Anorak » Celebrities http://www.anorak.co.uk Pop culture, news, sport, media and an off-beat take on the mainstream Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:03:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Hit or Bust: A Look At Pop Stars Immortalised In Statues http://www.anorak.co.uk/405014/celebrities/music-celebrities/hit-or-bust-a-look-at-pop-stars-immortalised-in-statues.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/405014/celebrities/music-celebrities/hit-or-bust-a-look-at-pop-stars-immortalised-in-statues.html/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:40:47 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=405014 IT has been announced that a brass sculpture of Amy Winehouse is to be installed at Camden market, London.

The memorial has been designed by Scott Eaton and will be erected at the Stables market, not too far away from where the singer died so depressingly young in July 2011.

Amy’s father Mitch said he was happy about the new lifesize memorial, and that it will divert people away from paying tribute at her old house, which has “bad memories for everyone”.

“It’s a great honour to have the statue in the Stables. Amy was an integral part of Camden and still is, so you couldn’t really think of putting a statue for her anywhere else, could you really?” he told The Guardian.

Of course, Amy isn’t the first pop star to be graced with a statue in her honour. And if history tells us anything, it is that some memorial statues are better than others.

Let us look at some of the best and worst.

 

Phil Lynott

Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott might not be the most famous musician in the world, but something of a working class hero, it is great that he was immortalised in statue form on Harry Street in Dublin. Sadly, the statue itself kinda sucks.

 

Phil Lynott statue Hit or Bust: A Look At Pop Stars Immortalised In Statues

The Beatles

The Fab Four have a load of statues, but the ones in Houston are the best. Stylised and imposing, these giant Beatles were erected and, just to further the Paul Is Dead rumours, the Paul statue fell over after being blown at by some wind.

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Michael Jackson

There’s a touching statue of MJ in a favela in Rio, but we’re not interested in that. We’re more into the ghastly effigy erected by Fulham FC outside their ground. An embarrassment to a lot of fans and the cause of much mirth elsewhere.

Michael Jackson Statue Hit or Bust: A Look At Pop Stars Immortalised In Statues

Billy Fury

At the Albert Docks in Liverpool, there’s a great statue of British rock ‘n’ roll’s finest, Billy Fury. Of course, a lot of people walk past it and assume it is Elvis, but there you go.

Statue of Billy Fury Hit or Bust: A Look At Pop Stars Immortalised In Statues

Otis Redding

One of the greatest voices to ever leap out of a human throat, Otis Redding passed away too young, just days after recording ‘(Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay’. His sculpture sits in Gateway Park in Macon, Georgia. Here he is, being manhandled by a grinning white guy.

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi’s sculpture was unveiled in ’97 on Broadway Avenue in the Capital Hill/Broadway area of Hendrix’ hometown of Seattle. Sadly for Hendrix, they stuck him next to the road and had him grimacing at traffic.

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Dolly Parton

In Sevierville, Tennessee, there’s a statue of a barefoot, young Dolly Parton with a guitar which is sometimes rubbed for good luck by locals and tourists. Dolly grew up in Sevierville. It is a reasonably nice statue of her, it has to be said.

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James Brown

The plaque on this statue of James Brown says: “Singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind performer” and overlooks James Brown Plaza on Broad Street in Augusta, Ga. The person who made the statue, it seems, put a million teeth in The Godfather of Soul’s mouth. He looks a bit like a Critter.

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Johnny Ramone

The Ramones guitarist probably has the best statue in rock’s history, looking moody and cool while standing by the lake at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. His ashes are in the base of his statue, which is near the grave of bandmate Dee Dee Ramone. The Ramones – even cool in death.

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Kurt Cobain

Aberdeen Washington decided to pay tribute to their iconic son who fronted Nirvana and, regrettably killed himself. However, you have to assume that, having seen the tribute, Cobain may actually prefer to be pushing up daisies.

Kurt Cobain statue Hit or Bust: A Look At Pop Stars Immortalised In Statues

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Happy Birthday Immediate Records, A TinPot Haven For The Thin And Beautiful http://www.anorak.co.uk/404946/keyposts/happy-birthday-immediate-records-a-tinpot-haven-for-the-thin-and-beautiful.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404946/keyposts/happy-birthday-immediate-records-a-tinpot-haven-for-the-thin-and-beautiful.html/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:34:12 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404946 immediate Happy Birthday Immediate Records, A TinPot Haven For The Thin And Beautiful

 

ON this very day in 1965, something brilliant, eccentric and hip was born – Immediate Records.

In what has to be one of the finest record label names ever – c’mon, it’s everything a teenager wants from pop music – and purposefully moddish, Immediate was the baby of Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder.

The launched the label with a hipster party, attended by some of pop’s great and good – Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (not yet in the Velvet Underground) were all there, being thin and beautiful.

The label was the home of some very famous bands, such as The Small Faces, Rod Stewart and some ’60s favourites in The Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe. In their stable, they had a young guitar player and producer by the name of Jimmy Page too. Could a label be any more hip?

Obviously, being a bit tinpot, Immediate ran into financial problems and folded in 1970.

So with that, to celebrate one of the world’s most fabulous and frivolous enterprises, let us listen to some of the famous, and shouldabeenfamous, records that were found on Immediate.

 

 

Fleur De Lys ‘Circles’

Killer mod-pop from FDL, with a track that The Who wrote and intended as a single called ‘Instant Party’. While Townsend & Co. dithered, the Fleur De Lys stuck the record out. It contains one of the most mental lead guitar lines in the history of pop.

 

 

The McCoys ‘Hang On Sloopy’

Immediate’s first single and a bona fide ’60s classic. It is pure bubblegum, but that’s not a criticism at all.

 

 

 

Chris Farlow ‘Moanin”

While Farlow had a string of more notable hits, it is ‘Moanin” that really captures the spirit of the label. It is equal parts a soul and rock record as it is experimental and exotic. Jimmy Page produced the track and the fuzz guitar is elemental in force.

 

 

 

Small Faces ‘Itchycoo Park’

Seeing as someone made off with all of Immediate’s money, the Small Faces barely got a penny from them, despite cutting most of the label’s biggest hits. This is just one of them.

 

 

 

Barbara Lynn ‘You Can’t Buy My Love’

This record featured on a few labels, but was issued by Immediate in 1965. A lesser known song, but a peach all the same!

 

 

 

John Mayall & His Blues Breakers ‘I’m Your Witch Doctor’

John Mayall’s Blue Breakers have an embarrassment of riches if you look at the musicians included: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce both played in the band before buggering off to form Cream, while Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie all appeared before founding Fleetwood Mac. Future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor was in the group too!

 

 

 

Nico ‘I’m Not Sayin”

Before joining the Velvet Underground, Nico cut some folk-pop records with Immediate, who she was introduced to via Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Through these connections, she was swiped by Andy Warhol to become the chanteuse of Lou Reed & Co.

 

 

 

Billy Nichols ‘London Social Degree’

Originally hired as a staff-writer for Immediate, Billy Nicholls got the chance to have a go at making ‘the British ‘Pet Sounds’. The brilliant ‘Would You Believe?’ LP was the result, but sadly, those pesky financial difficulties saw it shelved. The promo run of 100 copies are hugely sought after.

 

 

 

The Poets ‘Baby Don’t Do It’

Daft, stomping R&B from Glasgow’s ‘The Poets’, who used to dress up like the people they saw in Edwardian paintings. Brilliant.

 

 

 

Twice As Much ‘Step Out Of Line’

Underground folk goddess Vashti Bunyan featured on this psychedelic pop outfit’s records. The Stones even wrote a couple of songs for them.

 

 

 

PP Arnold ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’

Quitting Tina and Ike Turner’s band, PP Arnold moved to Britain and London claimed her as one of their own. Backed by The Small Faces and responsible for a gigantic voice, PP Arnold made some of the best records of the ’60s. ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ is her most well-know hit, but ‘If You Think You’re Groovy’ might just pip it in quality.

 

 

 

Rod Stewart ‘Little Miss Understood’

It goes without saying that Rod The Mod was around Immediate Records and he cut some records with them, like this baroque pop gem. He’d go on to be much more successful elsewhere, but the Immediate releases are worthy of remembering.

 

 

 

The Mockingbirds ‘You Stole My Love’

The heart of The Mockingbirds went to to become 10cc, and this particular number features a young Julie Driscoll on backing vocals, which is just fabulous.

 

 

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In Praise of The Monkees: The Brilliant Top 10 They Never Play On The Radio http://www.anorak.co.uk/404878/keyposts/in-praise-of-the-monkees-the-brilliant-top-10-they-never-play-on-the-radio.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404878/keyposts/in-praise-of-the-monkees-the-brilliant-top-10-they-never-play-on-the-radio.html/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:21 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404878 PA 12926796 In Praise of The Monkees: The Brilliant Top 10 They Never Play On The Radio

31/12/1965

 

ON this very day in 1968, the last episode of The Monkees TV show aired in the States. Almost every US TV station re-ran the show, with the ’69-’71 being more popular than the debut bow.

The show was shipped out across the world and The Monkees found a load of British fans when it was repeated in the summer holidays in the ’80s and ’90s. While the band themselves have mixed feelings about the show, it simply won’t go away, unless of course, you’re the kind of sneering prick who doesn’t like The Monkees because you could see the business behind them.

Of course, there’s much more to the band than the manufactured element (which, in itself, is as fun and interesting as anything in pop culture). In Mike Nesmith, we had the sulky renegade who went country rock before the rest of rock cottoned on, who then went on to accidentally invent MTV.

In Mickey Dolenz, we saw a solo artist and someone who went on to provide some great voice acting on Scooby Doo and Batman cartoons (which is impossibly great). Peter Tork meanwhile hung-out with George Harrison and contributed to the Wonderwall soundtrack (the first ever Apple Corps release no less!) and was sent to prison on a drug bust, while Davy Jones opened a whole market and became a horse racing jockey.

The Monkees are as brilliant and quirky as any other rock band and recorded some of the most wonderful slices of ’60s pop music ever.

 

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Davy Jones, right, getting in on the act when Micky Dolenz married 23 year old Trina Dow of Saffron Walden at the tiny church of St Mary’s Virgin at Little Sampford. Davy and Micky found fame as members of the American pop group The Monkees.
Date: 18/06/1977

 

 

While everyone knows ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’ and the like, The Monkees were on-hand to deliver some of the most killer, weird and gonzo pop music ever made. Hardly surprising seeing as they were mates with Frank Zappa and Carole King.

So lets dig deeper into the back-cat of The Monkees and rejoice.

 

Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?

Super funky bass-riff results in dancefloor dynamite with The Monkees being weary about the pop machine. It’s a brilliant slice of bubblegum psych and appears in the fabulously stupid Head movie, directed by Jack Nicholson.

 

 

I Won’t Be The Same Without Her

The Monkees were one of the best bands in America when it came to making super, rich, dreamy psychedelic pop music and ‘I Won’t Be The Same Without Her’ is one such number.

 

 

Teardrop City

The Prefab Four were always in their element when knocking out perfect Beatlesy pop. Teardrop City has the hallmark of some other Monkees tunes as well.

 

 

The Porpoise Song

Languid, reflective comedown music and Carol King written, The Porpoise Song would’ve been jizzed about for an eternity if a (supposedly) cooler band had recorded it. Tripped-out drums, orchestrations, drug-eyed fade-aways and more. This song has everything.

 

 

The Door Into Summer

One of the standout songs on ‘Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd’, The Monkees sing about greed over a great period production.

 

 

Mr Webster

With ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, The Monkees showed that they liked eyeing up the squares with curiosity and they got to indulge their Ray Davis-esque slanted look at society more than once, including this sitar-y, West Coast woozy folk-pop.

 

 

Auntie’s Municipal Court

The Monkees countribution – Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork especially – to country rock is consistently overlooked. They were cutting country-pop before Gram Parsons showed the Byrds their arses from their pedal steels. ‘Auntie’s Municipal Court’ chugs along nicely, making way for songs like ‘Listen To The Band’.

 

 

Tapioca Tundra

Mike Nesmith was the king of Gonzo-pop. He got far flung influences and threw them all at 3 minute pop records. He was one of the few music makers to share the ideals of The Beatles (throw whatever is in your head, at it) rather than simply aping them (‘put some sitar on it’).

 

 

Can You Dig It?

Super groovy Eastern pop, again from the fabulous and weird Head soundtrack, ‘Can You Dig It?’ is a grown-up, sexy number that should tick the boxes of a few record collecting nerds.

 

 

What Am I Doin’ Hanging Round

As with ‘You Just May Be The One’, Nesmith’s ability to offer a love song, skewed with a little frustration and darkness was up their with the best. ‘What Am I Doin’ Hanging Round’ is an evocative pop song that puts you right in the middle of the story of a young man missing his train to kiss a girl. Nesmith’s voice never sounded better.

 

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The BBC And Police Use Cliff Richard To Repair The Damage Of Jimmy Savile And Hillsborough http://www.anorak.co.uk/404885/celebrities/the-bbc-and-police-use-cliff-richard-to-repair-the-damage-of-jimmy-savile-and-hillsborough.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404885/celebrities/the-bbc-and-police-use-cliff-richard-to-repair-the-damage-of-jimmy-savile-and-hillsborough.html/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:14:35 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404885 PA 20640511 The BBC And Police Use Cliff Richard To Repair The Damage Of Jimmy Savile And Hillsborough

CAN we feel sorry for Cliff Richard? When the police raided his home in the full glare of the BBC cameras, did you wince? Or did you pat yourself on the back and congratulate the Beeb and the police on their sound work in investigating allegations of historic sex abuse and, most vitally, showing us all how they have moved on and are no longer ignoring victims, employing the depraved and failing to report their crimes?

The worthy South Yorkshire plods must have known Cliff was on his summer holidays.

But it wasn’t about him. It was about them. Just as when they nicked innocent Jim Davidson at Heathrow Airport, unable to wait until the poor sod arrived home or – get this – went on the lam in the Celebrity Big Brother house – the police stage-managed a show of their moral credentials.

No stone will be left unturned in the hunt for the paedophile, the pariah of society who will get us all.  Paedo panic is one of the simplest ways of binding the mob in a common cuase. Forget that those sods in South Yorkshire lied and lied and lied about dead children and adults at Hillsborough; just be thank ful they are protecting the kids from the ubiquitous nonce who lurks  around every corner. Yes, that same police force did test killed 10-year-olds for signs of alcoholism in a bid to slander Liverpool’s 96, but if Sir Cliff or any other celebroty has laid so much as a glance on a kid, they will bring the full weight of the law upon their youthful heads.

Someone has made an allegation against Sir Cliff. So. The moralists send for the five police cars (yes, really), the police helicopter and the BBC cameras. And we look on as the empty home is raided.

Now phone the BBC. Phone the police, Did you know the accused? Are you an alleged victim? That crass and crap police raid was also a BBC advert for other alleged victims to come forward. If enough people can make a claim, the police raid will have been worth it.

Sod the fact that Sir Cliff Richard was id-ed on the BBC before he’d been arrested.

That was not justice.

It’s pervese that in this moden post-Savile, post-Rochdale world, when justice denied to many victims of sex crimes is being made right, a man can be humilated in public on the pretext of justice by the very institutions who betrayed so many

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Woodstock’s 45th Anniversary: The Great Bands That Turned It Down http://www.anorak.co.uk/404785/celebrities/music-celebrities/woodstocks-45th-anniversary-the-great-bands-that-turned-it-down.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404785/celebrities/music-celebrities/woodstocks-45th-anniversary-the-great-bands-that-turned-it-down.html/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:50:41 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404785 PA 8675166 Woodstocks 45th Anniversary: The Great Bands That Turned It Down

Rock music fans relax during a break in the entertainment at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, N.Y., on Aug. 16, 1969. (AP Photo)

 

FORTY-FIVE years ago, the Woodstock Festival kicked off. Not the first of it’s kind and certainly not the best – but most iconic? Probably.

500,000 gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm in New York’s Sullivan County, and that weekend in August 1969, the the “3 Days of Peace & Music” was captured on film and a legend was born.

Days after the first man set foot on the moon and in the middle of the Vietnam war, optimism, hate and politics all melded together with pop culture.

On the bill that weekend, were Sly & The Family Stone, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and more.

However, the line-up at Woodstock could’ve been very, very different. There were a number of bands who were asked and turned it down. There were bands who never really considered it.

So let us look at some of the acts that could’ve been at Woodstock and you can weigh-up how brilliant or awful it would have been to have them alongside the other groups. We’ve chosen footage that is from around the time of Woodstock, so you can get a real feel for what the bands could’ve added (or subtracted) from those that appeared.

 

 

Led Zeppelin

Zep’s manager Peter Grant stated: “We were asked to do Woodstock and Atlantic were very keen, and so was our U.S. promoter, Frank Barsalona. I said no because at Woodstock we’d have just been another band on the bill.” Zep went and watched Elvis instead.

 

 

 

Bob Dylan

Dylan lived in Woodstock at the time, but didn’t enter serious negotiations to play as he was setting off to do the Isle of Wight festival instead, travelling on the QE2. Dylan was also apparently annoyed at the hippies hanging around his house. Thank god The Band were there.

 

 

 

The Beatles/John Lennon

There’s some rumours that the Woodstock organisers asked Lennon to play, but lost interest in the Beatle when he demanded that Yoko Ono get a slot too. However, what is far more likely is that Lennon fancied a slot, but Richard Nixon wouldn’t let him as he was madly paranoid about Lennon being in the States.

 

 

 

Arthur Lee and Love

Arthur Lee declined the invitation thanks to him and his band basically fighting with each other all the time. Love’s appearance would’ve made the band a household name and given their masterpiece – ‘Forever Changes’ – a chance to be a household name. Alas, they were consigned to record-collector obscurity.

 

 

 

Joni Mitchell

Joni was all set to play Woodstock and indeed, wrote a great song about the place. However, she cancelled her appearance on her manager’s advice who thought she’d be better off playing her scheduled appearance on The Dick Cavett Show.

 

 

 

The Jeff Beck Group

Jeff Beck said of Woodstock: “I deliberately broke the group up before Woodstock. I didn’t want it to be preserved.”

 

 

 

The Doors

The Doors cancelled their Woodstock gig at the last minute, because they thought the festival would be a “second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival”. They spared a generation of Jim Morrison’s dreadful lizard routine.

 

 

 

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

It has always been weird that Zappa wasn’t at Woodstock, seeing as he presided over 60s counterculture like some mad professor, but on a TV show, Zappa said: “A lot of mud at Woodstock … We were invited to play there, we turned it down.”

 

 

 

The Byrds

The Byrds were, of course, invited to play Yasgur’s farm, but declined the offer because they figured Woodstock would be no different from any of the other music festivals that summer. There were money concerns as well because, as you know, hippies like to get paid and it looked like McGuinn & Co might not, so they stayed away.

 

 

 

Chicago

Still known as the Chicago Transit Authority, the band had been signed-on to play Woodstock, but thanks to contractual wranglings, Santana got their slot instead. That’s got to be a kick in the teeth.

 

 

 

Tommy James and the Shondells

Declining the invitation, Tommy James said: “We could have just kicked ourselves. We were in Hawaii, and my secretary called and said, ‘Yeah, listen, there’s this pig farmer in upstate New York that wants you to play in his field.’ That’s how it was put to me. So we passed, and we realized what we’d missed a couple of days later.”

 

 

 

Free

Free were asked to play, but declined.

 

 

 

Spirit

Spirit, and the dazzlingly talented Randy California, were asked to play Woodstock, but turned it down because they had already been booked to play some other shows. They had no idea what they were turning down.

 

 

 

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull turned down Woodstock. Frontman Ian Anderson said he knew it would be huge, but didn’t fancy it because he didn’t like hippies and thought they wouldn’t get paid enough.

 

 

 

Iron Butterfly

IB were booked to appear and are even listed on the Woodstock poster to play on the Sunday, but sadly, they missed their show because they were stuck at an airport. That’s gotta suck.

 

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10 Actors Who Swapped The Boards for the Bandstand http://www.anorak.co.uk/404677/keyposts/10-actors-who-swapped-the-boards-for-the-bandstand.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404677/keyposts/10-actors-who-swapped-the-boards-for-the-bandstand.html/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:57:34 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404677  10 Actors Who Swapped The Boards for the Bandstand

 

PART Kermit, part hipster, Michael Cera is loved by many (and he probably irritates a fair few too, but that’s normal) and has starred in a bunch of films that make people in Converse Chuck Taylor’s go weak at the knees.

So it isn’t very surprising that Michael Cera has released folk album called ‘True That’.

The actor released the material on August 8th via his Bandcamp page. Not many people noticed it, but then, Superbad co-star Jonah Hill posted a link to it and now everyone is cooing and clucking about it.

Of course, he’s not the first actor to have a go at singing and making music. In fact, the movies are filled with actors who have decided to have a go at making sweet melodies. The results, obviously, have been mixed and sometimes, downright baffling.

Mostly though, they’ve been a bit bland. Remember Minnie Driver’s album? Of course you don’t. Was it bad? Sadly, it was competent so no-one could get mad.

Some actors have been pretty good, but they’re no fun – we’re interested in the weird ones. Dudley Moore’s fine jazz and J-Lo’s ace pop aren’t for us.

We’re here for the lousy and oddball.

 

 

Robert Mitchum

Cinema legend Robert Mitchum was swept away by the infectious music of the Caribbean and thought he’d make a calypso album. His deadpan delivery is funny, but is it a bit racist doing what is tantamount to a comedy black voice? Judge for yourself.

 

 

 

Scott Baio

You’ll know Baio in his role as Chaci Arcola in Happy Days, where he basically played a mini Fonz. The ladies seem to like him, and someone, somewhere, saw money potential in him and he released a rock record. Seriously. Check out the hilarious ‘How Do You Talk To Girls?’ It is possible that he thought he sounded like Bruce Springsteen. It is possible no-one had the heart to tell him that he didn’t.

 

 

 

William Shatner

No singing-actor list is complete without The Shat, who released the cult favourite, ‘Transformed Man’, where he did now famous versions of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. Here, for your pleasure, is a different cut from the LP. Of course, he went on to make another album with members of Sonic Youth and the like, but he was in on the joke then, so it wasn’t nearly as good as the original.

 

 

 

Peter Wyngarde

He played Jason King in the ’70s and contained one of the most outrageous wardrobes in television. However, more outrageous was his solo LP which is, without doubt, in possession of one of THE WEIRDEST collections of songs ever made. On it, is the fantastically controversial ‘Rape’ which is not only distasteful in subject, but also for the impressions of all the people around the world who might like to rape. This song is 100% agony to listen to.

 

 

 

Hylda Baker & Arthur Mullard

While Hylda and Arthur’s version of Grease mondo-hit ‘You’re The One That I Want’ is a comedy song, it is always worth including in a list when you get the chance. Their live reading of the song on TOTP is absolute gold.

 

 

 

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan cut a record called ‘We Are Ready’, which hasn’t aged well, but his voice isn’t all that bad. Still, on listening to it, it does have a certain evangelical, charity quality to it and you’d rather see him in the middle of a frantic fight scene.

 

 

 

Telly Savalas

Telly, known as Kojak, was the unlikely heartthrob in many households, and becoming hugely famous, got his way to make some music. His singing voice is not a million miles away from his speaking voice. Maybe for some of you, that’ll be more than enough.

 

 

 

Mr T

Mr T now, who made an instructional video about doing the right thing and leading a good life. On it, it contains a fabulous song about treating your mother right. Mr T has all the rhythm of a horse in high heels.

 

 

 

Joe Pesci

Pesci once said he was giving up acting to start singing. Have a listen to this and try and work out whether he was being serious or not.

 

 

 

Brigitte Nielsen

You haven’t lived a properly fruitful life until you’ve heard Brigitte’s appalling cover version of ‘My Girl’. And to think she ended up bumping uglies with Flava Flav. If he heard this, he may have run a mile.

 

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The Huddersfield Examiner Picks A Great Day To Profile Cliff Richard’s Dead Ringer http://www.anorak.co.uk/404690/celebrities/the-huddersfield-examiner-picks-a-great-day-to-profile-cliff-richards-dead-ringer.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404690/celebrities/the-huddersfield-examiner-picks-a-great-day-to-profile-cliff-richards-dead-ringer.html/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:50:35 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404690 ON the day police search Cliff Richard’s home in connection with an alleged crime against a minor – he denies any wrongdoing –  the Huddersfield Examiner reports:

 

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And:

Former Longwood resident, Kytsun Wolfe, will perform in the region for the first time since he left to pursue his entertainer dream

Book now and book often…

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Police Raid Sir Cliff Richard’s Home In Investigation Over Alleged Child Abuse http://www.anorak.co.uk/404682/celebrities/police-raid-sir-cliff-richards-home-in-investigation-over-alleged-child-abuse.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404682/celebrities/police-raid-sir-cliff-richards-home-in-investigation-over-alleged-child-abuse.html/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:12:53 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404682 PA 1016131 Police Raid Sir Cliff Richards Home In Investigation Over Alleged Child Abuse

Singer Cliff Richard outside Buckingham Palace today (Wednesday). The Peter Pan of pop picked up his knighthood from the Queen and pledged to keep on rocking after 37 years in the business. Although Sir Cliff Richard has visited the Queen many times before he said today’s visit was one of his greatest moments. And he chuckled after opening the medal box to find it inscribed ‘Knight Bachelor’.

 

As reported:

Police are searching a Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence. A number of items were removed from the property in the Sunningdale area for further investigation, but no arrests have been made.

A police spokesman said the allegation involved a boy under 16 and dated from the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area.

The search is not connected to Operation Yewtree, police said.

But officers from that operation have been notified, a South Yorkshire Police spokesman added.

Blimey.

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Robin Williams Death Show: Fox News Milks The Dead “Coward’ And Kicks His Kids In The Guts http://www.anorak.co.uk/404672/tv/robin-williams-death-show-fox-news-milks-the-dead-coward-and-kicks-his-kids-in-the-guts.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404672/tv/robin-williams-death-show-fox-news-milks-the-dead-coward-and-kicks-his-kids-in-the-guts.html/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:08:04 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404672 DID you find the death of Robin Williams entertaining? Fox News sure did:

 

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Marianne Faithful Knows Who Killed Jim Morrison http://www.anorak.co.uk/404272/celebrities/music-celebrities/marianne-faithful-knows-who-killed-jim-morrison.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404272/celebrities/music-celebrities/marianne-faithful-knows-who-killed-jim-morrison.html/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:27:43 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404272 PA 2375070 Marianne Faithful Knows Who Killed Jim Morrison

Lead singer of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and British pop singer Marianne Faithfull are shown leaving home in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, England on May 29, 1969. They are driving to their hearing at Marlborough St. Court on charges of drug possession. (AP Photo)

 

LOOKEE here: Marianne Faithful must have a new album coming out. For the aging diva has decided to drop the bombshell that she knows who killed Jim Morrison. Nothing like a bit of gossip from 40 years ago to revive interest in a singer from 40 years ago, eh?

Marianne Faithfull, the singer and actress, has claimed her drug dealing ex-boyfriend “killed” Jim Morrison after accidentally supplying him heroin that was too strong.

Faithfull, who has a new album out in September, told a music magazine she was now the only person alive “connected” to Morrison’s death, after travelling to Paris in 1971.

The truth being that we’ve all known all along who killed Jim Morrison. It was, of course, Jim Morrison. The combination of the drugs, the booze and the food (yes, don’t forget that he was by no means that svelte figure by the time he died) meant that he simply wasn’t long for this world even at the age of 27. Not unless he’d made a determined effort to clean up his act.

Which brings us to the subject of that 27 club, the young stars who manage to kill themselves at that age. Winehouse, Cobain , Morrison, Joplin and so on. One way of looking at the membership of that club is that perhaps it’s not all that wise for an 18 or 19 year old to have access to vast amounts of money and thus anything and everything that can be inhaled, ingested, drunk or injected. Another way of looking at it is that it does seem to take some years, 5 or 6 perhaps, of that lifestyle to actually kill people. And these people really were going at it full tilt too, which shows us that the human body might be a bit more resilient than we generally assume that it is. It takes years of it to do you in, not the odd dabble.

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Lauren Bacall In Rare And Wonderful Photos: – September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014 http://www.anorak.co.uk/404542/celebrities/lauren-bacall-in-rare-and-wonderful-photos-september-16-1924-august-12-2014.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404542/celebrities/lauren-bacall-in-rare-and-wonderful-photos-september-16-1924-august-12-2014.html/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:32:56 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404542 LAUREN Bacall – September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014.

 

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Actor Humphrey Bogart and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, help their son Stephen decorate a small Christmas tree in their home in Hollywood, Calif., on Dec. 20, 1950.

 

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Actor Humphrey Bogart lights a cigarette for his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, in their room at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, during their vacation on March 26, 1951.

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American actors Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall, board a BEA Viking for Rome at Heathrow Airport. 1951.

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Actress Lauren Bacall, 27, adjust the bowtie of her husband Humphrey Bogart, 50, at a reception in Claridge’s Hotel, London.
Date: 16/04/1951

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Actress Lauren Bacall lights a cigarette for her husband, actor Humphrey Bogart, at a press reception at London’s Claridges Hotel, England, on April 16, 1951. (AP Photo)

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Actor Humphrey Bogart, his actress wife Lauren Bacall (L) and actress Katharine Hepburn at London Airport, after arriving in the UK from Africa after filming. 1951

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American actor Humphrey Bogart and his actress wife Lauren Bacall with a Nile Perch, which he caught while on location in Africa for exterior scenes in his new film ‘The African Queen’.
Date: 01/09/1951

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Actress Lauren Bacall, left, and her husband, actor Humphrey Bogart, are shown on a street in Cannes during a few days vacation on the French Riviera, France, on June 26, 1953. (AP Photo)

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Humphrey Bogart, his actress wife, Lauren Bacall, and their son, Stephen, aged two, gather on a deck of the French liner Ile De France on Sept. 13, 1951 in New York City, following their arrival from Europe.

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On this day in 1945, Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart became husband and wife. Humphrey Bogart, his wife Lauren Bacall and their young son Stephen in Southampton after a dash to catch the French liner Ile de France on their way back to America. Bogart was working at Walton Hall studios, Isleworth, Middlesex.
Date: 07/09/1951

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Actor Humphrey Bogart and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, and their children Stephen, 6, and Leslie, 2, walk on the grounds at their home in Hollywood, Calif., on April 19, 1955

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Some members of the Holmby Hills Rat Pack, a group of exceedingly well heeled Bohemians that include screen stars and millionaires from Hollywood’s super-ritzy Holmby Hill section, are seen sitting at a table having cocktails at the Copa Room in Hollywood, Oct. 15, 1956.. Shown left to right are Humphrey Bogart; producer Sid Luft; Lauren Bacall; Judy Garland; Ellie Graham; agent Jack Entratter; restaurateur Mike Romanoff (partly hidden); Frank Sinatra; Mrs. Romanoff; actor David Niven; and Mrs. Niven. (AP Photo)

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Frank Sinatra, right, and Lauren Bacall arrive at a film preview of “Pal Joey” in Hollywood, Ca., in Nov. 1957.

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Hollywood star Lauren Bacall arrives at London Airport with her children Steve, 10, and Lesley, 6. She is due to film North West Frontier at Pinewood Studios.
Date: 10/01/1959

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Maurice Chevalier (left) talks to Lauren Bacall and Alec Guinness at the rehearsal for the Royal Film Performance at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, London.
Date: 01/02/1959

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Hollywood star Lauren Bacall and her children Steve, 10, and Lesley, 6, as they left London Airport for a skiing holiday in Zurich.
Date: 23/01/1959

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American actress Lauren Bacall and British actor Kenneth More at London Airport. They were flying to India to shoot scenes for their film North West Frontier.
Date: 29/03/1959

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Film star Lauren Bacall arrives at London Airport from Paris to complete the filming of her latest movie.
Date: 17/06/1959

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American actress Lauren Bacall with her two children Leslie and Stephen as they left London Airport for a five week holiday in Biarritz.
Date: 14/07/1959

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Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall are shown at New York’s Idlewilde Airport in a May 8, 1961, photo. (AP Photo)

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This 1965 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall at her home in New York.

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Actor Henry Fonda is pictured with his wife, the former Shirlee Adams, during a celebration of his 30 years of acting. Also in attendance were (left to right) Anita Louise, Lauren Bacall, Rita Gam, and Susan Kohner, at the party in New York on June 27, 1966. (AP Photo)

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French designer Yves Saint Laurent, center, is congratulated by American actress Lauren Bacall, left, and her daughter Leslie Bogart, after the presentation of Saint Laurent’s fashion collection. 1968.

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Lauren Bacall listens to speakers at protest meeting against ABM system in New York City on June 25, 1969. The meeting discussed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems used in defending areas against missile-delivered nuclear weapons.

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Actress Lauren Bacall is among those attending the funeral services on June 27, 1969 in New York, for entertainer Judy Garland. A private funeral service was held after 21,000 persons had filed past her casket. (AP Photo)

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Tony winners, from left, Cleavon Little, Lauren Bacall, Tammy Grimes and Fritz Weaver pose at the 24th Annual Tony Awards ceremony at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City, April 19, 1970. Little won best actor in a musical for “Purlie”; Bacall won best actress in a musical for “Applause”; Grimes won best actress for the revival “Private Lives”; and Weaver won best actor in a dramatic role for “Child’s Play.” (AP Photo)

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This June 8, 1979 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall, center, with Henry Kissinger, left, and actor Henry Fonda at a party to launch her autobiography,”By Myself” at the Palace Theater in New York.

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Actress Lauren Bacall is shown presenting Oscar to director Oliver Stone for “Midnight Express” at the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 9, 1979. (AP Photo)

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This Jan. 14, 1981 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall rehearsing with Eivind Harum, for the musical “Woman of the Year,” in New York. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

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Four winners pose onstage at the Tony Awards presentation show in New York, June 7, 1981. From left are: Kevin Kline, best actor in a musical for ” Pirates; ” Jane Lapotaire, best actress in a play for ” Piaf; ” Lauren Bacall, best actress in a musical for ” Woman of the Year; “and Ian McKellen, best actor in a play for “Amadeus.” (AP Photo)

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From left, Columbia Pictures chairman Leo Jaffe, Whitney Houston, Lauren Bacall and Jimmy Stewart receive awards at the Eighth American Cinema Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 12, 1991. The American Cinema Foundation supplies educational scholarships in theater arts, music and dance. (AP Photo/Craig Fujii)

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This March 4, 1982 file photo shows a Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards, right, at a rally to save the Morosco and Helen Hayes Theatres in New York. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

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Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall at Heathrow Airport, where she left for New York.
Date: 09/03/1985

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American movie stars Lauren Bacall and Kirk Douglas hug during a photocall to promote their movie “Diamonds” by U.S. director John Asher to be screened at the American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999.

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In this May 21, 1945 file photo, novelist Louis Bromfield, center, helps actor Humphrey Bogart and his bride, actress Lauren Bacall, cut the cake after their wedding at Bromfield’s Malabar Farm near Lucas, Ohio.

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This Feb. 1950 file photo shows actor Humphrey Bogart, left, and his wife actress Lauren Bacall appear at the Stork Club in New York. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen

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Actor Humphrey Bogart, lighting cigarette, actress Lauren Bacall, massaging her husband’s head, and cameraman Karl Freund relax on the set of “Key Largo” in Hollywood, Ca., on Jan. 19, 1948. (AP Photo)

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A group of Hollywood stars pose against the Capitol dome as they arrive for a session of the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 1947. From left are, Jules Buell, Marsha Hunt, David Hopkins, Richard Conte, Ralph Alswang, June Havoc, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, back, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henreid, Lauren Bacall, Joseph Sistrom, Evelyn Keyes, Danny Kaye, Sheppard Strudwick, Jane Wyatt, Geraldine Brooks, Ira Gershwin and Larry Adler. (AP Photo)

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Left to right are actress Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Pickford, Buddy Rogers, and Raymond McCall of the New York Times, at Associated Press managing editors dinner at Los Angeles Biltmore Bowl on Nov. 29, 1946.

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Actor Humphrey Bogart and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall, are shown on his 28-foot sailboat at Balboa Bay, Ca., on June 4, 1945. (AP Photo)

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Actor Humphrey Bogart and actress Lauren Bacall are shown at a train station before they board the Santa Fe in Los Angeles, Ca., on May 18, 1945. The couple will travel to Mansfield, Ohio, where they will get married at a friend’s farm.

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In this Feb. 10, 1945 file photo, Vice President Harry S. Truman plays the piano as new movie star Lauren Bacall lies on top of it during her appearance at the National Press Club canteen in Washington. Through the years, commanders-in-chief have turned musicians-in-chief, with varying results. (AP Photo)

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This is a May, 1945 photo of actor Humphrey Bogart with his wife actress Lauren Bacall. (AP Photo)

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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall ca. 1946, at about the time they appeared together in “The Big Sleep.” (AP Photo)

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Robin Williams: Mail, Express, Metro, Mirror And Sun Turn Killer Depression Into A Sensational Suicide http://www.anorak.co.uk/404523/celebrities/robin-williams-mail-express-metro-mirror-and-sun-turn-killer-depression-into-a-sensational-suicide.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404523/celebrities/robin-williams-mail-express-metro-mirror-and-sun-turn-killer-depression-into-a-sensational-suicide.html/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:39:57 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404523 PA 20626566 1 Robin Williams: Mail, Express, Metro, Mirror And Sun Turn Killer Depression Into A Sensational Suicide

Media outside the home of Robin Williams in the town of Tiburon, California where the actor/comedian was found dead

 

SO. How have the British Press reacted to the news that Robin Williams died? At first they lamented the passing of a favourite entertianer. Then Peter Samson told Sun readers that Williams had taken his own life. He stated this with the coroners court was stil investigating.

Mind, the mental health charity providing “advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem – We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding” – issued a media guide:

Robin Williams: Media briefing for journalists

As this story unfolds and more details are revealed about the circumstances surrounding Robin Williams’ death, we are issuing a brief reminder about guidance on media reporting around suicide and in particular a reminder that reporting specific details about the method a person uses can be very triggering for others experiencing suicidal thoughts. We urge you to avoid excessive detail about method of suicide and to report responsibly and sensitively. Evidence shows that copycat suicides can occur as a result of extensive media coverage – please avoid explicit details and sensationalist reporting.

The Samartians has more advice:

Samaritans recommends:

Avoid giving too much detail. Care should be taken when giving any detail of a suicide method. While saying someone hanged themselves or took an overdose is acceptable, detail about the type of ligature or type and quantity of tablets used is not…

Avoid any mention of the method in headlines as this inadvertently promotes and perpetuates common methods of suicide…

Vulnerable individuals may identify with a person who has died, or with the circumstances in which a person took their own life. For example, combining references to life circumstances, say a debt problem or job loss, and descriptions of an easy-to-copy suicide method in the same report, could put at greater risk people who are vulnerable as a result of financial stress.
Never say a method is quick, easy, painless or certain to result in death. Try to avoid portraying anything that is immediate or easy to imitate – especially where the ingredients or tools involved are readily available.

Avoid over-simplification. Approximately 90 per cent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health problem at the time of death. Over-simplification of the causes or perceived ‘triggers’ for a suicide can be misleading and is unlikely to reflect accurately the complexity of suicide. For example, avoid the suggestion that a single incident, such as loss of a job, relationship breakdown or bereavement, was the cause.

Some suicides attract intense media scrutiny. However, where possible, refrain from positioning a story too prominently, for example on a front page or as a lead bulletin, as this may unduly influence vulnerable people…

Take extra care with the selection and placement of imagery linked to a report about suicide. For example, question if a large or prominently placed picture of the person who has died is necessary.

And the Press respsonded thus:

 

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Depression is an illness. It can be a killer. What other illness would get this revolting treatment?

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Robin Williams: The Sun Performs An Autopsy And Delivers Its Verdict http://www.anorak.co.uk/404472/celebrities/robin-williams-the-sun-performs-an-autopsy-and-delivers-its-verdict.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404472/celebrities/robin-williams-the-sun-performs-an-autopsy-and-delivers-its-verdict.html/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:50:20 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404472 PA 4954239 Robin Williams: The Sun Performs An Autopsy And Delivers Its Verdict

 

ROBIN Williams has died. He was 63.  The California coroner is investigating:
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But the Sun’s Peter Samson has facts ahead of that autopsy:

 

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So. It was suicide.

His loved ones will be relieved to have closure.

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So. Farewell Robin Williams http://www.anorak.co.uk/404452/celebrities/so-farewell-robin-williams.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404452/celebrities/so-farewell-robin-williams.html/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:15:07 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404452 PA 8635465 So. Farewell Robin Williams

 

ROBIN WIlliams has died. He was 63.

 

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Police Brutality: Music Against Cops http://www.anorak.co.uk/404423/celebrities/music-celebrities/police-brutality-music-against-cops.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404423/celebrities/music-celebrities/police-brutality-music-against-cops.html/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:12:56 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404423 PA 13830581 Police Brutality: Music Against Cops

FILE – This file photo of Rodney King was taken three days after his videotaped beating in Los Angeles on March 6, 1991. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Pool, File)

 

ANOTHER young black man has been killed by the police in America and there’s the all too familiar narrative to it all.

Vigils, pleas to be heard and unrest has ensued after Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson. Eye-witnesses have likened the killing to an execution and the policeman in question has been put on paid leave while officials investigate.

Of course, the list of people killed in controversial circumstances by US police forces is depressingly long and, of course, pop-culture has tracked and chronicled what’s happened.

With that, let us listen to some of the most effective tracks about police brutality – some famous, some less so, and spare a thought for those who have been affected by the state killing their children.

 

 

Public Enemy ’911 Is A Joke’

Public Enemy are the most successful group to align politics and music together. In ’911 Is A Joke’, they expertly detail just how they the can’t trust law and order in America. A lot of things said by PE, even though the message is 20+ years old, are still appallingly true.

 

 

 

Hip Hop For Respect ‘A Tree Never Grown’

In February 1999, 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot to death by four NYPD police officers after the wallet he withdrew from his jacket was mistaken for a gun. The officers involved were acquitted. A veritable supergroup of black musicians (including Mos Def and Talib Kweli) got together for ‘Hip Hop For Respect’, and in blue-collar rock, Bruce Springsteen recorded American Skins (41 Shots) for the same cause.

 

 

 

Black Flag ‘Police Story’

Black Flag have always had a problem with the police and in ’81, the hit out at the authorities with this one-inch-punch of noise.

 

 

 

NWA ‘Fuck Tha Police’

NWA were never going to shy away from taking on the long arm of the law. The song foresaw the mass resentment towards the police that later exploded in the LA Riots in 1992 after the death of Rodney King. NWA even alleged that black people in the police were worse than the whites: “Don’t let it be a black and a white one ’cause they’ll slam ya down to the street top – black police showing out for the white cop”

 

 

 

Dave Goodman & Friends ‘Justifiable Homicide’

Dave Goodman was the sound man for the Sex Pistols’ earliest recordings. However, Goodman put together a band and released ‘Justifiable Homicide’, which protested against the killing of 39-year-old Liddle Towers by British police. After arrest, Towers spent a night in jail where he was brutalised by police to the point where his injuries killed him. An inquest into the incident determined Towers’ death as “justifiable homicide.”

 

 

 

Bodycount ‘Cop Killer’

Ice T’s ‘Bodycount’ did not mince their feelings about the police. Looking at police brutality, Ice T tells a story of someone who can take it no more, and does something themselves. President Bush, Tipper Gore and Dan Quayle were unsurprisingly horrified at the song.

 

 

 

The Hates ‘LA Riots’

The Hates said of their song: “I wrote “L.A. Riot” after the Rodney King debacle and the resulting aftermath. It seemed incredible to me at the time that police brutality could even exist. We as people are supposed to be better than that. Even more incredible was the police trial. Justice seemed blind and it felt as if we had no power against a group who are supposed to protect and serve but end up using their authority to take their frustrations out on others. The riots after the police trial made me feel like we were all living in a Mad Max world.”

 

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Michael Jackson: Taught Bubbles To Throw Poo At His Neverland Ranch http://www.anorak.co.uk/404421/celebrities/music-celebrities/michael-jackson-taught-bubbles-to-throw-poo-at-his-neverland-ranch.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404421/celebrities/music-celebrities/michael-jackson-taught-bubbles-to-throw-poo-at-his-neverland-ranch.html/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:16:23 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404421 PA 1251035 Michael Jackson: Taught Bubbles To Throw Poo At His Neverland Ranch

 

THERE’S a maid who worked at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and – you’d think she’d have barrowloads of amazing anecdotes from her job wouldn’t you?

Just think of the amazing music that would’ve been made in their presence! Think of the wonderful and fun pop-cultural artefacts owned by The King Of Pop.

Instead, this maid has come out and said that Michael Jackson was “the dirtiest, most unsanitary person in Hollywood.”

Jackson’s old Santa Barbara County gaff, currently up for sale, was his home 1988 until he passed away in 2009. And us plebs don’t really know anything about it.

Five maids have spoken anonymously to the New York Post about the conditions at the property, which they claim became quite horrible following the accusations of sexual abuse against MJ by Jordan Chandler back in 1993.

“Michael sometimes ran around where the animals were, and he’d track… poop throughout the house and think nothing of it,” one of the maids said. “Then, if you said something, he’d threaten to make doo-doo snowballs and throw it at you.”

You knbow, like a chimpanzee might. Like Bubbles.

What’s more worrying – someone threatening to throw crap at you or the infantile way Americans refer to human excrement?

Anyway, another maid said that it was devastating accusations about his private life that led to the (alleged) behaviour. “His whole life changed after 1993 when he had to pay that boy off. I’m telling you, he was the dirtiest, most unsanitary person in Hollywood.”

These accusations come after fresh allegations of child abuse, five years after his death.

A man called James Safechuck, now in his thirties, has said that Jackson abused him when he was 10 after the pair were working on a Pepsi commercial without each other.

The court documents claim that Jackson “engaged in a calculated course of conduct to lure both [Safechuck] and his parents into a false sense of security and normalcy that was far from reality. And [Jackson] was successful in his efforts to the point that [Safechuck] endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed by the decedent into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself rather than the decedent.”

And this is going to court.

The initial hearing for the case has been set for September 4th and Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Jackson estate, has asked for the claims to be dismissed.

“Mr Safechuck’s request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael’s beneficiary will hopefully be rejected. This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him.”

Is Jackson going to be outed as an American version of Savile or is this a case of some people trying make money out of a celebrity corpse?

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Justin Bieber Really Does Scare The Wild Animals Away http://www.anorak.co.uk/404266/money/justin-bieber-really-does-scare-the-wild-animals-away.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404266/money/justin-bieber-really-does-scare-the-wild-animals-away.html/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:53:40 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404266 A report newly in telling us just quite how bad the screechings of Justin Bieber are. So bad that they actually scare away the wild animals. so bad that they’ve just saved a Russian hunter from the maulings of an …

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A report newly in telling us just quite how bad the screechings of Justin Bieber are. So bad that they actually scare away the wild animals. so bad that they’ve just saved a Russian hunter from the maulings of an angry bear:

Igor Vorozhbitsyn had his life saved by a Justin Bieber ringtone, when his mobile phone went off during a potentially fatal attack by a brown bear.

The 42-year-old was pounced on as he was walking to a favourite fishing spot in northern Russia’s Yakutia Republic and firmly believed that he was going to be killed.

But as the bear began to claw at him, Igor’s mobile went off. The singer’s hit Baby rang out and the bear turned tail and fled back into the forest.

So now you know what to do. If you’re out in the wilds and a pack of ferocious animals are trying to eat you then start singing Bieber. Assuming you know any of his songs that is. Should work with wild boar in the Forest of Dean, wild bears in Yakutia and lions in Africa, no doubt about it.

Which leaves us with just one important question. What the hell was a mighty Siberian hunter doing with a Justin Bieber ringtone in the first place? Doesn’t, as with Bieber’s singing itself, sound quite right, does it?

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6 Weird And Fabulous Items Of Band Merchandise http://www.anorak.co.uk/404153/keyposts/6-weird-and-fabulous-items-of-band-merchandise.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404153/keyposts/6-weird-and-fabulous-items-of-band-merchandise.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:47 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404153 TODAY, the world’s press heard about Britney Spears launching a new lingerie line, which just so happens to be called The Intimate Collection.

She announced this by posting a picture of her herself wearing the new range on Instagram. And she looked perfectly lovely in it.

Britter’s range will hit the shelves Stateside on September 9th and Europeans will either have to learn how to use the internet to buy things from abroad, or wait a few days and buy in European shops on September 26th.

That’s not the story though. It got us thinking about band merchandise – not everyone can be classy enough to release a range of tasteful undercrackers.

Most bands don’t veer too far away from t-shirts and mugs, but some go a bit mental. Tenacious D had a specially designated cum-rag fercryinoutloud.

So with that, shall we have a look at some of the weirdest (and therefore best) bits of band merch ever? Feel free to add you own in the comments.

 

 

Rammstein Dildo Box

Rammstein released a box-set with a load of dildos in it and, of course, they decided to base the sex toys on their own junk. That’s nice isn’t it?

rammsteindildobox 6 Weird And Fabulous Items Of Band Merchandise

 

 

Prodigy Toilet Cover Seat

The Prodigy were dance musicians playing at being punks and when they were big, they decided that they wanted a Prodge toilet cover seat. Heave with me.

 

prodigy toilet seat 6 Weird And Fabulous Items Of Band Merchandise

 

 

 

Mastodon Bikini

You can buy a bikini of your favourite metal band, Mastodon. That’s not too outrageous or funny. However, look at the seat of the bikini bottoms. Now you’re talking.

 

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Alice Cooper Eyeliner

 

Alice Cooper is, of course, most famous for his speech about Native Americans in Wayne’s World. He’s also done a load of great music too, all while dressed in horror make-up. With that, it was only right that he got to flog his own brand.

 

alice cooper eyeliner 6 Weird And Fabulous Items Of Band Merchandise

 

 

British Sea Power Cake

Indie band British Sea Power thought they’d treat their fans to some BSP-branded Kendal Mint Cake, which is nice. More bands should feed their fans.

 

BritishSeaPowerKendalMintCake 6 Weird And Fabulous Items Of Band Merchandise

 

 

Kiss Coffin

Kiss – the kings of merch – outdid everyone on Earth when they started selling their ‘Kiss Forever’ coffin. Not planning on dying yet? No worries. The Kiss Coffin also doubles up as a really fancy beer cooler. No shit.

 

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Watch 1896 Footage Of Life In Palestine http://www.anorak.co.uk/404146/celebrities/film-celebrities/watch-1896-footage-of-life-in-palestine.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404146/celebrities/film-celebrities/watch-1896-footage-of-life-in-palestine.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:54:18 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404146 IN 1896, French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière‘s cameramen filmed life in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. All 500,000 inhabitants were subjects of the Sultan of Constantinople.

 Lobster Films found the reels. Serge Bromberg, the company’s co-founder, explains:

…this year, we have something very special to show. In an antique shop, we have discovered 93 wonderful little camera negatives from c. 1897, all shot in the Middle East (Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt.[...] etc), that would form an ideal 80 [minute] program of what could be among the earliest films shot in the region still in existence. … They are in wonderful condition … Not a scratch, no decomposition, and those little sprocket holes typical of the films of that year.

This clip is from documentary Palestine: histoire d’une terre 1880-1950.

Spotter: Sabotage Times

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Nu Psych: The new age of psychedelic music http://www.anorak.co.uk/404136/celebrities/music-celebrities/nu-psych-the-new-age-of-psychedelic-music.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404136/celebrities/music-celebrities/nu-psych-the-new-age-of-psychedelic-music.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:14:32 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404136 BELIEVE it or not, there’s a new age of psychedelic music upon us. Not so much the re-dawning of the age of Aquarius, but rather, a bunch of snotty brats all making experimental pop-music without the need to badger you about some awful political cause.

This is music made to frazzle your brains, rattle your eyes and shake your arse.

And it isn’t just ’60s revivalism either – these bands have managed to capture the ’60s counter culture’s lightning in a bottle, but mixed it up with meths and cough syrup, to make music that can veer wildly from inyerface hooligan garage rock, to Super 8 sunshine jangly pop, to cosmic prog-pop.

Yeah. Prog-pop. That’s definitely a thing now.

And there’s festivals cropping up all over the place, with Manchester’s Psychedelic Fest, and the bigger, spacier Liverpool Psych Fest.

The latter is a MUST for fans of gonzo pop music.

With that, there’s only one thing left to do – enjoy the music. There’s a lot of crate digging to be done and this list is a snapshot, rather than an exhaustive look at the new psychedelic scene, but rest assured, once you get stuck into this lot, you’ll be disappearing down internet worm-holes all night, finding all the newest and bug-eyed bands around.

Gulp

Guto from SFA and Lindsay Leven join forces to make fuzzy, sunshine psych with a vaguely sinister edge and a load of battered keyboards.

Fat White Family

If you saw Fat White Family’s show at Glastonbury, you’ll know that this band are on self-destruct. The contempt for the audience is only bettered by their contempt for each other. They stink. They’re great. They look like they might not make it through their own sets, but somehow, they do.

Buffalo Killers

Big, hairy power trio, Buffalo Killers have a clutch of excellent LPs under their belts, combining dreamy harmonies over muscular, sexy riffs.

Wolf People

WP mix drone folk with booming prog and mix it with pop to make one helluva racket. They throw everything including the kitchen sink (still filled with pots) at their music. Yes please!

Mazes

Switching between komische, 90s stoner rock and psych, Mazes are a fun, schizophrenic outfit with two absolutely killer LPs already on the shelves. Tense, punchy and one of the bands you should definitely catch on the circuit.

Goat

How do you describe Goat? Well, their approach to music isn’t like most other bands. They’re the sound of every experimental rock record you own being tipped into a blender and then poured directly into your brain through the funnel that someone jammed through your skull. And if you’re not into that, you may as well shuffle off and die.

Stealing Sheep

With elements of Pentangle, United States Of America and Stereolab, Stealing Sheep are one of the most irresistible bands in the UK right now.

Woods

If Buffalo Springfield recorded everything in a shed and replaced in-fighting for bottles of cheap red wine, you might end up with something like Woods.

Quilt

If you like more introspective, weird psychedelic music that stumbles the line between The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and the dimly lit, mellower moments of the Velvet Underground, then Quilt are the band for you. And they’re fucking magnificent.

September Girls

Dublin’s September Girls are icily cool and dead-eyed in their approach to psych. Less ‘happening in a field’ and more ‘potential riot in an abandoned factory unit’. Echoes of Jesus & Mary Chain clatter into dreamy, popsike vocals. What’s not to love?

Temple Songs

For those of you who like their psychedelic music clinging on by the fingernails, Temple Songs brand of druggy punk-psych are just the ticket. Noisy garage grot to make you get up out of your seat and spill your drink all over yourself.

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FrancaisOK: The brilliant and popular music of France http://www.anorak.co.uk/404121/celebrities/music-celebrities/francaisok-the-brilliant-and-popular-music-of-france.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404121/celebrities/music-celebrities/francaisok-the-brilliant-and-popular-music-of-france.html/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:55:03 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404121 WHAT is France famous for?

Well, the French are well known for amazing food and booze, not to mention being some of the finest smokers on the planet. They’re great at art house cinema, having sexy accents and as the …

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WHAT is France famous for?

Well, the French are well known for amazing food and booze, not to mention being some of the finest smokers on the planet. They’re great at art house cinema, having sexy accents and as the Tour De France has shown (see? Topical), some of the most incredible countryside on the planet.

However, often derided is French music. France, we’re told, is rubbish when it comes to making tunes. Ha ha! Says the world. The FRENCH? Pop music? SHUTTUP!

France has been making some of the best, funnest music on the planet for years! Novelty records and holiday camp europop isn’t solely what France is about, so with that, let us look at some of the greatest French music ever produced over the years.

C’est une musique à nos oreilles!

Daft Punk

So, you know all about the robots and that, when they show up, we have a good summer. They control dancefloors just like they control the weather. Here is one of their earlier efforts.

Camille

Ace singer-songwriter Camille is definitely someone you need in your life. She makes music out of her own body parts and it sounds like brilliant pop and not at all like Bobby McFerrin.

Stereolab

Cult favourites, Stereolab, create a special kind of hush around people of a certain age. They mixed together space-age cocktail jazz, French library electronics (more on that later) and arch 60s pop to make for one of the most wonderful bands who ever lived.

Serge Gainsbourg

Listen. Serge is more that That Song With The Orgasm In It. SG is a proper genius and madman and France rightly honoured his death with a national day of mourning. Here’s a cut from his utterly sublime ‘Melody Nelson’ LP, which saw Serge teaming up with another French powerhouse, Jean Claude Vannier.

Phoenix

Without anyone noticing, Phoenix became one of the biggest bands in the whole world, headlining festivals and generally conquering the world. Former bandmates of Daft Punk (they were in a band together called ‘Darlin”), they’ve applied their wry take on the world to some of the most gorgeous pop-rock music ever recorded.

Jacques Dutronc

Dutronc was one of France’s first pop heroes, cutting a suave, cheeky figure in the 60s. He was a bigwig at Vogues Disques (arguably France’s greatest record label), wrote songs for others, was a mean actor and Francoise Hardy liked him enough to marry him. Jacques Dutronc may not be a household name outside of French speaking countries, but that’s the fault of the rest of the world.

Les Plastiscines

A new wave of garage punk/ye ye groups exploded around Paris which were known as ‘les bébés rockers’. Les Plastiscines were one of a number of bands that appeared on the excellent ‘Paris Calling’ compilation. Soon, they’d release their debut ‘LP1′ and they never looked back.

Michel Polnareff

Another one of France’s first pop-stars, Polnareff tried his hands at loads of different styles, but his most classy joint is the incredible instro ‘Voyages’.

The Hellboys 

Another of the les bébés rockers, The Hellboys were greasy, leopard print garage punk straight out of the dirty daydreams of The Cramps and Link Wray. Sadly, the lead singer Nikola Acin (a very interesting man worth looking up) died aged just 34 years old.

Cecil Leuter

Britain has the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. France had people like Cecil Leuter to test the limits of early electronics and synthesizers. Some of his music is eerie and spacey… others, like the one below, is unhinged bubbling synth funk. The best bit? His real name was Roger Roger. Leuter, along with other French Library music makers helped to shape pop the world over by showing what was possible with electronic music.

Air

Air took over the world with ‘Moon Safari’ with their retro-futuristic take on pop music. They continued slightly under the radar, by including prog and doing film soundtracks… but they’re still brilliant.

Klub Des Loosers

French hip hop usually means people lazily linking to MC Solaar. Of course, MC Solaar is great, but seeing as he’s guested on Missy Elliot records, he doesn’t need further promotion. So here we are, with Klub Des Loosers, who really should give you the bug to find more French rap.

Mr Oizo

You may remember Oizo as being that guy who gave the world Flat Eric with the Levi’s ad which included ‘Flat Beat’. However, Oizo is one of the most innovative, ferocious music producers on the planet. Check out the incredible, jarring, cut and paste jackhammer that is ‘halfanedit’.

Missed out your favourite French song or band? You know where the comments are.

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Cheryl Cole’s Baby Vanishes http://www.anorak.co.uk/404104/celebrities/cheryl-coles-baby-vanishes.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404104/celebrities/cheryl-coles-baby-vanishes.html/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:38:23 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404104 COMPARE and contrast the news of Cheryl Cole’s womb in the Daily Star:

July 15:

 

 

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The Star’s Meg Jorsh wrote:

All bets off on newlywed pop beauty’s nappy news

July 19, the Times speaks with the singer:

Asked if she wanted to be a mum, The X Factor judge said: “Possibly — only possibly… maybe it’s not for me… I’ve got one friend who doesn’t want them — out of all me friends, only one. But I know she doesn’t want them and I know she’ll never have them. She’s not maternal. And so I started questioning… We’ll see. It’s not in me plans.”

Twins it is, then…

PS – didn’t she have a wonder child years ago?

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Woody Allen Was Right! Steak Is Healthy! http://www.anorak.co.uk/404067/news/woody-allen-was-right-steak-is-healthy.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404067/news/woody-allen-was-right-steak-is-healthy.html/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:51:25 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404067

 

WAY back in 1973 Woody Allen did a movie called Sleeper, from which comes this little scene above. The idea was that he went to sleep for 200 years and thus has to learn how to deal with his new world that he wakes up in. Sorta a Woody Allen take on Rip Van Winkle.

And the things is that it does seem that he was right. Here’s the latest scientific research on eating steak for example:

Contrary to conventional wisdom, new research suggests that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease. The DASH eating plan — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — is currently recommended by the American Heart Association to lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease. People following the DASH diet are encouraged to eat fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein predominantly from plant sources. Lean beef can be enjoyed as the predominant protein source in a DASH-like diet, along with fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, to effectively help lower blood pressure in healthy individuals, new research suggests.

Steak lowers your blood pressure? Exactly and entirely the opposite of what the doctors have been telling us for the past 40 years?

It rather makes you wonder what else they’ve been getting wrong as well, doesn’t it? Maybe sugar isn’t the root of all evil, salt doesn’t cause strokes, and vegetarianism is a pile of crock?

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Listen To David Bowie’s Isolated Vocals for Ziggy Stardust http://www.anorak.co.uk/404057/celebrities/music-celebrities/listen-to-david-bowies-isolated-vocals-for-ziggy-stardust.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404057/celebrities/music-celebrities/listen-to-david-bowies-isolated-vocals-for-ziggy-stardust.html/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:21 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404057  

WHO wants to hear David Bowie’s isolated vocals for Ziggy Stardust?  We do. And you should, too. 

 

 

Spotter: Brain Pickings

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The Beatles Tour De Force: Ron Howard Pipes Them Live and Direct To The Masses http://www.anorak.co.uk/404039/celebrities/music-celebrities/the-beatles-tour-de-force-ron-howard-pipes-them-live-and-direct-to-the-masses.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/404039/celebrities/music-celebrities/the-beatles-tour-de-force-ron-howard-pipes-them-live-and-direct-to-the-masses.html/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=404039 beatles The Beatles Tour De Force: Ron Howard Pipes Them Live and Direct To The Masses

 

 

MOSTLY, The Beatles are not a live band.

Sure, they cut their teeth around Britain and Germany for years, before blowing everyone’s brains out in Australia, Japan and America, but when people think of the Fabs, it is all about the studio.

We’ve seen endless documentaries with George Martin talking about ‘the boys’ and the madcap studio ideas they had (Lennon wanted to be swung from the ceiling, trying to recreate the sound of a thousand monks of a hillside, slice tapes and throwing them in the air to stick them back together again, and all that great stuff), but on film, their live prowess has been somewhat neglected.

 

 

Liverpool Empire 1965

 

 

And now, Ron Howard –  a long term Beatle nut and Academy Award-winning director, has been tasked to direct and produce an authorised, as-yet-untitled documentary about the touring years of the Fab Four.

These were important years for The Beatles as, during 1960 to 1966, that’s when they travelled the world and conquered hearts and minds.

Howard will interview Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as talk with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. And of course, there’ll be loads of interview footage of John and George being dry as hell in the face of journalists.

“What’s so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world,” Howard said. “That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore.”

Howard is joined by Nigel Sinclair, the producer behind the fabulous ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ and the really brilliant ‘No Direction Home: Bob Dylan’

The pair will get to play in the Apple Corps archives as well as source fan-shot amateur video and the like.

 

 

Candlestick Park

 

 

“We are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings,” explains Howard. “We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”

 

 

Budokan 66

 

 

They’ve apparently found some ‘surprising footage’ from the Beatles’ final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966.

Howard is also looking at the “multigenerational quality” of Beatles fandom: “I hope we find some of that in the footage,” he says. “We may have a shot of a boy or a girl very early in their life at a concert, and then we may be able to find them today and talk to them, and talk to their grandchildren and see what their relationship is with the Beatles, and understand how multiple generations find tremendous value and relevance in their music.”

The film is scheduled for a late-2015/early 2016 release.

 

 

Rooftop Gig

 

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