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'Private' Dancer

TrainIn these troubled times, even platinum-plus bands like Train are expected to watch their pennies. But that is just fine with frontman Pat Monahan. "We did get hit with spending less on this album, but that's been happening to us from the beginning. No one ever handed us a million dollars and said, 'Have a good time.' [Cutting budgets] is where things are right now."

In fact, Monahan says the band had the smallest video budget of its career for current single "Calling All Angels." The song, which is No. 8 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, is the first offering from "My Private Nation," due this week via Columbia. Once again, the band teamed with producer Brendan O'Brien for the project. Train hopes to continue the growth it saw from its first album, a self-titled 1999 set, which sold 1.2 million albums in the U.S., to its second, 2001's "Drops of Jupiter," which has sold 2.3 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Monahan admits that such tunes as "Calling All Angels" and "When I Look to the Sky" have spiritual overtones, but he is loathe to discuss specifics. "I don't want to take that away from people," he says. "I feel really strongly about this one. I try not to read about songs if it's a song I love. I don't want to hear Robert Plant say that 'Stairway to Heaven' is about a grocery store." A summer tour begins June 26 in San Francisco.