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Sunday 02 February 1997
There Are three easy ways to impress your friends with your rock'n'roll punditry and precognition. The first is to listen to the Radio 1 breakfast show. If you hear any band names you don't recognise, feel free to quote them whenever someone asks you to predict the next big thing. The second is to watch the ITV Chart Show and repeat the above instructions. The third way is to go to the NME's Brat shows at the London Astoria, or to their touring counterpart, the Bratbus. There are four upcoming bands on each bill, mind, so you have to be selective in your endorsements. Last year's travelling line-up included Heavy Stereo (who have just been dropped by their record company) and Fluffy (we can but hope). But each gig is an early chapter in at least as many success stories.
Friday 29 March 1996
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan annoys purists, but he is also dragging qawwali into the 21st century.
Sunday 11 February 1996
FIRST THERE was Debbie Harry. Then there was Deborah Harry. Now, as Deborah Harry and the Jazz Passengers, the original rock babe has become ... the Baroness von Swimmingbag.
Sunday 28 January 1996
Next month Deborah Harry is singing at a small London club. To celebrate, Nicholas Barber gave the original Blondie a ring
Friday 03 November 1995
The castrato may be dead, if temporarily exhumed in the film Farinelli, but men singing like women remains a pop phenomenon. Barney Hoskyns reaches for the high notes, while (below) two of our finest falsettos talk (like a man)
Tuesday 20 June 1995
Frank Zappa wrote songs about things that grow fur at the back of the fridge, and from the beginning of time people have made songs which reflect the fabric of their everyday lives. So what's gone wrong with our song tradition in Britain? Time was, if you wanted to express what you felt you might make up your own song. These days you buy a CD and hope to experience the feelings second hand.
Growing up in a purple haze; Flower power may have wilted, but the movement's grown-up children are taking over the music business.
Thursday 13 April 1995
There was a time when almost all pop musicians had the same childhood. It went: working-class roots; disruptive at school; start smoking at 13; hear Elvis / Jerry Lee Lewis / Chuck Berry on the radio; form raucous R&B combo with friends in an effort to rebel against stifling establishment. In biographies of 1960s pop stars, the first 40 pages usually write themselves.
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
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- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds