It’s the nightmare haunting every talent scout since Decca rejected the Beatles in 1962 because “guitar groups are on the way out” – letting a global mega-hit slip through your fingers.
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Tuesday 01 October 2013
The hidden philosophical appeal of cat literature
Monday 16 September 2013
Seven down, two to go and still no-one knows when New Zealand will be able to take the America’s Cup away from the Americans after a thriller on the bay went first to the defending Oracle team and then swung back to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand.
Sunday 04 August 2013
A government minister with responsibility for fracking suggested in a private meeting that the innovative gas drilling process could cause houses' walls to shake, it is reported.
Friday 02 August 2013
Drilling began at 11.15am at the West Sussex site as demonstrations entered their ninth day
Wednesday 31 July 2013
George Osborne's father-in-law continues to court controversy with new remarks
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Outlook Even in the midst of a general economic malaise, some groups will be benefiting. It shouldn't come as much surprise that among the cheerful contingent are the people behind Primark, the discount clothes retailer.
Sunday 07 October 2012
The fans' enthusiasm shows no sign of flagging, but despite his 'unforced genius', The Kinks' lead singer should pay closer attention to his footwear
Monday 05 December 2011
News that Noel Gallagher is to take his brother to court reminds us there are few more dispiriting sights for dedicated music fans than seeing their heroes on the way to hearings. Trussed up in unfamiliar shirt and tie combinations, they look as uncomfortable as ex-lags at job interviews. It is bad enough when artists attend divorce proceedings or face the beak for falling asleep at the wheel, but far worse is when they have brought the suit (legal, not sartorial) themselves. Any dealings with the legal system are bound to make the protagonist look petty-minded, venal or underhand.
Monday 05 December 2011
Taking fellow bandmates to court is usually a mistake, says Chris Mugan
Friday 26 August 2011
Friday 22 July 2011
Thursday 23 June 2011
When Ray Davies saunters on in a dapper silver-grey suit to welcome Madness to Meltdown, the band's fans cheer in delight. They understand The Kinks' influence on these subsequent specialists in North London working-class bittersweet vignettes. Saxophonist and non-singer Lee Thompson later jokingly checks if Davies has left the building, before a chucking-out-time pub version of "Where Have All the Good Times Gone". The real tribute comes as Madness stake their place in its tradition, with songs that are worldly-wise, sometimes weary and always for the underdog, played with rare confidence tonight.
Sunday 27 March 2011
Friday 04 March 2011
Ray Davies is considering resurrecting The Kinks without his brother.
Friday 25 February 2011
"The battle's on, and so is the prize," sings Liam Gallagher with typical bullish assertiveness on "Four Letter Word" – now, who do you suppose he's talking to? And with its snarly wah-wah guitars there's a triumphalist stridency about this opening track which bears out his confidence.
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