Portishead’s Latest Album: Ten Years In the Making

  • It has taken Portishead ten years to complete their new album, Third, which comes out next month in the UK. “There were times when I thought – this is not going to happen,” guitarist Adrian Utley told BBC NEWS. “There were times there when I thought ‘we’re not going to be able to do it, or I’m going to die trying’.”
  • Ròisìn Murphy talks about the breakup of former Portishead rival Moloko (and her romantic breakup with bandmate Mark Brydon).(The Times)
  • Muse may do completely away with albums. Matt Bellamy told NME: “I like the idea of releasing a series of songs, every month or every couple of months – just putting songs out there. Almost like making the single a more prominent format, and then every few years doing a best of from that period and that would be the album. So in other words, throw out songs every couple of months and see how people like them.”
  • Video director Chris Cunningham will produce The Horrors‘ next album? (Drowned In Sound)
  • Heather Mills will allegedly get a modest £25 million from Sir Paul McCartney when the settlement is announced on Monday. (Daily Mail)
  • Ashley Cole has been voted the Worst Celebrity Husband. Prince Charles (!) came in second.(Mirror)
  • British teachers claim celebrity culture is “perverting children’s aspirations.”(BBC)
Kevin Wicks

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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