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

Johnny Marr gets magical with his latest album. Recorded with his band in Manchester at his Crazy Face studios, Call The Comet introduces 12 tracks. 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.” Touring from Sept in the USA to Britain in Nov with an extra live show at London’s Roundhouse and to Europe in Dec – tickets direct from Call The Comet Tour 2018.


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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)

Spandau Ballet have introduced their new singer in three Italian shows with  also two in the Netherlands, 27 Oct Utrecht, 28 Oct Tilburg. . . In London a one-off concert still has odd tickets for Apollo Hammersmith on 29 Oct, via Spandau Ballet tickets… Catch up on Martin, Ross and Gary’s very funny session on the Graham Norton R2 show from 6 October.


Tony Hadley,events list,Tonight Belongs To Us, UK festivals, solo

✱ Ex-Spandau singer Tony Hadley’s Talking To The Moon UK tour was a triumph at the London Palladium… View Tone’s first YouTube music video – for his single Tonight Belongs To Us, from his album Talking To The Moon … Hadley’s events list gives more live dates through to his Stepback! 80s Christmas Concert, 22 Dec in Coventry, and on to Holland.


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Toyah Willcox: reliving her Medusa moment as her tour climaxes

✱ Celebrating 40 years of music in her 60th year, Toyah Willcox here  remembers being styled as Medusa by Sean Chapman & photographed by Dean Stockings in 2007. Book for The Toyah60Tour’s four anniversary gigs 26 Oct and 1,2,4 Nov via Ticketweb – “Live with full electric band”


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Classic album sleeves: Eurythmics and Visage photographed by Peter Ashworth

✱ Photographic innovator Peter Ashworth is mounting a major retrospective of his career in music and fashion from street to high-concept marketing since first shooting Visage in 1979. Open Tue–Sun noon till 5pm, from 16 Nov–8 Dec at Lever Gallery, 153 Goswell Rd, EC1V 7HD


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


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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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?


Heaven17, pop music,Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware, UK tour
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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Rhoda Dakar: for one night only in Soho

✱ Welcome back Rhoda Dakar – we’ve missed you! The former vocalist with The Bodysnatchers and The Specials/Special AKA brings her band to London’s 100 Club for one night only on 7 December 2018. Your gritty single, The Boiler, brought dignity to the pop charts of 1982, and contributed a high spot to the year.


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Busy bee Rusty Egan: master of the remix

✱ Latest from legendary Blitz Club deejay and remixer Rusty Egan: Welcome to the Remix at Bandcamp, plus Welcome to the Beach in which Austrian producer HP Hoeger and Egan have taken last year’s Welcome to the Dance Floor and transformed it for the beach with additional musicians joining in and adaptations and spoken word. . . More Egan mixes at Mixcloud. . . and personal playlists at Soundcloud. This man seems to own the interweb.


Martin Kemp,Spandau Ballet ,DJ, Rewind Festival

On Saturday, 24 November Spandau’s Martin Kemp will be returning to The Factory Petroc for the biggest 80s party Barnstaple has ever seen and giving his “Back to the 80s” deejay set


Chris Sullivan, DJ, Wag club, Mau Mau, dancing, clubbing, funk, soul music
✱ One Nation Under the Groove – Wag club legend Chris Sullivan currently 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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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


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


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!


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, Soul Survivors Magazine issue 78 features news, reviews and a “Respect”ful ode to Aretha Franklin, plus interviews with WAR’s co-founder co-writer and drummer Harold Brown, and Davide Romani bass player and composer. 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… The legend that is DJ Spen headlines on 9 November @E1 London alongside the capital’s musical godfather, Norris Da Boss Windross dropping an exclusive house set.


Fac251, Factory Manchester, logo, nightclubbing, records, live music
✱ 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


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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