Thursday, 30 December 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
30 years ago (can it really be so?) this was Spandau's first hit. Number 5 in the charts and still sounds (and looks) great!
Monday, 15 November 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
"The last original song the man behind global smash Maggie May released was the title track of 1998 album When We Were the New Boys. It was the only original on an album full of tracks written by other artists."The BBC wonders why Rod's creative juices seem to have dried up.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
More on Pink News
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Saturday, 2 October 2010
The band’s interview on BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe & Maconie Show will now air on Wednesday October 6th at approximately 9:10pm. H17 and mentioned on the Radio 2 web page here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wr8d/episodes/upcoming. Listen Online.
Both interviews will discuss Heaven 17’s forthcoming “Penthouse And Pavement” UK Tour which starts on November 22nd, and the release of “Penthouse And Pavement: The Collector’s Edition” a 3-disc set that will released on November 22nd by EMI Records.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Which is the perfect excuse for us to play this Queen video...
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
"The idea for this tour came from my fans,” says Cornwell. “The requests for Guilty haven't stopped since it was first released. Now the fans have heard my interpretation of Rattus, they're demanding to hear the other Stranglers epics ‘a la Hugh’. I can’t wait to perform them.”
Tickets go on sale from Friday September 17th at 9am by calling the National Ticket Hotline: 0871 230 1101, or book online from www.thegigcartel.com or www.seetickets.com. A 24 hour ticket pre-sale will be launched via Planet Rock Radio on Thursday September 16th at 9am - http://tinyurl.com/322whuo.
Tour dates include: Portsmouth South Parade Pier (April 6), Gasteshead Sage (April 7), Manchester Academy (April 8), Glasgow Academy (April 9), Sheffield Academy (April 10), Clitheroe The Grand (April 12), Leamington Assembly (April 13), Bath Komedia (April 14), Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (April 15), Islington Academy (April 16), Brighton Komedia (April 17).
Monday, 6 September 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Gunther and The Sunshine Girls, eat ya heart out!!!
Friday, 6 August 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
For more go to The JoBoxers web site: http://www.joboxers.net/
And remember, you can also read my in-depth interview with Chris Bostock on the 80s Empire web site:
Friday, 2 July 2010
Pete gets a small but important part in the new Twilight film, Eclipse. Pete has a vampiric history, of course. He previously featured in the film, The Hunger, singing about the legendary Hollywood vampire in "Bela Lugosi's Dead". More over on the BBC site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10490847.stm
Monday, 21 June 2010
Here are a few good reasons: Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge, ABC, Howard Jones, Go West, T’Pau and The Christians. Those are a few of the people who'll be performing in the '80s Rewind Christmas Tour.
Tour Dates (and booking numbers) are:
- November 30th Birmingham LG Arena 0844 338 8000
- December 1st Wembley Arena 0844 815 0815
- 2nd Manchester MEN Arena 0844 847 8000
- 3rd Newcastle Arena 0844 493 6666
- 5th Glasgow SECC 0844 395 4000
- 6th Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656
- 8th Cardiff CIA 02920 224 488
- 9th Bournemouth BIC 0844 576 3000
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Relive those golden days on http://www.trunkiethetoilet.co.uk/
Friday, 28 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory will select some of there favorite 80s songs by other artists of that era. A few Heaven 17 hits will also be thrown in for good measure including Penthouse And Pavement, Temptation and more. Tune in from at 12:00 GMT from Monday May 31st to listen to the Happy Hour show with Heaven 17.
Listen out for an exclusive radio session with Heaven 17 on the sister radio station Absolute Radio when the band perform three songs on the Geoff Lloyd Show on Thursday June 10th between 7-8pm. The band will perform Let’s All Make A Bomb, Temptation, and an acoustic version of Geisha Boys and Temple Girls.
Friday, 14 May 2010
“Worried About The Boy” features actors playing Boy George, Marilyn, Steve Strange, Jon Moss and a host of other stars from the early ‘80s Blitz scene. George is played by 17 year-old Douglas Booth. According to Booth: "No-one has said that I don't look like Boy George. We had the original clothes and make-up artists, and had his friends around us, so I think we've got it right,.”
What do you think? This is Booth in the role...
The BBC web site has more here:
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Now he's bringing back that '80s analogue synth sound to a new audience.
Foxx is curating the Short Circuit festival of electronica at London's Roundhouse in June. The all-day event culminates with Foxx playing the original Moogs, ARPs and drum machines that he used on his 1980 album.
"There's a great surge of interest in electronic music. I don't know why that's happened, but it's fortunate for me because I did it a long time ago," he says.
Read the article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8659215.stm
Meanwhile, to get you in the mood, here's a track from Metamatic (the 2010 edit)...
Monday, 10 May 2010
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. The show will include an LED wall featuring visuals by famous graphic artists and designers matched up to each track.
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) and Bristol O2 Academy (Dec 1). The concert will also include a greatest hits encore, including the band’s massive hit single Temptation.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
The chap on the left, by the way, is a typical Flexipop! reader ;-)
"It is so good to be here in London, England, where our overseas fame all started. To come back as a cult figure for a new generation is…” His pencil-thin moustache quivers. “Flattering. Especially when I was looking at my retirement."
Short interview with Kid Creole (August Darnell) in today's Daily Telegraph.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The excuse for the embarrassing spectacle appears to be that the song was a hit at just this time in 1981 and now there is a general Election coming up so (are you getting the drift?) it's take for making your mind up! (groan)
Anyway, here to lift your spirits is the fabulous original:
Monday, 12 April 2010
But why didn't she make Number One? Well, she was kept off first by Shaking Stevens (This Ole House) and then by Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up). Heck, there was so many good pop songs back in those days!
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Cameron is seen sitting on the bonnet of a red Audi Quattro, the iconic car that Hunt drives in the TV series. The slogan says: “Don’t let him take Britain back to the 80s”.
This poster is wrong in so many ways I hardly know where to start. For one thing, a lot of us have very fond memories of the ‘80s; compared to the grim recession-hit Britain of 2010, the prospect of bringing back the style, the music and the sheer fun of the ‘80s doesn’t seem all that bad. For another thing, Gene Hunt is one of the most popular characters on TV. He’s tough, funny and (so I’m told) sexy (?) - at any rate, compared with the dull and gloomy image presented by the Labour leader, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, being portrayed as “just like Gene Hunt” is an astonishingly positive image.
Which idiot at the Labour Party gave the go ahead to this poster? Truly amazingly stupid...
Friday, 2 April 2010
For more info see the Radio Times.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
BBC TV is making a drama about Boy George. According to the BBC web site...
"The 90-minute drama will focus on how the star went from a cloakroom attendant to a cultural icon... Marc Warren, best known for Hustle, and Mark Gatiss, from The League Of Gentlemen, will also appear alongside newcomer Douglas Booth, who has landed the role of the pop star himself."
Saturday, 6 February 2010
For a magazine that's been dead for well over a decade and a half, Jackie continues to have a surprisingly long afterlife, not least in the form of a brand-name which, for British girls of a certain age, instantly conjures up a warm glow of nostalgia for times when David Cassidy was every girls’ (and a few boys’) ideal sex symbol and the Bay City Rollers’ half-mast trousers were thought to be quite fashionable, actually...
And now here comes yet CD collection of Jackie-branded songs to help us relive those distant days. This 3 CD set is called ‘Jackie - Love Songs’ and it is what one might call an ‘eclectic’ collection, which is another way of saying there really is no discernable connection between these songs and, what’s more, they have nothing whatsoever to do with Jackie Magazine. Well, apart from the fact that most of the artists no doubt appeared in pictures in the pages of Jackie.
You can find the full track listing here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jackie-Love-Songs-Various-Artists/dp/B0033PRSS6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1265485648&sr=1-1
This is a ‘70s themed collection with some great songs from the likes of ABBA, Bryan Ferry and Lindisfarne (though I’m not entirely sure that Lady Eleanor is my idea of a ‘love song’!) and some not so great songs from The Osmonds. Oh, and there are (of course) a couple of songs from the ever-lovely David Cassidy (swoon)...
David Cassidy also featured on the last Jackie CD set which I reviewed a little while back. You can see that review on the old ‘80s Empire Arena’ site: http://www.80sempire.com/arena/archive/2009-11-08/jackie__the_annual_2010