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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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Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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