Paul McCartney says he was “spoiled” by John Lennon and every musician he’s worked with since has been a let-down. From the BBC: “It’s a funny subject the collaboration thing because I collaborated with John and you’re a little bit spoiled after that. That was one hell of a collaboration. I’ve done it quite a bit since and, I think – and I hate to say it – there’s inevitably a sense of disappointment because it was just so cool for John and me to be working together, because we started so young and knew each other’s ways and minds.”
German authorities have dropped the investigation of that paternity claim against Paul McCartney because the statute of limitations has passed.(Guardian)
For her family’s sake, Amy Winehouse will have a proper wedding to Blake Fielder-Civil.(The Sun)
The Daily Mail slobbers all over the newly reformed Police. No Rock & Roll Fun notes that no mention is made of the serious lawsuit recently brought against Sting and Trudie Styler for the alleged sex discrimination of an employee.
The Twang boys call Mike Skinner of The Streets “a f**king geezer,” which is a good thing, just so you know.(NME)
Reason No. 14,506 why I love the Pet Shop Boys – Neil Tennant thinks Live Earth is a load of bollocks and says why: “I’ve always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don’t – it looks arrogant. It’s not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak.” (NME)
London beat Manchester for the title of “Britain’s Favorite Musical Place.”(Gigwise)
The late Jeff Buckley considered Morrissey a hero, his mother reveals, which is obvious to anyone who’s a Buckley fan. “Jeff was a huge Smiths fan. He thought Morrissey was a living legend, so this song [a remake of ‘I Know It’s Over’] was a very meaningful choice.”(Gigwise)
Johnny Marr doesn’t want to remake Modest Mouse into a latter-day Smiths and says so in an interview with the Manchester Evening News. “It’s not my place to change the band into a British indie band from 1985, and I’ve got no interest in that. I’m interested in playing in a new band in 2007 and if it sometimes has echoes of something in the past then fine, but as a player I’m not stuck back there.”
The Cribs may be on the rise, but don’t lump them in with Kaiser Chiefs. (The Independent)
The notoriously taciturn Chemical Brothers get gabby for their new release.(Guardian)
A superb and short article from The Guardian‘s Michael Hann about the Cold War Kids and why their fans abandoned them once they learned about the band’s religion. It belies a curious double standard that strikes at the heart of “liberal” culture: why are white musicians chided for being religious, while black musicians (and politicians for that matter) get a pass? “The obvious reason is the same one that has governed white responses to black music since the first collectors went out and recorded the blues 80 or so years ago: that this stuff is primitive, maaaaan, and you don’t mess with the mojo. That’s right, the old noble savages line.”
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.