Everyone's favorite English anarchists Chumbawamba are slated to
appear alongside British soccer stars in an anti-racism video made for U.K.
classrooms called Show Racism the Red Card, according to Britain's
Press Association news service... The PA also reports that
legendary producer Phil Spector recently registered his revulsion
with the Spice Girls during a Q magazine awards ceremony in
London. Calling the pop divas "the Anti-Christ," the man responsible for the
Wall of Sound found on many girl group hits of the '60s went on to compare
the Spice Girls to pornography. "But a porno movie has got better music,"
Since there's no accounting for taste, MTV's European Music Awards, picked by
half-a-million European fans, knighted Jon Bon Jovi Best Male Artist,
while Janet Jackson took home the award for Best Female Artist. The
omnipresent Spice Girls won for Best Group, while Hanson
picked up best song for "MMMBop" and Best Breakthrough Act. Will
Smith, picked up the Best Rap Act nod, Oasis the Best Rock Act
award and U2 the Best Live Act nod. Prodigy took home three
statutes, for Best Alternative Act, Best Video ("Breathe") and Best Dance Act...
The autobiography of former Ramones bassist Dee Dee
Ramone, out now, is entitled Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones.
Ramones singer, Joey Ramone, described the tome as "pretty heavy"...
Speaking of the Ramones, just a year after their break-up, all the band's original
members, including Dee Dee, drummer Tommy, Johnny, plus more recent members Marky and CJ Ramone, will join singer Joey Ramone for a Nov. 25 in-store appearance at New York's
downtown Tower Records for a signing party to celebrate the release of The
Ramones Last Show -- All Access, a CD/Video. The 32-track CD
commemorates their final show and features guest appearances from
Soundgarden's Ben Shepard and Chris Cornell,
Lemmy from Motorhead and Pearl Jam's Eddie
Vedder, while the hour-and-a-half video We're Outta Here is a documentary on the band's
Metallica just joined the ranks of the Beatles and Garth
Brooks as one of only three acts to have sold four million or more copies of
five consecutive albums. Brooks currently leads the pack with six albums... Next
time you can't find anything but high-concept schlock in the "new releases"
section of your video store, take a moment to consider low-budget, punk-style
film king Samuel Fuller, who died last week (Oct. 30) at age 85. Fuller
was the director of numerous underground cult classics, including the WW II film
The Big Red One starring Lee Marvin, House of Bamboo, The
Naked Kiss and Underworld, U.S.A....
Punk poet Patti Smith has inked a deal with Doubleday to publish two
books. The first, due out in the fall of '98, is a compilation of lyrics along with
commentary from Smith and portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie
Liebovitz. The singer will follow that with an as-yet-untitled coming of age
memoir due out in the spring of '99... Fans of the late Jeff Buckley can
find a new tribute to the singer/songwriter on Juliana Hatfield's
Please Do Not Disturb EP. Hatfield, the former singer for the Blake
Babies who brought Buckley on tour with her in '95, eulogizes him on a
track called "Trying Not to Think About It" . . .
Finally, blues hounds who know what's good for them will write to Fat
Possum Records and order a copy of the new compilation Not the Same
Old Blues Crap, which is unavailable in stores. Included on the 10-track
sampler are cuts by (old) newcomer Elmo Williams and Robert
Cage, both of whom will release full albums on the label in early '98.
(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled
this report) [Fri., Nov. 7, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]