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FOR SEVERAL thousand years, nobody paid much attention to the live band at gigs. The Plato Experience, the Rockin' Togas, the Hey Nonny No Band, Jake and his Jacobeans, Gus and his Augustans, and every other combo throughout history were just there to provide the sounds; nobody wanted to watch them, just to dance to them. What, after all, was there to watch?

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The British aren't coming. Last week when our pop industry purred through the Brit Awards, its annual bout of televised self-importance, there was only one British single in the American Top 30: Rod Stewart and Sting helping the Canadian Bryan Adams groan his way though 'All for Love'. Meanwhile the highest placed British album in Billboard's top 50 was Rod Stewart's Unplugged and Unseated - not exactly suffering from vertigo at number 43.

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ARTS / Lives of the Great Songs: But it's lasted so very long: You Send Me: Some songs are born great. And some have greatness thrust upon them. Nick Hornby continues our series

SAM COOKE may or may not have been the first soul singer, just as Iggy Pop may or may not have been the first punk, and Joe Turner the first rock'n'roll singer, and 'Mouldy Old Dough' by Lieutenant Pigeon the first ambient house record. It doesn't really matter much either way. But Cooke is certainly the first and most uncomplicated example of a gospel singer who went secular to make hits.

Riffs: Paul Westerberg on Terry Reid

'STAY with Me Baby' is one of those yearning songs that travelling musicians often write - one which conjures up the feelings you get when you never have time to meet anyone, or if you do, then you're only going to be with them for one night. It's like the Rod Stewart song, 'Stay with Me', only this is very much the flip-side of that. That song has a kind of raunchy, arrogant swagger to it, whereas 'Stay with Me Baby' is more about pleading to be saved from loneliness. There have been good soul versions of this song, but my preferred one is by Terry Reid, recorded in 1969. Our manager in the early days was a great record collector, and he made me a tape of this song which we would listen to in the van, normally at night, after a show, when none of us had anyone to stay with. The instrumentation features a big Hammond organ, bass and drums, and then Reid's voice - which is one of the great rock screams of all time. I've always liked songs which use just one voice and no backgrounds, so you get the power of the single delivery, undistracted. I met Reid once in LA. He was more of a regular guy than I thought. I mean, he doesn't have a whole lot of teeth, and he looked like he'd been up for a week and a half - a battered old cat, but give him a guitar and he was a young man again with the voice of an angel.

MUSIC / It could never happen here . . . could it?: British country. What a concept. But some claim the music works, even in smoky mountain-free Hull. By Jasper Rees

THERE are only two things wrong with British country. One, it's British: two, it's country. Or so public preconception would have it. If there's one brand of music that stands even less chance of local chart success than hat acts from over there, it's hat acts from over here. Just ask Hank Wangford.

MUSIC / Respect, just a little bit: Andre Harrell has big plans for Uptown Records. So an Unplugged showcase should do him no harm. Joseph Gallivan reports

'YES. It's a black thing.' Andre Harrell, 32, the president of fashionable Uptown Records label in New York, is talking about how the company has just become the first complete record label to showcase on MTV's Unplugged acoustic slot.

It's all right - he's on the label: Question: is Rod Stewart a) a comedian, b) a Hello] photo-spread, c) a singer? Answer: a, b and c, but not necessarily in that order

IN a miniature cinema in central London, record company employees and press people gather to watch the first screening of Rod Stewart, Unplugged. Unplugged is a series made by the video channel MTV, in which top pop acts play their greatest hits without the benefit of electrical instruments. It's the first good idea to come out of a satellite television station, and many of the artists like the results so much, they release the soundtracks as albums: Paul McCartney first, then Eric Clapton, then Bruce Springsteen. And now Rod Stewart, who is here for the premiere in a white suit and a pair of glasses.

Fashion: Cut out for stardom: Eat your heart out, Armani - Angelica now wears Richard Tyler. Richard who? Marion Hume and Roger Tredre find out

BEHOLD the man most likely to become fashion's next international star. The designer tipped to make a rare addition to the super-league - up there with Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein - creates strong, modern tailoring. But unlike Giorgio and Calvin, this new name isn't sleek. Richard Tyler is an Australian who likes beer and cricket and sports 'old rocker' shaggy hair.

Bunhill: Looking at success

FROM one man and a model that will rise to five storeys to another who settles for making a living out of the scale models themselves. Chris Guest is head of Corgi, the toy car maker. His company, now part of Mattel of the US, has made 25 million cars since its formation in 1956, making it 'Britain's biggest car maker'. Last year, it sold dollars 40m ( pounds 26.6m) worth worldwide. 'We sell more cars to Japan than the Japanese sell here,' he quipped.

Education: Please Sir, pump up the volume: When Tuxford School's band steps out of the recording studio to do a gig, the headteacher comes along as roadie. Julia Hagedorn reports

ON NIGHTS such as this, a school minibus sets out from a rural comprehensive in Nottinghamshire laden with about 20 youngsters and all the paraphernalia it takes to set up a disco, including smoke and pyrotechnics. Tuxford School's live band, Showcase, is on the way to its latest gig, usually accompanied by the most enthusiastic 'roadie' of them all, Keith Atkinson, the headteacher.

ROCK / Rook'n'roll just refuses to die

MANY A high street is currently missing its Christmas lights, and the finger of suspicion points at Atlanta timewarp rockers the Black Crowes. Strung out across the profusion of camouflage netting above, behind and in front of the Brixton Academy stage, the borrowed bulbs twinkle cheekily. The decor sounds the evening's only note of originality. The band are tangled up in a net of their own, unwilling or unable to shake themselves free of an Anglo- American ramalama heritage mapped out by a hulking gamut of Seventies cock-rockers, from the Faces to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

TELEVISION / Wendy becomes a habit

SISTER Wendy's Odyssey (BBC 2) opened with a scene of embowered retreat, a caravan amongst a tangle of trees from which, it is suggested, our presenter has been coaxed to stand dazzled in the light of paintings seen for the first time. As Sister Wendy has appeared on a chat show, served on at least one artistic jury and conducted a reasonable career as a freelance writer, you might be forgiven for taking all this with a pinch of salt. If Sister Wendy is a recluse then Jeremy Beadle is a shy boy and Rod Stewart finds it difficult talking to girls.
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