ROCK veteran Chrissie Hynde is about to release her first solo album, Stockholm, at the age of 62, after a career at the helm of her revolving band the Pretenders. Hynde worked in Sweden with producer Bjorn Yttling (Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand), from the Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John. The single from the album, Dark Sunglasses, holds promise for the rest of the album. There are a couple of interesting guests on there as well, both of whom like to mess around on guitars. One of them is Neil Young and the other is ... of course ... John McEnroe. He and Hynde are friends, apparently; indeed Hynde taught the former tennis champion to play guitar years ago. Just how Hynde’s tennis game is coming along has yet to be revealed. Stockholm is released in early June. APROPOS of absolutely nothing I’ve seen on television or in the papers this week, I thought I’d compile my top 10 songs about fighting (although some of them are about different kinds of social interaction), starting with Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones. It’s downhill (kicking and scratching all the way) from there, but here it is: 1. Street Fighting Man — the Rolling Stones 2. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ — Muddy Waters 3. TNT — AC/DC 4. Hit Me with Your Best Shot — Pat Benatar 5. Kung Fu Fighting — Carl Douglas 6. Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight — Fleetwood Mac 7. A Punchup at a Wedding — Radiohead 8. No More Mr Nice Guy — Alice Cooper 9. Ballroom Blitz — The Sweet 10. Beat on the Brat — The Ramones
spindoc@ theaustralian.com.au AS the nation girds its loins in anticipation of a belt-tightening budget next Tuesday night, one area of the music industry in particular is fearing the worst. The federal government’s National Commission of Audit is recommending cuts of $17.5 million in funding to community radio across Australia, a move that Adrian Basso, president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, says could force many independent broadcasters off the air. WHILE with radio, it’s nice to see the ABC’s digital radio station Double J coming fast out of the blocks since its launch 11 days ago. Good to have a new broadcaster with its finger on the pulse of alternatives to commercial, mainstream fodder and to Triple J. One hasn’t had a chance to explore all of Double J’s nooks and crannies just yet, but Emma Swift’s Revelator, on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm AEST, is well worth the effort for fans of all things Americana and in the alt country ballpark.