LEONARD COHEN’S FOOTBALL ELEGY!?28 Feb 2007

LeonardcohenIt remains one of Leonard Cohen’s most transcendental compositions, but now Hallelujah has been transformed into a hymn to the unlikeliest of subjects: Middlesborough FC’s Aussie striker Mark Viduka. Former Fame Academy contestant and Robin Gibb protégé Alistair Griffin has covered the Cohen’s classic hymn to god, cunningly changing the lyrics to immortalise the talents of the 31-year-old bulky Boro hitman.



Viduka_1Having worked with Gibb and, erm, Terry Venables, Griffin’s reinterpretation of the song manages to combine his vocal skill and ardent support of Boro FC in equal measure. Incorporating such thought-provoking couplets as, “I heard there was a secret ball/ Southgate dreamed it would beat them all”, Griffin’s version was originally written for a charity event. Boro manager Gareth Southgate however heard the song and invited York-based Griffin to record a version to “inspire” Viduka.

Since then the track – retitled Song For Mark Viduka - has gained newfound popularity amongst football fans, rivalling Jeff Buckley’s version in the 1990s, with thousands flocking to Griffin’s fans’ MySpace page to listen to his version.

Some, however, don’t believe that Griffin’s version will trouble the musical landscape: “Somehow I don't think that the song will be a serious rival to Kylie,”decreed Mark Schwarzer, Viduka’s club and country team-mate, and Boro’s resident cynic and cultural subversive.

Griffin remains resolute in his admiration for the striker, stating: “Mark Viduka, not so much a footballer as an artist"

His version of ‘Hallelujah’ can be found at www.myspace.com/alistairgriffinonline for your listening pleasure.

In the meantime, do you know any other such eulogies to The Beautiful Game’s most famous sons? Don Fardon’s George Best Belfast Boy and Jorge Ben’s Fio Maravilha.spring to mind, but MOJO invites you to leave your suggestions here….

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UNVEILED: THE GREATEST ALBUM COVERS EVER!23 Feb 2007

Cover_2John Lennon’s penis, Syd Barrett’s toenails, George Harrison’s wellies, George Clinton’s nappy, an electric weasel and a big old banana: find them all in the latest of Mojo’s acclaimed Special Editions: 148 luxury pages celebrating the best album covers of all time and the amazing stories behind them.


 

 



Revealed! How the Atom Heart Mother cow freaked out EMI and how the star of The Arctic Monkeys’ debut album cover barfed on his shoes. Plus: the covers that nearly were and the ones they banned; incredible outtakes of Frank Zappa, Oasis, Kate Bush and Bob Marley; the genius of Roger Dean, Barney Bubbles, Stanley Donwood and Jamie Hewlett; and the chance to win a signed Klaus Voormann print!


Foreword by Sir Peter Blake
On Sale 14 March 2007
Available in all good newsagents or by ordering online from here...

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THE WAINWRIGHTS RETURN! EN MASSE!22 Feb 2007

RufusFollowing on from his success of his Judy Garland Tribute Show at London Palladium earlier in the week, Rufus Wainwright unveiled his new album, Release The Stars, at an exclusive playback at Air Studios, Hampstead, on February 22, signalling an avalanche of Wainwright family returns!

Rufus’s new album is set to precede the release of his sister Martha’s second effort which is currently being completed and which will feature a guest appearance by The Who’s Pete Townshend. Meanwhile, Pa Wainwright, Loudon, is set to return for a full UK tour in April.

With regards to Rufus’s new album, MOJO is happy to report that the follow-up to Want Two retains its predecessor’s sense of grandeur while adding an almost ethereal pop edge. The album was produced by Rufus himself under the aegis of executive producer Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys. Further contributions come from Joan As Police Woman, Richard Thompson and actress Sîan Phillips.

The full tracklisting runs as follows:

1 Do I Disappoint You
2 Going To A Town
3 Tiergarten
4 Nobody's Off The Hook
5 Between My Legs
6 Rules aAnd Regulations
7 I'm Not Ready To Love
8 Slideshow
9 Tulsa
10 Leaving for Paris
11 Sanssouci
12 Release The Stars

The album is due to be released in the UK on May 14 and in the US the following day.

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THE BUZZCOCKS! THE VILLAINS! AND EASTER!

VillainsThe Bank Holiday Easter Weekend sees the return of Le Beat Bespoke shindig, a MOJO-endorsed three-day celebrate of the mod-dermost in rock’n’roll, soul, psych, jazz and ska, and this year’s festivities will be topped by The Buzzcocks and Vincent Vincent And The Villains.

The third annual ‘60s-inspired weekender organised under this banner, Le Beat Bepsoke3 will also feature an international line-up of artists – some of which are still being confirmed – but which already include Scottish mod favourites The Five Aces and Dublin garage types The Urges.

As is customary at promoter Rob Bailey’s events, Le Beat Bespoke3 will also feature a whole host of other activities including record stalls, a pop-art furniture market and the all-important combination of late night bars and go-go dancers.

Le Beat Bespoke3 ‘happens’ on April 6-8 at 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1. MOJO will see you there. In the meantime, more grooviness concerning the event can be found here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xplV2Oc6sSo

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How To Buy... U221 Feb 2007

U2_1_160x120 Who's the biggest band on the planet? U2. Formed at Dublin's Mount Temple Comp in 1976 (and known for their first 24 hours as the heroically-named Larry Mullen Band), their staying power and willingness to experiment has never faltered. But which are the best albums? Are you thinking early triumphs like War or October? The mighty success of The Joshua Tree? The strangeness and adventure of Zooropa or Achtung Baby? Or even live mini-album Under A Blood Red Sky? There's plenty to choose from, so get cogitating and let us know - the best comments will be printed in a future issue of the magazine. Leave a comment here!

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THE GREAT ESCAPE IS BACK!20 Feb 2007

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The Great Escape Festival returns between the 17th-19th May bringing the best of live music from across the World back to Brighton, and this year MOJO is pleased to be involved again.

MOJO are hosting the entertainment at the Pavillion Theatre and have confirmed the following acts:

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Thursday 17 May
Domino Records night – featuring special guests

Friday 18 May
Willy Mason
The Besnard Lakes

Saturday 19 May
Vincent Vincent & The Villains

There will also be some live interviews and special instore performances – keep checking MOJO4music.com for updates…

Also performing this year will be Art Brut, Blood Red Shoes, CSS, The Dash, The Enemy, Foals, The Heights, Dan Mangan, Foals, Hadouken, Help She Can't Swim, I Like Trains, Kubichek, Mechanical Bride, Mumm-ra, Mr. Hudson & The Library, Nouvelle Vague, Orange Lights, Passenger, Patrick Watson, The Prayers, The Strange Death Of Liberal England, Ripchord, Rubik, We're Marching On, Wintersleep and Yes Boss. There will also be talks from DJs Norman Cook and Rob Da Bank.

For more info see the official web site at: www.escapegreat.com

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Antony: Like A Bird man flies again14 Feb 2007

Anthony_3If you, like MOJO, were suitably awed by Antony And The Johnsons mesmeric Mercury Music Prize winning album, I Am A Bird Now and have been waiting in anticipation for new material from the ethereal Chichester-born singer with the voice of a Victorian drawing-room wraith, hang fire no longer. Antony can be found singing on Michael Cashmore’s 5-track EP, The Snow Abides, released today.
 


Cashmore
, a co-founder, alongside David Tibet, of eerie neo-folk outsiders Current 93, began working with Hegarty two years ago, following an introduction from Mr. Tibet. “We pursued a series of songs in a similar vein to Current 93’s beautiful [1998 CD] Soft Black Stars. I love Michael’s sense of melody, it is intensely melancholy, like a forgotten English garden; all the trees and flowers are crying. His songs are very pretty and uniformly heart-rending.” On singing with Cashmore, Hegarty said, “It was easy to find ways to sing through the arrangements, improvising from texts written by Tibet. The recordings sound quiet and magical to me now.”

The release follows the news that Antony will sing with Bjork on her new album. According to Bjork.com, Hegarty will duet on two tracks. The as-yet-untitled Bjork album, scheduled for a spring release, will also feature contributions from Timbaland, Toumani Diabate, Konono No.1 and Lightning Bolt's Mark Bell and Brian Chippendale.

The next Antony And The Johnsons album however, is still in its formative stages, with Hegarty working in the studio for the next few months. The theme of the album is "ghosts and nature", says Hegarty, and he is, according to his website www.antonyandthejohnsons.com “very excited” about it.

The Snow Abides is available now on Durtro Jnana Records and is available to buy at www.jnanarecords.com

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“We are The Police and we’re back!”13 Feb 2007

Thepolice_1After opening the Grammys on Sunday February 11 with a bullish rendition of Roxanne, the trio of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers finally announced the initial part of their highly-anticipated world tour.

The band’s press conference – which was held at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood on February 12 and beamed around the world – saw the three-piece play five songs (Message In A Bottle, Voices Inside My Head, When The World Is Running Down, Can't Stand Losing You and Roxanne) before confirming the first leg of their US tour which is set to begin in Vancouver on May 28.

The full set of shows announced so far runs as follows with on sale dates confirmed where indicated:

May 28 Vancouver GM Place (on sale Saturday February 17)   
June 6 Seattle Key Arena   
June 9 Denver Pepsi Center
June 15 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 16 Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo Festival
June 18 Phoenix US Airways Arena
June 26 Dallas American Airlines Center
June 30 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
July 2 St. Louis Scottrade Center
July 22 Toronto, Air Canada Centre (o/s Saturday, February 17)
July 25 Montreal Bell Centre (o/s Saturday, February 17)
July 28 Boston Fenway Park (o/s Tuesday, February 20)
August 1 & 3 New York Madison Square Garden (both o/s Tuesday, February 20)

Tickets for the shows are priced $50, $90 and $220. As is now often the case with major tours, ticket pre-sales are being managed through a number of participating agencies including the Best Buy chain, full details of which are available via the band’s website www.ThePoliceTour.com which also hosts the press conference in full.

Additional US dates in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco’s Bay Area, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore area will be announced in the next few weeks with UK shows slated for the Autumn.

Support on all shows will come from Fiction Plane who feature the bass playing talents of a certain Joe Sumner. For more information visit: www.fictionplane.co.uk

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THE RETURN OF THE FREE FESTIVAL?!8 Feb 2007

OzzyIt is the most successful touring festival of all-time according to US industry bible Billboard, having grossed over 205 million dollars in the last decade. But this year Ozzfest, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s travelling metal bonanza, has announced that it will not charge the price of admission, dubbing itself Ozzfest Free-fest instead.

The announcement was made during a press conference in Los Angeles where Sharon explained the rationale behind this revolutionary stance, stating: "For the last few years ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year."

"We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs," added Sharon. "As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about."

As a result tickets for the US Ozzfest will be made available via www.ozzfest.com and participating sponsors’ websites. The dates themselves are currently being finalized as is the bill, but Ozzy will return to the headline slot on several key dates with a bill that is likely to include the customary clutch of rising new metal stars.

As ticket prices continue to rise for live shows, the implications of Ozzfest’s approach is bound to have implications for the rest of the touring industry. The fact that the festival is promoted by US giant Live Nation, however, suggests that the risks have already been assessed and that the event is unlikely to cause other festivals to follow Ozzfest’s lead.

Ozzfest is unlikely to hit Europe this year. Ozzy himself however has announced a set of European shows in support of his forthcoming new album, and will play a one-off UK show when he headlines Wembley Arena on June 19.

Tickets for his show are available here

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WIN A COPY OF TONY VISCONTI'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY7 Feb 2007

Visconti_160 Tony Visconti has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop - from T.Rex and Iggy Pop to David Bowie and U2. Now, Visconti has written his autobiography, published this week (5 February) and MOJO4music has five copies to give away.

Born in New York in 1944, by the 1950s he was inspired from seeing Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry on stage at New York's Paramount theatre and began working as a musician. He also became an accomplished photographer and his autobiography is complemented by unseen photographs from his personal archive.

Having abandoned his native New York for Swinging London in 1967 - the Summer of Love - he set about learning the arcane studio secrets that he felt were known only to the British. Within a few years Visconti was present at the birth of glam rock, working with T.Rex and the then-unknown David Bowie; he was also creating studio secrets of his own.

TONY VISCONTI: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY provides a unique insight into life in London during the late 1960s and '70s and a glimpse at music history that few have witnessed so intimately.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply email your name, address and email address to competitions@mojo4music.com by 21 February 2007. Usual MOJO competition rules apply – for full terms and conditions, please email the above address.

You can buy TONY VISCONTI: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY online here

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