Sunday, April 15, 2007

This week just gone

Seven days on No Rock and Roll Fun.

The ten most-read stories were:
1. Heather Mills McCartney nude pictures from the past return to haunt her
2. R Kelly sex video to get watched in court
3. McFly take their trousers off
4. Over-detailed commenters consider KT Tunstall's sexuality
5. Lily Allen changes on trains
6. Sarah Harding nearly naked = good; Angelica Bell nearly naked - bad
7. Carlos Anaia quits Warners; sticks in registration letter
8. Kerry Katona hasn't made a sex tape; the Iceland ads are bad enough
9. Lily Allen has hissy fit at LDN is A Victim
10. Fall Out Boy sells out

You can read the whole week on one page,
or skim the previous week in one post.

Also this week: Girls Aloud split, says the NOTW; Noel Gallagher's own website called him a liar; Lady Sovereign must be very tired indeed; Live Earth offered champagnes and trinkets to the very rich; a brief period ofDRM free downloads from Warners came to an embarrassing end and Geri Halliwell started writing for kids. Because it's easy, right?

Five Years Ago, Liverpool's two music cultures of dance and rock came together with disastrous results as the declining Cream and Lomax merged their venues; the BPI tried to stop midweek chart listings leaking - that worked, then; NME turned fifty years old with a slightly underwhelming redesign and a Gallagher/Lennon cover; the first rumblings of the format for the Popstars series which would give us Girls Aloud were heard (we didn't like the sound of it) and world music sales fell for the first time since the introduction of the CD.

This was what we suggested burning through the kids' inheritance on:



Although comparisons stink, it's a lot harder to believe There's A Riot Goin' On is 40 years old than it is to believe Sgt Peppers is. Sly & Kin get a sumptuous re-release



New listeners start here: Riot lovingly covered in the 33 1/3 series



The Smog clears, but can Bill Callahan clear his head?



Rick Rubin watch out: CocoRosie's third album hits the streets



You take the Kilburn & The High Roads... possibly the only pub rock album you'll ever need collates Brinsley Schwarz, Dr Feelgood, Chas & Dave...



Great though Johnny Cash was, do we really need another tribute album of cover versions? Floffgirl and Couchdrivers attempt to rise to the challenge



Good lord, the Ping Pong Bitches are still going



Oddly, the publisher of Nick Kent's collected music journalism isn't promoting it with a sheet of stickers



Ronnie Corbett's book on the Two Ronnies is listed at £20, but it's gotta come down, down, down...


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