20 July 2008

Sunday 20 July 08 Chat

Do you remember what you were dancing to 30 years ago? I'm betting one of your favourite bands of the time was Blondie; the effortlessly cool American group with the ex-model vocalist.

Their first two albums, Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines generated hits like Heart of Glass, Denis, Hanging on the Telephone, One Way or Another and Picture This.
The band split in 1982 but returned in 1999 with UK
No 1 chart hit, Maria. Reformed, they're in the UK with the Parallel Lines 30th Anniversary Tour and a string of festival dates. Happily the band is still fronted by the now 63-year-old Debbie Harry.
If you want to catch them this time around - and there's no saying whether they'll release more records or perform again anytime soon, they're appearing at Liverpool Echo Arena on 22 July and London ExCel on 28 July.

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A study published this week revealed that customers in bars where music is played loudly drink more quickly.
The small study of 40 men, carried out by French researchers and published in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, discovered that environmental music is associated with an increase in drinking.
The reasons for the apparent increase in alcohol consumption aren't clear but the researchers think it might be to do with conversation being more difficult, so people talk less and drink more.
A bit like the study that proved dogs wag their tails when they're happy, I don't doubt this is something barmen have known for years.

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