We’re delighted to see that Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this week — it’s one of the great comeback records of all time, and also one that’s been somewhat overshadowed over the years by its creator’s oft-discussed personal life. We don’t have a great deal of use for rock ‘n’ roll mythology here at Flavorpill; it’s not that we’re anti-drug, but we’ve seen too many great musicians and artists killed by embracing the sex/drugs/rock ‘n’ roll cliché as if it were a prerequisite for credibility and/or creative fulfillment. It’s also frustrating when we see the personal lives of musicians overshadow their work, either because their lifestyle ultimately undermines their creative output, or because a slavering news media insists on focusing on the former at the expense of the latter. With that in mind, here’s a roundup of artists whose work we’d like to see rescued from the haze of their personal mythology. … Read More
1. In the most recent episode of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, Adam Scott revealed the exciting news that a production company is interested in doing a “low budget” version of the Party Down movie. All they’re waiting for now is for Starz to sign off on the project. [via Pop Culture Brain]
If you’re like us, you’re sick to death of hearing about Charlie Sheen and his appetite for seven-gram rocks. And anyway, while Hollywood has had its fair share of drug-fueled idiocy over the years – remember Gary Busey snorting cocaine off his dog? – the world of music is still the home of the world’s greatest narcotic-powered nutjobs (as Sammy Hagar’s recent insistence that he’d been abducted by aliens reminded us). Rock ‘n’ roll and drugs have long been associated with one another, and some of the tawdriest moments of the last few decades have come when the two have combined to disastrous effect. Here, then, is a catalog of 10 of the most memorable moments of drug-related lunacy in rock. Some are hilarious, some are tragic, and none should be tried at home. … Read More
It wasn’t bullet wounds, drug arrests, or trying to single-handedly revive rap-metal — no, an ornery cracked tooth has taken Weezy temporarily out of the game, pushing back his sentencing in attempted weapons possession charges to the beginning of next month. Emergency oral surgery isn’t the only questionable excuse celebs have used to put off or get out of prison; check out some of the best (or worst) after the jump. … Read More
After jamming with Pete Doherty, collaborating with Robyn, and getting remixed by Diplo and Miike Snow, Coco Sumner is drawing a lot of attention — and being Sting’s daughter doesn’t hurt.
Recording with a variety of musicians as I Blame Coco, Sumner has already let almost an album’s worth of reggae-tinged tracks loose online. New single “Caesar,” however, hints at a more pop-oriented direction. It’s the first track to be released off her upcoming debut album, recorded in Sweden, and due out in early 2010.… Read More