Monday, March 31, 2008

The Specials To Reform

The Specials are to reform officially for some gigs at the end of the year, according to former front man Terry Hall, speaking to the BBC. It was almost 30 years ago the Coventry band made SKA music big in the UK with hits like "A Message To You Rudy" and "Ghost Town". Even though the Specials have transformed over the years, it would be the first time they have reformed with Terry Hall. Many reunion stories have circulated over the years, now the reality has been confirmed by Terry Hall, who said:

"Well we're still trying to put dates together, but hopefully
September/ October time. We need to spend the Summer rehearsing... I think
it's taken me 30 years to realise we could do it really well."

Terry Hall and Lynval Golding made surprise appearances at last year's Glastonbury Festival. The pair appeared onstage with Lily Allen to perform "Gangsters", and later on a different stage, with Damon Albarn on piano and a beat boxer, performing "A Message To You, Rudy". Neville Staple had appeared onstage in Coventry a few months prior, with the up and coming Coventarian band, The Enemy.

*EMI have released a CD/DVD featuring most of the Specials tracks today, entitled "Best of the Specials" and is available for just £8.99 from HMV online.

* For a detailed look at the history of the Specials visit:

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How To Get To The Enemy Gig At Ricoh Arena Coventry

The Enemy will be performing their two home coming gigs at the Jaguar Hall in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry this weekend. Eight thousand fans will be attending each night, with many travelling from around the country.

Details of The Enemy support acts at the Ricoh:

So here are the maps and directions to the Ricoh Arena:

For more travel information for the Ricoh Arena, Coventry visit:

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tom Clarke: "I've Never Done Drugs"

Tom Clarke is often featured in the media as the out spoken front man of Coventry band The Enemy, but for those who take the time to listen, Tom speaks many a wise word.

Although Tom has only just recently turned 20 years old, he has already experienced more than many of his peers. Yet all this time Tom Clarke has kept his feet firmly on the ground and his head still rests on very wise shoulders.

The past year The Enemy have gone from playing small venues and moved on to a sell out national tour at much larger venues (such as the 8,000 capacity Jaguar Hall in Coventry). You might conclude this path of fame would naturally lead to a rock 'n' roll lifestyle full of sex and drugs, but once again Tom Clarke has a very sensible attitude.

Speaking about the subject of drugs, Tom said:

"I've never wanted to know, I've seen drugs destroy a lot of people,
I've seen it ruin personalities that I like. The person is still the same, but
it's like somethings gone inside and hollowed then out and taken the
personality out of them."

"I know in 2008 I'm probably a minority in not having ever experimented
in drugs, but anyone who says you can't say no because it's everywhere, that's
bollocks. You can say no, it's piss easy. I now exist in a world where it's
around me every fucking day and I still have no desire to start doing any drugs
at all."

Tom Clarke is often reported for speaking his mind, yet he stands as a good role model for today's generation surrounded by a culture of violence and drugs. Tom has proved you can find success without the need for drugs - it does require hard work and a strong belief in yourself to prove others wrong. The Enemy have made it because of these attributes and the determination not to be stuck in a dead end 9-5 job selling TV's.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Skins Cast Axed

The whole cast from "Skins" have been axed and will not be appearing in series three - according to comments made by executive producer, Bryan Elsey.

"There are risks associated with dumping a cast, but we just did it. There was some disquiet at the channel, but then they told us just to go with it."

He also confirmed the show would stick to its pattern of introducing college-age characters, moving them on in the next series, then letting them go."The first year is about getting to know the kids, and the second gives us the advantage of being able to explore their psyches a little more," said Elsey.

The show will also continue to use a team of up to 20 writers, including newcomers but characters Tony, Maxxie, Anwar, Sid, Cassy, Michelle, Jal and Chris will all need to find new jobs now that series two is almost finished.

The question remains - will "Skins" survive without the original cast or will it suffer the same fate as Channel Five's "Family Affairs", which was eventually axed after changing it's cast. Another cast change disaster came in the form of "Crossroads", which changed most of the cast after a re-vamp in 2003. The soap opera slumped in the tea time viewing figures and was axed after just 98 episodes.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Apprentice Gets Top Marks

The Apprentice started it's fourth series on the BBC this week and scored top marks with a ratings record opener of 6.4 million viewers (1 in 4 of the total TV viewers were watching!). Sir Alan Sugar showed no mercy in firing the first Apprentice hopeful.

Normally it is the women who turn on each other, but in a utterly cringe worthy display of back stabbing - the male team fell at the first hurdle. Blaming each other for failing the fish task, one of them ultimately would hear those famous words "You're fired!"

Looks like we are in for some exciting developments in the coming weeks.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2008

    The Enemy: RICOH Support Act Revealed

    The Enemy perform two massive home coming gigs at Coventry's RICHO Arena on the 5th and 6th April, and I can reveal that Boy Kill Boy will be the support act both nights, while The Displacements will be supporting The Enemy in Coventry on the 5th April as well as other dates in the tour. Lowline will performing on April 6th as well at London's Astroria on April 1st.

    The four piece London/South East band Boy Kill Boy are connected to The Enemy through John Dawkins, who previously managed Boy Kill Boy. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, the band said:

    "Our former manager, John Dawkins, arranged one of the first Boy Kill Boy
    gigs in his hometown of Coventry and afterwards there was a young lad helping
    move our gear.

    "John said he was a talented drummer who he was trying to get into a
    band and he was asking our opinion on various demos he was sent.

    "That young guy is now the drummer with The Enemy so we like to think
    we had something to do with their success.

    "We're really proud of them and it will be interesting playing with
    them in front of a big crowd."

    Listen to their music at:

    The Displacements are a four piece band from Leicester and will be supporting The Enemy at most of the tour dates this month, then they will be touring the UK on their own headline tour.

    "Hotly tipped for 2008, The Displacements look set to be the ones to watch out
    for in the coming months."
    - Drowned in Sound

    Listen to their music at:

    The Displacements

    Lowline hail from Manchester and their sound impressed renowned Oasis and the Verve producer Owen Morris so much, that he immediately took the band into the studio and recorded some tracks over many late nights. The band have just released their debut single "Monitors" and are looking forward to a great 2008.

    Listen to their music:


    Meanwhile, General Fiasco will be the support act for The Enemy on Tuesday 8th April when they play Belfast's Nugent Hall (Kings Hall Complex). The General Fiasco MySpace has tunes and info on their page, so if you are going to The Enemy gig in Belfast check them out:

    General Fiasco

  • Updates at:
  • Leona Lewis #1 in America

    Leona Lewis has become the first British female solo singer since Kim Wilde's 1987's "You Keep Me Hangin' On", to reach the #1 position in the American Billboard charts.

    Leona Lewis has climbed eight places to number one on the US singles chart with "Bleeding Love", knocking off Usher and Young Jeezy's "Love In This Club".

    "Bleeding Love" has already reached number one in more than 25 countries worldwide, including Australia, France, Germany, Ireland and the UK.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    MySpace "Days Numbered"?

    Are the days numbered for social networking website MySpace as two media stories paint the internet giant in a bad light.

    Firstly, it seems music fans are choosing Wikipedia more and more to find out information about their favourite bands. Yahoo collected the data, in which fans picked Wikipedia twice as much as Myspace.

    Secondly, outspoken musician Billy Bragg has told the New York Times, that social networks "are as much to blame for the malaise currently affecting the industry as the music lover who downloads songs for free". How long will it be before users are charged for listening to music on the website?

  • Monday, March 24, 2008

    Corinne Bailey Rae's Husband Dies

    The husband of singer Corinne Bailey Rae has been found dead in a flat in Leeds with a suspected drug overdose. Jason Rae, aged 31 was a saxophonist in the band The Haggis Horns, and had been due to play a gig at the HiFi Club in Leeds on Sunday night.
    A post-mortem examination was carried out on Rae’s body, but the results were inconclusive and police said they were awaiting toxicology reports.

  • Sunday, March 23, 2008

    Heather Mills Lottery Win!

    Heather Mills £24.3m lottery win!

    Forget putting a bet on the lottery in the vain hope of winning the jackpot - just marry Heather Mills and screw her out of the £24.3 million she was awarded in the divorce settlement with Sir Paul McCartney.

    The lying witch claimed in court she donated most of her money to charities - now it's time to prove it. The lottery should run a new scratch card entitled "Marry Mills", where participants get the chance to marry Heather Mills if they scratch all 3 boxes revealing 3 wooden legs!

    You've gotta be in it to win it!

  • Thursday, March 20, 2008

    The Enemy: HMV Coventry Pictures

    Here are a selection of pictures featuring The Enemy as they performed and signed records at HMV Coventry on Monday 17th March 2008:

    Tom, Liam and Andy squeeze through the crowds @ HMV

    Andy and Liam just finishing their performance @ HMV

    Andy Hopkins and Tom Clarke smiling for the fans

    Andy, Liam and Tom busy signing copies of "This Song"

    Tom Clarke signing copies of "This Song" for fans of The Enemy

    Updates and News:

    Monday, March 17, 2008

    The Enemy Coventry HMV

    Andy Hopkins, Liam Watts and Tom Clarke signing for fans in Coventry.

    Hard to believe that a year ago Tom Clarke, Andy Hopkins and Liam Watts were just about to make it big in the music world and put Coventry firmly on the map. With a number 1 album ("We'll Live And Die In These Towns") and four Top 30 hits, The Enemy were back on home turf in Coventry with family, friends and fans loyally out to support the lads that have done so much for the city.

    The Enemy have grown in confidence over the past year and that clearly showed today as they performed, yet even after so much accolade and awards Tom, Andy and Liam have remained firmly down to earth, grateful and loyal to their city and fans.

    I've been following The Enemy for quite a long time, and can honestly say that I am proud of how all of them have turned out. It would have been easy to follow the bright lights of London and leave Coventry far behind - but The Enemy have promoted Coventry time and time again, giving back so much to the city that has believed in them and their music. We can look forward to a second album with more gritty real life lyrics and tunes about life in modern Britain.

    Here are the videos from the Coventry performance at HMV:

    The Enemy - "It's Not OK" - Live@ HMV Coventry

    The Enemy - "Had Enough" - Live@ HMV Coventry

    The Enemy - "This Song" - Live@ HMV Coventry

    The Enemy - "We'll Live And Die In These Towns" - Live@ HMV Coventry

    The Enemy - "You're Not Alone" - Live@ HMV Coventry


    Sunday, March 16, 2008

    Mel B Sexy Holiday Picture

    Mel B gets suggestive in Miami

    Mel B looks like she is having a well deserved break in Miami, if the picture above is anything to go by. I wonder what she was saying to Stephen as her legs were spread ............

    Feel free to add your thoughts.

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Madonna Wants To Get Intimate!

    The Queen of Pop wants to get intimate - according to reports, Madonna would love to do small opera house type gigs.

    The US star said that she had been forced to play stadiums and arenas throughout her career for financial and logistical reasons.

    She is quoted as saying: "I have always wanted to do intimate performances. My dream is to go around doing shows in opera houses, but who makes money in opera houses?"

    "When I create my shows they are usually quite intricate. They don't expand and collapse to varying stage sizes. I have always wanted to do grand shows but in really intimate venues, which never seems to be possible."

    The singer, who releases her 11th studio album next month, commented: "I just love theatre and the magic of theatre. You can hear people breathing and you can see their sweat, you can see the work."

    And yet you can still be pulled into the magic of everything and be tricked by the illusion of one spotlight and also the danger of it being live. Each audience that you have changes your performance. I love that more than anything."

    *As reported by Alex Fletcher, Entertainment Reporter on Digital Spy

    Thursday, March 13, 2008

    New Carry On Film?

    It's been almost 50 years since the first Carry On film was produced at Pinewood Studios and it looks like a brand new 32nd Carry On film could be making it's way to our screens in the not too distant future according to the BBC.

    With the working title Carry On London, the film centres on a limousine company ferrying celebrities to an awards show.

    Carry On London will follow the mayhem behind the scenes as a fleet of limo drivers deliver celebrity clients to the Herberts - a British take on the Oscars.
    "We will be having some cameo appearances in the film," a spokeswoman for the film told BBC News.

    Full story: BBC Website

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Bionic Woman Gives ITV2 Highest Viewing Figures

    ITV2 gained it's highest viewing figure ever last night for the launch of the "Bionic Woman". While it faces the axe by America's NBC, it was an instant hit for ITV2 with 2.2million viewers (10.5% market share). Even ITV2+1 did well out of the launch an hour later with 335,000 viewers (2.2% multichannel share) in the 10pm hour.

    Former Eastender's actress Michelle Ryan stars as the "Bionic Woman"

  • Saturday, March 08, 2008

    Victoria Beckham - Vogue Picture

    Victoria Beckham in April's Vogue.

    Victoria Beckham is back with yet another new style, this time a 1940's look for the April edition of Vogue magazine. The fashion bible has dedicated 12 pages to Posh, dressed in a hand painted tulle gown by Dolce & Gabbana and draped in diamonds. Victoria said: "It's tough being a pop star and a footballers wife."

    Oh it's a tough life being rich and famous!

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    The Enemy - Latest News

    The Enemy at the NME Awards

    It's been a jam packed week for The Enemy after winning "Best New Band" at the NME Awards - all the news, videos and pictures are over on my website.

    Click the left links to read more:

    07/03/08: NEWS - Capital Radio: Vote For The Enemy
    NEWS - BBC -6 Music: Enemy Album Caution
    GIG VIDEOS - "This Song" live @ Union Chapel, London - added
    MEDIA - The Enemy Forum - Join it NOW!
    NEWS - Tom Clarke Reignites Arctic Monkeys Feud
    PRESS - Metro: The Enemy to launch new single
    NEWS - The Enemy Preparing 'Banging' Second Album
    NEWS - Headliners Announced For Beach Break Live
    MUSIC VIDEOS - This Song Video Added
    NEWS - Tom Clarke To Play Kasbah Coventry
    PRESS - BBC: Paul Weller Joins The Enemy On Stage
    PRESS - NME.COM: Paul Weller Joins The Enemy Onstage at Charity Gig
    CALENDAR - Ibiza Rocks Hotel Launch Date Added
    NEWS - The Enemy to open Ibiza hotel
    PRESS - NME.COM: Reverend declare Enemy 'one of the best bands in the world'
    PRESS - Mirror: Tom Clarke Says Doherty "Doesn't Deserve To Win"
    PRESS - Daily Mail: Fuming Peaches Geldof makes enemies
    NEWS - HMV.COM: "We'll Live And Die In These Towns" £4.99

  • Wednesday, March 05, 2008

    The Enemy - This Song - Video and Lyrics

    Watch The Enemy "This Song" video and sing along to the lyrics below. The new single is out on March 17th 2008 and available to pre-order from: .

    The Enemy are back and bigger than ever with "This Song", keeping true to their working class roots - Tom Clarke, Liam Watts and Andy Hopkins prove why The Enemy deserved to pick up the NME award for "Best New Band" recently.

    Half the kids who you grew up with,
    Were pushin prams by the time that they were just sixteen,
    If love is a drug then where is the cure,
    For the girl who used to talk to you about her dream.
    And all the boys with all their toys,
    Couldn't see the signs as we scorched out eyes with nicotine,
    And the grown ups said, listen to your head,
    But our hearts were crying out for heroes on TV screens.

    Now this song is about you,
    Now this song is about...

    Changes in your mind,
    Changes in your life,
    Changes in the times,
    And the reason you can't sleep at night,
    Changes in your mind,
    Changes in your life,
    Changes in the times,
    And the reason you gave up the fight.

    Half the kids that arnt pushing prams,
    Are pushing pills to boys and girls who are half their age

    And the pubs and clubs are full of drunks,
    They don't remember the day the were born or even their mum or the names.

    An old man sings a tune but hes drowned out by a fight next to a fruit machine.

    And all of this, our hearts, our nation,
    A total lack of civilization,
    Will it ever be the same?

    Now this song is about you,
    Now this song is about...

    Changes in your mind,
    Changes in our lives,
    Changes in the times,
    And the reason you we cant sleep at night,
    Changes in our mind,
    Changes in our lives,
    Changes in the times,
    And the reason we gave up the fight.

    Now this about, is about, is about you,
    Now this about, is about, is about you,
    Now this about, is about, is about you,
    Now this about, is about, is about you

  • Cheryl Cole Back With Ashley

    It looks like Cheryl Cole has forgiven husband Ashley and taken him back, even after his cheating. The Girls Aloud singer is still madly in love with Ashley and couldn't bear to be apart from him. She is insisting he changes his ways, but I am sure there are a lot of women out there who wish they could give her some advice now.
    Looks like Cheryl Cole is in line for more heartache in the coming years, unless a leopard really can change it's spots!

  • Tuesday, March 04, 2008

    "944" Magazine - Paris Hilton Pictures

    Paris Hilton continues to cause a sensation as she poses topless in the latest edition of American Magazine "944", here are those exclusive pictures from the photo shoot:

    Click image to see larger picture -

    *For more info and pictures visit or buy the magazine!
    Sarah Harding underwear pics: HERE

    Monday, March 03, 2008

    Posh Wears Same Outfit Twice *shocker*

    It looks like Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) IS normal after all, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports Posh was not so posh because she went shopping at an L.A. budget store called Target. The story then went on to show Victoria had worn the same outfit TWICE in the same month - shock horror, could it be that Posh really is just an ordinary woman?

    Read the full Daily Mail story: HERE

  • Sunday, March 02, 2008

    Eurovision: UK Enters Worst Song EVER!

    The UK seem to have given up on Eurovision and have voted for a song that will earn them "nil" points at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia on May 24th.
    Andy Abraham's "Even If" song beat off a poor selection of Eurovision hopefuls but looks set to have the UK propping up the bottom of the leader board when Europe votes in the contest.
    Ireland will easily beat the UK in this year's contest for their turkey entry because it has more substance than the totally bland "Even If" song. At the end of the day - you get what you vote for!
    You can watch the dire Andy Abraham's "Even If" here:

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