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This week on the music beat

NOW VOYAGER Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello churns out riffs from another dimension, so it’s fitting he’ll appear in a spring episode of UPN’s Star Trek: Voyager. In 1998, the Trekker/rocker called series producer Rick Berman for a cameo in the film Star Trek: Insurrection (Berman agreed; one of his sons loves Rage). Alas, after hours in alien makeup, Morello got lost in a crowd shot. But in January, he beamed up again. ”This time, we told him he’d play a human,” says Berman. While Morello’s Starfleet officer has only a few lines, Berman reports, ”he did a great job. It was a little pick-me-up for everyone.”

PSYCHO DRAMA American Psycho, which debuted at Sundance last week, has proven true to the spirit of Brett Easton Ellis’ book, down to its antihero’s penchant for pop. The movie (due in April) uses Huey Lewis’ ”Hip to Be Square,” Phil Collins’ ”Sussudio,” and an instrumental of the Whitney Houston hit ”The Greatest Love of All” in lurid murder and/or sex scenes, all accompanied by the evildoer’s heartfelt praise. Did the stars know their music would score such grisly images? Lewis won’t comment, but Collins’ manager, Tony Brown, now says he ”did not realize the link when granting the approval. There is no relation to violence in [Phil’s] music or lyrics.” Meanwhile, Houston rep Lynn Volkman says ”since they’re not using Whitney’s version, and she didn’t write the song, they didn’t need to come to us.” But, she adds, ”if the public perceives this to be a Whitney song, I think I’m going to call her lawyer and see what his thoughts are.”