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Relaxing Tunes To Get You Through The Coronavirus Panic [Playlist]

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Whether you're frustrated over the sudden shortage of toilet paper across the UK (we're not sure why stockpiling loo roll is the answer either), or generally just worrying too much about getting sick, it's time that we all took some time to relax. Here are a few tunes to get you through the craziness. 

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Album Of The Day: 'Dummy' By Portishead


We hadn't heard from Portishead for seven years until this year when they released a gorgeously ethereal cover of Abba's stellar 1975 hit 'SOS' for the movie 'High Rise'. And now they've launched a video for it in honour of Jo Cox, a British politician who was killed last week (June 16th 2016). But where did it all start for this Bristol four-piece?

PortisheadPortishead's debut album was 'Dummy'

The artist... It was all about electronic music when Portishead formed in Bristol in 1991, with Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley and Dave McDonald. But these guys took it in a whole different direction, bring the trip hop vibe back with a touch of melancholy and they've been a summer festival fixture ever since.

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Portishead Honour Murdered British MP With ABBA Cover 'SOS'


Experimental Bristol band Portishead have unveiled their own moving tribute to the British labour politician Jo Cox - who was killed in the street last Thursday (June 16th 2016) - with a stirring cover of Abba's 70s hit single 'SOS' alongside a new video which they premiered on Facebook yesterday. 

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Portishead's 'SOS' is an ethereal, trip hop rendition of the 1975 pop hit and comes with a black and white video starring lead singer Beth Gibbons. It's a simple visual, slowly zooming in towards Gibbons' face as she looks down, and it ends as she looks up and into the camera, stretching out her right hand as the caption 'We have far more in common than which divides us', a quote from Jo Cox, and the hashtag #MoreInCommon appears on the screen.

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Glastonbury Weather Dries Up Ready For The Big Acts

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Many Glasto goers woke up to the pitter patter of rain on canvas this morning as Wednesday's warm, humid weather well and truly dissolved into rain. By the Thursday evening, the site was drenched - what had initially been forecast as a "short sharp shower turned into an all-day deluge," according to the BBC. And where there's rain, there's mud: big sticky, gloopy, welly-stealing piles of it. This didn't deter any of the 118,000 ticket holders already onsite, with revellers retreating to indoor tents or embracing the wet weather and sludge with gusto by making mud slides. As the main festival wasn't even fully underway by then, we can't say we'd like to be sharing their tent this weekend - let's hope they've brought some babywipes!

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Glastonbury Festival Organisers Michael & Daughter Emily Eavis.

Unlike everywhere else in the country, the rest of the weekend in the South-West is set to be mild, but not exactly toasty, with mean temperatures of 18°C combined with average windspeeds of about 15mph: so that little weather forecaster's cartoon of a grey cloud will pretty much sum up the weekend. 2009's extreme weather saw torrential downpours and thunderstorms lighting up the valley but was followed by 2010's glorious sunshine, which caused sunstroke and dust problems. Punters have a whole weekend of musical, comical and performance joy ahead of them to distract them from any weather woes though. Saturday night will be headlined by The Rolling Stones who have described the Glastonbury headline slot as an experience they were "destined" for, with organisers Michael and Emily Eavis "thrilled" to have the legendary Stones perform.

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Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Forced To Explain Amy Winehouse ‘Fake’ Comments

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Amy Winehouse fans have been showing their allegiance to the late singer, following remarks made by the Portishead producer Geoff Barrow. Barrow made the comments about Amy’s voice, during an interview with his band Beak for Electronic Beats magazine. The producer was asked about his opinion on female vocalists in the music industry and branded Amy’s voice as “fake.”

Referring to Winehouse as “Whiney Shitehouse,” Barrow said “Amy Winehouse –by the end of it, had become just a comic character of herself and how she sang. I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going ‘that’s amazing’ but it wasn’t all that. Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Ripperton or whatever it was. It seemed fake, but because there was a massive drug problem you couldn’t say it was fake, but her actual voice was fake. She had a real life with a fake voice.” It was a fleeting moment in the interview but it’s caused a stir in the media.

On Geoff Barrow’s Twitter, he has responded to Amy Winehouse fans who have criticized him for his comments. He’s defended his comments, though he admits that his words were “pretty misquoted.” Late yesterday (September 20, 2012), Barrow posted a message to say “I'm sure she was a lovely caring talented person - I didn't know her. Very sad that she passed away - but i never dug her vibe.”

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Portishead - Thursday 10th April 2008 at Hammersmith Apollo London, England


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