Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 20 Singles- Readers' List- 1980



1.Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart 
2.Visage- Fade to Grey 
3.Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark- Enola Gay 
4.Joy Division- Atmosphere 
5.David Bowie- Ashes to Ashes 
 6.The Cure- A Forest 
7.The Jam- Going Underground 
8.Blondie- Atomic 
9.John Foxx- Underpass 
10.Siouxsie and the Banshees- Happy House 
11.Peter Gabriel- Games Without The Frontiers 
12.Devo- Whip It 
13.Martha and The Muffins- Echo Beach
14.Spandau Ballet- To Cut A Long Story Short 
15.Ultravox- Passing Strangers 
16.Echo and The Bunnymen- Rescue 
17.Gary Numan- We Are Glass 
18.Kate Bush- Babooska 
19.The Human League- Only After Dark 
20.John Foxx- No One Driving

Friday, December 24, 2010

Best of 2010- The Album List





1.Groove Armada- Black Light
2.Get Well Soon- Vexations
3.Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- Before Today
4.Twin Shadow- Forget
5.Janelle Monáe- The ArchAndroid
6.Future Islands- In Evening Air
7.Belle And Sebastian- Write about Love
8.Yeasayer- Odd Blood
9.Brendan Perry- Ark
10.LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening
11.The National- High Violet
12.The Radio Dept- Clinging To A Scheme
13.Automelodi- Automelodi
14.Villa Nah- Origin
15.OMD The History of Modern
16.Deerhunter- Halycon Digest
17.Clinic- Bubblegum
18.Sambassadeur- European
19.Alphaville- Catching Rays on Giant
20.Delphic- Acolyte
21.Veil Veil Vanish- Change in the Neon Light
22.Andy Bell- Non Stop
23.Manic Street Preachers- Postcards from the Young Man
24.Northern Portrait- Criminal Art Lovers
25.Broken Bells- s/t
26.Devo- Something for Everybody
27.MGMT- Congratulations
28.Delphic- Acolyte
29.Hooverphonic- The Night Before
30.We Have Band- WHB


Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Human League- Night People Vid

As already reported, the Human League have released their first single "Night People" from the upcoming album 'Credo'. The song is available as a remix version through http://www.thehumanleague.co.ukand on iTunes. Don't miss the official music video.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Shriekback- Life in The Loading Bay

The British post punk dance band Shriekback have returned with a new album, three years after their last record release "Glory Bumps" in 2007. Their 12th studio album 'Life on a Loading Bay' was recorded by the original line up and it celebrates the approaching 30th anniversary of the band. The album is out on 'Malicious Damage' label and as it is reported that it is carrying a similar devilish, panoramic world-view to Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and that it is reaching back to folk music forms or film noir soundtracks.

http://shriekback.com/
www.maliciousdamage.biz

WAW: School of Seven Bells- ILU

Sensual Harassment's Alpha Draconis

Sensual Harassment are back with their debut EP. After releasing several singles during this Autumn, they have completed their album EP 'Alpha Draconis' which includes all the previously released singles as well their latest song "Russian Dolls", a post rock crossover between Walkmen and Echo & The Bunnymen. The EP is available both as a stream and free download from their official page. 
Check out www.sensualharassment.com for additional information.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Duran Duran- All You Need is Now- Out

The first single from the upcoming Duran Duran album 'All You Need Is Now' is available on the iTunes Store. The vibrant video for this title track is set for release on iTunes on December 21, 2010. It was shot in and around London and was helmed by celebrated director Nick Egan, whose previous work includes Duran Duran’s "White Lines" and "Ordinary World" videos.
The album (cover artwork below) is out on December 21, 2010.

www.duranduran.com

Blancmange News

Almost 25 years after the release of their last studio album in 1985, Blancmange will retunrn to the music scene with the brand new album which is due to be released on March 7, 2011. The album is called 'Blanc Burn' and it will be supported by a small tour in the UK. The first track from the album is available as a free download here.

Ticket info

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Next Wave: Northern Portarit

Northern Portrait is an indie pop group which was formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in the summer of 2007. The band consists of Rune Reholt, Caspar Bock Sørensen, Stefan Larsen, Jesper Bonde and Michael Sørensen. Northern Portrait is a band who’s raison d’être is the making of sophisticated pop music. The band lists a few 80’s bands among the influences including Echo And The Bunnymen and The Housemartins and most important of all, the new celebration of the Smiths.
Their debut album 'Criminal Art Lovers' has been released this year.

www.myspace.com/northernportrait


Monday, December 6, 2010

Joy Division for a new Generation

Rhino Records UK / Warner Music are proud to announce the release of '+ -" (plus minus) - a unique Joy Division retrospective box set consisting of 10 7" singles on vinyl presented in a beautiful clamshell box. All tracks have been newly re-mastered from original tapes by Stephen Morris and Frank Arkwright with creative direction for '+ -" box set artwork coming from Peter Saville and Studio Parris Wakefield.
Compiled by renowned journalist and author Jon Savage, the boxset is released in celebration of Ian Curtis - in the year that is the 30th anniversary of his death. +- includes 7"'s which have previously been issued and some which have been created specifically for this release.

www.rhino.co.uk

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wire- Red Barked Tree

Wire will release a new album entitled 'Red Barked Tree' on January 10, 2010 in the UK and January 11 in the USA with digital version available from 20th December. One track from the album "Two Minutes" is already available as a free download from this website's listen page.
During the first 4 months of 2011 the band will also be on tour playing in 16 countries on 3 continents kicking off with an album launch at The Rough Trade East Store and finishing at a location in North America. Stay tuned for more info or check out www.pinkflag.com.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lost Videos: Bill Nelson- Do You Dream In Colour?

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yello- The Anthology

Yello have released a re-mastered premium set 'Yello-The Anthology' which contains "The Singles Collection 1980-2010" and 2 CDs 'The Anthology'. Dieter Meier and Boris Blank selected their personal favorites and added 4 exclusive new songs: "Vicious Games" featuring Heidi Happy, "Dialectical Kid", "Liquid Lies 2010" and "Tears Run Dry" featuring Malia. A DVD with 23 visionary Yello videos and a 48 page booklet with rare photographs and personal commentary by Yello are included. 
Check out Yello official for more info.

Instant Hit: Taxi Girl- Cherchez Le Garçon

"Cherchez Le Garçon" was the second single for the French group Taxi Girl which was released in 1980 on the Pathé EMI label. The song combines the energy of the early post punk as well as melodic synth pop soundscapes. The year 1980 also saw the release of their debut album and EP with the same name.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

The New Face of Hooverphonic

The Belgian group Hooverphonic has recorded a new album entitled 'The Night Before' which will be released on November 26, 2010. The video for the first single to be taken from the album showcased fourteen possible singers of which one would replace Geike Arnaert who announced that she would leave the band in October 2008. The 22 year old Noémie Wolfs proved to be the real successor of Geike Arnaert and you will enjoy her voice in the fresh new sound of Hooverphonic.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gang Of Four- 13 Date Tour To Support 'Content' Release

Gang of Four have announced the release date of the long awaited album 'Content' which is due out on Janunary 25, 2011. This will be their first studio album in 15 years which will be released through 'Yep Roc Records'. Its release will be supported by with a 13 date North American headlining tour in early-to-mid February opening its trek on February 4 in Toronto.

Gang of Four tour dates:
Feb. 4: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON Feb. 5: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA Feb. 7: Paradise, Boston, MA Feb. 8: Webster Hall, New York, NY Feb. 9: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. Feb. 11: Metro, Chicago, IL Feb. 12: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN Feb. 15: Venue, Vancouver, BC Feb. 16: Showbox @ the Market, Seattle, WA Feb. 17: Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR Feb. 19: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA Feb. 20: House of Blues, Anaheim, CA Feb. 21: Music Box, Los Angeles, CA


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The All New Duran Duran Coming Soon!

Duran Duran will release their 13th album, the Mark Ronson-produced 'All You Need Is Now,' digitally this December and in stores in February 2011. Nick Rhodes told 'Spinner', that he's incredibly proud of the new material that this will be the best record they recorded in over two decades. He also added that every track will be supported by a video and that they will go on tour tour next year. 
More info from the original source.

Chrisma (Krisma)

Krisma (formerly Chrisma) is an Italian group which was formed in 1976 by Maurizio Arcieri and his wife Christina Moser. The group started out as electronic disco outfit in the late 70’s and continued to be the leading group of the Italian New wave, successfully releasing several singles and albums during the 80’s decade.


In the same year as the group was formed in 1976, the couple moved from Milan to London to record "U" and "Amore" with the producer Nico Papathanassiou and his brother Vangelis. Their collaboration with Papathanassiou and Vangelis continued through 1977/78. During this time, the duo released the debut album 'Chinese Restaurant' and their the single "Lola" entered the Top 10.


In 1979 Chrisma released their second album 'Hibernation' which brought them international breakthrough. Subsequently the duo moved to London and was firmly established in the London music scene. They caused  a scandal with the single "Aurora B" because the promotional video for the single showed Christina and Maurizio in simulate sexual acts as well as a suicide in a subway station. In 1980 the band officially changed its name from "Chrisma" to Krisma. Their third album, 'Cathode Mamma' featured Hans Zimmer on synthesizer. The single "Many Kisses" was a big hit in Europe. Around this time Krisma developed the first mini sequencer, known as "Krismino". Krisma left Polygram for CGD in 1981.


The year1982 saw the release of the experimental "Clandestine Anticipation" album. The album dealed with water in all of its forms (liquid, ice, vapor, fog, snow and rain) and was supported by a series of videos filmed in tropical locations. The clips were first shown on Carlo Massarini's Mister Fantasy program.
Krisma released another album with the lead single "Nothing To Do With The Dog" before moving to New York City in 1986. They directed three videos for MTV, and soon after they began to work for France 2. In Italy they often appeared on the program "Be Bop a Lula" hosted by Red Ronnie for Italia Uno. The single "Nothing To Do With the Dog" and "Iceberg" were released during this time. In 1988 "Non Ho Denaro" was released. It was their last album to be released on vinyl, and today, it is one of the most obscure Krisma records.


During the 1990s Krisma's first records were remastered. They continued to do freelance work for the Italian state broadcasting company Rai Tre, and they were credited for crafting the special effects on the Marco Ferreri film Nitrato d'Argento. Maurizio and Christina also designed several video-art installations and worked as consultants for Benetton's Centro Ricerca Comunicazione. On July 22, 1998 the couple launched Krisma TV, which was broadcast through the Skyplex satellite service to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. In June 2000 the band opened their website, www.krismatv.net. Maurizio made a comeback attempt with "Re-Birth," a solo project. The CD single Kara was released in 2001 in both Italian and English versions. Their first two albums 'Hibernation' and 'Chinese Restaurant' were reissued this year by 'Medical Records LLC'.


Note:
The reissue is sold out, but the second pressing will be out early January (black 180gm vinyl this time - limited edition of 500 each)
http://medical-records.org/releases/

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Paul Haig- Trip Out The Rider EP

Paul Haig has released a new EP which is available as a digital download through his record label ROLinc. The EP is called 'Trip out The Rider' and contains three tracks and it is out from November 1, 2010. You can preview the songs online.

Visit http://www.rolinc.co.uk/ for additional information.

Next Wave: The Diogenes Club

The Diogenes Club is a synth pop group from Wales. The group consists of Matt Williams and Paul Giles who met in Cardiff for the first time and decided to make music together. Matt plays the instruments while Paul writes lyrics and sings. Their music is melodic synth pop with elements of deep house. In the recent years, they have released several EPs including the most recent one entitled 'Versailles' which is available through their online store on Facebook. 

http://www.facebook.com/
http://www.myspace.com/thediogenesclub

Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Years with Marc Almond

As part of his 30th Anniversary Tour, Marc Almond will perform at the Royal Hall on  November 30, 2010. This tour of 24 UK dates celebrates his 30 years in music, and Marc will be singing only hits and singles, and with the support of a nine-piece band including baby grand piano. The tour also coincides with the release of his Best of album 'My Best Bits & A-Sides'. Tickets will be available through the Villa Marina Box Office from Saturday 27 March 2010.

Tour dates and more

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We Heart: Mirrors- Into The Heart

Waiting for The Night People

The Human League have updated their brand new official site with the sound sample from the new Human League track "Night People" which is going to be released soon. The countdown clock is currently 17 days away from the release. Enjoy Phil's sample in the meanwhile!

http://www.thehumanleague.co.uk/

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Dears return with Omega Dog

The Dears have announced the release date of their new album entitled 'Degeneration Street'. The album is due to be released on February 15, 2011. The first single from the album "Omega Dog" is available via the Dears digital store.

http://store.thedears.org

Monday, November 1, 2010

Duran Duran- The Chauffeur


This video for The Chauffeur is the only one on the album in which the band do not appear at all. It was filmed around Notting Hill during the autumn of 1982, while the band was away on tour.A moody, elegant black-and-white piece inspired by the fetishistic imagery of Helmut Newton which features two mysterious, hauntingly beautiful women who are seen ritualistically dressing themselves in elaborate lingerie before traveling separately through the dark streets and tunnels of London to meet in a vacant underground car park for an exotic lesbian encounter.


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The Melody of Robert Smith

Crystal Castles have teamed up with Robert Smith to record a song which is rumored to be their next single. The song is a track on their second album which was remixed and given a new life with Robert Smith's vocals. "Not In Love" is actually a cover of 80's New wave band Platinum Blonde.  


The Flying Lizards Reissue

Two two key albums by the Flying Lizards will be reissued during November on Cherry Red Records. Founded in 1978 by avant-garde composer and producer David Cunningham as an experimental pop band, The Flying Lizards rode the crest of the New Wave peaking with the international hit single Money. Both, the self titled debut album and 'Fourth Wall' will also feature bonus tracks. Check out the full track listing here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bryan Ferry- Olympia

'Olympia' is a title of a new Bryan Ferry album to be released by Virgin Records today (October 26, 2010). The album features a wide range of contributors, including co-songwriter David A. Stewart of Eurythmics, Phil Manzanera, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters and Brian Eno. The album was produced by Rhett Davies and it is Ferry's first album with original material since 2002's 'Frantic'. The first single titled "You Can Dance" has already been released in August.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Instant Hit: The Human League- Marianne (Alt. Version)

"Marianne" was a principal track on Human League's 'Holiday 80' EP. Two versions of "Marianne" were completed for this EP, but this alternate version has only appeared in remixed and re-edited form on the Australian release of the 'Travelogue' album. Of this version, Philip said, "We did a nice version of Marianne - much better than the 'Holiday '80' one. I think it was great - one of the best things we've ever done - but Virgin wouldn't put it out because they didn't like it."


WAW: Marina & The Diamonds- Shampain

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ladytron Ace The Hz

A brand new Ladytron track has recently appeared online. The song is entitled "Ace of Hz" and is a possible new single from the forthcoming Ladytron album. "Ace of Hz" is also featured in the the highly anticipated EA FIFA 11 video game. The band is also working on their fifth studio album which is scheduled for release next year. More news on Twitter!

http://twitter.com/#!/LadytronMusic


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Secession

Secession was a Scottish synth pop band that existed between 1983 and 1987. The original incarnation comprised Peter J. Thomson, Jack Ross, Jim Ross and Carole L. Branston. Secession was mainly on two different record labels during their short career: Beggars Banquet and Siren Records. They released a number of singles starting in 1983, until they released their only album, 'A Dark Enchantment', in late 1987.


Prior to being renamed Secession, the band played at least one gig as 'The Gift', during which Jim Ross performed with one arm in a full plaster cast following an accident. After a performance at Buster Brown’s nightclub in Edinburgh, the band were introduced to Hamish Brown, a local entrepreneur, who offered to manage them. This was followed by the addition of a fifth member, Alistair MacLeod (percussion and vocals), a friend of the original members who had also provided the photograph for the sleeve of the band's independently released debut single, "Betrayal".


Shortly after recording demo material at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh, Jack Ross, disillusioned with the direction the music was taking, left the band. MacLeod was then asked to divide his contribution between percussion and synthesizer/sequencing, and the band continued in this form for a short period of time until Jim Ross left, cutting the line-up to a threesome. This was the unit which produced the original demo of "Fire Island" at Planet Studios in Edinburgh, which subsequently came to the attention of Beggars Banquet Records A&R department.
After being signed by Beggars Banquet the trio re-recorded "Fire Island" at REL Studios in Edinburgh, later remixed by the production team associated with Freeez, John Rocca. Prior to its release, MacLeod left the band to concentrate on photography, and was replaced by Charlie D. Kelly.


The final incarnation of Secession, associated with almost the entire released catalogue, consisted of Thomson, Branston, Kelly, and J.L. Seenan. Their singer, Thomson, who penned their most commercially successful song, "Touch (Part 3)", died in the late 90's. After Secession's split, members Charlie Kelly and James Seenan co-formed Scottish pop band the Vaselines with Charlie's brother Eugene and Frances Mckee.

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Secession Tribute Page



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Step to the 13th

Earlier this year Duran Duran announced the title of a song from their forthcoming, 13th, studio album. Now the title of the album has been added. It will be called 'All You Need is Now' and it will also feature one track guest appearance by Ana Mantronic from Scissor Sister. The band have also contributed their own cover version of David Bowie's classic "Boys Keep Swinging" to singer's Tribute album 'We Were So Turned On'. Stay tuned for more news or check...

http://www.duranduran.com/

OMD Announce Next Single

OMD have announced the second single form 'The History of Modern'. As well as some very special b-sides, 'Sister Marie Says' will come packaged with some top drawer remixes from Monarchy - the future pop duo who turn whatever they touch to gold! Stopmakingme - one of London's finest new remixers. Kinky Roland - Berlin born producer who has worked with the likes of S'express and Boy George and Mirrors - who have put their unique twist on the single before they head off to support OMD on their European dates. Plus more remixes to be announced shortly.

www.omd.uk.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Next Wave: Led Er Est

Led Er Est were formed in New York in the early 2007 by Samuel Kklovenhoof and Shawn NoEQ and joined later by Owen Stokes who was recruited to the minimal electronic arsenal. They are among the leaders of the new cold wave and minimal synth scene. Their music is a smart combination of all the music styles that shaped the early 80's synth pop era, driving from minimal cold wave electonica to the dark sides of post punk. Could easily be put next to any great record of that time and style. Last year, they have released their debut 'Dust on Common' for Weird Records. Their most recent release includes their version of the Solid Space classic "A Darkness In My Soul"

http://lederest.com
My Space

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Absolute Body Control- Shattered Illusion

Absolute Body Control, the first band of Dirk Ivens and Eric van Wonterghem will release an album of brand new material entitled 'Shattered Illusion' on October 15, 2010 on Daft Records. This is their first official release after releasing new versions of classic tracks like "Figures" and "Give Me Your Hands". Also available as of October 1 is the five-CD boxed set, Tapes 81-89, which collects the band's out of print material and was previously available only on vinyl.

http://www.myspace.com/absolutebodycontrolbelgium


Heaven 17 Live on Later with Jools Holland

Heaven 17 have been confirmed as special guests on Later With Jools Holland. The programme will be transmitted LIVE on Tuesday 19th at 10.00 p.m. on BBC2 and the pre-recorded programme will transmit on Friday 22nd October at 11.45pm on BBC2.
Heaven 17’s appearance on Jools Holland will precede the highly anticipated 30th Anniversary tour of their seminal album "Penthouse And Pavement". It will be the first time the band will perform the album in its entirety. The tour includes the following dates: Edinburgh Picture House (Nov 22), Glasgow 02 ABC (Nov 23), Manchester Ritz (Nov 25), Birmingham HMV Institute (Nov 26), London HMV Forum (Nov 28), Oxford 02 Academy (Nov 29), Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 30) and Bristol 02 Academy (Dec 1).

www.heaven17.com

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pet Shop Boys' Ultimate

Pet Shop Boys will release a new compilation which celebrates 25 years of hits from "West End Girls" to "Love Etc". 'Ultimate', the compilation is scheduled for release on November 1, 2010 and it will feature a new single "Together" written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and Tim Powell.

www.petshopboys.co.uk/news

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Retrovision: Cabaret Voltaire- This is Entertainment

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Teardrop Explodes- Kilimanjaro Deluxe Reissue

Originally released in 1980, 'Kilimanjaro' was the debut album by The Teardrop Explodes. This new 3-disc deluxe set includes the original album plus a second disc rounding up the relevant non album singles and b-sides. These include the group's two initial Zoo singles, fronted by "Sleeping Gas" and "Bouncing Babies" and the post-album "Reward" which gave the group its sole Top 10 hit. Disc Three features the Teardrops' Peel sessions. The set comes with a series of newly written notes from core members Julian Cope, David Balfe and Gary Dwyer.

Live Souvenirs from Mute

Depeche Mode and Yazoo have released their live videos from the last tours. Depeche Mode's 'Tour Of The Universe - Live In Barcelona', contains 21 tracks and it was recorded over two sold out nights at the 'Palau St Jordi' in Barcelona on November 20th and 21st 2009, both shows being highlights of the celebrated tour.
Yazoo's "Reconnected Live" comes as a result of the short reunion tour which was started 25 years after the split in 2008. The record was released on September 27, 2010 as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition and as a digital download. Both records were released by re-established Mute records.

http://www.depechemode.com/news.html
http://www.yazooinfo.com/news.html

Monday, October 4, 2010

Clinic- Bubblegum

'Bubblegum' is the sixth album by Clinic, released today, October 4, 2010. The album was produced by John Congleton and recorded at Elevator Studios in Liverpool and it is a high water mark in Clinic’s career to date. The album was preceded by a beautiful new single "I'm Aware" which was released on September 20, 2010.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Belouis Some- Imagination

"Imagination" was released in 1985. The video for the single was another 80's light erotica which featured nude women who were appearing in the dream sequence. The video was edited for the daily airplay while the extended version remained still contained the nudity.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Instant Hit: Carol- Brekadown

"Breakdown" was the only single release single for Carol, a female singer from Belgium. The single was released in 1981 on Dirty Dance label. This song was later covered and re-recorded by Snowy Red in 1984 and it was released as a duet in 1989. The second single version included the classic version as well as the instrumental and Snowy Red version.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Elisa Waut

Elisa Waut was a Belgian band which was formed in Bruges in the early 80's. The band consisted of the singer Elsje Helewaut her brother Hans and the bass player Cheri Derycke. Their music is a clear uptempo pop with distinct influence of Jazz, always poetic and sensitive in a shape of melancholic songs. 


Originally intended to become an experiment between brother and sister, the band took shape after they teamed up with the bass player Cheri Derycke who was in the punk & coolwave band Red Zebra before joining Elisa Waut. The band got its first recognition after they won the major Belgian talent contest in 1984 which was not a small accomplishment, considering the peak in Belgian pop music that was happening at that time. During the1985 the the group made their debut releasing a 6 track self titled EP which was followed by two single releases on Ariola, "It Should Be You" and "Growing Pain".


In 1987, Els releases a poetry book "Het arme huis van gisteren", but it also means a breakthrough to the general public with the song "Sailor's don't cry" by "Elsje & Raymond". This song is produced for the soundtrack to the movie of the same name my Belgian director (and rock journalist) Marc Didden. The song is a cooperation between Els and Raymond van het Groenewoud.


In the same year they also released their first full album 'Commedia'. Another album followed in 1989 but none of these albums really generated a major upheaval, big records sales or smash hits : it are just four testimonies of a growing band, ever becoming better a their "thing". The exception to this rule is Japan, where the group was welcomed as the next big thing and the blond figure of Elsje generated a lot of enthusiasm.

Read the whole story here

Friday, September 24, 2010

Next Wave: Bye Bye Bicycle

Bye Bye Bicycle was formed 8 years ago just outside a small swedish coastal town called Bovallstrand. Their music is pure discopop, deadly serious, but still friendship at it's best! They have been working for about 3 years with their debut album 'Compass'. Very soon you're about to find out what life is about in the deepest forest of Sweden. Bye Bye Bicycle set sail for new destinations! See you there...

byebyebicycle.com
myspace.com/byebyebicycle

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Edwyn Collins- Losing Sleep

'Losing Sleep', the seventh album from former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. The album features Collins co-writing tunes with contemporaries Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. The album features 19 bird related songs from Peggy Lee, the Swallows, Shirley Temple, Manfred Mann, Linton Kwesi Johnson etc. and it is out on Rough Trade, September 20, 2010.
Additional info:

http://www.edwyncollins.com/