Leah Greenblatt rounds up music-industry buzz: Details about Fall Out Boy's almost-inclusion in the ''Kidz Bop'' series, a possible Kinks reunion, and more

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated June 06, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

— To Bop or not to Bop? That is the question that Fall Out Boy have already tried to answer, with a resounding not. Nine editions into the Kidz Bop series, consumers don’t seem to be tiring of the questionable novelty of helium-voiced half-pints covering recent hits from bands like Green Day and the Black Eyed Peas, but FOB are less than stoked with the inclusion of ”Dance, Dance” in that repertoire. In response, bassist Pete Wentz (he of the recent NC-17 Internet nudity) posted to the band’s blog: ”I’ve gotten one million e-mails and IMs about ‘Dance, Dance’ being on Kidz Bop. Here’s the answer: We don’t know what’s going on, because they can use a song without your permission.” He’s absolutely right, unfortunately, and it looked like we’d be subjected to a posse of pre-teens cooing, ”Why don’t you show me the little bit of spine/ You’ve been saving for his mattress, love” — until, as of press time, the song suddenly disappeared from the projected set list of Kidz Bop 10. We’re sure, however, that they could still totally kill it on “Hips Don’t Lie”….

— So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for them? Don’t be! First, Ray Davies released Other People’s Lives (V2), his first solo album in ages, this past February; now his brother Dave Davies is working on his own release, Bug… Next up for the the long-feuding brothers could be an honest-to-God Kinks reunion. Younger sib Dave recently told chartattack.com, ”I think we’re going to do something, but we just need to define the details a little bit. It would be nice.” Meanwhile, older bro Ray was even more upbeat: ”My brother has been sick for the past year, but I’m going to get together with him and we’re going to see if the music is still there… There’s got to be new music. We can’t just play the old hits.” In other news, Brian Eno recently confirmed to England’s Guardian that he’s reuniting with Roxy Music, having left the group after their 1973 album For Your Pleasure. He did say, however, that he wouldn’t be touring with ex-mates Bryan Ferry, Andy Macky, Phil Manzera, and Paul Thompson, and that he’s simply contributing two songs and some keyboards to an album slated for a fall release.

— There may be a good reason America fought for its freedom from Jolly Olde England. NME just announced the results of its recent Greatest Album of All Time poll, and OasisDefinitely Maybe outranked the BeatlesSgt. Pepper and Revolver, as well as Nirvana‘s Nevermind, the SmithsThe Queen Is Dead, and Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon. Oasis also took the No. 5 spot with What’s the Story Morning Glory, meaning they had a better combined score overall than Radiohead (at Nos. 4 and 10). A less perplexing but still no doubt contentious list, Paste magazine’s 100 Best Living Songwriters, compiled by 50 journalists, unsurprisingly put Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen in its top three. Already, dozens of threads have started online to hash out the remaining results… ladies and gentlemen, start your blogging.

— Can’t a chimp catch a break? Mere weeks after replacing Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson, tour stand-in Nick O’Malley has broken his hand after a post-pub mishap. Ever the trouper, however, O’Malley is continuing on, with a bandage and a smile.

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