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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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Pnau

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WATCH:Teenage Katy Perry gives cringey crying interview: 'I have a pizza face' MusicFIX Blog by Amy Nelmes Sep 1 2014 9:04AM

A new video has emerged of Katy Perry…and we're guessing she won't like the fact it's currently going viral.

Yep, before a multi-million dollar music career came knocking, Katy couldn’t have been further from the polished pop star she is today.

In fact, at the tender age of 16, Katy was just like the rest of us…spotty, stroppy and battling the love-hate relationship with her parents.

In a never-seen-before clip, Katy is seen complaining about her “pizza face” before bursting into tears about missing her parents…who she hates!

Katy has previously spoken about how tough it was leaving home as a teen to live in LA and chase her dream to become a pop star.

Now we have the proof that it was a tough ride for the star.

View slideshow: Celeb selfies and sunkissed shots! Insta-snaps of the week!

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WATCH: Hypnotic twerking! Amber Rose bares her butt in booty-bouncing Insta-vid MusicFIX Blog by Carmarlena Murdaca Aug 31 2014 11:34AM

Amber Rose sure knows how to work that booty.

Singlehandedly stealing the twerk-title from Miley Cyrus, the 30-year-old voluptuous vixen has posted a booty-bouncing video to Instagram… where she gyrates in front of hubby Wiz Khalifa's portrait. Check out that strangely mesmerising moment above!

But don't just think this is the social norm at the Rose-Khalifa household! According to Amber, the raunchy routine was only to congratulate Wiz on the success of his chart-topping album Blacc Hollywood. Because celebratory tequila shots are so passé…

We hope Wiz liked the vid as much as the rapper's Insta-followers did... with fans calling her pert derriere "a national treasure!"

And although we're not quite calling Amber's rear "a treasure," we do think she challenges fellow rapper Nicki Minaj in the booty stakes! See below...

What do you think FIXers? Is Amber the new Queen Twerker or does Miss Minaj's 'Anaconda' striptease float your boat?

View slideshow: It's booty week! Can you guess the celebrity butt?

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