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He was loathed and admired in equal measure as producer of some of the most successful and superficial music of the Eighties. And now Pete Waterman's threatening to do it all once more.

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Once a prime candidate for burn-out, Robbie Williams is now a shining star. Fiona Sturges is stunned

THE DEATH OF A ROCK STAR

The coroner's verdict on the death of Michael Hutchence was suicide. But Paula Yates, the singer's girlfriend, claims that other forces were at work. So what really happened on the night of 21 November 1997? And why?

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Lads are dead, long live blokes

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Music: Spice Girls out of tune

The Spice Girls may have had the number one single over Christmas and the biggest movie opening weekend of the year but they have been voted the worst band of 1997 in a Melody Maker readers' poll.

The Christmas Quiz

It's nearly 1998 - but how much of 1997 can you remember? Test your wits with our annual quiz, compiled by Fiona Sturges. (Answers: page 34)

TV Review: Light Lunch

The off-hand, let's-just-have-fun style of `Light Lunch' probably takes an hour in make-up to achieve. They swan in dressed to the nines and perfectly coiffed and then have to be reverse-engineered into a condition of studenty scruffiness.

Stars turn out to mourn Hutchence in Sydney

The funeral of the singer Michael Hutchence took place yesterday in Australia, watched by millions of viewers who saw it broadcast live. The coffin was draped with 500 irises and a single tiger-lily, representing the singer's 16-month-old daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, who was cradled by her mother, Paula Yates.

Cries and Whispers: Always on the offensive - as long as it doesn't mean Diana

As if the revival of the heinous "Candle in the Wind" weren't enough, the reverberations from the death of Diana still rumble around the pop world. Primal Scream and 2K (aka KLF) both postponed the gigs they'd scheduled for the week after the tragedy. Kylie Minogue swapped the original title of her new album, Impossible Princess, for the feeble alternative, Kylie Minogue. Denim delayed a single called "Summer Smash", and Del Amitri shelved the release of "Medicine", whose lyrics contain a fleeting mention of a "wreckage".

Buy me: Clarks court shoes, pounds 55

It started last year with The Verve and Oasis wearing Clarks desert boots and lace-up schoolteacher shoes, both part of their Originals range. Pop endorsement has seen Originals elevated to cult status; they are now sold alongside trainers in fashionable urban hangouts. Next for the Clarks make-over treatment are their women's shoes. The Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue aren't swanning around in them yet, but women who can't afford to spend pounds 100 and more for well-made, classic shoes will welcome them.
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