Annie Lennox and Elvis Costello: Still Grouchy After All These Years

  • Word to the wise as you buy tickets for the next Annie Lennox concert: never launch into applause before she finishes her song. According to Page Six, the Scottish diva flipped off audience members at a UNICEF gig when they got clap-happy: “She got ticked, finished the song, then sarcastically said, ‘Thank you for listening’ and gave them the finger. She said everyone was loud and rude and they should have their five mojitos and ‘go see KC and the Sunshine Band if you want to act that way.’”
  • We expect this kind of behavior from Elvis Costello, and he’s living up to his rep, telling MOJO magazine that he’ll never do a show in England ever again. “A lot of good bands still come out of England, but I just don’t feel a part of it. British music fans don’t have the same attitude to age as they do in America, where young people come to check out, say, Willie Nelson. They feel some connection with him and find a role for that music in their lives.”
  • As The Sex Pistols launch another reunion, their fellow aging punks talk to BBC NEWS about the state of today’s music. Stranglers frontman JJ Burnel has some harsh words for John Lydon and company: “I won’t be going to see the Pistols, though. They’re old men who get together every few years to top up their pension fund. And now they can actually play their instruments, it’s boring. Mind you, they’ve had 30 years to learn how to play one album.” Ouch.
  • Compared to these curmudgeons, John Lydon seems almost mellow. Granted, in his Telegraph interview, he takes a moment to slag off The Eagles and McFly – that’s the Johnny Rotten we know and love – but then he gets all gooey over his Sex Pistols bandmates. “When we first started, we were always fighting each other. But we’ve learnt: divided, we fall. Now I perform onstage like Arsenal play – teamwork! I wouldn’t have PiL or any of my other projects without the Pistols, and I love them blokes for that. I will fight to the death for them.”
  • Pete Doherty has checked himself back in rehab, Digital Spy is reporting.
  • Frank Carter, the tatted-up frontman of the UK band Gallows, tops NME’s Cool List. Amy Winehouse made the top ten. (BBC)
  • Rumors about Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts appearing in Led Zeppelin‘s reunion show have been denied.(NME)
  • According to The Mirror, Ms. Winehouse simply failed to show up for the video shoot for “Love Is a Losing Game” and could be billed “for tens of thousands of pounds after keeping the entire crew waiting all day.”
  • It’s been confirmed: My Bloody Valentine are recording again. On their new material, Kevin Shields says, “It sounds like what we sounded like, different but not radically different. People will go, ‘Yeah, it sounds like My Bloody Valentine.’”(Guardian)
  • James Blunt repeats that old “popularity breeds contempt” chestnut to explain the rampant criticism of his music. Of course, it couldn’t be that he sucks.(Digital Spy)
  • Sandy Denny, the “English Joni Mitchell” who died in 1978 at 31, will be honored with a box set and a TV documentary next year.(The Independent)

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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