Perhaps prison guards were justified in searching Amy Winehouse‘s beehive: is that where she hides her “stash”? The Sun says, “New film footage of AMY WINEHOUSE has emerged, which sees the troubled star pulling an item from her beehive which she then appears to snort.”
“Amy Winehouse’s tour manager has quit – saying doctors found HEROIN in his system after he inhaled it passively on their bus.”(The Sun)
Wow, Daily Telegraph writer Helen Brown is pissed. In addition to her review, she has now penned a second piece lashing out at Amy’s critics for dissing her. “Every now and then a music critic opens rival newspapers to find opinion of a previous night’s concert entirely at odds with their own. But, on the train back from Birmingham yesterday morning, I found myself increasingly angry at the coverage of Amy Winehouse’s NIA show which I reported to be slurred and emotional – but mighty powerful for all that.” Shall we christen her the Chris Crocker of British journalism?
Andrew Lloyd Webber also comes out in defense of Amy Winehouse’s show, comparing her to three legendary singers: “My night in Birmingham was much enlivened by Ms. Winehouse. I thought there were moments when she was absolutely magnificent. She came on stage announcing herself in true Judy Garland-style. I thought she handled herself very well. I didn’t notice her doing anything peculiar. I thought her voice was toned and she was handling material you would not expect a girl of her age to cope with. She has a real Ella Fitzgerald quality…I’d also say there’s an Edith Piaf quality to her which is very rare. She lives those lyrics.” But, he concedes, “Suddenly, way into the show, the audience suddenly turned on her and she wasn’t equipped to handle it. She made the mistake of haranguing the audience instead of letting it go.” (The Sun)
Amy Winehouse’s brother Alex has spoken out in support of his sister again, asking fans to “cut her some slack.”(Gigwise)
A sixth person has been charged in connection with Blake Fielder-Civil‘s case.(Mirror)
The day after the Amy Winehouse fiasco, Take That performed in Birmingham. It was a considerably less eventful show, reports BBC NEWS.
Katie Melua, who used to date Luke Pritchard of The Kooks, will not address recent lesbian rumors. “People can think whatever they like. I like to keep some mystique around my public image. In a sense, the less you give the better.”(Daily Mail)
For the video for their single “Change,” the three Sugababes represent the four seasons. Of course, Keisha Buchanan, the diva that she is, does double duty as both Spring and Winter. You can watch the video here. It’s a much better song than “About You Now.” Still, I’m waiting for that great dancefloor anthem.
Popjustice notices that Booty Luv‘s video for “Some Kinda Rush” seems surprisingly similar to Girls Aloud‘s clip for “Something Kinda Ooh.” Both videos feature “girls joyriding in a speeding car in front of a cheap green screen.” Still, Booty Luv’s song is fantastic, possibly even better than Girls Aloud’s.
Her pal Lily Allen may think it was a bad idea, but BBC AMERICA fan Courtney Love has embraced the Radiohead distribution model for music.(NME)
NME presents the Top Ten My Bloody Valentine videos. Well, it’s padded a bit with interviews with Kevin Shields.
Privilege or rebellion?: John Lydon defied Britain’s smoking ban at a Sex Pistols gig in Brixton Wednesday night.(Gigwise)
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.