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MUSIC ROUNDUP THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Just As Appealing As A Stinky Plate Of Stilton

NOT A HOLE LOTTA LOVE THERE
Nashville Pussy
's bass-thumping hellion Corey Parks has officially left the band. Parks took a leave of absence from the rockers in July, just before the band was to start the Tattoo The Earth tour. Nashville Pussy has welcomed Park's tour replacement, Tracy Almazon, as a full-time member. During Parker's hiatus, Courtney Love courted the hard-drinking, fire-breathing bassist to fill the vacancy in Hole. Said Parks in a statement: "She wanted the two of us to hang out and jam and see if we could work together. I am extremely flattered that she went to great lengths to track me down, but as you all know, I am a rock & roller and I would never be a part of anything that I didn't believe in." Parks added, "Besides, I'm too ladylike to associate with Courtney, " as she spit chewing tobacco onto her Hustler T-shirt.

COCKTAIL NATION RISES AGAIN
Lounge Lizards unite! The swinging, soothing pop sounds have gotten cheesy—literally. Richard Cheese has swankified alternative hits on "Lounge Against The Machine," due 10/17 on Oglio Records. Cheese is joined by Bobby Ricotta (charts and ivories), Gordon Brie (strings and strums) and Buddy Gouda (sticks and skins) to add some swing to Radiohead's "Creep," Sublime's "Wrong Way" and Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up." On a related note, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme have announced they plan to team up with lounge goddess Keely Smith to cover Too Short's "Two Bitches."

A COUPLE OF SPIRITS
WEA, Inc.
Chairman/CEO David Mount and his wife Sheri, are among the recipients of this year's Spirit of Liberty Award by the People For The American Way Foundation. The award is given to people who have made outstanding contributions toward freedom of expression and human rights. The Mounts are longtime activists for political and social change. The award will be presented 10/25 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin will also be honored at the ceremony, which will be emceed by Kevin Pollack. HITS' Roy Trakin had already scheduled a bikini wax and had to turn down the gig.

REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
Team Lipman doubles up. (11/26a)
CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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