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Lots of band news today. OK, this sucks, and damn that Alex James for getting our hopes up, but there isn’t going to be a Blur reunion. Supposedly, all the boys gathered to discuss their future and came to the conclusion that they don’t have one – as least not together. From The Sun:

Hopes were high that Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree, and Alex James would record new material after attending a reunion lunch last Monday.

However a statement from the band says: “There are currently no other music plans for Blur.”

Meanwhile, Peter Hook reiterated his statement from May claiming that New Order has split up. Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris later said that Hook’s announcement was false, but their disagreement may be due to mere semantics. At the Q awards, he told Gigwise:

“There is no future for New Order. I mean, not as it was anyway. If they [Morris and Sumner] want to form a New Order 2 then that’s what it should be viewed as,” said Hook.

“I don’t think it will be New Order, it would be like carrying on with Joy Division without Ian [Curtis] – which is something we’d said we’d never do. Which is why I didn’t understand why those two said that because it’s as plain as the nose on your face that it’s not New Order.”

Coincidentally, The Independent published an article today in which Sumner, Hook, and Morris tell the story of Ian Curtis’ last days.

Who would have thought that the long-warring Police would appear so united today? Andy Summers has announced that they may follow up their reunion tour with an album. “I would see it as a challenge, to make an absolutely brilliant pop album at this stage of our career, and that would be something quite remarkable.” Indeed it would be. Let’s see if Copeland and Summers can curtail Sting‘s messianic flights of fancy.

Sugababes continue their dominance of the British pop charts, with Fedde Le Grand zooming up four spots to No. 2. Amy Winehouse‘s Mark Ronson-produced remake of The Zutons‘s “Valerie” slides into the top ten at No. 7, and that suddenly ubiquitous Feist song “1234” rises to No. 8.

1. Sugababes – About You Now
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2. Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand – Let Me ThinkAbout It
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3. Shayne Ward – No U Hang Up/IfThat’s Ok With You
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4. 50 Cent ft Justin Timberlake – AYO Technology
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5. Plain White Ts – Hey ThereDelilah
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6. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
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7. Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse -Valerie
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8. Feist – 1234
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9. Scouting For Girls – She’s SoLovely
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10. Kanye West – Stronger
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In other news:

  • Pete Doherty is out of rehab and doing live shows again. Plus, his manager says he did NOT attempt suicide.

  • The Arctic Monkeys have the Q factor, winning the title “Best Act in the World Today” at today’s Q awards. Amy Winehouse‘s Back To Black won Best Album, and Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr received Lifetime Achievement honors.(Guardian)
  • Led Zeppelin promoter Harvey Goldsmith tells eBay to FOAD after tickets to the reunion concert began showing up on the popular auction website. “I wish eBay would drop dead and die… I have begged them to take [the tickets] off and they have basically told us to f**k off. So I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives.”(Guardian)
  • John Lydon actually has nothing against the Queen. The Sex Pistols frontman tells The Sun: “She’s probably a lovely old dear. I’m not anti-monarchy at all. That’s always been misconceived. I used to really like the Queen Mum because there were lovely rumors of her being incapable (of what, you’ll just have to imagine). It used to create great visuals.” On Pete Doherty, he says: “Pete’s got to realize Sid [Vicious] was a tragedy and that’s not an image to be wanting. You can get trapped in the drugs thing. They are only something you should use for entertainment and recreation!”
  • In these excerpts from her memoirs posted in The Guardian, Marianne Faithfull tells some great stories about The Beatles, Mick Jagger, her time as an addict (“My plan was to disappear Marianne Faithfull for a while, and it worked.”), and hanging with Kate Moss.
  • The Guardian‘s Alexis Petridis interviews Mark Ronson, whom he calls “six foot tall and so handsome you feel like bursting into tears whenever you see him.”
  • Mark Ronson calls Robbie Williams a “national treasure.”(Mirror)
  • The Guardian‘s Tim Jonze talks with Sam Riley, who is getting rave reviews for his performance as Ian Curtis in Control. Like Curtis, Riley was the lead singer of a group, a band named 10,000 Things. They got crap reviews and were dropped by their label. “There was no rentboy activity, but it got pretty bad. I suppose having to serve Ricky Wilson in [Leeds bar] Milos after we’d been dropped … I mean, I love Ricky but I thought I’d f**ked it completely, ruined my one opportunity. I didn’t dream it was possible that I’d land a lead part in a black and white movie with Samantha Morton!”
  • What big city in the UK has the worst music scene historically? The Guardian‘s Dave Simpson nominates Gloucester.
  • Alan McGee asks why the Super Furry Animals have been so “underrated.” Of course, this is not without some self-aggrandizing purpose: the band was once signed to McGee’s Creation Records. I’m shocked he didn’t throw them under the bus like he did My Bloody Valentine.(Guardian)
  • The Independent‘s Nick Duerden interviews the unnaturally chirpy English band Scouting For Girls, whose song “She’s So Lovely” has been lodged in the UK’s top ten for the past few weeks. Why are they so darn happy “I can’t help it,” says frontman Roy Stride. “I just love pop music and, for me, pop music should thrive on simple melodies and a bit of bounce, you know? I have tried to write from a deeper and darker perspective – we did go through a heavy rock period once – but it just didn’t feel right. I think I’m probably too happy for all that.”
  • Blue-eyed soul goddess Alison Moyet, formerly of Yazoo, rubbishes today’s music scene in The Times. “Music at the moment is so dominated by R&B that people don’t understand melody,” she says. “They see holding a note as a kind of blankness, devoid of passion – because they see passion as just acrobatic vocal scales. But all that stuff is like having sex and watching yourself in the mirror at the same time. You’re not really involved in the moment, you’re just checking to see what your silhouette looks like.”
  • Lily Allen may get her own TV show, she revealed on her Myspace blog.(NME)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.