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 the DC5 were to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.(Guardian)
The newly reformed Zombies chat about the making of Odessey and Oracle.(The Times)
Amy Winehouse has been cleared of any involvement in her husband’s case.(E!)
More Arctic Monkeying around at the NMEs: “Poor old Alex Turner was left a fluourescent adolescent – when his sickly girlfriend performed a technicolour yawn all over him.”(Mirror)
Photos of Kate Moss and Kelly Osbourne looking like they’ve been ridden hard and put away wet after the NMEs.(Daily Mail)
Hotel Babylon star Max Beesley says his relationship with Mel B. nearly killed his acting career: “I was getting painted with the same celebrity brush as her, and nobody was paying any attention to my work, which was really unfortunate.Everything slowed right down.” (Daily Mail)
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.