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The reciprocal half of Gabriel’s I’ll-cover-yours-if-you’ll-cover-mine project Scratch My Back, in which his correspondents respond to his proposition by covering PG songs in return - a round dozen of them, including “Biko”, “Shock the Monkey” and, ill-advisedly, “Don’t Give Up”.

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Pop: Moving, but little commotion

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First And Last

From the record collection of tanita Tikaram

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This summer, it's a case of simply Nico and very Marilyn. Bridget Virden on underground clubbing's answer to the Factory

Five fading careers revived on celluloid

1 Wet Wet Wet: 'Love Is All Around' - 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'

Oh, it's such a perfect song

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Blurred vision at the Beeb

Aunty's perfect day

Film: House of America Marc Evans (15)

You know you are in capable hands right at the beginning of House of America, when the film cuts from the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man", in which Lou Reed sings "Here he comes all dressed in black", to a shot of a young man in a banana-yellow cagoule astride a motorbike that refuses to do anything more than splutter pathetically. Few film- makers choose to exploit the tension and humour that a conflicting use of sound and image can create, but the first-time director Marc Evans perfectly captures the gulf between fantasy and reality with that single, witty juxtaposition.

Media: Good Ad Bad Ad-Leagus Delaney BBC

In which a leading advertising expert picks some of the best and worst around. This week Dave Buonoguidi, joint creative director, St Luke's, on television commercials high and low

Oh such a perfect ad - but we'll just keep you hanging on for the CD

The BBC's star-studded version of a Lou Reed classic looks a certain hit. But there are complications. Vanessa Thorpe reports

Review: POP: Lou Reed Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London

It was shortly after one of his greatest triumphs that Lou Read began to slip. New York, recorded in 1989, was his critical and commercial vindication. It convinced Reed that he was rock's premiere poet, a respectable artist. The results on record have been mixed but live they've been the death of him. The unpredictability of his old, wired days has been replaced by shows typified by a 1989 tour, which is still remembered with a shiver, when he played his current album with note-perfect reverence, made identical "asides" to the audience each night and played an encore of old songs with utter contempt.

Rock: Listen carefully: Mansun only play once

Rejoice! rejoice! A no-encore gig! Paul Draper pushed his guitar up against an amp, the noise buckled and crashed ... and that was it. Mansun had left the building, and Abba's "Dancing Queen" was already blaring from the PA. Excellent. I know that not everybody shares my loathing of the cliched, insincere "encore" ritual, when the singer bids us goodnight knowing full well he's going to reappear two minutes later. But I also know that encores are so pervasive that when a group doesn't do them, it merits a mention. Besides, the last young bands I saw who skipped the insulting formality were Suede and Oasis. Is Mansun's omission an intimation of similar greatness? In their own minds, definitely.

MUSIC: Charlie Barber and band; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

If crossing the borders between different forms has become one of the most distinctive attributes of contemporary "straight" music, there's still a slightly schoolboyish transgressive thrill to be had by hearing The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" in a concert programme. Arranged by Barnaby Oliver for Barber's 12-piece band, Lou Reed's epic thrash retained its essential elements, the three-chord trick of the original stretched to breaking-point by thrumming strings, blasting horns and satisfyingly noisy percussion. With Philip Glass having already made symphonies out of Bowie's Low and Heroes, an oratorio based on the works of Johnny Moped surely can't be far behind.

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