Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Major Label Action

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Major Label Action

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Jill Sobule, Underdog Victorious (September 7): The "I Kissed a Girl" girl returns. The lead single, "Cinnamon Park," borrows its hook from Chicago's "Saturday in the Park." (Artemis)

Dolly Parton, Live and Well (September 14): Recorded live at Dollywood in Tennessee, this double CD leans heavily on Dolly's recent bluegrass albums while including a smattering of big hits ("9 to 5," "Jolene"). (Sugar Hill)

Various Artists, Will & Grace: Let the Music Out! (September 14): Karen (Megan Mullally) croons with Carly Simon, while Will (Eric McCormack) and Barry Manilow warble "Living With Grace." Kevin Bacon (as part of his Bacon Brothers band) also stars, and there will be previously released songs by J. Lo, Cher, and Elton John. (BMG)

The Prodigy, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (September 14): The chart-topping U.K. electro-punks' first full-length release in seven years features Juliette Lewis, Princess Superstar, Oasis's Liam Gallagher, and a track sampling "Thriller." Eek! (XL/Maverick)

Liza Minnelli, The Best of Liza Minnelli (September 14): Spans Liza's classic years at Columbia, EMI, and MCA and features the unreleased "Me and My Baby" from Chicago. (Legacy/Columbia)

Also new in September:

Nancy Sinatra [see page 70], Anita Baker, Green Day, Joss Stone, Tears for Fears, Brian Wilson, Leonard Cohen, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Strokes (live), Supergrass (best of), Lucinda Williams (live double CD).


R.E.M., Around the Sun (October 5): R.E.M. were determined to get their politically charged new one in stores pre-election. Partially recorded in the Bahamas but guaranteed reggae-free. (Warner Bros.)

Fatboy Slim, Palookaville (October 5): Boasting a funked-up cover of the Steve Miller Band's 1973 number 1 "The Joker" featuring Bootsy Collins, Fatboy's fourth full-length also features Blur's Damon Albarn. (Astralwerks)

Various Artists, Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground (October 5): This four-CD set surveying the start of alternative/college rock includes several seminal bands with now out members, including R.E.M., Husker Du, and Faith No Mere. (Rhino)

Ruben Studdard (October 12): Contemporary gospel fare, including songs by the Commodores and Al Green, plus some standards ("His Eye Is on the Sparrow") and an R. Kelly collaboration. (J)

Le Tigre, This Island (October 19): The party-rockin' "feminist punk electronic" trio vie for mainstream visibility. Says member JD, "It's incredibly important for us to have a presence in pop culture right now." (Strummer/Universal)

Beck (October 26): Ubiquitous White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White joins Beck on one as yet untitled song. …

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