CMU Daily - on the inside 20 Dec 2002
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Dynamite criticises out of touch politicians,
• LBC’s new hiring in trouble with Radio Authority,
• Mandela benefit line up grows,
• Ministry media head leaves,
• Another So Solid man in court,
• Madonna’s Bond theme nominated for Golden Globe,
• McCartney tops tour income charts,
• Review: Pram - Dark Island,
• Ozzy’s one hit neighbour,
• Mute launch unsigned series,
• BDB meets the Cheeky Girls,
• Linkin Park hope for March release,
• Radiohead preview three new tracks online


This is the last CMU Daily of the year – because Christmas starts here today (we’ve even got a tree). We will publish our Albums and Singles of the 2002 on Monday – the next Daily will then appear on 2nd January.

In the meantime all the greetings of the season, and we look forward to updating you all every day in 2003.


Ms Dynamite has told BBC 2’s Newsnight that politics in the UK means "middle-class, rich white men that don't give a damn”. In an interview on young people’s attitudes toward politics she claimed more young people would take an interest if politicians listened to young people more and stuck their necks out to improve their lives.

"I don't feel that there's anyone in the cabinet at all that I can relate to or that relates to me - there's no-one," she said. "They don't really listen to young people - they don't actually listen to how we're affected every day, and even if they do, they don't really stick their necks out to do anything about it."

Talking about her decision to not vote in the first General Election after she was 18 she continued: "I did feel like 'What's the point? What difference is my vote going to make? No-one listens to us, no-one cares what we have got to say.'"

The interview might ring home with politicians who have held Ms Dynamite up as something of a role model for young people after she wrote lyrics that denounced the violence of the UK garage scene, and delivered messages against drugs, bad relationships and unsafe sex.


A late-night "shock jock" hired by radio group Chrysalis to front the late show on its newly acquired talk station LBC is being investigated by the Radio Authority after listener complaints against the presenter. Adrian Allen has been filling in on the station’s late night show to ‘test him out’ as a full time late night presenter when the station relaunches in the new year.

Allen is used to courting controversy on air. He got in trouble in June 2000 when he told listeners to the East Midlands Century station that Romania was unable to field a football team because they were "all over here claiming benefit". In January 2001 a listener to Real Radio in South Wales complained about allegedly sexist, homophobic and racist remarks he made – the complaint was upheld on the grounds of racism.

The Radio Authority will now investigate the latest complaints – again relating to racist or tasteless remarks. The Authority can order an apology and make a fine, though they will be wary of any action that makes the show ‘infamous’ – something which can often win the station new listeners.


More artists have joined the line up at Nelson Mandela's South African AIDS Benefit Concert taking place on 2 Feb on Robben Island, in the grounds of the prison where Mandela was incarcerated for nearly two decades as a prisoner of South Africa's apartheid regime (now a museum).

Coldplay, Ludacris, Jimmy Cliff, Femi Kuti, Queen, and Deborah Cox have now been confirmed as joining the existing line up, which already includes Bono, Macy Gray, Shaggy, Joe Strummer, Baaba Maal, Eve, Angelique Kidjo, Johnny Clegg, Nelly Furtado, Ms Dynamite, Lamya, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bongo Maffin, Vusi Mahlasela, and Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens).
No word yet on who will take the role of vocalist for Queen. In a statement Roger Taylor said only, "We can think of no better time, place, or cause for us to return to the stage."

As well as the main concert on Robben Island which 3000 invited guests will attend, another "peoples concert" will be concurrently held at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium – footage from Robbins Island will be broadcast at the Cape Town event, with many acts expected to play live at both venues. The show will also be televised around the world.

All proceeds will be distributed to the Nelson Mandela Foundations, the Robben Island Museum, the United Nation's (UN) HIV/AIDS program UNAIDS, and the UN's Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


The chief executive of Ministry of Sound's media arm, Rebecca Miskin, has left the group, furthering industry debate on the current state of the dance music company.

Miskin, former MD of internet portal Excite, joined Ministry earlier this year to oversee the expansion of the group’s media operations. But the company’s media ambitions seem to have be downsized as attention moves to keeping the club and label business afloat as the era of the superclub’s dominance comes to an end. The group’s flagship magazine Ministry closes down this month and although an ‘up market’ revamp is promised it is likely to be a joint venture with a bigger publisher.


So Solid Crew’s Kaish, real name Shane Neil, was remanded in custody yesterday following a 40-minute hearing at Bow Street Magistrates' Court on drugs and firearms charges. Neil, who did not enter a plea, faces charges of possession of a firearm with ammunition, possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of ammunition, possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, and supplying class A drugs. All charges relate to an incident on 14 Nov. He will be back in court on 27 Dec.


Despite being panned by most critics, and even the film’s score composer David Arnold, Madonna’s Bond theme for ‘Die Another Day’ has been nominated for a Golden Globe. Madonna is up against U2, Eminem, Paul Simon and Bryan Adams for ‘Best Original Song in a Motion Picture’.

And while Madonna is up for best song, Arnold’s score from the film isn’t nominated. Nominations for Best Original Score are Peter Gabriel for 'Rabbit Proof Fence', Elmer Bernstein for 'Far From Heaven', Terence Blanchard for '25th Hour', Phillip Glass for 'The Hours' and Elliot Goldenthal for 'Frida'.

The winner in terms of number of nominations was the movie adaptation of the West End musical Chicago which is up for eight awards, with stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere all nominated for acting gongs.


Why should McCartney care what Yoko thinks – he made $98.8 million out of his US tour this year making him the highest grossing live act in America, according to end of year stats from Billboard. He grossed a further $27.5 million from dates in Mexico and Japan.

Commenting on his recent touring McCartney told reporters yesterday. "I'm thrilled with the success of this tour, but I'm also pleased that we had so much fun doing the tour. I'd like to thank the band, our crew and all the crowds who helped to make it fun. We originally set out to play only a few weeks of gigs but it all grew to become something very special to me. So now we're looking at taking this show to new places for new fun in 2003."

McCartney faces tough competition from The Rolling Stones though. Their promoter Michael Cohl chose not to make public total box office takings, but insiders reckon they must has grossed $90 million to date.

Other big tourers of 2002 in the US include Cher (grossing $67.6 million), Billy Joel and Elton John (whose joint tour grossed $66 million), Neil Diamond ($52.2 million), Britney Spears ($43.7 million), Aerosmith ($36.3 million), the Eagles ($34.9 million), 'N Sync ($33 million), Who ($28.6 million), Barry Manilow ($23.9 million), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($22.2 million), and Blink-182/Green Day ($20 million).


REVIEW: Pram - Dark Island (Domino)
Well there goes our macaroni cheese. What Pram have here is an album that makes us feel sick to the very pit of our stomach, in the way that only truly excellent music made on dusty vintage equipment can. A collection of haunting, other-worldly songs that invoke Stereolab-with-loungecore-rhythm feelings of reaching for the sick bag. Really. Clarinets and theramins (the big posh ones, not the crappy little boxes as used by the Flaming Lips) creep around our head even after we’ve pressed stop, and ‘Leeward’ is the sound of broken fairground music that plays inside of a serial killer’s head. Although not a giant leap on from their previous outings, ‘Dark Island’ is at once deeply perturbing and infinitely comforting, and never short of rewarding. If we could hold onto our lunch and keep the nightmares at bay, we could fall in love with this record. DR
Release date: 20 Jan
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Domino IH [CR, RR, NR]


Those who remember the episode in the first series of The Osbournes where Sharon got annoyed after her neighbours conducted an all night sing-a-long, an event that led to Ozzy throwing a rock through their window, might be interested to know said neighbour turns out to be one hit wonder Owen Paul, he of the 1986 hit 'My Favourite Waste Of Time’. Given the size of houses in the Osbourne neighbourhood, that’s quite a good lifestyle for one hit.


Mute Records have confirmed they will launch a new compilation series in the New Year to showcase unsigned electronic music acts. The first edition of the series – called ‘Pre-set’ – will be released on 27 Jan and will feature tracks from demos sent to Mute, and imprint Novamute, over the last year. The label is now actively seeking demos for consideration for future editions. Interested electronic acts should send demos to: Pre-set, Mute, 429 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE


Badly Drawn Boy has told Radio 1 about his recent run in with the Cheeky Girls at a posh London hotel. "I said 'I'm a massive fan, I think it's the best song ever written', and they were like 'ah, thank you, thank you, thank you'. They didn't look too great out of their hot pants, not that they had nothing on - they had something on top where their hot pants would normally be. I think that's their selling point obviously - after that, I don't know where they're going to go. Thankfully I've not got a gimmick like that that I need to sustain my career. I hope they don't hear this 'cos I think they're great!"


Linkin Park's second studio album is set for a March release. The band have confirmed they are confident they will have the album ready, despite the recent illness of singer Chester Bennington.

In his posting on their website Mike Shinoda has told fans: "Chester got sick during the last week in LA, and we had to bring him to New York, to a studio we've never recorded at. It was a little unsettling, but luckily it all worked out. I wrote some stuff while he was sick, and when he got better, it was all ready to go. He liked what it sounded like, and hooked us up with great performances. A few days later, he was finished, and flew back to LA which leaves Brad (Delson) and I here with Andy Wallace mixing".


Radiohead premiered three new tracks in their impromptu webcast on Wednesday night. Hosted by Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood the session, plugged via the bands website earlier in the day, included three new songs and a cover of the yuletide classic 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland'.

"Hi. We haven't really finished the record actually," Greenwood said at the start. "We've sort of finished the first bit of it, but we've still got to mix it. So this is getting us off the hook a little bit."

Online rumours suggest a March release for the album, but EMI aren’t committing themselves saying only “early summer”.


Answer to Thursday's cryptic Christmas song:
Cryptic Christmas songs - which festive number is this clue referring too?
“Here’s my Christmas list, you’re on it and, erm, that’s it”
That timeless classic – Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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