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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

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.

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