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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
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◆ Who was who in Spandau’s break-out year of 1980? The Invisible Hand of Shapersofthe80s draws a selective timeline for The unprecedented rise and rise of Spandau Ballet –– Turn to our inside page
- 2021 ➤ Steve Norman returns with The Sleevz and a surprise royal send-off!
- 2021 ➤ The man called Seven offers his skills to the next generation of music students
- 2021 ➤ New photos to rekindle the spirit of Brummie icons Kahn and Bell
- 2021 ➤ Who can identify the face in this Bowie painting up for auction next week?
- 2021 ➤ Spandau’s Gary Kemp goes solo with a love song for the Radio 2 audience
- ➤ Duran reveal secrets behind their songs
- 2021 ➤ Robbie Vincent wins Sunday radio slot!
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❚ TODAY’S HOT NEWS from cabaret artiste, Eve Ferret:
“ I hate crowing but I want to share with you that we have got into the London Short Film Festival with a film called Stray which was my concept and art direction alongside Mark Summerfield… Blah Blah and I appear alongside Dudley Sutton, Jenny Runacre. The director is the wonderful David Stewart. It is being shown on January 12 under Left Field And Luscious at the ICA of all places. You can see a trailer for it here.
“ Plus I just got Best Comeback The Stage (as you know, I hadn’t performed for over 15 years) which I think is blinkin hilarious as it makes me sound like return of the 50ft woman and my Fabaret is back on again on Sundays January 12 and 19 at the fabulous Crazy Coqs in London – tickets via Brasserie Zedel or 0207 734 4888. “Oh the ferret is a crowing.” I’m gonna be whacked with a wet fish for doing so but there you go. Love Eve xx ”
➢ If you want to support fresh electropop talent here are A Terrible Splendour – two Londoners called Martin Block and MM Lyle, whose heroes include Duran Duran, Ronny, Japan and Alphaville and they sound a lot like many of them. They say:
“ A Terrible Splendour are a London-based duo who weave tales of blackmail and despair, of cruelty and of heartbreak. Drawing from the Silver Screen, Romanticism and the New Wave, their sound is a darkly luxurious synthesised pop, fractured through the lens of a cursed Berlin.
Their live shows are a theatre of love and death, with performances drawing on Weimar-era cabaret. The recent self-made video for their track Victimless Crime displays an aesthetic that references German Impressionist cinema and gothic storytelling.
The band’s debut album Poseurs, is released on the French electronic label Desire, to include a limited edition of 300 copies on white vinyl. It features 11 tracks ranging in style from dissolute disco to sombre cabaret musings. Resolutely modern synth sounds, in turn lush and vicious, combine with lyrics addressing the eternal themes of rebellion, shame and the vagaries of outrage. Plus sparkling new mixes by producer James Aparicio (These New Puritans, Spiritualized). ”
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