Fun Lovin' Criminals Release "Mimosa," Plan New LP

The Fun Lovin' Criminals' lounge album, "Mimosa," is finally being released in North America on the band's own label, DiFontaine Records And Tapes.

FLC's manager told MTV News that fans will be able to order the record through the group's official Web site (www.funlovincriminals.com) as of May 15. The CD includes two new tunes along with a collection of b-sides, rarities, and "schmooze" versions of FLC hits, including "Bombin' The L (Circa 1956)" and "Scooby Snacks."

The record also includes covers of Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind" (featuring Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch), 10cc's "I'm Not In Love," The Climax Blues Band's "Couldn't Get It Right," Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," and The Manhattans' "Shining Star."

The band is in a New York studio this week starting production on a new album that's expected out next year, its first with new drummer Mackie.

The Criminals

will be heard sooner than that, however, on an original song called "Everything Under The Stars" recorded for the upcoming animated film "Titan A.E.," and on a compilation titled "Bite Out Of Rhyme" performing a cover of Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend."

Additionally, FLC will be releasing a home video/DVD this summer that will be anchored by a short film the band shot in Hawaii last year called "Maui Homicide 2000," a spoof on "Hawaii 5-0." The film includes an all-original, mostly instrumental soundtrack. Also included will be all eight of the group's previously released videos, some "making-of" clips, and a "life on the road" section.

And last, but not least, the band is expected to produce an album for Echo & The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch late this year. According to FLC's manager, the Criminals' Fast and Huey met and bonded with McCulloch at the Viper Room in L.A. five years ago and have since spent some fruitful time in the studio, leading to the proposed

production.