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The son also rises

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'I spot someone I'm sure I know. The eyebrows, the lope - Liam Gallagher'

Saturday night Sunday morning

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RECORDS: NEW RELEASES

Iggy Pop: Naughty Little Doggy (Virgin, CD/ LP/tape). Mr Pop has said he flung this album together in a hurry to pay the rent, but the only evidence of undue haste is in the production: the guitars are yapping instead of barking their heads off. Otherwise, Naughty Little Doggy confirms Iggy's standing alongside Neil Young and former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer in a trinity of pensionable Americans who still do the brawny rock thing as well as ever. The reason that Pop remains a master of adolescent riff- fests is that he has the hormones of a teenager. He is the older generation's degenerate. But the hedonism is tempered with hindsight, and the record finishes with "Look Away", a requiem for his fellow proto-punk, Johnny Thunders. Naughty but nice. Nicholas Barber

A chance for harmony amid the Mostar ruins

CHILDREN OF WAR APPEAL

Born-again to rock 'n' roll

Old rockers never die - Freddie Mercury and John Lennon both have new Christmas singles. An occasion for celebration or mourning? By Jim White

Chart row over bands' charity act

JOHN McKIE

Pop: DR ROBERT Blue Note, London

The floorplan of the cramped Blue Note club poses problems for any artist wishing to convey that little extra gravitas. To reach the stage, you must nudge through those crowded on the stairway before negotiating a hop into the spotlight. It's hard to act the star when you're beating a path through your fans with a flurry of "excuse me's" and "mind yer backs". But Dr Robert took it on the chin like the star that he isn't but should be.

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TICKET OFFER: PHOENIX FESTIVAL

The 1995 Phoenix Festival runs from 13 to 16 July and features more than 200 acts. Rock legend Bob Dylan headlines and other acts include The Fall, Public Enemy and Paul Weller. The headline sponsor is Carlsberg and, in the small hours, the Carlsberg stage will provide cabaret and a chill-out zone. Probably one of the the best music festivals of 1995. Info: 0181-963 0940.

ROCK : What those seeing Bernard Butler saw

OPENING for McAlmont and Butler at the Hanover Grand on Tuesday was Edwyn Collins, once of Orange Juice, now more bitter lemon. As romantic as a tax demand, he sneered through "The Campaign for Real Rock", word- playing rough with "Robert Zimmerframe" and a generation whose "idea of counter-culture is Momma's charge account at Sears". "These lyrics are written to be quoted by rock critics," someone near me muttered, which was embarrassing as I had lifted a couplet from that very song to use in last week's paper.
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