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Soft Cell: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye review – uh oh, tainted doc

This film about the unlikely pop stars’ big reunion had no Bros-style drama at all. Where was Marc Almond the flamboyant showman we adored in the 80s?

Not everyone has a whole novel in them. Some may only have a short story; not everyone has that much to say. Soft Cell: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (BBC Four) profiled a group still beloved on the basis of one big hit and a handful of dark synthpop albums – but this disenchantingly muted film made Soft Cell’s brief flash of light seem duller.

The tale began in classic fashion, introducing two outsiders in seaside towns – Marc Almond in Southport, Dave Ball in Blackpool – dreaming of other worlds. Then, at Leeds Poly in the late 70s, the pair met and bonded over loving Donna Summer and Johnny Rotten equally – though the exact style clash that would make them famous had seeded in Ball’s brain back at home.
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Song You Need to Know: Perfume Genius, ‘Not For Me’

Song You Need to Know: Perfume Genius, ‘Not For Me’
This triumphantly sad-sack ballad first surfaced in 1963 as a b-side from Bobby Darin, then an icon of aspirational cool thanks to his definitive version of Brecht/Weill’s “Mack The Knife.” Then, in ’64, Sammy Davis Jr. released an even sadder version of “Not For Me,” with potent subtext added to its alienated, un-wed lovelessness — while the Civil Rights Act was signed that summer, interracial marriage remained illegal, the Loving v. West Virginia decision still years away.

So it’s fitting that, in the 21st century, the song’s outsider-anthem evolution
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Arabesque of Horror: The Legacy of Dario Argento's "Suspiria"

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Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is now in U.S. cinemas and opens in the U.K. on November 16, 2018.Luca Guadagnino was a 10-year-old student at summer camp when he became transfixed by the poster advertising Dario Argento’s Suspiria, excitedly drawing versions of the key iconic bloodied ballerina image in his school notebook. But it wasn’t until he was 13, after seeing the actual movie broadcast on Italian television, that he knew for certain the terrifying tableaux of fantasy, fascination and fear would somehow feature in his future. And now the Oscar-nominated director has fulfilled his obsessive childhood dream of repurposing the cult shocker that so scarred his psyche in those formative years.But that has been the potent legacy of the original Suspiria for an entire generation of horror aficionados ever since it was released to huge global acclaim and box-office success to become continually listed as one of
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Dynasty: revisiting an 80s soap cheese-fest

Catherine Pearson Oct 11, 2017

With the remake of the 1980s soap opera arriving today, what better time to take a nostalgia-filled lookback at Dynasty?

Cast your mind back, if you can, to the year of 1981. Bucks Fizz, Adam and the Ants and Soft Cell were storming the charts, Only Fools And Horses aired its first series on BBC One and Gregory’s Girl was playing in a cinema near you. Meanwhile, stateside, ABC had cooked up a suitably glamorous and scandalous competitor to Dallas, the CBS drama packed full of Stetsons and suspense. The world may have recently discovered who shot J.R., but there was still plenty of room for the Carringtons.

Enter Dynasty, a show based around the business and family of oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) whose recent marriage to his former secretary Krystle (Linda Evans) was making waves within the family mansion. With the Colby family
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Ordinary Lies, Supernatural, Critical

Ordinary Lies: BBC One, 9pm

Salesman Pete (Mackenzie Crook), a severe hypochondriac, comes under financial stress when he finds out he and his wife are expecting a baby.

Things worsen when he and Jason (George Bukhari) are carjacked during a double test drive and the police begin to suspect their involvement.

Critical: Sky 1, 9pm

Medical drama following a team of emergency medics in a state-of-the-art trauma centre.

A fire breaks out in the women's changing room, and the victim is horrifically burnt beyond recognition. The team must fight to save her life, whilst her identity slowly becomes clear.

Later Live... with Jools Holland: BBC Two, 10pm

The musical extravaganza returns for its 46th series.

With performances from the likes of Blur - with tracks from their forthcoming album The Magic Whip - The Vaccines and Laura Marling. Marc Almond also joins Jools for a chat.

Supernatural: E
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Blur, The Vaccines and Laura Marling for Later... with Jools Holland

Blur, The Vaccines and Laura Marling will perform on the first episode of the new series of Later... with Jools Holland.

The BBC Two music show will return on April 14.

Natalie Prass, Songhoy Blues and Davina And The Vagabonds will also perform on the show, while Marc Almond will be interviewed, according to NME.

A half-hour live edition of the show will air at 10pm on Tuesdays, with the extended edition of the show airing on Friday nights.

Blur's upcoming new album The Magic Whip will be released on April 27.

The band will headline the Isle of Wight Festival on June 13, as well as holding a show at Hyde Park on June 20 as part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time series.

Watch Blur perform 'Beetlebum' on Later... with Jools Holland in 1997 below:
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Interview – Wamg Talks To Captain America: The Winter Soldier Composer Henry Jackman

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has had a second stellar weekend at the box office.

That makes it two worldwide weekends in a row at over $100 million and nearly half a billion to date as it continues to draw audiences internationally and in North America. With the success of directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s sequel , Marvel/Disney have officially announced Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016.

About two years have passed since the alien invasion of New York was repulsed by Nick Fury’s special team – The Avengers. The world is now well aware that extra-terrestrials, godlike beings and monsters may be lurking in the cosmos and that Super Heroes walk among us. The demand for protection of the world’s citizenry has reached a zenith. In response to the world’s justifiable fears, S.H.I.E.L.D. has expanded its presence to enhance the security of Earth.
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TV highlights 03/01/2014

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Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook | Kangaroo Dundee | James May's Toy Stories: The Motorcycle Diary | 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown | Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch | Nikita | Raiders of the Lost Past | Golf: Tournament of Champions

Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook

7.30pm, BBC4

Son of Hackney Don Black has been everything from an NME hack to a plugger for Doris Day and a standup comedian. But it is as a lyricist that he is justly revered, for classics including Born Free, Ben and the titular Shirley Bassey showstopper. Michael Grade talks to him about his work (including his recent Profumo musical collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber), while, in between, Marc Almond, Katie Melua and Gary Wilmot are among those performing his tunes at the Royal Festival Hall. Ali Catterall

Kangaroo Dundee

8pm, BBC2

The latest visit to Alice Springs has Brolga tackling the challenges of an outback winter.
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Top of the Pops at 50: should the BBC bring it back?

The BBC's once defining music show celebrates its 50th birthday on New Year's Day. Isn't it time for a long-overdue return?

'Dad! Dad! Top of the Pops! It's about to start now!" The child is my daughter Dora, who, in the three years that BBC4 has been repeating 35-year-old episodes of Top of the Pops, knows it's the one immovable fixture in my viewing week.

As it happens, these reruns are some of the earliest Top of the Pops I remember watching. Pictures of Abba, Showaddywaddy and Elo would flash before us. Then, as now, the charts were a pop share index – a Rock Exchange, if you like – charting the differing fortunes of bands in the affections of the nation. It was all the news we needed. But, of course, the future is never quite as you expected it to be. I always thought that, just as my parents did with me,
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'Bad Education', 'Call Centre' for Christmas specials, BBC confirms

Bad Education and The Call Centre are at the centre of BBC Three's Christmas schedule this year.

Bad Education's festive special will see Jack Whitehall's character Alfie staging the Abbey Grove Christmas play - only to decide on a mash-up of The Nutcracker and RoboCop called Robocracker.

Elsewhere on BBC Three, hit documentary The Call Centre will return for the holidays, with CEO Nev Wilshire deciding to start a Christmas choir and tea lady Hayley battling the budget to stage a successful office Christmas party.

The channel's festive schedule is rounded out by a Christmas episode of Bluestone 42, which sees the team being joined by over-confident Corporal Gordon House on his first tour of duty.

Meanwhile, BBC Four also revealed its plans for Christmas, with Strictly Come Dancing host Len Goodman fronting Dance Band Days - an exploration of the British dance bands which paved the way for modern pop.
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'Jobriath A.D.,' Documentary on 'The True Fairy of Rock and Roll,' Acquired by Factory 25

'Jobriath A.D.,' Documentary on 'The True Fairy of Rock and Roll,' Acquired by Factory 25
The seventies glam rock musician Jobriath who was known as "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," and "Hype of the Year" has been rediscovered and profiled in Kieran Turner’s music documentary, "Jobriath A.D." The feature explores Jobriath, the first openly gay rock musician and his brief reign as a star before a publicity machined doomed his career leaving him to die in obscurity at the Chelsea Hotel as one of the first victims of AIDS. Henry Rollins (Black Flag) narrates the film which features the artists Jobriath influenced including: Marc Almond, Joey Arias, Jayne County, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, and Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons Factory 25 has acquired the film and will be releasing it digitally on December 10th via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Vudu, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other digital outlets.
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Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Tom Waits to set sail on Johnny Depp's pirates album

Son of Rogue's Gallery, a compilation of songs from the seafaring tradition, will feature a grizzled crew including Keith Richards, Michael Stipe, Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and the Pogues' Shane MacGowan are among the contributors to a new compilation of pirate ballads. The grizzled, A-list crew was assembled by Johnny Depp, who performs on the album, and the people behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

First, some more names. Among the hearties who are shivering timbers on Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys: Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Michael Stipe with Courtney Love, Nick Cave, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithful with the McGarrigle sisters, Sissy Bounce with Akron/Family, Beth Orton, Macy Gray and Sean Lennon.

The two-disc set, due next year, is the sequel to a compilation from 2006. There too, Pirates producer Hal Willner manned the tiller.
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Tony Blackburn, Jameela Jamil mark 60 years of the charts - pictures

Tony Blackburn, Jameela Jamil mark 60 years of the charts - pictures
Tony Blackburn and new Radio 1 Chart Show host Jameela Jamil have marked the 60th birthday of the Official Charts at a special event. The pair were joined by musicians Marc Almond, Sandie Shaw and Boney M's Liz Mitchell at a parliamentary reception to celebrate the milestone on Tuesday (November 13). The Official Charts Company hosted the reception in conjunction with the House Of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group On Music and a number of music industry associations. Blackburn hosted BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show between 1979 and 1982, and is also (more)
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Throbbing Gristle announces release date for Nico tribute album

Industrial band Throbbing Gristle has announced the completion of its long-awaited tribute to Nico’s Desertshore. The record will be released November 26, two years after the death of band member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, who conceived the idea for the project in 2006. Bandmates Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti decided to finish work on the album after Christopherson’s death. The group has released two trailers for the double album Desertshore/Final Report, one including vocals by Antony Hegarty, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Blixa Bargeld, Soft Cell's Marc Almond, and Sasha Grey. 'Desertshore / The Final Report' teaser 1 from ...
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TV review: David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust

There's one notable absence in this parade of talking heads paying tribute to the British pop's space oddity, and with good reason, perhaps

David Bowie doesn't actually take part in David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust (BBC4), an excellent documentary about the making of the album, and the birth of the alter ego that catapulted him from just an androgynous 1970s oddball to unearthly android and icon, the biggest – and most important thing – in British pop since the Beatles. It would be out of character, and take some of the mystery away, for him to appear as a talking head in a TV documentary, albeit one about himself. Elton John does that kind of thing – not Bowie.

It doesn't really matter, since just about everyone else who was there takes part: the Spiders from Mars (apart from guitarist Mick Ronson, of course, though his widow appears), plus producers,
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TV highlights 22/06/2012

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Isle Of Wight Festival | Simon Schama's Shakespeare | David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust | Museum Secrets | Episodes

Isle Of Wight Festival

6pm, Sky Arts 1

Much as in its original incarnation, this year's Isle Of Wight festival is dominated by American superstars. A good job, then, that Sky Arts is offering extensive coverage of the sets by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, via the six hours of "live streaming" it promises from the site over the festival's three days. Elsewhere, there's stuff from Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream and Tinie Tempah, while the obligatory uncomfortable backstage interviews with the stars will be conducted by Jo Whiley and – in a bit of late-1990s nostalgia – Zoe Ball. John Robinson

Simon Schama's Shakespeare

9pm, BBC2

What came first, Englishness, or Shakespeare's idea of it? Simon Schama produces a persuasive argument towards the latter. We scarcely knew ourselves before the bard solidified us on stage,
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Jobriath Ad – review

London Lesbian and Gay Film festival

It may be something to do with his extraordinary stage moniker – somehow redolent of Goliath and Job – that Bruce Campbell aka Jobriath has maintained a tenuous foothold in pop culture, somehow remaining a name to conjure with, unlike the legions of has-beens and never-wases who litter the rock'n'roll stage. Of course, Jobriath was something special, even by the standards of rock loserdom: hyped to the max in 1974, signed – apparently – to a massive contract, given a billboard in Times Square for his debut album, and then promptly became an epic commercial disaster.

Jobriath was swiftly relegated to a footnote after punk rock detonated in the mid 70s, mostly for intrigued David Bowie fans mildly insulted by such an apparently flagrant act of copyism. (At least, that's how it looked to the likes of me, a decade or so later.) But give any act long enough,
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Jobriath: the man who fell to earth

Billed as the 'new Bowie', Jobriath exploded onto the glam rock scene in the 1970s – and then disappeared. Marc Almond salutes a personal hero

Britain in the early 1970s was going through a depression: the naive dreams and optimism of the 1960s had soured and evaporated; life was filled with drudgery, strikes, power cuts and unemptied bins. Against this colourless backdrop, glam rock emerged, sprinkling glitter over the grime. And its gods – Marc Bolan with his cosmic love songs, Bryan Ferry with his glamorous cinematic sleaze – reigned supreme. David Bowie was busy transforming the musical landscape.

The British music press of the time was a lads' domain, deeply homophobic; the rule was you had to be a serious musician who had paid some dues. Bowie, who had been reluctantly accepted, was becoming a phenomenon. Ferry's sci-fi, 1950s-inspired torch songs were considered fresh and alluring, played on a strange new electronic instrument called a synthesiser.
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Jobriath: the man who fell to earth

Billed as the 'new Bowie', Jobriath exploded onto the glam rock scene in the 1970s – and then disappeared. Marc Almond salutes a personal hero

Britain in the early 1970s was going through a depression: the naive dreams and optimism of the 1960s had soured and evaporated; life was filled with drudgery, strikes, power cuts and unemptied bins. Against this colourless backdrop, glam rock emerged, sprinkling glitter over the grime. And its gods – Marc Bolan with his cosmic love songs, Bryan Ferry with his glamorous cinematic sleaze – reigned supreme. David Bowie was busy transforming the musical landscape.

The British music press of the time was a lads' domain, deeply homophobic; the rule was you had to be a serious musician who had paid some dues. Bowie, who had been reluctantly accepted, was becoming a phenomenon. Ferry's sci-fi, 1950s-inspired torch songs were considered fresh and alluring, played on a strange new electronic instrument called a synthesiser.
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Edinburgh fringe: A-listers arrive for a renaissance of live theatre

Comedy has been a mainstay of the fringe for years. But now serious plays are attracting a broader range of stars

Film stars have developed a habit of venturing on to the West End stage to hone their acting skills in front of a live crowd. But now an unprecedented number of big names in showbusiness are to take the challenge one step further by facing Edinburgh fringe audiences in a series of intimate, temporary venues. The city's pavements may still be lined with student hopefuls during the annual festival, but suddenly there are familiar A-list faces vying for attention too.

This summer the world's largest fringe arts event, which opened in earnest in the Scottish capital this weekend, will boast performances from the Los Angeles-based British film star Julian Sands in a solo show directed by John Malkovich, and from the television and film actor Art Malik, who will
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