport, fresh from his impromptu onstage performance dancing to The Prodigy at that year’s Christmas light switch on, to the stars of the Riverfront panto who played along with our games, to a great interview with a TV actor from Torchwood, Gareth David-Lloyd. We even made it in through heavy snow to get in and had one show where I had almost no voice and ended up being the butt of numerous jokes.
A little miracle happened too. My first great niece, Ellie-Mae, was born. Like her mother before her it was love at first sight. Clearly my family had given up on me delivering the next member of the Lamsdale clan. Rightly so, but please don’t tell my sister as she reckons there’s time for me to produce an offspring. I’m still open to offers.
I haven’t mentioned holiday destinations for a little while. It was always going to be hard to top Ibiza, Egypt, and Mexico, but this year’s annual break came close. Steve, Dave, Vickie and I headed to Puerto Rico in Spain, spending time in Ammadores. The company was amazing as always and the hotel was outstanding. With a swimming pool at the top of a mountain overlooking the bay, and a bar that played chill-out tunes in the evening, this has to be one of my top five favourites. It was also the FIFA World Cup. It may have been held in South Africa, but the Spanish were in the final and the locals were more than up for it. I never did manage to get a note out of a Vuvuzela. Money was a little tight but I took a risk and used my credit card for once. Luckily this paid off (literally) as I picked up some more DJ work on my return home. I learnt that if you’re going abroad and you’re having fun, take a risk and spend where you need to. Live in that moment.
My alter-ego, DJ Lamsie, was being bruised by the recession. Fire and Ice had entered a drinks war with Iffy’s clubs, notably Mojo. £7 or £10 all you can drink nights were never gonna be sustainable, although it’s the one thing that customers remember when they see me now. The Ice room was pretty much failing and the whole operation was being held together by monthly hardcore nights. Ice didn’t reopen in January and Fire closed in the April. Considering our chequered start, we’d fallen in love with each other in the end. Sad times.
That wasn’t the end though. I still had Thursday and Sundays in the Greyhound. Mr Dave Went then stepped forward to save the day. I was given Friday and Saturdays in Eternaty (yes that is the correct way to spell it, Microsoft Word police). All I can say is what a team we were. Friends from the radio would pop in and add to the atmosphere. We didn’t have fishbowls in the Summer, we had Sandcastles. Never asked why it was spelt that way! Happy times.
Then a huge offer came my way. Iffy was opening a new bar called Delilah’s in the August, and wondered if I would be interested in being the resident DJ. Yes, please Mr Ifsta… goodbye DJ Lamsie, hello Dr. Lamsie with a weekly dose of Medication. The full story of Delilah’s follows next week.
So what are my five big tunes that sum up 2010?
The Floorfiller: Not necessarily my favourite, but one that I’ve used (or seen used) to pack a dancefloor.
Iyaz – “Replay”.
Just in case I haven’t mentioned it before, if you need to pack a dancefloor in Newport with a single genre, it’s reggae. According to Wikipedia:
“The single entered at the top of the UK Singles Chart, where it remained for three weeks until it was knocked off the summit by "Fireflies" by Owl City. Internationally, the single also topped the charts in Australia, Israel and Switzerland and peaked within the top ten of the charts in many countries, including Finland, France and the United States. The combined figure of the official music video and prequel video on YouTube is currently around 180 million views”.
Could have easily been: Usher feat. will.i.am – 'OMG', Yolande B Cool vs D Cup – 'We No Speak Americano', Flo Rida feat. David Guetta – 'Club Can’t Handle Me' David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – 'Memories' or Example – 'Kickstarts'.
The Twister: This is a song from that year which I normally wouldn’t have fallen in love with, but I did.
Duck Sauce – 'Barbara Striesand'.
It’s an unashamed 70’s disco romp brought up to date for 2010. According to Wikipedia:
“The single’s album artwork is modelled directly after Streisand's own 1980 album, Guilty, which features a picture of her and Barry Gibb on the sleeve. For the "Barbra Streisand" cover, Streisand and Gibb's faces are digitally removed and replaced with duck beaks”
Could have easily been: Owl City – 'Fireflies', Train – 'Hey Soul Sister', Florence and the Machine – 'You’ve Got the Love' or Ke$ha – “Tik-Tok”.
The Clubber: The one song that wanted to get me onto the dancefloor.
Tinie Tempah – 'Pass Out'
Out of drum and bass and into dubstep's influence on the Top 40, and for me, this is where it began. According to Wikipedia:
“After signing to Parlophone, Tinie Tempah was put together with producer Labrinth and the collaboration resulted in the first two singles for the label, ‘Frisky’ and ‘Pass Out’. Parlophone president Miles Leonard said the label was adamant that ‘Pass Out’ would be the first single, saying: "It set new precedents for British urban music from what had been happening the year before. And it was a new sound; it sounded fresh, and like it came from the clubs.”
Could have easily been: Edward Maya feat. Vika Jigulina – 'Stereo Love', Usher feat. Pitbull – 'DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love', Sidney Samson feat. Wizard Sleeve – 'Riverside', Swedish House Mafia – 'The One' or Taio Cruz – 'Dynamite'.
The Coolest: This is the tune that I felt was the coolest yet mainstream song of the year.
Katy B – 'Katy on a Mission'.
This cemented my growing love of commercial dubstep. This sounded great in ‘Fire’ and ’Delilahs’. According to Wikipedia:
“Katy B had been working with British underground grime, garage and house record producers since the age of fifteen before debuting "Katy on a Mission" to her mainstream audience. The song, originally "just another dubstep track Katy was going to vocal," was written by Katy B and produced by British record producer Benga. In an interview with Kieran Yates of The Guardian, Katy mentioned that without Benga's beat, "Katy on a Mission" would have not been as successful It was inspired by how Katy feels when she goes raving with her friends.”
Could have easily been: Rihanna – 'Rude Boy', Jason Derulo – 'Ridin’ Solo', Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars – 'Billionaire', Timbaland feat. Katy Perry – 'If We Ever Meet Again', DJ Fresh – 'Gold Dust', or Young Money feat. Lloyd – 'Bedrock'.
The Radio Tune: The one that take me back to listening to the radio or playing it on my show wherever that has been.
BoB feat. Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”.
Just a beautiful song. According to Wikipedia:
“Williams' appearance in the song was explained by herself and B.o.B in different interviews to MTV. Williams said Paramore was on tour when she was given the song and she ‘liked the part too much’ and accepted to appear on it. B.o.B said he has ‘always been a Hayley fan’ and he did not expect a collaboration between them too soon. The duo did not get in the studio together to record the song, they were not together to shoot the music video, and had never even met each other in person, according to Williams.”
Could have easily been: Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce – 'Telephone', Black Eyed Peas – 'I Gotta Feeling', Plan B – 'She Said', Ellie Goulding – 'Starry Eyed', Jason Derulo – 'In My Head', Adele – 'Make You Feel My Love', Tinie Tempah – 'Written in the Stars' or Bruno Mars – 'Just the Way You Are'.
That’s almost it from 2010. At the end of each blog I’d like to thank some people who made the year very special for me.It has to be a huge shout out to Crazy Kaylee and Dizzee Dee for brekkie and Dave Went for saving my DJ skin.
I’d also like to thank the team at Atlantica Café Bar on Market Street for sponsoring this series of blogs. They’ve got Britain’s Got Talent star Philip Green as part of a Pride Cymru after party on Saturday 26th August.
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