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Johnny Marr: new album is “my own magic realism”

Johnny Marr gets magical with his new album. Recorded with his band in Manchester at his Crazy Face studios, Call The Comet introduces 12 tracks and is out in June. The third solo record from the ex-Smiths guitarist follows 2013’s critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014’s Playland, both of which made the UK top 10. Marr says: “Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It’s my own magic realism.” Extra live show at Roundhouse now booking.

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Ross William Wild’s debut with Spandau Ballet on 6 June 2018: from left, Martin, Ross, Steve and Gary, with JK hidden among his drums. (Photographed by Shapersofthe80s)

✱ Prima occasione di vedere Ross Wild on-stage in Europa! – First chance to see Ross Wild in Europe! Spandau Ballet introduce their new singer in three Italian shows 23–25 Oct in Milan, Rome and Padova. . .  also two in the Netherlands, 27 Oct Utrecht, 28 Oct Tilburg. . . In London a one-off concert is booking now for Apollo Hammersmith on 29 Oct, via Spandau Ballet tickets

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✱ On sale now, ex-Spandau singer Tony Hadley’s Talking To The Moon UK tour, seven venues 8–17 October 2018 including The London Palladium. . . View Tone’s first YouTube music video – for his new single Tonight Belongs To Us, from new album out in June… Hadley’s events list gives his live dates through 6 July Chilfest at Tring, Herts, for An Evening with Hadley and his Orchestra, to 80s/90s Forever in Southend on 26 August, and many more to Stepback! 80s Christmas Concert 22 Dec in Coventry

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Martin Kemp, Steve Norman, Spandau Ballet, secrets of success, 1980 timeline , pop music, who was who,Scala Cinema

◆ Who was who in Spandau’s break-out year 1980? The Invisible Hand of Shapersofthe80s draws a selective timeline for The unprecedented rise and rise of Spandau Ballet – Turn to our inside page

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35 Years of No Parlez – Paul Young’s 16-date autumn tour from 29 Sept, Hastings to London Palladium 24 Oct

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Robb Scott, Siren, CD, soul music

Jeff Young on Jazz FM recently made the new 18-track Siren his album of the week. Superbly crafted by Londoner Robb Scott, with strong supporting lineup, for the Expansion label. Soul Brother Records says: “A collection of classy soul/jazz grooves on that has jazz at its heart but with some superb soulful brushstrokes applied.” Purchase directly from the artist’s store

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✱ The 2018 Love Supreme Jazz Festival features George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic, not to mention 30 other acts. Nr Lewes, Sussex, 29 June–1 July

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Spot the white-haired little old lady on the cover of Dazed magazine’s summer issue

✱ For Dazed’s summer issue, its cover brings together “the characters making Britain truly great in 2018” under the cover-line Youth Is Revolting. So what’s the white-haired little old lady doing down front in the blue shirt that’s too big for her?

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✱ The Cure’s Robert Smith has hand-picked 30 all-time favourite artists for the refurbished South Bank Centre’s 25th Meltdown Festival, 15-24 June 2018. Acts include Death Cab For Cutie, Maybeshewill, Suzanne Vega, Frightened Rabbit, Sigur Ros singer Jónsi, The Joy Formidable and more

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Heaven 17 promise a spectacular celebration tour of The Luxury Gap for 10 dates 9 Nov–8 Dec from Northampton, via London 30 Nov to Sheffield. They say their 1983 album is “a sly, post-modern, critique of modern society and has never been so necessary”

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Steve Norman and his live band visit The Acapela Studios Cardiff 27 July, with new material… Also hometown gig live at The Old Market in Hove 8 Sept

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Martin Kemp,Spandau Ballet ,DJ, Rewind Festival

✱ Spandau’s Martin Kemp is performing his deejay set, spinning classics from the 80s, at all three Rewind Festivals: Perth 20–22 July; Cheshire 3–5 Aug; Henley-on-Thames 17–19 Aug

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Chris Sullivan, DJ, Wag club, Mau Mau, dancing, clubbing, funk, soul music
✱ One Nation Under the Groove – Wag club legend Chris Sullivan now resident on Fridays at Mau Mau, 265 Portobello Road “which looks like a New York rhythm ’n’ blues soul bar.” Playing rare funk and disco from the likes of Mantus, Father Time,The Kinsman Band plus Parliament, Bohannon and Larry Young – sample him at Mixcloud. . . Sullivan’s book Rebel Rebel, “a riotous history of people and things that broke the mould”, is due from Unbound this summer

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✱ Haircut’s singer Nick Heyward is touring the UK into July for 13 dates including 02 Academy Islington in London, then on to Japan

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Jools Holland: you too can play live at Canary Wharf tube station

✱ Jools Holland is the second Yamaha artist to launch a #Platform88 piano in London, this time at Canary Wharf tube station, after Tokio Myers launched the first at Tottenham Court Rd. Part of a joint initiative with Transport for London, these public pianos are there to play your way

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✱ Danmingo is a self-produced singer-songwriter double album of 22 tracks from London clubland’s Steve Swindells, featuring Jon (Culture Club) Moss on drums, Winston (Massive Attack) Blissett and Dale (Amy Winehouse Band) Davis on bass, Jerry (Hawkwind) Richards on guitar and myself on keyboards and vocals. “Deep lyrics and flawless music,” says one Amazon reviewer

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The Face magazine, style bible, fashion, style ,Story of The Face,books, pop music, history, youth culture, Thames & Hudson, Paul Gorman, taste-makers,magazines, Neville Brody,lifestyle
✱ Here is the definitive appreciation of the style bible that shaped the 1980s. . . Cultural guru Paul Gorman tells The Story of The Face from the magazine’s launch with £3,500 of Nick Logan’s savings in 1980 to its sale to Emap in 1999, in between “paving the way for the digital delivery of visual culture in the 21st century”. – From Thames & Hudson, £35 for 352 pages, 379 illustrations!

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Pop Stars in My Pantry, pop music, clubbing,books,history,Paul Simper, George Michael ,Bananarama, Keren Woodward ,

“Friend of the stars” Paul Simper, right: lavishing hospitality on superstar George Michael and Bananarama’s Keren Woodward in 1983. (Photo Fraser Gray)

Pop Stars in My Pantry is showbiz hack Paul Simper’s memoir of the early days of one of pop’s most successful eras: the 1980s. It’s an account of how a wide-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears lad from Wiltshire landed in London just as the capital’s club scene went into orbit. His claim is to have been “corrupted by Spandau, slated by Boy George, mothered by Sade, evicted by Bananarama, private danced by Whitney, jilted by Madonna and commandeered (for carol singing) by Wham!” Available from Amazon… Read an extract here at Shapers of the 80s – Sade’s first foray to New York City

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Survivors CD compilation on Expansion Records

✱ Celebrating its 12th year this July, Soul Survivors Magazine issue 76 for June & July 2018 features news reviews and interviews with Lamont Dozier, Otis Williams, Duke Fakir, Angie Greaves and Eli Thompson. Under Fitzroy Facey, the mag created an interactive website and a weekly events email while Facey plays all things jazz funky and soulful old and new 9pm every Monday on Soul Train Radio and then on Mixcloud

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✱ Quids In Mons, FCK Thurs, #FRI251, Big Weekender Sats at the legendary Factory Manchester – clubnights, cocktail masterclasses and live bands – chart, dance, EDM, RNB, house, garage, hiphop and indie over three floors designed by Ben Kelly on Princess St, Manchester M1 7EN – @factorymanchester

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Remake Remodel, Manchester, nightlife, clubbing, Alternative, Rock’n’Roll✱ Manchester’s Remake Remodel claims to be “The Nation’s Saving Grace of Alternative, Rock’n’Roll” — Mondays at Soup Kitchen M1 1DF & every 1st Saturday at The Ruby Lounge M4 1QB – @RemakeRemodel1

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HELLO TO VISITORS ACROSS THE GLOBE

❖ Visitors to Shapers of the 80s come from 212 countries and dependencies as recorded at Revolver Maps — not forgetting our visitor in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (54°48′S, 68°18′W), only a smidgeon further south than our readers in Río Grande and Punta Arenas… Our northernmost visitor lives at Kjøllefjord in Norway (70°56′N, 27°20′E), a nudge nearer the Pole than others in Finnmark, and at Murmansk in Russia (68°58′N, 33°05′E).

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