Pop; Sleeve notes
Saturday 09 January 1999
In the main, most of the above proved that it takes more than a successful showbiz father or mother to make it. But in the case of the Webb Brothers, they have the distinct advantage of having the best possible songwriting genes thanks to their father Jimmy Webb, who wrote such classics as "Galveston", "Wichita Lineman" and also "MacArthur Park". However Christian and Justin Webb don't seem to have had much help from their dad, eschewing the LA scene and spending time in Boston before moving to Chicago. Their material is a top-notch brand of laid-back rock with warm melancholic tones; they also seem to have inherited an ear for a tune from the old man. The pair are due to make their first UK appearances this week (see Best Gigs, opposite) and have the excellent "Excerpts from the Biosphere" EP released this week as a limited-edition seven-inch on the Easy Tiger! label.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
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