Saturday, May 29, 2010

R.E.M.- Pop Song 89

"Pop Song 89" was a third single from the album 'Green' released in 1989. The video was shot in black and white and featured the singer Michael Stipe and topless girls dancing in the background. MTV asked Stipe, who directed it himself, to censor the three topless women with whom he was dancing in the video. Instead, Stipe superimposed black bars on the chests of all four dancers, himself included, and stated, "a nipple is a nipple."


Monday, May 24, 2010

In Conversation: Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17

Enjoy “30th Anniversary Penthouse And Pavement Tour”  exclusive interview for the Burning Blame Blog with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17.

1. Which band or musician was your major influence at the beginning of your career?
I would have to say the early influences of Heaven 17 are very eclectic. Strangely enough I think I can speak for the three of us, as we were all pretty much into the same types of music. There was Glam… Hurrah loved it! Bolan, T Rex, Roxy Music, Jobriath , David Bowie even Slade and The Sweet - all of these bands touched our lives growing up both musically and stylistically.
I wish I had a photograph of Martin in his green fun fur bomber jacket and his skin tight white trouser tucked into his silver platform boots… oh he looked great!
Then there was early electronic music… Kraftwerk, Can, Faust, Gong (hippy Electro), Tangerine Dream… even Pink Floyd and maybe a bit of Emerson Lake and Palmer…
And then there was Black Dance music, Soul and Northern Soul. It was all going in being mixed together and coming out as something else!

2. What is your favorite “New Wave” record, single and album?
I think for me (Glenn) there is no finer definition of new wave Than Blondie. I was in love with the music and absolutely in love with her. I bought the first album in a second hand record shop in Sheffield called Rare and Racy (still there) and we used to play it from morning till night then we’d go to a club and dance to it. I also liked Talking heads as well.

3. How important was the ‘The Steel City’ tour for Heaven 17 and the Sheffield bands, was it the first time, after so many years, that the Human League and Heaven 17 were on the same bill?
Yes the Steel City Tour was the first time that all three bands had played together and I think it was an important step for Martyn and Phil to overcome the split of the Human League. Even though it had happened a long time ago, it still affected the way both bands felt. The fact that we did the tour together helped bring Martyn and Phil back to a closer relationship which is where they need to be. I think it would be great to get them together to perform the first two Human League albums live….COME ON IT WOULD BE AWSOME !!! I’d pay big money for that one.

4. What do you think about the reception of Penthouse and Pavement in 2010? Is there new Fascist Groove Thang?
The reaction to us doing Penthouse and Pavement live has been much greater than I anticipated. It has been fantastic. We toured the show in Germany recently and I was totally blown away by the reaction from the audiences. There is so much love there that I felt like getting down off stage and hugging every single person. Some night the show was 30 minutes longer than it should have been because they wouldn’t let us leave the stage. in Frankfurt I had to play some acoustic songs while the rest of the band decided what else we could do! What a wonderful experience.

5. Do you feel you have influenced any of the bands that are around today?
I think we have, yes. It is a great honor when people mention you in such a way. It’s a real buzz. We have been lucky enough to work with some people that quote us as influences. For example, the collaboration with La Roux was a great success and an absolute pleasure.

6. Do you follow what your contemporary musicians are up to?
Sometime we do play festivals and country house gigs where we are on the same bill as some of our contemporaries. It is always great fun to catch up. Bands that you might have been in hot contention with back in the day are now just mates. It’s a nice place to be. A lot of people are still making new music and touring and I have some real genuine friends from that time. It reminds me of a school trip when everyone gets back together.

7. Did you catch the recent BBC 6 music live collaborations between Gary Numan and Little Boots? Your thoughts?
To be honest I enjoyed it but I’m not sure there was much actual collaboration, it seemed Mr. Numan did his stuff and Miss Little Boots did her stuff and then they kinda did there own stuff together!
I thought Gary looked and sounded great though.

8. Do you think the internet has played a role in the public getting interested in your work again?
Definitely! The way people listen to music these days is so led by the internet, the fact that music is so easily obtainable and the way search engines recommend music is so influential. If you like this, you might like this! I love the way you can get led to find a piece of music or a band that you had never heard of.
Every song is as new or old as the next… no dusty album covers out from under the stairs… just new pristine computer music… if you want to find out more you easily can but if you just want to listen it’s a very non judgmental way to do it.

9. Are there any other album reissues scheduled for the near future?
Martyn has been talking (already) about the possibility of playing The Luxury Gap live… now I think that’s a much more complex issue than Penthouse and Pavement. If we do I suppose there may well be a re-issue of that album. It would be quite an undertaking though, to tour that album live… were still at the arguing stage of that passivity… watch this space!

10. Are there any possible tour dates outside UK in 2011?
I would think it is almost 100% certain that we will be touring more next year… the recent German tour was such fun and so successful we’d be crazy not to want to do more.

Heaven 17 will host the Absolute 80s Happy Hour radio show between 12:00 – 13:00 from Monday May 31st to Friday June 4th.

Details of the radio show and Heaven 17 is on the radio station’s website here -

Heaven 17’s “30th Anniversary Penthouse And Pavement Tour”

Ticket Hotline- 08700 603 777, Dates include Edinburgh HMV Picture House (Nov 22)
Glasgow O2 ABC (Nov 23)
Manchester Ritz (Nov 25)
Birmingham HMV Institute (Nov 26)
London HMV Forum (Nov 28)
Oxford O2 Academy (Nov 29)
Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 30)
Bristol O2 Academy (Dec 1)

Very special thanks to Mr Glenn Gregory and Mr Peter Noble.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Crystal Castles- Crystal Castles II

The second album by the Crystal Castles entitled 'Crystal Castles II' has been released today. The album is out on Fiction Records and it was produced by Ethan Kath. The first single from the album "Doe Deer" was released in April.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OMD- History of Modern Tour

OMD have announced the new tour this autumn. 'The History of Modern' tour will feature the original line up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes.
The guys are in the studio putting the finishing touches to the new album this week, the appropriately entitled ’History Of Modern’. Andy McCluskey has called it ‘their best album since 'Architecture and Morality’.
Check out thir official site for ticket info and tour dates.

WAW: The Kissaway Trail- Beat Your Heartbeat

Andy Bell- Non Stop

'Non-Stop' is the second solo album Andy Bell from Erasure. The album is scheduled for release on May 24, 2010 on Mute Records. The album was co-written and co-produced by Bell and Pascal Gabriel who worked with S'Express, Debbie Harry and Little Boots.
Prior to the release of 'Non-Stop', two songs were released as stand-alone singles under the pseudonym Mimó: "Running Out" and "Will You Be There?".
The third single "Call on Me", scheduled for release on May 31, 2010.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Devo- Something For Everybody

More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut, 'Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo', and a full 20 years since their last studio album, Devo are back with the aptly titled 'Something for Everybody'. The long rumored, wildly anticipated album  features the band's classic line-up—Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Gerald and Bob Casale—joined by drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n' Roses).

Though the 12 songs on 'Something for Everybody' are built on Devo's signature mechanized swing, the recording and presentation of the album saw the band experimenting with an entirely new approach. Greg Scholl was brought in to serve as COO for Devo, Inc., and—working with the advertising agency Mother LA—conducted a series of studies through the site to help the band with its creative decisions, from color selection to song mixes.

UK release date for the album is Monday June 14th, followed by North American release on Tuesday 15th June. Check their official site for more information.

Twice A Man- Everything Is Possible

Promo video for the song "Everything is Possible" from the latest album "Icicles" by Twice A Man released on April 30, 2010.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Heaven 17- The 30 Years Anniversary Show

Heaven 17 has announced the 30th Anniversary November UK Tour of their critically acclaimed 1981 concept album ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ which they will perform in its entirety.
Featuring original members Glenn Gregory (lead vocals) and Martyn Ware (synthesizers, vocals) and a full six-piece band, Heaven 17 starts their UK tour at the Edinburgh HMV Picture House on November 22nd. The tour follows the ultimate super-luxury edition of Penthouse And Pavement, released by EMI in the autumn.

Heaven 17’s “30th Anniversary Penthouse And Pavement Tour”

Ticket Hotline- 08700 603 777,

Dates include Edinburgh HMV Picture House (Nov 22), Glasgow O2 ABC (Nov 23), Manchester Ritz (Nov 25), Birmingham HMV Institute (Nov 26), London HMV Forum (Nov 28), Oxford O2 Academy (Nov 29), Brighton Corn Exchange (Nov 30), Bristol O2 Academy (Dec 1)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Images in Vogue- Prototypes

Earlier this year Images In Vogue have released a compilation album entitled 'Prototypes' which contains new versions and remixes of some IIV songs and demos as well. The 13 track compilation is available on and iTunes.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Next Wave: The Disappeared

The Disappeared is a four piece, indie guitar band form Manchester. The Disappeared reflect the sound of bands like The Clash, Bloc Party and The Cribs. They write songs about the world as they see it – a good, bad, ugly and beautiful place.

More info:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The National- High Violet

The National have released their fifth studio album this week. The album is entitled 'High Violet' and as the previous two, it was produced by the band in their own studio with Peter Katis. The first single release from the album is the song "Bloodbuzz Ohio" which was performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Lotus Eaters- No Sense of Sin Reissue

'No Sense of Sin', the debut album by the British group the Lotus Eaters has been reissued by Cherry Red. The album was originally released in 1984 and featured the hits "The First Picture of You" and "You Don't Need Someone New". The band are still very active, having given an extremely well received performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre in 2009 and currently putting the finishing touches to a new album.

Peter Godwin- Images of Heaven

In 1982 Peter Godwin released his biggest hit "Images of Heaven" which was promoted with two different video versions of a video. The provocative version of the video showed nude women poses kissing and touching each other. Enjoy the polaroids, the silhouettes and images of heaven.


Monday, May 3, 2010

The Fall- Your Future Our Clutter

The Fall have released their 28th studio album, their first for independent record label 'Domino'. The album was produced by Ross Orton and Mark E. Smith and it is entitled 'Your Future Our Clutter' It's out in the UK since April 26, 2010. Just click on the link to listen to the album.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Instant Hit: Alan Burnham- Music To Save The World By

Rolling back to the year 1980 again. We settle with Alan Burnham and his only single release, a seven inch single "Music To Save The World By". The song was released in 1980 through Cherry Red with "Science Fiction" as a b-side. The song also appeared on record label's compilation 'Singles Collection (1978-1983)' which was released in 2008.