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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]



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 [...]

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 [...]

Elvis Costello publishes his autobiography

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Elvis Costello will publish his autobiography in Autumn. Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink will be published by Viking, and was written wholly by Costello without the aid of a ghostwriter.   A statement by Viking said: “The memoir offers Costello’s unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through [...]

Madness drummer Woody Woodgate goes solo


Madness drummer Woody Woodgate is the latest member of the band to announce a solo album, following the recent announcement that guitarist Cathal Smyth is releasing his debut solo album in May. Woodgate releases his own solo debut In Your Mind on June 1 on his own DW Records label, named after his real name [...]

A-ha reunite for album and world tour


(photos by Gerrit Sievert) At a press conference at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin this lunchtime, A-ha confirmed that their forthcoming reunion show at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil will not be a one off after all. In the Embassy’s cinema, the Norwegian trio admitted that their 2010 split was in fact a temporary [...]

Six more dates announced for Spandau Ballet’s Tour


Spandau Ballet have announced six outdoor summer shows in Britain, following their successful arena reunion tour which ended last week. They will play shows at three horse racing venues, a concert in Gloucestershire as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual series and headline Henley and Jersey’s Legends In The Park festivals. Henley Festival on July [...]