It was all going so bloody well for Morrissey, too. Last year there was ‘Autobiography’ and, more crucially, this year along came ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’: two back-to-back documents which proved that his trademark wit, sharp-tongued barbs and oddly moving poetry were still intact. Deck the halls with boughs of gladioli, for pop’s arch miserabilist had returned. But then, if any Morrissey fan knows anything at all, it’s this: you can always trust ol’ Bigmouth, aka Stephen Patrick, to chuck a spanner in his own works.
Everything about tonight was extraordinary. First, for Kate Bush fans, it was a moment we never thought would happen. After 35 years away from the stage, we had accepted it was likely that our live experience of Bush would be consigned to the 1979 The Tour Of Life documentary and the music videos that followed. Second, well, we’re going to see Kate Bush, the ultimate one-of-a-kind. It is, really, the most extraordinary live event of the century so far. Never has so important an artist shunned the limelight for so long, while gathering legions of fans, generation after generation.
'I Love You'? Have 2014's most unforgiving and uncompromising newcomers, four Dublin troublemakers whose slurring noise-rock brutalises convention as much as it does eardrums, turned over a gooey new leaf with this schmaltzily-titled track? Don't panic. Girl Band are just as loud and nihilistic on this B-side to new single 'De Bom Bom' as we've come to expect from them, pounding through two minutes and 25 seconds of deranged moans about shady KGB conspirators and Albini-ish chainsaw guitars.
Bush-mania is sweeping the nation as the anointed one from East Wickham Farm returns. The reclusive singer emerges butterfly-like from her 35-year chrysalis, beginning an incredibly special run of dates at the Hammersmith Apollo starting tonight (August 26).
“Did you guys see Queens of the Stone Age last night?” Pulled Apart By Horses' Tom Hudson asked the crowd during the Yorkshire rippers' Reading Festival set on Saturday morning. “That seven foot ginger sexy bastard…” Across their six years together, the band have heavily mined Josh Homme’s sleazy guitar work for inspiration. On new album 'Blood' however, their third studio effort to date, they become a phenomenon in their own right, taking no prisoners as they smash through 12 tracks of sledgehammer riffs and sludgey chaos.