Arts and Entertainment Tom Odell: 'Every band needs a vibe guy to bring up the energy'

'Every band needs a vibe guy to bring up the energy'

True heroes: Why the spirit of the Beach Boys leaves Enoch Powell and Chumbawumba high and dry

Trevor Phillips on the days of summer

Pop music: Lyric sheets

lyric sheets

Obituary: Carl Wilson

Carl Dean Wilson, singer, guitarist and songwriter: born Hawthorne, California 21 December 1946; married 1966 Annie Hinsche (two sons; marriage dissolved 1978), 1987 Gina Martin; died Los Angeles 6 February 1998.

Carl Wilson, Beach Boy founder of surfin' style, dies

Carl Wilson, one of the founding members of the The Beach Boys, has died aged 51. Clare Garner reports on the man who dedicated his life to fun, fun, fun, right up until the very end.

Comment: Tony and Bill find growing up is hard to do

"COMPLETELY useless and pathetic" was Tony Blair's response when William Hague asked a series of questions he did not want to answer during Prime Minister's Question Time on Wednesday. "He is Leader of the Opposition and today we have seen why he will stay so," Mr Blair taunted, demanding to know why Mr Hague had not asked about important issues such as health, education and crime. The obvious riposte is that, with more than four years of the present Parliament to run, Mr Hague has plenty of time to raise all the big issues.

Pop: Warp's vision

Sheffield is the home of innovative electronic sounds, courtesy of Warp Records and their latest signing, Plone, who will be making their presence felt in London this week

Pop: The approach to stardom

When Joe McAlinden arrives at the rather swanky Malmaison hotel in Glasgow's West George Street, there's no mistaking him. Superstar's frontman might euphemistically be described as "portly", his short red hair looks like it's just had a playful ruffle, and he's wearing the same pullover that he wore on Jool's Holland's Later. "It's my `Mars Bar jumper", he quips when I quiz him about it over our cafe au laits. "It's for work, rest and play."

competition winners

We've been having fun all winter long, checking the answers to our New Year competition. The questions were all related to the Beach Boys, and many of you achieved excellent scores - aided by the festive wild card, which allowed one answer to be "God Only Knows".

Pop: The avenue to follow in '98

Five unassuming lads, with an interest in all sorts of music. That's The Montrose Avenue. But don't think that they are boringly `muso' - their specialty is the glorious two-minute pop song. Tim Perry meets them

I've been all around this great big world

Fun, fun, fun - for the travel pages' traditional seasonal competition this year, we celebrate the beach, and the Beach Boys, with a singalong quiz.

Pop Review: The trouble with corpses

The High Llamas

Albums of the Year: Andy Gill's top pop boxed sets of 1997

The best of this year's boxed-set CD compilations were both released a couple of months ago, when they were reviewed in fulsome fashion in these pages, so I'll be brief about The Beach Boys The Pet Sounds Sessions and The Doors eponymous retrospective Box Set, two slabs of West Coast pop genius perched precariously on the fault-line separating rock's light and dark sides.

Rock: Sparks still flying

It's as if they have never been away. Sparks are here with a new album and a new tour, but as Nick Hasted discovers, they look the same as they did in the Seventies and they don't sound that much different.

Rock: Middle-youth? That's the fans, not the band

Tragic as it may be that you can't choose your relatives, think how bad it must be when you can't choose your fans. A few years ago, Radiohead wrote a classic song called "Creep", and before they knew it they were every socially inadequate American teenager's favourite band. The song became an albatross - Mark Owen covered it on his latest tour, for crying out loud - so it was no surprise that Thom Yorke came across a little tetchily when he sang it at Wembley Arena on Sunday. Towards the end he ironically conducted a crowd singalong every bit as inappropriate as when the Velvet Underground's audience clapped along to "Heroin" in the same venue four years earlier. No, the real surprise was that Radiohead played "Creep" at all - and made it sound bigger and more frightening than ever.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links