The loudest buzz in US rock music circles - apart from the UK techno/trip- hop/drum-and-bass invasion, saddled here with the ungainly umbrella term, "electronica" - is centred on a couple of teen bands, younger even than the likes of Ash and Bis. Texan trio Radish were at the centre of a bidding war recently that left 15-year-old singer-songwriter Ben Kweller with a multi-million-dollar deal. Marginally cooler and much cuter are the Dust Brothers-produced Hanson, three delightful boys aged, 16, 13 and - no, seriously - 11. Get this: Beck's dad guests on their album.
When Ellen DeGeneres finally emerged from the closet, reactions were predictable all round: Time mistook it for news and put it on their cover, lesbian groups announced a Come Out with Ellen Day (which shouldn't be taken as come out like Ellen, or else it'll take forever,) and the televangelist Jerry Falwell, frothing about Ellen "DeGenerate", called on advertisers to boycott the sitcom Ellen. If anything, there now seems to be a clamour for commercial spots on the episode in which DeGeneres's character comes out, and ABC is keeping certain advertisers away - it has, ironically, refused to run an ad from a cruise company that caters to gay customers. The promo, which shows two women kissing on the deck of an ocean liner, has been branded an "advocacy ad" - strange excuse for a network that last month declared an official "March against drugs".Reuse content