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Steady Mercury

The Mercury Music Prize shortlist has been announced. There's not much call for smelling salts or counselling with the comfortable, surprise-free list. Read More »

In London, we still worship fire

Following the defeat of the England football team, the English need something to cheer. Who new it would be a little bit of fire? Read More »

Later… than you think?

Is Jools Holland's late night BBC music show chugging to an end? Read More »

Osbournes: they’ve washed the dirty laundry, so now they’re cleaning the toilet in public

And what good does it benefit a family if, in achieving a slot on a mainstream channel in prime time, in doing so they destroy their whole world? The Osbournes arrive on Tonight With Trevor McDonald Read More »

I’m telling stories – trust me

The South Bank Show - ITV's last claim to be serious - pitches Cumbria's Melvyn Bragg against Lancashire's Jeanette Winterson Read More »

WH Smiths takes the singles off the shelf

More misery for the lovers of the single, as one of the UK's leading retailers drops them. Read More »

That’s the Brits, then…

The Darkness and Duran Duran stand out amongst a fairly so-so night at the Brit Awards. Read More »

We have not seen the worst while we can still say “this is the worst”

Typical... the first Top 100 singles poll you'd actually be happy to see Bohemian Rhapsody leading up, and yet Queen's pomp-op-pop track doesn't make the Worst Singles list at all. Read More »

The Festive Fifty 2003

This year's Festive Fifty - the antidote to predictable end-of-year best singles lists - throws up its usual mix of David Gedge, Mark E Smith and Half Man Half Biscuit, and is none the worse for that. Read More »

Cable At End of Tether

The Stereophonics imitate the Libertines, only with lawyers rather than housebreaking. Read More »