Friday, December 24, 2010

Not Forgot-Ten: June 2010

Brighton and Hove apologised to Status Quo. Portland paid due honour to Modest Mouse in art form. Leona Lewis fell into a big, black hole - not the one Steve Brookstein had vanished into. Pete Murphy wound up taking a part in kid's film Twilight, and Europe admitted they hate The Final Countdown as much as everyone else.

The US decided it didn't need Pete Doherty. The Pixies pulled a Tel Aviv gig, which led the internet to decide they were a terrorist organisation until it turned out to be a joke. Having succeeded in getting noticed for the first time in years by waving her arse about in Dallas, Erykah Badu tried to recast it as an act of political defiance. Gordon Smart insisted the Cole divorce timing would be dictated by the World Cup. Shortly after, there was a terrible moment when an ordinary person nearly touched Cheryl Cole.

There will never be another Spice Girls reunion, Mel C promises. Yes, she did promise before. Wendys said sorry for giving kids CDs with Donna Summer going on about sex on them. Michael Jackson turned out to have died from not being Muslim, announced his brother.

In administration: Fabric. In rehab: Bonnie Pointer. Threatening a return: Damage. Threatening retirement: Sia.

Format of the month: The musical tee.

Coming late to the streaming market, Rdio hadn't even managed to bag a great name for itself. Buzznet picked up Gorilla Vs Bear and RCRDLBL (which might explain why older RCRDLBL embeds keep screwing up, come to think of it.) But don't go near Google - MIA reckons it's part of the illuminati. Not as evil, of course, as ASCAP which declared war on Creative Commons.

EMI tried reshuffling management again. Tom Yorke suggested that you steer clear of major labels and Lily Allen suddenly had a strange thought that the Brits might be about selling records rather than, you know, art. Jay Z, for his part, was surprised that record companies were run by old blokes.

The NME filled up an issue with the 50 Most Fearless People In Music, after getting stuck trying to come up with One Decent Idea For A Magazine that week. A couple of weeks after Krissi Murison suggested it could be a fine replacement for 6Music, the NME cut NME Radio back to its barest of bones. Commercial Radio continued to argue that rather than expect it to be any good, the BBC should be made worse as that would be fairer. You know,when you set about halving the number of stations in the Heart network, that's the sort of thing that makes you rubbish, not the existence of the BBC.

Back in Brighton, and one neighbour seemed set to have the Freebutt venue closed.

This month, Lady GaGa was squatting in Seinfeld's box.