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ABC reunite with Anne Dudley for orchestral tour

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ABC are to perform their classic 1982 debut album The Lexicon Of Love in full on tour in November. The tour will see Martin Fry’s band backed by The Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Anne Dudley, who arranged the strings on the original album. ABC first performed The Lexicon Of Love in full at London’s [...]

Video exclusive – Blancmange lay Paddington bare in new video

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Classic Pop is exclusively hosting the video for the new Blancmange single ‘Paddington’ directed by Tone Davies for . Released digitally on iTunes on March 9, ‘Paddington’ is the first taste of Blancmange’s new album Semi Detached, out two weeks later on March 23. The album is Blancmange’s first since 2011’s comeback album Blanc [...]

Exclusive: “Signs are good for a new Dexys album,” says Kevin Rowland


Kevin Rowland has begun writing new Dexys songs, Classic Pop can reveal. But Rowland warned that finishing an album may take some time. Speaking to Classic Pop at last week’s NME Awards, Rowland said: “I’ve got signs for two or three new songs at the moment, and those signs are good. But signs are only [...]

Madness announce charity bash as Chas Smash makes solo album

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Madness‘ Cathal Smyth releases his debut solo album A Comfortable Man on May 4. Smyth is better known by his Madness alias Chas Smash, but the album is being released under his real name. It’s produced by Aztec Camera bassist Paul Powell, Alt-J producer Charlie Andrew and Professor Green producer Felix Quine. Veteran Madness producer [...]

Boy George leaks upcoming BBC4 Culture Club documentary


BBC4 are to broadcast an hour-long documentary on Culture Club’s reunion on March 6. However, Boy George has said the programme is “super-tabloid and reveals nothing new”. On Friday, George tweeted a link to the entire show via production company Mentorn’s website, which was meant to only be accessible to the TV industry only. The [...]

Madness’ sporty tour


Madness have announced a marathon 17-date tour, with gigs at horse racing, cricket, rugby, motor racing and football stadiums between May and September. The Nutty Boys will also headline On Blackheath festival on September 13 and have confirmed details of their own annual House Of Fun Weekender festival for November. The band are currently recording [...]

Strawberry Switchblade’s McDowall returns

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Former Strawberry Switchblade singer Rose McDowall has announced a rare concert at London’s St Pancras Old Church on May 28. McDowall recently supported The Jesus And Mary Chain in her home town of Glasgow and tickets for the headline show are £9. The show comes as McDowall has signed a deal with Night School Records [...]

Good times on Chic’s new album


Chic are to release their first album for 23 years in June. The as-yet-untitled album follows 1992’s Chicism, and is their first since bassist Bernard Edwards died in 1996. Two of the new album’s songs, I’ll Be There and Back In The Old School, will be released as a single on April 20. I’ll Be [...]

Blancmange take it as red


  Blancmange are to play a one-off event at a London art gallery to launch their new album, Semi Detached. The show at Red Gallery in east London’s Shoreditch on May 15 is the first time the band will perform songs from their fifth album. Support comes from experimental artist Bernholz, with tickets £22.50 from [...]

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