David Bowie has donated $10,000 to the defense fund for the Jena Six, a group of black teenagers who allegedly attacked a white teenager in a small Louisiana town. Bowie said, “There is clearly a separate and unequal judicial process going on in the town of Jena. A donation to the Jena Six Legal Defense Fund is my small gesture indicating my belief that a wrongful charge and sentence should be prevented.” (NME)
Alex Kapranos wants Girls Aloud to do the backing vocals for Franz Ferdinand‘s remake of “Sound and Vision,” which will be featured on Radio 1’s 40th anniversary compilation.”They’re pretty laid back so it was a music marriage made in heaven. We’re all independently minded people who want to do things their way. Franz Ferdinand have much more in common with Girls Aloud than certain other bands.”(The Sun)
Paul Weller suggests Amy Winehouse is a “great role model”: “I’ve been lucky enough to work with her – she is an amazing, great talent and, despite what all the papers say, she is a great role model for people and I don’t think the drugs and the drink and all that make a scrap of difference really. I think you should judge people on their talent and on that level she’s up there, a major talent.”(NME)
Gigwise readers voted for the top 20 greatest Britpop bands. Oasis, unsurprisingly, topped the list.
Blur bassist Alex James puts his first batch of cheese up for taste testing in today’s Cheese Diary.
Members of the Towers of London, the band fronted by Donny Tourette, were arrested after a nightclub brawl. (NME)
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.