CMU Daily - on the inside 5 Feb 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Jacko reactions,
• Tatu – bans (or not) and lawsuits,
• Novamute’s MP3 compilation,
• Bluetones back,
• Charlotte Church youngest ever speaker at Oxford Union,
• Review: Dave London & Filthy Rich – Twisted,
• New London centre to support young musicians,
• Doors drummer sues band mates,
• Houston Senior dies,
• US Rock The Vote line up announced,
• Grohl gatecrashes his support acts’ sets,
• Nas NME date postponed,
• More good news for Chrysalis Radio,
• Hear’say boy plans solo career,
• Father / son rappers hit the big screen,
• Weezer pay tribute to fan aboard the shuttle,
• New names for Sky music channels,
• Two Eminem bios on the way,
• Review: Marc Carroll • Ten Of Swords,
• Jurassic 5 tour dates,
• Coldplay’s live covers,
• Courtney cautioned after mouthing off

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X sampled Y in which track? In which song did Garbage sample The Clash, and what song was sampled?

Answer tomorrow

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JACKO REACTIONS
Well Phil Spector being arrested for murder wasn’t enough to take Wacko Jacko off the tabloid covers and out of the gossip mill yesterday – what to make of his much hyped interview with Martin Bashir screened on ITV on Monday?
Some were critical. Guardian reviewer Rupert Smith concluded: "Michael Jackson is a condition that no amount of money can cure. Jackson hasn't grown up because he's never needed to grow up; a child millionaire, he had the luxury of dwelling on his fascinating problems through a permanent adolescence. At 44, he's well past the age when teenage acne is really an excuse for anything, but boy, is he milking it."

Others sympathetic, readers to BBC Online writing: "I believe that if more people had the same views as Jackson the world would be a far better place,” another adding: "He is not a paedophile. He is a devoted, loving father with a very simple, uncomplicated perspective on how people should treat each other."

Some of the tabloids were less forgiving describing his comments about sharing his bedroom with children as disturbing, and reporting that Californian authorities are interested in investigating his claims. But if Jackson came out of the show bad, Bashir probably came out worse, many media commentators criticising the ITV journalist for laying into Jackson in the voice-overs but not asking decent questions during the interview sequences – many accusing him of wasting his unique access to the star and declaring – "if only it have been 'When Louis met Jacko'".

CMU editor Gill's opinion: “I don't think it's normal for kids to sleep in bed with unrealated adults. But then MJ is not 'normal', and for this reason I think we should cut him some slack. As long as nothing untoward happens then who cares. Bless him, he just thinks he's a kid; and from the way he behaves and what has happened to him over the years it is easy to see where this comes from - he doesn't have the biggest vocab, he gets embarrassed and covers his face like a five year old, he gets excited like a child at Christmas. As far as the sexual thing goes, as far anyone can gather from the programme the guy has never had sex. The guy seems completely asexual. The analysis was superficial and didn't ask or look at things like - what he thinks is normal? what are his views on current affairs? how can he deny extensive plastic sugery when it looks suspiciously like he has had it? who does he fancy? let alone what inspires his music? It annoys me ITV will make shit loads from selling the programme to other networks from such an un-empathetic, boorish and Daily Mail-reading approach to one of pop music's institutions”.

What are your thoughts? Add them to the debate on the message board here.

Meanwhile ABC, the US network who have bought the rights to screen the documentary in a multi-million dollar deal, will now screen the show on Thursday, rather than Friday, to replace a made-for-TV movie about an air crash, which they have decided is unsuitable to air after the weekend’s shuttle crash. Word is this will be the first time Jackons himself has seen the programme.

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TATU – BANS (OR NOT) AND LAWSUITS
As if Richard and Judy trying to ban them wasn’t enough, now the chart topping lesbian pop duo Tatu are being sued by Russian songwriter Sergey Galoyan who says he wrote and produced their number one track. Galoyan is only credited for writing the music – not for the lyric or production duties – which will affect the royalties he receives.
Speaking to The Sun he says: "I originally called it 'I Lost My Mind' and it sounds exactly like the version on the radio now. I'm very angry about the way I have been treated because I feel cheated. It's not about the money. I'm proud of the song and I want the recognition I deserve."

The legal action is actually being taken against the duo’s record label Polydor – though at this stage neither Polydor or parent company Universal Music have commented.

Meanwhile – back to that ban. As we reported on Monday, Richard and Judy are calling for the video to 'All the Things She Said' to be banned after the duo's manager admitted it was an "underage sex project" designed to appeal to men in search of "underage entertainment". Madeley described the pop duo as "sick", while Finnigan denounced them as "paedophilic entertainment". Supporting Richard and Judy’s campaign the child protection charity Kidscape described the act as "pathetic" adding that child pornography was not a laughing matter.

But amid all this debate the BBC has denied it has banned the video – even though it won’t be screened on this Friday’s Top of the Pops. "We have not banned it," a BBC spokeswoman told reporters. "We are not showing it this week because we have access to a number of never-seen-before versions of Tatu's live performances."

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NOVAMUTE’S MP3 COMPILATION
Novamute are recognising the growing number of DJs using the 'final scratch system' (where you plug a special turntable into your computer and mix MP3s) by releasing a new 16-track compilation called ‘2CDs & MP3s’. The release features 28 MP3 files with music from the like of Umek, Luke Slater, Plastikman and Cabaret Voltaire.

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BLUETONES BACK
Old CMU favourites The Bluetones have announced plans for a fifty date UK tour beginning next month to coincide with the up coming release of their fourth studio album. The tour will begin in Colchester on 16 Mar and visit Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool before finishing at London Astoria on 21 May.

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CHARLOTTE CHURCH YOUNGEST EVER SPEAKER AT OXFORD UNION
After announcing she is to take time off from showbusiness, Charlotte Church is set to become the youngest person to ever address the Oxford Union. She will be speaking about her career to date at the university next month. A spokesman for the Oxford Union told the Daily Express: "Charlotte has been pencilled in to appear next month. She is very brave. She's younger than me and I wouldn't want to address the Union but we try to get a wide a range of speakers as possible. She has experienced a lot for her age and will have much to say."

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REVIEW: Dave London & Filthy Rich – Twisted (Distinct’ive Breaks)
I don’t know what it is about breakbeat/nu skool breaks (whatever you’re allowed to call it these days), but it all sounds the same. It all sounds like that Ils track ‘Next Level’ that got on the car ad. Although it was a blinding tune, it appears that every jealous little kid went out and bought the same keyboard/synth and set it to the ‘nu skool breaks demo setting’: house tempo hiphop rhythms, growling acid bass, and scratch stabs from a battle break record. That’s it. That said, this is a pretty good slab of said breaks. With a nice 95/97 house feel in the synth strings and chord progression, ‘twisted’ has what most other breakbeat lacks – a tune. JG
Release date: 31 Mar
Press contact: Excess [all]

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NEW LONDON CENTRE TO SUPPORT YOUNG MUSICIANS
Drew Kaza has been telling the Melbourne Music Conference about a new London based centre he will be running to support upcoming bands and songwriters. The brain child of Microsoft founder Paul Allen and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics the centre – called The Hospital – will be housed in the former St Paul's Hospital and will give musicians access to technical recording and production facilities as well as a members club, restaurant, art gallery and even serviced apartments. The hope is to create an institution like the Brill Building - the famous New York consortium of songwriters and publishers in the sixties.

Kaza explained: "The Hospital will allocate seed funding for up and coming acts – we’ll award between $5,000 - $100,000 for 10-15 projects a year. But wannabe celebs won't be welcome. This is based on talent, not on celebrity. It is for people who get off on working with their peers." If successful the centre’s backers hope to set up similar institutions in major cities around the world.

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DOORS DRUMMER SUES BAND MATES
Original Doors drummer John Densmore has filed legal action against fellow members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger claiming their current Doors reunion wasn’t cleared by himself or the Morrison estate, and as such is misleading fans. When it was first announced that The Doors would reform with The Cult’s Ian Astbury in place of Morrison it was originally reported Densmore was part of the reunion. Later it was claimed Densmore had to drop out because of health problems – he was replaced by Stewart Copeland, formerly drummer with The Police. But now Densmore claims he, and Morrison’s widow Pam Courson, never cleared the reunion tour. "It’s misleading to the fans," he told reporters. "I’m forced to speak out now and to take action in order to protect the integrity of the great work all four of us created together."

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HOUSTON SENIOR DIES
John Houston, the father of Whitney Houston, died last weekend after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease, his feud with his daughter still running. Houston Senior’s career in the music industry predated that of his daughter by a long way – he managed the career of Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston and later established his management company John Houston Entertainment. It was through that company that he ended up suing Whitney for $100 million last year for alleged unpaid fees owing from when his company negotiated Whitney a new record contract and dealt with the legalities after she was arrested on drugs charges.

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US ROCK THE VOTE LINE UP ANNOUNCED
The line up has been announced for the annual Rock The Vote gig in New York – organised as part of the campaign to encourage young people to engage in political debate. Robbie Williams, Public Enemy, Vanessa Carlton and The Flaming Lips are among the acts who will appear at the city’s Roseland Ballroom on 22 Feb, the night before the Grammys. As previously reported awards will be made on the night to Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette and Chuck D for their political and campaigning work.

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GROHL GATECRASHES HIS SUPPORT ACTS’ SETS
How many bands does Dave Grohl want to be in? The Foo Fighter’s frontman joined his support band – the charmingly titled Hard Ons – at a Melbourne gig last week to join in on a rendition of Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades'. Earlier in the tour Grohl shared a stage with one of his heroes, Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke, for a performance of the band’s 'Requiem'.

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NAS NME DATE POSTPONED
Nas, who should have been playing an NME Awards Show at the Astoria tonight, has had to put off the gig until 24 Feb – because of bad weather in New York! Nas was due to be filming a video in NYC – as soon as the shoot was done he would fly to London for the gig. But bad weather meant the shoot was moved to LA and his schedule sufficiently screwed up to prevent a quick visit to the UK. All tickets remain valid for the new date.

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MORE GOOD NEWS FOR CHRYSALIS RADIO
More good news from Chrysalis Radio who bucked the advertising slump last year to announce a rise in advertising revenues. Well, they’ve done it again, advertising profits for the last five months up 18.6% on the same period last year.

"This strong revenue performance of Chrysalis Radio is particularly pleasing in the light of the difficult trading environment our industry continues to face," chairman Chris Wright boasts. "Our outperformance under these conditions demonstrates not only the ability of the group to continue delivering market share gains, but also our ability to convert this audience growth into revenue growth."

Most of that success comes from the Heart and Galaxy stations, but Wright added that the group’s latest acquisition – the revamped LBC – is already paying off. "We have attracted a strong line up of presenters and feedback in the first four weeks since relaunch has been very positive."

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HEAR’SAY BOY PLANS SOLO CAREER
Former Hear'Say singer Danny Foster has been telling the Daily Mirror that he will be back with a solo career very soon – but that he’s is steering clear of formulaic pop music. "People are sick of the format. I'm really into my music and taking some time out gives me the chance to find myself. After two-and-a-half years of working 20-hour days it's like "Did I really do that?" I'm just taking stock of things. When I get back I'll be concentrating on my career - sorting stuff out with the record company. I definitely want to get back in the studios in the next six months."

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FATHER / SON RAPPERS HIT THE BIG SCREEN
Father-and-son rappers Master P and Lil' Romeo will be on set later this month to start shooting a new movie together. The feature debut for video director Bernard Gourly the film, working title 'Uncle P', is being described as an "urban family comedy", or 'Uncle Buck' meets 'Mr Mom'.

Master P is putting up several million dollars of his own money to finance the project while still seeking a domestic distributor. The rapper will essentially star as himself in the story which will see a multi-millionaire business man come rapper reassessing his life after he ends up caring for the children of his sick single mum sister. Romeo plays the mischievous 12-year-old nephew who desperately needs a father figure in his life.

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WEEZER PAY TRIBUTE TO FAN ABOARD THE SHUTTLE
Weezer have written a tribute to Navy Commander William C. McCool, one of the astronauts killed in the shuttle crash on the weekend. McCool was a big fan of the band and met them after a Houston gig. He took a copy of the band’s self-titled album with him on his space missions saying: There's nothing better than listening to a good album and looking out the windows and watching the world go by."

Writing on their website the band said: "The Weezer community feels the particular loss of Commander Willie McCool. Willie was a huge music and Weezer fan, and brought his trusty blue album on the flight not only to listen to, but in hopes of getting a neat picture to contribute to weezer.com upon his return . . . We extend our deepest condolences to all the families of the crew of STS-107, and trust that those seven brave souls are now at peace."

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NEW NAMES FOR SKY MUSIC CHANNELS
Word is Sky have re-named their planned music channels – originally to be called 'Axe', 'Pop' and 'Amp'. Latest reports say the three channels will now be branded 'Scuzz', 'Gloss' and 'The Amp' because somehow this will make them more "viewer-friendly". The new channels launch in April.

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TWO EMINEM BIOS ON THE WAY
The Eminem cash in continues with two new biographies of Slim Shady due later this year. The first – 'Cleanin Out My Closet' - is unauthorised which is always fun, though not necessarily that reliable. It's by JR Watkins, a self-proclaimed friend of Mr Mathers and ex-wife Kim. Billed as "the true story of Marshall Bruce Mathers III as a father, husband and friend" expect all the well trodden tabloid stories including stories about Eminem’s rumored romances with Mariah Carey and '8-Mile' co-star Brittany Murphy. The second has had Eminem’s cooperation throughout and comes from the pen of Rolling Stone journalist Anthony Bozza. 'Whatever You Say I Am' tells Eminem’s story plus includes interviews with Mr Shady and his 'inner circle' of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and D12.

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REVIEW: Marc Carroll - Ten of Swords (Evangeline)
Have you ever tried to take a cat, strap on a pair of wings, a snout and four extra legs, cut it some gills and force it to bark, in order to have a variety of animals all within one low-maintenance pet? The results can be mildly entertaining but to be honest, it’s not very convincing as any of these creatures. Not even a cat. And that there is Marc Carroll's problem. Because 'Ten of Swords' has a few really nice songs on it but they are all so varied and with such blatantly plagiarised influences that the album lacks any cohesion whatsoever. 'You Saved My Life (Again Last Night)' comes close to the beauty of Oasis' Noel-voxed 'Half a World Away' and 'Idiot World’ echoes The Lemonheads' 'Dawn Canít Decide', but the list of comparisons is as obvious as it is endless: Elliott Smith, Mojave 3, Jason Falkner, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoegazing band etc, but each time falling short of capturing what makes each of these artists great and instead pilfering like a highwayman. There is plenty to enjoy if you can handle hearing your heroes being ripped off like a customer at Dixons, but this writer would rather stick with his zoological feats for now. DR
Release date: 20 Jan
Press contact: Cool Delta [all]

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JURASSIC 5 TOUR DATES
College favourites Jurassic 5 have announced they will begin a European tour next month with a batch of UK dates. The tour follows the release of their second full-length album 'Power In Numbers' last autumn. Those dates:

2 Mar: Bristol Academy
3 Mar: Manchester Academy
5 Mar: The Barrowlands, Glasgow
6 Mar: Leeds University
7 Mar: Birmingham Academy
22 Mar: Brixton Academy, London

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COLDPLAY'S LIVE COVERS
The latest from Coldplay’s US tour where various cover versions have been working their way into the set. Renditions of Justin Timberlake's 'Like I Love You' and Destiny's Child's 'Independent Women, Pt 1' all reported to have appeared in recent sets.

But some original songs are in the pipeline as the band find spare moments among their gruelling touring schedule and word is the band hope to return to the studio in September to record a third album.

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COURTNEY CAUTIONED AFTER MOUTHING OFF
Courtney Love has admitted her mouth got her into trouble again after being cautioned by police over an alleged 'air rage' incident. She was arrested at Heathrow airport after an incident on her flight from the US. Love explains: "I cussed at a lady - my daughter always said I had a potty mouth. I cussed at a lady named Mary, she wasn't letting my friend into first class and I said, why are you being such a bitch about it."

Commenting on how she was treated by Virgin Atlantic during the incident she said: "I have been flying British Airways for a long time and I will continue to do so. This is my second time on Virgin and my first time wasn't so great either."

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Answer to Tuesday's pop quiz:
X sampled Y in which track? In which song did De La Soul sample Hall & Oates, and what song was sampled?
De La Soul sampled hall & Oates’s ‘I Can’t Go For Theat’ in ‘Say No Go’

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