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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 Pictures: Candi Staton Souls Out Nottingham

CANDI Staton is leaving it late to be billed as the new Whitney Houston. But unlike the sweaty mess on stage at the 02, Staton san sing and remember the words. We saw her at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, backed by Push, with former Style Council player Mick Talbot. A small room. A great voice. And talent shines…


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American soul singer Candi Staton performs on stage at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.

Posted: 28th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment

In Pictures: Grace Jones Gives Lady Gaga Her Unicorn Of Pity

ANORAK went to see Grace Jones perform live at the Royal Albert Hall, London. How close would you dare get to Grace Jones? We got close enough to smell her pelt. Jones is like a modern-day Medusa. One stare and you’re transfixed. One day Jones will turn Lady Gaga to stone. Says Jones of being asked to work with Madonna’s camel: “Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.” There’s only room for one unicorn on this beat. Although a fight would be good watching…


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Grace Jones performs live at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.

Posted: 27th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comments (6)

Whitney Houston Loses Her Voice In London, Literally: Pictures

WHITNEY Houston was on stage at the big oxygen tent, the O2 in Greenwich, London. It was billed as Whitney comeback concert.whitney cameback. But her voice – Little Whitney – was lost.

USA Today reports that “hundreds in the audience walked out” as the singer “missed high notes, cut short her songs and apologized for her shortcomings”. And sweated. Boy did she sweat. People in the front row needed umbrellas. Says Houston:

“She don’t want to come, my soprano friend. Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight.”

Whitney’s voice has it’s own personality. Whitney talks to Whitney’s voice.

“I want to do it, but she doesn’t want to. … She’s getting a little … temperamental, even.”

Whitney voice needs whipping into shape or, maybe, sectioning.


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THIS PICTURE IS ONE TIME USE ONLY / EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO MERCHANDISING. Whitney Houston performing on stage at the O2 in Greenwich, London.

Posted: 26th, April 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (3)

50 Cent’s Tattoo Removal And Tipp-Ex: Pictures

TOOTHY rapper 50 Cent wants to clear some space on his body by removing some of his tattoos. The tatts will not be cut away in a clinic and auctioned for charity – for shame! – but burnt off with a laser beam. Hit-tech stuff , readers. Says 50, now touting himself as an actor:

The Most Disgusting Tattoos (NSFW)

“It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up.”

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Posted: 15th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment

N-Dubz’s Dappy Goes Iggle Piggle Pob

KAYE Vasell, mum to N-Dubz front man Dappy’s son gino and unborn foetus, says the singer loves Iggle Piggle.

For some time Anorak believed Dappy was modelled on Pop, the spitting TV star. But he moves whit the times. Says Kate:

He loves Iggle Piggle so much he went out to buy every Iggle Piggle soft toy that’s available. He take one of the soft toys on tour…”

As a stunt double.

Posted: 15th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1)

In Pictures: Justin Bieber Is A ‘Lesbian’

JUSTIN Bieber is huge. Literally. Bieber is massive. In real life he’s the size of a large horse. He also looks just like a lesbian. Lesbians are the last taboo in the mainstream media. You only ever see a lesbian when they are young and kissing another young woman or when two woman are having a kiss mean dream about. The Bieber is big in the lesbian community. We’ve been to the meetings. We know. He is making strides to acceptance and more lesbians in showbiz. Pictures of lesbians who look like Justin Bieber prove how he adopted their look to prove a point:


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Posted: 14th, April 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (5)

Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus Do Kristina: Mamma Mia 2

HOW do you follow Mama Mia? With Mamma Mia 2, you wally. Anorak went along to the Royal Albert Hall in west London to see Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus plug their new musical Kristina.

The show is based on the work of Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg entitled The Emigrants. It’s the tale of a poor Swedish woman with a dream of heading to the United States. On the way she meets three men. One day she has a baby and wonders who the father is…


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Posted: 13th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment

Vengasboys: Pete Burns, Perez Hilton And Lady Gaga In Gayest Music Video Ever

LADY Gaga, Pete Burns and Perez Hilton make cameos in Vengaboys’ new music video that’s been hyped as their  “gayest music video ever”. Yep, gayer than that one.

Tabloid Prodigy has more.

Vengaboys Web site:

We’ve had a great time shooting the video in studios in London and LA and it’s our best video ever. To give you a small hint: After seeing it, you’ll probably be satisfied in all possible dimensions.
Another hint: We’re not alone on this one.
There is a head exploding cameo performance in the video by a UK #1 and US top 10 recording artist.

Joining us in the song as well as the video is the world’s most notorious (and we think loveable) media personality.

Old Mr Anorak, our patron, is tapping his toe…

Posted: 13th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1)

Vatican Responds To Sex Cases By Clearing The Satantic Beatles

TOP news from the Vatican is that the Pope and the Catholic Church has forgiven John Lennon for saying in 1966 that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano (in association with Choir Boy Enthusiast), says the Beatle’s music is “beautiful” and the mop tops represent “a precious jewel“.

14 Neglected Beatles’ Gems

The story goes:

“It’s true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages that were possibly even Satanic.”

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Posted: 12th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1)

Jennifer Lopez Goes Viral With No More Tears (Enough is Enough)

READY for the Jennifer Lopez shocker? Back in the late 70s when two two golden-throated divas – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer – ducked into a recording studio to duet a song called No More Tears (Enough is Enough), there was no such thing as a digital do-over.

Fast forward 31 years.

It’s become an age of high tech voice recording, where anybody can be made to sound good. Even, for example, Jennifer Lopez.

Well, apparently La Lopez pissed off the wrong audio engineer during a recording session for her most recent album, ’cause he’s posted part of it on YouTube, without benefit of the digital bells & whistles that have enhanced her voice in the past.

The sound is posted on YouTube udner the title: “Jennifer Lopez MAJOR FAIL – Engineer Releases Scratch Meant for TRASH!” Only, well, it isn’t that bad – the feeling here is that this is a big of viral PR to help relaunch Lopez’s song. Spite travels well on the web, so the thing has already been watched hudnreds of thousands of times.

Here it is. The problem is that it’s not bad enough to be memorable. Lopez is neither sweary nor funny enough. Some bad language:

– Spotter and reporter RR

Posted: 5th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2)

In Pictures: Pete Doherty Reforms The Libertines On Google Search

PETE Doherty and Carl Barat have been playing (music) at Boogaloo in north London in the aftermath that they are reforming The Libertines. Yeah, they’re gonna reform the band. The band, man. The band! So long as music is ranked in terms of Google search, the songs should be brilliant.


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Musicians Carl Barat (right) and Pete Doherty arrive at Boogaloo in London, where they will formally announce that The Libertines are reforming.

Posted: 31st, March 2010 | In: Music | Comments (4)

In Pictures: Jared Leto And 30 Seconds To Mars Play Geoff Lloyd Hometime Show

JARED Leto took his 30 Seconds to Mars combo to Absolute Radio in central London as part of the Geoff Lloyd Hometime Show. Jared sported the world’s biggest pair of ear plugs. But if anyone can carry off the look of having glue ear it’s Jared. Play on:


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Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars perform a live session at Absolute Radio in central London as part of the Geoff Lloyd Hometime Show.

Posted: 30th, March 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2)

In Pictures: JLS Play The Albert Hall For The Teenage Cancer Trust

THEY went wild for JLS at the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Roger Daltry, The Who frontman instrumental in the TCT gigs and charity is awaiting his knighthood.

Celebrity charity work is not all about grandstanding. It’s not all about Sean Penn wishing rectal cancer on people who voice an opinion. We spotted Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams, Marvin Humes and Jonathan “JB” Gill of JLS meeting patients. We promised we’d name-check them all, so here goes – names after the gallery (all pictured):


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Oritse Williams hands a fan a rose as JLS perform at a Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in west London.

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Posted: 29th, March 2010 | In: Music | Comment

In Pictures: The Arctic Monkeys For Teenage Cancer Trust

DID you see The Arctic Monkeys’ lead singer Alex Turner and with Jamie Cook performing at the Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall, in west London? We did. The Teenage Cancer Trust is charity without the cynicism. It’s not always about the self-serving marketing and grandstanding. Which is rare… After Noel Gallagher and Them Vultures:


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Posted: 28th, March 2010 | In: Music | Comments (4)

Frank Zappa and Tom Waits’ Manager Herb Cohen RIP

RIP Herb Cohen – manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits, tough and litigious, described as resembling “a bearded fire hydrant”.

He was born in the South Bronx, had been a Marine, fireman and discharged from the Army as “incompatible” before arriving at the early 1950s Los Angeles folk music scene.

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Posted: 27th, March 2010 | In: Music | Comment

In Pictures: Noel Gallagher And The Courteeners For The Teenage Cancer Trust

NOEL Gallagher and Liam Fray and The Courteeners were the latest musicians to perform a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall, in west London. Some charity gigs are mawkish and opportunistic, little more than a vehicle to grandstand the star’s big heart – and new material. Not this. After Them Vultures, that Oasis:


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EDITORIAL USE ONLY PROMOTING OR REVIEWING THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST CONCERTS 2010 / NO MERCHANDISING: Noel Gallagher performing during a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall, in west London.

Posted: 26th, March 2010 | In: Music | Comment