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Whitney Houston – the Diva Who Fell To Earth

Whitney had it all. The looks, the heritage and that elemental voice. So where did it all go so wrong? Mark Simpson on the diva who fell to earth (The Independent, 15 September 2002) I was never a proper fan of Whitney Houston – it wasn’t necessary. Whitney was something that simply happened to you, whether you took notice or not, like the weather – though if Whitney was the weather, it was always very, very sunny. Whitney was so blindingly, scorchingly successful in the… Read More »Whitney Houston – the Diva Who Fell To Earth

Sorry, Bono, You’re Too Doubting – why Xstian rock is going to Hell (in a handbasket)

by Mark Simpson (Independent on Sunday, 27 August 2006) Americans are insane. The proof? Well, there’s a host of clinical evidence confirming this self-satisfied Old World view of New World nuttiness, from the invasion of Iraq to American Football – which looks much like the invasion of Iraq, but less conclusive and with more pom-poms. However, the real clincher, the cast-iron proof for us that our colonial cousins are mad as soft cheese past its sell-by is the way so many of them can’t stop… Read More »Sorry, Bono, You’re Too Doubting – why Xstian rock is going to Hell (in a handbasket)

The North Rises Again: Interview With Mark E Smith

The Fall’s legendary front-man has some deep-fried career advice for the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs (Arena Hommes Plus, Summer 2006) “’Avin’ been around the world I reckon we’re very lucky,” says Mark E Smith, pop genius and (usually) lovable curmudgeon in a moment of uncharacteristic optimism. “They don’t realise what they’ve got, English people.” And what have we got? “Well,” he stalls, eyeing me and sensing a trap, “you don’t know until it’s gone do you, Mark!” Mark E Smith, is 49 years… Read More »The North Rises Again: Interview With Mark E Smith