MAVERICK filmmaker Quentin Tarantino launches a foray into music – surprisingly with Paolo Nutini.
I can reveal that the American director is credited as a songwriter on Afterneath, the opening track of the Scottish singer’s first album in eight years, Last Night In The Bittersweet.
Paolo contacted Quentin to ask if he could sample a passage from his 1993 film True Romance starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, and while the director of Reservoir Dogs usually doesn’t agree to such requests, he said this one. times yes.
A source said: “Paolo is a big movie fan and the part used in the song really spoke to him. Quentin usually never signs up for this sort of thing, but Paolo sent him the job and it turned out he loved it and he gave the green light.
“Paolo likes to make all his music himself, but to have Tarantino’s name on your song is pretty cool.”
It’s not the first time Paolo has managed to include a movie clip in one of his songs, after doing the same on his 2014 song Iron Sky.
That included an excerpt from a speech by movie great Charlie Chaplin in his 1940 film The Great Dictator.
Last Night In The Bittersweet comes out on July 1 and features the singles Lose It and Through The Echoes, as well as Shine A Light, which he released last Wednesday.
Paolo will be playing a series of festivals to perform material from the record before embarking on his eight-date sold-out UK tour in October.
But he faces stiff competition from Lewis Capaldi when it comes to the best-selling Scottish album of the year.
Lewis is also expected to release an album in the coming months, having recently recorded a video for his comeback single.
But since Lewis has spoken at length about what a fan he is of Paolo, I doubt he’ll make too much of a fuss if he loses in that fight.
A mighty Suga rush
SUGABABES reunited in spectacular style when they headlined the Mighty Hoopla festival for their first performance in nine years.
The original line-up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy sang hits such as Push The Button and Overload at South London’s Brockwell Park on Saturday, when Jessie Ware also played.
Keisha said on stage: “This is our first show in so long. The past few years have been tough for all of us. † † But I’d like to think we’re a lot more resilient than people think. We’re all here today, aren’t we?”
Steps, who headlined Friday, said they are so impressed with ABBA’s digital avatar show Voyage that they want a slice of the action for themselves.
The band’s Lisa Scott-Lee said, “It’s such a smart project. I’ve heard great things and we’re all ABBA fans.
“One day it could be good for Steps. I look forward to seeing the show.”
Gemma: Pod this, I’m gone
AFTER the departure of Emily Maitlis, Andrew Marr and Dan Walker from the BBC, another big name has now followed them out the door – Gemma Collins.
I can tell that after three years, The GC is quitting its podcast with the network to sign a commercial deal for five times the salary.
The Gemma Collins Podcast became one of the Beeb’s most popular and spawned spin-offs, The Love Lounge, where she gave dating advice.
But she decided to leave the BBC after discussions about increased editorial control.
Gemma has yet to announce which podcast giant she’s moving to.
A source said: “She left the BBC because she secured a great deal to take her podcast elsewhere.
“Gemma will be paid an amount the BBC just couldn’t afford and will be given a lot more editorial control.
“Gemma loves the BBC and knows they have helped her get her podcast where she is today. But this move will keep her career moving.
“She wants to be even more outrageous when the podcast returns later in the year.”
I wasn’t the biggest fan, but Gemma certainly had appeal, as her show had the largest share of listeners under 35 of any podcast on BBC Sounds in 2020.
Judge decides big girl is fun
AMNESIA is throwing two big parties to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke’s British film comedy Kevin And Perry Go Large, set in Ibiza’s super club.
The bashes — one tonight and the other on September 27 — were postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Judge Jules, who released the new hit single Big Girl (All I Want To Do Is Do It) from the film under the moniker Precocious Brats, will be performing at both.
In an exclusive conversation, Jules said: “I have realized the staying power of this film and the fun factor of this record.
“In its slapstick way, the film has the most accurate description of any film’s clubs and club culture.”
Great bird vibes
JESSIE J gave me pink Big Bird vibes in this outfit.
She wore the hot fuchsia top, with its huge feathered sleeves, matching pants and fishnets as she took the stage at the Outloud Raising Voices Music Festival at West Hollywood Pride in the US.
In a photo she posted on Instagram, she appeared to have borrowed sunglasses from Elton John. The saying imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
Serge’s struggle with doubts
THEY made their live comeback in Knebworth this past weekend when they opened for Liam Gallagher on two sold-out nights – but Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno admitted he still experiences concerns.
Serge, who switched from guitar to vocalist after embarrassing frontman Tom Meighan left the band, said: “There’s always self-doubt every morning. The natural thing for us is that we’re better when the chips are low.”
The band will release their seventh studio album, The Alchemist’s Euphoria, on August 5. Serge added over the weekend: “While it has an epic sound, the record is also really personal. †
Kasabian will play at Manchester’s AO Arena on October 28, before heading to London’s Alexandra Palace the following day.
They will then have two more performances, November 2 in Cardiff and November 4 in Birmingham.
If you haven’t seen these guys live yet, they’re worth adding to your must-see list.