CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 11th February

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Razorlight reschedule cancelled dates
- Jacko juror responses revealed
- Charlie didn't anticipate the Busted pop machine
- Congress pass fine increases for indecent broadcasting
- BBC likely to get at least ten more years of licence fees
- Another storming line up for Teenage Cancer Trust benefits
- Bands get all collaborative for NME Awards Tour finale
- Yourcodenameis:Milo album due
- Single Review: The House Of Love - Love You Too Much
- Former Sony man in talks with Outside
- Morrissey fans petition for him to return to Manchester
- Motley Crue man sued by ex-girlfriend
- Bids stack up for Manchester licence
- GWR launch kids station
- Punk mash ups album in the pipeline
- Album Review: Various - 12"/80s
- Stars perform for Tibet appeal
- SMG turn down second 3i offer for Virgin Radio
- New book to dish dirt on Whitney and Bobby
- Statue in Potteries town inspired Angels
- Elton painted onto AirTran planes

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VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: New Century Soul Club & Soulvation @ Victory Services Club
A little bit different this week and a bit of diversity as North meets South at the brand new soul night from Northern soul promoters New Century Soul Club and the Soulvation people which promises to deliver some rare and hopefully good soul music from Northern, 6 T's, Modern and Rare Soul domains, all hosted at this servicemen's club. DJs on the bill include: Ady Croasdell, Modern Soul guru Terry Jones, Soulvation's Neil Rushton (from Susu and old Network Records boss), London DJ Marco Santucci and That Girl Lynn. Visuals from Soulvation crew.

Friday 11 Feb, Victory Services Club, Carisbrooke Hall, 63-79 Seymour Street, London, W2 (off Edgeware Road), 8pm till 1am, £10, info 07989 415991 or http://www.newcenturysoul.co.uk/

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vigsy@unlimitedmedia.co.uk with the date of your club event in the header.

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RAZORLIGHT RESCHEDULE CANCELLED DATES
Razorlight have denied rumours that they might split after frontman Johnny Borrell's ill health caused them to cancel both US and UK tour dates. Talking to the NME, the band's drummer Andy Burrows admitted that the last few weeks had been "stressful" but confirmed that Borrell, who has been suffering from a laryngitis type infection, looks set to make a full recovery and that the band will be back on tour soon.

Burrows: "It's the best time ever. We've got a lot to look forward to. It was just a stressful final week of the tour. And for that reason alone it's good we've got some time off. It was pretty heavy for that last week, mainly because Johnny was struggling because he was losing his voice. It was stressful for everybody, we were trying to support him on one hand but at the same time we didn't know if we should continue with the gigs. We're so sorry. We're all devastated that we had to postpone these gigs and we hope that everyone who bought tickets can make it to the rescheduled shows. We promise it will be worth it. But definitely, definitely no, we're not splitting up. All of us are excited about getting on with it."

Just to prove those sentiments the band have announced replacement dates for the UK gigs they had to cancel, and have even added two extra dates to that tour for good measure. Tickets for cancelled gigs will be valid for the replacement dates - anyone with tickets now unable to attend are encouraged to approach their ticket agents asap for a refund.

13 Mar: Manchester Apollo (replaces 4 Feb)
14 Mar: Manchester Apollo (replaces 5 Feb)
16 Mar: Glasgow Academy (replaces 6 Feb)
17 Mar: Glasgow Academy (replaces 7 Feb)
19 Mar: Blackpool Empress Ballroom
20 Mar: Wolverhampton Civic Centre
23 Mar: London Alexandra Palace (replaces 11 Feb)
24 Mar: London Alexandra Palace (replaces 12 Feb)

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JACKO JUROR RESPONSES REVEALED
So, you pick 750 people at random as possible jurors in the Michael Jackson case, and it transpires 1 in 7 of them have friends or family who know Jackson personally? One possible juror had a son who had worked at the Neverland ranch and another who had visited to just "hang out". Another said her disabled daughter had visited Neverland with her school. And another said he was "personal friends" with Jackson's uncle.

These are some of the revelations that have come out after the judge overseeing the Jacko trial agreed to allow media organisations to see the completed questionnaires each possible juror had to fill out as part of the vetting process. The questionnaire included questions on any personal experience of sexual abuse, connections with Jackson and his family and possible racial bias. Potential jurors were also asked if they had seen "a lot" of media coverage of the investigation into the latest allegations against Jacko - to which 9 out of 10 potential jurors said "yes".

Officials and representatives and the prosecution and defence are expected to meet again on Monday in an attempt to select a final jury for Jacko's court case.

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CHARLIE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THE BUSTED POP MACHINE
Charlie Simpson has been talking a little more about his decision to quit Busted to concentrate on his new band Fightstar. He says the success of Busted came as a big surprise, and that after three years he became tired of being part of Universal Record's pop machine.

Simpson: "I was in London and an opportunity came up. At the time, when Blink 182 and Green Day broke and the whole pop-punk thing went really big and I just thought, 'It's better than being at school,' so I gave it a go. And it ended up being this massive thing and I was like, 'Oh shit!' When I joined it was three songwriters writing music for a laugh. And then it got put into this machine that was Universal and came out as a big-branded thing. It was a fun three years and it just came to the point where I wanted something that my heart was in."

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CONGRESS PASS FINE INCREASES FOR INDECENT BROADCASTING
The US Congress' House Energy and Commerce Committee have backed those previously reported plans to increase the fines media regulator the FCC is able to inflict on US TV networks who are guilty of "indecency infractions". The committee voted 46 to 2 to increase the maximum fine for such indecency from $32,500 to a really rather hefty $500,000.

That doesn't mean, however, that that increase will come into effect straight away. Both Senate and the House of Representatives have backed slightly different versions of this measure, meaning the two versions will have to be merged into one before they can get the final sign off from Georgie Boy Bush. The House's version also gives the FCC the right to revoke a broadcasters license if they are guilty of three indecency violations - whether that makes it through to the final regulations remains to be seen.

But either way, increase in the powers of the FCC on this matter is a foregone conclusion. Whatever happened to evil media moguls exercising their sinister powers over politicians to stop this kind of thing?

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BBC LIKELY TO GET AT LEAST TEN MORE YEARS OF LICENCE FEES
Talking of politicians meddling with the media, and sources at Whitehall have said the review of the BBC's Royal Charter will safeguard the TV licence for at least ten years, although a review of the level of the fee will be undertaken in five years - a move that aims to appease the anti-licence fee lobby who argue a compulsory licence will be untenable once we all have multi-channel TV.

That Charter review will also make a decision regarding the future of the BBC's Board Of Governors, which one recent report said should be scrapped to be replaced by an independent regulator. The Culture Secretary and BBC Chairman are both against that idea, arguing it will only lead to increased bureaucracy costs, although there are still reportedly a number of key figures in Whitehall still pushing for the Governors to be axed.

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ANOTHER STORMING LINE UP FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST BENEFITS
The fifth year of the Roger Daltrey organised Teenage Cancer Trust concerts will take place at the Royal Albert Hall from 4-8 Apr and once again there's a pretty damn fine line up - as follows:

4 Apr: Gibson Guitar Night with Robert Plant and special guests
5 Apr: Franz Ferdinand, Graham Coxon and Kaiser Chiefs
6 Apr: Comedy Night hosted by Peter Kay with many special guests
7 Apr: Keane and special guests
8 Apr: UB40 and Guests including Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey

Announcing this year's line up, Roger Daltrey told CMU: "Every year we try to make these concerts a uniquely amazing experience for the audiences and for the artists who give up their time and energy for the Trust. But the true purpose of these shows is to raise awareness of this very special charity which makes a real difference to thousands of teenagers across the UK. We all know that without teenagers, without their energy and their passion for music, we wouldn't have rock and roll as we know it.I'm really looking forward to seeing Franz Ferdinand, one of the most exciting live bands in the country, fresh from their triumph at the Brit Awards."

Fellow organiser Harvey Goldsmith CBE added: "I am pleased to present another amazing year of shows in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. We are incredibly grateful to the artists for giving up their time to make the shows so successful. I am proud to be associated to TCT and the work they do."

Tickets are on sale now - press info from Anglo.

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BANDS GET ALL COLLABORATIVE FOR NME AWARDS TOUR FINALE
There was a bit of inter-band harmony at the finale of the NME Awards Tour on Wednesday night as all four bands - The Killers, Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Kaiser Chiefs - ploughed on stage for a finale rendition of the former's track 'All These Things That I've Done'. According to the NME the other three bands joined in, before all band members walked to the front of the stage to take a bow.

Bloc Party's Russell Lissack told the NME: "It was mind-blowing, I'm really glad we all got up there and did it together, although the bouncers did try to throw me out of the venue after I stage-dived into the crowd. Fortunately we got away and managed to run round the back and jump back onstage with everyone else."

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YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO ALBUM DUE
Having achieved critical acclaim via their single and EP releases last year, Yourcodenameis:milo (never sure on where the capital letters should be) will release their debut album 'Ignoto' on 11 Apr via Fiction Records. The album was recorded at the end of last year and was produced by Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeah's) and the band. Press info from Hermana.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The House Of Love - Love You Too Much (Art And Industry Records)
Back in the late 80s, The House Of Love were the next big indie thing to captivate our minds in between The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Also very much the Libertines of their day however, the drugs, hype and money all conspired to engineer an acrimonious fall-out between the two protagonists, singer Guy Chadwick and guitarist Terry Bickers. It's often overlooked though that, following the latter's departure, Chadwick still intermittently managed to write fantastic songs (HOL's lost classic 'Babe Review', remains their best album), so this unlikely reunion is an intriguing prospect in many ways. And guess what? 'LYTM' sounds exactly like the group did on their seminal debut album for Creation. Bickers' crunching guitars are practically beamed straight from that record; the same goes for Chadwick's slightly sinister lyrical take on unrequited love. They'll have no impact on today's cultural climate whatsoever but, nonetheless, this is one dignified comeback that thus far is very welcome indeed. MS
Release date: 14 Feb
Press contact: Coalition [CP, RP, NP] Large PR [CR, RR, NR]

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FORMER SONY MAN IN TALKS WITH OUTSIDE
Former Sony communications chief Gary Farrow, who left SonyBMG last week, is reportedly in talks with the Outside Organisation about some kind of business relationship, with some reports that Farrow is considering buying the PR company off its founder and his long-term friend Alan Edwards.

On those rumours Edwards told the Guardian: "I'm not going to say something like that might not happen, because we're friends. Gary is a friend of mine and we're always talking about things, but who knows? We've talked all our lives, we go back to when I was the PR for Hall and Oates and he was the promo man."

On the possibility of selling his company Edwards added: "Every now and again someone comes along with a deal. I haven't got a closed mind. But it's the sort of deal you only do once."

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MORRISSEY FANS PETITION FOR HIM TO RETURN TO MANCHESTER
Fans of former Smiths front-man Morrissey have started an online petition to try and persuade him to move back to hometown Manchester. Morrissey has lived in LA since 1997 but, following his successful comeback last year, the singer's Mancunian fans reckon he should return home.

One of the people behind the petition told the Manchester Evening News: "We were talking about the wonderful changes in recent times in Manchester and how the one thing missing from the city is its most famous and most talented son. We discussed ways of tempting him home, such as promising to force all butcher's shops in a five mile radius of his home to close down. But we settled on the internet petition idea so that fans from all over the world could join in and help to end this terrible situation."

Organisers want as many Morrissey fans as possible to sign the petition: "There's no point in trying to hide from the truth. It is up to the people of Manchester to get online to sign the petition and let Morrissey know that we miss him and need him to make the city complete."

No comment as yet from the man himself regarding relocating back to the North West of England, though the chances of Morrissey taking any notice of anyone aren't all that high.

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MOTLEY CRUE MAN SUED BY EX-GIRLFRIEND
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is being sued by his ex-girlfriend for $10 million over allegations he broke a promise to provide her with financial support should they ever break up.

Mars' former girlfriend Robin Mantooth claims the guitarist made such a promise when she gave up her career as a documentary film-maker to spend more time with him back in the early nineties. However, she claims, he went back on that promise when they split up last Dec and she has as yet received nothing. To that end she is asking the LA courts to award her half of the Motley Crue man's property, a monthly allowance and damages.

Mars' people are yet to comment on the lawsuit. Motley Crue are, of course, back in the limelight following the news they will tour again for the first time in five years.

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BIDS STACK UP FOR MANCHESTER LICENCE
OfCom have confirmed they have received no less than 19 bids for the new Manchester radio licence- the deadline for bids to be submitted was yesterday. EMAP, Virgin Radio, the Wireless Group, Capital, GWR, Saga and TV company Celador are among the bidders. So now you know.

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GWR LAUNCH KIDS STATION
GWR's bid for that licence is to get an analogue output for its new kids' radio station. The radio company gave more details about that project yesterday a joint venture with HIT Entertainment it will launch on digital in London, Essex and Bristol in Apr. Aimed at children under 10 it will feature audio versions of popular kids TV shows Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Barney the Dinosaur, as well as kids aimed news, chat and Britney Spears-style pop.

GWR hope to get around the tricky issue of carrying advertising targeted at young children by stressing ads would be targeted at parents and carers, or would be educational, eg government information ads on road safety or healthy eating.

GWR's merger buddies Capital already run a kids station on digital - Capital Disney. It seems that Capital Disney and GWR's new venture compliment each other in terms of what age groups they target - so the pending merger shouldn't affect either station.

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PUNK MASH UPS ALBUM IN THE PIPELINE
American production team The Legion Of Doom are putting together an album of punk 'mash-ups' for a compilation due to be released on Antagonistic Records. Among the mash-ups set to appear are 'I Know What You Buried Last Summer' (Taking Back Sunday vs Senses Fail), 'Dottie In A Car Crash' (The Get Up Kids vs Thursday), 'The Quiet Screaming' (Dashboard Confessional vs Brand New) and 'A Threnody For A Grand' (Atreyu vs It Dies Today). No word on the album's title or US release date as yet, nor whether it will ever surface over here - more when we get it.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - 12"/80s (Family Recordings)
Back in the good old 1980s the single releases of the day did not come with seventeen remixes reinventing the original to suit the various musical fads of the day. However, the eighties were the golden age for the forerunner of the remix - the 12" mix. Record labels started to realise that if they extended the beats of a track, perhaps dropping in snippets of the vocals and the occasional guitar riff, they could turn a three minute single into a much more club-friendly six minute track - and so we entered the phase in musical history when nearly every 7" single release came with an accompanying 12". A large number of the these longer mixes were pretty rubbish - demonstrating that there was a reason why the original cut off after three minutes. But some managed to create a 12" mix that equalled, enhanced and superseded the originals - and a stack of them appear on this triple CD which celebrates the best 12"s of that decade. Mix names weren't quite so vivid then, but the 'extended mix' of The Cure's 'The Forest', the 'long version' of Aztec Camera's 'Walk Out To Winter', the '12" mix' of Human League's 'Love Action' and the 'long mix' of The Passions' 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' are much much finer than their names probably suggest. More to the point, by picking out the artists who excelled on the 12", here we have an eighties compilation with some of the great artists invariably missed off other albums dedicated to the decade - Siouxsie And The Banshees, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Talk Talk and the wonderful Blow Monkeys to name a few (and even Simply Red sound good when 'Money's Too Tight To Mention' gets its 'cutback mix'). And there's several tracks and artists here you'd probably forgotten about - sounding just as fresh here in 2005. Whether you have an impressive collection of 12"s you just can't be bothered to play anymore, or if your record collection is sadly lacking the mixes that rarely got album releases, then this is the CD for you. Get a copy. CC
Release date: 7 Feb
Press contact: PPR [all]

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STARS PERFORM FOR TIBET APPEAL
Ray Davis, Philip Glass and Lou Reed were all on stage at New York's Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night for the fifteenth annual Tibet House Benefit concert which aims to maintain awareness of Tibet's occupation by China.

According to Billboard, Davis jammed with the Black Keys, playing piano and singing harmonies on their cover of the Kink's 'Act Nice and Gentle'. Meanwhile Nellie McKay harmonized with Trey Anastasio and Philip Glass played piano for Lou Reed's performance of 'Perfect Day'.

Before his solo set Davies told the audience: "Most people come to this hall and play their big hits, but I'm going to play some of my flops for you". Despite the modest introduction, he wowed the crowd with a medley of tracks from his much maligned 1968 concept album 'The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society'.

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SMG TURN DOWN SECOND 3I OFFER FOR VIRGIN RADIO
Back to the wonderful world of radio, and an equity group led by Lord Alli has made a bid for Virgin Radio - but current owners, Scottish Media Group, have said they don't want to sell it. This is the second time SMG have turned down an offer to buy the national radio station by 3i and insiders reckon the equity group will now approach SMG's shareholders directly and try to force some kind of takeover on them.

This will pose an interesting dilemma for ITV boss Charles Allen - ITV is the biggest shareholder in SMG and will surely be high up on 3i's list of targets. There has been some talk that ITV would themselves try to buy SMG's broadcasting assets. That deal would be primarily about bringing the Scottish ITV franchises into the now unified ITV company, but some have suggested ITV could benefit from owning a national radio station too - ie Virgin Radio.

If 3i is successful it will be interesting to see what plans Alli would have for the national rock station. He is, of course, a former business partner of Virgin Radio's old friend Chris Evans who, despite saying he has no interest in returning to radio, might not be able to resist the temptation of having the last laugh over his former Virgin Radio bosses if offered a new show on the station.

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NEW BOOK TO DISH DIRT ON WHITNEY AND BOBBY
A new tell-all book will reportedly reveal intimate details about Whitney Houston and her husband Bobby Brown. According to MTV the book, called 'The Rise and Fall of Daddy's Little Girl -The Whitney Houston Story' has been written by Kevin Skinner, a former associate of Houston's late father John who had various run-ins with his daughter and son-in-law. Apparently the book will be "shocking" - so it's a good job FCC regulations don't cover the written word.

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STATUE IN POTTERIES TOWN INSPIRED ANGELS
The best song of the last 25 years was inspired by a gold-plated statue above Burslem town hall - or at least that's what Robbie Williams' mum reckons. Responding to those who say Robbie's award-winning track 'Angels' is about her and how she helped her son beat drugs and alcohol, the singer's mother has said she's sure the song is about the statue in the Staffordshire town, which was opposite the house where he grew up. According to the Sun she said: "When he went to bed he'd look at it and say his guardian angel was looking after him. It was lovely. I'm sure it was on his mind as he wrote the lyrics."

Meanwhile, Robbie has somewhat stated the obvious about the song that won him the Best Song Of The Last 25 Years title at the Brits on Wednesday night. He told reporters: "Angels is what made me who I am. It gave me a career. I was going nowhere until that song came out."

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ELTON PAINTED ONTO AIRTRAN PLANES
Now this is kinda scary. Florida based airline AirTran is planning on putting Elton John's face on the side of twenty of its Boeing 717 planes to promote the fact passengers can now listen to satellite radio at their seats - presumably a reference to Elton's song 'Satellite'. Elton's website reports that "Elton's head is about the same size as the one on the Statute of Liberty." Well, I think we already knew that.

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