There's definitely been more written about the Radiohead song of the same name over the years, but for me it was another early '90s single called ‘Creep’ that really impacted my life at the time. The video seemed glued to MTV, and featured three proto-feminist tomboys wearing the kind of silk gowns I'd see wee ladies in Glasgow hairdressers’ chairs sporting in a far less alluring way. TLC were a trio who appeared real proof of my mother's constant advice that you have to make the best of what you’re given.
Proving that classical and pop music can be comfortable bedfellows, violinist John Metcalfe has spent a career bringing his traditional training to innovative new grounds. Recently he was a member of Manchester post-punk mainstays The Durutti Column, while previous to that he helped set up Factory Classical – a new strand of the legendary Factory Records label with head honcho Tony Wilson. Now, Metcalfe is readying to release a new LP – 'The Appearance Of Colour' (out on Real World on June 8) – and to tee it up he's shared a collaboration with Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan.
This week marks a decade since the first ever YouTube upload. I'd ask where the time has gone but let's face it, the answer's probably 'on YouTube'. The web's go-to place for procrastination, it's amazing how many hours can slip away from you as you hop from viral video to viral video. Over the decade, there's been no shortage of music-themed viral videos.
In the US, Empire is 2015's hottest new TV show, with over 23 million viewers tuning in to March's Season One finale. Now E4 has snapped up the rights to the musical drama series created by Lee Daniels (The Butler) and Danny Strong (The Hunger Games - Mockingjay), giving British viewers the chance to discover why America's become so obsessed. Basically, there's a lot to get obsessed about.
If the rumours are true, then after six years of monitoring the Gallagher brothers’ every move, quip and tweet, Oasis fans might just be about to see the Britpop kings return for a second slice of the pie. Having topped every ‘dream headliner’/ ‘dream reunion’/ ‘please god just get back on a stage together again’ poll in recent memory, this one’s obviously the motherlode in terms of comebacks. And what fuels a comeback more than a superlative set full of crowd-unifying glory?