89 Sugababes – Freak Like Me (2002) Producer Richard X gets a lot of credit for the shuddering magnitude of invention behind the Sugababes’ debut UK No 1 – the first legit single of the 2000s bootleg wave, bringing together Adina Howard and Tubeway Army – but not all of it. The newly minted trio of Mutya, Keisha and Heidi pull off a more convincing “I’m grown now” transition than any of their American pop peers, thanks to the terrifying nonchalance innate to British teenage girls. It’s got a classic belting “may-ee!” (that’s “me” in millennial pop terms) and without it, you wouldn’t have Sound of the Underground – or, even, possibly, whisper it, Toxic. LS … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest UK No 1s: 100-8
Bruce forsyth on strictly come dancing
The music press had been building them up as the “electronica” act that could finally crack the US, but the Prodigy didn’t see themselves in that lineage. They weren’t avant-garde like Aphex Twin and Autechre, and they weren’t purveyors of what rock writers liked to call “faceless techno bollocks”. Firestarter proved that the Prodigy was a squirming, sweating, fleshbound beast – the very opposite of the futuristic “braindance” coming from the electronic vanguard. It was pure boiling animus, doused in petrol and set off to ruin someone’s birthday party. “I have a philosophy that most of our music works on a really dumb level,” said Howlett, “which is the level most people understand.” … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest UK No 1s: No 8, The Prodigy – Firestarter
Guests at the $10 Zero Ducks Given event at Backwater Jack's were spotted hugging and kissing on Saturday afternoon. Zero Ducks Given organizers said they worked with government officials to kick off the pool season safely and stated on Facebook that there would be reduced capacity … [Read more...] about Missouri orders Lake of the Ozarks revelers to self-quarantine for two weeks after packed ‘Zero Ducks Given’ pool party as timelapse video shows dozens of boats swarming the area in just 20 minutes
Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Travel warnings and border controls The Czech Republic (picture) and Poland are carrying out checks at the border with Germany to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Since Monday (March 9), travelers have faced random temperature checks. The German government has warned against travelling to risk areas. And air passengers from China, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy will have to expect controls when entering Germany. … [Read more...] about Which European countries are open for summer tourism?
Pine's 10th album, Back In The Day, is released on Monday, while his career is broadening out, not least as a DJ and presenter. Courtney Pine's Jazz Crusade is on Radio 2 on Monday evenings, following last year's six-part Jazz for the Millennium on the same station, and a BBC2 documentary on South Africa, Bands Apart, will be screened in October. He composed and performed the scores of two new British films: History is Made at Night, directed by Ilkka Jarvilaturi; and It Was An Accident, directed by Metin Huseyin, which opens on October 24, and for which Pine has been nominated "best newcomer off screen" in the British Independent Film Awards. Billed as a highlight of the London Jazz Festival in November, he will also be the subject of a South Bank Show that month. … [Read more...] about Fusion visionary