Issue 1, 15th April 1996: Singing For England
News and links on the UK music scene
By Neil Wood
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Black Grape plays for England
Black Grape gets the supreme musical honour of writing the music for
the England team as they get ready to play the European Cup. Forget
your Brit awards, forget the Eurovision Song contest---this is far more
important an accolade for any band---to write the song that will
inspire their national team to win football's European Cup! Rumour has
it they have recruted ex-punk-rocker and Clash front-man Joe Strummer
for the noble effort. But who is going to do the rap this time? Odds on
favourite has to be Paul Ince, with rank outsider Dave Seaman
practising his chords.
I've found an excellent Black Grape Page,
complete with samples of the latest album. I'll let the owner of the
page handle any copyright disputes.
The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Again
It's time to get out those safety pins and stick them somewhere. The
Sex Pistols are back together, to yet again turn rude words and the
occassional gesture into money. The Sidless foursome now have Glen
Matlock on bass.
I don't know how far the offical page has got, but here it is under construction.
But Never Mind the Official Home Page---Here's the Dog's Bollocks.
Battle of the Bands on the Net
This is an interesting project by IceHouse Records featuring the
traditional battle-of-the-bands scenerio but using the medium of the
Internet and the Web to project the image and sound of the band across
the world. With you the Internet user being able to vote for your fave
band, and also being able to purchase the track as part of a
compilation. The winning band will be announced at a major
international venue on the 9th December 1996, altough they have not
said exactly where yet...
At the time of going to press there are no bands as yet displayed on
the Web page, just a press
release and sign-up form [and even that disappeared a few days later;
let's hope they sort themselves out soon].
From the bands' point of view they have to pay GBP20 for the privilege,
and there is no mention in the advertising of how much Web space or
sample length they will get for their money. But it could be cheaper
than a band going to the expense of setting up their own Web pages. So
it is hard to judge if this is exploitation of penniless fame-hungry
musicians or a genuine attempt to help up-and-coming new bands.
There is a Battle of the Bands at New Jersey Online
actually up and working.
The Cure has a new album. They have spent a whole year together under
the same roof, not surprising then that they have called it
Wild Mood Swings. Available in early May.
- Punk Links:
The Women of 1970's Punk,
The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (The Video),
World Wide Punk.
- UK Bands on the Net:
British Music Web Site.
An Online Acoustic Music Establishment.
Destiny Calling Festival July 12th-14th 1996.
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