ATN's Music News of the World: U2 and Sinead

U2 AND SINEAD TEAM UP FOR THE END OF VIOLENCE SOUNDTRACKAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: The soundtrack to the latest Wim Wenders (Faraway, So Close) film, The End of Violence, will boast an impressive roster of new and unreleased material from the likes of U2, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and the Eels, to name a few.The soundtrack album, slated for release on September 26, will feature a score by soundtrack vet ( and ace slide guitarist) Ry Cooder, as well as new songs from the band Spain ("Every Time I Try"), Medeski, Martin and Wood ("Disrobe"), a U2 and Sinead O'Connor collaboration called "I'm Not Your Baby" (an unreleased song that was recorded for the Pop sessions) and a never-before-released Roy Orbison song ("You May Feel Me Crying").Also included will be new works from the Mavericks' Raul Malo ("Bailare"), Whiskeytown ("Theme for a Trucker"), Tom Waits ("Little Drop of Poison"), Los Lobos ("Me Estas Matamdo"), the Eels ("Bad News"), DJ Shadow ("Untitled"), and U2 collaborator Howie B ("Don't Even Know She Got One"). In addition, the album will contain a duet between R.E.M. frontman Stipe and Vic Chesnutt on a song entitled "Injured Bird" that the two originally penned a few years ago for folkie Joan Baez, who ended up not recording it.Plans also call for a possible contribution from German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, their first new material in several years.The Wenders film, which stars Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell and Gabriel Byrne in a tale about the uncovering of a devious government surveillance plot, will be released in the U.S. in October.SNOOP PAIRS WITH RAGE ON "SNOOP BOUNCE" REMAKEAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: Snoop Doggy Dogg, who has expressed interest in working with everybody from controversy lightning rod Marilyn Manson to Nine-Inch Nail's Trent Reznor, has actually consummated one of his rock/rap wishes by recording a track with the members of Rage Against the Machine.The track, a remake of "Snoop Bounce," from his Tha Doggfather album, features the musical accompaniment of the Rage crew (minus singer Zack de la Rocha) and will show up on a still-untitled EP expected around mid-summer.Snoop also teams up with Tony! Toni! Tone! singer Rapheal Sadiq, Tha Dogg Pound's Daz and the LBC Crew's Badass on "Midnight Love," and rapper Battlecat on the Biz Markie nugget remix of "The Vapors." Suppafly, who produced many of the tracks on Doggfather, lays his hands on "Snoops Upside Your Head," and producer Timberland (Ginuwine) does his trip on the "Doggfather Remix."Death Row has not yet announced the street date for the EP.Snoop is currently assembling the live band he'll be taking on the road for his stint at this summer's Lollapalooza festival.R.E.M.'s "Revolution" Set For Batman and Robin SoundtrackAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: The soundtrack to the Batman and Robin summer movie event, Music From and Inspired By The Batman and Robin Motion Picture (June 10) is slated to feature previously unreleased material from a number of rock megastars.The lead-off track is the Smashing Pumpkins' new song "The End it the Beginning is the End," accompanied by their confusingly-similar sounding second track, "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning."ATN has also learned that a rare R.E.M. track, "Revolution," which was in the band's live repertoire during the Monster tour, but was left off of their last two albums, will show up alongside new songs from Soul Coughing ("The Bug"), Eric Benet ("True to Myself"), Elliot Goldenthal ("Batman Overture"), R. Kelly ("Gotham City"), and Underworld ("Moaner"), which was slated to feature a cameo vocal from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe that was subsequently dropped.Also appearing on the movie tie-in are Jewel, with a re-recorded version of "Foolish Games," Moloko ("Fun for Me"), Arkarna ("House on Fire"), Me'Shell Ndegeocello's remake of the Coasters' 1959 hit "Poison Ivy," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ("Look Into My Eyes"), the first single from their upcoming double album, The Art of War and new a track from the Goo Goo Dolls ("Lazy Eye") and Lauren Christy ("Breed").HEY, U. S. TOBACCO, THE 60FT DOLLS AREN'T PLAYING!! GET IT?The current issue of Rolling Stone includes a tear-out coupon/postcard that will get you samples of Skoal plus ticket discounts. The coupon lists the 60ft Dolls as participating in the tour. They're not.Addicted To Noise Staff Writer Chris Nelson reports More than three weeks after Britain's 60ft Dolls confirmed that they never agreed to have anything to do with this summer's Skoal-sponsored R.O.A.R. tour, the festival's official web site still lists the band as part of the line-up. The band is also featured on a R.O.A.R. insert in the latest issue of Rolling Stone (June 12 cover with Jakob Dylan), even though Dolls' co-manager Hugh Williams told ATN that "we were never confirmed to do this tour."Natasha Hale, the band's other co-manager, is frustrated by the listings. "The only thing I care about is that kids go out and buy tickets wanting to see 60ft Dolls, and 60ft Dolls aren't playing," she told ATN this morning (May 28). She said she has asked that the tour to remove the band's name, and that the Dolls' agent would demand that they not be included on the site.Earlier this month, Hale sent a letter on behalf of the band to the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids in which she stated, "I want to make it as clear to you as I possibly can that 60ft Dolls are not playing on any of the R.O.A.R. dates. 60ft Dolls were offered a place on the tour, and although 60ft Dolls could really do with a major tour we turned it down purely because of its involvement with tobacco."Skoal is a U. S. Tobacco Co. brand.The R.O.A.R. tour began on May 24 at the Westfair Amphitheatre in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Third party concert databases such as Pollstar still list 60ft Dolls as tour participants.In reporting our previous R.O.A.R. story, ATN informed tour publicists Rogers & Cowan about the inaccurate web listing (see story in the May 20 edition of Music News Of The World). Representative Karen Bell called the Dolls' place on the bill "an oversight" and said she would inform the R.O.A.R. site designers that the band is not playing.Since then, a disclaimer has been added to the official page. Underneath the band name, which appears in type as big as that used for headliner Iggy Pop, appears an asterisk with the statement, "Dates, Acts, Markets and Venues subject to change without notice."Bell told ATN this morning that "somebody's just a little bit slow" in maintaining the web site. She said that the tour's site designers were aware of the wrong billing. "They said they had talked to the people that made it and asked them to remove it."Bell could not explain why the group--which never agreed to be on the tour--was ever listed on the web site and in print ads.The 60ft fiasco is only the latest debacle for the 40-city R.O.A.R. (Revelation Of Alternative Rhythms) tour. Two weeks ago, U.S. Tobacco issued a statement announcing it would pull the Skoal name from future print advertisements, press releases, and promotional materials. The company has come under fire from the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, which asserts that U.S. Tobacco is using rock and roll to market chewing tobacco to children. U.S. Tobacco counters that bands playing the R.O.A.R. tour are "adult" acts.An insert in the June 12 issue of Rolling Stone was printed before the decision to yank Skoal's name. It lists 60ft Dolls as playing, and encourages readers to "Get the latest information on the web." The ad also offers free samples of Skoal by mail, as well as a $5 ticket discount.Groups that are confirmed to play R.O.A.R. include Iggy Pop, Reverend Horton Heat, Bloodhound Gang, Sponge, Tonic, Linda Perry (ex-Four Non-Blondes), Ryan Downe, and Treadmill Trackstar, as well as a slate of second stage acts.BRAINIAC SINGER KILLED IN CRASH AFTER BAND REHEARSALAddicted To Noise Senior Writer Gil Kaufman reports: Tim Taylor, lead singer/guitarist for the Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac, was killed early last Friday when he lost control of his new Mercedes and slammed into a fire hydrant.Scott Giampino, a spokesperson for the Chicago-based Touch & Go label to which Brainiac were signed (although they were reportedly in the midst of negotiations with a number of major labels), told ATN that Taylor, who was in his mid-20's, was coming back from band practice at about 3 a.m. when the accident occurred.Taylor had stayed late to work on a few songs, and apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it to careen into two telephone poles and a fire hydrant before it burst into flames a few block from his home in Dayton. Taylor died instantly in the crash.Gaimpino said that Taylor had been having problems with the accelerator on the vehicle, a 1977 Mercedes, which he recently purchased. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.The band, whose style is a high-energy mix of punk and electronic noise, given voice by the spastic, dynamic Taylor, recorded one full-length for Touch & Go, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture (1996), and 2 EPs, the recently-released Electro-Shock for President and 1995's Internationale.Brainiac, formed in Dayton in 1992, also released two full-lengths on Grass prior to their T&G deal, as well as a number of independent singles. The group had just returned from a stint opening for Beck in Europe; Brainiac's last U.S. show was in Grand Rapids, Michigan, headlining a March show that also featured Giampino's band, Cash Money.A request has been made to send all donation in Taylor's honor to:Tim Taylor Memorial FundCitizens Federal Bank1 Citizens Federal Ctr.Dayton, Ohio 45402Acct.# 15001 20470 "Music News of The World" appears every day in the on-line rock & roll magazine, Addicted To Noise, which can be found on the Internet at: http://www.addict.com/

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