CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 12th December
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Up In Smoke lawsuit dismissed
- Much blogging on private copy rules
- Pimp C memorial service tomorrow
- Christie Hennessy dies
- Andy Kershaw told he may face jail
- Klaxons top NME albums poll
- Sneaky Sound System have double AIR win
- Ronson says Amy's psyched with Grammy nominations
- Monkeys may do singles releases in 08
- Kooks on album two
- New Goldfrapp has stripped back sound
- Bonde Do Role lose member
- Rihanna shows rescheduled
- RATM to headline Pinkpop
- Guilfest 08 dates confirmed
- Moby signs publishing deal with Kobalt
- Univision boss sues parent company
- Canadian copyright reform stalled
- EMI COO steps down
- SonyBMG US cuts begin
- Newsreader and Barbie join Classic FM for Christmas
- Emma B extends Heart contract
- More naked Mcfly
- Cliff says no more festive songs
- Wentz says Simpson Christmas invite is in post

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TOP BIT - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR #5
BISHI - NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS
As those really paying attention will know, I first came across Bishi at Bestival, which is as good a place as any for discovering your new favourite artists. She only did a short PA set at the festival - in the Bollywood Bar - but she impressed nevertheless with her quirky mix of bhangra, folk and pop beats, and some mean sitar playing which makes her show as entertaining to watch as listen to, even though her show was just her, the sitar and an amp. Bishi has been building a fanbase throughout 2007, partly by touring with Patrick Wolf and Bat For Lashes, and the love for her in the Bollywood Bar that afternoon showed that some of those fans (including Wolf himself) had made an extra special effort to catch her set. That fanbase has continued to grow since the festival season, not least thanks to the arrival of her self-released debut album 'Nights At The Circus' which offers a brilliantly eclectic mix of tracks - some of which take you down a more bhangra route, others that have a real folky vibe, and others that belong on the dancefloor of any quality pop or disco night. With the album launched just down the road from CMU HQ, with a three night residency at a specially decorated for the occasion Shoreditch Church, we've become even bigger fans of this talented songstress as each week goes by, and are now crossing every finger we own that 2008 really proves to be her year. So get on the bandwagon before this year is out, and get in there before the crowds. And start by tracking down a copy of 'Nights At The Circus' and discovering for yourself why this is one of CMU's albums of the year. We'll be interviewing Bishi shortly and you'll be able to read more at...

http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/albumsoftheyear

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The position is based at our European headquarters in Berlin and comes with a competitive salary negotiable on experience. To apply for this position please supply us with a CV and a short covering letter specifying salary expectations. Closing date is January 6th 2008.

Email Stefanie.Franke@beatport.com

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CMU TRACK OF THE YEAR 2007
Yes, it's December everybody. Which means it is time for the CMU Track Of The Year thingimy thing - where the great and good that are the CMU Daily readership have the opportunity to big up the tracks that got them most excited in 2007.

If you haven't voted yet, there is still chance to get your votes in - you can pick a single, album track, b-side, bootleg, remix, demo, anything that first surfaced this year. You should email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's great to 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

Meanwhile, here's some votes already received...

Martin Simpson - Never Any Good
"This sounds like a song he's been waiting all his life to write (and he's probably about 50). A poignant, heartbreak of a song about the difficult relationship with his late father that never quite becomes bitter and certainly never sentimental but eloquently expresses his ordinary failings - and how he inspired him. Also features sublime backing vocals from Kate Rusby. Being a bit folky it probably won't make it into a voted for shortlist but well worth investigating".
Steve Forster, sfp communications

Cajun Dance Party - Amylase
"The song of the year for me is without doubt 'Amylase' by Cajun Dance Party. The guitar riff is incredibly infectious, the vocals are delivered vehemently, and all this from a band who haven't even finished school yet! Plus anyone who can sing about biochemistry and make it sexy, poppy and catchy has my vote! Best line: "You're the catalyst that makes things faster,_Amylase will dry up the plaster". (And they aren't even signed to us, so I am impartial!)".
Sarah Page, SonyBMG

Vote for your track of the year - email the name of your fave track and a couple of sentences on why it's great to 2007@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

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SNAP OF THE DAY: TWISTED WHEEL

We hear that Twisted Wheel are oh so close to signing a record deal, so we thought we'd jump on the bandwagon and plug their wonderfully ramshackle indie today. As their MySpace boasts, they've already been oft mentioned in a variety of reputable and disreputable publications (we prefer the disreputable ones, by the way), but that's no reason to ignore the delight that is 'You Stole The Sun' - a short blast of indie-punk that will no doubt charm the ears of many a youthful vagabond. And despite a worrying choice of support slots (er, Little Man Tate and Cherry Ghost?), this Oldham-based band should safely be on those 'ones to watch' list in the New Year.

http://www.myspace.com/thetwistedwheel

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UP IN SMOKE LAWSUIT DISMISSED
A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Dr Dre relating to the DVD release of the hip hop mogul's all-star Up In Smoke tour from back in 2000. The DVD release included a back stage conversation between the tour's producers and three employees from the City Of Detroit - city mayor spokesman Greg Bowens, local police spokeswoman Paula Bridges and former police commander Gary Brown - in which the city officials asked the producers to drop a controversial video that was screened as part of the Up In Smoke show. The video was already "controversial" because local authorities had tried to have it banned under local obscenity laws, but Dre had successfully fought the ban through the courts arguing it breached First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

When the conversation appeared on the DVD release the three officials sued, claiming they were unaware that the conversation had been filmed, and that the inclusion of the conversation on the DVD breached their privacy rights. The officials sued various people, but settled with all but Dre in 2004. The case against the hip hopper continued, and was finally reviewed by Judge John A Murphy last month. Despite earlier indications from Murphy that he thought the case should go to court, in a ruling on 4 Dec - which has been published this week - he changed his mind. He ruled that because the meeting took place in a backstage area where the door was open - and therefore where numerous people could have looked in - the officials could not assume the conversation was "private", and therefore they had no privacy rights that could be breached, even if they weren't aware the conversation was being taped.

After reaching settlements with other defendants in 2004, the lawyer representing the officials, Glen Douglas Oliver, defended their lawsuit against the hip hop star by saying: "Secretly videotape a private conversation with gangster rapper Dr Dre, put it in a gangster rap music video without his permission and see how quickly he sues you". There has been no official new comment from the officials' camp regarding Murphy's ruling, though word has it they plan to appeal.

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MUCH BLOGGING ON PRIVATE COPY RULES
The old 'private copy' confusion has been the cause of much debate in US blog land this week following legal papers submitted by the Recording Industry Association Of America as part of a P2P lawsuit being pursued through the Arizona courts.

The debate follows the RIAA's response to a question by the judge considering the case which asked if the digital copies of the tracks the defendant is accused of distributed - which had been ripped off CDs - were in themselves illegal. ie Was the defendant guilty of not only illegally distributing the music, but of distributing illegal copies.

The RIAA's answer to that question was a bit vague, but essentially said "yes"; because the tracks shared were ripped from CD without permission, they were illegal copies. The response has got the techy bloggers blogging because it differs from the industry association's response to a similar question in the famous MGM v Grokster case, in which they seemingly played down the illegality of transferring music files off CD and onto a PC, stressing that it was the subsequent sharing of those files from a PC via P2P that was illegal.

Of course the seeming inconsistency comes about because in the US, like in the UK, the ripping of music off CDs for use on a PC or MP3 player is, technically, illegal (even if the ripped music is only used by the person who owns the CD), but at the same time no record label is ever going to sue anyone who does so, even though they could.

That situation makes for a rather unsatisfactory situation where consumers can (and regularly do) transfer music from their CD collection onto their PC and MP3 player not because copyright laws entitle them to, and not because the record labels have formally given them permission to, but because there's an informal understanding no record label would ever sue someone who does so, providing the music is only ever for personal use.

In some countries, of course, that situation does not exist because a levy system is in place where a special tax is charged on all blank cassette and CDR purchases which is passed back to the music community and in return for which consumers are given permission to make personal copies of CDs they have bought. That system, though, was never introduced in the US or UK and, anyway, has become less effective of late because people are increasingly copying music to PCs and MP3 players rather than cassettes and CDRs (leading to campaigns in some countries to have a similar levy added to MP3 players - the so-called iPod tax).

In the UK, where no such levy exists, former BPI chief Peter Jamieson once admitted to a parliamentary select committee that record labels were unlikely to sue anyone who made personal copies of CDs. While that statement has not legal authority, if a record label ever did decide to break ranks and sue someone for making a personal copy, it could no doubt be used as part of a legal defence. But nevertheless, the situation remains somewhat blurred here as in the US.

None of which really matters day to day, except when the RIAA is asked to clarify the situation in court, like in this case, and in doing so - because of the slightly messy state of the law in this domain - it provides more ammunition for those who want to portray the major record companies and their trade bodies as being evil and anti-consumer. For PR reasons alone, I suspect the majors would do well to just officially grant customers the rights to make personal copies, though doing so would, of course, provide a tricky challenge in those countries where the levy system exists. And no doubt record label chiefs fear that they may live to regret such a bold move in the future. Which they might, I suppose.

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PIMP C MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW
Rapper Pimp C who, as previously reported, was found dead in his Californian hotel room earlier this month, will be buried tomorrow, 13 Dec, after a public memorial service due to take place in his home town of Port Arthur, Texas. The coroner is awaiting a toxicology report before making any ruling on the cause of the hip hopper's death.

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CHRISTIE HENNESSY DIES
Irish singer songwriter Christie Hennessy died yesterday, aged 62, after a short illness. Perhaps best known for his hit song 'Messenger Boy', Hennessy enjoyed success both as a performer, and also as a songwriter for others, writing 'Don't Forget Your Shovel' for Christy Moore and 'All The Lies That You Told Me' for Frances Black.

London based Mvine Records, who released his last original album 'Stories For Sale', told CMU yesterday: "It is with heavy hearts that we bring you the deeply sad news that Christie Hennessy passed away early this morning after a short illness. An extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter and teller of stories, Christie was one in a million. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and he touched many thousands of lives through his songs and gift of communication. He really was one of the good guys".

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ANDY KERSHAW TOLD HE MAY FACE JAIL
DJ Andy Kershaw has been told he could face jail for breaching that restraining order that stops him from making contact with his former partner. As previously reported, Kershaw has admitted to breaching the restraining order. He was temporarily jailed earlier this month for then breaching bail conditions that were put in place after the restraining order breach. Yesterday he was back in court on the Isle Of Man, where he and his ex live, and it was revealed that the BBC radio presenter breached the order by sending "abusive" text messages to his ex. Reviewing the case, High Bailiff Michael Moyle told Kershaw that "prison is a real possibility", adding: "If you wish not to have any further dealings with your children, carry on in the way you're doing".

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KLAXONS TOP NME ALBUMS POLL
Klaxons' debut long player 'Myths Of The Near Future' has been named Album Of The Year by NME types. The nu-rave band beat the Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, who came second and third, in the survey of NME and NME.com people.

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SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM HAVE DOUBLE AIR WIN
Sydney based dancey types Sneaky Sound System were double winners at Australia's AIR Awards this week, they being the independent music awards that were launched in Australia last year. The electro/dance trio, who had six nominations, won the Best Independent Artist and Best Performing Independent Single awards. The full list of AIR winners goes like this...

Best Performing Independent Album: The John Butler Trio - Grand National (Jarrah Records / MGM)

Best Performing Independent Single /EP: Sneaky Sound System - UFO (Whack Records / MGM)

Best Independent Artist: Sneaky Sound System (Whack Records / MGM)

Best New Independent Artist: British India (Flashpoint / Shock)

Best Independent Blues & Roots Release: CW Stoneking - King Hokum! (Low Transit Industries / Inertia Music)

Best Independent Dance / Electronic Release: Dystopia - Midnight Juggernaut (Siberia / Inertia Music)

Best Independent Country Release: Gina Jeffreys - Walks of Life (Independent / MGM)

Best Independent Jazz Release: Ben Winkelman Trio - The Spanish Tinge (Jazzhead / MGM)

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RONSON SAYS AMY'S PSYCHED WITH GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
More awards, and producer Mark Ronson has been talking about Amy Winehouse's response to the news she had six nominations at the US's Grammy Awards. Ronson, who worked on the singer's 'Back To Black' album, of course, has told reporters: "I know she was psyched to be nominated; like, I know for her it means something to be acknowledged".

Word has it Winehouse is now determined to perform at the Grammy Awards event next February, despite the fact that [a] she recently cancelled all public appearances to try and sort our her personal problems and [b] some doubt whether she'll get a US visa because of that arrest for marijuana possession in Norway.

The tabs, of course, continue to publish photos of Amy doing slightly loopy things while she tries to get her life together and come to terms with husband Blake Fielder Civil's incarceration over those breaching the course of justice allegations. Commenting on Winehouse's personal woes, Ronson continued: "I worry about her like I worry about any friend that's obviously in a bit over their head as far as going through that adoration, all that stuff, so quickly. But she's smart and when I met her she'd just gone through a really tough time and she came right out of that and that's why we came out with the 'Rehab' record, so I think she's going to be fine".

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MONKEYS MAY DO SINGLES RELEASES IN 08
Arctic Monkeys have revealed they may release stand alone singles rather than a full album next year. Drummer Matt Helders told BBC 6Music: "We've got things written, several new ideas and new songs that are ready to record. We will do recording early on. We might not necessarily record and then release an album. We might just do little bits at once or [release] singles. There's really nothing planned. It just depends how it goes, which is a nice change. We can go into the studio and not necessarily have to have something done by, like, the end of the month. It'll be like, 'Just see what happens'".

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KOOKS ON ALBUM TWO
Oh joy, The Kooks have nearly completed their next album, which will be called 'Konk'. They have been working with producer Tony Hoffer again on the follow up to 'Inside In/Inside Out', though have been more personally involved in production themselves this time. The band's Luke Pritchard told the NME: "Tony's a genius, but this time we wanted more involvement in the production. We wanted a modern yet warm, roots-based sound. I think we've made a dynamic album. Every song has its own character. It's a good pop album. But talk is cheap - I want everyone to hear it". That should happen in March or April. Or sooner if it gets leaked on the net.

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NEW GOLDFRAPP HAS STRIPPED BACK SOUND
Goldfrapp have said that their next album will have a radically different sound - stripped back and with acoustic guitars. Speaking to Billboard, Alison Goldfrapp said: "We did talk quite a lot about what kind of instruments would get the kind of warmth and the kind of sound we wanted. We'd never used acoustic guitars before. We wanted the sound to be delicate, but not weak". Given the new sound, the band hope to do some slightly different live shows too, with the band's Will Gregory adding: "We're going to try and do it unplugged and be more acoustic about it, and see how that feels. We did an acoustic radio session and we really enjoyed that. I think that involves more people, having little chamber group sounds."

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BONDE DO ROLE LOSE
Bonde Do Role have parted ways with MC Marina Vello, though the posting confirming the departure on the band's MySpace has since been removed. But according to Pitchfork it read: "Due to several internal problems between us, we had to cancel a lot of our shows from the European tour, and we also had to cancel the scheduled Australian tour (everyone knew how excited we were about it!). For that we're really really sorry. And we also announce that Marina is no longer with us, due to these internal problems. We wish her all the best in whatever she decides to do with her future, and she can always count on us as friends. We are working these issues [out] right now as we speak, and we hope we can make it up to everyone who we let down this year, in the most awesome way we can!" The Brazlian funksters' Rodrigo Gorky admitted last month that tensions in the band were causing problems.

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RIHANNA SHOWS RESCHEDULED
Rihanna has rescheduled those cancelled Birmingham and Nottingham gigs. They will now take place on 18 and 20 Dec respectively. As previously reported, the R&B star had to cancel three UK shows because of ill health. The third show, in Bournemouth, is yet to be rescheduled.

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RATM TO HEADLINE PINKPOP
The recently reformed Rage Against The Machine have been confirmed as headliners for next year's Pinkpop Festival, which takes place in Holland from 30 May to 1 Jun. Foo Fighters will also headline.

Having reformed for the Coachella Festival earlier this year, RATM will also play at Australia's Big Day Out Festival early next year. With the Pinkpop set in the diary, other festival slots or even a tour are now anticipated.

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GUILFEST 08 DATES CONFIRMED
A festival closer to home now. Well, closer to my home. It's just been confirmed that Guilfest will return for 2008 from 4-6 Jul. Tickets will go on sale in February.

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MOBY SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL WITH KOBALT
Music publishing types Koblat have signed up Moby to an exclusive administration agreement for his previously reported new album 'Last Night', which is due for release in March. It's a global deal bar France and the Benulex region.

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UNIVISION BOSS SUES PARENT COMPANY
The boss of US Spanish music outfit Univision Music is suing the firm's parent company, Univision Communications, over allegations they have breached the terms of the deal he did with them when the music operation was launched in 2001.

Jose Behar was headhunted from EMI Latin in 2001 to set up a music division at the Hispanic media firm. He says that part of the deal that brought him to Univision included a commitment to give him a stake in the company, and to support the growth of the company by providing free advertising on the firm's TV channel.

In the lawsuit Behar says that since 2005 Univision has slashed the amount of promotion given to the music division by its sister media companies, and prevented him from entering into more favourable long-term contracts with artists, both of which, he claims, has hindered the growth of the company and, therefore, his share in it. He also says the media firm has reneged on commitments made to him through their proposed sale of the music company.

Univision Communications put its music company up for sale earlier this year, and both Universal and Warner are said to be interested in acquiring it. It's not clear if Behar's lawsuit will hinder any sale in anyway.

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CANADIAN COPYRIGHT REFORM STALLED
Revisions to Canada's copyright laws, which were due to be announced by the country's Industry Minister yesterday, have been put on hold, seemingly because of growing opposition from consumer rights groups who argue the proposed revisions discussed so far go too far in the favour of content owners.

Canada's copyright laws haven't been overly kind to the record companies who had tried to limit the illegal distribution of music online through the courts, with some judges saying current Canadian rules do not specifically outlaw the distribution of content via P2P without a content owner's permission. Rulings like that has led to the Canadian record industry focussing their anti-P2P efforts on lobbying for a change in the country's copyright laws, and the proposals due to be put forward by Industry Minister Jim Prentice this week were part of that.

However, a spokeswoman for his department yesterday confirmed the release of those proposals had now been delayed, observing: "Minister Prentice will introduce legislation when he is satisfied the bill strikes the right balance between creators' rights and consumers' rights".

Opposition to the proposals has gained quite a bit of momentum, partly through an online campaign launched by a University Of Ottawa professor called Michael Geist and a Facebook group set up to oppose the proposals, which boasts 16,000 members. Geist welcomed Pretince's decision on his blog yesterday, but added that the campaign against the proposals should continue, writing: "The decision to delay the bill is the right one, but it could still reappear within the next few days".

Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, said he thought campaigners had been premature in putting pressure on Prentice, telling reporters: "I find it incomprehensible that people can get worked up over a bill that they have never even seen. I'm amazed at the ability of those opposed to this to divine the contents of a bill that was supposed to be kept within cabinet".

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EMI COO STEPS DOWN
Another senior departure from EMI Music for you. Chief Operating Officer Ian Hanson has stepped down as new owners Terra Firma continue with their complete review of how the major works. His role will be taken over on a temporary basis by Mike Clasper, the former BAA CEO who joined the major's 'investor board' to review manufacturing, logistics and sales last month. Confirming Hanson's departure, EMI/Terra Firma chief Mike Clasper told reporters: "We thank Ian for his contribution and wish him well in his future career. With his experience of running international businesses at a very senior level, Mike will ably support the EMI recorded music business".

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SONYBMG US CUTS BEGIN
The job cuts at the US bit of SonyBMG have reportedly begun. According to Billboard, the cuts have taken place in the Columbia press and promotions department. More when we get it.

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NEWSREADER AND BARBIE JOIN CLASSIC FM FOR CHRISTMAS
GCap's Classic FM has signed up newsreader Nicholas Owen to host a ten part festive quiz that will air as past of the classical station's Christmas schedules. He joins, erm, Barbie as a festive addition on the station. Yes, on Boxing Day there'll be a Barbie Christmas Concert on Classic FM in a bid to introduce kids to classical music. Classic FM MD Darren Henley said yesterday: "Nicholas Owen and Barbie aren't obvious bedfellows, but it shows the breadth of what we do on Classic FM".

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EMMA B EXTENDS HEART CONTRACT
Emma B has renewed her contract with Global Radio's Heart 106.2 which will see the presenter continue to host the station's drive time show for the foreseeable future. She will also front a new Sunday afternoon show which will replace the axed A List chart show. Heart PD Mark Browning said: "At a time when quality personalities on the radio are hard to find, Emma shines out as one of the stars. Emma's a fantastic ambassador for Heart and the wider commercial radio industry. She's genuine, relatable and has quickly won over London's listeners with her own brand of wit, warmth and her down-to-earth personality".

Elsewhere in Global Radio news, Radio Today reports that job cuts can be expected at their classic rock digital station The Arrow. Reports suggest the station will have less live shows, reducing the number of presenters working on the station.

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MORE NAKED MCFLY
McFly got naked, yet again, while appearing on the Jo Whiley Radio 1 show yesterday. The band got very involved in a strip version of drinking game 'Never Have I Ever', leaving bassist Dougie Poynter wearing very little, as usual.

Meanwhile, McFly's Tom Fletcher has told the Sun he doesn't feel he and his bandmates get enough credit for their songwriting skills. He told the tabloid: "I'm definitely not mentioned in the same breath as people like [Gary Barlow or Guy Chambers]. Because I'm part of a band people perceive my songwriting skills in the same way they do the group and that is to frown upon them both. People are really snobbish about it. If Guy Chambers had written all our songs people would really praise him. I've no doubt about that. Someone once said to me that if Oasis had done 'Room On The Third Floor' it would have been heralded as one of the greatest songs of all time. I said to them, 'You could be right'. I see our music like that".

He's right of course. Though you might argue that his band might be taken a little more seriously if they stopped taking their clothes off at every possible opportunity.

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CLIFF SAYS NO MORE FESTIVE SONGS
Cliff Richard has said he will never release another Christmas single - but mainly because he doesn't have much time for singles generally these days. Cliff told reporters: "Everybody thinks I'm the only one who releases a record at Christmas but everyone and their mother does one. I've got an album out for Christmas but no single. Singles are such a no no now - you can't sell them".

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WENTZ SAYS SIMPSON CHRISTMAS INVITE IS IN POST
Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz has responded to those rumours that his girlfriend's dad, Joe Simpson, had banned him from the Simpson family's Christmas celebrations because he didn't approve of daughter Ashlee's emo rocker boyfriend, especially since he admitted kissing other guys. But Wentz has told MTV: "I think Joe gets a really bad rap in the press. He's always been nothing but nice to me. He even called me to let me know he expects me to show up for Xmas. So there's no truth to that [rumour]".

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