London Calling: the movie

How exciting to discover there’s a film in the pipeline on the subject of one of the most influential bands ever – The Clash. Exciting but scary too. It could be as wonderful as Control, or it could be… a disaster. A bit like meeting your hero, or watching the film version of a book you have grown up with, all those high expectations could be met with bitter disappointment. However, the signs are promising so far. Former Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simenon are on board as ‘executive producers and advisers’ so the story should be authentic and just think of all the unseen footage that must be lurking in Jones’ lockup. Now, we just need Don Letts to direct and we’re all set.

Quote of the day

“I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don’t believe in men’s wear or women’s wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should just be respected for being an individual… I’ve been in Vogue, now, and different publications, which is cool, because I think that it just shows a different perspective of how women can dress.”
Janelle Monae

New Sofia Coppola film alert! Somewhere

What could be more exciting than the prospect of a new Sofia Coppola film? Um, the soundtrack to a new Sofia Coppola film? The new movie, Somewhere is due for release in December. The soundtrack promises The Strokes and Phoenix which is all I know so far but is more than good enough for me (Phoenix and Jesus and Mary Chain were my highlights of Lost in Translation).

Here’s the trailer…

Beautiful boys

There was a time in the eighties when girls really, properly fancied boys in make-up. Boy George, Adam Ant, Nick Rhodes (guilty!) and OMG, David Sylvian (above) were the gods of male beauty. I loved Japan both for their music and for their style and beauty. Drummer Steve Jansen was also an avid photographer and sells some of his beautiful photos of Japan on his website. To raise money for his friend and former bandmate Mick Karn who is undergoing cancer treatment, Jansen is donating funds from some of the sales of his work. More info at