CMU Daily - on the inside 26 Jun 2002
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Two of the acts in this week’s top ten have got something in common when it comes to names. Which two acts, and what’s the connection?

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WHAT’S THE STORY?
With Heathen Chemistry released on 1 Jul on Sony / Big Brother we’re compiling the CMU Oasis Top 10. What, in your opinion, is the best Oasis track ever recorded. It can come from any album, or could be a b-side, or, indeed, could be one of the Gallagher’s new offerings. Vote for your favourite Oasis song by emailing it to chris@cmuonline.co.uk and look out for the CMU Oasis Top 10, voted for by the music industry and music media, on 1 Jul.

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GLASTONBURY ORGANISER CHOOSES NOT TO ROCK HEAVY
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has told Radio 1 he avoided booking heavy rock bands like Slipknot or Green Day this year as he was worried they may put crowd safety at risk following the deaths of nine fans at Roskilde in Denmark two years ago. He felt heavy rock bands would cause the packed audience to be more riotous. Talking about this year’s line up, which some have said is weaker than past years, he also confirmed that he had approached Oasis and Radiohead to headline the event, but they had both turned him down. Glastonbury organisers are again urging anyone without a ticket to stay away from the site hoping that a million pound ‘superfence’ and Mean Fiddler’s security crew will prevent the mass fence hopping of past years – and estimated 100,000 people got in that way in 2000.

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CALLING ALL GOOD LOOKING CRUSTY GIRLS
Dance magazine Mix Mag are on the look out for a, and we quote, “really good looking crusty girl” to take part in a photo shoot for the magazine. If you know anyone who fits the bill get in touch with acting editor Viv Craske at viv@mixmag.net by next Tuesday.

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VIRTUAL INSANITY – COUNCIL SAY NO TO JAMIROQUAI SHOW
Jamiroquai’s Finsbury Park concert scheduled for 20 Jul has been cancelled after licensing problems. Promoters Mean Fiddler and ITB yesterday confirmed that Haringey Council have rejected an application from the promoters to move the date of a license already granted for September to the July date. The Council said it did not want an intrusion in the school holiday period when the park is used extensively by local families. The promoters have attempted to see if the acts set to perform could be re-assembled for September but this proved impossible due to other commitments. Full refunds are available from the point of sale.

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ADF PERFORMER TURNS DOWN MBE
Pandit G of CMU favourites Asian Dub Foundation is reported to have refused an MBE. He was offered the award for ‘services to the music industry’ as chair of Community Music Ltd and ADFED, the educational wing of Asian Dub Foundation, both of whom promote new music in poor areas. But in an interview with NME he said he thought the award would highlight the wrong aspects of the work he does. Anyone under consideration for an award of this nature has the option to turn it down before the Queen announces an honours list. Pandit G said that if people wanted to support projects like Community Music the best thing they could do is donate funds.

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SLIPKNOT MEMBERS PURSUE SIDE PROJECTS
Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root are using their time off touring and recording to rejoin their pre-Slipknot band Stone Sour. Meanwhile drummer Joey Jordison is playing guitar with his band Murderdolls. Both are set to release debut albums this summer via Slipknot's label, Roadrunner. The former will release an eponymously titled album in September. Taylor has described their sound as "more like Metallica meets Alice in Chains" than the Slipknot sound we are all familiar with. Jordison’s Murderdolls, meanwhile, have been described as a "sadistically comical" punk act. Release date for their debut album is still to be confirmed.

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WHITE STRIPES GET VIRTUAL BASS PLAYER
Steve McDonald of US “hardcore-turned-power-pop funsters” Redd Kross has made himself the bass player of the White Stripes, without being asked. He had posted some MP3s on his website www.reddkross.com that combine his bass playing with existing White Stripes recordings. Also included is the cover of the band’s ‘White Blood Cells’ album with McDonald superimposed on and the title "Redd Blood Cells". McDonald told reporters: "It's not as if I wanted to take a shot at a band that dared make my instrument irrelevant. I really love their approach, so I just see this as taking being a fan to another dimension. I went to see the White Stripes in LA,” he continued, “and I met Jack who gave me his blessing 100 percent."

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BPI ANNOUNCE AGM PLANS
The BPI have announced the schedule for their AGM next week. Legendary producer Sir George Martin will address the audience of record company execs as the event’s finale, while John Raczka, a senior vice-president at BT Openworld, will give a keynote speech on all things internet, talking about BT’s overdue development of broadband access in the UK, the current range of music and games subscription services and how the telecommunications and music industries can work together on that favourite topic of major labels - internet piracy. The formal business of the day will include a vote to fill the two independent vacancies on the BPI’s Council with Paul Birch (MD, Revolver Music), Dafydd Gittins (MD, Columbia Publishing Wales) and Pop Idol supremo Pete Waterman (Chairman, PWL Empire) all in the running, and the official appointment of three major label chiefs to the committee – Nick Phillips (Chairman, Warner Music UK), John Reid (MD, WEA/London Records) and Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment UK). The AGM takes place on 3 Jul at Abbey Road Studios. More info from BPI events team on 020 7851 4000.

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Answer to Tuesday's CMU pop quiz:

Can you name six names that Norman Cook has released records under in the UK?

The six we were thinking of were: The Housemartins, Beats International, Pizzaman, The Mighty Dub Kats, Fatboy Slim, and of course, Norman Cook.

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