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PYOU'LL have to have been on Mars for the last month not to have heard or read about Aussie film director Baz Luhrmann's Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen).

A mock graduation speech put to an ambient/dance music backing, it's got smash hit written all over it - probably number one.

Prepare to hear everyone quoting lyric lines such as "Do one thing every day that scares you" and "Look after your knees - you'll miss them when they're gone". A cool novelty record.


P IF Baz Luhrmann doesn't get to number one, then it'll be because he's pipped to the post by The Chemical Brothers' Hey Boy Hey Girl.

Classic Chemicals with a hypnotic dance beat and cool samples, the CD is made irresistible by the fantastic B-sides Flashback and mellow trance track Scale. Can't wait for the album.


PWHEN the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie... is when you are getting old, I think.

Certainly That's Amore was one of my dad's favourite songs but there is no denying the smoothly professional delivery of that master of the mellifluous, Dean Martin.

The Very Best of Dean Martin is a re-issue of some of the songs which made the late Dino a household name.

Memories are Made of This, Volare, Return to Me and Everybody Loves Somebody are all here in a collection which prompts the Big Question: Is there perhaps a time in everyone's life when they begin to like Dean Martin records?


PCOMPILATIONS can be ten-a-penny, but Virgin's 21st Century Rock is one definitely worth shelling out for.

Value for money is the name of the game with 39 top contemporary tracks from Lenny Kravitz's Fly Away and Blur's Tender to current chart hits from Pavement, Skunk Anansie and Super Furry Animals.

Now that's what I call music.


P EXPERIMENTAL Pop Band live up to their name with a weird mixture of sounds on the single Punk Rock Classic.

Deadpan offbeat spoken lyrics like "I love the girl who smokes the pipe", scratching and sax combine to create something that sounds like a Hugh Cornwell and Bjork duet. Unusual but appealing.


Reviews by Jon Perks and Alf Bennett
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 30, 1999
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