Another Britpop Band Calls It Quits: Supergrass

  • Just months after Oasis came to their bitter end, you can throw another body on the ole funeral pyre – the boys of Supergrass have announced that the band is splitting after 17 years. Their most famous tracks – “Caught By the Fuzz,” “Mansize Rooster,” “Lenny,” “Pumping On Your Stereo,” and, of course, “Alright” – came during the height of Britpop, but they’d still been putting out quality, quirky material in recent years. Their sexy knees-up, “Diamond Hoo Ha Man,” was one of my favorite songs of 2008. The band will play farewell gigs in the early summer.
  • Um, Snoo-Bo? (Guardian)
  • Did the late Malcolm McLaren get mesothelioma from asbestos in the design shop he shared with Vivienne Westwood?(The Independent)
  • Is it mere coincidence that Peter Morgan‘s departure as scriptwriter for the next James Bond film comes after Sam Mendes signed on as director? Another playwright, Closer‘s Patrick Marber, is being sought as a replacement. Fire the lot of them and bring back Martin Campbell, I say.(Telegraph)
  • UK rapper Dizzee Rascal wants Brad Pitt‘s help to become the first black James Bond.(NME)
  • Girls Apart: Nadine Coyle hasn’t been in contact with her fellow Girls Aloud members in seven months, Nicola Roberts says.(The Sun)
  • Office and Extras co-creator Stephen Merchant says he’s not living some swanky lifestyle now that’s he’s wealthy. “It’s funny to be aware of the disparity between the real life you lead and the life that people think you lead. They think we’re endlessly jetting off and doing stuff. We’re not. We’re sat in our office and we can’t get the heating to work.” (Telegraph)
  • Gordon Ramsay and singer Pixie Lott (a guest on this week’s Graham Norton) show off their milk moustaches.(The Sun)
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company is staging a “Twitter-based performance” of Romeo and Juliet called Such Tweet Sorrow. As The Stage reports, “Six actors will tweet – send messages – to each other and their followers in real time over the next five weeks. Audiences can follow and interact with the characters individually on their Twitter feeds – the homepages which display a chronological list of messages – or see the whole play unfold on a central website.”

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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