Sunday, July 22, 2007

This week just gone

Seven days on No Rock and Roll Fun

The ten most-read stories:
1. Lily Allen removes clothes. Replaces them
2. R Kelly's underage sex video will be court evidence - if it ever comes to court
3. Beth Ditto - nude, unleashed, airbrushed on NME cover
4. McFly are GAY naked stars
5. Heather Mills naked. There's a theme in what people like, isn't they?
6. The age-old KT Tunstall lesbian/straight debate
7. Victoria Newton fawns over James Blunt
8. Do you want to see Britney Spears naked in a movie? She hopes so
9. Akon distributes free dildo vouchers to kids
10. Nick Lachey hopes nobody wants to see his sex pictures. He's right

Also this week: New Order unsplit; Victoria Beckham met Victoria Newton for an encounter that was less an interview, more a colonoscopy; Band of Horses said 'enough with the YouTubing; Iggy apologised for his Glastonbury gaffe; Cold Case plans a 'tribute' to Nirvana; Annie Lennox pulls a Band Aid off; ITV are still having trouble with the simple did they keep the cash from the Challenge Anneka adverts; Dave Rowntree eyes up Bob Wareing's seat and the Mercury Music Prize shortlist was announced.

You can read the whole week on one page;
or surf last week in one post

Five years ago:
Virgin Radio came out a news bulletin on the Queen reading a eulogy for the Queen Mother with precisely the wrong Sex Pistols track; Liverpool got angry when the NME only praised some of its bands; John Entwistle didn't die of taking loads of coke, but his heart not being strong enough to cope with loads of coke; Ice T announced his Perverted Sex Cult rock side project (and how is that going, T?); in something of a No Rock exclusive, Jeremy Vine gave us his all-time top 10 singles; Beyonce settled with the ones she kicked out of Destiny's Child; Bobby Gillespie explained that he'd always say what he wanted, but he changed the title of Bomb The Pentagon because, erm, it wasn't about Bombing The Pentagon; EMAP produly announced Sneak, a junior Heat; the dance ended for Cream as it pulled its clubnights and Chumbawamba refused use of their music in an advert for X-Ray machines because the manufacturer had arms interests, but happily OKed its use in car ads despite GM, erm, also having arms interests.

The Tindersticks BBC complete collection, including the first and last nights of Mark Radcliffe's late night show

Welcome to the cheap seats: Wonderstuff's BBC session tracks

While Weller was in the Jam, Mick Talbot was in the Merton Parkas. NB: The claim that this "the complete" mod album might be over-selling the Parka's centrality to the movement

Long-awaited Smiths auto-videography. Well, Joyce and Rourke's perspectives, anyway

We've all lived so long, we're now seeing Grant Lee Buffalo's back catalogue get a remastering

We still can't decide if Poppy And The Jezebels is an industry joke or a bright spark in a wet summer

... you'd be better off with The Gore Gore Girl's Get The Gore

The Double Deckers - music from the TV series. One for nostaligics and Aswad completists

Patchy but lovely 1987 attempt to weld together gangland thriller and gay coming-of-age genres

Guided By Voices, live in Austin Texas, on your television

Aha, now we get why they're threatening us with a Steps reunion - 'buy this or else'. The slightly desperate sticky label on the front reads 'Former member of multi-million selling group STEPS & star of "Totally Scott-Lee" on MTV & the massive UK hit series "Dancing On Ice". Feat. the HITS Lately, Electric, Makes It LastForver & many more'. Many more?