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  • Paul McCartney says he was “spoiled” by John Lennon and every musician he’s worked with since has been a let-down. From the BBC: “It’s a funny subject the collaboration thing because I collaborated with John and you’re a little bit spoiled after that. That was one hell of a collaboration. I’ve done it quite a bit since and, I think – and I hate to say it – there’s inevitably a sense of disappointment because it was just so cool for John and me to be working together, because we started so young and knew each other’s ways and minds.”

  • German authorities have dropped the investigation of that paternity claim against Paul McCartney because the statute of limitations has passed.(Guardian)
  • Heather Mills flashes some cleavage.(The Sun)
  • For her family’s sake, Amy Winehouse will have a proper wedding to Blake Fielder-Civil.(The Sun)
  • The Daily Mail slobbers all over the newly reformed Police. No Rock & Roll Fun notes that no mention is made of the serious lawsuit recently brought against Sting and Trudie Styler for the alleged sex discrimination of an employee.
  • The Twang boys call Mike Skinner of The Streets “a f**king geezer,” which is a good thing, just so you know.(NME)
  • Reason No. 14,506 why I love the Pet Shop BoysNeil Tennant thinks Live Earth is a load of bollocks and says why: “I’ve always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don’t – it looks arrogant. It’s not as if they have a private source of information. To state the obvious as if you are the only person that knows it is intellectually weak.” (NME)
  • London beat Manchester for the title of “Britain’s Favorite Musical Place.”(Gigwise)
  • The late Jeff Buckley considered Morrissey a hero, his mother reveals, which is obvious to anyone who’s a Buckley fan. “Jeff was a huge Smiths fan. He thought Morrissey was a living legend, so this song [a remake of ‘I Know It’s Over’] was a very meaningful choice.”(Gigwise)
  • Johnny Marr doesn’t want to remake Modest Mouse into a latter-day Smiths and says so in an interview with the Manchester Evening News. “It’s not my place to change the band into a British indie band from 1985, and I’ve got no interest in that. I’m interested in playing in a new band in 2007 and if it sometimes has echoes of something in the past then fine, but as a player I’m not stuck back there.”
  • The Cribs may be on the rise, but don’t lump them in with Kaiser Chiefs.
    (The Independent)
  • The notoriously taciturn Chemical Brothers get gabby for their new release.(Guardian)
  • A superb and short article from The Guardian‘s Michael Hann about the Cold War Kids and why their fans abandoned them once they learned about the band’s religion. It belies a curious double standard that strikes at the heart of “liberal” culture: why are white musicians chided for being religious, while black musicians (and politicians for that matter) get a pass? “The obvious reason is the same one that has governed white responses to black music since the first collectors went out and recorded the blues 80 or so years ago: that this stuff is primitive, maaaaan, and you don’t mess with the mojo. That’s right, the old noble savages line.”
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.