David Cameron and William Hague got into similar trouble, but for exactly opposite reasons. If the Foreign Secretary had said “stupid person” or (admittedly a bit of a mouthful for an impromptu sedentary aside) “stupid Honourable Member”, he’d be home free. As the lip reading consensus was that he muttered “stupid woman” while Cameron was answering, or more accurately not answering, a hostile question from Labour’s Cathy Jamieson, he quickly became Twitter villain of the day.
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Friday 19 June 2009
Thursday 11 June 2009
A prison mug shot of legendary music producer Phil Spector shows the man beneath the wigs.
Sunday 31 May 2009
Friday 29 May 2009
Thursday 21 May 2009
As befits a gig that sold out in four minutes, featuring one of the most important rock'n'roll bands of all time at one of London's most historically important small music venues, tonight's crowd are suitably ostentatious in their devotion to the New York Dolls.
Sunday 19 April 2009
"Who needs a stylist?" peripheral Royal Zara Phillips asked in an interview recently. There's only one answer to that, Zara. But her younger cousin Princess Eugenie has been more successful in the sartorial stakes, and regularly steps out in Issa and Luella Bartley. She was snapped frolicking in Thailand last week in an itsy-bitsy, teeny-queeny, stars'n'stripes bikini – blissfully unaware of the coup going on in Bangkok, no doubt, and making some political statements of her own. One can only presume that not since George III's anger at losing the colonies has the American flag been so close to a member of the British monarchy's rear quarters.
Saturday 18 April 2009
Wednesday 15 April 2009
Wednesday 25 March 2009
Sunday 08 March 2009
Saturday 14 February 2009
One of the most striking images of the early 1960s is of the Ronettes, two sisters – Ronnie and Estelle Bennett – and their cousin, Nadra Talley, exceptionally pretty with huge beehives and slim figures with tight-fitting dresses that split up right up their legs. Very different from the demure innocence of other girl groups, they sang the most sexually alluring songs of their generation. The Ronettes were supreme examples of Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound and Brian Wilson has described "Be My Baby" as the best pop record of all time.
Sunday 30 November 2008
There's a pleasing arrogance to Glasvegas, and it manifests itself in their decision to end their first full year as an overground band with a Christmas album.
Saturday 25 October 2008
Phil Spector was one of America's most prolific and enigmatic music producers – an impresario responsible for creating the most iconic songs of the Sixties and Seventies for the Beatles, Beach Boys and Tina Turner.
Thursday 03 July 2008
In the 1960s, Jerry Cole was one of America's most prolific guitarists, turning his hand to surf music, rock, country, jazz and blues and playing on sessions for Brian Wilson and Phil Spector. He would replace less proficient group members at recordings, making the acts sound better than they were.
Larry Levine: Gold Star recording engineer who played a crucial role in the building of Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound'
Tuesday 13 May 2008
The recording engineer is the producer's right-hand man, there to help capture a performance from the musicians and singers and mix all the elements into a coherent, cohesive whole, and it was in this crucial role that Larry Levine helped the legendary Phil Spector build his "Wall of Sound" in the Sixties.
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