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Memory Lane: The Best of McFly is the second greatest hits compilation released by the English pop rock band McFly. It was released on 26 November 2012 as a retrospective of the band's nine-year career to date, containing a number of the band's hit singles, but most notably not including "I Wanna Hold You", "Ultraviolet/The Ballad of Paul K", "Please, Please", "Sorry's Not Good Enough", "Baby's Coming Back", "Stay with Me" or "That's the Truth". The album was preceded by the release of a new single, "Love Is Easy", and includes four other new tracks, "Do Whatcha", "Down Down", "Mess Around You" and "Cherry Cola".

Memory Lane: The Best of McFly
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Compilation album by
Released26 November 2012[1]
Recorded2003–2012
GenrePop punk, synthpop, electropop, pop rock
Length78:22 (standard)
142:19 (deluxe)
LabelIsland / Universal
McFly chronology
Above the Noise
(2010)
Memory Lane: The Best of McFly
(2012)
Singles from Memory Lane: The Best of McFly
  1. "Love Is Easy"
    Released: 11 November 2012

A deluxe edition of the album includes a number of the band's most famous B-sides, unreleased demo versions from previous album recording sessions and other popular tracks from their back catalogue of albums. The album was made available to pre-order from 13 October 2012. Personalised copies of the album can be created and ordered via Mixpixie.[1]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

During the band's second theatre tour, the Keep Calm and Play Louder Tour, they premiered three brand new songs: "Do Whatcha", "Red" and "Touch the Rain". It was confirmed soon after by band member Tom Fletcher via Twitter that the band's next single would be the track "Red", as it had been very well received on the tour. However, in September 2012, the band travelled to the United States to play four dates in Los Angeles and New York, during which they premiered a fourth new single, "Love is Easy", and it was soon announced that this would in fact be released as the band's next single, instead of "Red", and that it would precede the release of the band's second retrospective release, Memory Lane: The Best of McFly. It was also announced that in promotion of the album, the band would be releasing their autobiography, Unsaid Things: Our Story. With the announcement of the track listing for Memory Lane in October 2012, "Love is Easy" and "Do Whatcha" were present, but "Red" and "Touch the Rain" were not, but instead had been held back for the band's sixth studio album, in favour of three other new tracks: "Cherry Cola", "Down Down" and "Mess Around You". "Love is Easy" was released on 11 November 2012, going on to peak at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and was premiered on BBC Radio 2 Graham Norton at 10:55 on 20 October 2012. The music video for the track was premiered on 9 October 2012.

Track listingEdit

The track listing of the album was confirmed on 11 October 2012, via Digital Spy. Disc two was originally set to contain the B-side track "Easy Way Out". However, pressings of the album do not contain the track, and it has been removed from all digital versions of the album, for reasons unknown. The standard version contains disc one only, and the deluxe version contains both discs.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original appearanceLength
1."Love Is Easy"Previously unreleased3:41
2."Shine a Light" (featuring Taio Cruz)
Above the Noise3:39
3."Party Girl"
Above the Noise3:11
4."Falling in Love"
Radio:Active4:27
5."Do Ya"
Radio:Active2:54
6."Lies"
  • Fletcher
  • Poynter
  • Jones
Radio:Active3:45
7."One for the Radio"
  • Fletcher
Radio:Active3:06
8."The Heart Never Lies"
  • Fletcher
All the Greatest Hits3:26
9."Transylvania"
  • Fletcher
  • Poynter
Motion in the Ocean4:10
10."Friday Night"
  • Daniel Carter
  • Julian Emery
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
  • Perry
  • Poynter
Motion in the Ocean3:22
11."Star Girl"
  • Carter
  • Emery
  • Fletcher
  • Perry
  • Poynter
  • Jones
  • Judd
Motion in the Ocean3:28
12."Don't Stop Me Now"Motion in the Ocean3:20
13."I'll Be OK"
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
  • Poynter
Wonderland3:24
14."All About You"
  • Fletcher
Wonderland3:06
15."Room on the Third Floor"
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
Room on the 3rd Floor3:16
16."Obviously"
  • Bourne
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
Room on the 3rd Floor3:18
17."Five Colours in Her Hair"
  • Bourne
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
  • Ben Sargeant
Room on the 3rd Floor2:58
18."Do Watcha"
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
  • Poynter
Previously unreleased3:12
19."Cherry Cola"Ray DaviesPreviously unreleased3:03
20."That Girl" (Original 2003 Demo)
  • Bourne
  • Fletcher
Previously unreleased2:53
21."Obviously" (Original 2003 Demo)
  • Bourne
  • Fletcher
  • Jones
Previously unreleased3:18
22."Memory Lane"
  • Bourne
  • Fletcher
Wonderland4:40

TourEdit

The Best of McFly Tour
Tour by McFly
Associated albumMemory Lane: The Best of McFly
Start date19 April 2013
End date18 May 2013
Legs1
No. of shows20
McFly concert chronology

In promotion of the album, McFly toured across the United Kingdom in April and May 2013 with 21 performances, with an extra show at Scarborough added in August. The tour ended with the biggest performance at Wembley Arena and was supported by The Vamps. There were originally eighteen shows but a further two more for Glasgow and Manchester were added and a date for Scarborough was also added for August and then another gig for June had been added for Gloucester Kingsholm stadium. Tickets went on sale from 8 December 2012 at 9 am and the dates were first confirmed during the Super City: Battle of the Bands in November 2012.

Tour datesEdit

19 April – Swindon Oasis
20 April – Birmingham Academy
22 April – Nottingham, Royal Centre
23 April – Reading, The Hexagon
25 April – Newcastle Academy
27 April – Glasgow SECC Clyde Auditorium
28 April – Glasgow SECC Clyde Auditorium
30 April – Sheffield City Hall
1 May – Leeds Academy
3 May – Manchester, Apollo
4 May – Manchester, Apollo^
6 May – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
7 May – Cambridge Corn Exchange
9 May – Bournemouth International Centre
10 May – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11 May – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
13 May – Bristol, Colston Hall
14 May – Portsmouth Guildhall
16 May – Brighton Centre
18 May – London, Wembley Arena
30 August – Scarborough Open Air Theatre

^ – Extra dates

Set listEdit

  1. Memory Lane [a capella]
  2. That Girl
  3. Star Girl
  4. Transylvania
  5. Five Colours in Her Hair
  6. Falling in Love
  7. Room on the 3rd Floor
  8. Obviously
  9. Corrupted
  10. Nowhere Left To Run
  11. Lies
  12. I'll Be OK
  13. Bubblewrap
  14. Smile
  15. Shine A Light
  16. One for the Radio
  17. Memory Lane
Encore
18. Love Is Easy
19. All About You
20. The Heart Never Lies

NotesEdit

The opening was introduced with "Memory Lane" being played with the lyrics, 'So much has changed', repeated without any instruments before "That Girl" was played but, however, the whole song is played before the encore. Only the first half of "Transylvania" was played and "I'll Be OK" was played as a quieter version with only a piano.

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Gold 100,000^

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label(s) Formats
United Kingdom 26 November 2012 Island Records, Universal Digital download, CD
Spain 27 November 2012[4]
Japan 16 January 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "McFly announce 'Memory Lane: The Best of McFly' album for November – Music News". Digital Spy. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  2. ^ "iTunes – Music – Memory Lane – The Best of McFly (Deluxe Edition) by McFly". Itunes.apple.com. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  3. ^ "British album certifications – McFly – Memory Lane: The Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Memory Lane: The Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  4. ^ "McFly anuncian nuevo album "Memory Lane: The Best Of McFly". universalmusic.es. Retrieved 1 November 2012.