Music

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Father knows best?

Amy Winehouse's father now has a gig on London radio. I presume he is not giving parenting advice.

'Old' man blues

This is from smh.com.au:



Obviously, according to the patronising kiddies who apparently run the Sydney Morning Herald's website, Paul Weller should be rugged up in his dressing gown drinking cocoa instead of playing his formidable musical catalogue to Australian audiences. Whatever would they make of Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, let along the many great 70- and 80-something stars who still grace the world's stages?

Now for the nudes

So much celeb news, so little time. So, here are the highlights:
* Veronica twin in nude pix shock.
* "Mini-Me" actor Verne Troyer sues over sex tape.
* Britney Spears "beds her minder".
* The earth moves for Judge Judy.
* Presidential hopeful John McCain takes on fully clothed Paris Hilton.
* Elizabeth Taylor not near death.

Mixed-up Amy

A "medication mishap". That's reportedly what put Amy Winehouse into hospital. Do we swallow that one or not?

Bragg on rights

I'm a big fan of Billy Bragg - not just because I like his music, but because he's a very intelligent and perceptive man. In this Guardian article, he weighs in very sensibly on the news that ISPs in the UK have agreed with record companies to send warning letters to people they suspect of illegally downloading music. It is, he says, not the answer. The real answer lies in making sure that the people who create the music get paid for it. But where does that leave the record companies?

Drumming up fitness

Q. What do you call the guy who hangs about on stage with rock musicians?
A. An elite athlete.
Sports scientist Marcus Smith, from the University of Chichester, says Blondie drummer Clem Burke (and, by association his peers) are "no different to the Olympic athletes I have worked with." This story reveals more about Smith's eight-year study.

Maske on the move

In a week where there's been some negative press about Dubai, I'm happy to report that glamorous Brisbane trio Maske have come back from the mega Middle Eastern city with nothing but glowing reports. Next stop for the electronic violin trio is the States, where they play a truck show (no kidding), and then the Bahamas, where they'll support the wonderful British pop-opera star Paul Potts. These girls are the real deal and a huge hit on the international convention circuit, and they deserve more credit than they get in Queensland.

Freddie on top

An Internet poll in the UK has named Freddie Mercury and Queen's Bohemian Rhapdody as the No. 1 pop song of all time. The rest of the top 10, in order, are: Y.M.C.A. by the Village People; Bryan Adams's (Everything I Do) I Do It for You; Angels (Robbie Williams); Red, Red Wine (UB40); Imagine( John Lennon); Sweet Child O Mine (Guns N Roses); Billie Jean (Michael Jackson); Dancing Queen (Abba) and Can't Get You out of My Head (Kylie Minogue). What, no Beatles and Bryan Adams better than John Lennon? It's a joke.

Wood you believe?

It's hard to know what to think, least of all what to write, about Ronnie Wood and his 18-year-old drinking buddy/ girlfriend/ muse/ whatever. The latest is that Wood's wife Jo has finally dumped him after 23 years. Not a bad innings for a rock'n'roll marriage I suppose.

Hardly a thriller

This teaser link appears on the front page of news.com.au. When you click through to the story, it doesn't actually answer the question. However, I'll do it for them: Because he's totally bonkers and he likes attention.
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