Lots of musicians are dabbling in fashion these days. I can easily give you a handful of names, mostly American Hip-hop and R’n’B artists for some reason, that think that just because they know how to write a tune, they can also run a fashion label. Pharell Williams, Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, P Diddy have all had a go. The latest one is Outkast’s André 3000 and his Benjamin Bixby label.
But seldom does it work the other way around. Until now. Dame Vivienne Westwood has written a rap, which she plans to record with josh Homme and his Queens Of The Stone Age. Ouch, it pained me to write that sentence. Apparently - according to NME - it’s a rallying cry against the government’s 42 days legislation, which allows them to hold terror suspects for 42 days without charging them. Viv, just say it on a T-shirt, like you normally do. Smack your logo on there, sell it for lots and lots of money and we’ll be happy and with our hearing intact.
And as if that was not enough, there’s also a Westwood (unfortunately that’s Viv again, not Tim) compilation out. Catwalk Breakdown mixes New York Dolls with Tchaikovsky. God help us all.