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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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`Take any romantic record of the last 25-30 years and you've heard Gene Page's work. He was a spectacular arranger. No one could put together cellos, French horns and violins like him'

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The control freak

In the Sixties, record producer Phil Spector was the obsessive button-pusher and knob-twiddler who created the 'wall of sound'. Today he stands accused of cheating his ex-wife Ronnie, and their former band The Ronnettes, out of millions of dollars. And, in the courtroom, he's still calling the tune

Music: Return of the First Lady of Immediate

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Rude words from Prodigy at the music awards

Given a combination of The Prodigy, Chris Evans, the Spice Girls and Oasis, the Q Magazine music awards could hardly have been anything but a PR man's dream yesterday. They did not disappoint.

Pop music: Minimalist with the mostest

La Monte Young is the grand old man of minimalism. His influence has been felt in most major strands of music, pop and classical, since the Sixties, yet few actually know his work. Robert Worby looks back at Young's life and previews an all-star benefit gig in aid of the composer's wife and collaborator, Marian Zazeela

CINEMA : Surely the Sixties weren't this dull

IN ALLISON Anders's segment of Four Rooms, Madonna's coven of witches attempt to conjure a goddess from a cauldron of frogs, dogs and Tim Roth's sperm. The balance of ingredients couldn't have been right: Amanda de Cadenet rises from the pot. Something similar afflicts the director's latest confection, Grace of My Heart (15), an attempt to relate the history of Sixties pop through the predictably disastrous love life of a singer/songwriter heroine, Denise Waverley (Illeana Douglas).

Beth Orton The Garage, London

"This is my favourite," said Beth Orton. "It's called `Galaxy of Emptiness' and I like it because I'm a miserable cow." Backtrack to 1990, and the age of the shoegazer, and you'd be bracing yourself for a deafening wall of noise that used to have a tune attached.

Obituary: Irwin Levine

During the Iran hostage crisis in 1978, the wives, sweethearts and relatives of many Americans who had been prisoners of the Vietcong took their cue from a current popular song, and tied yellow ribbons to trees as a gesture of solidarity. Irwin Levine's sentimental "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" became the unofficial anthem of that troubled time.

Spectre in the court

Yesterday, a rare sighting: Phil Spector, legendary crazed pop genius, came to a London court to reclaim the song inspired by his father's gravestone.

For as long as pop music is heard, everyone will listen to Leiber and Stoller. Except Jerry Leiber

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller opened recently in London. It's hardly a musical in the conventional sense - no book, no plot - just a bunch of songs, tightly drilled and blasted right up into the cheap seats. But what a bunch. "Hound Dog", "On Broadway", "Love Potion Number Nine", "Spanish Harlem", "Stand by Me"... What must it be like to be the creators of this giant catalogue of seminal pop hits?

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