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Music news and reviews, music videos and tittle tattle, with a lingering look at the past from Anorak. A source for rock, pop, album and live music, new releases, artist interviews and features.

In the 1950s Amy Winehouse appeared on the album cover Billy Devroe’s Broad Minded?

IN the 1950s, Billy Devroe & The Devilaires sang and recorded bawdy songs. Albums were called suggestively An Assortment of Party Naughties, Censored, She Gives Food Stamps and Broad Minded.

Anorak has noticed that the female accompaniment on the cover of Broad Minded looks not a lot unlike the late and much missed star Amy Winehouse?

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The face rings bell:



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Posted: 15th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Music | Comment (1)

Happy 30th birthday, Amy Winehouse

Singer Amy Winehouse during her performance at HMV Oxford Street, central London, where she celebrated the release of her new single Take The Box and signed autographs.

HAPPY 30th birthday, Amy, Winehouse:

Posted: 15th, September 2013 | In: Music | Comment

National Night in Singapore: Mentos mints release rap to promote procreation

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THE results are not yet known. We do not know the take-up rate on the drive to make babies on National Day in Singapore this August 9 . The music to procreate by was supplied by Mentos Singapore and BBH Asia Pacific, the rap including such lyrics as:

“As a Singaporean citizen you’ll be doing your civic duty if you forget about the condoms after the fireworks and the parades are all over with. So let’s get fu**ing, shall we?”

“Let’s not watch fireworks, let’s make ‘em instead”

 “Singapore’s population, it needs some increasin’ / So forget wavin’ flags, on August 9th we be freaking,” 

“Exploring your body like the Night Safari / We gotta go all the way for Singapore”

“It’s National Night, so let’s make some fireworks ignite / It’s National Night, let’s make Singapore’s birthrate spike”

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Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Music, Reviews | Comment

The 1977 Sex Pistols Christmas Party and Huddersfield cake fight

06/11/1975 : On this day in 1975 the Sex Pistols played their first gig at St Martins School of Art in London. Punk rock group The Sex Pistols rearing an EMI poster after the announcement that they have split with their record company. EMI said it felt unable to promote the group in view of adverse publicity.  22/02/04: The group's Anarchy In The UK has been named the most influential record of the 1970s in a poll by Q magazine. It beat Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and the Donna Summer disco classic I Feel Love in the list of the decade's landmark records.

ON Christmas Day 1977, the Sex Pistols were to Huddersfield for the Sex Pistols Christmas Party. All the cool children were at Ivanhoes to see the Postils play a benefit show for the families of striking firemen and miners. Johhny Rotten served cake to the children of striking miners who thew it back in his face.

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Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Music | Comments (2)

Moaning: the secret of the great British pop song, as told by The Jam’s Paul Weller

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WHAT’S the secret of a great British pop song? Daniel Rachel talks to The Jam’s Paul Weller and others:

“Down in the Tube Station at Midnight” revealed your sophistication and depth as a songwriter. Can you describe the evolution of that song and your changing ability to hone in on the small and the particular?

That started as a long prose-poem thing, like a short story in a way. It came from my insecurity and paranoia at being in London. I didn’t have any music for it. I was in two minds whether to do it. I was coaxed and talked into it by Vic Smith, our producer at the time. He was saying: “This is really good, you should try and set it to music.” The attention to the details is part of the person I am anyway, but it’s also bound up in the mod ethos which is predominantly all about attention to detail. We were talking about English songwriters: it’s picking up on the mundane, the everyday things and putting them, into a different setting, the very, very ordinary feelings, emotions or details that, once in song, you hear them in a different way. Without something too poncey or pretentious I was thinking about pop artists as well, where they took the everyday objects and made them into art. I don’t think it’s that dissimilar.

What was the appeal in chronicling the mundane?

It’s a very English thing, the way we all like to moan about the weather or we like a cup of tea or a particular f***ing biscuit and all that nonsense, but it’s us. It’s our identity, isn’t it?

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Music | Comment

Susan Boyle’s Christmas LP to feature Elvis’ ghost

elvis boyleREMEMBER when everyone didn’t think Susan Boyle could sing because she wasn’t a young woman with an attractive face, wearing a snapback cap hi-tops? Then she sang with that soaring Radio 2 voice and everyone felt a bit bad, before continuing to continually talk about her looks because we’d learned nothing?

Well, while everyone has been working out whether they’re arseholes or not, Susan has been conquering the world with her easy-listening, raking in huge amounts of cash and forgetting all about us sausage roll dribbling plebs who have to queue up for things and worry about our mobile bills.

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Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment (1)

Songs to tan by: Samantha met Doe de Waddy Waddy

SONG of the week: Samantha met Doe de Waddy Waddy.

Samantha seems to be the one in the middle, who looks like John Terry wrapped in old Leeds United flag. The backing signer are dressed by Woman at Grammar for Genitals, a kind of Dutch Caps Lock:

Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Music | Comment

Stage disasters: the unlucky 13 pop stars for whom the show did not always go on

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IN this Flashback, we look at State Disasters. The show doesn’t always go on

Beyoncé’s bad hair day had a happy ending – she extricated herself from the fan (mechanical, rather than maniacal in this case).

And at least she had the good humour to see the funny side afterwards – other victims of onstage disasters certainly didn’t. And one didn’t even live to tell the tale…


Syd Barrett

Early signs of the Pink Floyd front-man’s mental disintegration were apparent in 1967. That year he appeared on stage with an entire tube of Brylcreem in his hair into which – according to some accounts – he had crushed a handful of Mandrax tablets. Mandies or not, the lotion melted under the lights, leaving him looking like ‘a guttered candle’. The song Vegetable Man (unreleased) reflected Syd’s self-loathing at the time…


Arthur Brown

Arthur’s bad hair was in a league of its own, thanks to his famous flaming helmet, worn in honour of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s solitary hit, Fire. Its precursor – a colander soaked in methanol – was less successful. The fuel soaked into his scalp and set his head alight at the Windsor Festival in 1967. The fire was put out with beer.


Vince Taylor

The pioneering British rocker is remembered for two things: his classic single Brand new Cadillac and the mental problems, exacerbated by LSD and booze, which led to incidents such as declaring himself the apostle Matthew at one of his London concerts.

David Bowie was a friend of Taylor’s, and recalls encountering Taylor lying on the pavement in Caring Cross Road, studying a map of Europe and pointing out where UFOs would be landing. He later based the character of Ziggy Stardust on Taylor.


Keith Moon

So many to choose from, not least the time he overdosed and fell unconscious twice during a 1973 Who concert in California. After the second incident, Pete Townshend asked if there was a drummer in the audience, and the volunteer played the rest of the set.

Possibly the most spectacular mishap occurred when Moon detonated some powerful fireworks in his drum kit after the band’s 1967 appearance on the Smothers Brothers show. The explosion (7.20 onwards in the clip below) genuinely stunned the hosts, and is blamed by Townshend for his subsequent hearing problems.

Video here.


Frank Zappa


December 1971 was a bad month for the Mothers of Invention. First their equipment was set on fire by a flare fired from the audience during an appearance at the Casio de Montreux. The casino was razed to the ground, and, as a final indignity, the fire inspired Deep Purple to write Smoke on the Water.

Later that month a fan pushed Zappa off the stage at London’s Rainbow Theatre. He fell into the concrete orchestra pit, sustaining serious injuries to his head, neck, back and legs, and crushing his larynx. He was wheelchair-bound for a long period afterwards and his voice deepened significantly.


Patti Smith


The rock poet ‘did a Zappa’ in 1977, with a 15 foot fall into an orchestra pit in Tampa. She broke several vertebrae.


Harry Styles

One Direction’s young shaver was hit squarely in the other kind of ‘orchestra stalls’ by a shoe hurled from the audience during a performance in Glasgow earlier this year.




The Welsh rockers suffered a less dramatic shock in 2004 when Kelly Jones and Richard Jones were electrocuted at the Bataclan in Paris. Sparks flew but the band played on.


Kris Novoselic

The Nirvana bassist failed to catch his instrument after throwing it in the air during the 1992 Music Video Awards. Apparently he still has a dent in his head.


Iggy Pop

In 201o, Iggy Pop dived at the New York crowd; and missed.

“When I landed it hurt and I made a mental note that Carnegie Hall would be a good place for my last stagedive. The audience were just like, ‘What are you doing?'”



Les Harvey


The mother of all stage accidents occurred the following year during a Stone The Crows gig the Top Rank Suite in Swansea. Les Harvey (brother of The Sensational Alex) touched an unearthed microphone with wet hands and was killed on the spot.

And finally…




Our favourite. Life imitates art as the Irish megastars suffer a Spinal Tap moment – trapped inside a 40ft mechanical lemon. When the fruit malfunctioned the band were forced to clamber out of the back during their PopMart tour in Oslo.

Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment

Beyond parody: The Ministry of Sound sues spotify over playlists

General view of Ministry of Sound, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 1, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

THIS really does take the cake:

Dance music empire the Ministry of Sound is suing music streaming service Spotify to protect the value of its compilation albums, in an unusual test case of European intellectual property law.

The legendary clubbing empire launched proceedings in the UK High Court on Monday. It wants an injunction requiring Spotify to remove the playlists and also wants the music streaming service to permanently block other playlists that copy its compilations. The company is also seeking damages and costs.

No, they’re not suing them over having copied the music: Spotify already has all the licences it needs from the record companies. It’s not even something that Spotify is doing: it’s the users who are creating the playlists.

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Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Money, Music | Comment

Terrible Tunes: Mickey Katz’s K’nish Doctor

TERRIBLE Tunes presents Mickey Katz ‘s K’nish Doctor.

In his biography, Katz recalls asking a radio station manager why he wouldn’t play any of his records:

I asked him why he wouldn’t play my records. He said, “Because some of our listeners are offended.”
I asked, “Who, besides you?”
He said, “I don’t think that’s any of your business.”
I answered, “I think it is my business because this is how I make a living. You play Italian records, you play Polish records–”
He cut me off. “I will not play any record with Yiddish in it. Yiddish is the language of the ghetto.”
“My friend,” I said, “Yiddish is the language of our forefathers.”
“I do not care to hear it.”
“Then why don’t you play some of my instrumental records? They’re some of the greatest music in the world, played by some of the greatest musicians in the world-Ziggy Elman, Mannie Klein, Nat Farber–”
Again he cut me off mid-sentence. “There will be no Yiddish spoken, or Jewish music played, on this station.”

Katz’s other tunes include: Borscht Riders in the Sky, Old Black Smidgick, She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Katzkills, Barber of Schlemiel, and That Pickle in the Window (How Much Is).



Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Music | Comment

Don’t know what Twerking is? Let Morgan Freeman explain…

EVERYONE has learned a new word this week – ‘twerking’. Everyone is tittering away about it and saying ‘I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TWERKING IS!’, almost constantly.

And so, to clear things up, Morgan Freeman is going to explain what twerking is in a new video. And then, we’ll give you an instructional video.

In the video, Freeman says:

“The word twerking has now been added to the Oxford dictionary. Here’s the definition they gave: To dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner, involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.'”

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Posted: 2nd, September 2013 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment

Bad Ad Watch: Status Quo for Australian shop Coles

BAD Ad Watch: Status Quo for Australian shop Coles:

Are you with the Quo or Adele, who said:

 “I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t wanna be tainted, or haunted, and I don’t wanna sell out in any way. I think it’s shameful.”

Was Bill Hicks right – are the Quo now “off the artistic roll call forever. You’re another whore at the capitalist gang bang … Everything you say is suspect and every word that comes out of your mouth is now like a turd falling into my drink.”

Are the Quo selling groceries or just selling out?

Posted: 28th, August 2013 | In: Music, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comments (3)

Miley Cyrus: Shock as pop star dances provocatively in bikini


EVERYONE is talking about Miley Cyrus today. Why? Well, in a move which is incredibly unusual for pop stars, she danced provocatively while wearing not many clothes while singing a song.

Astonishing, huh?

Her now notorious performance at the MTV VMAs has, mystifyingly, drawn complaints… especially from a parenting pressure group over in America.

The Parents Television Council (PTC, who never complain about anything, honest) issued a complaint against the channel over the 20-year-old’s routine and said that the show should not have been rated as suitable for 14 year olds, adding: “Heads should roll at MTV.”

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Posted: 27th, August 2013 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comments (2)

What rhymes with Robin Thicke’s ‘hug me’? Stop trying to drug me and more answers

SO. What does rhyme with Robin Thicke’s question of the summer: “What rhymes with hug me?”



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Posted: 24th, August 2013 | In: Music | Comment

Channel 4 turns One Direction fans into its latest freak show

Liam Payne (left) and Harry Styles of One Direction meet fans outside Radio 1 in London.

NO-ONE loves music more than teenagers and, no-one loves One Direction more than teenager girls. With that, Channel 4 decided to air a documentary about 1D’s fans, painting them in a less than flattering light. That’s Channel 4’s forte at the minute, mocking people who need a council house, can’t speak English, are part of the travelling community and people on benefits.

If you’re working class or foreign in Britain, you can thank Channel 4 for turning your social media feeds into something akin to a UKIP rally.

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Posted: 17th, August 2013 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment

Rappers love Jewish lawyers – black singers pay tribute to the legal tribe

SO. You’ve got the beats. You’ve got the rhymes. You’ve got the money, What you now need is nice Yiddisher lawyer to look after you. Rappers love Jewish lawyers:

50 Cent and others summon the “Jew-Unit”:

Spotters: @Slacktory , @jasonrnewman

Posted: 8th, August 2013 | In: Music | Comment (1)

Incongruous Songs – when the music of rebellion is used by the wrong people

A FLASHBACK about Incongruous Songs. The music of rebellion adopted by the wrong people at the wrong place and the wrong time. Look what they’ve one to my song, ma.

In 1976, a Mancunian punk band called Buzzcocks borrowed £500 from friends and relatives and recorded and released the Spiral Scratch EP (Print run: 1,000 copies). Songs1

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Posted: 6th, August 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment

One Direction fans threaten to rape, stab and kill everyone at GQ magazine – the pick of the Tweets

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A ONE Direction Fans writes in response to the article on the band in GQ magazine:


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Posted: 30th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment (1)

Thom Yorke and Johnny Lynch entirely misunderstand Spotify and online music


THIS is one of those newspaper pieces where you have to check that the people are still living on the same planet as the rest of us. They’re talking about whether Spotify is paying enough in royalties to the musicians who produce the work. Yet they manage to miss the most basic point about the whole subject:

Spotify is selling a lie, though. In this post-Napster world, the pressure is on for new independent artists to have their music sit alongside massive acts – but we’re not getting anything back. We are told that it’s good exposure, and will lead to increased album and ticket sales, but this simply isn’t the case.

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Money, Music, Technology | Comments (3)

Classic movies sing Ice Ice Baby

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LIKE classic movies? Like Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby? Of course you do. You’re not an idiot.

Well, how about both at the same time, with a fun mashup which gets Ghostbusters, Howard The Duck, Conan The Barbarian and more, rapping along to the famous hit?

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Posted: 23rd, July 2013 | In: Film, Music | Comment

Spotify is overpaying Thom Yorke and The Bleaters

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THE latest is the row about how the royalty streams from Spotify are too low turns up in The Guardian. As you might expect from that paper there’s a great deal of indignation and not a lot of light and sense.

As background, Thom Yorke has demanded that Spotify no longer play his songs as he thinks they offer a really bad deal to musicians. So, The G went out and found someone who agreed:

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Posted: 17th, July 2013 | In: Money, Music | Comment

Cocksucker Blues – Groupies sex and shooting up heroin: The Rolling Stones epic and banned documentary

cocksucker blues

IN 1972, long before The Rolling Stones were pop’s Establishment act headlining Glastonbury and making Prince Harry and smug BBC DJs dance in their yurts, they were rebellion personified.  It was the year Robert Frank created the documentary Cocksucker Blues. When they saw the film shot on tour, some of them hated it enough to block its release.

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Posted: 16th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Music | Comment

1973: Jimmy Savile hid in a Womble suit on Top of The Pops to leer at young girls

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OPERATION Yewtree calls The Wombles.

Mike Batt wrote their music. He went on the record:

In 1974 The Wombles were the biggest selling act in the U.K. It all came about by my being hired to do the music for this little TV series, five minutes long, that the BBC did. These funny little puppet things being stop-animated into rather twee adventures picking up litter on Wimbledon Common. Instead of getting the £200 fee for it, I asked if I could have the character rights to the music. That was worth nothing, because there was no band or anything, so they gave me that instead.

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Posted: 13th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Music, TV & Radio | Comments (5)

The Daft Punk Get Lucky condom contains no hidden message

daft punk lucky condoms

WHERE JLS lead,  Daft Punk follow. Behold the  Get Lucky condoms. Daft Punk’s message is just about having sex. JLS wanted their Johnnies to alter our minds:

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Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: Music | Comment