NME.com‘s campaigning to right a 30-year-old wrong: the website is enlisting fans to help The Sex Pistols‘ re-released classic, “God Save the Queen,” reach No. 1, after failing to do so the first time around. “When the punk anthem was first released in 1977 it made it to Number Two in the singles charts, however there was a strong suspicion that the authorities had banned the track from topping the charts, as it was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the song’s anti-authoritarian power was deemed unacceptable to the Establishment.”
A photo of a 17-year old John Lennon has been discovered.(BBC)
Two of Morrissey‘s shows at the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. have been cancelled due to a water main break.(BBC)
That’s what he gets for being so damn sexy: Shayne Ward has a stalker.(Mirror)
Leona Lewis‘ video for “Bleeding Love” is quite steamy.(The Sun)
Arctic Monkeys have chosen “Teddy Picker” to be theirnext single.(NME)
The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick examines the method to the madness behind Radiohead‘s “free” album.
Producer Pete Waterman, one-third of the Stock Aitken Waterman “hit factory,” hits out at X-Factor for being “jeopardy TV.” “When we did the first series of Pop Idol, we insisted that we did not set out to embarrass those people who did not understand the way it all worked. But, in my opinion, that’s where they’ve taken X-Factor. I say that without having seen it – but knowing exactly what they are doing.”(Telegraph)
Natalie Curtis, the 24-year-old daughter of Ian Curtis, reviews her father’s biopic, Control.(Guardian)
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.