Monthly Archives: February 2008

Anglo For Your Ear: Sandie Shaw’s “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me”

This 1964 version of the Bacharach standard actually holds up against Dionne Warwick‘s 1967 rendition. Make no mistake, that is truly an accomplishment: Dionne is probably the best female pop singer of the past 50 years.

Prince Harry Pulled From Afghanistan After Security Fears

Thanks to good old Matt Drudge, Prince Harry has been yanked out of Afghanistan due to concerns that “the Taliban will step up attacks on British bases.” Well duh.

Dave Clark Five Frontman Has Passed Away

One of the original comrades of the British Invasion has passed away: Mike Smith, frontman of the legendary Dave Clark Five, has died at age 64 after contracting pneumonia in the hospital. This comes a little more than a week before …

Anglo For Your Ear: Melanie C’s “I Turn To You”

Well, she is the Talented Spice Girl, the only one with a significant solo career. This 2000 song, her biggest international hit, is included alongside Madison Avenue's "Don't Call Me Baby" and Sonique's …

Arctic Monkeys Follow Up BRITs Triumph With NME Wins

The lads from Sheffield surprised everyone by scooping the two biggest awards of the night at last week’s BRITs, and now they’ve surpassed that triumph at today’s Shockwaves NME Awards, taking home three gongs. Arctic …

BRITS 2008: Interview with Mark Ronson

I have had my issues with Mark Ronson‘s music, but his work with Amy Winehouse is magical. They certainly brought out the best in each other during their triumphant performance of “Valerie” on the BRITs; Winehouse …

BRITS 2008: Interview with Natasha Bedingfield

OK, is she sick of “Unwritten” yet? Natasha Bedingfield answers that question, tells us what her pop-star brother is up to, and mocks my American-ness in this red carpet interview.

Backstage Observations From the BRITS 2008

The Osbournes as hosts were…eh. (The usually tart Sharon was surprisingly banal. If there was any night that called for Bitchy Sharon Osbourne, it was this one.) And they didn’t even do the red carpet. Shame.

Anglo For Your Ear: The Horrors’ “She Is the New Thing”

I’ve never thought The Horrors were a particularly interesting band. But while watching TV here in London, I noticed that the BBC was using “She Is the New Thing” in an ad promoting their new show, Being Human.

Klaxons and Rihanna, Winehouse and Ronson To Headline BRITs

Tomorrow night’s BRITs are shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. With the Osbournes hosting and Sir Paul McCartney performing, the ceremony already had potential for standout moments.