CMU Daily - on the inside 5 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Diabolical respond to latest flyposting legal threat
- Led Zepp on their no to Live Aid DVD
- N*E*R*D* to play free gig
- Placebo top le charts
- Meat Puppets bassist sent to jail
- EMAP appoint new Performance chairman
- Mansun to release new album
- Gay rights groups not impressed with Beenie Man's apology
- Goldbade cause Moscow riot
- Single Review: Grand National - Cherry Tree
- Ken says yay to reggae
- Deer Hoof UK tour
- 50 cent in da Simpsons
- The Killers to be TV stars

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DIABOLICAL RESPOND TO LATEST FLYPOSTING LEGAL THREAT
London based marketing company Diabolical Liberties, one of the UK's leading players in coordinating flyposting campaigns, have made a statement in response to those current attempts by Camden Council in London to issue Anti-social Behaviour Orders against four of its staff. As reported yesterday, Diabolical Liberties is the latest company to be targeted by the London council in its attempts to stop flyposting on the grounds that it constitutes 'anti-social behaviour'.

A spokesman for the ambient marketing firm told CMU: "Diabolical Liberties is itself a Camden resident, and we care about the cultural health of the area, particularly as it is at the beginning stages of undergoing an extensive rejuvenation and development phase. We believe that street posters are vital to the continuation of Camden as a hub of musical creativity by supporting events, gigs and the arts. Historically street posters have always been very much a part of the area and when their role and significance is appreciated, they obviously deserve to have a place in the newly developed Camden".

As previously reported, Diabolical Liberties are keen for Camden to adopt proposals put forward by a group called City Centre Posters who are encouraging local authorities to allow legit flyposting in return for a commitment to offer local community groups just under half the available space.

Diabolical Liberties explain: "We are supporting the scheme created by City Centre Posters, which designates a minimum 40% of all street poster space to be set aside for local arts events and charity notices at hugely subsidised rates. It's good for the community, it's good for creative culture and it will move street posters forward as the area itself transforms. We have supported the submitting of a proposal to Camden by CCP and we will continue to contact Camden council and ask them again and again to consider this positive, alternative solution to their current draconian policy of serving ASBO's on bright, talented, hard working people."

Assuming Camden don't have a sudden change of heart regarding the CCP sheme, it is likely Diabolical Liberties will let the case go to court, meaning Camden's definition of flyposting as anti-social behaviour will be put to the test.

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LED ZEPP ON THEIR NO TO LIVE AID DVD
Led Zeppelin have issued a statement following news in the British press that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had refused permission for their Live Aid performance to be included on the DVD release of the legendary event, which will go on sale in aid of the Live Aid charities later this year.

The band were reunited at the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid in 1985 - their first performance since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. Bonham's replacement on the day was Phil Collins who had flown from the Wembley show to Philadelphia on Concorde. The performance was not as good as many had hoped, and, as the London Times this week explained: "Concert-goers blamed Collins's tiredness and poor sound quality on stage for the band's lacklustre performance. Plant complained about the sound quality and Page perspired freely."

On the decision not to include that set on the Live Aid DVD a spokesman for the band told reporters yesterday: "Jimmy, Robert and John Paul found that both the sound and general reproduction of their performance at Live Aid Philadelphia was sub-standard. To show their ongoing support Jimmy and Robert have therefore pledged proceeds from their forthcoming Page and Plant DVD release to the campaign. John Paul Jones will be donating the proceeds of his current US tour with Mutual Admiration Society to the project."

The Live Aid DVD, set for worldwide release on 1 Nov, is hoped to raise in excess of £300 million.

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N*E*R*D* TO PLAY FREE GIG
N*E*R*D* will play a free London show later this month. Still promoting current album 'Fly Or Die' the N*E*R*D* boys will be performing as part of a series of 'New Urban Royalty' gigs at London's Coronet. Support at the show on 23 Aug will be rising star artists Estelle and Jay Sean. Acts for the other nights, 24-26 August will be announced soon.

There are just 1,000 passes available for each night and they can only be won by visiting http://www.jdsports.co.uk

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PLACEBO TOP LE CHARTS
Interesting chart developments in France where Placebo's album 'Sleeping With Ghosts' has jumped back to the top of the chart nearly eighteen months after it was released. The latest boost in sales of the album have come about after the band's tour there. Placebo, of course, release a best of album in Oct.

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MEAT PUPPETS BASSIST SENT TO JAIL
A former member of US rockers Meat Puppets - Cris Kirkwood - was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to attacking a security guard.

As previously reported, the incident happened after Kirkwood argued about a parking space with a woman. She asked security guard Thomas Goodrum for help - Kirkwood swore at him and then pushed him. In the resulting struggle Kirkwood grabbed Goodrum's baton and hit him on the head, after which Goodrum shot Kirkwood in the back!

The sentence for the brawl was considerable because the 43-year old musician was already on probation for a previous drug offence.

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EMAP APPOINT NEW PERFORMANCE CHAIRMAN
EMAP have promoted the finance boss of their Performance bit (the division that handles all the music stuff) to the post of Chairman. He will be set the task of further expanding EMAP music brands across different media types, following on from the cross-media development work done with Kerrang!, Kiss and Smash Hits.

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MANSUN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Much missed Chester fourpiece Mansun are to release a new album as part of a 3CD set titled 'Kleptomania', on 27 Sep.

Although the band split up in May 2003 it was decided that material the band had recorded for their never-released fourth album would be released as part of the rarities pack. The package includes detailed track-by track sleeve notes and specially collected art work by frontman Paul Draper.

The collection, released on EMI label Parlophone, will include new numbers 'Cry To My Face' and 'Fragile', and well known EP tracks like 'Take It Easy Chicken' as well as rare tracks such as the bands version of Magazines' 'Shot By Both Sides' recorded for John Peel.

More details are on the band's website http://mansun.net

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GAY RIGHTS GROUPS NOT IMPRESSED WITH BEENIE MAN'S APOLOGY
UK gay rights campaigners have rejected a statement from Beenie Man in which he apologised for including homophobic lyrics in his tracks.

As previously reported, the Jamaican music scene has become something of a target for gay rights groups in the UK of late. Campaigning organisations like OutRage object to the lyrics of a number of different dancehall artists who seemingly incite violence against gay people. As part of their campaign OutRage has recently begun targeting venues who host gigs by these artists, and radio stations that play their music. A recent Beenie Man gig in London was cancelled after the host venue became concerned about the bad PR surrounding the show in light of the campaign.

With than in mind Beenie Man this week issued a statement apologising for any lyrics that seemed to incite violence. In the statement he said: "As a human being, I renounce violence towards other human beings in every way, and pledge henceforth to uphold these values as I move forward in my career as an artist".

However, a spokesman for OutRage was not impressed with the statement, accusing Beenie Man of being insincere and opportunistic. In a statement a spokesman for the campaigning group told reporters: "Beenie Man's so-called apology is so vague that it does not even mention what he is apologising for. It could be an apology for anything. It contains no explicit regret for his incitements to murder gay people, and no specific affirmation of his respect for homosexuals and for homosexual human rights."

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GOLDBADE CAUGHT UP IN MOSCOW RIOT
Fun all round at a recent Russian gig for Brit punksters Goldblade where local riot police kept storming the crowd every time they started to dance.

A spokesman for Goldblade explains: "Goldblade were going down a storm when the riot police stormed into the crowd and started attacking several fans in the moshpit. The band stopped playing and attempted to stop the fighting, however the police - who were elite special forces city centre troops - would only briefly stop their bullying when the band stopped playing and then pile in again when the songs and the dancing resumed. There were 20 arrests. After four songs the police pulled back and the crowd were left to have a great time."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Grand National - Cherry Tree (Sunday Best)
It's been out a while, but we never got round to reviewing it, and it deserves a mention. Taken from debut album 'Kicking The National Habit', this infectious, feel-good track may be a little cheesy, but it successfully combines those disco classics shamefully embedded in all of us with something more contemporary. Ignore the B-Sides which could have been released by 'Earth, Wind, Perspire', and particularly 'Rabbit Facts' which has touches of George Michael and is as treacly slow as dragging a donkey up a hill on a hot day. There is, however, something captivating about 'Cherry Tree', with its catchy chorus interspersed with fantastic lyrics such as 'Baptise my fries and capsize into everything'. All in all, I'm intrigued - and as long as this former Police cover band keep the sting in the tales they tell, they will be keeping those who discover them pleasantly regaled. NI
Release Date: 19 Jul
Press Contact: Sainted [CP, RP, NP] Sunday Best IH [CR, RR, NR]

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KEN SAYS YAY TO REGGAE
London Mayor Ken Livingstone yesterday announced his official support for the 'Reggae In The Park' which is due to take place in East London's Victoria Park on 5 Sep.

Livingstone said of the event, which will include performances from Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Gregory Isaacs, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla Kalonji and the Mighty Diamonds: "'Reggae in the Park' is set to be an exuberant celebration of reggae music and the cultural diversity of the capital. It is great to see London's open spaces being used for events that bring the capital's communities together."

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DEER HOOF UK TOUR
Following the release of 'Milk Man' back in May and their appearances at both ATP and The Spitz, San Francisco's finest, Deerhoof, return for a proper UK tour this month, dates as follows:

15 Aug: The Maze, Nottingham
16 Aug: Stereo, Glasgow
17 Aug: Brundell Social Club, Leess
18 Aug: ICA, London
19 Aug: Freebutt, Brighton
20 Aug: The Cube, Bristol

Press info from Hermana.

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50 CENT IN DA SIMPSONS
Bullet riddled rapper 50 Cent is to be the latest guest star in The Simpsons. He joins the likes of Paul McCartney, REM and Tony Blair in making cameos in the top rated cartoon. In an episode titled 'Pranksta Rap' Bart sneaks off to a 50 Cent gig without asking his parents. He then fakes his own kidnap to avoid getting into trouble with Homer and Marge. The episode will be aired in the next season of The Simpsons, the 16th season which will be shown in 2005.

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THE KILLERS TO BE TV STARS
Talking of TV appearances, CMU favourites the Killers are tipped to appear in hip teen drama 'The OC' (hey, another CMU favourite). The Las Vegas quartet have been asked by the programme makers to make a cameo, though when it will air over here is anyone's guess - given that Channel 4 likes to stick a couple of episodes on and then take the series off the air for THREE MONTHS.

Back to the Killers - and the band's London show at the Forum has changed dates. It was due to take place on 24 Aug, but will now take place the day before on 23 Aug. The last minute date shift is down to new international commitments - apparently the band are becoming just too popular. All tickets for the 24 Aug will, of course, be valid on 23 Aug.

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