Posted by Sandra on May 6 2013

If you’d almost forgotten that McFly play music, what with their Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here! winning antics, don’t fret. They still know how to riff their way through pop-y, rocky, catchy tunes about girls with colours in their hair.

Made up of the rehab hopping, razor-cheek boned bassist Dougie Poynter, floppy haired lead singer Tom Fletcher (who just married his childhood sweetheart, cue a whole lot of ‘awws’),marathon running drummer Harry Judd and Danny Jones, (you know, the guitarist everyone used to fancy until Dougie became king of ITV’s jungle), the band are currently in the midst of their memory lane ‘Best of McFly’ tour.

Launching to manufactured pop success in 2003, the foursome started out like (and then outlived) Busted, and have survived, setting up their own record label, Popstar to Operastar (looking at you, Danny) and even the truly awful, trashy American teen movie Just Like You featuring Lindsey Lohan.

They’ve got five albums to their name – which, by the way, was ripped from Marty McFly in Back to the Future – and a shed’s worth of Smash Hits awards from their early days, not to mention the fact they somehow snatched the record of youngest band ever to reach number one in the album charts from The Beatles. The Beatles!

They might be a bit saccharine and a bit cheesy, but at least they avoided the dreaded Westlife route into boybandom, i.e. white linen suits and videos staring out into the distance. McFly are much more worthy of jumping about manically on the dance floor at the Corn Exchange. As most mums would say, they just seem like a lovely bunch of lads.

:: McFly, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tuesday, May 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets £27.50 from (01223) 357 851 / www.cornex.co.uk

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Posted by Sandra on December 3 2012

McFly’s latest greatest hits album, Memory Lane:The Best of McFly entered at the position #21 on it’s first week at the UK chart. olly Murs entered to #1

[…]McFly enter at No.21 with their hits collection Memory Lane: The Best Of, Kelly Clarkson enters at No.24 with her Greatest Hits: Chapter One and Katherine Jenkins debuts at No.26 with This Is Christmas.[…]

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Posted by Sandra on December 3 2012

We pick eight of McFly’s greatest hits to celebrate the release of their greatest hits album

McFly outshone Busted the moment they arrived on the pop scene. Something about the band worked better than Busted ever did; the songs were better, the chemistry was stronger, and they had Dougie Poynter. Heck, they didn’t force this on an unsuspecting world like their forebears did.

The boys have been with us through eight crazy years of ups and downs, including Tom’s ill-fated flirtation with The Only Way is Essex. Despite that blip, we’re celebrating the best moments of the band with a trip down memory lane and a look at some of their best songs.

8. ‘One for the Radio

I couldn’t leave OFTR off my list because it was the moment McFly became MaquisFly: a rebellious pop movement to stick two fingers up at their record label oppressors. Our innocent boys turned towards a more developed pop-rock sound and re-imagined McFly for an audience that was growing weary of straight pop sounds.
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Posted by Sandra on December 2 2012

The Southampton University’s Entertainment Magazine, The Edge posted a review of Memory Lane on their website that you can read below.

McFly have been at large in the pop scene for almost 10 years now and so it’s sure enough time for a whopping double disk greatest hits record. If, like me, you’ve been a fan of McFly ever since you can remember, you would have already heard each and every song on this compilation. The moment that made me fall for the four lads was when I saw them supporting their friends Busted back in 2004, a young, fresh boy band that have now developed to a worldwide status every boy band strives for. This is in fact not a review of how they have progressed or how good the new material is, it is a review of their longevity and their credibility as a band in order to warrant this colossal greatest hits record.

Disc One begins with a look towards the future of McFly with their latest single ‘Love Is Easy’. It’s simple and catchy and demonstrates McFly at their best. It is a progression yet it remains true to where they started. Simple pop music. The music video (see below) shows everything that McFly have been through over the past 10 years, the reality TV, the albums, it is a fun journey throughout these times. The first disc then goes on to highlight the best of their fifth studio album Above The Noise in the form of singles ‘Shine A Light’ and ‘Party Girl’. This album’s style was aided by co-writing with Taio Cruz. Memory Lane then goes back to Radio:Active; ‘Lies’ and ‘One For The Radio’ show how this fourth studio album brought out a darker side to McFly. Pop music with an extra bite and a dark undertone. They include ‘Transylvania’ on the album, one of my all time favourite McFly tracks, one in which Dougie gets the rare chance at vocals taking the spotlight away from Tom and Danny.
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Posted by Sandra on December 2 2012

The boys say the lead single was like a ‘bad Lady GaGa song’ and wish they’d released ‘IF U C Kate’

McFly are their own worst critics and they’ve revealed that ‘Above the Noise’, their fifth studio album, is their least favourite. And they’ve got harsh words for the album’s lead single, ‘Party Girl.’

Stricly Come Dancing champion Harry Judd had the harshest words for the album, which stopped cold at number 20 in the UK album chart.

“If it was up to us, we would have released ‘IF UC Kate’ as the first single. None of us wanted to release ‘Party Girl’. It didn’t even cross our minds that it would have been a single,” he admitted. “It was like a bad version of a Lady GaGa song. Looking back, it really wasn’t us.”

The single was criticised as being too much like Lady GaGa during its original release, with some critics questioning such a surreal change of direction for the band. Despite the weird lead single, ‘Above the Noise’ did earn the band some strong reviews. ‘Shine a Light,’ ‘End of the World,’ and ‘iF UC Kate’ were singled out as the best.

Tom Fletcher told the entertainment website that the band wanted to do something different: “We thought we’d try something really drastic and try a completely different producer from a different genre of music.

“Universal heard a couple of demos and said they were interested in re-signing us. They set us up with Dallas Austin and we recorded the whole album with him. It was a great experience and it was fun to shake things up a bit.”

He laughed about the experience, but admitted that he sees the record in a more positive light now.

“When I play it back, I like it more than I remember.”

McFly’s greatest hits album ‘Memory Lane’ is available now.

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Posted by Sandra on November 13 2012

You can now pare-order Mcfly’s greatest hits album on iTunes and also listen to a 30 seconds preview of each song!!
You can listen to the previews and pre order the album HERE

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 5 2012

Recreate McFly’s album covers!

You’ve seen the Love Is Easy video right?
McFly recreate the covers to their albums ‘Room On The Third Floor’, Wonderland, Motion In The Ocean, Radio:Active and Above The Noise as they act out some of the highlights of their career so far..
We’d like you and your mates to do the same and post your photos, gifs and videos to Tumblr & Twitter.

Grab your copy of one of McFly’s album and strike your best poses to mimic the cover. When your happy with your finished product post it to Twitter or Tumblr with the tag #memorylanemcfly.

We’ll post all the entries on McFly’s new Memory Lane Tumblr account http://memorylanemcfly.tumblr.com and the band will judge the best 3 entries. Winners will receive a signed copy of the new album Memory Lane: The Best of McFly.

So what are you waiting for, get talking to your friends and start sending us your spoof covers.

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Posted by Micky on November 4 2012

Tom has just tweeted this:

BIG NEWS! We will be touring Memory Lane:The Best Of Mcfly next april/may in the UK!!!! Tix on sale Dec 8th.

Now in order to meet the guys the fans will battle to meet them as Tom tweeted as well:

We’ll announce all the dates soon and there’s a Battle Of The Fans competition for M&G’s. It’s a fight to the death, survivors meet us.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on October 11 2012

McFly Army….are you ready for a trip down Memory Lane?

On November 26th Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie release ‘Memory Lane: The Best Of McFly’ It’s a whopper featuring McFly’s biggest ever hits, 3 brand new tracks plus the 2003 demo versions of ‘That Girl’ and ‘Obviously’ which led to the band’s record contract. The 3 new tracks are ‘Do Watcha’, ‘Cherry Cola’ and the new single ‘Love Is Easy’ (out Nov 19th).

There’s also a Deluxe version of the album including a bonus disc of all the band’s famous b-sides, live tracks and several previously unreleased McFly tracks.

So if you wanna have all McFly’s biggest hits, b-sides, demo’s and brand new songs on one album….this is it.

Get ready to take a trip down one of the best memory lanes EVER!

Are you in?

Her’s the tracklisting.

Memory Lane: The Best of McFly: Album Track listing:
1. Love is Easy
2. Shine a Light (radio edit)
3. Party Girl
4. Falling in Love (radio edit)
5. Do Ya
6. Lies
7. One for the Radio
8. The Heart Never Lies
9. Transylvania
10. Friday Night
11. Stargirl
12. Don’t Stop Me Now
13. I’ll Be OK
14. All About You
15. Room on the Third Floor
16. Obviously
17. Five Colours in Her Hair
18. Do Watcha
19. Cherry Cola
20. That Girl – original 2003 demo
21. Obviously – demo 2003 demo
22. Memory Lane

Memory Lane: The Best of McFly DELUXE Album CD 2Track listing:
1. Umbrella
2. Lola (featuring Busted)
3. The Guy Who Turned Her Down
4. Get Over You
5. You’ve Got a Friend
6. No Worries
7. Silence is a Scary Sound (live)
8. Sunny Side of the Street
9. Memory Lane
10. Surferbabe
11. Ignorance
12. Purple and Blue
13. Mess Around You
14. Easy Way Out
15. Rockin Robin
16. POV acoustic
17. She Love You
18. Mr. Brightside
19. Little Joanna
20. Bubblewrap
21. 5 Colours – USA Version

 
 

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