Bell Biv Devoe remain obsessed with poisonous female

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New Jack Swing pioneers Bell Biv Devoe popped up on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week, performing their brand new- sorry, their twenty-one year old song, “Poison”. The chaps looked pretty good for their age, taking wise, if funky, precautions against televised indignity: green leather waistcoats to hold in the guts, and shades to hide the crow’s feet. Respect for trying a few moves before running out of breath, as well.

“Poison” still sounds great today, although of course not many people realised on its realise that it was a subtle warning about HIV and AIDS. Or – no, that was “Poison” by Alice Cooper, wasn’t it? Or – no, was that “Poison” by The Prodigy? Or – hang on, was that “Poison” by Nicole Shirtslinger? Or – could it have been Poison the band?

Yes, didn’t Poison the band form with the noble aim of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS, with each song’s lyrics part of an overarching, career-spanning narrative bemoaning the loss of sexual freedom in the eighties and nineties? Wasn’t there something in “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” about avoiding pricks?

I don’t think Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” was about HIV and AIDS. It was merely the tale of a woman whose wily sexual powers were such that BBD decided she bore a resemblance to an actual poison, such as cyanide, sarin, strychnine, ricin, tetrodoxin, hemlock or potassium chloride.

It’s still not clear exactly which substance this toxic femme resembled, but given the effect the above examples have on a human being’s central nervous system we probably owe Bell Biv Devoe a hearty thanks for the heads-up.

Or at least we might if they had TOLD US WHAT HER NAME WAS. Pillocks.

Peter Shilton and Andrew McCarthy appear in the same music video

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What blackmail material Norwegian show Gylne Tider (“Golden Times”) has over every slightly past-it celebrity on the planet is unclear. But it must be approximately as powerful as an Atomic Wikileak.

Behold, as familiar faces from yesterdecade mime to “Let it Be” and “We Are The World” in order to help promote the show.The former has better production values, but the latter fulfils one of my dearest childhood dreams: that of seeing ex-England goalkeeper Peter Shilton miming to Willie Nelson, closely followed  by ex-Germany striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge miming to Al Jarreau.

To be honest I’d given up hope of this ever happening.

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A freakishly close look at Kate Nash's fringe

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Robbie Williams: Misoverstood Underdog?

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robbie_williamsHere we have a guest post from a new addition to the MCT carousel of scribbling talent. He goes by the nom of Nick Bryan, and he “maintains” a blog called Feeding The Black Dog.

Bobby Brown's Behind The Music: you might be driving his car

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Bobby Brown appeared on VH1′s Behind The Music last week. If you’re looking for a detailed breakdown of his and Whitney’s daily drug intake you’ll be disappointed, but it does have its highlights.

I think mine is when Bobby says that at the peak of his fame he would find himself on a tour bus, see someone driving a car he liked the look

Chromeo's "Night By Night" shows their Survivor instinct

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After the initial giddy rush of realisation that Chromeo are finally back – and the “of course!” headslap when you realise they’ve jacked Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” – does “Night By Night” live up to the anticipation?

The verses are very similar to “Rage”, and you’d have to say it’s not a huge departure from their previous stuff. But, you know, not enough people heard their previous stuff – so if they’re after proper, people-actually-buying-your-records success, “Night By Night” is a promising indication that the new album is going to be chock-full of the tunes, electro funk and

Remember Shanice? She's still alive!

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You might need to be “of a certain age” to recall Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile”. If you’re not that age, this is it:


“Psych”.

Well, while you might assume Shanice fell down the same pop/R&B plughole as Ralph Tresvant, Urlesque recently revealed that she’s still going. Even if “still going” in this case means “uploading videos of herself singing in her living room to YouTube”.

Here she is doing Christina’s “Beautiful”. Warning – it may start understated, but some severe wailing soon follows:

Comfy-looking sofa, isn’t it? Mine’s PVC :(

Lindy Layton appears on Dub Pistols album, presence of British Knights trainers unconfirmed

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lindy laytonAfter the jump you can see Dub Pistols’ video for their new single “Back To Daylight”. It’s alright. Of more interest to me, however, is the news that one of the guests on their forthcoming album Rum & Coke is former Beats International singer Lindy Layton.

I’ll pause here so that any males in the audience of a certain age can gaze wistfully into the middle-distance for a moment.

Lindy Layton sang on Beats International’s “Dub Be Good To Me”, a huge number one hit in 1990. Watching the video now will provide plenty of fashion-related LOLZ, but hey, how well did YOU dress 19 years ago? Zackly.
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Alice In Chains to join Metallica, Linkin Park at Sonisphere Festival. In other news, Alice In Chains still exist

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sonisphere.jpgGrunge forgotabouts Alice In Chains, keen not to let a pesky thing like the death of their lead singer Layne Staley intrude on their rocking, will visit the UK this summer to play the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House.
Sonispshere Festival hits the UK on 1st and 2nd August, after touring Europe throughout the summer. It will be Alice In Chains’ only UK show in 2009 and comes as they prepare their first album in thirteen years.

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Pet Shop Boys' "Love etc." is all about love, etc.

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pet_shop_boys.jpgThe material from the forthcoming Pet Shop Boys album Yes has been receiving feverish write-ups from Popjustice for a while now. Now us normals can here first single “Love etc” as well, alongside its spanking new animated video.
“Love Etc.” is one of those songs that tells you stuff like “too much of everything is never enough”, which is a theory with a ring of profundity until you realise it’s one that can only ever be proved/disproved by gazillionaires.
So yes, the thrust of the song is that you don’t need this and that, you need love. Which is clearly nonsense, but let’s not allow this to distract from the fact that this is a great pop song and more or less exactly what you’d hope for from Pet Shop Boys’ return. See the vid after the jump.

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