Why Ocean Colour's Scene's music has become immortal, why a TV Sista act isn't quite what it seems, and why Glasto went retro

This week Caroline Sullivan reveals why Ocean Colour's Scene's music has become immortal, why a TV Sista act isn't quite what it seems, and why Glasto went retro

· With silly season looming, the pop-news cupboard is so bare that On the Record finds itself having to report that venerable dadrockers Ocean Colour Scene have released their ninth album, North Atlantic Drift, this week.

But stay with me, it gets better. The album was sent to reviewers with possibly the most self-deprecating press release in history.

"Always on the outside looking in, OCS have survived 15 years of abuse and derision," it begins. "Journalists lashed back with the label 'dadrock'... They have remained steadfastly uncool... How much are this band loathed, and how venomously detested?"

Now, that's what I call selling your client. But, synchronicitously, we've just discovered that "dadrock" has been included in the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary, so the plucky old Scene have achieved immortality.
Ocean Colour Scene

· Collins has also included "nu-metal," leading us tidily into this next snippet, which concerns Guy Ritchie.

His Madgesty may be a leading nu-Cockney film director nowadays, but how many people know that he got his start directing "crappy thrash-metal videos", according to a friend of On the Record's who worked on one?

· Similarly, it transpires that the agony aunt on Sky TV's pop channel, Flaunt, isn't quite what she seems either. Splashily launched in the spring, Flaunt is aimed at teenage girls, and one of its regular features is Agony Sista, a tough-talking black Londoner who gives advice on viewers' problems.

And, being a black Londoner, Sista uses street vernacular, bellowing: "Yo! You deserve better, girl! Get yourself a lover, not a loser!" It now emerges that Sista is, in fact, a shy Glaswegian who cringes at the scripts she's compelled to read. "I cannae say that!" she told someone on the show, after being presented with yet another scriptful of "Yos" and "crunks".

· Tasteless Headline of the Fortnight is Saturday's Daily Star splash: "Rock Superstar's Skeleton Found." Putting two and two together to make five, the paper decided that human remains found in the river Severn last week must be those of missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards. Police have confirmed only that the remains are male.
Manic Street Preachers

· Glastonbury is over for another year, but for some revellers, it never really ends.

Hence, a little reminder of those happy days on Worthy Farm. Were you among the many who sprawled in front of the Bagborough Vineyard wine stall (it was the one with the titanic inflatable wine bottle)? Then you'll know it was one of the most popular, if unlikely, party spots at the festival, drawing a larger crowd than the nearby Radio 1 dance stage.

The attraction, apart from wine, was owner Steve Brooksbank's choice of retro singles. And before you can say: "They don't make'em like that any more," here's his list of the 11 most popular tunes of the weekend: Bohemian Rhapsody, Downtown, Roxanne, Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile), Come On Eileen (It's the way Kevin Rowland sings, "You in that dress/My thoughts, I confess/ Verge on dirty"), A Hard Day's Night, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, So Lonely (the Police one), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, House of the Rising Sun and American Pie (the Don McLean version).

This week's top three singles on the BBC top 40
1. Crazy in Love, Beyonce Knowles
2. Bring Me to Life, Evanescence
3. Fast Food Song (Better The Devil), Fast Food Rockers

This week's top three albums
1. Dangerously in Love, Beyonce Knowles
2. Innocent Eyes, Delta Goodrem
3. So Much for the City, Thrills

Recent album reviews
04.07.2003: Monica: After the Storm (3 stars)
04.07.2003: Milton Nascimento: Pieta (3 stars)
04.07.2003: Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood (five stars)
04.07.2003: Amateur Night in the Big Top: Amateur Night in the Big Top (1 star)
04.07.2003:The Magic Band: Back to the Front (2 stars)
04.07.2003:The Darkness: Permission to Land (4 stars)
04.07.2003:Cosmic Rough Riders: Too Close to See Far (2 Stars)
27.06.2003: Electric Six: Fire (3 stars)
27.06.2003:Beyonce Knowles: Dangerously in Love (2 stars)
27.06.2003: Luther Vandross: Dance With My Father (4 stars)
27.06.2003: Medicine: The Mechanical Forces of Love (4 stars)
27.06.2003: The Thrills: So Much for the City (3 stars)
27.06.2003: Delta Goodrem: Innocent Eyes (3 stars)
27.06.2003: Tahiti 80: Wallpaper for the Soul (4 stars)
27.06.2003: Un-Cut: The Un-Calculated Some (2 stars)
27.06.2003: Various: The American Song-Poem Anthology (4 stars)


Caroline Sullivan

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