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Itsy-bitsy tiny-wee stories about Gary Glitter, SAINT ETIENNE and Scott 4 and others...

Scott 4 release a new limited-edition one-sided vinyl single on December 7. ‘Jeans Record (Choke Bore)’ is a remix of ‘Choke Bore’ from the band’s debut album ‘Recorded In State’ by singer SCOTT BLIXEN and showcases the electro influences over the country sound. They play at London King’s Cross Water Rats on December 9. Their second album is set for release in February next year.

JOHN CALE plays a short UK tour in January next year, coinciding with a flurry of releases and activity. His autobiography ‘What’s Welsh For Zen?’, co-written with ANDY WARHOL and PATTI SMITH biographer VICTOR BOCKRIS, is published by Bloomsbury on January 14. ‘Cale Street: An Introduction To John Cale’, a compilation of his classic Island material (‘Fear’, ‘Helen Of Troy’ etc) is released at the same time as ‘Dance Music ‘, an album of music written for a ballet based on the life of NICO and a reissue of the 1979 album ‘Sabotage Live’. All are out in January. Cale plays Cardiff St David’s Hall (January 16), Cambridge Corn Exchange (17), Liverpool Philharmonic (18), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (19) and London Royal Festival Hall (21).

HAZELDINE (pictured) release a new EP on December 7. ‘Summer Wine’, taken from their ‘Digging You Up’ album, is backed with ‘Tarmac’, ‘Whisky in The Jar’ and ‘Heart Of Darkness’. Hazeldine return to the UK in the spring of next year.

NIRVANA and SWEET 75 man KRIST NOVOSELIC toured with L7 earlier this year; he used his time profitably, filming a documentary on the band while on the road. ‘The Beauty Process’, the film of this tour, is set for release through his own video imprint, reports US web site Wall Of Sound. Novoselic is also planning a spoken word tour. Check NME.COM for an update on his activities later this week.

GARY GLITTER has been committed for trial on a series of charges relating to child pornography. He will stand trial at Bristol Crown Court next year, accused of making and possessing over 50 indecent photographs of children. He was arrested last year when the photos were found on his computer which he had taken in to a shop to be repaired.

SAINT ETIENNE have announced world tour dates, culminating in a pre-Christmas London show. The dates are Australia Sydney Metro (December 5), Melbourne Prince Of Wales (7), US Los Angeles Roxy (9), San Francisco Slims (10), Seattle Aro.Space (11), Chicago Double Door (12), Boston Paradise (13), New York Bowery Ballroom (14) and London Kentish Town Forum (17).

RONNIE SPECTOR, ex of THE RONETTES and former wife of legendary tycoon-of-teen PHIL SPECTOR, recently signed to Creation records, plays a show at London Camden Dingwalls on December 6. Her EP ‘She Talks To Rainbows’ will be released in January next year. The JOEY RAMONE-produced EP also includes versions of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ (written for her by BRIAN WILSON), ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ (originally by JOHNNY THUNDERS) and ‘Bye Bye Baby’.

PRAS of THE FUGEES will star in a film called ‘Ghetto Superstar’, based on the story of a struggling rapper trying to escape from a dead end life in Brooklyn, New York. WYCLEF JEAN and LAURYN HILL will also appear in the film which is produced by MADONNA‘s production company Madguy. It is scheduled to begin shooting in May next year.

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