Blancmange To Release Instrumental Album: Nil By Mouth

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Blancmange are to release an instrumental album, which will initially only be available at the band’s forthcoming concerts.   Nil By Mouth was recorded by Neil Arthur, who is Blancmange’s only full-time member after Stephen Luscombe was forced to quit due to health problems. It will be available at Blancmange’s shows at London art gallery [...]

Mark King: Interview

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Founding member of Level 42 Mark King started out as a drummer until he convinced a music shop to hire him as a bass expert. His band evolved from jazz funkateers to international pop pin-ups in the Eighties, selling 31 million records along the way. In a way, the Sirens EP recalls your earliest funk [...]

Simple Minds head back to the arenas

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Simple Minds follow up their current tour with a brief run of arena dates in November.   The band are currently nearing the end of a marathon 28-date theatre tour, which will end at Ipswich Regent on May the 4th.   The new arena tour sees support from The Stranglers, with tickets on sale from [...]

Giorgio Moroder confirms star-studded album Déjà-Vu

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Giorgio Moroder has confirmed the details of his first album for 30 years, which features a stellar list of guest vocalists including Kylie, Britney Spears, Charli XCX and Kelis.   Déjà Vu, out on June the 15th, follows Moroder’s appearance on last year’s Daft Punk album Random Access Memories, as well as remixes for Lady [...]

Andy Bell: Interview

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The Erasure frontman has been busy of late, releasing a solo album, Torsten The Bareback Saint – which he performed at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2014 – and a new record with his old pal Vince Clarke, entitled The Violet Flame. He tells Classic Pop about his pursuits past and present.. Torsten The Bareback [...]

Exclusive Tracey Thorn: “I don’t mind if I never play live again”


Tracey Thorn has told Classic Pop that she may sing live in the future – but isn’t concerned if she doesn’t perform in concert again. Thorn suffers from stage fright and hasn’t played live since 2007. She revealed that the longer she doesn’t return to the stage, the greater the pressure would feel around any [...]


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Two men, one keyboard and a whole lot of attitude: Soft Cell were the perfect pop equation. But while their erotic cabaret did eventually stop, Marc Almond and Dave Ball have continued to startle and shine in a variety of subsequent guises… Paul Dimery.   Considering everything he’s been through – near-fatal motorcycle accidents, sexual [...]



Happy Mondays tour in November to mark the 25th anniversary of their Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches album. The band will play the album in full, including its singles ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’ and ‘Loose Fit’, as well as promising “other hits” on the 18-date tour. Shaun Ryder said: “There’s some really great work on [...]


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Nearly forty years ago, a bunch of art-school misfits were adopted by the New York City Punk scene. They went on to become the new faces of new wave, their unique blend of music and art resulting in their own brand of pop.   Mark Lindores     As fi rst gigs go, there really [...]

B52s singer Kate Pierson enlists Sia for debut solo album


The B52s singer Kate Pierson releases her debut solo album Guitars And Microphones on June 1. The album is co-written with Sia, who is also the record’s executive producer. Other guests include The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, with Ima Robot’s Tim Anderson and Marc Almond associate Chris Braide producing the album. First single Mister Sister [...]