Smoking is the hazy fug of a 1930s jazz club, the deadline mist of a 1970s newsroom and the chocolate-wood smell of my granddad’s lounge circa 1988
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Monday 27 June 2011
Friday 19 November 2010
Lead vocals - Bessie Smith & Solomon Burke
I could listen to Bessie Smith all day. Solomon Burke sadly died last month but I toured with him; he was amazing. His vocals inspired people like Van Morrison and Otis Redding.
Sunday 14 November 2010
Newsflash: He hasn't gone dubstep.
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Mark Ronson has developed an unfortunate habit of putting his foot in it (you'd almost think he had a new album to promote). First, there was his comment, in an interview with Esquire, that he regretted dating a certain 'It' girl: "I look back on it," he lamented, "and think, 'God, did I really just step into the cliché like that?'" Said cliché was, gossips presumed, his relationship with model Daisy Lowe, whom he ran into at the GQ Men of the Year awards, to which she was accompanied by her new boyfriend, Doctor Who. Then, on Friday night, Ronson told Jools Holland that as a producer, he had taken Amy Winehouse's demos and from them "created" the hits on her album Back to Black. "[R]onson you're dead to me", Winehouse tweeted in response, "one album I write an [sic] you take half the credit – make a career out of it? don't think so BRUV". The lingo is authentic, though Ms Winehouse's account remains unverified by Twitter HQ (so may not, in fact, really be hers). It's also possible she was joking.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
Dylan Jones: 'I became obsessed with ‘Wichita Lineman’ – I even wrote about the song for this newspaper'
Saturday 12 June 2010
For years I thought I was the only person who liked Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" (Capitol Records, 1968); in truth I thought I was the only person who had heard of it. The song was as much a part of my childhood as the other records my parents filled the house with, and along with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Matt Monroe, Nina and Frederick and John Barry (whose "Vendetta" was my co-favourite song as a boy), the work of Campbell saturated my life.
Saturday 30 January 2010
There's been an incident. Thanks to the internet, I've heard all about it before we even meet. Shortly before she sets out from her rented flat in Islington to the private members' club in central London where we are destined to share afternoon tea, Paloma Faith broadcasts the breaking news on Twitter: "ho hum! i didnt get nominated for a brit award but nor did amy [Winehouse] on her first album so i will try not to get upset". But she is upset, and by the time she arrives at our chosen destination, she is very upset indeed.
Last Night's Television: Sleep With Me, ITV1<br/>Alan Carr: Chatty Man, New Year's Special, Channel 4
Friday 01 January 2010
Wednesday 18 November 2009
This is Friday night," Black Joe Lewis reminds the crowd as they happily howl for more. "Don't y'all got nothing better to do?" Not now, they don't.
Friday 09 October 2009
David Cameron may have announced plans to promote his former leader Iain Duncan Smith, but there remain no such assurances for the party's long-serving henchman David Davis.
Tuesday 22 September 2009
In the true tradition of folk, singer-songwriter Alela Diane's shows are a family affair. Her father Tom Menig plays guitar and mandolin, while her boyfriend is the bassist.
Saturday 19 September 2009
Wednesday 02 September 2009
With his lanky frame, blond fringe, cheeky smile and floral shirts and ties, Simon Dee was among the most recognisable faces of the Swinging Sixties. His combination of lighthearted banter and music was a winning combination for both his radio programmes and his television series, Dee Time. However his fall from grace, which was largely of his own making, was spectacular and he never regained his popularity.
Monday 27 July 2009
Friday 26 June 2009
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'