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Music: Mr Love Pants hits his rhythm

Ian Dury and the Blockheads came out of the Essex badlands like a romp in a Cortina. Clever or what?

Pop: Reasons to be cheerful

"Oh Christ, yes. We'd be slaughtered if we didn't," shrieks Ian Dury when asked if he and the Blockheads will be playing the old favourites at their three big gigs this weekend. After all, songs like "Reasons To Be Cheerful", "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Sweet Gene Vincent" and many others are ingrained in the minds of all survivors of the punk era, and many others besides. "Luckily we have some new ones that can fit in with as much panache, and you can't say that about every band that has recovered after 17 years," continues Dury with that cheeky trademark Essex tongue.

Interview: Carleen Anderson - The soul diva of Surrey

In the States, she shared a stage with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. But it is since settling in England that Carleen Anderson has found solo success, a passionate following - and a place to call home

Pop Review: Crown Jools

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Buy me: John Smedley jumper, pounds 73.

Gone are the days when men wore ghastly patterned jumpers or knitted tank tops over a shirt and tie to work. Instead, modern men are being encouraged to forgo the shirt and tie look altogether and wear fine-knit jumpers under their suits. John Smedley call this "Slouchy but Smart" dressing and have dedicated their autumn/winter catalogue to it.

Living in the past

The new Oasis album has the swagger and singability we've come to expect. But, warns Andy Gill, don't expect innovation

Stay on the scene

They are retro and populist. So, asks Anthony Thornton, are Ocean Colour Scene destined to be hated?

Pop: A Day at the Races/ Paul Weller Crystal Palace, London

There were nine support acts on Saturday's Day at the Races bill, and even though most of them were on and off quicker than novice broncobusters, you had to be selective to avoid aural burn-out. Wisely, an hour's break was scheduled between Skunk Anansie's exit and Paul Weller's entrance. Finally, the Modfather took us all by surprise and bounded on 15 minutes early. I don't know what they're cutting his Sanatogen with these days, but it certainly makes him get his skates on.

ROCK: Go on Paul, give it a bit of Weller

Some music gives your earlobes a light caress, some music cracks you over the head with a sledgehammer. The music of Paul Weller (Cheltenham Town Hall, Thurs) gets you into a brawl. "The Changing Man" and "Peacock Suit" pack a punch, but most of his material is less insistent, preferring to pull your jumper over your head and shove you around. They're scuffed, rough, sweaty songs, not clean or clear - and not at all like Eric Clapton's, as The Face's anti-Weller campaign had it.

Lyric sheets Paul Weller has released a new album

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