CMU Daily - on the inside 12 Aug 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Case adjourned on flypost dispute
- New York Dolls honour commitments
- Warners recruit Liles
- Green Day on their American Idiot
- Gossip grows over post-merger executive rejig at Sony BMG
- Hot Hot Heat new album is really cool
- Album Review: Colour Of Fire - Pearl Necklace
- Creamfields hire the Glasto fence
- Waits is Real Gone
- Interpol play one-off
- Tonight Matthew, i've been inspired by...
- Hendrix memorabilia under the hammer
- Hundred Reasons to tour
- Kurt Cobain's last days filmed
- Shirley reveals cracks within garbage
- Studio fire destroys Black Eyed Peas' instruments
- The Streets dig Neighbours too
- Ed Harcourt tours for you
- Album Review: The Zillions - Play Zig Zag Zillionaire
- Pharrell is in fashion
- The Polyphonic Spree announce tour
- Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz engaged?
- Church rants about ex in pop track


No great move forward on the Camden Council v Diabolical Liberties court case. As previously reported, the former are trying to get anti-social behaviour orders issues against the latter for their role in coordinating flyposting campaigns. Both sides were in court in London yesterday with Diabolical Liberties trying to convince the magistrate that Camden had not gone through the right procedures prior to applying for the ABSOs and therefore the whole thing should be chucked out of court. On that point the court did not agree with the ambient marketing firm. However the court's opinion on everything else was never revealed because time ran out. The whole hearing will now resume on 17 Sep. Diabolical Liberties are still pushing for Camden to consider the 'legal flyposting site' scheme being put forward by City Centre Posters.


New York Dolls frontman David Johansen has told reporters his band will fulfil all upcoming tour commitments despite the recent death of bassist Arthur Kane. Having reunited for Morrissey's Meltdown Festival in London back in Jun, the band are also set to play a number of other festivals, including Belfast's Vital Festival on 25 Aug and the Reading and Leeds Festivals on 28 and 29 Aug.

The sudden death of bassist Arthur Kane so soon after the reunion led to speculation as to whether the band would wish to play those other dates. However Johansen told the New York Times this week the planned dates would go ahead with a replacement bass player, although no decision had been made regarding the long term future of the reformed band.

Johansen: "We don't have any long-term plans or anything. We're honouring our commitments, and that's as far as we have any idea about. We've never had any kind of Maoist five-year plan anyway, nor have I with anything I've done. Everything I've done I've just fallen into. Most bands are commercial enterprises. But I'm not in one of those bands."


As expected, former Def Jam Records President Kevin Liles has followed his former Universal boss Lyor Cohen and joined the Warner Music Group. Liles quit his Def Jam job last month, and confirmed yesterday that he had accepted an executive vice president job at Warner, reported to Cohen.

Liles main job at Warner will be to develop new joint venture record labels akin to Roc-A-Fella, the JV with Jay Z and Damon Dash which Liles oversaw while at Def Jam. Warner Music recognises that joint ventures of this kind are a good way to attract and secure high profile artists who have bigger ambitions than just producing music.


With more and more artists now falling into the 'get that man out of the White House' camp, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, a band who have always been clear on their political position, has been talking about their new single 'American Idiot' which asks: "Can you hear the sound of hysteria / The subliminal mindfuck America?"

Armstrong: "'American Idiot' is just about the confusion in what's going on today, whether it's the non-reality of reality television or what you see on CNN. It's about what kind of fears are being imposed on me as a watcher of all this stuff, and just feeling completely confused and alienated."

As for the title, which some see as a dig at 'American Idol', Armstrong says he just likes the word 'idiot'! Armstrong: "It's part of my self-deprecating sense of humor. Years ago I had this T-shirt I would wear and I wrote 'idiot' and pointed an arrow right up to my face. Idiot - it's just a great word."

'American Idiot' will be released in Sep.


Much gossip at Sony BMG as the company prepares for post-merger restructuring at the top level. Word is that Michele Anthony and Keith Estabrook, respectively Sony's Executive Vice President and Senior VP Corporate Communications, will both win powerful positions at the newly merged major.

Meanwhile gossipers say that Sony international chiefs Robert Bowlin and Rock Dobbis, and BMG corporate PR boss Patrick Reilly, will not have roles in the new executive team - despite Dobbis being a good friend of Sony boss Andrew Lack.

Rumours are also still rife that Lack is looking to recruit former Warner chief Roger Ames, most probably for a senior international post. Those rumours entered new territories this week with a report in the New York Post suggesting that Lack might not just be looking for a globally focused VP in Ames, but for a possible replacement.

That set of rumours suggest that Lack is being prepared for promotion to take over the reigns of parent company Sony US when current chief Howard Stringer retires. Gossipers reckon Lack wants Ames on board so he is ready take over the running of Sony BMG if and when that promotion takes place.


Canadian indie rockers Hot Hot Heat have begun recording their new album with producer Dave Sardy in LA, having selected 12 prospective tracks out of 25 demos. Writing on the band's website frontman Steve Bays explains: "Now that we've laid the foundation of the recording, we're beginning to hear how the album is going to sound and it's really cool to hear the efforts of the last six months finally come into fruition. We had a guy known as the 'Drum Doctor' working on the drum sound with us who was incredible. He gave us 'The Terminator' (the snare he also used there for Nirvana's 'Nevermind') for a few songs."

Giving his take on how the new album - due for release in Nov or Jan - will compare to the highly successful 'Make Up The Breakdown', Bays continued: "It's starting to feel like it's going to be a way bigger leap from 'Make Up the Breakdown' than we had anticipated."


ALBUM REVIEW: Colour Of Fire - Pearl Necklace (Riverman)
Every now and again, it's nice to be proven wrong. I didn't think I would like York's Colour Of Fire - while they might be able to draw in the odd-14 year old Kerrang! reader, I wasn't convinced they'd be my cup of tea. But the thing is this - this trio, who've toured with the likes of Placebo and the god-awful Silverchair, are not all that bad really. In fact, they're quite good. 'Robot Rock' kicks off proceedings with a belting, unyielding force that blows the minds of those who undermine it, while previous EP offering 'The Exile' is another example of a two-dimensional full-blown assault with the intent of making waves across the alt.metal spectrum. Predictable it might be, but achieved with a panache that not many can pull off. Cunning. YN
Release date: 9 Aug
Press: Riverman IH [CP, RP, NP], Anglo Plugging [CR, NR, RR]


As part of the security plans for this year's Creamfields, the Cream team have announced they have hired the Glastonbury Festival's legendary Super Fortress Fence to prevent non-ticket holders from gaining access to the site. The introduction of the fence comes on top of extra stewards and ticket checks to ensure the festival - who have had very few troubles over the years - is one of the safest yet.

Festival Director Jim King told CMU yesterday: "We are aware that improved security was needed at the event and the measures introduced last year resulted in a significant reduction in crime and resulted in arguably the best Creamfields ever. This year we have managed to secure the Glastonbury super fortress fence to cover over one third of the overall perimeter. The benefit that this fence has had for Glastonbury is well documented and we are convinced that it will play a major role in keeping unwanted fence jumpers out of the site, helping to improve the festival even further.

Geoff Gorringe of the company who own the fence used by Glasto added: "Following on from the continued success of Eve Trackways Super Fortress Fence at this year's Glastonbury Festival we have decided that it would be the best product to protect the most vulnerable parts of the Creamfields perimeter. Having kept unwanted fence jumpers out at numerous festivals over the last few years the Super Fence has managed to be breached only The S.A.S".


Tom Waits is planning to play live in the UK for the first time since 1987 to promote new album 'Real Gone'. According to the NME he will tour the UK later this year following the release of the new album on 4 Oct.

The new album is sounding a little different to what you might expect from Tom Waits. Instead of playing his trademark piano the veteran songwriter utilises "cubist funk" and "vocal mouth percussion" on the new record.

Waits: "'Real Gone' is an electric pill box... a homogeneous concoction of mood elevators, mind liberators and downers, an alchemical universe of rattling chains, oscillating rhythms and nine-pound hammers."


Super cool New Yorkers Interpol are to preview songs from their upcoming second album at a one-off gig in London next month. The band play the Scala on 14 Sep. Tickets go on sale this Friday (13 Aug) at 9am. The new album entitled 'Antics' is released on 27 Sep preceded by the single, 'Slow Hands' on 13 Sep.


Organisers of Rizla's 'Inspired-By' programme have announced details of some exciting sounding gigs for the Autumn. Inspired-By, as the name might just suggest, is a programme of events where artists get to pay tribute to or perform with other artists who inspire them. The whole thing kicked off back in June with gigs in Brighton and Cardiff where The Stands and I AM KLOOT performed acoustic sets featuring covers of the songs that have inspired their careers.

New events just confirmed include a gig at Belfast's Empire on 9 Sep where Razorlight will perform alongside new bands that inspire them. Then ex-Specials member Terry Hall will play with the very excellent Dub Pistols at the Glasgow Barfly on 30 Sep and 1 Oct to celebrate the recent 'mutual admiration' collaboration on the album 'Six Million Ways To Live'.

Other gigs will follow in Oct with the Goldie Lookin Chain, Roni Size, Goldie and legendary beatboxer Rahzel among those due to play. Full details at, press info from Exposure on 020 7907 7130.


Around 20,000 items of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia are to be sold at what has
been dubbed the world's biggest rock auction. According to the BBC, a portion of the £15m collection will be on show at the re-launched Marquee in London from 9 Sep. An auction will then be held in early 2005, after which another set of items will be put on display.

The collection, originally built up by an American Hendrix fan, includes tapes of early versions of the legendary musicians songs, hours of unseen video footage, contracts and poems. Also in the collection is a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar scratched by Hendrix's rings which is expected to fetch £250,000, while a Cherokee Indian jacket, reflecting Hendrix's roots, is thought to be worth £30,000.

The exhibition will be part of the launch proceedings for the new Marquee club which, as previously reported, will be set up on Leicester Square in what was until recently Home. Hendrix played at the Marquee back in its heyday when the club was based in nearby Wardour Street.


Hundred Reasons - who will play at the Reading / Leeds festival later this month - have announced a major UK tour in for Nov. Dates as follows:

3 Nov: Bristol Fleece
4 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
5 Nov: Leicester Charlotte
6 Nov: Liverpool Carling Academy
8 Nov: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
9 Nov: Edinburgh The Venue
10 Nov: Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
11 Nov: Newcastle Northumbria University
12 Nov: Leeds Cockpit
14 Nov: Manchester Carling Academy
15 Nov: Brighton Concorde
17 Nov: London Electric Ballroom
19 Nov: Oxford Zodiac
20 Nov: Reading Fez Club
22 Nov: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
23 Nov: Exeter Lemon Grove
25 Nov: Cardiff Coal Exchange
26 Nov: Milton Keynes Woughton Centre


Director Gus Van Sant has been talking about his next film 'Last Days' which has been inspired by Kurt Cobain's final days.

Van Sant told reporters earlier this week: "There are a lot of hypotheses about what happened, but I don't know of any full eyewitness account, just tiny momentary ones. Everyone has a different opinion, but there's not one true, authoritative account. He was just kind of missing".


Garbage singer Shirley Manson has admitted that she thought Garbage might split during the recording of their fourth album. The album, the follow-up to 2001's 'Beautifulgarbage', was due in Feb but it still has no firm release date.

Writing on the band's website Manson says: "Christ, did things take a weird turn back in October? I seriously thought we were through. Oh how I wish I could spill all the beans here but certain members of the band would never forgive me if I washed my dirty laundry in public so I will just have to save it for my memoirs... ha ha ha haaa. But, suffice to say, it got pretty rowdy in garbageland for a while. I must confess, I loved the drama of it all. I get bored when things stagnate".


A fire broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning at the studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording their new album after band members forgot to blow out some candles when leaving the previous day. Initial estimates are that $500,000 in gear and instruments were destroyed. Talking to a local TV station Black Eyed Peas member Will I Am said: "Guitars, drums, drum kits, keyboards, microphones, classic instruments that we've collected with our worldly travels are now destroyed".


Following that admission by Keane that their first port of call on arriving in Melbourne was the Neighbours set, now The Streets' Mike Skinner has told reporters how star struck he was when he met Neighbours actor Ryan Moloney, who plays Toadfish.

Having also done the Neighbours tour in Melbourne last week, Skinner says: "I met Toadfish. That was quite strange. I couldn't stop laughing because I was actually quite star struck. I've met a lot of famous people, but I was quite embarrassed when I met Toadfish."


Acclaimed singer songwriter Ed Harcourt returns with a new album, single and tour. The single 'This One's For You' is released on 30 Aug, and will be followed a few weeks later on 13 Sep with his third full album, 'Strangers'. Tour dates to promote the releases are as follows:

11 Aug: Norwich Arts Centre
13 Aug: Brighton Komedia
14 Aug: Sheffield Leadmill
15 Aug: Leicester Summer Sundae Festival
16 Aug: Manchester Late Room
17 Aug: London Dingwalls
18 Aug: Bristol St Bonaventure
19 Aug: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms


ALBUM REVIEW: The Zillions - Play Zig Zag Zillionaire (Music For Ears/679 Recordings)
Australia is the new Scotland, mate. This six-track debut release is the happiest and sweetest pop music made since Travis went heavy on our arses. One is reminded of Teenage Fanclub at their best, yet on the obvious summer hit 'Step Into The Sun', The Zillions do something the Fannies never dared: build the song around a killer guitar riff, so unashamedly pop and mainstream it almost hurts, it's that good. The rest of the album is more experimental, but always cute. 'Saturday's Child' stands out, being close to Crowded House in its delirious pop bliss. Quite how anyone could dislike Crowded House has always been beyond me, but I know there are people who do, and for those of you: it also evokes The Stranglers' 'Golden Brown'. A perfect summer player, warm and rewarding. And there's even a song about the rain to soften the geographical shift. SIA
Release date: 9 Aug
Press contact: Hyperlaunch [all]


N*E*R*D* frontman and producer Pharrell Williams has been talking about the 'Ice Cream' shoe collection he has designed for Reebok. The $200 trainers are decorated with images of diamonds, dollar bills, radios, dice, pagers and rolls of bank notes and come in an ice cream carton-style box. Nice. Williams explains: "The Ice Cream collection is everything the sneaker enthusiast desires - it is fashionable, aspirational and, most of all, it is limited."

Williams has also designed a range of hats, t-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts for Reebok's 'Billionaire Boys Club' range. On those he said: "When I set out to create Billionaire Boys Club, my goal was to put together something for the consumer that is always well dressed but never loses his individual spirit. Billionaire Boys Club is a collection of sexy, grown-up apparel for a truly unique lifestyle and state of mind."


The long robed wearing Polyphonic Spree have announced details of a UK tour in the autumn. All local airports have been told to be wary of rogue radio mics. Tour dates are:

30 Oct: Liverpool University
31 Oct: Sheffield Leadmill
1 Nov: Glasgow QMU
2 Nov: Birmingham Carling Academy
4 Nov: Manchester Academy
5 Nov: Bristol Carling Academy
6 Nov: London Astoria


According to the ever reliable Daily Star, Justin Timberlake has proposed to Cameron Diaz. The paper says that Justin bought a ring from Tiffany's before asking Cameron's parents' permission. Apparently the singer went down on one knee to propose to his film star girlfriend in the traditional manner. The couple have been together for a year and are planning a discrete wedding.


Charlotte Church has opted for some lyrical therapy in order to get over her acrimonious break up with former boyfriend, DJ Steven Johnson. She has penned a new song called 'Casualty Of Love' for her forthcoming pop album, in which she slags off her ex, claiming she never really loved him.

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