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Ian McCulloch Reveals His Inner “Black Man”

Ian McCulloch, frontman of Echo and the Bunnymen, says he’s a”black soul singer in a white man’s underpants.” I bet you he can still get a cab in London…(Guardian) The Sun has “never-before-seen footage” of Led Zeppelin performing “Communication Breakdown” at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970. Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster had a “meningitis […]

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What John Barrowman Really Said About Closeted Gay Actors

UK theatre newspaper The Stage did an interview with Torchwood star John Barrowman in which he discussed the plight of gay actors. He was quoted as saying, “I don’t think sexuality matters at all. I am proving that with what I am doing, as are others, like Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady. I know people […]

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Leon Jackson May Be No. 1, But Rhydian Has the Buzz

X Factor‘s Leon Jackson and Rhydian Roberts are shaping up to be the UK’s answer to American Idol‘s Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Likable winner with above-average talent beats campy vocal virtuoso but loses when it really matters – at the cash register. (Studdard may provide a cautionary tale for Jackson: he was recently dropped […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder on the Dancefloor”

Can you tell from my Best of 2007 list that I adore Sophie Ellis-Bextor? She’s a pop star, nothing more, nothing less, and she seems to have a good understanding of what’s expected of her. Today, I’ve posted her first big international smash, and the song she’s likely always be known for, 2001’s “Murder on […]

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Ricky Gervais To Make Extras Spin-off AND Flanimals Movie?

Is Ricky Gervais working on an Extras spin-off focusing on Shaun Williamson‘s character Barry? Williamson says discussions are underway.(Digital Spy) Also, word is that Gervais is planning a film based on his Flanimals children’s book series. Time Out London says, “The film, which may cost up to £40 million will be the first time that […]

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Amy Winehouse Clones Top Sound of 2008 Poll

Blue-eyed soul singers Adele and Duffy have topped BBC’s Sound of 2008 list. Clearly, the industry’s trying to develop white female R&B singers in the mold of the mega-successful Amy Winehouse. Sorry, folks, but Winehouse is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent. She shall not be imitated. More predictions of what will be big in 2008 […]

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Anglo For Your Ear: Luxuria’s “Redneck”

A few weeks back, I brought you my favorite Buzzcocks song. Now I offer you a song from someone who was a member of the Buzzcocks – for, like, three seconds. Howard DeVoto was very briefly the band’s lead singer before moving on to Magazine and this little outfit, Luxuria. Here’s that band’s first single, […]

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Law & Order Moves To London

I was a huge Law & Order fan before it diluted itself with umpteen inferior spin-offs and hired a certain current GOP presidential candidate with the trophy wife to replace the great Steven Hill. Who better to give this musty, 18-year-old franchise a fresh feel than the folks behind Life On Mars and MI-5? Yes, […]

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