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Switched-on advertisers ready for a rave

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'

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.

William Donaldson's Week: Not a drop for Mrs Matthews

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

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.

MUSIC / Never Jam today: Paul Weller - Royal Albert Hall

'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.

ROCK / Good to be back inside that fence

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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