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Born-again to rock 'n' roll

Old rockers never die - Freddie Mercury and John Lennon both have new Christmas singles. An occasion for celebration or mourning? By Jim White

Grass 'on raid to fool Yardies'

A Yardie supergrass took part in a "terrifying" armed robbery to convince his gang he was not an informer, a court was told yesterday. Eaton Green, 28, was jailed for six years at Leeds Crown Court for the robbery at a Nottingham blues party.

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THE CRITICS : Cries & Whispers

n OVER here, their debut album I Should Coco is No 1 and heading towards platinum, and their new single "Alright" is at No 5; but over in the States, Supergrass have run into trouble. For the release of "Caught by the Fuzz", their debut single in America, Capitol Records planned a poster campaign using a photo of Hugh Grant. The photo they wanted to use was the one the Los Angeles Police Department released after arresting Grant for lewd conduct. But US law says you cannot use someone's image for financial gain without that someone's approval and Supergrass didn't get Grant's. Maybe they should have. Look at the current posters for The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Grant's up in the clouds with absurdly wavy hair and a winsome smile. He might be emerging out of dry ice to sing a ballad on Top of the Pops. In the LAPD photo he looks tanned, rueful, interesting. A bit hard, even. He looks like a film star.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS

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TOP 10 UK SINGLES

Young conservatives

Blur, laddish spearhead of the Brit-pop revival, are proud of their debt to music's past. But Ben Thompson would rather they looked to the future

We're the Foo Fighters and this is not about Kurt

"HI, we're th' Foo Fighters," says the guy in the red T-shirt. He's not being entirely candid. He may be playing in a cramped student bar, but there are 14 photographers hoping that his hair will spill off his face so they can get a picture. There are more flapping notepads than there are publications that carry music reviews, so I can only assume that Farmer's Weekly has sent someone to elicit his views on crop density. He is Dave Grohl, formerly of Nirvana. Here we are, now entertain us.

Rock / Rocking away the years

BORN TO rock'n'roll! Little Richard! Chuck Berry! Fats Domino! All three on stage together for the first time! Except for one of them! The Pavarotti of rock's Three Tenors played on the first night of the tour, in Sheffield, but was not well enough to continue. Ain't that a shame? Yes, but the crowd at Wembley on Thursday got their money's worth anyway.

Metro Choice: The new Gene genies

Music awards. Who needs 'em? "I don't see why the Mercury exists, it's just a bunch of critics having their say - they have their say in the papers every week. And the Brits is just a TV-oriented industry bash - nothing to do with the music.'' Fig hting words from Steve Sutherland, editor of NME. So what's he doing about it? Er, running once again the NME Carlsberg Brat Awards. These awards, however, are decided by the people who read the music papers, go to festivals and actually buy records. The real idea behind the awards is not just to give away tasteful statuettes of a fist with an upturned finger, but to put on music that might have trouble getting into the mainstream media. Last year's Best Album winner, for instance, Boo Radleys' Giant St eps, came from nowhere to sell 20,000 copies in the fortnight after the award was announced. This year, NME and Carlsberg have put loads of cool new bands on a bus and driven it round Britain, to counter accusations of music industry London-centrism. The ceremony, of course, is in London on Tuesday and will be broadcast live on Radio 1FM. Several showcase gigs this weekend give everyone an opportunity to see the hot new bands: Veruca Salt (below), Echobelly, Gene and loads more. "It's a cheap ticket to see all the bands we blather on about,'' Sutherland says. "We're being wonderfully altruistic, really.''

Blinkers required for TV's prying eye

I preferred it when television cameramen covering cricket used their spare time to go pimping for us, finding young ladies in the crowd to zoom in on while the bowler walked to his mark. In future, I fear, such harmless diversions will be replaced by concentrated surveillance duty and we will be doomed to an eternity of ball-tampering vigil.

Howard keen to save legislation on police discipline

MICHAEL HOWARD, the Home Secretary, will this week consider whether to reverse two key House of Lords amendments designed to block his attempt to strengthen internal disciplinary procedures in the police service.

Ecstasy gang supergrass escapes 20-year sentence

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