British music

Their own worst critics


Apast interview with British band Foals contained admissions of teenage problems with authority, wild mood swings and the pressures of fame.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 3:46pm

New Order - the band that wouldn't die

Then and now: Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Ian Curtis and Peter Hook performing as Joy Division (left), and New Order today (above, from left) Phil Cunningham, Gillian Gilbert, Sumner, Morris and Tom Chapman.Photo: Redferns

At the pavement table of a hotel bar on a sunny Sunday afternoon in London, Bernard Sumner is revisiting the most calamitous concerts of New Order's career in gleeful detail.

There was the time at Roskilde in Denmark in 1984 when they appeared late and drunk with out-of-tune equipment and played so badly the police were called to protect them from the crowd.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:28am

Lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde is the real deal

Chrissie Hynde with bandmates (from left) Martin Chambers, Nick Wilkinson and James Walbourne

When the call comes through from Chrissie Hynde, she has only just returned to her home in London after a trip back to her native United States to visit family and friends. She's readying herself for the first rehearsals before taking her band, The Pretenders, back on the road after a break of about 18 months.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am

ABC's album paved the way for Frankie and new pop

ABC's album paved the way for Frankie and new pop

While the rest of the world indulged their 1980s pop whims in gaudy day-glo clothes, power-shoulder suits and embarrassing radio pop courtesy of the big American music labels, the decade that style forgot was busily producing yet another musical revolution in Britain.

Synth pop, new pop - call it what you will - was emerging from the embers of punk, a lavishly retooled pop that took punk's DIY and back-to-basics ethics and welded it to sophisticated 1960s soul and lounge jazz.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:44am