CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 5th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Public funeral planned for John Peel
- Jacko judge says Sneddon can stay
- Oslo police investigate hip hopster's anti-Bush site
- One month wait on whether RAJAR dispute can go to courts
- Kate Moss interested in joining Band Aid
- Movie industry start action against downloaders
- Madonna builds home studio
- BBC publish latest complaints report
- Jazz Aid in the pipeline
- Elton working on sitcom about aging rocker
- Yoko Ono tops US dance chart
- Sony warn retailers of Dual Disc problems
- Tokyo Dragons dates
- Microsoft expand MSN Music across Europe
- Detroit Cobras tour
- Drag pictures among stuff stolen from Will
- Ryan responds to Robbie's comments



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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Southport Weekender 35
Good old Pontins in Southport houses this mega three day event, which has been going for no less than 17 years. Live In Concert this time round are Brand New Heavies, Bah Samba, Tortured Soul, Loose Ends, Nu Life, and up and comer Estelle. DJ wise you're talking something of a hall of fame with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Kerri Chandler, Gilles Peterson, Frankie Feliciano, Jazzanova, Matthias Matty‚ Heilbronn, Steve Sutherland, Dego (4Hero), Norman Jay, Theo Parrish, Rainer Truby, Shortee Blitz, Aaron Ross, Benji B, the one and only Bob Jones, The Starlight Crew, DJ Swerve, Snowboy, Tim Westwood, Danny Krivit, Martin Solveig, Steve Butler, Kev Beadle, and Terry Jones to name but a few. Surely the line up speaks for itself - though if, like me, you're on the South coast you'll have to set of now!!

Friday 5, Saturday 6 Sunday 7 Nov, Pontins Holiday Centre, Shore Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2PZ. £105 and bf. Info, press info from Favouritism 020 7228 2717

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: First Sunday
If you're more M25 based and not quite committed enough to head for the North West coast (ironically I will be very much on the North West coast this weekend, though more family christening than storming dance fest), then put this one in your diary - the daytime club with movies, gaming, good food and even better music. DJs wise this month it's Johnny Le Page, DJ Fraggle and resident Eddy TM. On the gaming front EA Games are supplying Need For Speed Underground 2 and FIFA 2005. Go see.

Sunday 7 Nov, Wesbourne Studios, Acklam Road, £5 (kids are free), press info from


Fans of John Peel will be able to pay their final respects at a public funeral to be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, next Friday, 12 Nov. The public ceremony will be followed by a private service for family and friends of the late great DJ. Peel's body was flown back to the UK last Monday night - he died, of course, of a heart attack while on holiday in Peru with his wife Sheila.

Given that every radio station in the country will be rightly adhering to a minutes silence at 11am the previous day, it being Remembrance Day, perhaps every radio station should commit to play the Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' at 11am on Friday. Followed by some weird track you've never heard of, preferably played at the wrong speed.


The judge overseeing the increasingly tedious Michael Jackson child abuse case has ruled that District Attorney Tom Sneddon can continue to lead the prosecution. As previously reported, Jacko's legal people claimed Sneddon had a personal vendetta against their client relating to his unsuccessful attempts to prosecute the singer for alleged child abuse back in 1993. So strong is that vendetta, they claimed, that he was not suitable to lead to case for the prosecution.

With California's Attorney General giving his backing to Sneddon earlier this week, Judge Rodney Melville yesterday confirmed there were no grounds for taking the District Attorney off the case. He said he could only remove Sneddon "if a conflict existed where the defendant could not receive a fair trial." He said no such conflict existed, adding: "I believe he has not been excessively zealous and has not threatened the integrity of the case to this point".


Oslo police have forced a website run by Norwegian rap group Gatas Parlament to close after complaints from the American Embassy there. The anti-Bush site had the URL and argued the case for shooting the re-elected American president, urging readers to pay money towards a bounty on his head. Washington's embassy in Oslo reported it to local police accusing the hip hop group of inciting violence against their president. Having closed the site down Norwegian authorities are now investigating the website further and will decide whether or not to press charges against the group.

The group maintain the website was satirical. One Gatas Parlament member - Aslak Borgersund - told a Norwegian newspaper it was "pretty obvious to everyone who does not work for the American embassy or the police that this wasn't about killing anyone".


High court judge Mr Justice Lloyd has said it will take him a month to decide whether or not TalkSport boss Kelvin MacKenzie can take radio ratings company RAJAR to court. As previously reported, MacKenzie is suing RAJAR on the grounds that their refusal to adopt a technology based system for measuring radio listening figures detrimentally affects his station's ratings, and therefore his advertising income. Mr Justice Lloyd this week listened to submissions from both sides in the dispute, and will now decide whether or not MacKenzie has a case - but that decision won't be forthcoming until early next month.

Lloyd told the disputing parties yesterday: "I shall take some time to consider your respective submissions. I shall be out of London for three weeks, so I will not be in a position to make a judgment until December".


The latest word on the Band Aid III project is that Kate Moss has approached Midge Ure about getting involved - most probably singing some backing vocals on the project. No word yet on Ure's response to the offer. As previously reported, the reworking of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is due to be recorded in London on 14 Nov.


The Movie Picture Association of America is following its music industry counterpart, the RIAA, by beginning legal action against individuals who share movie files over the internet. Word is the MPAA are in the process of suing 200 suspected movie downloaders. The legal action is being funded by a number of major studios who feel it is right to tackle the problem of movie sharing online now before it becomes as prevalent as music file sharing. However, some studios are not participating in the legal campaign, fearing the bad PR targeting individual consumers may bring.


Madonna is reportedly building a recording studio at her British country estate in Wiltshire, apparently so she can spend more time at the house. Presumably so she can personally manage keeping those pesky ramblers off her land.


One of our favourite regular publications - the BBC's quarterly complaints bulletin - is out again.

Among the viewer / listener complaints upheld this time round were those against comments made by Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy who was openly critical of Tony Blair on health, transport and Iraq issues (not difficult, of course) and who suggested it would be better if Saddam Hussein were to commit suicide rather than face trial. "The comment, made during the review of the morning papers, was an inappropriate expression of a personal view on a topic of controversy," the report says. "The head of programmes, Radio 2, discussed the finding with Sarah Kennedy and reminded her of the principles which apply to the treatment of controversial topics. The programme team was instructed to be alert to potentially controversial stories in advance of transmission."

Elsewhere Dominic Wood, the Dom of Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow, was censured for wearing a t shirt with the phrase "Morning Wood" written on it. The report reckons: "The phrase was a double entendre which appeared to have been intentional. Though its sexual sense was highly unlikely to have been apparent to the programme's target audience of children between the ages of eight and 12, it was not in keeping with the standards which parent and careers are entitled to expect BBC children's programmes to observe." Quite right too - and why is that show so popular?

A complaint was also upheld against Mr Bill Oddie, just because he said, during an episode of BBC2's Britain Goes Wild show, that he would vote against Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral elections because of hostile comments he made about pigeons. The BBC does not exist, it seems, to speak out in support of pigeons.

The report also admitted the BBC made mistakes during its coverage of Royal Ascot when the presenters made "insensitive comments about transvestite racegoers", and also apologised for an edition of the breakfast show on BBC Radio WM when a listener's text message was read out describing Sir Cliff Richard as a "nauseous, self obsessed poof".


While the pop world gets together for Band Aid, the jazz community is being sounded out about Jazz Aid, a charity single being organised by a jazz venue in Lincolnshire called The Sands. Dennis Rollins, a celebrated member of the British and international jazz scene, is already on board and Cleo Laine, Courtney Pine, Claire Martin, Acker Bilk and Ian Shaw are among those being approached to take part in the charity project, which will raise funds for Cancer Research UK. More info on the project from Peter Swann at


Elton John is developing a new US comedy series about an ageing rock superstar and the people around him - but assures us that it is not autobiographical. Elton explains: "It's not about me, but about everybody we've encountered over the past 30 years. We've met every star and seen every misbehaviour. And it's about the people around the star, who have to put up with them. It's an upmarket 'Spinal Tap.'"


Yoko Ono is at the top of the US dance chart with a reworking of the track 'Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him', which originally appeared on the Ono / Lennon album 'Milk and Honey'. There are two versions of the song - 'Every Man Has A Man Who Loves Him' and 'Every Woman Has A Woman Who Loves Her' - recorded in support of the gay marriage campaign in the US. The tracks were remixed by Basement Jaxx.


With the first Dual Disc releases now on the market, Sony Electronics in the US yesterday alerted their retailers of the limitations of the new format. Dual Discs are a compact disc which acts as an audio CD on one side, and as DVD on the other. The new technology has been pioneered by Warner Music, and they and independent label Silverline Records have already released a handful of titles using the format. All other major labels, including Sony, are expected to follow suit in the next few months.

However Sony Electronics remain cautious of the new technology, telling their retailers this week: "As you are no doubt aware, the music industry is on the verge of launching a new two sided media product called Dual Disc. The audio side of this new media does not meet the technical specifications to be called an Audio Compact Disc. The DVD video content on the DVD side of the Dual Disc should play on, and be compatible with, Sony DVD players and DVD drives. However, Sony DVD players and drives do not support DVD Audio and these devices will not play the DVD Audio formatted content offered on the DVD side of a Dual Disc but should play all other audio content offered on the DVD side. In addition, since the audio side of the Dual Disc does not comply with Audio Compact Disc specifications, it may not be read by Sony DVD and CD players and drives. In an effort to inform consumers, Sony Electronics will be placing stickers on some of our products in the future alerting consumers to these potential compatibility issues"

The people behind the Dual Disc are playing down the compatibility issues, confident the number of players unable to play the discs will be relatively low. However early reports suggest there are some problems across the board with a number of PCs, car systems, CD and DVD players struggling with the new format. If the format does prove difficult as it rolls out some artists may choose to release albums with a separate CD and DVD disc in the same box, rather than going for the 'two discs in one' option.


Well, Gill likes them, and he's had quite a good run of tipping the next big thing recently (which probably means he's due to make a really bad prediction, but whatever...). Anyway, Gill appointed CMU favourites Tokyo Dragons have confirmed a string of live dates, most supporting Therapy? on their UK tour. Dates as follows:

9 Nov: London, Metro (*supporting Steriogram)
10 Nov: London, Telegraph (*Headline with Sludgefeast)
24 Nov: Norwich, Waterfront
25 Nov: Manchester, Hop & Grape
26 Nov: Sheffield, Leadmill
27 Nov: Aberdeen, Moshulu
28 Nov: Glasgow, Garage
29 Nov: Leeds, Cockpit
1 Dec: London, Astoria
2 Dec: Oxford, Zodiac
3 Dec: Reading , Fez
4 Dec: Leeds, The Faversham (*Headline)
5 Dec: Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
7 Dec: Belfast, Mandela Hall
8 Dec: Dublin, Ambassador
10 Dec: Briton Ferry, Rugby Club, Neath, South Wales (*Headline)

The Dragons will release a new single - 'What The Hell' - on Island Records next Feb, preceding the band's debut album. Press info from Triad.


Microsoft has launched its music platform, MSN Music, in eight more European countries - Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. The expansion will see Microsoft step up its fight against Apple who still dominate the legitimate download market with their iTunes service and iPod music players.

Micosoft's European service is actually more expensive than iTunes - Apple charges 0.99 Euros per track, where as MSN Music charges between 0.99 and 1.29 Euros. However Microsoft hope that the fact their service is compatible with more portable music players will help them achieve competitive advantage in the download space.

MSN's European expansion follows a similar move by Apple last week - they launched iTunes in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.


The Detroit Cobras have confirmed five live dates - well worth checking out:

21 Nov: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
22 Nov: Manchester Roadhouse
23 Nov: Glasgow King Tuts
24 Nov: Leeds Cockpit
25 Nov: London Electric Ballroom


According to the Sun, pictures of Will Young dressed in drag were among the items stolen from his London flat this week. The burglars also took "thousands of pounds worth of designer suits" and a laptop computer containing lyrics to a number of new songs the star has been working on.

A friend of Young told the paper: "It makes Will sick to the stomach. The laptop contains songs for a forthcoming album. The big fear is that they will fall into the wrong hands. Songs like these could be worth thousands of pounds to unscrupulous people." Presumably they mean someone with musical taste would pay a large some of money to have the hard drive wiped.

The burglars seemingly dumped the drag pictures while fleeing the scene - they were found by two men who were themselves arrested after they tried to sell the photos on.


Blue's Lee Ryan has responded to comments made by Robbie Williams in which he described the Blue boy as looking like a gay sexline operator "like one of those adverts you get at the back of magazines, the ones with the guys in soccer strips you can phone up and listen to them having a wank."

Asked about the comments on MTV's TRL show, Ryan said: "Robbie is a nice bloke, isn't he. It's a compliment, really, it's great, it's cool."

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