December 11, 2012 |
New box sets are always plentiful this time of year - appropriate and pleasing gifts for the music lover on your shopping list. This season, though, we sense extra urgency in the release patterns as the "packaged goods" music business continues its decline. Labels are bundling more crown jewels into "complete" collections of CDs. And dishing some true-blue rarities, music and music videos (on DVD and Bluray) so long gone, there'd been speculation the stuff might not even exist anymore.
October 11, 2007 |
Heralded as the advance guard of the rave revival, the Klaxons of Manchester, England, arrived at the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday night riding a wave of ecstasy. A year's worth of hype as only the British press can muster culminated in the Mercury Prize last month, when the band's Myths of the Near Future beat out the widely favored British retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse. But despite the few glow sticks tracing their way through the steamy air and the eponymous sirens scattered through their songs, the Klaxons sound less like the second coming of the Happy Mondays than kin to the recent wave of British guitar bands, including last year's Mercury winner, the Arctic Monkeys.
March 22, 2005 |
A sure sign it's finally spring? Those very pink-hued, (sometimes sickly) sweet musical ads for the Gap starring American darling Sarah Jessica Parker and her rendition of the Broadway tune "I Enjoy Being a Girl. " But the British press is reporting that S.J.P., who's done three Gap campaigns so far, will do no more. It appears that Gap's face and voice are to be replaced by English teen sensation Joss Stone, who's currently in negotiations with the khaki-maker. According to London's Sunday Times, the Gap, which had previously used Madonna and Demi Moore, wants to capture the teen market by using the 17-year-old soul singer, who scored a hit last year with "Fell in Love with a Boy," a reworking of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl.
January 2, 1998 |
Philly's own Fresh Prince Will Smith is making a fresh start for the new year after marrying actress Jada Pinkett in a ceremony at a mansion outside Baltimore. "They were married [Wednesday] night at 8:25 p.m.," Smith's mouthpiece Stan Rosenfield told us yesterday. The couple have no immediate plans for a honeymoon because Smith is shooting a film called Enemy of the State in Baltimore, Rosenfield said. Security was tight at the Cloisters, a mansion north of Baltimore, where the nuptials were performed before a collection of film and TV stars who arrived in a stream of limos.
September 2, 1997 |
The Daily Mail published an 80-page special edition yesterday with Diana in jeans and rolled-up shirtsleeves on its cover. The Mirror, another tabloid, featured her in tiara and pearls on its cover, and had more than 40 pages inside. The Guardian, a broadsheet, gave Diana its front page - solemn soldiers in white gloves carrying her coffin draped in the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom - and 16 full pages inside. And the Daily Telegraph published 32 pages, including a special section, with a full-page picture on the back of Diana and her two boys.
July 19, 1995 |
Hugh Grant's public embarrassment distressed many of his fans and gave the rest of the English-speaking world a sugar rush of Schadenfreude. Not only was the floppy-haired star caught with a prostitute in a BMW on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, he had the exquisite sense of timing to do it on the eve of his new feel-good comedy, "Nine Months. " Pleasure in the misery of others is not the healthiest of emotions, but given this set of circumstances it seems forgivable. Sex is rivaled only by shame for the public's attention, and this story has both, with fame and beauty thrown in - not to mention a perfume called "Pleasures," which his girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, is promoting.
March 22, 1995 |
If you went by the stories out of London that appeared in some American dailies, you're probably under the impression that 50 million Britons were plunged into a deep funk because President Clinton shook the hand of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Don't you believe it. The majority of those economically distressed mainland Brits wouldn't care whose hand gets clasped if it hastens the day when they no longer have to worry about the "bloody Oirish. " It was Prime Minister John Major who was so shook up that he ducked phone calls from Clinton for a week because the president was civil to the man who first sparked the peace process in Northern Ireland by getting the Irish Republican Army to declare its cease-fire.
September 30, 1994 |
Has Britain been putting the heat on President Clinton to avoid a face-to- face meeting with Northern Ireland's Gerry Adams? Adams says yes, the White House says no, and the London government isn't saying anything. But the British press is already congratulating Prime Minister John Major for scoring "a propaganda victory" by seeing to it that neither Clinton nor Vice President Al Gore will meet Adams. As most Americans are aware by now, Adams is president of Sinn Fein, the political party of the Irish Republican movement.
August 12, 1994 |
Two months ago, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie made it into a three-way, 18- hole playoff at the U.S. Open. Then he stumbled, bumbled and rumbled to a 7-over-par 78 on a sweltering Monday at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. He was four strokes worse than Loren Roberts and Ernie Els, who eventually won on the second hole of sudden death. Montgomerie, 31, whom the British press has often criticized for not having enough fire in his belly, wasn't about to let that crash-and-burn derail a promising career.
January 12, 1994 |
"Britain Threatens Serbs With Air Strikes Ultimatum," was the headline of the Times of London report on Tuesday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's summit meeting, which marked President Clinton's first official trip to Europe. The story, only six paragraphs long, ran at the bottom of the front page of the paper, next to an advertisement for NEC laser printers. Above the NATO report, covering three-quarters of the front page, were three long stories on sex and the Conservative Party government of Prime Minister John Major.