Working in all mediums from music, to collage to film to theatre to pure art, Linder Sterling first rose to prominence in 1976 as one of the main players in the fertile and vibrant Manchester punk scene, and helped to define the aesthetic which helped make Manchester the key punk city alongside London. But although her influence on that scene and beyond has been enormous, it often gets overlooked to the extent that she seems to have been consciously written out of Manchester’s musical history. For instance, there is no Linder in Michael Winterbottom’s film of all things Mancunian and musical; 24- Hour Party People. But hopefully, Linder: Works 1976–2006, the recently published and definitive anthology of her artistic output should help...
I was reading The Radleys by Matt Haig, a novel about a vampire family who are “abstainers” living in suburban England not far from York, trying to blend in incognito with their human neighbors. Up cropped a Smiths reference and a Morrissey reference. Moz is in excellent company, other names dropped included Bowie, Nick Cave and Joy Division. Good book, and the author obviously has good taste too!
"Nathan Willett has a new tattoo -it's something of a record-release gift to himself. The Cold War Kids frontman even tweeted the news recently, making sure to include a picture of the fresh ink. It reads, "Sing your life," across his forearm, a reference to an old Morrissey song.
"I got it five days ago," the singer reveals over the line from California, before recalling how it happened.
"It's funny," says Willett, who used to have a friend who was a tattoo artist. "I told him I wanted that tattoo 10 years ago." The friend, however, refused to indulge him . . . because Willett wasn't a singer -yet.
Times have changed, obviously. Willett's band has a new album, Mine Is Yours, out Jan. 25, and that's him urgently belting on the Cold War Kids' two previous releases, Robbers and Cowards (2006) and Loyalty to Loyalty (2008), as well..."
We're very happy to say that Gary Day is returning to DJ at HDIF at the Phoenix in central London this Saturday. Gary was due to DJ for us in December but was snowed in, so we're pleased and relieved that the sun is shining and the weather forecast for Saturday is - hurrah! - scattered showers. Gary's a brilliant rock'n'roll DJ who had the club hopping on the two times he's DJ-ed for us before.
How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
Saturday March 19th
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP, three minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station, 9pm-3am, £4 members, £6 non members. Membership is free from www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk
Guest DJ: Gary Day
The Smiths * The Supremes * The Go-Betweens * Dusty Springfield * Belle & Sebastian * Love * Tammi Terrell * Aztec Camera * The Ronettes * Orange Juice *...
Manic Street Preachers have said that they would still love to meet up with Morrissey
The band referenced the singer and his Smiths-era songwriting partner Johnny Marr in their track '1985' from the 2004 album Lifeblood.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2, bassist Nicky Wire and frontman James Dean Bradfield revealed that they recently met three of their favourite '80s artists after speaking to Mike Scott of The Waterboys, Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen.
Wire said: "There's only Morrissey left, because they were the four of our great icons of the '80s, really."
Bradfield added: "The unobtainable Morrissey, probably."
I was reviewing BNLX's EP #5 when I ran across the press information stating that their song, "Garbage Strike (It's Rubbish)" is a "well-done Smiths homage/parody". So instantly, I put on the song, and, well, I wouldn't exactly call it good. You can make up your own mind, by listening to the free song at: http://susstones.com/mainwp/
For those interested, BNLX is a band with Ed Ackerson (who used to be in a 90s band called Polara) and his wife, Ashley Ackerson (who used to be in The Mood Swings). BNLX is a very interesting project because the band's focus isn't making full albums, but concentrating on handmade EPs and selling them for $2.91 (possibly for just the materials). I don't know if it's working, but their shows are always packed. I'll be there to see them this Friday, with a Morrissey shirt on in silent protest.