It's been a busy few weeks in the world of Oasis - well, relatively speaking. While the defunct Britpoppers are still refusing to reunite, news has emerged of a new definitive 'Definitely Maybe' boxset and London exhibition commemorating the album's anniversary. Liam Gallagher may not be on board with all these anniversary plans but we certainly are - which is why this week's Quiz This It is about all things Oasis. Think you know your Bonehead from your 'Be Here Now'?
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.
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.
Saturday (March 15) marks three years since the conflict began in Syria. During this time, more than 100,000 people have died and a staggering eight million have had to flee their homes.