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-- November 30, 2002 --

Dave GahanDave Gahan appeared on MTV (USA) recently, and briefly discussed his upcoming solo project. He currently has a few songs recorded - with ten more songs tentatively scheduled. There is a very tentative release date for May of 2003.

ErasureRealAudio clips of two tracks from the forthcoming "Other People's Songs" CD are now exclusively available at erasureinfo.com. The tracks are "Solsbury Hill", the forthcoming new single, and "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime".

Sisters of MercyLegendary Sisters Of Mercy are going on a short tour in Germany this coming spring, April 1 through 15. Cities confirmed so far: Frankfurt, Leipzig, Zwickau, Berlin, Fürth, Stuttgart, München[Munich], Düsseldorf. Further touring plans are currently being arranged by the band. Tickets are on sale now at scorpioconcerts.com

Men Without Hats - Safety DanceMen Without Hats is doing a compilation of remixes of Safety Dance. Anyone is welcome to submit a (demo) mix, although if you're not a real club/professional DJ, don't waste your time, or at least don't expect to have any more than the longest of long shots at landing a spot on the compilation(s). A good number of well known DJs have already climbed on board, although there is no set number of mixes that will be taken for this project, or any set number of vinyl or CD sets to be put out. Those interested should send a demo of your work (preferably taking a version of Safety Dance and making a rough remix with it), along with a bio and email address to: P.O. box 423 St-Agathe, Quebec, Canada, J8C 3C6

Lionel RichieMadness, Lionel Richie, and Simply Red are all confirmed to play at The Number One Party at the end of the year. The show - to celebrate 50 years of the UK charts - will be filmed for transmission on the BBC.

Spandau BalletSpandau Ballet will reissue their most successful single "True" in March 2003. The single will be available across three formats, including a limited edition gatefold sleeve. A planned DVD of Spandau Ballet's Greatest Hits is also due for release but has been delayed and it's currently unknown when it'll see the light of day.

Marc AlmondMarc Almond is finally releasing his long-awaited "Little Rough Rhinestones Volume 1" CD. "Little Rough Rhinestones Volume 1" features the "lost songs" of Marc Almond and Neal X and is a two CD set beautifully packaged in a double fold out digi-pak which includes an introduction and notes on each track from Marc. Disc one contains many unreleased tracks, demos and out-takes. Disc two contains the much acclaimed concert performed by Marc and Neal at Leicester Cathedral in February 2000.

PropagandaPropaganda's original members Ralf Dörper, Michael Mertens and Suzanne Freytag are currently working on a new Propaganda record, the other original vocalist Cladia Brucken is concurrently at work on a solo album which reportedly includes her version of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill".

AlphavilleAlphaville are to release a new album on December 16th. This is a strictly limited 4 CD box set called "Crazyshow", exclusively available through the Alphaville website www.alphaville.de - It includes brand new tunes, all the websongs which were presented between 2000 and 2001 for the very first time at the alphaville website, super rare, previously unreleased Alphaville audio stuff, the new Alphaville album is numbered. in 1999 Alphaville released a box set called "Dreamscapes", which covered the musical work of the band between '78 and '98. This anthology comprised out of 8 cds, 125 songs and an absolute playing time of 9 1/2 hours! Not a single song featured on "Dreamscapes" had been heard before in this form. 43 songs had never been released before at all: That is almost as many songs as the band had released on all its previous studio albums. In other words, "Dreamscapes" contained the equivalent of four brand-new albums plus a further four of demo versions, unknown remixes, rare live recordings and all the flip-sides of the band's singles. "Crazyshow" is the sequel to this box... The sooner you place your preorder, the lower the number of your copy will be! The CD Box Set is out December 16th

Madness have released a DVD entitled "Divine Madness". This is the first time that all their legendary videos will be released on DVD. Extra's includes an extremely funny audio commentary by Chas Smash, Chrissy Boy and Barzo. The DVD also includes a "Divine" quizzical and a photo gallery.

Tracklisting: 1- The Prince, 2- One Step Beyond, 3- Bed And Breakfast Man, 4- My Girl, 5- Night Boat To Cairo, 6- Baggy Trousers, 7- Embarrassment, 8- Return Of The Los Palmas 7, 9- Grey Day, 10- Shut Up, 11- It Must Be Love, 12- Cardiac Arrest, 13- House Of Fun, 14- Driving In My Car, 15- Our House, 16- Tomorrow's Just Another Day, 17- Wings Of A Dove, 18- Sun And The Rain, 19- Michael Caine, 20- One Better Day, 21- Yesterdays Men, 22- Uncle Sam, 23- Sweetest Girl, 24- Waiting For The Ghost Train, 25- I Pronounce You, 26- Lovestruck, 27- Johnny The Horse, 28- Drip Fed Fred


-- November 27, 2002 --

The PretendersThe Pretenders will return to the road in January to support their new album, "Loose Screw". At press times it looks like the tour will kick off in Jacksonville, Florida on January 23rd and conclude on March 9th in Seattle.

Here are the Pretenders tour dates:

1/23 - Jacksonville - FL - Moran Theater
1/23 - Orlando - Bob Carr Arts Center
1/24 - St. Petersburg - FL - Mahaffey Theater
1/25 - Boca Raton - FL - Mizner Park Amphitheater
1/27 - Atlanta - Tabernacle
1/28 - Nashville - Ryman Auditorium
1/30 - Norfolk - VA - The NorVa
1/31 - Washington - DC - 9:30 Club
2/1 - Philadelphia - Electric Factory
2/2 - Easton - PA - State Theater
2/5 - New York - Beacon Theater
2/7 - Mashantucket - CT - Foxwoods Casino
2/8 - Boston - Orpheum Theater
2/10 - Toronto - Hummingbird Center
2/11 - Akron - OH - Akron Civic Center
2/13 - Indianapolis - Clowes Memorial Hall
2/14 - Ann Arbor - MI - Michigan Theater
2/15 - Chicago - Chicago Theater
2/16 - Minneapolis - State Theater
2/19 - Denver - Paramount Theater
2/21 - Phoenix - Celebrity Theater
2/22 - Las Vegas - House of Blues 2/23 - San Diego - 4th & B 2/25 - Santa Barbara - CA - Arlington Theater 2/27 - Los Angeles - Wiltern Theater 3/5 - Eugene - OR - Hult Center 3/6 - Portland - OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall 3/7 - Vancouver - Queen Elizabeth Theater 3/8 - Seattle - Moore Theater 3/9 - Seattle - Moore Theater


-- November 24, 2002 --

All About EveAll About Eve are set to release their first new album in ten years on the 26th of November.
The title of the new LP is "Iceland" and is described by vocalist Julianne Regan as "A winter album, it's too icy to be anything else". But the-re are flickers and bursts of light in there amongst the darkness. And, it's more about mistletoe than tinsels - "Iceland" contains two brand new songs entitled "Melting" and "Cold". Also enclosed is a radical re-work of "December" (from 1989's "Scarlet and Other Stories" album), a Queen cover entitled "A Winter's Tale" plus three other tracks as well. An entirely new album of original material is planned for release in 2003 to coincide with their April tour of the UK. Tracklisting: Last Christmas 4:20, Walking In The Air 4:33, December Revisited 7:00, Melting 4:48, Cold 7:05, A Winter's Tale 3:41, December Amnesia Mix 6:29

The "Love And Rockets" special Swing Edition of the "Love And Rockets" album will be released in USA / Canada only on 10 December. For European fans this will be available from our Beggars mail order. Love And Rockets' fourth album is the latest to get the remastering treatment including expanded booklet, as well as adding four bonus tracks to the original album. This edition includes a bonus CD of the legendary "Swing" session and a bonus radio interview with additional live versions. The original album was the band's biggest seller and includes the USA top ten hit, "So Alive".

WireArt-Punk heroes "Wire" are back and they're on tour in Germany at the moment. They have completed two extensive tours recently, and apparently felt confident enough to start a new label called Pink Flag and release this seventeen minute 6 song EP of original material called "Read and Burn" released through their UK label Pink Flag Records. Tracklisting: 1. In The Art Of Stopping 2. I Don't Understand 3. Comet 4. Germ Ship 5. 1St Fast 6. The Agfers Of Kodack "Read & Burn" returns to the straight-ahead, minimal art punk of their debut, "Pink Flag." absolutely f***ing brilliant! FIRST-WAVE PUNKS BETTER THAN EVER.

Fields NephilimBeggars Banquet have compiled 3 original video programs onto one stunning DVD essential for Fields of The Nephilim's fans. "Revelations" released on 9th December 2002 is a collection of their six impressive promo videos and a bonus electronic press kit. "Forever Remain" is a live show from 1988 and "Visionary Heads" a concert from 1990. The promo videos for Nefilim and Rubicon are Bonus inclusions. At the vanguard of the original Goth movement in the 1980's, Fields Of The Nephilim were probably the most popular live band in the genre, with a large and loyal following.

Inspired by the arcane arts, vocalist Carl McCoy wrote dark, epic lyrics around his beliefs which set the Nephilim apart from their peers. Their recordings also achieved notable sales - they dominated the UK independent charts with four number 1 singles and their albums entered the national top 20. When the band split in 1991, Carl continued with a heavier sounding project, Nefilim, while the rest of the group issued two albums with a new vocalist under the name "Rubicon". Their audience, however, never went away and in the summer of 2000, Fields of The Nephilim headlined four major European festivals, playing to 60.000 fans.

Full DVD Tracklisting: Revelations - Promo videos: "Preacher Man", "Blue Water", "Moonchild", "Psychonaut", "For Her Light", "Sumerland.

Forever Remain - Live at Town & Country - 1988: "Endemoniada", "Reanimator", "Dust", "Love Under Will", "Trees Come Down", "Moonchild", "The Watchman", "Last Exit For The Lost", "Chord Of Souls", "Preacher Man", "Dawnrazor", "The Sequel", "Phobia", "Laura"

Visionary Heads - Live Brixton Academy - 1990: "Intro" (Dead But Dreaming), "For Her Light", "At The Gates Of Silent Memory", "Paradise Regained", "Blue Water", "Sumerland", "Submission", "Chord Of Souls", "Last Exit For The Lost", "The Watchman", "Psychonaut"

Bonus Tracks: Nefilim - "Penetration" - 3.35, Rubicon - "Crazed" - 4.27, Rubicon - "Insatiable" - 3.05

Men Without HatsThe new Men Without Hats album is Done so says their website. The album will be released at the web site (menwithouthats.com) probably sometime around December 1st (to be "officially" released in the spring of the following year). The songs are definitively in the MWH electro-pop style, but with a more updated sound. For the remastered stuff, that'll have to wait until after this new CD is finished, but they promise definitively will be doing that later on this year, to be available in the first half of next year. It'll contain the remastered EP + first 2 CDs and some live stuff, maybe even a couple of the "bootleg demos", if they can find some that don't "suck" too badly.

In the meantime Men Without Hats is currently looking for 2 new members to do some live shows starting probably not before next year (2003). Male or female. Age is not a factor. You must not be a slob and have a good appearance. Qualifications: Must be able to play keyboards and sing. Preference will be given to those who additionally play rhythm guitar and/or bass guitar. Must be very knowledgeable in midi, sequences and sampling. Must have your own equipment (and not a load of crap). This is to show that you are an up to date practicing or working musician, and especially that you don't need to be taught things like how a sampler works. (But ultimately, you will be using MWH gear.) Those interested should send a demo of your work, along with a bio, a list of your gear, an email address and photo to: P.O. box 423 St-Agathe Quebec, Canada, J8C 3C6


-- November 21, 2002 --

Siouxsie and the BansheesSiouxsie & The Banshees are to release the London performance from their "Seven Year Itch" tour earlier this year as a special live CD and DVD in March 2003. In the meantime Siouxsie & Budgie are working on a new album, "The Creatures" which is also expected to be released next year.

New Order Fins ParkNME reports that New Order's performance at London's FINSBURY PARK earlier this year is to be documented on a new DVD. "NewOrder 511", released on December 9th by Warner Music Vision, contains the whole gig, plus a documentary and behind-the scenes footage. The video's title comes from the fact that the band played 11 New Order songs on the day, as well as five classics from their previous incarnation as Joy Division.

The full setlist as featured on the DVD is: Crystal, Transmission, Regret, Ceremony, 60 Miles An Hour, Atmosphere, Brutal, Close Range, She's Lost Control, True Faith, Bizarre Love Triangle, Temptation, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Digital, Blue Monday, Your Silent Face

Duran Duran are in talks with the makers of the James Bond films about recording the theme to the next Bond film. Duran Duran famously recorded the theme song to Bond movie "A View To A Kill" in 1985 and scored a number one US hit, and a number two UK hit with the song. Following the successes of Boy George's musical "Taboo", Madness's "Our House", and Queen's musical "We Will Rock You" Duran's Nick Rhodes has also been talking about a possible Duran Duran musical.

OMDVirgin Records will re-issue OMD's albums "Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark", "Organisation", and "Architecture & Morality" on the 27th of January next year.

Naked EyesNaked Eyes were a key presence in the synth pop movement of the early 80's. The duo formed in Britain in 1981 Comprised of former schoolmates Pete Byrne (vocals) and Rob Fisher (keyboards).
Naked Eyes debuted in March 1983 with the LP "Burning Bridges", reissued in the U.S. a month later as a self-titled effort. The lead single, a cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David perennial "Always Something There to Remind Me," emerged as a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching the U.S. Top Ten on the strength of its video, which received heavy airplay on the fledgling
MTV network.

The American follow-up, "Promises, Promises", was also a major hit, and Naked Eyes' future looked bright. However, 1984's single "(What) In the Name of Love" barely scraped into the Top 40. The duo disbanded soon after, and in 1988 Fisher resurfaced as one half of the pop duo Climie Fisher. Rob died on August 25, 1999, of complications following stomach surgery. "Everything And More" is truely one must have and it is out now features
unreleased mixes, dance and club versions, including "Promises Promises" with Madonna in both 7" and 12" versions.

None of the tracks on this album have ever been on CD before. Some have never been released... All the 12" dance mixes, the early UK b-sides, the early singles when they were known as "Neon", the lost album tracks... This is the definitive rare tracks CD, featuring "Always Something There To Remind Me", "Promises Promises", "In The Name Of Love" and much more.. Full tracklisting:

01. Promises Promises with Madonna, 7" Jellybean Mix...Unreleased!
02. Always Something There To Remind Me, 12" Tony Mansfield Mix - 5:45
03. Promises Promises, 12" Tony Mansfield Mix - 6:21
04. (What) In The Name Of Love, 12" Arthur Baker Mix - 6:06
05. Sacrifice, 12" Arthur Baker Mix...Unreleased! - 6:03
06. Promises Promises with Madonna, 12" Jellybean Mix...Unreleased! - 6:56
07. Pit Stop, b-side of "Always" in the UK
08. Sweet Poison, b-side of "Voices In My Head" UK
09. Once Is Enough, album track "Fuel For The Fire"
10. Answering Service, album track "Fuel For The Fire"
11. (What) In The Name Of Love, original UK b-side of "Promises Promises"
12. Making Waves, Neon
13. Communication Without Sound, Neon
14. Me I See In You, Neon..original b-side of "Making Waves"
15. Remote Control, Neon..original b-side of "Communication"

Gary NumanBeggars Banquet re-releasing Gary Numan's back-catalogue albums "I Assassin" and "Warriors" on December 9th. The releases will feature remastered versions of the original albums plus b-sides, unreleased and bonus tracks.

Culture ClubCulture Club are to celebrate their 20th anniversary by releasing a 73-track box set. The CD will contain demos, remixes and alternative versions of some of the band's greatest hits as well as the originally released versions. The album, called "Culture Club", will include demo versions of "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" plus "Kissing 2 Be Clever", "Believe", "Stand Down" and "I'm Afraid of Me". It also contains alternative versions of "Church Of The Poisoned Mind" (Budgie Man's electro mix), "Karma Chameleon" (Nail Out Of Coffin Rewind Mix) and "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" (Drumheads Twisted Nerve Mix) amongst others. The album will go on sale on December 2nd.

Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys are planning to release a second Greatest Hits album next year, carrying on from where their "Discography" compilation left off in 1990.

Love and RocketsLove & Rockets will re-issue their "Love & Rockets" album on December 9th. The album will feature remastered versions of the original songs and will also feature an expanded booklet, four bonus tracks, and a bonus CD of the legendary Swing session and a bonus radio interview with additional live versions.


-- November 18, 2002 --

Don't You Want Me DYWMChannel 4 UK premiered the "Top 100 Best-Selling Singles in the UK" with a three hour show designed to celebrate 50 years of the UK singles chart. Based entirely on UK sales, "Don't You Want Me" by The League has notched up an amazing figure of 1,430,000 copies sold - making it the 25th best selling UK single of *all* time! New interviews were included with Phil, Jo & Susan with Phil admitting that the continued success of 'DYWM' had become a bit of a problem that made the promotion of new material difficult. However, he praised its iconic status by adding that the single had provided the financial awards needed to carry on making music.

Cabaret VoltaireElectronic pioneers Cabaret Voltaire release "Live At The Hacienda 1983 / 1986 DVD" on the 2nd of December 2002. This is the first ever DVD to feature Cabaret Voltaire, leaders of the Industrial genre and one of British music's most enigmatic alternative bands. The DVD features "the Cabs" at their magnificent live best in 1983 and 1986, with both shows coming from the world famous Hacienda club. Cabaret Voltaire have long been celebrated for the stunning visual aspects to their shows, with video footage and projections playing a big part in the overall mood of a gig. The two shows featured are both examples of this. Also featured are three of the band's promo videos, "No Escape", "Yashar" and "Sluggin' Fer Jesus", which again captures their talent for the visual aid to their music. The first concert date (08.11.83) includes: INTRO, 24/24, IN THE SHADOWS, GUT LEVEL (VERSION), OVER AND OVER, TALKING TIME, ANIMATION, PRODUCT PATROL, CRACKDOWN, DREAM TICKET. The second concert date (02.19.86) includes: TROUBLE, HELL'S HOME, JUST FASCINATION, WE GOT HEART, PILEDRIVER, KINO, HEY HEY, I WANT YOU, SEX MONEY FREAKS, SHAKEDOWN (THE WHOLE THING)
Also includes Bonus Peomo videos for "NO ESCAPE", "YASHAR" and "SLUGGIN FER JESUS".

New Order"Retro" is the 4 CD Ltd Box Set from New Order chronicling New Orders seminal 20-year career. "Retro" brings together studio, live recordings and remixes from the iconic Manchester electro-rock heroes and is released on December 17th. The tracklisting for "Retro" has been chosen by UK journalists Miranda Sawyer and John McCready, former Hacienda DJ legend Mike Pickering and
Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie
.


-- November 16, 2002 --

INXSINXS will perform a benefit to raise money for the Australian Bali Relief Fund in New York next Tuesday, November 19th. The show at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom will also feature Gloria Gaynor, and Australian singer songwriter Hugh Wilson. All performers participating in the "Benefit for Bali" have donated their talents to raise funds to help survivors of the attacks as well as those who've lost their lives. The show starts at 7pm at the Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street. Tickets are $50 general and $150 VIP. INXS have started work on their first album with lead singer Jon Stevens. The band are working in their Sydney studio with producer Phil McKellar (Grinspoon). The band expects to have the record out in the second half of next year.

Jam Master Jay - Rip JayA reward of nearly £160,000 is on offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of Jam Master Jay. It has been put up by the New York's Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council after it received an anonymous donation. The council is hoping the reward will be an incentive for witnesses of the Run DMC star's fatal shooting last month to come forward. NYC Police Department and a coalition spearheaded by Russell Simmons has already put up a donation of £40,000. Jay was shot dead in his Queens studio on October 30th. The case was highlighted on "America's Most Wanted" TV show over the weekend, and posters with the £40,000 reward have been posted around the city, reports NME.com.


-- November 14, 2002 --

Fine Young CannibalsFine Young Cannibals are to reform for a series of UK gigs in December. It kicks off at Sheffield's Leadmill nightclub on December 11, before moving on to Wolverhampton, London, Cambridge, Norwich and Manchester. FYC - Andy Cox, David Steele and Roland Gift, racked up five UK Top 10 hits and close to five million sales world-wide with album sales during the height of their success in the 80's.

Tour dates are:
December 11 - Sheffield Leadmill
December 12 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun
December 13 - London Shepherd's Bush Empire
December 15 - Cambridge Junction
December 16 - Norwich Waterfront
December 17 - Manchester MDH

ErasureTickets have now gone on sale for Erasure's forthcoming UK tour next year. It coincides with the release of their new single "Other People's Songs" on January 27. Vince Clarke and Andy Bell will begin their tour in Norwich on February 9.

Tour dates are:
February 9 - Norwich, UEA
February 10 - Folkstone, Leas Cliff Hall
February 12 - Grimsby, Auditorium
February 13 - Preston, Guildhall
February 14 - Middlesbrough, Town Hall
February 16 - Glasgow, Barrowlands
February 17 - York, Barbican
February 18 - Derby, Assembly Rooms
February 21 - London, Astoria

Killing JokeKilling Joke will return early next year with a new album titled "The Death & Resurrection Showland" which features Jaz Coleman, Geordie, and Youth, with former Gang Of Four member Andy Gill.

Gary NumanGary Numan will be celebrating his 25 years in the music business next year with two special gigs. Numan will be appearing in the UK on February 8th at Bristol's Colston Hall, and on February 9th at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. Tickets for these two anniversary shows will be available on this website: http://www.numan.co.uk/ soon and through the usual ticket outlets for these
venues.

Images In VogueVancouver's Images In Vogue has finally played together for the first time in over ten years at The Opera House in Toronto. They will have a new release, "Collection 2: Chronology", featuring rarities and mixes to be released independently in January 2003.


-- November 12, 2002 --

Human League - Don't You Want MeA huge 200,000 person poll compiled to mark the 50th anniversary of the British charts has finally been announced to reveal the nations top 100 number one singles since the charts began in the early 50s. Thousands took part in the vote at the Official UK Charts website including Radio One and the Top 100 will be featured heavily on both CH4 and BBC-1 over Christmas. The Human League's classic "Don't You Want Me" becomes the 63rd most memorable number one hit single of all time. The band has already confirmed that they will be playing "Don't You Want Me" completely live for the BBC Christmas special. "Don't You Want Me" beat the classics; Jam - "Going Underground", David Bowie - "Ashes To Ashes", Beatles - "Get Back", Madonna - "Like A Prayer" and The Buggles timeless "Video Killed The Radio Star". Other impressive entries into the top 100 includes: Soft Cell "Tainted Love" in at number 18 and Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" at number 52. Queen pick at number 1 with "Bohemian Rhapsody". The full chart can be seen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/chart/full_chart.shtml

The PoliceThe Police, The Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The 18th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on March 10 in New York and televised on VH1. Furthermore, The Police will perform together again to mark their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Drummer Stewart Copeland has confirmed that they will indeed be back as a trio but the reformation gig will only include a Setlist of three songs. Even Sting's official website is indicating the gig is a goer with the announcement "we can report that that there is a definite possibility of the Police performing a few songs at the ceremony". The band will play in New York on March 10th at the Waldorf Astoria but are yet to determine their set.


-- November 9, 2002 --

BoytronicFinally, the 80's electro pop legends Boytronic return. "Autotunes" is the name of their new release. It offers a great mixture of snyth pop sounds - sometimes playful, sometimes purely electronic, but always delivered with heavenly hooklines and a velvet like voice. Some of the tracks here have been produced by the legendary Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Erasure).

Suicide CommandoSuicide Commando finally release their Anthology 1986 - 2002, a two disc retrospective of a remarkable electro project and indespensible for the Suicide Commando fan or those eager to sample their unique heritage. 1 disc includes the best Suicide Commando songs from the last decade and a 2nd disc includes some exclusive mixes and rare tracks. After more then 15 years Suicide Commando have become one of the most successful, respected and leading acts in the electronic scene of today. This is due out at the end of November on Dependent.


-- November 6, 2002 --

Ian MaccalachEcho & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch is currently in the studio, mixing tracks for his upcoming solo album, which is scheduled for release in March 2003. Recorded at the Doghouse Studios in Henley-On-Thames, the album was co-produced by Cenzo Townsend (who worked on Echo & The Bunnymen's top ten album "Evergreen" in 1997). The as yet untitled album is due to be released in March 2003 and features 3 special guest musicians - Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland (from Coldplay) and actor John Simm ("24 Hour Party People", "Human Traffic" and "The Lakes"). More details to follow...

BlondieBlondie are to release a live video and DVD on 18th November by Direct Video Distribution called "Blondie - Live!". This video and DVD features all Blondie's hits filmed live at the Canadian National Expo in Toronto in 1983.

Tracklisting: Rapture, Island Of Lost Souls, Danceway, The Tide Is High, Heart Of Glass, Hanging On the Telephone, Dreaming,
One Way Or Another, War Child, Start Me Up, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Call Me

Also, you might like to know that Blondie appears on the new soundtrack to the popular video game "Grand Theft Auto - Vice City". The soundtrack is a box set of tunes that you can listen to in the game by selecting seven different radio stations. http://www.vicecityradio.com/ Also, Blondie will be doing a few U.S. concerts to promote the new Greatest Hits release. Four shows are confirmed now and one more is expected to be announced soon. Blondie will be touring the UK from 5th - 18th December together with INXS.

New OrderBig Country are set to release a video and DVD "Big Country - The Ultimate Collection" on November 11th. The collection will cover the whole of Big Country's career.

Tracklisting: Harvest Home, Fields Of Fire, In A Big Country, Chance, Wonderland, East Of Eden, Where The Rose Is Sown, Just A Shadow, Look Away, The Teache,r One Great Thing, One Great Thing (122 Version), Hold The Heart, King Of Emotion, Broken Heart (Thirteen Valleys), Peace In Our Time, Save Me, Heart Of The World, Republican Party Reptile, Beautiful People Alone, Ships Fragile Thing (feat. Eddi Reader), Perfect World.


-- November 4, 2002 --

Joan JettReuters news report that Joan Jett is suing the producers of a would-be movie "Prey for Rock & Roll," saying she hasn't been paid for her work on the film, according to a federal lawsuit filed last Wednesday. Joan said she was paid only $20,000 of the $100,000 she was due for music for the soundtrack for the film and for a movie appearance she was scheduled to make, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Film production stopped in May and was revived in July. Producers told Jett that if they paid her the remainder of the $100,000 it would break the movie, the suit said. Jett is suing the backers of Prey LLC, controlled by a New Jersey businessman, and Los Angeles-based GMR Productions for at least triple the $80,000 salary she said she is owed.

New OrderNEW ORDER UPDATE: New Order will release the four-disc box set "Retro" on December 17th. The collection features hits, previously unreleased material, as well as a disc of live tracks compiled by Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie. The band will also release "International", a greatest hits collection, on January 28th. "Retro" spans New Order's 21 year career, with the first two discs focusing on their single hits up to date and their B-sides, while the third disc will feature remixes. a Digipak limited edition version of "Retro" will be available, and will contain 5 exclusive rare tracks from the "Power, Corruption & Lies" sessions. also a 12" single will be available with two remixes, one from Kevin Saunderson and another from Arthur Baker. New Order also have an upcoming Live DVD out called "Finsbury Park 2002". The DVD is scheduled to be released in the UK on December 2nd 2002. The tracklisting is the following: Crystal, Transmission, Regret, Ceremony, 60 Miles An Hour, Atmosphere, Brutal, Close Range, She's Lost Control, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Digital, Blue Monday The DVD should feature an additional 40 minutes documentary featuring some tracks like Turn My Way (Live at the Liverpool Olympia), tracks from the Temptation concert at the Ally Pally in 1998, and other tracks from the comeback concert at the Apollo 1998 like Ceremony and In A Lonely Place.


-- November 3, 2002 --

Mute records have released "Cabaret Voltaire - Best Of: The Original Sound Of Sheffield 78 - 82" on November 4th. Compiled and remastered by founder member Richard H. Kirk, this compilation covers Cabaret Voltaire's unquestionably best, most creative and influential period. Capturing the bands finest moments in chronological order starting at "Do The Mussolini (Headkick)", through the outstanding classic "Nag Nag Nag" finishing at "Loosen The Clamp". The sound of Cabaret Voltaire, is more relevant today than it ever was, at this snap shot in time, they are probably one of the most influential and exciting electronic bands Britain has ever produced. Mute are rumoring a new rarities release (a Nagger says it's "Methodology") and a DVD (Naggers have seen info on two: "DoubleVision Presents..." and a live at the Hacienda release).

Depeche ModeDepeche Mode are set to release "The Videos 86 > 98 +", a double DVD deluxe package including the original DVD "Videos 86 > 98" plus a second DVD featuring almost 90 minutes of unreleased material, including rare videos and interviews from the period. Disc 1 contains the videos for all 20 singles from the years 86>98. Directed by Anton Corbijn, D.A. Pennebaker, Brian Griffin, Peter Care, Clive Richardson, Martyn Atkins and Steve Green, tracks include "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy The Silence", "Policy Of Truth", "Barrel Of A Gun", "Only When I Lose Myself" and "Little 15" (which was only released as a single in France). Also included are two documentaries, the first featuring the band discussing the videos included, the second sees the band talking about the release of "The Singles 86>98". Disc 2 features nearly one and a half hours of material including the US videos for "One Caress", "Strangelove '88", "Condemnation (Paris Mix)", and "But Not Tonight", from the Tamra Davis film "Modern Girls", together with three
documentaries: "Violator", "Songs Of Faith and Devotion", and "Ultra". UK Release - November 25th, 2002 via MUTE US Release - November 26th, 2002 via Reprise.


-- November 2, 2002 --

INXSINXS are about to head back to the studio and start work on their first new studio album since the death of Michael Hutchence. The new INXS album is due early 2003. Former Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens, who has been fronting the band since 2000, was officially declared the replacement for Michael Hutchence on October18. Stevens (or if you like Rangi) will head into the studio next week to start work on INXS's first studio album since 1997's "Elegantly Wasted". Since the death of Michael Hutchence on November 22, 1997 Jimmy Barnes and Terence Trent D'Arby have performed vocals for INXS but it is only Stevens who has been a semi-permanent fill-in.


-- November 1, 2002 --

U2U2 will release a Best Of DVD on December 2 called U2: Best Of 1990 - 2000. It will feature all the tracks on the band's greatest hits album which is released on Monday. The DVD will also include six bonus tracks which are not on the Best Of CD which are Please, If God Will Send His Angels, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Lemon, Last Night On Earth and MoFo. According to u2.com the DVD includes commentary by many of the video directors like Wim Wenders, Kevin Godley and Anton Corbijn.

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