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Plus: U.K. Parliament vs. Smiths; New Order Reunion?

December 8, 2010 4:55 PM ET

New Order 'Could' Reunite, Drummer Says
Despite New Order's acrimonious split in 2007, drummer Stephen Morris hasn't ruled out the group reuniting for one gig, at least. "New Order could play a gig together again," Morris said at an event in London Wednesday night celebrating the release of Joy Division's new boxed set, + -. [NME]

Smiths vs. British Prime Minister Fight Continues
Incredibly, the beef between the Smiths and British Prime Minister David Cameron has hit the floor of the House of Commons. A Wednesday debate over tuition fees turned into a one-up on Smiths song titles between Labour MP Kerry McCarthy and Cameron. McCarthy said, "The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal student band. If he wins tomorrow night's vote, what songs does he think students will be listening to? 'Miserable Lie', 'I Don't Owe You Anything' or 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'?" Cameron fired back, "I expect that if I turned up I probably wouldn't get 'This Charming Man' and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague] it would probably be 'William It Was Really Nothing'." [Prefix and Spinner]

See Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as Beastie Boys
A photo of Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen dressed as the Beastie Boys in the 1987 "Fight for Your Right to Party" video has been released. Adam Yauch — a.k.a. the group's MCA — has an entry on the Sundance Film Festival lineup called Fight for Your Right Revisited, which is described only as: "After the boys leave the party ... Cast: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black." [Twenty Four Bit]

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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