In the inchoate days of pop, it wasn’t just assumed English would become the rock ‘n’ roll lingua franca. Therefore it wasn’t unheard of for British bands to learn the words to their own songs in French or German or Italian in order to ingratiate themselves with fans from another market, naturally at the encouragement of their record companies. In those days you couldn’t just type your lyrics into Google Translate and voila!
“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.
The Cribs have been teasing two new albums for a while now and last week they finally announced a release date for one of them. ‘For All My Sisters’ arrives on March 23 and, in this week’s NME, Ryan Jarman touts it as “the poppiest record since ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’”. Get ready for these songs to be permanently stuck in your head – we gave it an early listen and discovered an album full of glimmering earworms.
If patience is a virtue, then the people leaking albums months ahead of release are among the least virtuous sods around. Last week, Björk's new album 'Vulnicura’ popped up online two months before its planned March release. With the genie well and truly out of the bottle, the Icelandic performer decided to rush-release the full record on iTunes, and so – prematurely – the world got its hands on her ninth LP. We've not only been denied that nice bit of anticipation before getting your hands on a new album, we've also been robbed of seeing exactly how Björk would have released this album.
Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week, it's a Pharrell Williams x Adidas jacket to the Gone Girl DVD. JACKET: Pharrell Williams x Adidas The ‘Happy’ singer has already designed his own range of trainers for Adidas, and now comes these snappy track jackets. Continue Pharrell’s love of polka dots in red, blue or yellow.