Crazy Pete Doherty Is Back. Also: The New Arctic Monkeys.

  • After a gig in Camden, Pete Doherty went into "a frenzy," launching a speaker into the crowd and demolishing the stage, reports The Mirror. Kate Moss and her daughter, 4-year-old Lila Grace, were there.
  • Victoria Beckham will be godmother to Geri Haliwell's child, but David Beckham has been passed over as godfather in favor of George Michael's partner, Kenny Goss. (Daily Mail)
  • The Guardian's Alexis Petridis awards the Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare four stars. Speaking about two particular songs written by frontman Alex Turner, Petridis says, "That stuff this mature and thoughtful was written by someone barely 21 years old genuinely gives you pause for thought."
  • Arctic Monkeys tells the story behind their "Brianstorm." Apparently, Brian was freaky guy who showed up in their dressing room at one of their shows. (NME)
  • British artists are scouring the past 60 years of pop music history to come up with a new sound. The Guardian's Maddy Costa notes: "Two big successes so far this year have been Mika and Amy Winehouse: a man who would have us think he is the reincarnation of Freddie Mercury and a woman invoking the spirits of Motown to make what could have been the last great soul album of the 1960s."
  • The View is searching for a band to support them after The Horrors cancelled. (BBC)
  • Damon Albarn says there won't be another Gorillaz album but that there will be a movie. "We're trying to make a film next, starting in September hopefully. It will be a film score. There won't be another pop record." (NME)
  • Meanwhile, Blur may have already have its swansong. (Gigwise)
  • Mick Jones and Tony James opened up their personal studio for a Carbon/Silicon performance. (NME)
  • The Mirror spots what looks like an engagement ring on Amy Winehouse.
  • Nadine Coyle has dumped boyfriend Jesse Metcalfe, not for alcohol issues, but for infidelity. (Mirror)
  • Robbie Williams, who lives in L.A., says he's not bothered by his lack of American success. "I decided four albums ago I like living here. I've got to the point where I'm famous enough to enjoy my celebrity and do fun stuff without all the crap that goes with it. And it would be insane to invite what I have in the rest of the world into this country. So I'm not gonna bother promoting or releasing records here." (Mirror)
  • A rare interview with Chris Lowe from the Pet Shop Boys.
  • Life On Mars' Philip Glenister joins Dame Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, and Cracker star Barbara Flynn in the five-part Cranford Chronicles, based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels. (BBC)
  • A rave review of Gordon Ramsay's new gastropub, The Narrow.
    (The Times)
  • The Sheriff of Naughty-ham: Robin Hood's Keith Allen details his sex life in his new autobiography, including an alleged romp with a UK celebrity that "was so energetic that he ended up hospitalizing her." One can only imagine the family pride Lily Allen feels right about now. (Mirror)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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