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No, he hasn’t yet heard from Lynne. And no, Bleu — a singer-songwriter who recently moved to L.A. from Boston — doesn’t expect to get any respect for this. An E.L.O. fan just can’t get no love. “I’m generally a huge fan of music that is populist — Bryan Adams, Mutt Lange, Jim Steinman — and it is so uncool to be into that!” he says. “You know, because I think Joy Division is a complete scam, [I don’t fit in] with whatever ‘cool’ band is currently ripping off moody ’80s dance pop!” I heard that.
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THE ARK IS A GLAM ROCK BAND from Sweden; they have a couple songs on the new Shortbus soundtrack, and they were scheduled to play the Troubadour on Saturday. Their new album, State of the Ark, feels at home alongside the Scissor Sisters and the Darkness, and their single “One of Us Is Gonna Die Young” is delish, as my mom would say.
Singer Ola Salo recently caused a fuss with some cheeky comments during an outdoor concert at the new Swedish Embassy in D.C. (It was something about airplanes and the White House.) Some Republican audience member complained, and it turned into a big damn deal. An article came out in the Washington Post, and it looks like the band have cancelled their U.S. tour. Bummer. I actually interviewed Salo the day before the incident, by phone, but my tape was mysteriously garbled when I played it back. Coincidence? Um, yeah. Totally.