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Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo...

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I scanned the music magazines and surfed the web for music news this week, but it seems everyone's been caught up in industry-talk, such as Clive Davis being replaced by L.A. Reid (co-founder of LaFace Records) at Arista Records, or Metallica producing a list of more than 300,000 people who traded Metallica songs over Napster. Instead of talking, will someone please come up with a shimmery, slinky, smooth summer song? Aaliyah's "I Try" has good beats but it's hard to listen to the lyrics without gagging; Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" is fine but not fine.

There was one interesting story: Burt Bacharach and Hal David may be performing together for the last time this summer. I guess it's fashionable to either totally hate Bacharach or to like him only in an ironic way, but I think he's written some great stuff. Just think of Aretha Franklin's "I Say a Little Prayer," Naked Eyes' "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" or Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love." Of course, Bacharach's reputation isn't improved by album covers like the one pictured here...

PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT US

So I'm scrolling through RockOnTV.com, a website listing upcoming TV appearances by musicians, and guess whose name pops up? Hammer, Mr. Too-Legit-to-Quit himself. (Actually, I was under the impression he had reinstated the M.C., but I guess I was wrong.) Unfortunately, while the other listings showed names of musicians featured on Leno, Letterman, Conan or on VH-1, Hammer was listed as about to perform on WB's "For Your Love" (tonight!). Performing on a WB Friday night show? Oh dear. I'm not sure this is a step up from being a delivery boy, or whatever he had become.

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