Blur To Give It One Last Go – With Graham Coxon?

Britpop survives for another day: Damon Albarn had recently suggested that Blur was dead, but Alex James says the band is going to give it another shot. And better yet, Graham Coxon, who split from the band four years ago, may return. "We're all heading into the studio together this summer – Graham's coming too," he says, according to NME, "We're gonna see if we've still got it. If not, I think we'll just call it a day." Of course, that's no guarantee that a Blur album featuring the complete lineup will actually materialize, but it's encouraging news nonethless. I do wonder how Mr. Albarn will fit this into his busy schedule, though…

In other news:

  • Kate Moss shows off her wares in the window for her Topshop launch, but being a dummy is exhausting.
  • "Her Majesty has succeeded where Robbie Williams failed: the Queen has cracked America." (Guardian)
  • Ridley Scott will direct that Robin Hood movie, Nottingham, that Russell Crowe's doing. It will feature the Sheriff, played by Crowe, as the protagonist. Also: Ron Howard is set to direct Frost/Nixon, with Michael Sheen and Frank Langella reprising their Broadway roles. (Guardian)
  • The Guardian's Ian Winwood spits out some fighting words in regards to the new Julian Temple documentary on Joe Strummer. "If you're looking to cut the world's carbon emissions then why not tax the hot air of people droning on about the Clash? Within a week icebergs would be floating past the Isle of Man. Like cheap air travel, Clash-pollution has proliferated in the past few years. Since his death in 2003, millions now agree that Joe Strummer was a genius – despite the fact that very few of them listened to anything he recorded after 1983."
  • Can indie heroes Bloc Party and Babyshambles become stadium bands? The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan says, "Onstage, Babyshambles have little going for them except notoriety, while Bloc Party come across as insular and uncomfortable. How they'll manage to convert their fundamentally unspectacular selves into something that will speak to those distant balcony seats is anyone's guess."
  • Tom Horan in The Daily Telegraph uses the success of the Arctic Monkeys to illustrate how the music industry, as we've come to know it, is dying.
  • The Guardian and BBC News websites are both Webby winners. Both richly deserved.

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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