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Wednesday 18 July 2012
How does it feel to be topping the bill at this year's Latitude?
Thursday 28 June 2012
If you ask me...
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Friday 04 March 2011
Described by her as akin to a sanctioned, temporary affair adding extra spice to her long-term relationship with Gossip, this four-track collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco plays to a different side of Beth Ditto's talent – one where her usual raw-throated rock power is restrained within the context of scudding electropop grooves. Though inspired by Grace Jones's new-wave disco torch-songs, the results are markedly dissimilar: Ditto's far too engaged a singer to emulate Jones's aloof cool, her tremulous vibrato animating "I Wrote the Book" and the uncertain emotional terrain of "Do You Need Someone", where she has to "bite my tongue, my feelings under lock and key". Indeed, over the languid, loping synth-bass groove of "Goodnight Good Morning", she sounds uncannily like Madonna.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Grace Jones's unconventionality obviously extends to her choice of maternity wear.
Friday 17 December 2010
It's a gross injustice that the Noisettes' greatest exposure to the record-buying public is via a car commercial (Don't Upset the Rhythm), because if there is anything to be learned from this gig, it is that they are infinitely more than an ad man's go-to band.
Friday 17 September 2010
A book of photographs by Pogus Caesar celebrating Britain's iconic black musicians is to be published next month.
Friday 13 August 2010
The remixers, Aeroplane, are well known for their chirpy nu-disco or Balearic remixes of Friendly Fires ("Paris"), Grace Jones ("Williams' Blood"), Robbie Williams ("Bodies") – now even a new and still unreleased recorded remix of George Michael ("Faith").
Monday 19 July 2010
Sadly I was only able to make one day of Lovebox this year, but either I picked the best day by far... or the whole festival must have been phenomenal.
Friday 14 May 2010
It was once home to some of the most notorious parties in Manhattan's history, a former church turned monument to pleasure where celebrities such as Grace Jones, Cher and Burt Reynolds partied alongside half-naked, chemically enhanced club kids to some of the hottest tunes in the city.
Thursday 29 April 2010
As a child, I was always terrified of Grace Jones. She was this demented collection of legs, cheekbones and thousand-yard stares, and she came with a fearsome reputation for being, basically, madder than a barrel of monkeys.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
Thursday 22 October 2009
One Fatwa, an assassination attempt and a, ahem, string of photogenic girlfriends: Salman Rushdie is no stranger to attention.
Friday 24 July 2009
Ben Bradshaw has always struck Pandora as a bit of a smooth mover. No surprise, then, to hear news of the Culture Secretary at last weekend's Latitude Festival in Suffolk ("the thinking man's Glastonbury," according to our man in wellies) doing what could be described as a "Bez" at the corner of the main stage – shaking his hips and shedding layers of clothes to the rhythmic pounding of Grace Jones' performance. Can it be true?
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