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Sunday 25 April 1993
RAVE culture is forcing advertisers to rethink the way they try to sell to young people. According to research for advertising agencies, young people of the Nineties are less materialistic, more creative and more media-literate than five years ago.
RIFFS / The soul singer Ephraim Lewis celebrates the vocal duet at the heart of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'
Thursday 22 April 1993
WHEN Marvin Gaye made the album What's Going On, Motown was still a bit of a hit factory, producing poppy love songs and mundane lyrics. The title track, though, was a lament about ghetto life, and opened the way for people to get more serious. The most startling thing about 'What's Going On' is Gaye's voice: it's as though he's singing a duet with himself. He sings a mid-range lead line, then there's a falsetto track over the top, which is like another lead in itself. Marvin saw himself as a composer - he did things that aren't regular soul or gospel things. The tone of his mid-range is sandpapery and cool, in the frequency of a tenor sax, while the falsetto is smooth and silky like a woodwind. One moment he has perfect control, then when he goes into the reprise after the second chorus, his voice almost breaks with passion. The songs starts with the toms playing the main riff, and it doesn't really end; the rhythm track just bleeds into the next track, 'What's Happening Brother?'. To me, it's inseparable from the whole album.
Saturday 20 March 1993
IN SIX months there won't be anything on our TV screens, and a good thing, too, you may think. This is because Marcus Plantin, ITV's new scheduling supremo, refuses to be hurried - and quite rightly, in my opinion - in making his decisions. I discovered this when I tried to get Mrs Matthews grassed up in a prime-time slot by one of those priggish young men who expose street fiends from the back of a transit van.
CONFERENCE / Unconventional acts: Philip Sweeney reports from MIDEM in Cannes - a stew of music, business and Thai disco sensations
Friday 29 January 1993
The middle-aged men in baseball caps are back on the Croisette. The Hotel Martinez is raking in its annual windfall from 40F beers handed down by sweating barmen like emergency rations to the milling throng of 2am networkers. The 27th edition of MIDEM, the world music business trade fair, is back in town.
Thursday 15 October 1992
'HRRMPH. Not like the drugs he used to take,' said a loud Geordie to his mate as they wended their way through the corridors of the Albert Hall after Paul Weller's Tuesday night show. The confused punter was not alone in expecting some speed-fuelled rants from the Jam catalogue, followed by a dollop of the Cappuccino Kid's sweet jazz balladry from his Style Council days. But, as Weller wearily points out in every interview, he can't stand the idea of resting on his laurels and churning out a hit parade.
Sunday 30 August 1992
THE BIG corrugated iron fence that protects the world from the Reading Festival is every bit as ugly as it was in the dark days when Bonnie Tyler dodged volleys of urine-filled cider bottles. This year, there are reasons why a person of sound mind might want to be inside that fence.
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Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition