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Monday, December 27 2004

Best of 2004: Top 10 Albums + Top 10 Singles + Top 5 Gigs

by Simon Warner - Columnist Simon Warner raves about the Killers, Elvis Costello's latest turn and the ramshackle rock 'n' roll circus that is the Libertines.


Sunday, September 26 2004

United We Stand? Dividing Lines in the Land of Albion

In modern-day England, dedication to your locality, however creaking and crumbling that metropolis may now be, is more important than commitment to queen and country. Liverpool and Manchester, a mere 40 miles apart from one another, have always been, and most resolutely always will be, rabid rivals.


Thursday, December 18 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Simon Warner


Thursday, December 26 2002

Less Rotten than reasonable: Joe Strummer and my punk Damascus

Although I saw Joe Strummer in action many times, I only met him once and, embarrassingly, confused him with someone else. In early autumn 1976, as term at Sheffield University unfolded, news of the arrival of the most talked about gig of the year filtered through the underground grapevine. The Anarchy in the UK tour, bringing the nascent fury of British punk to the nation, wended its uncertain way through the country, uncertain, because where-ever the entourage set up camp, there was imminent danger of the local council denying the potential hell-raisers a performing licence.


Thursday, December 26 2002

Less Rotten than reasonable: Joe Strummer and my punk Damascus

Although I saw Joe Strummer in action many times, I only met him once and, embarrassingly, confused him with someone else. In early autumn 1976, as term at Sheffield University unfolded, news of the arrival of the most talked about gig of the year filtered through the underground grapevine. The Anarchy in the UK tour, bringing the nascent fury of British punk to the nation, wended its uncertain way through the country, uncertain, because where-ever the entourage set up camp, there was imminent danger of the local council denying the potential hell-raisers a performing licence.


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Monday, July 17 2006

The Who Know Who They Are and From Whence They Came

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.


Tuesday, June 13 2006

Prime Location: How Sitcom Settings Add to the Fun

As British sitcoms move higher on the endangered species list, a small number of successful programs are relying on geographic familiarity to attract (and maintain) UK viewers.


Monday, May 22 2006

Passion as Fashion? Rock Meets Religion on Manchester's Streets

Manchester united around something other than soccer on Good Friday, as rock, religion and theatre came together for a unique presentation of Christ's crucifixion.


Wednesday, April 19 2006

Designs on Democracy

On The Great British Design Quest a new sort of made-for-TV entertainment/culture show, the best that Britain has to offer is at the mercy of the masses.


Sunday, March 19 2006

Get on the Scene, Now

Leeds, and the nearby cities of Sheffield and Wakefield, are part of a musical renaissance. Warner talks with members of two bands from the area, each with contrasting views on this new 'scene'.


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