Thursday, March 12, 2015

1980s Funeral Tribute For Steve Strange

Visage frontman Steve Strange’s last appearance on earth was inside this white coffin. With pall bearers from Culture Club (Boy George picture on the left) and Spandau Ballet, he leaves our view in the same fashion that he entered it. 
Funeral Of Steve Strange
(Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

In case you don’t remember that far back, Steve Strange saw early fame with a Sex Pistols gig in the late ’70s, and went on to form the New Romantic movement

Some of you might remember his first international appearance in David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.” OH, THE IRONY!

The Mighty 690: All 80's Radio

If you grew up in San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles during the same time that I did, I don’t need to tell you about The Mighty 690.
You remember, and can still here the bizarre, Spanish intros they’d play before you’d hear Duran Duran, Don Henley, Gary Numan, Billy Idol, Men At Work, Thomas Dolby and more.
The history of the AM radio station is right here.

All 80's Radio for Southern California AND Planet Earth
Click listen now to listen live.

Chris, the Intern, wanted to build an 80’s station online. For this tribute he wanted everything to be as authentic as possible.
He hopes you enjoy this little piece of retro cyberspace. He won’t be successful without your support. When you’re listening, tell your friends on social media. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

OMD: Headline All three UK Rewind Festivals

Rewind festival has announced the line-up for its events this summer, with OMD headlining at all three.
Also playing at each festival are Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle and Kim Wilde.

Rewind Scotland at Perth Scone Palace on July 24-26 adds Thompson Twins singer Tom Bailey as a headliner, after Bailey made his return to playing live last year following a lengthy sabbatical from pop music.
Also at the event are Jimmy Somerville, Sister Sledge, Altered Images, Howard Jones and others.

Rewind North at Cheshire Capesthorne Hall on August 7-9 sees The Human League join OMD as headliners.
Also playing are The Boomtown Rats, Jimmy Somerville, ABC, The Selecter, Howard Jones, Dr And The Medics and others.

Rewind South at Henley-on-Thames Temple Island Meadows on August 21-23 also sees The Human League and OMD headline.
Other artists include newcomers British Electric Foundation, the ‘80s electronic collective whose line-up at the festival will feature Glenn Gregory, Thomas Dolby, Peter Hook, Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction and M’s Robin Scott.

The Specials: Make Their Albums Extra Special

The Specials’ two albums are being reissued on March 30, alongside The Special AKA’s album In The Studio.

The expanded editions are the first time that founder songwriter and keyboardist Jerry Dammers has given his approval to anything surrounding the band since the rest of the line-up reformed without Dammers’ involvement in 2007.
Each remastered album features all of The Specials’ B-sides, EPs and non-album singles as well as assorted BBC live sessions as well as sleevenotes by music journalist Lois Wilson and previously unseen pictures by photographer Chalkie Davies.

1979’s self-titled debut adds the three-song "Too Much Too Young" EP, plus an 11-song gig recorded in Paris in December 1979 originally aired for the BBC In Concert series.

The following year’s "More Specials" album adds non-album singles Rat Race and Ghost Town, the single version of Do Nothing, and the B-sides of those three singles as well as Stereotypes’ flip side – Rude Boys Outa Jail, Maggie’s Farm, Racquel, Friday Night Saturday Morning and the extended version of Why. Rounding off the release are Radio 1 session versions of Stereotypes, Sea Cruise and You’re Wondering Now plus a Rude Boys Outa Jail remix featuring guitarist Neville Staple in his guise as Judge Roughneck.

Dammers, drummer John Bradbury and bassist Horace Panter formed The Special AKA after The Specials split in 1981, recruiting singer Stan Campbell, guitarist John Shipley and former Bodysnatchers vocalist Rhoda Dakar. Their 1984 album "In The Studio" adds the B-sides The Boiler, You Just Can’t Get A Break and Jungle Music, plus a three-song John Peel session and six instrumental versions.

Blancmange: Take the Fifth

Blancmange release their fifth album Semi Detached on March 23.

It’s effectively a solo album by singer Neil Arthur, as it’s the first without keyboardist Stephen Luscombe, who has longterm health problems.

The 10 tracks include a cover of Can’s 1976 song I Want More and the instrumental MKS Lover, with the first single Paddington out on March 9. Guests include Kate Bush’s guitarist David Rhodes, while the self-produced album was mixed by Babyshambles producer Adam Fuest.

The eight-minute opening song The Fall is named after the band, who were an early inspiration to Arthur.
He said: “I sent Mark E Smith our first EP and we exchanged a few letters, his being ones of humorous encouragement.” Speaking of the song Deep In The Mine, Arthur said: “I imagined a cavernous yet claustrophobic space with endless passages running off it.”

Simple Minds: Sparkling Again

Simple Minds release a five-disc reissue of their 1984 album Sparkle In The Rain on March 16.

Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album contains the hits Waterfront and Up On The Catwalk, and is the first to feature drummer Mel Gaynor. Kirsty MacColl guests on the songs Street Hassle and Speed Your Love To Me.

The reissue features B-sides and 12” remixes on disc two, a previously-unreleased homecoming show at Glasgow Barrowland from February 1984 on discs three and four, a three-song Radio 1 session and the album’s videos and TV performances from Top Of The Pops and The Oxford Road Show on disc five.

The set also features a 5.1 surround sound version of the original album, which has been remastered at Abbey Road by guitarist Charlie Burchill.

Burchill and singer Jim Kerr are interviewed as part of the set’s 36-page booklet, which also features memorabilia and rare photos from the era. The reissue is available as a 5CD or 2CD version, as well as digital download, vinyl and Blu-Ray formats.

Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield said of the album: “it’s a genius stadium album, still with their pretension and ambition. Waterfront was about the decay of working-class industry. Try and find anyone writing a song like that today.”

Marc Almond: Royal Birthday Plans & The Velvet Trail

Marc Almond has revealed his 60th birthday plans of a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Almond releases his new album The Velvet Trail on March 9, but has already begun plans to see in his 60th birthday on July 9, 2017.
He told us: “I want turning 60 to be a great celebration. I’ve already provisionally booked The Royal Albert Hall to play a concert that night.”

There are also plans for a wealth of reissues to coincide with Almond’s landmark birthday, including a Soft Cell box-set, a career-spanning singles compilation and an anthology of Almond’s own favourite songs. He said: “I’m fighting to get some of the rights back to some of my old singles, and that’s slowly going my way. I want to be able to say ‘This is what I’ve done over the past 40 years.’”
He added: “So much of my work has been missed out over the years. I’d love to do an anthology of my personal favourite tracks, as I’ve worked hard to make a good varied body of work. As for Soft Cell, I’d love to do a box-set. I’ve got loads of live concerts from our early days that no-one has heard, even if some of it’s on not-great-quality cassettes.”

Almond’s new single Scar is the first taste of The Velvet Trail, which was made with Lana Del Rey/Rihanna producer Chris Braide, a lifelong Almond fan.
Almond said: “Scar is a big, polished ballad, the type of song I don’t often get to do. I was flattered and honoured that Chris sent me such great songs to write lyrics for and sing. He deliberately picked bits from throughout my career so that it sounds like a Best Of. With me feeling nostalgic, planning the birthday celebrations, I was ready to embrace that.”

Almond goes on a 12-date tour, ending on May 1 at London Shepherds Bush Empire.