Why no Teardrop for House?

What’s the theme tune to House? A simple question, you might think, but it has two answers. In the US and Canada, it’s Teardrop by Massive Attack (also available in the iTunes Music Store). Yet in the UK and Australia, to name but two overseas markets, the theme is an original piece, written by theme composers.

Why? I imagine licensing issues are the heart of the problem, but did Massive Attack refuse to license their music outside North America or did they simply ask for too much?

I’ll try to find out…

Watching the English

If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Watching the English from your nearest bookshop. It’s an attempt by a professional (English) anthropologist, Kate Fox, to analyse the English and English behaviour.
While it’s a bit repetitive, she does manage to make explicit most of the implicit rules of social behaviour in English society. This is sometimes amusing, mostly enlightening and occasionally irritating, mainly when she highlights things you’ve already noticed. It is well worth a read, particularly if you’re English and think that some of your behaviour is “natural” and the “way everyone is”. Is should also help foreigners avoid making various faux pas and help English readers be more tolerant of those that do.

The Ace of Wine

Pandora at The Independent has revealed the delightful news that Lemmy from Motorhead wants to cameo in Last of the Summer Wine.

“For some reason, we got talking about TV, and Lemmy said that the only thing worth watching these days was Last of the Summer Wine,” I’m told. “He watches it every time he can, and has asked for a cameo as a chum of a character called Clegg.”

As cameos go, that’s up there with the entire series of Extras and Elisabeth Sladen in the next series of Doctor Who. I might actually watch BBC1 for once if Jim fixes it for Lemmy.