How we made Quadrophenia, by Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash

Riding the scooter along the clifftop at Beachy Head, I got too close and fell off Phil Daniels, played Jimmy I wasnt well when I went for the auditions at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Id been in South Africa filming Beachy Head. Riding along the clifftop, I got a lot closer to the edge than I was meant to and fell off the scooter a couple of times. I remember the first assistant director, Ray Corbett, telling me: Listen, its the third day. If you fell off that cliff, dyou know what would have happened? They would have recast you tomorrow. Jimmys not a hero, hes just a normal boy next door, and thats what makes him work. He ultimately …

Streaming: Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell not to be sniffed at

Elisabeth Moss thrills as a strung-out rock star in Alex Ross Perrys tremendous, terribly titled new film A bad title can be a debilitating handicap to even the best of films: if it makes you wince even to say the thing, its that much harder to get invested in watching it. This is a truth that has been learned the hard way by the new film from American independent writer-director Alex Ross Perry: a daring, grungily immersive and quite brilliantly acted character study that has been saddled, for reasons best known to Perry himself, with the buzz-killing moniker Her Smell. Try telling people, as I have for several months now, that they should be looking out for a terrific film …

Muscle Shoals co-founder Jimmy Johnson dies aged 76

The musician and producer worked on recordings by Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and George Michael Jimmy Johnson, co-founder of the celebrated Aretha Franklins Respect, has died age 76. His son Jay Johnson said he died on Thursday; the cause of death was not disclosed. Johnson and his bandmates in the Swampers founded the studio in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1969, after leaving the employ of Rick Hall and his nearby Fame studios. They were the first group of musicians to own a studio and later run their own publishing and production arms. As the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, guitarist Johnson, keyboard player Barry Beckett, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood performed on hundreds of recordings, including albums by Franklin, …

Teenage Fanclub: how we made Bandwagonesque

I was on the phone to lawyers and labels in New York while still living in a council flat and unable to afford the bus fare to rehearsals Norman Blake, vocals, guitar What was our life like back in 1991? Impoverished! But when youre young thats fine. Wed take the mattress out of my bedroom, stick it in the back of a rental van and off wed go on tour. Bandwagonesque captures that spirit. There werent many people at the time making melodic pop records that were kind of sloppy too. The vocals arent brilliant, the playings all right its not been tidied up like a lot of records are these days. It captures young people trying to find their …

‘It felt like a wonderful dream’ DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop

In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festivals promoter Lou Adler, promoter and producer In 1967 there was a meeting at John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. He said: Why dont we do a festival, add more days, and get the acts to play for nothing? This was a chance to elevate how rocknroll was thought of. We had six weeks. Without Berry Gordy understood what we were doing. You had to really buy into it if your acts werent going to get paid. Not on my network Hendrix on stage at the festival in June 1967. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images …

Petula Clark: Elvis angled for a threesome he was raring to go

From child star to superstar, the singer is still performing at 86. She talks about being consoled by John Lennon, her friendship with Karen Carpenter and her close encounter with the King Petula Clark does not like to look back. She does not celebrate birthdays hates nostalgia. So spending several hours in a studio, listening to her early records as she was recently forced to do, for a compilation of songs from her seven-decade career was kind of torture, she says. She affects a groan, eyes rolling beneath their spidery lashes. Clark is among the bestselling British female artists of all time, with one of the largest chart spans of any artist in history. She has been on Desert Island …

Cardi B and Nipsey Hussle top 2019 BET award winners

Beyonc, Bruno Mars and Migos among winners at black entertainment awards, where tributes were paid to Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead in March Invasion of Privacy. The awards, which celebrate the best in black American entertainment, paid tribute to the rapper John Legend and Beyonc and Migos won best group. Their fellow Atlanta rapper Michael B Jordan and Regina Kelly won the acting categories, while Stephen Curry won the sports awards. Spike Lees film Burna Boy and rising South African dance artist Dave, Headie One and Ella Mai, the British R&B singer who achieved major US success in 2018, won the public-voted Coca-Cola Viewers Choice award for her song Trip. Childish Gambinos much-discussed Scorpion. Drake and Travis Scott were …

Spice Girls review nostalgia, branding and bad British values

The Poshless group give the fans what they want, but union jacks and product placement cant cover a lack of material Of all the things that might have derailed the Victoria Beckhams non-participation. The bombshell came this spring when Mel B revealed that she and Geri Horner on Mothers Day, of all days, lesbian revelations perhaps being best saved for a monetisable Pride team-up. Amid a rumoured rift, it takes a while for the pair to go near each other, though eventually they join Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm in holding hands and exchanging knowing glances. The matter almost sneaks out: Mel C uses her powerful strength to pick up Mel B, who screams. Bunton declares: She loves a good …

Carly Rae Jepsen: Im more confident in my weirdness now

The Canadian popstar on true love, bad outfits and her new album, Dedicated When greatest chorus of the 21st century, she was aiming for a sense of childish excitement. Its how she writes much of her pop as she puts it today, I want to feel Im on the top of a mountain with Beyonc-wind in my hair and I can fly for a second. Jepsen is one of pops more intriguing characters. When Call Me Maybe entered the Hot 100 in her home country, Canada, seven years ago she thought shed made it. Then Justin Bieber heard the impossibly catchy track, creaky version on live TV. In the video for Jepsens follow-up hit, I Really Like You, Famous Blue …

Tyler, the Creator: Igor review impulsive artist takes the rapping off

This strange smorgasbord of sound is shrewd, smooth and heartfelt but has Tyler ditched what made him great? Tyler, the Creator always said he didnt want to be a rapper. Leading the generation-defining rap group Odd Future didnt stop the young Los Angeles he once said he was looking to Isaac Hayes and Barry White for a blueprint on how to harness his deep voice). It always seemed as if Tyler would rather do something other than rap. Yet here we are, over a decade since The Odd Future Tape,and the release of a Tyler, the Creator album is still an event. After the mutinous, uncompromising sounds of his earlier work, the evolution of Tyler took a huge leap with …

Burt Bacharach: ‘Trump is dangerous my songs are a form of resistance’

He adored Dusty, drove Cilla to exhaustion and had so many hits he lost count. Now, the 90-year-old says its time to get political I dont know how many songs Ive written, I dont know how many hits Ive had, says Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in the first Austin Powers film. Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love (1965) Bacharach and David played this waltzing ode to peace to Warwick, and she didnt like it, says Bacharach. She thought it was too flag-waving. Bacharach respected Warwick she had very good taste so much so that her distaste made him doubt the song. I put it in a drawer. Years later, David suggested playing it for DeShannon. …

‘Before you know it, it’s not a big deal to kill a man’: Norwegian black metal’s murderous past

In the early 90s, Norways black metal scene turned into a satanic cult as musicians burned churches, self-harmed and killed. As the film Lords of Chaos is released, the real-life protagonists look back That period of my life is a swampy lake with skeletons in it, says Rune Eriksen, AKA guitarist Blasphemer. This will probably be one of the very few moments Im willing to go back and talk about it. It has been 11 years since Eriksen left Mayhem, the worlds most aptly named band. He joined in 1994, rejuvenating the Norwegian black metal group after their guitarist ystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, had been murdered by their former bassist Jonas kerlunds intense dramatisation of events, focusing on the …

‘All I ever wanted to do was write a love song that stands the test of time’: Karen O on her best songs

From her punky breakthrough to her David Lynch collaboration, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer takes us through her back catalogue Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bang It is July 2001, and an EP with a 22-year-old frontwoman on its cover is flying out of independent record shops, reaching No 1 on the UK indie chart. Her picture is cropped like a Polaroid: only the shaggy ends of a short bob, her full lips and a necklace on her bare chest can be seen. Bought from an East Village S&M store, it reads MASTER, which felt a one-woman fuck-you to the boys-and-guitars indie world at the time. That was a selfie before its time! says the woman on that cover today: Karen Orzolek …

Keith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British pop

By gleefully escalating the moral panic around British dance culture, the Prodigy frontman showed that rave could be the true successor to rocknroll Like virtually every 90s dance act that unexpectedly ascended from releasing underground club tracks to selling a lot of albums, the Chemical Brothers, the Art of Noise and alt-rock band the Breeders and partly down to the video, in which Flint relentlessly played up to the camera. Not for the last time, the sight of him on national television provoked complaints from the audience. His persona fitted the moment perfectly: thanks to the Criminal Justice Act and a spate of high-profile ecstasy-related deaths most notably that of Leah Betts, an 18-year-old Essex school pupil the British dance …