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The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Sex Pistols to form Olympics supergroup?

June 11, 2011

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Organisers of the London 2012 Olympics are reportedly trying to bring together stars from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols to form a spectacular British supergroup for the opening ceremony.

They are said to be hoping that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will agree to team up with Sir Mick Jagger and John Lydon for the global event.

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Lou Reed denies preventing Susan Boyle from performing ‘Perfect Day’

September 12, 2010

Fans of Susan Boyle may not have to threaten to burn copies of Transformer after all. Former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed insists it was not him who barred the Scottish singer from performing his song ‘Perfect Day’ on America’s Got Talent. It seems it was all down to a “licensing mix-up”.

TV companies have to obtain a licence from the copyright owner before they can broadcast the performance of a song. According to representatives for Reed, ‘Perfect Day’ was cleared to be performed in the UK, but was not licensed for a US performance in time for the America’s Got Talent recording.

Susan Boyle reportedly flew to Los Angeles especially to perform ‘Perfect Day’ – one of her favourite songs – for the season finale of America’s Got Talent. But when she arrived at the studio for the taping of the show, she was told she had been refused permission to perform the song. According to reports, SuBo was left “crushed and heartbroken” and left the stage in tears. She flew back to the UK immediately.

Reed, now 68, was turned into a villain in the media because of the incident. But his spokesman insists the singer had no idea about the drama surrounding Susan Boyle’s version of the song.

‘Perfect Day’ was written in 1972 for Lou Reed’s first solo album Transformer. It has been covered by artists such as Duran Duran, Patti Smith and Kirsty MacColl, and performed live by Coldplay and Luciano Pavarotti. It was also released as a chart-topping charity single in aid of Children In Need in 1997.

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Debbie Harry and Blondie to release new album ‘Panic of Girls’ in 2011

September 11, 2010

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Debbie Harry and her band Blondie have revealed that they plan to release a new album next year. Titled Panic of Girls, it will be Blondie’s ninth studio album and their first collection of new material since The Curse of Blondie in 2003.

According to Blondie drummer Clem Burke, the band has already recorded about 35 new songs in Woodstock, New York – with 14 of the songs expected to make it onto the album. He hints that some of the surplus songs may be released via the Internet.

It’s the first time the band has recorded outside Manhattan since Automamerican, which was produced in Los Angeles in 1980.

“We tried to make the recording process as organic as possible,” says Burke. “We tried to stay away from programming as much as we could because the last album, The Curse of Blondie, had a lot of programming on it. So in the spirit of Woodstock, we just kept going in the studio and playing.”

He says everyone in the band contributed songs, although Debbie Harry – who turned 65 in July – wrote most of the lyrics. The album title, Panic of Girls, is a line from one of her new songs.

Burke says Blondie has been previewing a handful of the new songs during its summer tour dates – including the tracks ‘What I Heard’, ‘The End’ and ‘Mother’.

Debbie Harry admits she’s pleased to have some new songs to perform on stage. “I feel a definite urge to not just do old songs,” she says. “I really want to have a voice in the present, so I’m very happy that this is all going on because we’ve been stuck in a position for a couple of years where we weren’t recording.

“It really is awful having to go out and do the same old songs over and over again, although it’s not completely awful because you get a great response from the audience. They’re happy to hear the songs.”

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Sex Pistols’ John Lydon to become the face of British butter

September 19, 2008

 

Back in 1976, Johnny Rotten sang about being “an antichrist” and “an anarchist” and expressed the youthful anger that many of today’s fiftysomethings felt about the British establishment in the late 1970s.

 

Today, he’s telling us to spread British butter on our toast, just like the gentry…

 

In a surprise announcement, former Sex Pistol John Lydon has been unveiled as the “new face” of Dairy Crest’s Country Life butter. He will star in a new television advertising campaign for the brand this autumn.

 

In the TV commercial, the 52-year-old punk icon apparently replaces his trademark torn jeans and ripped t-shirt with a country squire outfit – complete with tweed suit, plus fours, yellow waistcoat and riding boots.

 

“We don’t think enough people know Country Life is the only major British butter brand and John gets the message through loud and clear,” a spokesperson for Dairy Crest told marketing web site http://www.mad.co.uk.

 

“He is seen as a great British icon. His independent views are part of his consumer appeal and his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour shines through in our TV advertising,” the spokesperson added.

 

With the Sex Pistols’ 2008 tour dates between June and September billed as ‘The Combine Harvester Tour’ – and now Lydon’s endorsement of Country Life butter – it looks like the punk legend is becoming increasingly rustic in his middle age.

What next? A role in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers?


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