Listen to the tracks mentioned in Caught in the Net below:
No Wave (punk)
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Captain Beefheart: Influential singer who brought the avant garde to rock music before forging a successful career as a painter
Monday 20 December 2010
"Enigmatic" and "idiosyncratic" are the default adjectives often used to define performers who fail to engage with the mainstream, but they do describe the American singer and composer Captain Beefheart most appositely.
Friday 10 December 2010
Sunday 05 December 2010
Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest: take the in-your-face electro pop of, say, Hot Chip and then, instead of singing in that wry, detached art-school way, be a bit shouty and angry and punk rock.
Sunday 05 December 2010
In between the Stooges and The Idiot, Iggy and his guitarist mate recorded this set of demos: a sort of torrid Stooges-meets-the-Rolling-Stones shakedown of the Ig's favourite urban-angst themes.
Saturday 04 December 2010
A week after the Australian band Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, James Freud – who had his biggest success with them in the mid-1980s – took his own life. Freud had a long history of alcoholism and had made several suicide attempts after his career stalled in the late '80s.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Friday 19 November 2010
Who knew nihilist emo-punk could be so theatrical? My Chemical Romance revealed their penchant for the grand conceit with 2006's The Black Parade, a concept album about cancer that featured a queasy onstage mix of Busby Berkeley and pyrotechnics.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
A new exhibition of work by Mick Rock, often referred to as ‘The man who shot the Seventies,’ opens in London tomorrow.
Monday 01 November 2010
Friday 22 October 2010
With her tumbling dreadlocks, mouthy righteousness and determined mission to mash down Babylon, Ari Up was the personification of 1977's Bob Marley song "Punky reggae party". Her later lifestyle was peripatetic, as she moved around the globe, but especially between London, Jamaica, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Such journeying partially explains why Trapped Animal, the 2009 album by her group, the Slits, and the first since their 2006 reunion, should have been nominated in both the reggae and world-music sections for next year's Grammy awards.
Thursday 21 October 2010
Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon is mourning the death of his step-daughter Ari Up, herself a punk star.
Friday 01 October 2010
Monday 20 September 2010
There's nothing like a dame, especially when it comes to creating atmosphere. That's what Dame Vivienne Westwood has proved season after season and her Red Label show at London Fashion Week yesterday was no different.
Monday 13 September 2010
The setting is a Stockport grammar school. The stage is a dank, dusty library. The players are a bunch of precocious middle-class 17-year-olds. But the audience watching seven girls and boys holed up together revising for their A-level mocks is anything but bored.
Friday 10 September 2010
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death