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Media: A kiss goodbye to radical radio

It was the dance station that promised always to play innovative music. But now Kiss FM's owner, Emap, has discovered that a mainstream music policy makes better business sense. So is it the beginning of the end for independent radio? By Paul McCann

Obituary: Screaming Lord Sutch

THE BRITISH Isles have always been a breeding ground for eccentrics and Screaming Lord Sutch was perhaps the ultimate. The leader and founder of the Monster Raving Loony Party stood for so many elections (39) that he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

Arts: Pop: Time to kiss and make-up again

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Rock and Pop: When dinosaurs walked the stage

Say what you like about knowingly ludicrous, 50-year-old heavy- rock gargantuans, but they didn't get where they are today without knowing how to put on a show. Meat Loaf's latest tour could have done with a bigger special effects budget - the inflatable bat that wobbled to life for the finale was as menacing as a bouncy castle - but there were thunderclaps and dry ice aplenty, and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" was staged as a bedroom farce, with Loaf in a tuxedo and Patti Russo, his duettist, in a wedding dress. Meat Loaf is nothing if not a ham.

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METAL IS HOT

Be afraid, be very afraid. Heavy metal - the sound and look - is escaping our rural backwaters and becoming super-hip. Rachel Newsome runs for cover

Glad to be GLAM!

What do the original devotees think of Ziggy, Bolan, platform boots and glitter 25 years on? Will the latest revival of Seventies androgyny take off? asks Barney Hoskyns

Pammy and Tommy were lovers

It's an old Hollywood story: meet, marry, move to Malibu, have kids, star in a porn video, fight, split and split again, go to jail. Tim Cornwell in LA profiles America's favourite dysfunctional couple

Jazz review: The Bowie life is so sharp

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Obituary: Wendy O. Williams

SCHLOCK and rock go hand in hand. Long before the antics of Marilyn Manson and Motley Crue dominated the tabloids, Wendy O. Williams and her band the Plasmatics outraged audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and, for a brief period in the late Seventies and early Eighties, took on Alice Cooper's mantle as shock-rockers extraordinaires.

Drummer faces jail sentence for assault

TOMMY LEE, husband of former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, is expected to spend at least six months in jail on charges of spousal abuse, according to the Malibu judge trying the case.

Master of reality

Ozzy Osbourne gets a grip.

Music: Old devils of heavy metal make a new pact

Cardinal Ratzinger of the Vatican must be pleased, wherever he is. Black Sabbath, a band he once condemned as an instrument of the Devil, is back. Despite years of biting the heads off bats and being surrounded by the smell of patchouli oil, the original Brummie heavy-metal band is planning a two-night get-together in their home-town next month.
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