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Class of 2008: Pnau

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sydney duo Pnau (pronounced Pen-yow) might have been around for years, but it looks like they're finally eyeing some serious success. Although they've played their electronic beats, blips and pings around the world (occasionally to parties attended by everyone from Naomi Campbell to Ricky Martin), their third self-titled record is due to deliver them to heights well beyond the earthly stratosphere. Although former Brisbane school friends Pete Mayes and Nick Littlemore have not-so-quietly been building a loyal fan base since the mid '90s, 'Wild Strawberries' — the first offering from Pnau — has already grabbed the attention of everyone from acclaimed international mixer DJ Feadz to none other than Sir Elton John.

And while many thought the dance music craze would fizzle and die not long after Pnau won an ARIA Award in 1999 for their debut release Sambanova, the two have continued to create their own unique brand of every-tempo mixes and perfectly mashed-up beats — Pnau involved so many keyboards, mini-disc players, pieces of studio and computer equipment and traditional instruments that the band can't even remember them all, not to mention including a children's choir and Luke Steele, frontman of indie alt-rockers The Sleepy Jackson.

As their record company bio says; "We suspect they're starting to take themselves seriously — it's like they don't consider 'ambition' to be a dirty word anymore". Which is just as well, because that ambition is about to see Pnau take off like a rocket … man.



Pnau's track 'Baby', as featured in the recent Lite White television ad


Says who? Sir Elton John is a huge fan, having stumbled upon the duo's music during his recent Australian tour. He invited the band round for tea to his hotel and has since been slinging their latest release to all corners of the globe to show his support.

"I was getting work done on the bench at physio and he was like, 'Hello mate it's Elton, love your album'," Littlemore told Triple J about the phone call he received last month. "We hung out with him and we're going over to London to hang out with him at the end of February."

Lily Allen and the Scissor Sisters have been wooed by Elton's endorsement, and Madonna's people are reportedly sniffing around for possible remixes. Operator Please and Rage Against The Machine were also regulars side-of-stage during the band's Big Day Out appearances this year.

A MySpace fan says: "After the Gold Coast BDO based solely on your performance I booked flights to Melbourne to go see you again. ABSOLUTELY F***ING EPIC. You're now in my top three best live acts of all time!" Matty

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Hug it out! Courtney Love reunites with Frances Bean Cobain after five years MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Jan 26 2015 8:30AM

They've had a troubled past, but it seems that Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain have finally buried the hatchet.

Courtney, 50, and Frances, 22, made their first appearance together in five years at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, at the weekend, cuddling at the premiere of the new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Frances is the executive producer of the HBO doco about her Nirvana singer father who committed suicide in 1994. At the time of his death at 27, Kurt had been married to Courtney for two years and Frances was just one year old.

Courtney and Frances appear to have left their feud behind — Courtney lost legal control over her then-17-year-old daughter in 2009. Frances ordered a restraining order against her mother, with legal documents containing allegations of domestic violence.


Frances, Courtney and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen. Images: Getty.

Things got worse in 2012, when the former Hole singer accused ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl of "hitting on" Frances.

Frances told Lifeline Live: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way."

But times heals all wounds, apparently. In September 2014, Courtney told People her relationship with Frances was "really good".

"We live four doors down from each other!" she added.

We're glad to see they're sorting things out.


Frances, Courney and Kurt at the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1993. Image: Getty.

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Katy Perry hits back at Taylor Swift fan who calls her 'fat' MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Jan 21 2015 5:28PM

The Katy Perry/Taylor Swift feud just took another weird turn and we can't get enough of it.

Katy shared a photoshopped picture of herself on a bodybuilder's physique with the caption: "Just finished a killer workout! Have a great day y'all."

Taylor fan @swiftschrist swiftly replied: "Still fat." BIG MISTAKE.


Image: Twitter.

Katy, the most-followed person on Twitter with 63.5 million followers, took it upon herself to respond directly to the Tay-Tay troll.


Image: Twitter.

OUCH. Where is Mother Swift when you need her? Not that her fan was too cut up about it — @swiftschrist happily retweeted Katy's catty retort for all the Swifties to see.

"Goodnight ladies you can find me on @HolyTaylorSwift if this gets suspended," @swiftschrist added.

The Katy v Taylor dramz kicked off in late 2014 with Taylor telling Rolling Stone that her 1989 album track 'Bad Blood' was about a female pop star frenemy who "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour".

Hours after the interview was published, Katy tweeted about the "Regina George in sheep's clothing". And just this week, she further fuelled the rumours her Super Bowl performance on February 2 will feature a Taylor dig:

The plot thickens...

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