CMU Daily - on the inside 8 Apr 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Tarrant says Capital "lost the plot"
• Radiohead increasingly annoyed at studio downloads
• Evans cost Virgin millions
• Review: Def Tex – Dancehaul EP
• Mute re-release Voltaire classics
• MTV launch new album web stream
• Grohl drums for UK rockers
• Dynamite signs up with Pepsi
• Osbourne thrilled at Robbie support
• New York compilation planned
• Review: Moving Units – Moving Units EP
• New south London venue hopes to be antidote to superclubs
• Blur added to Carling weekend
• Jools on Edwin
• Rhino launch vinyl series
• Grandaddy confirm Glastonbury set
• Disgraced MP’s daughter goes rap
• Justin toughs it up for dance mag
• Tatu warned about Eurovision performance

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CMU POP QUIZ
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Q2: What was Partner In Kryme’s one hit, back in 1990?

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STUDENT RADIO CHART OF SPRING TERM 2003
1. Turin Brakes - Pain Killer (Source)
2. Coldplay - Clocks (EMI/Parlophone)
3. Eminem - Sing For The Moment (Universal/Interscope)
4. Idlewild - A Modern Way Of Letting Go (EMI/Parlophone)
5. Massive Attack - Special Cases (Virgin)
6. The Coral - Don't Think You're The First (Deltasonic)
7. The Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage (Beggars/XL)
8. Placebo - The Bitter End (Virgin/Hut)
9. Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous (Sony/Epic)
10. Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (Crunchy Frog)
11. Feeder - Just The Way I'm Feeling (Echo)
12. Zwan – Honestly (Warners/Reprise)
13. 50 Cent - In Da Club (Universal/Interscope)
14. The Datsuns - Harmonic Generator (V2)
15. Supergrass - Seen The Light (EMI/Parlophone)
16. Royksopp - Eple (Wall Of Sound)
17. Hell Is For Heroes - You Drove Me To It (EMI/Chrysalis)
18. Avril Lavigne - I'm With You (BMG/Arista)
19. The Thrills - One Horse Town (Virgin)
20. Oasis - Songbird (Sony/Big Brother)
21. TaTu - All The Things She Said (Universal/Interscope)
22. Lemon Jelly - Nice Weather For Ducks (Beggars/XL)
23. Sum 41 - The Hell Song (Universal/Mercury)
24. Blur - Out Of Time (EMI/Parlophone)
25. OK GO - Get Over It (EMI/Capitol)
26. Missy Elliott - Gossip Folks (Warners/Elektra)
27. The Music - The Truth Is No Words (Virgin/Hut)
28. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Vs The Pink Robots (Warners)
29. Richard X Vs Liberty X - Being Nobody (Virgin)
30. Sugababes – Shape (Universal/Island)

Compiled and broadcast by SBN – http://www.sbn.co.uk

Chart commentary: Well no surprise really that Turin Brakes was the most played artist on student radio since Christmas, with 'Pain Killer' topping playlist after playlist over the last few months. And no surprise Coldplay were close behind in the running with 'Clocks'. The problem with cumulative charts is that the big releases tend to dominate and the smaller acts who appeared lower down the chart for a week or two don't get a look in – but still, there's some damn fine music here – our favourites being The Flaming Lips, Lemon Jelly, The Thrills, Junior Senior and Good Charlotte – but you're sure to have you own.

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TARRANT SAYS CAPITAL "LOST THE PLOT"
Speaking to the FT today Chris Tarrant says Capital Radio "lost the plot" with regards music policy last year and described the station's finance director as "a buffoon" - but he also hinted that he may stay on as presenter of the station's breakfast show when his contract comes up for renewal at the end of the year. Despite an interview last year where he strongly indicated he would quit the Capital breakfast show this year – leading to a slump in Capital's share price and a much hyped revamp of the show to make it less presenter-dependent – Tarrant now says "I've never said I'm going."

When told the station's finance director had indicated that Neil Fox was likely to take over breakfast at the start of next year he added: "No he hasn't said that, and he's an arse if he has! The man's a buffoon. No way am I definitely going in December. Basically, I have a rolling contract until at least some period into 2004." Talking about his apparent changes of heart, and the affect those have on Capital's share price, Tarrant went on: "Why should I have to make a long-term decision about my own future in a job I really like doing to ease the market situation? That's for other people to sort out - I should be here because I like it, because the breakfast show is successful, and that should be my only criteria."

On the revamp of the breakfast show he continued: "I bet you the Rajar figs will have gone up quite a lot. The trick then is to keep them there. There have been other periods where figures have dropped but they always come back. I think Capital lost the plot a bit last year. We probably had the dullest music policy we've ever had but it has got a lot better and more people are listening."

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RADIOHEAD INCREASINGLY ANNOYED AT STUDIO DOWNLOADS
Despite initially claiming to indifference regarding the downloading of their new album on the net so far ahead of release, Radiohead are now telling fans they are upset that so many tracks are online because it has "compromised" their work. It seems the change of heart comes about because, as reported last week, most of the tracks circulating online are early versions of tracks on the album taken from early studio sessions. The band are upset that fans are hearing raw versions of track which aren't actually finished or sounding as they should do.

Writing on their website the band's Phil Selway told fans: "I too am disappointed that the album has already been uploaded onto the net. We don't like anybody to hear our recordings until we are completely happy with them. These mixes of the songs were still 'work in progress'. As such, we wouldn't have chosen to present the album to people in this form. I feel that the recording process has been compromised for us. Its not that these mixes are bad, it's just that the actual album is better - honest." The finished version of 'Hail To The Thief' will hit stores on 9 Jun.

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EVANS COST VIRGIN MILLIONS
Even if you side with Virgin Radio and think Chris Evans was taking the piss when he disappeared for ten days after sacking half his production team – how do you put a figure on how much that cost the station? Well, radio expert Trevor Morse, speaking at the ongoing Virgin/Evans court case, reckons he lost the station £20 million through his erratic behaviour. The figure is based on the loss of audience figures (and therefore advertising revenue) between April 2000 and December 2002 which the station argue was caused by Evan's actions while at the station and in the months following is high profile departure.

However Morse did admit that it was difficult to assess the extent to which Evans' behaviour had damaged revenues because of the "disastrous" impact an advertising recession in 2001 had had for all commercial radio profits. Virgin are clearly keen to show that Evans cost the station much more than the £8 million of share options he is claiming is owed.

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REVIEW: Def Tex – Dancehaul EP (Son Recds)
For ten odd years, Def Tex have been innovating. Their Moon Meditation EP from 94 was way ahead of its time with its heavy beats and jazz instrumentation. Over the years the Norwich collective have kept on pushing the boundaries through ceaseless experimentation. If their live show at last year's Ded Beat Weekender hasn’t set their reputation in stone then their latest EP surely will. The title track is a heavy heavy ragga-rhythm cut, while Japanese producer Azzuro’s track provides the backing to 'Postcard From Norwich', which also features DPF. A tough EP of vocal and instrumental versions keeping Norwich on the map. JG
Release date: 14 Apr
Press contact: Son IH [all]

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MUTE RE-RELEASE VOLTAIRE CLASSICS
Mute label The Grey Area are to release a three CD box set from electronic pioneers Cabaret Voltaire. The box set follows the successful re-release of the 1979 track 'Nag Nag Nag' remixed by original member Richard H Kirk last year. Called 'Methodology 74-78 Attic Tapes' the set will feature early and previously unreleased Voltaire music.

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MTV LAUNCH NEW ALBUM WEB STREAM
MTV is launching a new section to their website in the US called The Leak where they will stream an entire album the week before its retail release. Starting with a big release, Madonna's American Life will be the first to be 'leaked' from the week commencing 16 Apr - the album gets a US release on 22 Apr.

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GROHL DRUMS FOR UK ROCKERS
Dave 'workaholic' Grohl provides drums on the new album for Sony signed UK rockers Killing Joke, which has a working title of 'Axis of Evil'. Word is Grohl is a huge Killing Joke fan and that when he met the group's leader, Jaz Coleman, in New Zealand recently he jumped at the chance to play on the album. However, unlike when he drummed for the Queens of the Stone Age last year, it is unlikely Grohl will do any of the live dates planned to promote the album. If nothing else Grohl is a very busy boy with a 14 date US tour kicking off later this month and a number of festival dates over the summer – including the V Festival in the UK.

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DYNAMITE SIGNS UP WITH PEPSI
Ms Dynamite has gone all corporate on us, signing a £1 million sponsorship deal with Pepsi, who decided not to renew their one year sponsorship deal with Gareth Gates at the end of last year. However Ms D's people are keen to point out a key theme of the Pepsi deal is a campaign to encourage children from tough backgrounds to break into the music business and become stars of the future. Announcing the deal a Pepsi spokesman told reporters: "Ms Dynamite has had a meteoric rise. She started at the very bottom and has become one of Britain's biggest music sensations." Elsewhere in Dynamite news, it has been reported that the pregnant rapper has turned down the opportunity to work with Dr Dre. Word is she was invited to go to LA to work with Dre on some new material, but she turned him down as she doesn’t want to do any more work until she's had her baby.

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OSBOURNE THRILLED AT ROBBIE SUPPORT
Kelly Osbourne might be damaging her rock credentials, though it's always a good idea to flatter the artists your supporting on tour. Either way, Ms Osbourne has said her booking as support for Robbie William's European tour is a "dream come true" because she has been a Robbie fan since his Take That days. She will be playing on the Escapology tour which kicks off in Edinburgh in June and does the rounds of the continent before a three day residency at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire in August. Apparently Robbie invited her along to join the tour when they met up at her New Year's Eve party in Beverly Hills. He told reporters: "I love Kelly. Her don't-give-a-shit attitude reminds me of me. She rocks."

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NEW YORK COMPILATION PLANNED
The current New York scene will be anthologized in a new compilation later this year called 'YES New York'. The album makes reference to 'No New York', the 1978 Brian Eno produced album which featured songs by local underground acts of the time like Contortions, DNA, Mars, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. The new fifteen track collection, released by Wolfgang Morden, an imprint of Vice Records, will feature Interpol, Longwave, a live version of the Strokes' 'New York City Cops' and an acoustic version of 'Our Time' performed by Unitard, a side project of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Talking about the scene the compilation pays tribute to executive producers Chris White and Brian Long told reporters: "As transplants to New York, we had spent a decade watching the New York rock scene kinda suck with too many Heartbreaker wannabes and noisy sound-alikes. In the spring of 2002 the 'scene' seemed to crystallize. Suddenly there were a lot of really interesting rock bands happening right now - and they didn't all sound the same." Some proceeds from the album will go to Musicians on Call, a project which promotes the use of music as part of healing therapy in healthcare facilities.

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REVIEW: Moving Units – Moving Units EP (Palm Pictures)
To be perfectly honest, none of the 'The' bands stand out – they're alright, but nothing makes any one of them stand out from any of the others. Which is why even I am excited about MU. The three parts are from Detroit, LA and DC and have combine speed-disco drum rhythms, with ska-esque basslines, that dirty guitar sound and playing style that the Ramones honed to perfection vocals that sound not unlike the leader singer of Space – only more assertive. The sound borrows a lot from the two tone sound but combines it with the modern punk-influenced sound to create a fantasticly punchy and hugely danceable hybrid. (As well as being completely insane, the drummer looks and behaves like a young Mick Fleetwood). Already disheartened with 'The' bands? Check this. JG
Release date: 14 Apr
Press contact: Hall or Nothing [CP, RP, NP] Palm IH [CR, RR, NR]

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NEW SOUTH LONDON VENUE HOPES TO BE ANTIDOTE TO SUPERCLUBS
The people behind the revamped and refurbished Coronet venue in South London's Elephant & Castle, which has an industry launch party this week, say they hope the new club venue will appeal to "a young London tired of corporate 'superclubs' and pre-packaged entertainment". The 2,100 capacity Art Deco building, formerly a theatre and cinema, has been empty since 1999. The revamped venue will house regular club nights, live music, art house cinema screenings and special events. Dan Norman, formerly the programmer at London nightclub Heaven, will programme the Coronet's club nights.

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BLUR ADDED TO CARLING WEEKEND
More festival news – and Blur have been added to the bill at Leeds and Reading alongside headliners Metallica and Linkin Park. Courtney Love is also expected to play at the August Bank Holiday events, with Sum 41, Beck, Placebo, Blink 182, The White Stripes and System of a Down also confirmed. Of course the Leeds Festival still has to face the licencing challenge, though organisers reckon there has been no official objection to the festival taking place this year despite the mini-riot that followed last year's finale. Last Spring Mean Fiddler's first licence application was turned down, but later granted after they appealed.

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JOOLS ON EDWIN
Jools Holland has been paying tribute to the late Edwin Starr who died last week. One of Starr's last projects was working on Hollands' 'More Friends' album. "I was devastated by that," Holland has told Aussie website Undercover. "We worked with him on quite a few occasions going back to TV shows and live gigs with him and he's the most extraordinary man, he's actually like one of the great opera singers from years ago because he never used monitors. Every singer I know has speakers on stage, you can always see them and he'd always have them switched off, his voicewas so powerful, he never used them. I'm very sorry."

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RHINO LAUNCH VINYL SERIES
As the major labels get all excited by DVD Audio and SACD, US based Rhino Records are launching Rhino Vinyl, a new imprint dedicated to rereleasing classic recordings in the format of their original release. Though like those new formats technological developments will be used to improve the sound quality from the originals – and 180gsm vinyl will be used to maximise sound quality. The series will launch with the rerelease of three albums by the Grateful Dead, which are released in the US on 22 Apr. Seven more releases should follow this year. If successful there could be up to 40 more releases next year.

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GRANDADDY CONFIRM GLASTONBURY SET
CMU favourites Grandaddy have given more details of up coming single and confirmed they will be playing Glastonbury this year. The new single, 'Now It's On', will be released by V2 on 26 May and is the first to come from new album 'Sumday', out on 9 Jun. The Glastonbury date (they play the Other Stage on Sunday) is part of a UK tour to promote the new album. Other dates on the tour:

10 Jun: Birmingham Academy
11 Jun: Bristol University
12 Jun: London Astoria
1 Jul: Manchester University
2 Jul: Sheffield Leadmill
3 Jul: Glasgow QMU

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DISGRACED MP'S DAUGHTER GOES RAP
Amusing story of the day – and the daughter of former (and disgraced) Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is entering the rap world by releasing a self-penned rap tune called Daisy. Describing herself as "Eminem in reverse" Victoria Aitken told he Evening Standard: "I'm just trying to put out my rhymes."

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JUSTIN TOUGHS IT UP FOR DANCE MAG
Justin 'media saturation' Timberlake has gone for a slightly tougher image for his interview with Muzik magazine. The magazine's cover features the boy band star with blood all over his face, a gold-tooth and stained vest, while in the interview Justin confesses to smoking weed, saying: "I like pot, it's not addictive. Sometimes you wanna level out." What would Britney say?

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TATU WARNED ABOUT EUROVISION PERFORMANCE
This just in. TaTu – who are representing Russia at this year's Eurovision - have been told to drop the trademark snogging and groping from their act at the Contest next month or face disqualification. Of course some might argue disqualification from the Eurovision Song Content is a much bigger achievement than winning it – you'd certainly sell more records on the back of it.

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