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The Sex Pistols
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Friday 03 April 2009
Sunday 29 March 2009
Eighties popsters Spandau Ballet have confirmed they’re putting differences aside to embark on a comeback world tour. With the whiff of cash-strapped desperation in the air, here we recall some other dodgy musical reunions...
Sunday 29 March 2009
Sunday 22 March 2009
All the talk after the match was about Ireland's Grand Slam and all I got left with was plantar fasciitis. What a night.
Sunday 22 February 2009
* Rock Ferry is in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Duffy named her album after it because it is where her grandmother lives.
Friday 30 January 2009
In mid-January, at about 10am on a Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based radio station Indie 103.1 played the Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious versions of "My Way" followed by a recorded announcement that the station was ceasing its FM broadcast and would in future broadcast only online – another media venture suffering in these recessionary times.
Saturday 17 January 2009
Rumpole by name and rumpled by nature, Sir John Mortimer was an author who became his most famous character in the public mind and busily lived up to the billing. If a country's character can be found in its comic "types", then Rumpole/Mortimer was an English model in the Falstaffian mould, a lovable old rogue for ever putting his duty aside and keeping his wife at bay as he pursued a course of wine, wit and bonhomie. Alongside, of course, a certain dogged defence of truth and the underdog.
Sunday 16 November 2008
Tuesday 11 November 2008
A document with the signature of the person who apparently inspired the Beatles hit Eleanor Rigby will be auctioned to raise funds for a charity.
Friday 10 October 2008
Thursday 18 September 2008
As the Conservatives prepare for their autumn conference, one of their most generous benefactors is still threatening to throw his considerable clout behind another party.
Saturday 30 August 2008
I don't make a habit of singing punk rock anthems in my garden, but a line from the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" came to me the other day while trying to find a spot for a tree, echium (Echium pininana). What's so anarchic about that? I hear you say. Well, in the face of climate change, nothing really, it's just that it's been sitting in a pot in our backyard since June and really needs to go in the ground if it's to do its spectacular thing next year. It was the frustration of not knowing where to put this frost-tender biennial that brought on the rendition (I had to change the words slightly to fit the occasion), "I know what I want / But don't know where to plant it!" which then became my working mantra for the rest of the day.
Friday 22 August 2008
Fans thought Ultravox had pulled the plug on any chance of success in 1979, when their frontman John Foxx quit and they were dropped by Island.
Monday 04 August 2008
During the day, the Proud Gallery in Camden is exhibiting a series of photographs of Sid Vicious, whose Sex Pistols did a remarkably effective job of hiding the commercial forces behind their music. Hamfatter, playing the same venue by night, will forever be known as the band backed (to the tune of £75,000) by businessman Peter Jones on BBC2's Dragons' Den. The relationship between their art and commerce has been laid bare from the beginning.
Sunday 27 July 2008
There could be something rotten in the heart of John Lydon. Last week came reports of a backstage fracas at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, when Kele Okereke, the Nigerian singer in Bloc Party, was allegedly subjected to a racist attack by the Sex Pistols singer and was left nursing a bruised face and a split lip when members of Lydon's entourage weighed in. And then yesterday he was reported to have sung boozily about "bloody Arabs" and "towel heads" during a lengthy pub session.
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