CMU Daily - on the inside 8 Sep 2004
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Franz Ferdinand win Mercury Music Prize
- MOBOs withdraw nominations after OutRage campaign
- Snow Patrol flee hurricanes
- New Embrace album online
- U2 cover Kraftwerk
- Album Review: Aberfeldy - Young Forever
- Disney may have to sell trademarks in Lion King song case
- Jack White quashes split rumours
- Merry Xmas from Moz
- Giant Drag announce tour
- Twista injured in car crash
- The Decemberists tour
- Kinks celebrate 'You Really Got Me' anniversary
- Nine Black Alps release cosmopolitan
- Album Review: The Knife - Heartbeats
- Cake return
- Mylo kicks off his first UK tour
- Williams scared by bullets
- Manchester Evening News plan morning edition
- Harold Bishop to be a rap star


Wonders will never cease, CMU Daily's prediction to win the Mercury Music Prize actually won. And hurrah to that. With the equally deserving Ty never likely to leave with the top prize, there was surely no one more deserving of the overall Prize than Franz Ferdinand.

Telling the audience he was "truly gobsmacked - very chuffed and very honoured", Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos said: "This is coming in a year when we're surrounded by such fantastic bands. Everyone else deserves it more than we do. They reflect a trend in the UK at the moment for fantastic music so we're living in pretty good times at the moment."

Aside from a boost in record sales, the winning band are awarded a £20,000 prize. The band say they plan to use that money to set up a centre in Glasgow for young people looking to get started in the music industry. Kapranos added: "We're going to try to work out who deserves it more than us".

The win ends a good year for Franz Ferdinand who have enjoyed considerable success in the UK, the US and beyond. So much so the Mercury Music Prize was the second award they received in the same evening - they won the Band Of The Year title at an awards event run by GQ just a few hours earlier.


The campaign against allegedly homophobic dance hall stars, which is being run by gay rights groups like OutRage, scored something of a triumph this morning when organisers of the MOBO Awards announced they had withdrawn the nominations for Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, who were both up for best reggae single.

MOBO organisers have previously resisted calls by the likes of OutRage to ban the artists who, gay rights campaigners say, have incited violence against the gay community through their lyrics. However this morning MOBO said they had insisted both artists issue a written statement apologising for past homophobic lyrics. When they refused MOBO decided to withdraw their nominations.

A spokesman for the MOBO Academy told reporters: "The last thing MOBO want to do is encourage prejudice. MOBO have not yet received written apologies as previously promised. We have therefore alerted the MOBO Academy to this situation and a decision has been taken to withdraw the nominations for Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel. The MOBO Awards... do not condone music that clearly incites violence to gay and lesbian people nor do they advocate censorship of artistic expression."

OutRage! spokesman Brett Lock welcomed the decision, telling reporters: "The singers' refusal to apologise is indicative of their unrepentant violent homophobia. We applaud the decision of the MOBOs to drop these artists. Incitement to murder should never be rewarded."

With fellow dance hall star Beenie Man exiled from an MTV VMA show last month because of protests by Miami based gay rights groups, it is interesting to see where campaigners will turn their attention next, although major record labels who release these artists' music are likely to be primary targets. What the artists in question can do in order to satisfy the campaigners also remains to be seen.


Snow Patrol have pulled out of dates in America after being caught up in those tropical storms that recently battered Florida. According to the NME the extreme weather forced the band to flee to New York.
A source said: "Snow Patrol had to cancel the first three gigs of their tour in the US over the weekend because of the hurricanes in Florida. The gigs they missed were in Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Orlando. They were on the way there in the bus when things got quite hairy, trees were being blown over and telegraph poles were coming down!"

Then again, being based in Glasgow the Snow Patrol boys are surely used to some strong winds.


More from our increasingly busy Embrace news department. The band are giving fans the chance to download tracks from their new album a week before it's released. Starting yesterday, two tracks from album 'Out Of Nothing' will be made available each day via Oxfam's Big Noise Music web site ( The album is released on 13 Sep.


U2 have covered a Kraftwerk track for the b side of their new single 'Vertigo' - they have recorded a version of the electro pioneers' 'Neon Lights'. 'Vertigo', out on 8 Nov, will be the first single from the band's as-yet-untitled 11th album. The song was recorded at Hanover Keys studio in Dublin and produced by Steve Lillywhite. Other B-sides include new song 'Are You Gonna Wait Forever?', and a remix of the title track by Jack Knife Lee. The single will come out on two CDs and DVD single, featuring the video for the song.


ALBUM REVIEW: Aberfeldy - Young Forever (Rough Trade)
Abefeldy are not the kind of act you would normally associate with Rough Trade. The Edinburgh-based band are kooky somewhat twee folky types and their debut (which includes recent single 'Heliopolis By Night') is a laid back record, utilising traditional instruments, glockenspiel, fiddle, organ, mandolin, etc giving it an organic, pastoral feel. The gently lilting vocals and sweet melodies are charming, while the idiosyncratic lyrics about alien abductions and vegetarian restaurants give it a humorous modern edge. Aberfeldy are certainly making a very different sound to any of their contemporaries and they are all the more refreshing for that. JW
Release date: 30 Aug
Press contact: In House Press [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


The ongoing legal case in South Africa regarding the rights to the song 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' has taken an interesting turn.

As previously reported, the case centres on a claim by relatives of the late Solomon Linda, who penned the song which was later transformed into 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. They claim that, while Linda sold the rights to the song in 1939, the copyright law being used in South Africa at that time means the rights to the song reverted to his family 25 years after his death. If that was the case Linda's descendants are due some of the $1.6 million in royalties the song has earned since it was incorporated into Disney's global Lion King franchise.

Linda's family are targeting Disney directly over their royalties claim, and their legal people say the entertainment company should be forced to sell some of its 240 South African trademarks in order to settle with their clients. That might mean selling the Mickey Mouse trademark. Despite objections from Disney, a Pretoria court has now ruled that a forced trademark sale is still something that should be considered if the case goes in the Linda family's favour.

Adri Malan, spokeswoman for the family's lawyers, said of the latest ruling: "This means that Mickey Mouse is still in captivity."

However Disney, who say they are not liable because they paid in good faith the US agents of the South African company who bought the rights to the song back in 1939, would not comment directly on the latest ruling. Their spokeswoman, Joyce Lorigan, said the latest ruling was irrelevant: "The real issue in this lawsuit is whether Linda's estate or Abilene Music Publishing - who bought the rights to the song from Linda's wife - owns the copyright to The Lion Sleeps Tonight".


Jack White has dismissed those rumours doing the rounds post-Reading that the White Stripes are to split. He has told the NME that he and Meg are writing new material and may go into the studio as early as next month to start recording.

On the split rumours he said: "There's a lot of that going on but I don't know why that keeps coming up. There was a time when. it was The Beatles. 'How long will The Beatles last?'. John (Lennon) said 'I could be big headed and say it'll last ten years'. Well, we'll know when it's over. I don't think we're going to last ten years, I don't think Stripes will last 20 years. It's not that kind of a band where we have 5 or 6 guys, kick the bass player out and get a new member. It's only going to be me and her (Meg) in the band. At some point we'll stop, but we've no plans to now at all. I've got a lot of ideas for records for us coming up and the time off has been really re-inspiring."

White Stripes' next release will be their first DVD - 'White Stripes Under Blackpool Lights' - which is expected to be released around October time.


Christmas has come early for Morrissey fans. Moz has announced he is to play a huge London gig in December. He will play Earls' Court on 18 Dec. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (10 Sep)


Up and coming LA indie rockers Giant Drag have announced a tour in support of their debut 'Lemona' EP, out on 4 Oct. The band, who have already received favourable comparisons with Mazzy Star, the Breeders and My Bloody Valentine, will play the following debut UK dates with The Duke Spirit and Brendan Benson, plus a few shows of their own.

Dates as follows: (*= shows with The Duke Spirit #= shows with Brendan Benson)

15 Sept: Manchester Bierkeller *
16 Sep: Nottingham Social *
17 Sep: Leicester Sumo
18 Sep: Coventry Colosseum
21 Sep: London Buffalo Bar Artrocker
22 Sep: London Archway Tavern
26 Sep: Glasgow 13th Note #
27 Sep: London Borderline #
28 Sep: Cardiff Barfly *
29 Sep: London Kentish Town The Verge
1 Oct: Northampton Soundhaus *


Rapper Twista has survived a car crash in which a member of his security team died. The crash took place on Monday when the van Twista and his entourage were travelling in swerved across the Interstate 90 just outside Erie, Pennsylvania. Arthur Dixon, who headed up the rapper's security, died at Hamot Medical Center while Twista himself and five other people were injured. No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle.


Portland's The Decemberists bring their shanties about pirates, odes to obscure Brooklyn novelists, and their love song about ankles to the UK for a short tour. The band's album 'Your Majesty', recorded with producer/engineer Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Go-Betweens) at Portland's famed Type Foundry Studios is out on 18 Oct. It will be preceded by a single 'Billy Liar' on 11 Oct.

1 Oct: London, Water Rats
3 Oct: Birmingham, Academy
4 Oct: Brighton, Hanbury Ballroom
5 Oct: Bristol, Bonaventure
7 Oct: Nottingham, The Social
9 Oct: Glasgow, Nice n Sleazy


This week is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Kinks classic 'You Really Got Me' which, on 10 Sep 1964, hit the number one spot. The single is being re-released to celebrate the anniversary and it is expected to re-enter the chart this weekend - and hurrah to that. That said, with McFly and Brian McFadden (that's with an i) currently battling for the top spot, it is unlikely they'll repeat that number one this time round.


Manchester quartet Nine Black Alps will release their debut single Cosmopolitan on 18 Oct and are undertaking a major UK tour. A second single is then planned for Jan 2005 and they will be starting work on their debut album with Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, The Vines).

Tour dates as follows:

17 Sep: Sunderland, Voodoo Lounge @ Pure
18 Sep: Leeds, Rocket
19 Sep: Liverpool, Barfly
21 Sep: Stoke, Sugarmill
22 Sep: Cardiff, Barfly
23 Sep: Bath, Moles
24 Sep: Litchfield, Garrick
25 Sep: Coventry, Colosseum
27 Sep: Brighton, Freebutt
28 Sep: Peterborough, Metropolis Lounge
29 Sep: Nottingham, University
1 Oct: York, Fibbers
2 Oct: Middlesborough, Empire
4 Oct: Hull, Adelphi
5 Oct: Cambridge, Apu - University


ALBUM REVIEW: The Knife - Heartbeats (Rabid)
I don't normally do this, but I'm gonna make a wager that this will make a real dent on the chart, and if it doesn't, well, it should. Swedish duo Karin and Olof Dreijer have unsurprisingly become their country's hottest property - and with little wonder. 'Heartbeats' is a majestic synth-induced track, but forward thinking enough to get those indie revellers down on those dancefloors. Good gawd. YN
Release date: 20 Sep
Press contact: Darling [CP, RP. NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]


Quirky American band Cake are returning with a new album 'Pressure Chief' on 18 Oct and a live date at Shepherds Bush Empire on 12 Nov. It is the first new album in three years to be released by the multi platinum selling band. 'Pressure Chief was recorded entirely in a converted house in Cake's hometown of Sacramento rather than a studio. Trumpeter Vince DiFiore told reporters: "It's representative of the place we're from, a dry and dusty place." So now you know.


CMU favourites (and as far as we can make out, everyone's favourite) Mylo has announced his first UK live tour which kicks off at The Barfly in London on 9 Sep. For live shows Mylo - aka Myles MacInnes - (keys and guitar) is joined by Williams (synths and computers), Lewis Harley (bass) with visuals from the Phantom. Support on the tour will come from Freeform Five. Xfm's Remix night were turning people away in droves such was the demand to see Mylo last month - so get there early.

Tour dates as follows.

9 Sep: London - Barfly
12 Sep: Isle of Wight - Bestival
16 Sep: Bristol - Louisianna
17 Sep: Birmingham - Forme
18 Sep: Nottingham - Stealth
21 Sep: Leeds - HiFi Club
23 Sep: Dundee - The Westport Bar
24 Sep: Edinburgh - The Venue
26 Sep: Glasgow - KingTuts
27 Sep: Aberdeen - Lemon Tree
30 Sep: Oxford - Zodiac
1 Oct: Manchester - Tribal Gathering
2 Oct: Liverpool - Stanley Theatre
8 Oct: Brighton - Boutique
9 Oct: Cardiff Club I F bach

Following the tour Mylo releases his first full single 'Drop The Pressure' on 18 Oct.


Robbie Williams was scared for his safety after finding two bullet holes in a window of his London home. According to The Sun, the incident happened in 2002 after Williams signed that £30 million record deal. Williams wasn't in the house in Notting Hill when the shots were fired. It is thought that the incident may have led to him moving to Los Angeles to live.

A source said: "He was in London when the shooting happened and it really shook him up. He didn't say anything to those around him until a month later but privately he was completely freaked out. The more he thought about it the more he realised what a target he was. With a huge record deal behind him he was an easy mark for anyone wanting to make some money out of him. He had also had some nutty letters in his time and it crossed his mind that this could be an obsessed fan telling him to watch out. He joked that at least with all the photographers outside his house, if someone shot him they would probably be caught on film."

The property in Notting Hill is on the market for £7m.


Manchester's evening newspaper paper, the Manchester Evening News, is planning on launching a morning edition. It won't be a new title, simply a very early edition of the main paper (which they should perhaps start calling the Manchester not really in the Evening at all News).

The paper's editor, Paul Horrocks, told his staff the move, which will mean the paper is printed overnight for the first time, would enable it to improve its coverage of sports and entertainment: "It will help us with things like sport and concert reviews which we can't usually get in until the lunchtime edition - these will be in the first edition, which of course will benefit readers".

However, his staff don't seem too impressed by the decision, which they see as an attempt to enter a new market without paying staff any more money. Miles Barter, regional organiser for the National Union of Journalists, has told reporters there is "overwhelming support to try to resist the move" adding: "Members are not opposed to a new edition but if the company wants to expand they need to take on more staff and make sure they are properly paid. At a bare minimum they should take on more casual subs".


And, as they say, finally, the actor Ian Smith, who plays Harold Bishop in 'Neighbours', is to release a hip-hop record. According to The Sun he is determined to get a Christmas No1 in the UK charts. He said: "I'm working on a track called 'I Am Not A Pop Star'. It has a hip-hop feel. I go into the studio in a month. Hopefully I'll top the charts by the end of the year. I think it's a lot of fun and my mates are already calling me Puff Grandaddy".

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