The BBC says live streaming of its networks has risen by 18%. Global, which owns Capital FM, Heart and talk station LBC; and Bauer, whose stations include Absolute and Magic, have both seen listening increase by 15%. … [Read more...] about BBC radio stars lead the nation in a mass singalong
George clooney where art thou song
Whether a political song by rapper Dave, Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan, Banksy's comments on Israel, or how Bremner Bird and Fortune elucidated the Iraq War on Channel 4 in the noughties, people look to art and entertainment to make sense of the madness, especially in strange, unsettling and stressful times. … [Read more...] about Glastonbury, Edinburgh: In the shadow of coronavirus lockdown, what will be of 2020’s cultural record?
Stripped down to bare, brittle bones, Harvey’s early talent crackles and burns. This isn’t exactly Polly Jean’s Nebraska, but evokes dusty plains in a similar way, even if those plains are being prowled by a vengeful, ferocious woman in her early 20s. Rid of Me, in particular, sounds startling here, a terrifying expression of a woman not accepting the departure of her lover (“I’ll tie your legs / Keep you against my chest”), while Yuri-G shows another desperate to leave heartbreak behind for outer space. And god bless 50ft Queenie, gentler here than on Rid of Me, but no less menacing: “I’ll tell you my name: F-U-C-K”. … [Read more...] about PJ Harvey: where to start with her back catalogue
Up the Junction took as long to write as it takes to read it. My mum and dad used to watch The Wednesday Play on BBC1, and I got drawn into those half-hour, kitchen-sink dramas. One was called Up the Junction, an adaptation of Nell Dunn’s book by Ken Loach. I pinched the title, but the rest of story is from my imagination, though there was a Railway Arms pub in Blackheath, where I was living. I never “got a job with Stanley, who said I’d come in handy”, but I loved those Ian Dury-type rhyming couplets. The line “I’d beg for some forgiveness, but begging’s not my business” still makes me chuckle. It sums up male stubbornness. … [Read more...] about Squeeze: how we made Up the Junction