The Bonus Track: Unlocking the Truth, King, Prince, Robert Plant
When three kids from Brooklyn started putting up videos of themselves playing heavy metal in New York’s Times Square they might have expected to get some hits on YouTube (and they duly did). What they might not have anticipated, though, was that their public performances would make them the subject of a $1.8m deal with Sony. Oh, and it helps that the three members of Unlocking the Truth are no older than 13 and, let’s face it, black. Watch the band busking for their lives.
Two very different stories from the UK’s relatively recent past are about to hit the big screen. Pride (in cinemas 12 September) tells the story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who form an alliance with the striking miners in 1984 (cue Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Culture Club, Wham! etc). While Northern Soul (in cinemas 17 October) tells the story of two young friends who use American soul music to escape their small-town drudgery in 1974 (cue Edwin Starr, Linda Jones, Shirley Ellis etc). No ideas what the films are like but both soundtracks include obvious classics alongside forgotten gems such as King’s “Love and Pride” (on the Pride double CD).
OK, so Prince hasn’t always had the magic touch when it comes to picking female collaborators (remember the Sheena Easton episode, anyone?). But he seems to have found a winner in London singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas, currently at work on the follow-up to her impressive debut album. The first fruit of their musical collaboration is a song called “Clouds”, and rather lovely it is too.
Next week’s biggie
Nick Coleman reviews Robert Plant’s “soulsearching” new album Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar. Watch the official trailer.
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