July 5: As we missed handing out a prize in June, we decided to combine June and July in handing out two CDs this month to lucky registered users. The first winner was Claire aka discodiva from Cheshire, England. She chose Earthling as her prize. The second lucky winner was Stephanie from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. She selected Dido's No Angel as her bonus from CDNow. Congratulations to both!
Remember that you can be entered in the drawing each month simply by having a visible profile in the fan registry.
July 5: Multiple media sources report that Bowie has recently been offered the role of Frank Sinatra in a film version of the famous crooner's life. Bowie has at various times in the past admitted to being influenced by Sinatra (for example, see this 1972 interview) and also been offered similar roles before, although the rumour goes that Sinatra himself was, euphemistically speaking, "unhappy" with that possibility when it was first mooted.
The UK Guardian has a little snippet in this July 2 column where they quote Bowie as saying:
"I'm flattered and very interested because I always admired his style and panache."
Information from Trina, Vita
July 2: If you were paying attention during the news hiatus, you would have noted the release on June 12 of Substitute - Songs Of The Who. First mentioned by Bowie last year, this tribute CD features a cover of The Who's Pictures of Lily. Rather than being a straight-ahead cover, Bowie recorded it at half speed and decided to make use of that old standby, the stylophone. Other artists on the album include Pearl Jam, Phish, Sheryl Crow and Paul Weller.
July 2: After a small delay, the 2001 edition of All Saints will be released July 23 in the UK and Canada. (Ed: so far we haven't seen anything about an official US release). All tracks on the compilation of Bowie's instrumental pieces will be remastered from their original versions, while Some Are will be Philip Glass' orchestral reworking for the Low Symphony. You can see the cover art and the full track listing on the All Saints album page along with the EMI press release.
Information from Claude, Liz R., Eric S, Rick and many others
Where, oh where, has the webmaster been?
I've received more than a few concerned emails about the lack of updates to Teenage Wildlife over the past two to three months. It's safe to say that while I haven't been abducted by aliens, I have been lying low due to a combination of factors (ranked in order below)
I appreciate all the messages from people concerned about what had happened to me. Thank you for caring. To all the people who have sent me email over the past 3 months and never received a reply, I offer my apologies and will do my best to try and get to your news, comments etc as I wade through the 4,000 messages I've received in that same time-frame. To all the people who have kept the news rolling on Conversation Piece, my heartfelt thanks for your maintaining interesting threads in my absence.
Most of all, be assured that Teenage Wildlife will keep rolling along - still with the goal of being the best fan site on the web.