“Let’s make this last forever,” once yowled Tom DeLonge, dragging his trademark sneer across a melee of skate-rock guitars and breathlessly thwacked drums. For a while, it seemed like Blink-182 might have lived up to that pledge, the hook to fizzing 2001 single ‘First Date’. Four years after an acrimonious 2005 split – sparked by guitarist DeLonge who described himself as tired of writing “bullshit pop songs” to people “singing along like 14-year-old girls” – the band returned in 2009, with a new album in the works and a world tour planned.
Here on the NME news desk, we deal with revelations by musicians on a daily basis. This past week, one of the more intriguing ones I came across was Bob Dylan’s disclosure that if he wasn't a musician, he would be a teacher. One of the biggest music icons of the last century teaching you about algebra and F. Scott Fitzgerald - imagine that! So I did. Here's what a week at school with Bob Dylan might look like. Monday: You’ve been dreading today.
It's the first great music spat of 2015. Noel vs Ed; the old warhorse vs the young pretender; the grizzled rocker vs the spritely pop singer. For the past few weeks, Gallagher and Sheeran have enjoyed taking little potshots at one another, ever since Noel insisted that he couldn't bear to live in a world in which Sheeran headlined Wembley. "I can live in it," promptly replied Sheeran. "It's really enjoyable". And today (January 26), Sheeran revealed he'd taken it even further.
Both PJ Harvey and Björk have been in the news this week, but for very different reasons. Harvey's been publicly recording her follow-up to 'Let England Shake' in her much-hyped pay-to-watch sessions at Somerset House, with fans able to observe her working on new music behind a glass booth; it's a bold, strange experiment that opens up the normally cloak-and-dagger recording sessions to the masses. Björk, meanwhile, was forced into action by others: after her 'Vulnicura' LP leaked online, she rush-released it on iTunes.
Last week, Bez added a new occupation to a list that includes former Happy Mondays member (he used to be their dancer; now he can't because "my hip joints can't take it"), occasional reality TV star (he won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005) and, latterly, beekeeper: standing for election to Parliament in the Salford and Eccles constituency. There was a party with free beer, a poster campaign urging the locals to "join the revolution" and a stirring speech about how the current MP, Labour's Hazel Blears – who won’t be standing at the next general election – had "let everybody down".