One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?
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Wednesday 15 September 2010
Tonight's opening track, "If I Had a Heart", begins with a long, sawing build up of noise, before two green lasers shoot out at the crowd. The stage lights up, albeit too dimly to see the performers' faces (and they'll remain shrouded for the entire gig), as a series of old-fashioned lampshades pulse on and off, like jellyfish wafting through a murky sea. The synths wave over you and then the vocals arrive, with a murkiness and muddiness to match. The bass is so loud my nose begins to itch.
Sunday 22 August 2010
Tuesday 10 August 2010
Monday 24 May 2010
Through the haze of hairspray, the jungle of permed hair and the suffocating corsetry of ultra-tight jeans, it can be hard to remember that there were some good things about the Eighties.
Monday 12 April 2010
As a scruffy London market is granted listed status, Tom Mendelsohn looks at how stallholders across the country are resisting attempts to smarten them up
Thursday 01 April 2010
Two robbers who stabbed a drug dealer during a botched armed raid were convicted of murder today.
Friday 08 January 2010
This cross-cultural saga based on three generations of Sri Lankans – the youngest of whom, Alice Fonseka, winds up in Lambeth – picks up the threads of Roma Tearne's previous two novels: civil war in Sri Lanka, Tamil terrorism and immigration.
Friday 04 December 2009
Friday 26 June 2009
Tuesday 23 June 2009
Tuesday 02 June 2009
Four Morrissey concerts called off due to illness will go ahead later this summer, it was announced.
Sunday 24 May 2009
MGPA, the Australian fund backed by Macquarie Group, has emerged as one of the parties in early talks to buy Brixton, the struggling property company with £1.72bn of assets.
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Tuesday 21 April 2009
Puppetry, penises and paper bags: sounds about right for a show about the poster boy of paganism, the priapic goat of the Arcadian greensward, doesn't it? Phelim McDermott, leading light of Improbable, is the perfect Pan, too, gimlet-eyed, round-bellied and naughty.
Sunday 12 April 2009
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'