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The Observer Music Monthly has a feature in which they put two music celebs from different generations together and let them just shoot the sh*t. These interviews have often been quite revelatory and headline-making. For example, Jake Shears‘ chat with elder gay statesman Sir Elton John infamously begot a diatribe from Elton on why religion should be banned.

This weekend, the Observer posted an interview that paired up Paul McCartney with saucy libertine Pete Doherty, who was allowed out of rehab just for the occasion. The generation gap was all too apparent throughout the chat, with Pete remarking to Paul, “I wanted to ask about some of your old clobber…,” and Paul responding, “My what?” (“Clobber” means “clothes,” Pete explains.)

Lots of great anecdotes emerge from this chat, including the moment Paul first heard about punk and details on Paul’s collaborations with John Lennon. Speaking of Lennon, the most notable part of the interview occurred when Pete asked Paul about any decadent activities behind-the-scenes, and Paul somehow gets on rumors about John Lennon’s sexuality:

There was an element of Satyricon, although that overstates the case a bit. But there were certainly some elements that you wouldn’t talk about in the newspapers. Privately, I could tell a tale or two [laughs]. The funny thing is when later the rumour came out that John was gay, I said: ‘I don’t think so.’ I mean, I don’t know what he did when he went to New York, but certainly not in any of my experiences. We used to sleep together, top and tail it, you know. I always used to say: ‘Come on, I would have spotted something here.’ But what I spotted was completely the opposite. It was just chicks, chicks, chicks.

Quite the noncommittal response there. One hopes that Paul isn’t implying that, just because John didn’t jump his bones, he couldn’t have been gay or possibly bisexual. You know, he might not have been attracted to him, as hard to believe as that is. Ironically, Paul’s quote – “We used to sleep together, top and tail it, you know” – is one of the most startlingly gay things I’ve ever heard. I’m just sayin’…

In chart news: Sugababes hold down the top spot for the third week in a row in a largely unchanged top 10. The sole new entry comes from The Hoosiers, whose cheeky power pop single, “Goodbye Mr. A,” zooms to No. 5 this week.

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. Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse -Valerie
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4. Shayne Ward – No U Hang Up/IfThat’s Ok With You
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5. The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr. A
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6. Plain White Ts – Hey ThereDelilah
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7. 50 Cent ft Justin Timberlake – AYO Technology
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8. Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
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9. Feist – 1234
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10. Scouting For Girls – She’s SoLovely
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In other news:

  • Amy Winehouse, who’s now BFF with the newly “sober” Pete Doherty, calls Charlotte Church “an arrogant cow.” Who you callin’ arrogant, Ames?(The Sun)

  • Will Lily Allen launch her own record label?(Mirror)
  • In spite of his much-ballyhooed new romance with TV presenter Alexa Chung, Alex Turner was “acting like a young Mick Jagger” with “two girls all over him” at a Camden concert.(The Sun)
  • Mick Jagger‘s 8-year-old son Lucas is a real chip off the old c*ck.(The Sun)
  • Meanwhile, Jerry Hall plans to “tell all” on her former hubby.(Mirror)
  • Shocker: Johnny Borrell may split from Razorlight for a solo career.
    (The Sun)
  • Siobhan Donaghy, the former Sugababe, is set to star in a West End production of Rent and reveals she’s more confident now than she was as a pop star. She tells The Times: “I never get stage fright any more. It used to be terrible. To be honest it was because there were some very unsupportive people around me who didn’t seem to believe in me and thought I was crap, which is a bit of a hindrance.”
  • Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was asked to appear on CSI, one of his favorite shows, but turned it down after talking to Roger Daltrey.(Gigwise)
  • Just Jack talks to The Times about rap music’s influence on indie rockers: “The connection is that they’ve all grown up listening to really lyrical hip-hop. Arctic Monkeys? Blatantly hip-hop fans. The minute I heard them, I thought they sounded like rappers. You could rap out his [Alex Turner’s] verses and it would sound like hip-hop.”
  • The Guardian‘s Ben Myers says it’s been “a stinker year” for indie rock. “The obvious comparisons for this year’s breakthrough nerks are laughably easy: The View (The Libertines), The Enemy (Northern Uproar), The Fratellis (Supergrass), Pigeon Detectives (every bloke-rock band in every English town, ever), Reverend and the Makers (ditto). Whichever way you look at them, they’re all terrible. Christ, have you heard The Twang (Flowered Up)? Jamie T, Kate Nash, and Jack Peñate meanwhile have released sub-standard debut albums, creative victims of the industry’s need for everything now, now, now. Let’s see if they’re still around in three years’ time.”
  • Hot Chip are set to release a “faster and rockier” new album in 2008.(Guardian)
  • Radiohead has a fan in the White House, even though the band criticized the Prez with their last album titled Hail to the Thief.(Pitchfork)
  • Ocean Colour Scene are giving away their latest single, “Go To Sea.”(NME)
  • Led Zeppelin is finally releasing their back catalog digitally.(BBC)
  • Singer Jamelia says she’s banned The Pussycat Dolls‘ music from her home because she doesn’t want her daughters “singing their songs or writhing around like burlesque dancers!”(Digital Spy)
  • The Times has an excerpt from Michael Bracewell‘s book, Remake/Remodel, which explores the early years of Roxy Music.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.