Hugh Laurie Is Now a Rock Star

Hugh Laurie‘s celebrity band – cheekily named Band From TV – has become an iTunes sensation, with their version of “Minnie the Moocher” storming up the download charts. The Independent‘s Emily Dugan reports on the band’s growing notoriety. Members of the band include actors James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia), and Bob Guiney (The Bachelor).

Here’s a YouTube clip of Band From TV in the studio, featuring a snippet of Laurie singing “Minnie the Moocher.” (Plus, NBC news anchor Lester Holt on bass guitar! Wicked!)

You can also listen to “Minnie the Moocher” here.

In other news:

  • The success of Dancing With the Stars has compelled the BBC to tinker with the original show, Strictly Come Dancing. As The Stage reports, not only will Strictly air seven days a week (yikes!), but “the Sunday evening results show will now be 45 minutes long, instead of the half hour of previous years. The reason for the increased length of time? The two couples with the lowest scores will now have a dance-off in front of the judges – and only the judges will decide who goes. There being four judges on the panel, in the event of a tie head judge Len Goodman gets the casting vote.”
  • Drug charges have been dropped for Snow Patrol keyboardist Tom Simpson.(BBC)
  • Jamelia has taken back her harsh words about Leona Lewis? She tells The Mirror, “Leona is amazingly talented. She will enjoy success for years to come, and I will be buying all her material.”
  • Ray Davies is releasing a solo album next month.(NME)
  • Dave Grohl says he’s “at Led Zeppelin‘s beck and call” if they want him to play drums for their reunion concert. Over Jason Bonham‘s dead body, I’m sure.(NME)
  • 50 Cent gives Sharon Osbourne credit for his nickname “Fiddy,” which I’m sure will do wonders for his street cred.(Digital Spy)
  • The Rugby World Cup turns even the most mainstream papers into beefcake mags. Not that I have a problem with that. Hot rugby totty is on display at the British Daily Telegraph, the Australian Daily Telegraph, and AOL UK.

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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