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Danny Canak's Insider Scoop
By Danny Canak, SydneyUnleashed.com
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2004-11-26
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BARDOT REUNION? NOT LIKELY!

Former Bardot babe Belinda Chapple has finally exposed the real reason behind the group’s demise. While spending some time with us last month, she revealed, “Bardot broke up when Sophie Monk wanted to leave the band. I think most of us were very disappointed. Bardot was a lot of hard work but also extremely rewarding.” And to quash those recent rumours that the group would be getting back together, she added, “I really don't think there is any chance of reuniting Bardot.” You read it here first! The now Sydney based Chapple has been spending time on her music and playing gigs around town since the group disbanded. This lead to the recording of her current Olympic inspired single, “Where It All Began.” She says of the track, “’Where It All Began’ came about as myself and some friends come up with the idea to write a song to commemorate the Olympic Games. Once we wrote it, we were really happy with the outcome and decided to record it. I am a big fan of the games. When I was younger, I competed in athletics a lot and always dreamed of one day making it to the games.” The athletic Chapple will be gigging around town over the coming months and already has plans for another single, which will be titled “Move Together.” There are no set plans for an album as yet.

SCREAMING IDOL

Screaming Jets songwriter and guitarist Grant Walmsley has responded to a recent performance of the band’s classic 1991 hit “Better” on Australian Idol. He says, “I never thought in my wildest dreams when I wrote that song on my parents front veranda 15 years ago that there would be such a thing as Australian Idol, let alone one of the contestants singing a song that I wrote for our band. I think it's great that a younger generation can get switched onto our band in the millions. It's funny that the Idol thing with its massive corporate backing is so diametrically opposite to what the Jets are - which is a totally independent self sufficient industry on its own, but that is the chasm that exists in the music industry today and where it is heading. You're either Robbie Williams or independent - in other words you have massive corporate backing or you're totally independent, and the middle ground is rapidly disappearing.” Screaming Jets are currently promoting their latest EP, Heart of the Matter, which is out now through MGM.

REGURGITATOR ‘DROP’ NEW SINGLE

Regurgitator, along with Jabba, Magoo and Hugh have finally come out of the Bubble after 21 days locked inside to record their new album. The good news is that they have survived the experience. The better news is that they have come out with some damn fine new music, which is expected to see the light of day on November 8 in the form of a new album. The first single is “The Drop” - a charged-up hip-pop hyphenated conjunction of good times and microphone bitch jam. The band will be playing shows over November as well as an appearance at Homebake on December 4.

NEWS IN BRIEF:

*Multi-platinum artist Eminem is set to release the follow up to his 2002 monster The Eminem Show. To be titled Encore, the new album will hit the shelves on November 15, just in time for Christmas. Meanwhile, an Eminem-less D-12 will be hitting our shores in December to promote their latest album, the 3 million plus selling D-12 World.

*U2 have announced plans to release their new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb on November 22. First single will be “Vertigo” - an epic U2 track laced with big guitars and soaring vocals that was recorded at the band's Hanover Quay Studio in Dublin and produced by Steve Lillywhite. The single is out on November 7.

*A Perfect Circle have been inspired by the current political climate to write and produce their third studio album, emotive. Scheduled for an early November release, the album will speak creatively to the current worldwide political atmosphere. Two weeks later, a combined format featuring a remix album and a new DVD will be released under the title aMOTION. The remix album will feature newly interpreted popular tracks from the band's catalogue, as well as the track “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of War Drums.”

*Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine have announced their plans to release Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I on November 8. The concert, which was recorded at the Avalon in Los Angeles, was one in a series of benefits for Axis of Justice, the non-profit organization founded by Tom and Serj in an effort to unite concerned musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. This very unique night of music featured performances and surprises by a number of special guests, including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn. Highlights include an all-star jam of “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 and “Alice in My Fantasies” by Funkadelic.

*Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album has picked up the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and was chosen as the album of the year by a panel of music industry judges in London last month. It beat out albums from the likes of The Streets, The Zutons, Belle And Sebastian, Jamelia and Joss Stone. Singer Alex Kapranos said the band was "very chuffed and very honoured" to receive the prize. In other news, the album recently went platinum in Australia and has now sold over 70,000 copies in this country. The album’s 2nd single, “This Fire,” is out now.

*Delta Goodrem’s new single is out this month. The multi award-winning artist has confirmed that she will release “Out of the Blue” in the coming weeks from her forthcoming highly anticipated second album. The song was co-written earlier this year by Delta and producer Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams, Jewel) and recorded in London. Her debut album, Innocent Eyes, has now sold over 1 million copies in Australia alone. The album was also released in the UK, Asia and Europe and has amassed over 2.5 million global sales.

*Tammin Sursok, best known for her role in “Home and Away,” is set to release her debut single in November. To be titled “Pointless Relationship,” the single will be the first from her upcoming debut album, which she has been recording for the past twelve months in Sydney, Stockholm and Los Angles. Apparently, she has co-written much of the album and also plays guitar. Watch out for it in the coming months!


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