The Cult frontman Ian Astbury has slammed Kanye West and branded him arrogant. The Stronger hitmaker recently gave an interview to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe and made several lofty claims including calling himself "the number one rock star on the planet" and promising to found the first trillion dollar company.
Now British rocker Astbury has spoken out to blast the rapper's comments and mock his performance style.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "If you look at David Bowie you never read an interview where he talks about what he's going to do. He just does it. I've seen that guy (West) perform - he just stands still. Get your hands off the trophy until you've earned it.
"It's not about the accolades - you're a service. You're not about your accoutrements - your legacy is being a service... A lot of these successful stars now, once their helicopter has left they pull the ladder up. It's the idea of coveting knowledge. That's bulls**t - spread it around."
Rock icon David Bowie has published a list of his favourite reading material and revealed he is a big fan of comic books. The Ashes to Ashes hitmaker has detailed his 'Top 100 Books' in a post on his official website, and the rundown includes classics such as Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, 1984 by George Orwell, Homer's Iliad, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But in among the highbrow literature, Bowie shows his humorous side by admitting his love for British children's comic The Beano and satirical magazine Private Eye.
He also loves reading adult comic Viz and 1980s underground mag Raw.
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WTF with Marc Maron is pretty much the best podcast ever: the freewheeling conversations between Marc and his guests are almost always fascinating, especially when they reveal hidden facets of famous celebrities you thought you already knew. But there's another cool element to WTF, when Marc's guest is someone you've never heard of who turns out to be a talented and interesting person. Here's five examples of WTF episodes (all of them from the last 50 shows, which means they're still available free on iTunes) featuring interesting talks with names you might not recognize.
Curt Kirkwood (episode 428, September 30, 2013)
The leader of '80s college radio heroes The Meat Puppets, Curt Kirkwood is, as Maron puts it, the only WTF guest ever to survive a plane crash. The remarkable thing is that that's not actually the most interesting anecdote the Arizona rocker offers during this wide-ranging chat.
Hunt Sales (episode 423, September 12, 2013)
Drummer Hunt Sales hits two of Maron's obsessions, '70s rock and old-school TV comedians. Alongside his bass-playing brother Tony, Sales played with Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren and David Bowie (in the ill-fated Tin Machine), among many others. But the brothers' dad was groundbreaking TV comic Soupy Sales, whose '60s TV shows were among the first to treat kids like adults.
Danny Lobell (episode 398, June 17, 2013)
Danny Lobell pioneered the interviews-with-comedians podcast idea that Maron perfected. But the bulk of his interview consists of a discussion of how Lobell's religious life as an observant Jew colors his comedy, and anecdotes about his personal friendships with old-school comedians like Jackie Mason and George Carlin during his days as a struggling upstart.
Phil Hendrie (episode 393, May 30, 2013)
If you never heard Phil Hendrie's old AM radio show, you missed out on the best long-form radio comedian since the late great Jean Shepherd. Armed with nothing more than a couple of mics and a mixing board, Hendrie used to improvise surreal call-in shows with outlandish guests and outraged callers, with all voices done by him, alone and in real time. It was amazing. Hendrie talks about those days and more in a conversation all radio fans will find fascinating.
Sam Simon (episode 389, May 16, 2013)
Sam Simon co-created The Simpsons, along with working a number of other TV classics. Recorded shortly after Simon announced that he has terminal cancer, this emotional but often hilarious conversation touches on the breadth of Simon's career and the philosophical aspects of life and death. It's one of the most empathetic and powerful episodes of the show so far.
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Some music videos use abstract imagery to illustrate the feeling behind a song, while others literally hit us over the head with their literal interpretation of the lyrics à la Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball". Unlike the "literal music video" meme, which dubs new lyrics over the original video that more closely matches what's happening in the video, these videos require no editing to get their direct translation across. So for all of you who prefer their music videos "straight up," here is a list of artists who don't like to read between the lines.
A Little Respect – Erasure
No (dis)respect to Erasure, but we can't believe someone signed off on this. Not only do they act out the lyrics, but they superimpose it over the duo singing. How do we know he discovered "something to make me sweeter," by putting sugar in tea of course! Then they break they heart by holding up a heart and breaking it with a hammer. We've seen school plays with more understated symbolism.
Dancing in the Streets — David Bowie and Mick Jagger
It didn't take much to make a music video in 1985, just some colorful windbreakers, snapping fingers and entire premise of just dancing around...in the streets. When two of the biggest pop icons of all time covered this Martha and the Vandellas Motown classic, one would think their budget might cover more than a trenchcoat and some anonymous warehouse in Newark. But as the song suggests, these two spend the entirety of the video "dancing in the streets," in one of the worst examples of white people dancing ever committed to film.
Dancing on the Ceiling — Lionel Richie
Not to be outdone by his fellow pop rivals Bowie and Jagger, Lionel Richie took the concept of a literal dancing music video one year later, added a rotating room and around $400,000 and what you see is what you get. How would one show the elation of dancing on the ceiling without actually doing so? This innovative video apparently also warranted a behind the scenes special on HBO. But without these groundbreaking visuals, we would never have Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" and we don't want to live in that world.
With Arms Wide Open — Creed
We get chills when we hear this song, and by chills we mean cold sweats. Creed was one of those pants that got filed under "grunge" at Sam Goody but we all knew it was Christian Rock. In order to really make the audience feel what the song was about, there was no shortage of times that lead singer Scott Stapp threw us arms open in the air. Would the video have the same emotional punch had he sat on a rock with his arms folded? We all know the answer to that one.
Sledgehammer — Peter Gabriel
Before Miley started licking her tool set, Peter Gabriel took the sledgehammer to new artistic heights and made it more than an erotic prop from Tool Time. Sure, he follows he same pattern of literal interpretation of the lyrics, but he does so using claymation, pixilation, stop motion animation and creative metaphors. While the lyrical imagery is direct, the meanings behind it are not and it remains one of our favorite music videos of all time.
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David Bowie is set to release five new songs, two original remixes, and a DVD and as part of his three-disc collectors edition album The Next Day Extra. The package is a re-issue of his acclaimed 2013 comeback record The Next Day. It is set for release on 4 November (13).
Moby decided to give up alcohol following a decade of heavy drinking after a hat given to him by David Bowie was stolen from his apartment during a drug-fuelled party. The Porcelain hitmaker sobered up in the mid-2000s after his partying spiralled out of control following a devastating heartbreak, and he has now confessed losing a precious gift from the Ziggy Stardust icon helped convince him to change his ways.
Moby reveals Bowie gave him the fedora hat he wore in 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, and the dance star was devastated when it went missing from his New York apartment.
He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "About 10 years ago, I was over at his (Bowie's) house and he gave me a present, the greatest present anyone has ever given me: the fedora that he wore in The Man Who Fell to Earth. And on the inside of the brim it said: 'To Moby, Love David.' I felt like I'd been given the holy grail, because Bowie is my favourite artist of all time.
"A few weeks later, I'd been in this terrible bar and it closed and I invited three people back to my apartment. Anyway, people were smoking crack in the bathroom, and at six in the morning I took out this hat and I was showing it off, and in the morning it was gone... I remember thinking: 'Boy, I need to stop drinking'."
Rock icon David Bowie is reportedly following his supermodel wife Iman into the fashion industry to become the new face of design house Louis Vuitton. The Ashes to Ashes hitmaker, who recently released his first album in a decade, will front the French label's L'Invitation au Voyage campaign alongside model Arizona Muse and he is said to have shot a TV commercial for the brand in Venice, Italy earlier this year (13), according to WWD.com.
Bowie isn't the first legendary musician to team up with Vuitton - Madonna, Bono and Keith Richards have all previously featured in their ads.
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There is probably no upcoming film more shrouded in mystery right now than Disney's Tomorrowland. The studio and the creative team have kept information about the project so tightly under wraps that it's possible to count on one hand the bits of information that have been released: it's directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof, the cast includes George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson, it's a sci-fi film, and it's about a scientific teen and a former boy-genius inventor who go on a quest to unearth the secrets of a place known as "Tomorrowland." Oh, and thanks to Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal, we now know that the production team is very interested in Nikola Tesla.
Tesla is the Serbian-born 19th century inventor best known for his work on alternating currents. Although much of his work was wiped from the history books after his death, he has recently grown in popularity and his contributions to science have become recognized once again. Writer/cartoonist Inman is a fan of Tesla's, and even ran a fundraising campaign to save the land where Tesla's laboratory was once located, hoping to build a science museum there. It has been reported that Inman was invited to meet with Bird to consult with them about the Tomorrowland film.
However, they actually ended up talking about something different: "As I said before, we didn't talk about the movie. Instead, they asked me a bunch of questions about Nikola Tesla. They asked what Tesla was doing in Colorado, and if he'd ever conducted experiments at Mineral King. They asked if Tesla belonged to an organization called 'Plus Ultra,' and if it was possible for him to have met Walt Disney. They also asked a variety of questions about the recently saved Wardenclyffe, particularly about the buried tunnels underneath the property that may potentially contain some of Tesla's old equipment."
So, what does Bird's interest in Tesla mean for the film? Theories have been circulating for a while now that Clooney's character is based on Walt Disney — this could still be the case, as according to Inman, Bird was particularly interested in whether or not Disney and Tesla ever met. However, the new information also raises the possibility of Clooney playing a version of Tesla, which would fit with the film's characters being scientists and inventors, as well as with Tomorrowland's furturistic sci-fi theme. Alternatively, Tesla could still be a character in the film, but a supporting one instead of the lead (as you'll recall, in the 2006 film The Prestige, Tesla has a small but important role, and was played by David Bowie). If one of the supporting characters is based on Tesla, it's possible that it could be Laurie's antagonist David Nix or the "pivotal" role that will be played by Thomas Robinson.
There's also the possiblity that Tesla, or a character inspired by him, could be played by an actor who's casting has not yet been made public. If the character is revealed in or as part of a major twist, Bird and Lindelof would understandably want to keep that quiet. Or they've just managed to keep the casting under wraps much like they've been able to keep pretty much everything else about Tomorrowland a secret. After all, the mystery surrounding the movie is what has been causing most of the buzz surrounding it.
Of course, there's always the possiblity that he has nothing to do with the film at all and Bird is just a really big Tesla fan.
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"I used to hear from David quite a lot, but not for years. I listened to his new album a few times because I loved the single but... I did think it was just slightly disappointing." Queen drummer Roger Taylor was unimpressed with David Bowie's 2013 comeback album The Next Day.
Beatles icon Ringo Starr has been feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career. The Yellow Submarine hitmaker was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony held in Monaco on Tuesday (24Sep13).
The drummer was handed the award by France's ambassador to Monaco, Hugues Moret.
Speaking about his achievements, Starr quipped, "I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing."
The rocker is in good company as the latest recipient of the medal - previous honourees include Sir Sean Connery, Bono and David Bowie.