The "Summer Holiday" singer, 72, pays tribute to Elvis and Chuck Berry on his new LP
1950s Pop And Rock
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Saturday 31 August 2013
A second album since the mournful Ali Campbell was replaced as lead voice by his brother Duncan. And they have a theme.
Tuesday 25 June 2013
With no criticism of Spencer Leigh's well detailed Slim Whitman obituary (20 June), one item overlooked was the accomplishment that the singer didn't receive – a place in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, writes Tony Byworth.
Friday 08 March 2013
Devendra Banhart's last few albums left little impression, and despite moving to Warners' artists colony Nonesuch, his latest seems unlikely to arrest that trajectory.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has drawn criticism for his opening song “We saw your boobs” as well as his tasteless jokes about Jews, race and domestic violence.
Friday 22 February 2013
'I really want the two girls from Ladytron. I love them'
Sunday 20 January 2013
What most people know about Adam Ant's troubled 21st century is that he threw a car alternator through a pub window, waved a gun around and got sectioned. What fewer realise is he's been working on a comeback album. He's self-aware enough to acknowledge the situation in swamp-glam lead single "Cool Zombie" (interest declared: I'm in the video), with its references to "not playing with a full deck", and on Blueblack Hussar's title track, wherein he admits: "You know me, I go too far."
Wednesday 16 January 2013
DJ Steve Wright's weekly dedication show is ruled to have breached BBC guidelines after Radio 2 listeners were encouraged to leave requests for programmes which had already been recorded.
Sunday 16 December 2012
Red and green should never be seen. That's the rule, folks. That's the rule. Don't blame me, I didn't make it up. Them's the fashion fundamentals. Only, someone should probably have a word with the people who make Chrimbo sweaters, cos they're not listening. It's red (mainly) and green everywhere, because they are Jesus's favourite colours. Not really; we've got swathes of red because of Coca-Cola and the great Santa swindle, and we've a dash of green here and there because it's nice to have a reminder of a snog under the mistletoe.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Six decades into his remarkably consistent career, Fame has made one of his best albums: a bare-bones trio recorded in Slovenia with guitarist Primoz Grasic and bassist Mario Mavrin.
Thursday 27 September 2012
A final album on the cards?
Thursday 27 September 2012
John Walsh salutes Andy Williams, who has died of cancer aged 84
Thursday 14 June 2012
When Richard Branson was five years old his mother stopped the car, ordered him to get out and told him to make his own way to his grandparents' house. This, it turns out, wasn't an act of cruelty but an effective lesson in learning how to stand on your own two feet.
Monday 11 June 2012
Reclining over the backs of a line of men, a glamorous blonde coos at the audience. “Do you know,” she says, giggling, “under these clothes, I’m absolutely naked.” In fact, the characters of Pina Bausch’s Nur Du could have almost anything under their clothes, up to and including tiny white mice in a man’s makeshift plastic bra.
Saturday 21 April 2012
He persuaded his father to buy him his first guitar, for 15 shillings in London’s Petticoat Lane market
Sunday 15 April 2012
Golightly, best known outside the cognoscenti for duetting with Jack White on "It's True That We Love One Another", is on her 13th album now (not counting her work with Thee Headcoatees, among others), and Long Distance is no radical departure.
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