Scans: Beastie Boys, Morrissey, Ohio Players, Andy Gibb, The Verve...

Beastie Boys MC Adam Yauch drops a pearl of information about the new album from the rap trio -- which has been nearly four years in the works -- in the latest issue of the British youth culture mag Dazed and Confused. "We jam all the time," Yauch said. "That's what we've been doing the last two years, on and off. We go through different periods where we'll work together then we'll go off and do other stuff ... As we speak, in fact, Ad Rock [Adam Horowitz] is working on beats ... Adam has, like, boxes and boxes of disks with beats on them, different kinds of mad loops. Some of it is going towards his solo thing. Definitely a lot it is going towards the next album" ... Former Smiths singer/now solo artist Morrissey is working on a U.S.-only compilation of import, B-side and rare tracks, most of which have been rare or unavailable before. The collection will feature rare photos of the mope-pop singer and an enhanced CD portion with the never-before-released-in-the-U.S. video for the song "Sunny" ...

Capitol Records, which brought you the sequels to the Romeo and Juliet and Trainspotting soundtracks, is at it again with Boogie Nights #2, the sequel to the porn-'n'-drugs movie starring Mark Wahlberg. Among the artists on the sequel soundtrack are disco faves Hot Chocolate, KC & the Sunshine Band and Ohio Players, as well as tracks by Three Dog Night, The Move and Rick Springfield's unforgettable "Jessie's Girl" ...

Following on the heels of a recent VH-1 special that traced his sad rise and decline, '70s pin-up boy Andy Gibb, the youngest of the Bee Gees Gibb brothers clan, gets a musical revival, with the recent re-release of his first three albums, Flowing Rivers, Shadow Dancing and After Dark ... If you thought it was a little early for The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" to be turned into commercial fodder for a Nike shoe ad, so did the band. In a statement released by their U.S. publicity firm, the band said that, had The Verve not lost the publishing copyright to the song to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and ex-manager Allen Klein (the song uses a sample of an orchestral version a Rolling Stones song), they never would have agreed to let the commercial happen. "The Verve's management licensed the use of 'Bittersweet Symphony' to Nike because of the company's consistent history of tasteful and creative advertising campaigns," explained the press release. Enigmatically, the press release also said the decision to consent to the Nike ad was made to prevent the song "from being utilized elsewhere without the band's knowledge or input" ... The soundtrack to the upcoming Meg Ryan/Nicholas Cage romance "City of Angels" features a new song from Peter Gabriel, "Grieve," written expressly for the film, as well as a remix of the U2 "If God Will Send His Angels" and the new Goo Goo Dolls song "Who I Am" ... -- Gil Kaufman [Tues., Jan. 20, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

The Jesus Lizard will release a self-titled

EP produced by former Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill. Gill

produced four of the five songs, with former Velvet Underground violist

John Cale pitching in on the fifth and Gastr Del Sol guitarist

Jim O'Rourke doing a remix of the track "Needles for Teeth" ... Retro

keyboard-lovers Sukia are working on their second album, currently

planned for a late spring release. The Dust Brothers are expected to

produce or remix a few tracks ...

K's Choice singer Sarah Bettens has recorded backing vocals

to George S. Clinton's score for the film "Wild Things," which stars actor/singer

Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon. Also appearing on the

soundtrack are Morphine's singer/bassist Mark Sandman and

saxophone player Dana Colley ... Just released is a two-CD, 50-song

compilation of mid-'60s work by Them, the British R&B band fronted by

Van Morrison. The collection features many of the band's signature

hits, including "Gloria," "Here Comes the Night" and "Baby Please Don't Go," as

well as alternate takes of several songs ... -- Gil Kaufman

Color="#720418">[Mon., Jan. 19, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]