CMU Daily - on the inside 9 Aug 2002
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Ninja Tune Records was set up in what year by which slightly un-hinged producer duo, and, for a bonus: what were the names of the two members of the duo?
Answer on Monday


Chris Thomas King, the Grammy Award winning blues artist known to millions for his acting role as Tommy Johnson in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ will release his ninth studio album, titled ‘Dirty South Hip-Hop Blues’ on his own 21st Century Blues Records on 8 Oct. As well as his role in the film, King also appeared on the film’s multi-platinum soundtrack and is featured on the critically acclaimed and successful ‘Down From The Mountain’ tour. King produced the album and is the only musician heard on the recording. By his presence in the hit film and seven million-selling soundtrack, King has proven a pivotal figure in bringing blues to millions of music fans and has heightened the awareness of blues to mainstream America.


The Appletons are the ‘new pop sensation’ constructed from parts of ‘old pop sensation’ the All Saints. Natalie and Nicole Appleton will release their first album as Appleton in November. The album titled 'Aloud' will be preceded with the single ‘Fantasy’ next month. More: The BBC have filmed a documentary on the lives of the sisters which will see them going about their daily family life. Look out for the shows highlight, Nicole's bloke Liam Gallagher carving a Sunday roast. It's said to be Emmy Award material.


It was coincidence that the CMU Daily question a few days ago concerned Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds, but now we hear that the old-hands are regrouping. The band who once featured lead guitarist Eric Clapton who was replaced by the aforementioned Jeff Beck who was then replaced by Jimmy Page, are recording their first album in decades with three guest guitarists, one of whom is Queen's Brian May. At his website, founding member Jim McCarty says "the new Yardbirds recording is now 80% finished. We have some more sessions to do in London and it will hopefully be out by March 2003."


Twisted Nerve, is releasing an album about Zoos. ‘Twisted Nerve Zoo’ will be released on 23 Sep and has 16 brand new animal influenced tracks (!) by Badly Drawn Boy, Andy Votel, Dave Tyack, DOT, and Cherrystones amongst other acts from the label. To celebrate, Twisted Nerve are going to be having launch parties in London and Manchester where the label’s inmates will be performing the animal inspired tracks.

Live - Badly Drawn Boy (acoustic set), Misty Dixon, DOT & Supreme Vagabond Craftsman plus DJ's Votel, Sirconical, Cherrystones and Mum and Dad. 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1. Tickets £12

Live - Misty Dixon, Supreme Vagabond Craftsman & special guest, hosted by Badly Drawn Boy. Plus DJ's Votel, Sirconical, Little Miss Trinitron and Mum and Dad. The 'Twisted Nerve Ark' next to the Lowry Centre, Salford Quays. Tickets £10

Tickets are available through and (subject to booking fee).


The Nominees for this year’s Muzik Awards were announced at the AKA Bar in central London on Wednesday in front of the ‘dance industry’. The awards themselves will take place on Tue 15 Oct at Hammersmith Po Na Na in West London. The ceremony will see the appearance of many surprise special guests as well as the inevitable mash-up after-party where over-rated DJs and radio jocks cane coke off the carpet like kids catching sherbert in the wind. I haven’t bought my ticket yet.

“And the nominees are…” [CMU faves in caps]

Best DJ: Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, Jon Carter, Lottie, NORMAN COOK, Sasha, Timo Maas, X-Press 2.

Best Club: The Gallery @ Turnmills, London. FabricLive @ Fabric, London. Gods Kitchen @ Code, Birmingham, Lush! @ Kellys, Portrush, Eire. Saturdays @ Pacha, London. SUBTERRAIN @THE END, LONDON.

Best Event: BIG BEACH BOUTIQUE II, Big Chill, Creamfields, Glastonbury, Gods Kitchen Global Gathering, Homelands.

Best Single: Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik 'It Just Won't Do', Fischerspooner 'Emerge', PPK 'Resurection', SHY FX, T POWER & DIANE 'SHAKE UR BODY, Underworld 'Two Months Off', X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne 'Lazy’.

Best Album - Sponsored by Virgin Retail: The Chemical Brothers 'Come With Us', FC Kahuna 'Machine Says Yes', Ils 'Soul Trader', Royksopp 'Melody AM', DJ SHADOW 'THE PRIVATE PRESS', Thick Dick 'Tribal Seduction'.

Best Video: Chemical Brothers 'The Test', Rob Dougan 'Clubbed To Death', Fischerspooner 'Emerge', Moby 'We Are All Made Of Stars', Puretone 'Addicted To Bass', XPRESS 2 'LAZY'.

Best Group: The Beta Band, The Chemical Brothers, Fischerspooner, FC Kahuna, UNDERWORLD.


Best Live Act : Basement Jaxx, Faithless, FISCHERSPOONER, Royksopp, Underworld. Best Breakthrough DJ: Erol Alkan, Rob Da Bank, Ralph Lawson, Miss Kittin, DJ MARKY, Umek.

Best Remix - Missy Elliott 'For My People' Basement Jaxx Mix, ELVIS PRESLEY 'A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION' JUNKIE XL REMIX, Josh One 'Contemplation' King Britt Remix, Adam F feat. MOP 'Stand Clear' Origin Unknown Remix, The Psychedelic Waltons 'Wonderland' Roger Sanchez Remix, Kylie 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' Superchumbo Remix.

Best Compilation: 'ANOTHER LATE NIGHT' - GROOVE ARMADA', 'Back To Basics Presents Danny Tenaglia', 'Oceans 11 OST', 'Rough Trade Shops: Electronic 01', ‘Steve Lawler 'Lights Out’, 'The Harder They Come’.

Best Small Club: Back To Basics, Leeds; Chibuku Shake-Shake, Liverpool; Do This Do That, Edinburgh; MOVEMENT, LONDON; STOMPA PHUNK, BRIGHTON; Tribal Sessions, Manchester. Best International Club: Circo Loco @ DC10, Ibiza; Clubland, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Exit, Serbia; Subliminal Sessions Underwater @ Pacha, Ibiza; We Love Sundays @ Space, Ibiza; Zouk, Singapore.

Best Independent Record Label: City Rockers, International Deejay Gigolos, Mute, Skint/Loaded, SOMA, XL.

Best Radio Show: Ali B on Capital, GILLES PETERSON - RADIO 1, David Morales – Galaxy, The Rinse – XFM, Pete Tong - Radio 1.

Best Independent Record Shop: Pure Groove, London; ROUGH TRADE, LONDON [which one?]; 3 Beat, Liverpool; 23rd Precinct, Glasgow; Tune Inn, Selby.

Caner Of The Year: probably Brandon Block but who cares… just hope it ain’t yo mama.


Answer to Thursday’s pop quiz:
We all know Elton Johns’ 1997 rework of Candle In The Wind sold more in its first week of release than any other single. But another Elton John song has matched this record – which song and why?

‘Something About The Way You look Tonight’ – because it was a double a-side with ‘Candle In The Wind’. Elton had released the track shortly before Diana’s death, so when the funeral track was released the current Elton song was included with equal billing.

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