Dan's '80s Digest

By Dan Slattery | If it's '80s it's in!

KLF Welcome to the Dark Ages review – what time is chaos?

Twenty-three years ago, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty topped off a bizarre, brilliant pop career by burning £1m. Now they’re back to commemorate it with a three-day ‘art happening’. We join the 400 volunteers<p>Mid-morning, Thursday 24 August 2017: I go to a Liverpool branch of Starbucks with a …

Yoko Ono

Seasonably Rich: How Much Are Musicians Making From Our Favourite Christmas Songs?

Remember Hugh Grant’s character in the 2002 film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel <i>About A Boy</i>? A wealthy and shallow bachelor in his late 30s whose …

So That's How the Inside of the Millennium Falcon Is Laid Out

I’m probably not alone in saying I was always curious what else was in the Millennium Falcon. We saw the cockpit, the large hangout area, some …

Millennium Falcon

Bad Films By Great Directors

Sometimes we all have a bad day in the office. But if you happen to be a world-famous film director, your off-days seem to be noticed a <i>tad</i> more. …

Is Virtual Reality The Future Of Music Video?

When U2 toured the UK last October, they brought with them a new dimension in virtual reality.<p>Ensconced on a double decker bus outside each venue, …

“David exceeded his father’s dreams”: Bowie’s cousin writes letter about their childhood

""When he was 11 we danced like possessed elves..."<p><b>David Bowie</b>‘s cousin has written a letter to The Economist, detailing their childhood</b> …

George Harrison to appear on Eric Clapton’s new album

'Angelo Mysterioso' is credited on one track...<p><b>Eric Clapton</b> is to release his new studio album, <b>I Still Do</b>, in the spring.<p>The the album has been …

Vince Clarke of Erasure's playlist: Grimes, Arca and more

Ahead of Wonderland’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the Erasure founder shares his love of hypnotic electronica, perfectly precise pop and scary heavy metal synth<p><b>Flesh without Blood – Grimes</b><p>Infectious and uplifting; as exuberant as Teenage Kicks. A fantastically detailed pop song in which every …

Electronic Music

All The Now-Famous ‘X-Files’ Guest Stars You May Have Forgotten About

<i>The X-Files</i> attracted a veritable who’s-who of guest actors during its heyday, some of which were just on the cusp of joining Hollywood’s elite. While actors like Bryan Cranston famously used bit turns on the ’90s show as a vehicle to success, others, like Peter Boyle, solidified their stardom with …

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8 80s Snacks Kids Really Loved Eating!

When you were a kid it didn’t really matter to you what you ate, as long as it tasted good!<p>These 8 80s snacks were certainly tasty if not healthy, …

You can finally play Douglas Adams’ Starship Titanic on a modern PC

Douglas Adams is best known for his five-part trilogy <i>The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy</i>, but the late author also dabbled in video games. There was the frustratingly hilarious text-adventure take on <i>Hitchhiker</i>, as well as <i>Starship Titanic</i>, a video game based on a brief reference in <i>Life, the</i> …

Science Fiction

Virtual Reality Gets Real

The promises—and pitfalls—of the emerging technology<p>In 1965, Ivan Sutherland, a computer-graphics pioneer, addressed an international meeting of techies on the subject of virtual reality. The ultimate virtual-reality display, he told the audience, would be “a room within which the computer can …

Virtual Reality

The end is nigh: Robots are learning how to build better clones of themselves

In just about every dystopian film where robots have taken over, they’ve gotten to their dominance over humanity by being able to self-replicate and get better with each new model. Once they’ve become self-aware, they use their superior machine intelligence to make, faster, better, stronger …

Robots

EDM Is Over, and Lollapalooza Proved It

EDM is over.<p>Sure, it might take a couple of years to officially, totally dissipate in the mainstream, but its hold on Top 40 artists and fans alike …

Live and direct

The definitive oral history of 1980s digital icon Max Headroom<p>On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. <i>Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future</i> was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of investigative journalist Edison Carter (Matt …

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Jack the Ripper identity: mystery ‘solved’ in new book

Exclusive: New book introduces a brand new suspect, Francis Craig, after identifying the real name of the Ripper’s final victim - his own wife<p>The body of Jack the Ripper’s final victim is set to be exhumed as a new book claims the world’s most famous serial killer was her estranged husband.<p>The …

Daft Punk Documentary To Air in June

Daft Punk<p>The first ever documentary on French electronic masters Daft Punk, featuring the likes of Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, will air on …

Johnny Marr and Paul Weller say they’ll ‘definitely release a single at some point’

Weller and Marr performed together live at London's Royal Albert Hall in March<p>Johnny Marr and Paul Weller have discussed the possibility of working …

Prince review – a regal jaunt through the purple one's greatest hits

Fox Theatre, Detroit Prince’s surprise show in his second home of Detroit saw him play another marathon set that left no hit untouched<p>It’s a drizzly Thursday night in Detroit and the forecast calls for more purple rain. “Detroit, it seems like only yesterday,” Prince croons into his microphone …

Prince

Bands At War: The Most Explosive Splits In Music History

Click or tap to zoom into this image<p>This is image <i>1</i> of 15<p>Blink-182 have spoken about their split with former guitarist Tom DeLonge, calling the …

The Specials – Specials, More Specials, In The Studio

All three albums, released with extras!<p>In ’70s Britain, a mixed-race band from the Midlands emerged in an era of industrial strife and social …

30 Mighty Bands We’ve Lost This Millennium

Since the year 2000, rock ‘n’ roll has lost a hell of a lot of bands, with some totally legendary acts taking a one-way ticket to Splitsville.<p>Click …

Why Audiophiles Are Paying $1,000 for This Man's Vinyl

How much would you pay for an original copy of The Beatles' <i>Abbey Road</i>? If you shop at Better Records, the answer is plenty: $650. Other staples from …

Vinyl Records

Boy George, Spandau Ballet members and more attend Steve Strange’s funeral

Morrissey, Paul Weller and Charlotte Church were also on the guest list<p>The funeral of <b>Visage</b> frontman Steve Strange took place earlier today (March …

20 Original Album Covers That Are Actually Works Of Art

From Banksy to Damian Hirst and Jeff Koons to Raymond Pettibon, some of the greatest artists of our times have been enlisted by bands to create art …

The 50 Worst Album Titles Ever

Just because you <i>can</i> call an album ‘Hey Man, Smell My Finger’, doesn’t mean you <i>should</i>…<p>50 Public Enemy, ‘Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age’ (1994)<p>Despite the …

Natalie Imbruglia covers Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas collaboration ‘Instant Crush’ – listen

The Aussie singer also takes on tracks by The Cure and Neil Young on new album<p>Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia has taken on ‘Instant Crush’ by …