The voice of Christmas in England is Noddy Holder’s rascally rasp as much as it’s that of Bing or Peggy Lee. Holder fronts Slade, whose “Merry Christmas Everybody” along with Roy Wood and Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday” are the answers to Jeopardy! questions in America but the soundtrack to the holiday season in the UK.
The movie London Townstarted impulsively. “When my agent said, What’s your dream project?I’d love to find a story about a kid discovering The Clash,” director Derrick Borte recalls. “I hadn’t really thought about it. The words just came out.”
Friday night at Voodoo, I found myself thinking about why England makes such good rock stars. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine was certainly one headlining the festival. Everything about her performance was big—the voice, certainly, but also the passions and the energy. She stayed in motion for the entire set without seeming frenetic.
British hip-hop has rarely translated to America. The lack of hood signifiers and outlaw themes often makes it seem like an entirely different genre—something lighter, almost parodic—particularly when paired with distinctly British voices. The Streets and Lady Sovereign failed to make the jump, and Dan Le Sac Vs.