Tony Benn is dead at 88, and for many it feels like the last great gentleman of British politics has passed on. With him goes a certain honesty and honour that's difficult to locate in many of the preening, polished, disingenuous new breed of politicians that inhabit the House of Commons these days. Until today it seemed feasible that Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn would go on forever such was his vitality and energy, but alas he is gone, and coming on the heels of Bob Crow’s untimely demise, it could be judged to be a disastrous week for the left.
We're listening to the newly remastered Oasis albums in the NME office today (Sorry, Liam) and thinking about the best and worst Oasis lyrics. Though Noel Gallagher knows how to pen a great verse, there's more than a few absolute stinkers in the Oasis canon. Here's some favourites just from 'Supersonic': "You make me laugh. Give me your autograph" "I know a girl called Elsa.
While much of Austin is waking up and taking stock of last nights terrible car accident, the festival itself is very much still moving forward. There's undoubtedly a sombre mood downtown, but at the press conference with mayor Lee Leffingwell this morning, the message was clear: this city prides itself on community, and the fact so many people pulled together last night is a testament to that.
Leamington Spa isn't renowned for having a vibrant music scene yet the town has somehow birthed one of the most promising new bands. I popped down the pub with Beck Wood and John Ridgard of Coves recently to talk good-hearted inter-band bust ups, getting your heart broken and their debut album 'Soft Friday'.
From the stars of 'Almost Famous' and 'Velvet Goldmine' to 'High Fidelity' and 'Spinal Tap', cinema is full of brilliant fictional bands. The Prems are the next fictitious group to follow in these cinematic footsteps - they feature in 'Svengali', the forthcoming film written, produced by and starring Jonny Owen. He plays Paul 'Dixie' Dean, a postman-turned-band manager and full-time dreamer from the Welsh valleys.