News — old faces, new mixes

➤ Keeping up with the 20-teensToyah Willcox, Pop Music, 2019 Tour, tickets

✱ Celebrating 40 years of music, Toyah Willcox is performing many live dates through into spring – details at Toyah’s own website – “Live with full electric band”

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Chris Sullivan, DJ, Wag club, Mau Mau, dancing, clubbing, funk, soul music
✱ One Nation Under the Groove – the Eighties Wag club frontman Chris Sullivan these days deejays for Acklam Village events, Portobello Radio, Soho Radio and at the Groucho club in Soho… playing rare funk and disco from the likes of Mantus, Father Time,The Kinsman Band plus Parliament, Bohannon, Larry Young, and Latin funk. Listen here to Sullivan’s Suits at Mixcloud. . . Sullivan’s latest book Rebel Rebel is “a riotous history of people and things that broke the mould”. Vigorous prose and serious research substantiate his invitation to “an exceptional party” profiling cultural giants who embrace Rod Steiger, Fela Kuti, Louise Brooks, Orson Welles, Anita Pallenberg, David Bowie. Intense stuff.

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B-52s, pop music, European tour, US tour, new wave, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson

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

◆ INSIDE STORY AT SHAPERS OF THE 80S – 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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Rusty Egan, remixes, albums, Welcome to the Dancefloor,playlists, dance music, electronica

Gabby Egan: churning out the remixes

✱ Apart from being a seminal force in forging the new pop music of the Swinging Eighties, Blitz Club deejay Rusty Egan’s own “electro-diskow” album, Welcome to the Dancefloor, amounts to a superb sonic landmark. In 2016 Egan and a starry cast of collaborators set out to humanise the potential starkness many associate with electronica. His 13 chosen tracks showcase, for example, Midge Ure, Kira Porter and Tony Hadley to reflect the wide spectrum of synth possibilities, half being love songs in the spirit of the Eighties generation who were dubbed by the press New Romantics. Read the full album review at Shapersofthe80s… Since then the gabbiest deejay in town turns out ever more remixes of other people’s music. Visit his output online at Welcome to the Remix at Bandcamp plus Mixcloud and personal playlists at Soundcloud.

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Johnny Marr’s magical third solo album features his latest single The Bright Parade. 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.”

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anthology, Soundtrack 1978-2019 , Midge Ure, pop music,Ultravox, solo,
✱ Career-spanning collection featuring all of Midge Ure’s solo singles, select Ultravox recordings, previously unreleased material and collaborations with artists such as Kate Bush, Moby, Mick Karn and Sir George Martin. Soundtrack 1978-2019 was recently as 2CD+DVD set, priced £16

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Robb Scott, Siren, CD, soul music

✱ Londoner Robb Scott’s 18-track album Siren won the Bright Star Music Award for Best Soul / R& B Album 2018, brainchild of Colourful Radio. It was superbly crafted with a 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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jools Holland, TfL, piano, London, tube station,platform88, piano

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

✱ Jools Holland is the second Yamaha artist promoting 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 also at St Pancras mainline station and all over the tube system for you to play your way

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Steve Swindells,album,DanMingo
✱ 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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soul music, issue 73, Soul Survivors, compilation, CD, magazine, Fitzroy Facey

Survivors CD compilation on Expansion Records

✱ Now in its 14th year, Soul Survivors Magazine issue 85 For Dec’19-Jan’20 interviews Meli’sa Morgan and Dexter Wansel, who are doing live concerts next year, plus guide to the festive season… Under Fitzroy Facey, the mag created an interactive website and a weekly events email.

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Fac251, Factory Manchester, logo, nightclubbing, records, live music
✱ Quids In Mons, C.U.Next.Thursday, #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 Yes Pink Room M1 7BD – @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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