Scans: Guitar Wolf's Gutsy New Release

Guitar Wolf, Japan's vociferous three-piece, has assembled their fifth collection of rip-your-guts-out rock 'n' roll, called Planet of the Wolves. Due to hit American shores in October, the album marks the band's second outing for the Matador label. The ace noise fest includes 14 new tracks, among them such killer cuts as "Kung Fu Ramone's Passion" and "Let's Get Hurt." Seiji, Billy and Toru even pull off

havoc-wreaking covers of such chestnuts as "Satisfaction" and Link

Wray's "Rumble" (no small feat). For those who dig their R&R with a

double dose of clangorous grit, Planet of the Wolves is the real

deal. Watch for Guitar Wolf to tour the States this fall. [Sun., Aug. 24, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Marillion Fans Raise $50,000 For U.S. Tour

Fans of British rock band Marillion have given new meaning to dedication by raising $50,000 for their favorite band to come play in America. When Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly announced on the band's Internet mailing list that they would lose $35,000 if they toured America, devoted fan Jeff Pelletier suggested that the fans raise the money so the band would be able to tour. With that, a movement was born. North Carolina businessman Jeffrey L. Woods jumped into action and became the point man for raising the money. "I'm not sure that Marillion really took us seriously at first," Woods said. "They gave us tacit approval to at least try, but in the beginning I don't think they expected us to pull it off." Just when their dreams were coming true, Marillion's record company, Red Ant, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so another $15,000 (tour support money that would have come from the record company) was raised to keep the dream alive. Woods said that he will be on hand when the dream begins to come true Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. The tour will continue through Sept. 27 in Mexico City, Mexico. Fans who contributed to the fund will receive a specially pressed CD of one of the shows and the chance to meet the band at an Aug. 30 convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. [Sun., Aug. 24, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Blues Traveler Stones' Dates Set

Blues Traveler will be along for the ride on at least eight dates on the upcoming Rolling Stones tour, including the opening night in Chicago on Sept. 23. The band will also open for Mick Jagger and the boys on Sept. 27 in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 30 in Winnipeg, B.C., Oct. 2 in Edmonton, Alb., Oct. 6 in Madison, Wisc., Oct. 8 in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 10 in Quebec, Que. and Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, Pa. As previously reported, the Foo Fighters will be opening two dates (Oct. 16-17) at New Jersey's Meadowlands. Opening dates for the Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins and Sheryl Crow have not been announced yet. [Sat., Aug. 23, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Bentley Rhythm Ace Member Breaks Tailbone

On the eve of the release of techno/drum & bass, sample-happy collective Bentley Rhythm Ace's self-titled full-length U.S. debut (Oct. 7), band member Richard March has been seriously injured. The remixer, also known as Barry Island and a former bass player for Pop Will Eat Itself, fractured his tailbone during the filming of the first video from the album, for the song "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out." March sustained the injury while filming a skydiving gag for the clip. The band will, however, still play England's Reading Festival Sunday, although March will "probably be in a wheelchair or stretcher to maximize the kitsch factor," according to a representative from U.S. label Astralwerks. [Sat., Aug. 23, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Smoking Popes' Upcoming LP All Pop

Chicago's Smoking Popes, comprised of brothers Eli, Josh and Matt Caterer and drummer Mike Felumlee are about to release their second major-label effort, Destination Failure (Tuesday). Don't miss it. The long-gestating 16-song effort should once and for all banish any talk of the quartet being a punk band, firmly establishing the Popes as a pure pop outfit following in the footsteps of hometown heroes The Shoes. Spiked with amped-up love songs such as "I Know You Love Me," "Let's Hear It For Love," "Megan" and "I Was Right," the album further distills singer Josh Caterer's voice as a sweet, Yankee descendant of the Morrissey school of heartache, while brother Eli's chunky guitars owe as much to Cheap Trick as they do to The Kinks. [Sat., Aug. 23, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Wu-Tang Clan On Hoodlum Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the oft-delayed movie Hoodlum, which stars Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia and Tim Roth as, respectively, renowned 1930's gangsters Bumpy Johnson, Lucky Luciano and Dutch Shultz, is packed with rap and R&B superstars. The dozen cuts on the album, due Aug. 12, boast contributions from Mobb Deep, Tony Rich, Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, 112, Adriana Evans and Rashaan Patterson. [Fri., Aug. 21, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Bankrupt Hammer Unloads Mansion

Baggy-pants pop rapper MC Hammer got a little less than he expected for his lavish mansion in the Oakland hills. The once-bejeweled, now bankrupt fancy dancer was forced to put his three-bedroom marble-ized get-away on the market to pay off the more than $10 million in debts he's accumulated, and, despite a $6.5 million asking price, the house that "Can't Touch This" built went for $5.3 million to an unnamed Singapore company, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. [Fri., Aug. 21, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]


Lolla Sideshow Act's Most Dangerous Trick

Modern day carny Jim Rose, whose Jim Rose Sideshow has toured with Lollapalooza and wowed countless aghast suckers with party tricks ranging from light bulb swallowing to transvestite wrestling, recently had the tables turned on him. While working the crowd at Scotland's Edinburgh Film Festival, Rose "randomly" chose a gentleman out of the audience to hypnotize, only to find out later that it was none other than the country's most infamous mass murderer, Jimmy Boyle. Despite the audiences' gasp at the selection of the now-paroled Boyle, who was jailed for the deaths of 10 people in the 1970s, Rose had no idea who his subject was. While under Rose's spell, Boyle was kissed by another audience member and had water spilled over his pants. In even stranger news, Rose claims he was recently approached by Michael Jackson's "people" to discuss a possible collaboration with the "King of Pop" on the plans for a Polish theme park. Fri., Aug. 21, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]

Death Row And Interscope Reportedly Talk Of Split

After months of floundering due to the jailing of founder Marion "Suge" Knight in November, Death Row Records is reportedly bracing for a big move. The label, once the home of powerhouse rapper Tupac Shakur, murdered last September in a drive-by shooting, super-producer Dr. Dre, who left the label last year to start his own Aftermath imprint and the sole remaining star, Snoop Doggy Dogg, whose most recent album, Tha Doggfather has met with lackluster sales, is in talks to sever ties with its distributor, Interscope Records, according to the Los Angeles Times. Based on interviews with unnamed sources, the paper reported that the label is looking to break ties with Interscope, which has stood by its side despite intense heat from anti-gangsta rap forces to dump the controversial label. Knight has been barred from any involvement with his label since he began serving a seven-year sentence on parole violations in November and the Times reported that Interscope executives have been under increasing pressure from Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief executive of parent company Seagram Co., to dump Death Row since the rap label became the target of a federal racketeering probe last fall. Seagram's Universal Music Group purchased half of Interscope in February of 1996 for $200 million. A spokesperson at Interscope told ATN "Interscope records has a contract to distribute Death Row Records which is still in full force and effect." Representatives for Death Row could not be reached for comment. Interscope, however, passed on distributing two upcoming Death Row releases, Nate Dogg's G-Funk Classics and the soundtrack to Shakur's final film, Gang Related. Those two releases will be distributed by rap label Priority Records under a recently signed deal, according to the Times. In a related story, it was also reported that Interscope executives oversaw a deal last week between Death Row and Shakur's estate, in which Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, will be granted ownership of the rapper's unreleased recordings, for which she had filed suit against the label in April. [Thurs., Aug. 21, 1997, 2 p.m. PST]

NIN's Reznor Sued For Alleged Song Theft

Nine Inch Nails impresario Trent Reznor is being sued by a man who says that Reznor snatched his songs after he met the musician in an online chat room. Mark Nicholas Onofrio lodged a federal complaint against NIN on Monday (Aug. 18), citing five songs from Downward Spiral as rip-offs from a tape he sent to Reznor. "Burn," from the soundtrack to Natural Born Killers is also alleged by Onofrio to be overly similar to work he submitted to the NIN leader. Sioux Z, a spokeswoman for Reznor, said, "We haven't seen any papers yet, so we have no comment at this point." She added that Reznor was currently holed up in his New Orleans mansion, recording the follow-up to 1994's Downward Spiral. Said to be lending a hand is producer Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Elastica), although his exact role in the project has yet to be determined. [Thurs., Aug. 21, 1997, 2 p.m. PST]

QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "By most music industry standards, our records have all been failures. But I've got eight flops rather than just one." -- Dr. Frank, singer and guitarist for the Mr. T Experience.

(Compiled by ATN staff.)