Jaunuary 6 [12:00 EDT] -- Brit duo the Propellerheads were on a James Bond roll with the recent success of their track from the Bond songs compilation album, "Shaken Not Stirred," and they're still rolling 007's. Their contribution to that album, the theme from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," made the Top 10 in their home country, and now they've issued a new single, "History Repeating," featuring Bond theme queen Shirley Bassey.
The tune debuted high on the British charts just before Christmas, giving Bassey her first commercial hit since 1973. She's probably best known for 1964's "Goldfinger" from the movie of the same name. It's her second foray into modern rock--she recorded with new wavers Yello in the mid-eighties.
The Propellerheads were reportedly long-time Bassey fans and wrote the song with her in mind on the off-chance she'd agree to record it with them. She did, and made the trek from her home in Monte Carlo to do so in September. The song is the first
single off the band's pending album, "Decksandrumsandrockandroll," due out January 26 in England on the Wall of Sound label, and at a later date in the States on Dreamworks, who signed the much-heralded group after winning a U.S. bidding war. The band consists of Alex Gifford, 32, who once played sax for The Stranglers, and drummer/programmer Will White.
Meanwhile, the British music industry ezine Dot Music reports that the Propellerheads have just recorded new material in New York with the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul which will most likely surface this summer.