Worried you might have missed some of the week’s best music news stories amid all the noise surrounding the Brits this week? We’ve got your back. Here’s our 15 top tales from the world of music from the past 7 days – beginning with Lady Gaga’s unfortunate encounter with a slow loris, who reportedly bit her on the set of her new video. It was born that way, apparently.
There goes our hopes of a boozy afterparty in Cliff Richard’s hotel suite after the pop geriatric supports Morrissey this May: the man himself told NME this week that his post-show plans primarily involve “having a chicken curry”. Expect an image of him tucking into a steamy vindaloo on the 2015 Cliff calendar.
The head of music at BBC Radio 1 has said that he believes the British public’s appetite for guitar music is returning. George Ergatoudis told an industry panel that new guitar bands have not been good enough in recent years, which Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner responded to by declaring that “rock ‘n’ roll will never die” actually George, thank you very much.
Kate Moss accepted Davie Bowie’s Brit Award for Best Male Solo artist on his behalf at Wednesday’s ceremony, reading a statement from the icon that crammed in Japanese folklore, rabbits, the solar system and a plea with Scotland to “stay with us” as the country considers voting for independence from Britain. Bowie, eh? Steals the show even without turning up.
Alt-J’s Thom Green has raised the possibility of a Miley Cyrus after discovering their music is currently being used to soundtrack a ‘striptease’ segment on the ‘Bangerz’ tour: “Her voice might suit some of our music.” Or, you’ll turn up for the first rehearsal and wake up in three weeks later on the floor of a LA bathroom cubicle with the hangover from hell.
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Johnny Marr this week dismissed reports of Factory Records owner Tony Wilson turning down The Smiths before they signed to Rough Trade. “I didn’t want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic. Before we knew it, we would’ve had side-partings and khaki shorts, with bongos round our necks.” Sounds like a strong look.
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Kaiser Chiefs have denied stealing the logo of cycling company Sturmey Archer for their new album cover, explaining that the artwork and lyrics of ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ are an “homage” to “Britain’s heritage”. Kaiser THIEFS more like, right guys! Guys? …Hello? Oh fuck it, I’m off to the pub.