Girls Aloud Declare War Against Crap Indie Bands

  • Which “indie clone” is Girls Aloud talking about in their new single, “Hoxton”? NME quotes the lyrics: “You’re off your face like you’re no one/How many tracks have sold hmm none/Walk round the place like you’re number one/So why don’t you write a tune that we can hum/Just cos your dad knew the Rolling Stones/ You’ve got the Primrose set in your cell phone/ Don’t kid yourself you’re an indie clone/We’ve seen it before…”
  • Does Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding look better as a blonde or as a brunette?
  • While Britney Spears circles the toilet bowl of life like the poor floater that she is, Amy Winehouse seems like she’s getting it together. Odds look good that she’ll perform at the Grammys, and she’s moving in with friend Kelly Osbourne.(Mirror)
  • A “smiling” (!) Amy visits husband Blake Fielder-Civil in jail.(Daily Mail)
  • Madonna steps out with her Mini-Me, daughter Lourdes.(Evening Standard)
  • Cilla Black, Chrissie Hynde, Kylie Minogue, and daughter Stella will team up to present Sir Paul McCartney with his Outstanding Contribution award at this year’s BRITs.(The Sun)
  • Paul Weller, who won the Outstanding Contribution award two years ago, has enlisted Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon to work on his new album.(The Sun)
  • Alex Turner‘s album with Miles Kane of The Rascals will have a “’60s vibe,” says the album’s producer, James Ford.(NME)
  • Check out the ad for Morrissey‘s Greatest Hits collection, which features fans showing their Moz-inspired tattoos. (Gigwise)
  • Popjustice answers the question, “Are Guillemots rubbish indie or are they pop?”

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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