My 'The Best of Bond' CD died for Queen and country. Sung along to with abandon, played to destruction, it died nobly. But few recent Bond songs have come close to the high points (and notes) of Shirley Bassey's bests ("Diamonds are Forever"! "Moonraker"!) or Lulu's subtle way with a lyric ("He has a powerful WEAPON, he charges a million a SHOT").
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Friday 29 May 2009
The fact that Jay Bennett's seven-year membership of the US alternative rock group Wilco coincided with the landmark releases Being There, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the three albums he contributed to between 1994 and 2001, was no accident. Bennett wore many hats, as multi-instrumentalist, arranger, engineer, mixer, producer and most notably co-writer, helping Wilco's front man Jeff Tweedy fashion the band's heady alt-country sound. Theirs became an uneasy relationship, its breakdown documented in forensic detail in the Sam Jones documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco.
Sunday 18 January 2009
Friday 28 November 2008
Though far from a household name, John Shanks is the producer whose touch defines the sound of American chart pop across the spectrum from teen fodder like Ashlee Simpson and Backstreet Boys to AOR stalwarts Santana and Sheryl Crow – the latter acclaiming his ability to "make stuff sound like it belongs on the radio".
Monday 18 August 2008
When you want to find a solution to a political problem, do you turn to experts, or actors? I ask because Stella McCartney is angry with Gwyneth Paltrow – about a subject neither of them understands. They are arguing about cruelty to animals this time: Gwyneth has been pictured wearing fur. But it could just as easily be global warming, or Darfur, or penguins, or handbags.
Thursday 14 August 2008
Wednesday 30 July 2008
White Stripes frontman Jack White and soul singer Alicia Keys have recorded the next Bond theme tune - Another Way To Die.
Saturday 09 December 2006
More than 1,000 British and Danish troops , backed by tanks, helicopters and boats, arrested five supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday in the biggest attack mounted by Allied forces in Basra since the Iraq invasion three years ago.
Monday 25 July 2005
Wednesday 09 February 2005
Monday 07 February 2005
Friday 15 October 2004
Standing on a pavement in Glasgow's bustling West End last night, busker Amy Bell was feeling a sense of anticlimax as she worked through her repertoire.
Sunday 25 July 2004
Friday 11 July 2003
Monday 16 August 1999
Saturday 24 July 1999
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party