01. Richard Russell of XL Recordings interview (above)
“The announcement of the Mercury Music Prize nominees this month has seen an unassuming teenage trio from South London, The xx, installed as the bookies’ favourites. Their selection, the culmination of a slow-burning campaign for their self-titled debut, is just the latest chapter in the story of Britain’s most influential contemporary record label, XL Recordings.” (Telegraph).
02. Give me Ryanair’s brazen villainy over the bogus compassion of BP
“A recent newspaper advertisement for Ryanair has a big picture of Robert Mugabe shaking his fist, under the headline: “Here’s EasyJet’s New Head of Punctuality”. This sends out a confused message. I’m no Zimbabwe expert but I’m fairly confident that the main charge levelled against Mugabe isn’t one of unpunctuality. It’s no more meaningful an insinuation than saying that Kim Jong-il is Virgin Atlantic’s new head of catering or that Mel Gibson has been taken on by Thomas Cook to handle its IT.” (David Mitchell for The Observer).
03. PHIL COLLINS has rekindled some 60s magic with his new track.
“The Brit crooner has covered MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS’ 1963 tune (Love Is Like a) Heatwave. He has injected an extra zest of soul by featuring three members of legendary Motown session players THE FUNK BROTHERS – bassist BOB BABBITT and guitarists EDDIE WILLIS and RAY MONETTE.” (The Sun).
04. Wayne Rooney smoking and ‘urinating in the street’ – what will Fabio Capello make of Manchester United star’s antics?
“Fabio Capello was returning to England today – greeted by embarrassing photographs of Wayne Rooney enjoying a rowdy night out with friends in Manchester.” (Daily Mail).