CMU Daily - on the inside 13 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Gibbs talk about brother’s death,
• T Rex percussionist dies,
• Townshend denies child pornography allegations,
• NBC man to head up Sony,
• Review: Massive Attack - 100th Window,
• Electric Six say it aint Jack White,
• Radio 1 reject claims they advocate violence,
• Sky confirm music channel line up,
• Possible future link with P-rock,
• New Beatles tracks unearthed in pirate raid,
• Review: Super Numeri – Great Aviaries,
• Strummer album has provisional May release,
• Brits nominations and AMA’s tonight,
• Acts line up for anti-war compilation,
• Cocker loses specs in mugging,
• Polydor’s loud defence of the girls


With the Brits nominations tonight - can you remember which artist won both best song and best video three years running from 1999 to 2000 - and for which tracks?

Answer tomorrow


Singles: Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Warners); Dario G - Heaven Is Closer (Feels Like Heaven) (Mercury); Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story Tim Deluxe Bootleg (XL); Glasgow Gangster Funk - Cutey Pie (Southern Fried); Jaimeson Feat. Angel Blue- True (J-Did); The Calling – Could It Be Any Harder (BMG)

Albums: Various – More Music From 8 Mile (Universal/Interscope); Various – Chicago OST (Sony/Epic), Jamiroquai - A Funk Odyssey (Sony/S2); Various – Godskitchen Direct (Godskitchen)


For a very brief moment on Thursday we thought Electric Six’s ‘Danger High Voltage’ might storm straight to number one. With no labels willing to put their teen band releases up against the Westlife release due for last week, and said Westlife release postponed at the last minute, it looked like we might get a decent song in at number one. But, alas, it was wishful thinking, the boys from Detroit never quite outselling Girls Aloud. Who is still buying that Popstars single?

But never worry, it was a good week for Beggars imprint XL Recordings. While some purists accuse the former dance pioneer of selling out a little, they’ve delivered three fine new releases in the chart this week - Electric Six at 2, Audio Bullys at 15 and Badly Drawn Boy at 16.

In fact the chart is looking a lot more healthy all over this week. Among the new entries worth the time of day are Foo Fighters with ‘Times Like These’ at 12, Richard Ashcroft with ‘Science of Sound’ at 14, Inme with ‘Crushed Like Fruit’ at 25 and The Eighties B-Line Matchbox Disaster with ‘Psychosis Safari’ 26. And the Levellers are back! Their ‘The Wild As Angels EP’ goes in at 34.

Albums wise the chart is still a bit stagnant – no major new releases arriving in the shops last week. That said, with people still spending those Christmas tokens, Feeder, Royksopp and The Coral all see their albums going back into the Top 40 – and Justin Timberlake’s post-Christmas sales see him go back into the top ten, presumably because more and more people are discovering that the Nsync member’s solo album is actually quite good!


Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb have been talking to the media about the sad death of their brother Maurice yesterday following a heart attack on Thursday. Speaking to the BBC the Gibb’s questioned the treatment their brother had received at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre, saying they were perplexed as to how their brother had been admitted with a stomach blockage - and then apparently died from another illness.

Beginning by saying they were "devastated" and "completely pole-axed" by the loss of the "most sweetest, generous" man, the brothers said they would be seeking a full report of the events that led up to Maurice’s death: "We will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life. We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on."

Barry went on to confirm he and his brother intended to continue making music as the Bee Gees. "Maurice will be a void, always in our lives and he will always be featured as the third member of the Bee Gees, no matter what we do. But one thing I will tell you is that the Bee Gees will go on. The Bee Gees will not stop here. The Bee Gees will not disintegrate because we've lost Mo."


Elsewhere in the world of rock ‘n’ roll deaths Micky Finn, percussionist with glam rock group T Rex, passed away on Saturday night. Known for his trademark bongos Finn joined the band in 1970 to replace original member Steve 'Peregrine' Took. He left the band in 1975, but in more recent years had toured in his own incarnation of T Rex. No comment yet on the causes of his death.

Marc Bolan was supposed to have said of Finn: "He can't sing... but he looks superb."


The Who star Pete Townshend has responded to child pornography allegations made against him in the press over the weekend. Confirming he had given his credit card details to view a child porn website he told the Sun he did so as part of the research for a book he is writing, that he only looked at a handful of home pages, and that he will hand over his computer to police to prove it.

The allegations followed an investigation into the people who allegedly gave their credit card details to a US child porn site – word is the list of 6000 subscribers also included two MPs, a second rock star and a television presenter.

Townsend, who says he has heard nothing from the police regarding the allegations, told the tabloid: "I would be prepared to have the hard drive of my computer analysed by the police. It is important they are able to convince themselves that, if I did anything illegal, I did it purely for research. I am not a paedophile." Explaining his research work Townsend says he was looking into his possible abuse as a child for his autobiography.

Friends of Townshend spoke in defence of the rocker after allegations surfaced. Jerry Hall said: "Pete Townshend is the least likely profile of a child abuser it is possible to construct and that is because he isn't one.” Paul Gambaccini BBC London: "He himself says that he was abused as a child and indeed he went on the record about this in Tommy with the song Uncle Ernie. I therefore do trust him implicitly."

The Internet Watch Foundation - whose aim is to eliminate child porn on the net - said Mr Townshend had been "incredibly foolhardy, naive and misguided" to enter such a website.


Sony Music have announced that Andrew Lack, president of the NBC television network in the US, will take over as chairman of Sony Music Entertainment after the resignation of Thomas D. Mottola last week.

Howard Stringer, chairman of the Sony Corporation of America said in a statement: "We are delighted that Andy will join Sony and lead our music company. He is the most rare of senior entertainment executives, equally adept at business, management, strategy and value creation, as well as a consummate and proven developer of content, talent, and ideas. His skills and energy will be of enormous value as we move to transform our music business in this most challenging time for that industry."


REVIEW: Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin)
When ‘Blue Lines’, and even ‘Protection’, exploded onto the scene all those years ago, there was nothing quite like it around. By the time ‘Mezzanine’ came out in 1998 there were a million and one imitators, but the 11 tracker proved that MA still had what it takes to make a blinding album. It’s now 2003 and we are now so overrun with chill-out / ambient / coffee-table downbeat that even a good album gets lost in the dross. You want this album to re-affirm your belief in the existence of deep textured, groundbreaking and interesting mellow music – and while it is beautiful; it is somehow lacking. While the guest appearances of Sinead O’Connor and old hand Horace Andy, amongst others, lift the tracks above the mundane; the overall feel is still a tad samey and tad un-catchy. But that’s because it’s MA. You expect it to be earth-shatteringly amazing – and while it is a great album with some longer tracks (8:17) it ain’t ‘Unfinished…’ It still carries that haunting eerie edge that ‘Mezzanine’ has, but is somehow (ironically) two dimensional. Liked it a lot. But wanted to love it. JG
Release date: 10 Feb
Press contact: Virgin IH [CP, CR, RR, NR], APB [RP, NP]


Electric Six continue to deny rumours that it’s the White Stripes’ Jack White’s voice that you can hear in the background of their number two hit ‘Danger High Voltage’. According to Radio 1 the band claim the backing vocals are supplied by a winner to a competition held on the band’s website. "He sounds a hell of a lot like Jack White,” a spokesman for the band said, “we didn't even think about it at the time and then later on it was like 'Do you think people...?'. A local newscaster in town had spotted Jack White and Joebot at breakfast and that's where the rumour started. I mean do you think Jack White would do a disco song? With us? This is the real world here sir, and these kinds of things just don't happen."

Then again – read the interview with Electric Six on CMU OnLine and you’ll understand these guys are insane – so who knows if they’re telling the truth.


Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt has reacted angrily to accusations made by Ariwa Studios boss Neil Fraser that his station had to take some responsibility for the rise of gun crime in the young black community. As reported on Friday, Fraser wrote to the Telegraph last week to support the comments of Culture Minister Kim Howells, who accused urban music that advocated violence as a contributing factor to the rise of gun crime in the UK. Fraser singled out specific shows on Radio 1 and sister station 1Xtra as consistently playing violent advocating tracks.

But Parfitt says the allegations are "extremely unjust" and that all BBC stations take great care to ensure they do not advocate violence. "Radio 1 works tirelessly to make a positive contribution to our young audiences' lives. To claim that Radio 1 or 1xtra contributes to gun crime in Britain is extremely unjust," he said, adding that 1Xtra had launched with a specially commissioned radio documentary on violence in the club world, Too Dangerous to Dance, which had actively condemned violent behaviour.


Sky have announced the names of the three music channels it plans to launch later this year – Pop (playing, erm, pop), Axe (alternative) and Amp (retro). No word yet on the exact nature of these channels – or whether they’ll follow the EMAP model of back to back videos, or the MTV model of original programming.

But whatever form they take the stations are likely to have an impact on MTV before they even launch. Sky reckon having their own music channels will reduce the value carrying MTV has for their subscribers. So much so they hope to halve the fees they have to pay Viacom to broadcast the MTV and VH1 channels when their contract comes up for renewal in April. Sky versus Viacom will be quite a battle – watch this space.


Elsewhere in the world of music TV there have been indications that P-rock, a new jukebox TV station that launched just before Christmas, may have some links to Future Publishing. The station, which lets viewers pick videos from a much more alternative and punky playlist than rival Kerrang TV, was added to the Sky line up at the same time as the Freeview music stations, MTV’s The Music Factory and EMAP’s Hits. Although similar in format to the EMAP stations it has nothing to do with the media giant, seemingly independently owned.

The link with Future Publishing comes from the website of rock title Metal Hammer, who are talking up the channel while telling readers to look out for Metal Hammer TV coming soon. Whether a television incarnation of Metal Hammer would be a programme or a channel is unclear, but it seems unlikely the magazine would be talking up the new channel if it was about to launch a competitor, suggesting some tie up between the magazine and the new TV station.


The police reckon they’ve discovered 500 original Beatles tapes – some containing previously unheard material - in a raid on a Dutch music pirates last week. The raid was a joint operation between the Dutch and British police. A spokesman in the Netherlands said the seized material was potentially priceless though investigations continue.

"We're investigating whether they really are the originals, but it appears to be so," prosecutor spokesman Robert Meulenbroek told reporters in Amsterdam. "There are about 500 tapes, so there's quite a bit to research."

Reports suggest the tapes contain songs from a planned 1969 album that never saw the light of day. Although some of the tracks were featured on the band’s final album ‘Let It Be’ some of the session tracks are unlikely to have been released.

Talking about the busting of another piracy racket International Federation of the Phonographic Industry UK chairman Jay Berman said: "We applaud this exemplary police operation, which reflects the extraordinary level of international coordination that is needed to tackle the sophisticated cross-border strategies of today's organized music pirates.”


REVIEW: Super Numeri – Great Aviaries (Ninja Tune)
Three Liverpudlians pulled in ten more Liverpudlians to a musical project not typical of the Mersey’s reputation (unless someone thinks that Liverpool is particularly famous for its output of experimental jazz cinematica). The eight track here in evidence combine a soundtrack dynamic with a Modern Jazz Quartet line-up – plus electric bass – and the ominous yet meandering spirit of some of Miles Davis’ early 70’s work. This is Jarre and Glass, This is acoustic psychedelia, this is Alfred Hitchcock in a band. JG
Release date: 3 Feb
Press contact: Zzonked [all]


The latest word is that an album of tracks recorded by Joe Strummer in the months preceding his death may be released in May. The album, with his band Strummer And The Mescaleros would include a number of new tracks premiered at live dates last Autumn including ‘Get Down Moses’, ‘Guitar Slinger Man’, ‘Dakar Meantime’ and ‘Coma Girl’.


The Brit 2003 nominations, expected to be dominated by the Streets and Ms Dynamite, will be announced at the Abbey Road Studios tonight.

Meanwhile across in the US TV bosses are bracing themselves for the live broadcast of the American Music Awards, hosted this year by the Osbournes. Insiders reckon the ‘bleeper’ will go into overdrive as Ozzy introduces the awards.

One of the show’s producers Al Schwartz told reporters: "I'm sure there's a delay built into the show by ABC I would assume there will be a lot of bleeping going on during the show. That's what you expect, and obviously there's going to be a lot of the unexpected going on with them."

The AMAs are a big event in the US music calendar and may give some indications as to who will champion on the Grammys next month.


Public Enemy, Asian Dub Foundation, Billy Bragg, Alabama 3, Roots Manuva, Chumbawamba, Coldcut, Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney, Sia and Ani DiFranco have all contributed tracks to an anti-war compilation album called ‘Peace Not War’. The album has been created by members of an Australian indie band called Change but will be sold worldwide, with profits going to local anti-war groups.

Talking to Aussie website Undercover the band said: "When we got involved in the anti-war movement in London it was clear that the Stop the War Coalition were making a huge impact with little funding, and we hoped that music could fund them to do more, as well as inspire people to get active. Over 60 bands submitted a song: many had already written about the war and others went straight into the studio when they heard about the compilation. The higher up the music industry food chain we ventured, the more musicians we uncovered who were interested. We were also surprised to be offered help from managers and record companies, manufacturers and press: everyone was coming out against the war".


Latest news from the Sun - Jarvis Cocker has been attacked by three muggers – he doesn’t own a mobile and had little cash on him, so the only thing they really got was his spectacles. The attack happened near his East London home – a spokesman for Jarvis told reporters: "It was a horrible ordeal and he was left shaken by it."


Polydor have threatened to take legal action against newspapers who reported on a nightclub brawl involving Girls Aloud member Cheryl Tweedy. While admitting the 19 year old singer was arrested after a 39-year-old law student was allegedly punched in the eye in the toilets of a Surrey nightclub known as The Drink, they claim she was acting in self defence.

In a statement the label said: "Cheryl obviously deeply regrets getting into the fight but when the terminology that she was supposed to have used came out yesterday she was shocked and absolutely distraught." Some of the reports made allegations that Tweedy’s actions were essentially racial abuse. "We will be meeting with our lawyers tomorrow because these allegations of racial abuse are completely false."

They continued: "The press have been completely negative and have even been digging out ex-boyfriends of hers who happen to have been black - but this is such a cliché that I am not going to even get into this or discuss the matter any further."


Answer to Friday's pop quiz:
Who said: “I get a lot of influences from electric shavers”
Iggy Pop

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