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Music News July 2015

Music News July 31, 2015

A Comprehensive Ranking of Led Zeppelin’s 74 Songs

Vulture.com ranked all 74 of LED ZEPPELIN’S songs.  They stuck to the stuff they did together as a unit, and left off the last album, “Coda”, since it wasn’t an official album.

Here’s the Top 10:

  1. “Kashmir”, from “Physical Graffiti”
  2. “Good Times, Bad Times”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  3. “Whole Lotta Love”, from “Led Zeppelin II”
  4. “Stairway to Heaven”, from “Led Zeppelin IV”, which didn’t officially have a title.
  5. “Dazed and Confused”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  6. “Over the Hills and Far Away”, from “Houses of the Holy”
  7. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, from “Led Zeppelin”
  8. “Immigrant Song”, from “Led Zeppelin III”
  9. “The Song Remains the Same”, from “Houses of the Holy”
  10. “All My Love”, from “In Through the Out Door”

The lowest ‘song’ was “Moby Dick” off “Led Zeppelin II”.  But that’s an instrumental with long drum solos.  (And one of my least favorite Zeppelin songs, “The Crunge”, off “Houses of the Holy” was #70.)

Music Gives Some People “Skin Orgasms”

Have you ever gotten actual CHILLS or GOOSEBUMPS from listening to a song or album?  Well, one psychologist says some people feel those sensations more than others . . . to the point where she calls that phenomenon “skin orgasms.”

Psyche Loui . . . who’s an assistant professor at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, and also quite easy on the eyes . . .  says, quote, “The aesthetic experience can be so intense that you can’t do anything else.”

The BBC put together a playlist of the songs that seemed to elicit the most skin orgasms in lab subjects, and it includes Rachmaninoff, Adele, Rufus Wainwright, J.S. Bach, Celine Dion, Oasis, and some Australian chamber vocal ensemble.

Music News July 30, 2015

Billy Corgan on His Sad Disneyland Photo: “What the [Eff] Do You Want From Me?”

BILLY CORGAN of the SMASHING PUMPKINS has seen the photo of him that’s gone viral . . . where he’s looking really sad on a ride at Disneyland.

He tells “Alternative Nation”, quote, “I literally had somebody say to me the other day, I think it was at Disneyland:  ‘Hey, you don’t seem that into this.’  I was like, ‘I’m at [effing] Disneyland.  I just want to hang out at Disneyland.

“‘I’m not here to do a meet and greet, I’m here to be at Disneyland.’  You know what I’m saying? . . .

“It’s like, I’m not working, and I wasn’t being unpleasant, I wasn’t being rude.  I was taking pictures with people, I took a picture with every person that asked.  But then it gets into, what’s in your head?

“Like, you’re not smiling enough, or you don’t seem to be enjoying . . . and I’m like, what the [eff] do you want from me?”


Music News July 29 2015

Macklemore Says He Relapsed on Drugs, and Blames Fame

We haven’t heard much from MACKLEMORE recently . . . and apparently, that’s because he’s been busy relapsing on marijuana and pills.

He tells “Complex” magazine, quote, “The pressure and the fame . . . everything.  All the clichés, man . . . like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance . . .

“The criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings, all of that put into one pie was just . . . I just wanted to escape.

“I held it together for a while.  But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings.  I was burnt out.  I was super-stressed.  We weren’t sleeping . . . doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”

But then he found out that his fiancée was pregnant, and he got serious about pulling himself together.  He says, quote, “I’ve been trying to grow up this year . . . I was like, ‘I need to grow up right now.'”

He says he and RYAN LEWIS are back at writing new music, now that his work ethic has turned from “off-to-on.”  He adds, quote, “Songs write themselves.”


Music News July 27, 2015

Billboard.com has a list of “The Top 10 Bands That Formed in College.”  They’re not ranked, they’re just in alphabetical order:

  1. Coldplay, which formed at the University College of London in 1998.
  2. The Commodores, which came together at Alabama’s Tuskegee University.
  3. Pink Floyd, which originally formed in 1965 at London Polytechnic.  Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason were studying architecture . . . while Syd Barrett was working on an art degree.  He hooked up with the rest of them because he was a childhood friend of Roger’s.
  4. The Pixies, which began when Black Francis met guitarist Joey Santiago at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hence their song, “U-Mass”.  They then dropped out of school, and added bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering.
  5. Public Enemy, which started coming together when Chuck D and Flavor Flav met while studying at Long Island’s Adelphi University in the early 1980s.
  6. Queen, which started as a group called “Smile” when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor met during their time at London’s Imperial College.  Freddie Mercury was studying at London’s Ealing Art College.
  7. R.E.M., which formed at the University of Georgia in 1980.
  8. The Strokes, which really came together at New York University.

Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, and Nikolai Fraiture began playing together in prep school, but didn’t call themselves ‘The Strokes’ until 1999, when they met guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. at NYU.

  1. Talking Heads, which formed after David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth met while at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1970s.
  2. Vampire Weekend, which came together at Columbia University.

Four Classic Rock Randoms, Including: Keith Richards Smokes Pot for Breakfast, and a Whitesnake Proposal

  1. KEITH RICHARDS is 71 years old, and he still enjoys a little marijuana for breakfast.  He says, quote, “I smoke regularly, an early morning joint.

“Strictly Californian . . . one of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America [showing States where marijuana is legal], where it goes green, green, green.  Whether it’s a good thing in the long run, I don’t know.”

  1. ELTON JOHN and BILLY JOEL have had an up-and-down relationship, but Billy says they’re good now . . . quote, “We made up a long time ago.  We sat down and I was like, ‘Don’t throw your friends under the bus.’  He does that with everybody.  He runs off at the mouth and regrets it later.”
  2. The GRATEFUL DEAD made a ton of money from their five farewell shows in California and Chicago earlier this summer.  According to Billboard, the five concerts raked in an incredible $52.2 million haul, and drew 361,933 fans in total.
  3. WHITESNAKE bassist MICHAEL DEVIN proposed to actress DREA DE MATTEO during a concert in Atlantic City over the weekend.  Drea played Adriana on “The Sopranos”, Angie on “Desperate Housewives”, and Wendy Case on “Sons of Anarchy”.

The proposal happened just before they performed Is This Love.  Before accepting, she asked him if he’d “love her children forevermore.”


Ed Sheeran Once Pooped His Pants While Performing When He “Misjudged” Some Flatulence

ED SHEERAN said that he once pooped his pants while performing, when he underestimated some BACK DRAFT, if you know what I mean.

In an interview with an Australian radio station, he admitted to breaking wind onstage “all the time,” and added, quote, “I actually misjudged [some gas] onstage, which ended up being a [bleep].  (Careful:  He actually said “shart.”)

“It was like midway through a performance and I was really lively.

“I was like, ‘All right, I’m just going to stand still for the rest of this performance, and hope it’s over soon, and then go home and throw these [pants] out.'”

He said that it wasn’t the usual turbulence down below . . . it was because of all the traveling he’d been doing, which had him feeling “very ill.”

Music News July 21, 2015

Dave Grohl’s Orthopedic Surgeon Performed at a Foo Fighters Concert

If I knew doctors got perks like this, I might have applied myself a little more . . .

A guy named Lew Schon did the surgery on DAVE GROHL’S broken leg last month.  And Dave thanked him on Sunday, by letting him perform with the FOO FIGHTERS at a concert in Boston.

They did “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, and Lew sang it.  He actually did a pretty good job, but definitely looked more like a doctor than a rock star.

Daniel Radcliffe Did “The Real Slim Shady” at a Karaoke Bar

DANIEL RADCLIFFE did a decent rendition of “The Real Slim Shady” by EMINEM at a karaoke bar near San Francisco last weekend.  There’s a video of him on stage rapping while his girlfriend dances next to him, and then they both do the chorus.

This isn’t the first time Daniel’s showed off his rapping skills.  He also did “Alphabet Aerobics” by BLACKALICIOUS on “The Tonight Show” back in October.

Corey Feldman Played at a Minor League Baseball Game . . . and It Was So Bad, the Team Issued a Public Apology

COREY FELDMAN and his “band” Corey and the Angels performed at a minor league baseball game in State College, Pennsylvania on Sunday.  And even by Feldman standards, it was pretty lame.

He was dressed as Michael Jackson, but did some sort of club-mix thing.  The band didn’t play on the field . . . they played in the middle of a walkway, next to a salsa stand.  It’s hard to tell from the video, but it looks like maybe 50 people were there.

The baseball team’s general manager decided it was so bad, he had to issue a public apology yesterday, calling it, quote, “far below expectations,” and “not the type of entertainment we stand for, or stand by.”

Remember, this was at a MINOR league baseball game, where next month’s entertainment includes a bunch of monkeys that ride around on dogs.  Seriously.  (Here’s the ad.)

To be fair though, a bunch of fans posted on the team’s Facebook page, and said it wasn’t that bad.  A few of them also said Corey was really nice, and signed autographs.  Meanwhile, Corey says the stadium workers just didn’t know what they were doing.

This was his band’s second official gig.  Their first was a party at Bonnaroo last month, and they’re also supposed to play at the torch ceremony for the Special Olympics in L.A. this Friday.

Members of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync Will Star in a Horror Movie by the Makers of “Sharknado”

If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of box office gold is, I think I’ve found it.  Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and A.J. McLean from the Backstreet Boys are doing a movie called “Dead 7″ with Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync.

Nick is writing it, and he calls it a “zombie Western futuristic horror movie.”  Oh, and it’s being produced by The Asylum . . . the company that makes the “Sharkando” movies and all those stupid “Mega Shark” flicks.

Carter says he also wants to bring in more people who were, quote, “in music in the ’90s and 2000s.”

A little TV News….

NBC is Remaking “Xena”

NBC is doing a reboot of “Xena:  Warrior Princess”.  There’s no word if LUCY LAWLESS will be involved, but since she’s 47, she probably won’t return as the title character.

Original producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are involved.  Tapert is Lucy’s husband, and she’s also in the OTHER project they’re working on, “Ash vs. Evil Dead”, which premieres in October on Starz.

The original “Xena” ran in syndication for six seasons, from 1995 to 2001.  The reboot is in the very early stages of development, so there aren’t any details yet.

Music News July 20, 2015

Bruce Springsteen Plays Surprise Two-Hour Bar Show in New Jeresey

Just three songs into Joe Grushecky’s concert at Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Wonder Bar Saturday night, Bruce Springsteen came onstage and stuck around for a blazing 15-song, two-hour set. Kicking off with “Never Enough Time,” the longtime friends tore through ‘”Adam Raised a Cain,” “Atlantic City,” “Because the Night,” “Code of Silence” and many others before wrapping up with “Light of Day.” Here’s a fan-shot video of “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Springsteen’s appearance was unannounced, but hardly shocking considering he plays a “surprise” set with Grushecky most every year at the annual Light of Day benefit concert just a few steps down the boardwalk at the Paramount Theater. Grushecky, who works as a special education teacher in Pittsburgh, has been buddies with Springsteen for over 30 years. In 1995, Springsteen produced his LP American Babylon and then briefly hit the club circuit with him. They’ve performed together many times since then.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-plays-surprise-two-hour-bar-show-in-new-jersey-20150719#ixzz3gRhReKbn
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Wilco’s New Album is Titled ‘Star Wars’

Hipster dudes in their 30s are really excited for something called Star Wars for the second time this week.

Indie rock band Wilco made their newly released ninth studio album, Star Wars, available to download for free on their website.

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If you love Wilco and you love the movie Star Wars, only one of those two things matters in regards to this album because despite sharing the title, Wilco’s latest offering has absolutely nothing to do with the sci-fi classic.

The album contains 11 songs and is the band’s first since their 2011 release The Whole Love. And, even if you’re not a Wilco fan, you might still love the album’s amazing and hilariously incongruous cover art.

Is Maroon 5 Banned in China?

MAROON 5 was supposed to play Shanghai and Beijing in September.  But the shows were just canceled . . . possibly because they’ve been BANNED by the Chinese government.

Nobody really knows why the shows were scrapped, but guitarist JESSE CARMICHAEL recently attended an event to celebrate the DALAI LAMA’s birthday, and Tweeted that he, quote, “sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to his holiness.”

China HATES when people show support for the Dalai Lama and Tibet.  Linkin Park, Bjork and Oasis have all been banned for it . . . although Linkin Park are making their return this week, for the first time in six years.

New Music: Cee-Lo Sings About Robin Williams . . . Five Seconds of Summer Has a New Track . . . and the First Single from David Gilmour’s New Album

  1. CEE-LO GREEN released a new song called Robin Williams.  The lyrics are about the day Robin died, and also reference Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, and a few other comedians who died too young.
  2. FIVE SECONDS OF SUMMER released a new song on Friday called She’s Kinda Hot, and they posted a video for it on their YouTube page.  (Warning: The lyrics include the word “b*tch.”)
  3. DAVID GILMOUR from Pink Floyd released a new song called Rattle That Lock.  It’s the first single off his new solo album, “Rattle That Lock”, which comes out in September.

Music News July 14, 2015

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Tom Cruise Actually Clung to the Outside of an Airplane for the New “Mission: Impossible” Movie

TOM CRUISE has been doing his own stunts for years . . . but he may have performed his most dangerous stunt yet for “Mission:  Impossible – Rogue Nation”.

There’s a scene where Tom clings to the outside of an airplane as it takes flight . . . and yes, he REALLY DID IT.  He was strapped to the plane, of course.  But it’s still pretty insane.  And they had to do EIGHT TAKES.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Tom admits that he didn’t sleep the night before the stunt, and when it came time to do it, he was, quote, “Scared s***less.”

Music News July 9, 2015

Listening to Heavy Metal as a Kid Makes You a More Well-Adjusted Adult?

According to a new study, people who grew up with heavy metal might be more well-adjusted than people who listen to other types of music.

Researchers found that metal-heads from the ’80s “were significantly HAPPIER in their youth.”  Quote, “[Fans] felt a kinship in the metal community, and [had] a way to experience heightened emotions with like-minded people.”

It’s possible the data was skewed though, because most of the people in the study were, quote, “relatively high functioning individuals.”  In other words, you’re not that likely to sign up for a study if you still listen to Slayer and get hammered every day.

Mike Reno from Loverboy Apologizes for Writing “Working for the Weekend” in a New Ad

LOVERBOY’S lead singer Mike Reno is in a new ad where he APOLOGIZES for writing the song “Working for the Weekend” . . . but it’s all just a joke.

The ad is for the job website Indeed.com, and he says the lyrics don’t apply anymore, because Indeed is helping millions of people find jobs they actually LIKE.  (Search for “Working for the Weekend, the Rewrite.”)

The New #1 Album in America Is . . .

MEEK MILL scored his first #1 album.  His album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money” sold a strong 246,000 copies to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Miguel’s album “Wildheart” started out at #2, selling 48,000 copies . . . the X Ambassadors’ debut album “VHS” came in at #7 with 30,000 copies . . . and the “Magic Mike XXL” soundtrack debuted at #10, just below the new album from the Christian metal band August Burns Red.

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

  1. NEW:  “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, Meek Mill . . . 246,000 copies
  2.  NEW:  “Wildheart”, Miguel . . . 48,000 copies
  3. “1989”, Taylor Swift . . . 48,000 copies
  4. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 39,000 copies
  5. “Before This World”, James Taylor . . . 33,000 copies
  6. “Dark Before Dawn”, Breaking Benjamin . . . 31,000 copies
  7.  NEW:  “VHS”, X Ambassadors . . . 30,000 copies
  8. “Montevallo”, Sam Hunt . . . 29,000 copies
  9. NEW:  “Found in Far Away Places”, August Burns Red . . . 29,000 copies
  10. NEW:  The “Magic Mike XXL” soundtrack . . . 26,000 copies

Music News July 8, 2015

Corey Taylor from Slipknot Explains Why Kanye West Isn’t the “Greatest Living Rock Star”

KANYE WEST called himself the greatest living rock star back in 2013, then said it again at a show in the U.K. last month.  And SLIPKNOT singer COREY TAYLOR is SICK OF IT.

He issued an open letter to Kanye on YouTube yesterday, and said the fact that he has to TELL people he’s the greatest rock star in the world is proof he’s NOT.  He also compared him to guys who brag about how much they hook up . . . because those guys never hook up as much as they claim to.

A Full Recovery is Expected for Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell‘s prognosis isn’t as dark as it’s been reported — the folk music legend’s attorney says she’s making amazing progress since an aneurysm … and the words “full recovery” have been used.

According to court documents, an attorney appointed to Mitchell’s conservatorship case visited the legendary singer/songwriter on June 26 at her home.

The attorney, Rebecca Thyne, said Mitchell was feeding herself lunch when Thyne arrived and they talked about the care she was receiving from long-time friend, Leslie Morris. In the docs, Thyne says Mitchell said she wants Morris to continue as her conservator.

Thyne’s encounter is interesting … multiple reports, including one account last month from Joni’s friend David Crosby, claimed she was not able to speak.

Thyne concluded, Joni was making “remarkable progress” — and added she’s “expected to make a full recovery.”

Mitchell was hospitalized on March 31 after being found unconscious in her home after suffering an aneurysm.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/07/joni-mitchell-medical-condition-improving-aneurysm-conservatorship/#ixzz3fJepKtcD

Aerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton Says he is Cancer Free!

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has faced a couple of cancer scares, but thanks to the potentially lifesaving efforts of his doctors, he says he now has a clean bill of health.

“I was faced with losing my way of life … if not my life,” Hamilton told the Long Island Pulse when asked about his latest battle with throat cancer. Saying his doctor thought he was cancer-free after facing the disease in 2006, Hamilton didn’t take any chances when it reappeared in 2011.

“There’s a guy here in Boston that Adele referred to [Steven Zeitels], who does novel surgeries,” said Hamilton. “He was able to do a procedure that got the cancer out of my throat without having to ruin the rest of it. I just saw him the other day and he said, ‘You beat this one. You can keep coming to see me if you want, but I don’t think you need to worry about this cancer coming back.’ I said, ‘I’ll come back to see you every six months from here until eternity, if it’s all right with you!’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hamilton was also asked to name some of his favorite bands and albums, and took the opportunity to praise Jethro Tull. “I was just thinking about the second Jethro Tull album Stand Up. For a rock album, it’s just amazing — the musicianship on it and the writing,” he argued, calling Tull frontman Ian Anderson “a guy who brought the flute into a hard rock setting and pulled it off. Nobody’s really done that. There are so few virtuosos on flute — you just don’t see that.

Read More: Tom Hamilton Says He’s Cancer-Free | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tom-hamilton-no-cancer/?trackback=tsmclip

Music News July 7, 2015

Damon Albarn Refused to End His Set, and Security Carried Him Off the Stage

DAMON ALBARN played an EPIC set at a music festival in Denmark on Saturday.  He’s the lead singer from BLUR and also started the band GORILLAZ, but he was playing with a group called Africa Express.

He was about FIVE HOURS in when he started playing “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.  Then a security guard walked on stage and told him he had to stop, because it was four in the morning, and he was breaking the noise curfew.

But he refused to leave, so the security guard grabbed him around the waist . . . picked him up . . . and CARRIED him off the stage while the crowd booed.

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” If 20 Different Singers Did It

The guy behind a YouTube series called “Ten Second Songs” posted a new video where he covers “Bad Blood” by TAYLOR SWIFT, but does it in the style of 20 different artists.  He does it as Kendrick Lamar, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, TLC, Black Sabbath, Coolio, Pearl Jam, and a bunch more.

Shaggy Has a Plan to Defeat Isis: Reggae Jams and Marijuana

 SHAGGY has already given the world a TREASURE TROVE of excellent music . . . “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Angel”, and so on.  Frankly, it’s unfair to ask any more of him.

But he DOES have more to offer us:  A foolproof plan to defeat ISIS.

Shaggy told the “Miami New Times”, quote, “ISIS can go [eff] themselves.  That’s some crazy [stuff] they’re doing.  It’s horrible, man . . . I don’t get that much hate . . . I just don’t get that level of evil.  I can’t understand it.”

And that’s when Shaggy shared his antidote to the world’s problems . . . reggae jams and marijuana.  He said, quote, “If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick.  But . . . music evokes emotion.

“So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off.  There are two things you want to do when you listen to reggae:  You get somebody pregnant, or you’re [effing] high.

“High people don’t want to kill nothing, they want to love.  They need to bag some Jamaican weed and distribute it amongst ISIS.  I guarantee there won’t be any more wars out there.  Man, it’ll put them in a vibe.  And throw some Bob Marley up in there and there’ll be peace.”

Music News July 6 2015

The Most Patriotic States, According to Spotify

Spotify released a list on Saturday of the most-patriotic states according to the music people listened to LAST Fourth of July.  And TEXAS listened to more patriotic music per capita than any other state.

The rest of the top five were Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, and Utah.  Vermont came in last, followed by West Virginia, South Dakota, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.  (Check out the full list here.)

As far as specific songs go, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen was the most popular Fourth of July song in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line was the most popular song in Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, South Dakota, and West Virginia . . . and “We Are Young” by Fun was number one in Nevada.

Billboard’s Mid-Year Charts: Snobby Vinyl Enthusiasts Are Buying . . .

Taylor Swift?

Billboard’s mid-year numbers are out, and music sales are down AGAIN, for what feels like the 97th year in a row.  Overall, the industry is down by 4% compared to a year ago, and CD sales are down 10%.  Again.

But for the eighth straight year, vinyl sales are up, growing by 38%.  And get this:  TAYLOR SWIFT is incredibly popular among the vinyl-loving purists of the world.

The #1 vinyl album is Taylor’s “1989”, which seems surprising, until you stop and consider what else it could’ve been.

Or maybe it’s not surprising at all . . . and you’ve been to multiple cocktail parties that were serenaded by the pops and crackles of “1989” on vinyl.  (???)

“1989” is also the top selling album overall in 2015, with over 2 million in sales.  Drake’s album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” is second . . . followed by “X” by Ed Sheeran and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack.   All three of them are in the 1.4 million range.

“Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars is the #1 selling digital song through the year so far, with over 4.8 million downloads.  “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran is second with 3.4 million, followed by “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa with 3.1 million.


Chumbawamba Is Raising Money on Kickstarter for a Documentary

The British band CHUMBAWAMBA did the song “Tubthumping” in 1997, and it’s probably their only song you’ve ever heard.  But the lead singer thinks the world needs a Chumbawamba DOCUMENTARY anyway.

He wants to call it “I Get Knocked Down (The Untold Story of Chumbawamba)”, and he’s trying to raise 60 grand on Kickstarter to make it.  As of last night, fans had already donated over $22,000.

Even though they only had one hit, they were together for 32 years.  And they were big into the anarchy movement, so apparently that’s what it’ll be about.

One of the other former members says people don’t realize how they indirectly affected politics in the U.K.  Quote, “Stuff we did with the money had invisible repercussions that nobody would ever connect to Chumbawamba.”

Dave Grohl Sat in a Huge Throne for His First Show Since Breaking His Leg

The FOO FIGHTERS celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Fourth of July concert in D.C. on Saturday.  It was their first gig since DAVE GROHL broke his leg falling off a stage in Sweden last month . . . and obviously he still can’t stand and perform.

So he had a special chair made that looks like a giant THRONE with lights on it.  And he played the entire show with his leg propped up.  (You can check out photos on their website, and there are a few videos of it here.)

Their tour is going ahead as scheduled, by the way.  They’ve got a show in Camden, New Jersey tonight, and another 40 shows between now and November.