Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been going for years. One of the features that has stayed the same is its 'Identity Parade'. Here they invite a supposedly failed, washed up pop star from yesteryear to humiliate themselves in a bid to be recognised by the panel. Nobody comes out of it with any dignity. Then they invited my client (and good mate) Jim Bob on to the show...
My headline tour across Europe seems like a bit of a blur now; a little whirlwind gone by. How much can one person fit into eight days? Well, here's a little answer for you, it's part one of the tour story, just the first four days... part two will come later.
On 8 Nov 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide.
"The music industry is more about sucking dick [than the fashion industry]." Kate Nash is having a bit of a Kanye moment. Her statement is one that many people may dispute.
Whilst Japanese artists have always struggled to infiltrate the western mainstream, the same cannot be said for western music in Japan. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Queen, Michael Jackson and Oasis all had huge success in Japan in their day, whilst short lived UK punk band Big in Japan played on the popular 80's cliche.
Playing the last date of their recent tour before hot stepping to Europe and America next, Bastille have grown and so has their music. It's crazy that in just nine months since first meeting them that things have come so far.
I got a call on my day off my from a producer at Sky News- who asked if id be willing to come in a talk about that evenings Mercury Music Prize. I jumped in a cab an hour later to go chat to news anchor Dermot Murnaghan about it. The Mercury Prize is one of the most respected music awards in the UK.
Further, the lines between professional musician and skilled amateur are blurring. A year ago punkster Amanda Palmer wrote an extremely eloquent open letter on playing music for free, and working with unpaid musicians. She insists that she wouldn't have been able to achieve the success that she has without having the chance to play unpaid gigs.
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered?
'I'd worked for 10 to 15 years to hone my writing before I stumbled across Alan McGee,' he says of his recent signing to 359 Music. 'Alan told me I was good, so I worked harder to get better.'
Marshall Mathers, known to most people by his stage name Eminem is one of the most well known and controversial artists of modern music. Born in Misso...
There's a phrase I've come to use to describe some of pop's more 'interesting' offerings: Authentically contrived.Nicki Minaj is an excellent example. She appears to use her money and appearance as the key creative stimulus for her artistic output.
Less Than Zero was written and performed by an unknown with the unlikely name of Elvis Costello. That someone should have the chutzpah to steal the name of the King of rock'n'roll seemed preposterous: Elvis Presley was still alive at the time. This, I told myself, had better be good! And it was just that.
Peter was a little worse for wear by the end of the show that night. His favourite drink is a cocktail called 'The Brucie Special'. Throughout the set he seemed bent on downing as many as he could. There's a certain slapstick quality to watching poor old Brucie double tasking between drum teching and being Pete's bartender.
It's time to get out those flared trousers and platform shoes... fluff up the hair and put the roller skates on... it's disco week.
In the last few decades, the way people listen to and discover music has changed in seismic ways. Streaming services are changing the rules for both music lovers and the music industry. It might not yet be a universally accepted, but streaming is certainly where the future lies.