Arts and Entertainment

When you're hot … Nile Rodgers has every right to do this in the glow of his Daft Punk moment, namely to rake the coals of his august 1970s/1980s Chic "Organization" – less a disco group than a business model, more an aesthetic code than a production style.

First Night: The Long Blondes, Amersham Arms, London

Not yet great, but proof that many Long Blondes can still have fun

Style Police: It's a jungle out there

Animal prints are loud and excessive this autumn. Think Bet Lynch on a bad day, says James Sherwood

REAL CLOTHES

Alice Old, 10

Terry Wogan is a SAGA kind of guy. So is Des Lynam . But then, so too is ......... You can't pigeon hole Britain's growing army of over- fifties. They've cast off their slippers, chucked out their flasks and now, with the help of their own radio station, the baby boomers are hell-bent on world domination. You have been warned...

"All we need," sang Freddie Mercury to gleeful crowds of twentysomethings at the Live Aid concert, "is Radio Gaga..." Fourteen years on, nearly 50,000 ageing readers of Saga magazine have decided that, give or take a consonant, it's all they need. Of the multitude of over-fifties who responded to a questionnaire published recently in the million-selling Crumblies' Monthly, an overwhelming four-fifths said they would like a radio station which was like "a broadcast version" of the magazine.

Arts and Books: The Week in Review

THE FILM

Fashion: The Style Police: Tales from the trailer park

Forget about boho chic and urban wear, Blondie's back in town and that can only mean one thing: trash glamour is making a comeback. James Sherwood reports

Album revews

Blondie "No Exit" (Beyond) Debbie Harry has re-started where she left off - which is somewhere in the miserable, kitsch 1980s. This "pop" album drops in ska, blues, prog, hillbilly, folk and basically every other influence and it's all - with the possible exception of the "Maria" single - painful. A sad and unnecessary album. H

The flying Scotswoman

Shirley Manson from Garbage is rarely at home. Glyn Brown finds out why

Why are they famous: Debbie Harry

Main Claim

Pop: Still a hit girl after all these years

BLONDIE

Jazz: Very post-mod: very New York

"SO YOU all come from round here?", John Lurie asks the audience at Salisbury Playhouse, in a transaction that could one day be used for an academic paper on "Problems of Communication in Socio-Linguistics". No one replies. "There's no need to be so blase," he continues. "I mean, you live next to Stonehenge, right?" Still no reply. "I live next to the World Trade Center," Lurie deadpans. "But we know how that was constructed." Well I laughed, anyway. Looking like a particularly degenerate bank manager in his baggy grey suit, Lurie demonstrated the differences in social manners between Wiltshire and the Lower East Side all too well. He also played the saxophone and led his nine-piece band, the Lounge Lizards, up what often seemed a long and very hard climb, until at last they reached the summit (as in the end of their set-list), and were even forced to come back and do an encore.

Blondie legend swings back into vogue

DEBBIE HARRY, the face of the Seventies pop group Blondie, sang for a jazz band at the Barbican in London last night after confirming that her pop comeback plans were in full swing.

And we thought it was all over. Well it isn't now

REMEMBER the 1970s? Currently undergoing a revival, with a recent festival on the South Bank in London and the success of nostalgic films like Boogie Nights, they were chiefly famous for - what exactly? Ted Heath, Olivia Newton John, Jim Callaghan, glam rock, The Generation Game, the Queen's silver jubilee, folk groups with singers who cupped their hands over their ears - and Saturday Night Fever. When I went to see the new stage version in London last week, the audience consisted mainly of people who were too young to remember the movie, although John Travolta's white suit has clearly inscribed itself deep into the collective unconscious.

Pop: Justified confidence

theaudience 100 Club, London

Hit or miss... it's a hard day's Spice

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