“Never has my music looked or sounded SO good.”
Mark Hayman, Creative Director
Philips CitiScape Shibuya Headband Headphones, £45
Washing tablet string bags – surprisingly versatile, actually
*Use them to help scrub down grubby bathroom tiles and really get to the gritty bits. Shiny!
*Wash your delicates in them. Your smalls will get less bashed around in the machine. Smooth!
*The larger-sized bags make ideal mini hangover kit holders. Add painkillers, a bottle of water, a Kit Kat… whatever gets you through. Sorted!
What’s the one song you have to dance to?
“Dancing In The Street – to hell with embarrassment!” Sarah, via Twitter
“Nine To Five by Dolly Parton, as I’m happy not to be working 9 to 5!” Margot, via Twitter
“Bryan Adams’ Summer Of ’69. I always play my leg guitar to that one!” Carla, via Twitter
“Build Me Up Buttercup – it reminds me of my childhood.” Katy, via Facebook
“Simply The Best makes housework fun!” Lauren, via Facebook
Word up Annie! Been to any cool parties recently?
Not recently. But P Diddy is a big fan of dance music and he has a party in Miami every March for the Winter Music Conference. That was fun.
Has anything weird ever happened to you at a gig?
I had a phase when people started getting naked at my gigs.
Ever been tempted to join in?
Err, no. Although one time I fell off a stage – and then I had to introduce the band immediately after. My dress had split up the back and I had to sidestep on to the stage like a crab.
Cringe! Before you became a DJ did you have any awful jobs?
When I was 16 I went to Germany and worked as a chambermaid in a business hotel near Hamburg. I wore a grey and pink striped pinafore and just cleaned all day. Pretty grim.
Ewww. So Hamburg suburbs aside, what’s your fave place in the world?
I’d like to see more of South America and I’d love to tour around Chile.
If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go?
To New York in the late ’70s when hip hop was being born. I’d go to all the block parties with Days Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash.
Cool! So which song title best describes your life right now?
Chris Brown’s Don’t Wake Me Up. I hate getting up in the morning.
Oh. Chris Brown? That’s not so cool, Annie.
- Annie’s new album, AMP 2012, is out now (£8.99, iTunes)
This week, we’re…
1 Watching Girls
Think Sex And The City, but grittier. Based on actor/writer/director Lena Dunham’s life, it’s about four 20 somethings living in New York. Smart and funny.
Monday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm
2 Multiplexing Skyfall
The name’s Bond… You know the rest. He’s back for the 23rd time and as the films just get better, Daniel Craig just gets hotter. Plotwise, expect the usual spy shizz.
3 Downloading Lawson: Chapman Square
The hot guitar-playing boys have been busy touring with The Wanted. Now their debut album and sing-along, popalicious tunes await your ears.
Is it just us or… Do you secretly wish all your exes would stay single forever – just in case you change your mind?
The moment when you accidentally confess to something you did as a child. It’s your cousin’s engagement/nan’s birthday and the family are sharing embarrassing stories from your childhood. Everyone’s in fits of laughter and you decide to chip in with a real belter: “Do you remember when I had a party and someone poured vodka into the goldfish bowl?” You laugh as you recall the drama of trying to cover up the death of poor Nemo. But then you realise your mum and dad aren’t laughing. It turns out they never sussed – and now they’re horrified. Who knew they’d still be mad after this long? At least now you can’t be sent to bed without dinner. Or can you?
Date for your diary
We can’t believe it either, but it’s nearly ice skating time again. Prepare for magical evenings sliding around a big patch of ice pretending you’re in the North Pole and having a giggle as your mates do their best Bambi impressions. Our current faves are Somerset House and Glasgow On Ice. November 16-January 6, Somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink, November 24-January 6, Glasgowloveschristmas.com/glasgow-on-ice
This week we want to be…
Now, we could go on about the billion (well,
29 million) records Adele has sold since her debut album, 19, in 2008, and second album, 21, in 2011. Or we could mention all the Brits, Grammys, Ivor Novellos and VMAs she’s collected, but we’re not going to. We mainly just want to be Adele Laurie Blue Adkins because she’s cool, crass, funny and doesn’t give a hoot about what people think. The girl from Tottenham wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth but, heck, she hasn’t half done good.
Brought up by mum Penny after her dad left when she was three, Adele credits the Spice Girls for getting her into singing. But it’s Adele’s honesty that touches us the most. It’s believed her ex, DJ Ned Biggs, is the source behind her heart-rending lyrics – and knowing they’re born from bitter experience makes Someone Like You even more powerful.
Sadly for us, the 24 year old announced this year that she’s taking a break from music to concentrate on her relationship with 38-year-old entrepreneur Simon Konecki. They’ve obviously been “concentrating” quite a bit – as we go to print, Adele’s due to give birth to her first baby any day!
She might be taking a musical interlude, but we can get our Adele fix this week with the release of Bond movie, Skyfall, because she’s only gone and done the theme tune. See, we told you the girl’s done good.