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Morrissey - I Have Forgiven Jesus

Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round

Claudia Brücken - Absolut(e)

Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday

Propaganda - P:Machinery


Scritti Politti - Wood Beez

Shakespears Sister - Break My Heart

Bonk - The Smile And The Kiss


The Human League - Don't You Want Me

Soft Cell - Torch

The Lover Speaks - No More I Love You's

Mariaane Rosenberg - Ich Bin Wie Du

Axelle Red - Sensualité

Saint Etienne - Like A Motorway

Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms

Sunscreem - Love U More

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now


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Events Calendar

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Current/Coming Events
Jul 13-19: Tom Bailey - Science Fiction (CD)
Jul 20-26: Rick Astley - Beautiful Life
Jul 28: Let's Rock London
Aug 3-9: James - Living In Extraordinary Times (CD)
Aug 11: Black Box - Children of the 80's - Tenerife
Aug 18: ABC - live in Zoetermeer (NL)
Aug 25: Black Box - We Love The 90's - Nijmegen (The Netherland
Sep 1: Black Box - Cool Britannia Festival - Knebworth (UK)
Sep 4: Franz Ferdinand - live in The Hague (Netherlands)
Sep 20: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Leeds (UK)
Sep 21-27: Suede - The Blue Hour
Sep 23: Garbage live in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Sep 23: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Bristol (UK)
Sep 24: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Cardiff (UK)
Sep 25: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Manchester (UK)
Sep 27: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Glasgow (UK)
Sep 28: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Birmingham (UK)
Sep 29: Bright Light Bright Light - live in London
Oct 1: Suede - Live in Amsterdam
Oct 2-4: Level 42 - Live in The UK
Oct 2: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Paris
Oct 3: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Amsterdam
Oct 4: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Hamburg (DE)
Oct 5: Haevn - Live in Amsterdam
Oct 6-9: Level 42 - Live in The UK
Oct 7: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Berlin
Oct 9: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Leipzig (DE)
Oct 10: Bright Light Bright Light - live in Cologne (DE)
Oct 11-13: Level 42 - Live in The UK
Oct 15-17: Level 42 - Live in The UK
Oct 19-21: Level 42 - Live in The UK
Oct 23-25: Level 42 - Live in The UK

Classic Albums

Morrissey - You Are The Quarry

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Propaganda - A Secret Wish

Billie Ray Martin - Deadline For My Memories

Dead Or Alive - Youthquake

Sunscreem - O3

Thomas Leer - The Scale Of Ten

Mari Wilson - Showpeople

Adele - 19

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration

Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay

Axelle Red - Sans Plus Attendre

Visage - Beat Boy

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche '85

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03 Sep 2017 - Morrissey's comeback

'He's on really good form': BMG's Korda Marshall on Morrissey's comeback

Morrissey's solo career has involved many labels and a few disagreements. The singer fell out badly with Harvest soon after the release of 2014's World Peace Is None Of Your Business, which was then deleted (it remains unavailable on iTunes and Spotify). In fact, Morrissey's disappointment with labels goes back to his days in The Smiths - his 2013 autobiography isn't always flattering about Rough Trade.

But there's a good feeling about his comeback with BMG, who announced they had inked a deal with the mercurial singer last month. "I've tried to sign him a couple of times over the years, the first time was at Warner," said Korda Marshall, EVP, new recordings at BMG. As the label gears up for the release of the Low In High-School album on November 17, Marshall spoke to Music Week about the Morrissey campaign.

What can we expect from the album? 
It's a beautiful collection of songs. He's on really good form. I went over to the studio in Rome, they were in Ennio Morricone's studio [Forum Music Village] where they were recording it. The band are absolutely on fire. It's tremendously exciting. We are just coordinating all the plans for this autumn. There are going to be some more American tour dates announced. It's an amazing album.

Are there any particular themes for this Morrissey record?
He certainly has a view on what's going on in the world, and that's reflected in the songs. There's quite a strong personal side to the record as well. In many ways it's classic Morrissey. There's a perspective on all the sort of things that are happening in the world. It's lovely to be involved in an album that has an opinion. In all my years working in music, it's the strongest collection of songs that I've ever been involved with - I wouldn't say that lightly. He's spent a lot of energy and emotion making the record. He's very excited about it. He's really looking forward to going out and playing the songs.

Morrissey has spoken of health problems in recent years…
He's fit, he's healthy, and he's really enjoyed making the record.

The album is being released on the newly-created Etienne imprint, what will that be used for?
Etienne is Steven in French. We wanted to give him a vehicle where he could do other things, to give him a platform of his own. We felt that was important and he wanted to do that. We had conversations about it and we think it's a really good approach that he's got his own label identity, so he can do other things if he wants to.

Is he planning on releasing other acts via Etienne?
That's not really part of the discussion. We're just really happy that he's happy. We've got a collection of labels at BMG, we had a discussion about what label he wanted to be on and he wanted to do his own label. It's a vehicle for whatever he wants to do. It's part of the process of giving him the creative freedom he deserves and needs.

What else does his partnership with BMG cover?
We have also signed the publishing going forward as well [worldwide for future releases]. It's a long-term relationship.

How are you preparing for the campaign?
We've handpicked and assembled a very unique, boutique press, promotions, radio and TV team, who are all individually focused to work this record.

What are your expectations for BMG's first Morrissey album?
I think we are his 15th record label over his career. The dual approach that we've both agreed is that we'd like to kick up some dust - that was his [expression] that he'd like to come out and kick out some dust. It's a very strong album. We'd like as many people to hear it and enjoy it as we can get. We honestly believe he's made a great record. In my 30-odd years in A&R, I've been involved in some amazing talent making unbelievable music. This is a really, truly special record.

It's interesting timing with the biopic England Is Mine out now…
The zeitgeist's an amazing thing isn't it? He's a culturally significant artist and it's really important that these artists are looked after, cherished and supported.

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The Pet Shop Boys will quickly follow up their 'Catalogue' July reissues with two more 'Further Listening' multi-disc sets of Yes and Elysium - the last two albums Neil and Chris issued in the Parlophone era.

Yes was originally released in 2009 and was produced by Brian Higgins and Xenomania. A limited edition two-CD version was issued at the time, which included a song called This Used to Be the Future, which featured Philip Oakey, amongst the bonus tracks.

This is amongst the bonus content on the new three-CD deluxe edition of Yes - newly remastered, like the album itself. Other content of note is a previously unreleased monitor mix of The Loving Kind, a song which became a Top 10 hit for Girls Aloud, as well as previously unreleased demos of songs from the 2010 Young Vic theatre production, My Dad's A Birdman.

Elysium is the other album being reissued as a Further Listening set. This is a two-CD edition. The original special edition from 2012 was the most boring of all the PSB's 'specials', just including an instrumental version of the album.

None of those instrumentals feature on the new reissue of what Neil Tennant describes it as "the Pet Shop Boys' most beautiful album". Content on the new set includes previously unreleased demos entitled VocalShe Pops and In Slow Motion, as well as PSB mixes and remixes of Leaving and Memory of the Future.

Packaging will be consistent with the earlier reissues, which means the bizarre choice of a 'fatbox' 3CD set for Yes. Both of these albums are being reissued on vinyl, too. There is no word on when the remasters of the original 2001 'Further Listening' will be reissued. Next year seems likely now, although Warners may choose to sneak them out in late November or early December, to capitalise on the Christmas market.

Yes and Elysium are reissued on 20 October 2017.

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Yes: Further Listening 2008-2010 / 3CD Deluxe

Disc: 1
1. Love etc. (2017 Remastered Version)
2. All Over the World (2017 Remastered Version)
3. Beautiful People (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Did You See Me Coming? (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Vulnerable (2017 Remastered Version)
6. More Than a Dream (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Building a Wall (2017 Remastered Version)
8. King of Rome (2017 Remastered Version)
9. Pandemonium (2017 Remastered Version)
10. The Way It Used to Be (2017 Remastered Version)
11. Legacy (2017 Remastered Version)

Disc: 2
1. Gin and Jag (2017 Remastered Version)
2. This Used To Be the Future (with Phil Oakey) [2017 Remastered Version]
3. We're All Criminals Now (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Gin and Jag (Frisky Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
5. Beautiful People (Demo) [2017 Remastered Version]
6. My Girl (2017 Remastered Version)
7. The Loving Kind (Monitor Mix)
8. Love etc. (PSB Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
9. Did You See Me Coming? (PSB Possibly more mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
10. The Former Enfant Terrible (PSB Bring It On Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
11. Up and Down (2017 Remastered Version)
12. Pet Shop Boys "Brits" Medley (2017 Remastered Version)

Disc: 3
1. I Cried for Us (2017 Remastered Version)
2. It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas (New Version) [2017 Remastered Version]
3. All Over the World (New Version) [2017 Remastered Version]
4. Viva la Vida/Domino Dancing (Christmas EP Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
5. My Girl (Our House Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]
6. Leaving (Demo) [2017 Remastered Version]
7. Together (2017 Remastered Version)
8. Glad All Over (2017 Remastered Version)
9. The Dumpling Song (Demo from "My Dad's a Birdman")
10. Wings and Faith (Demo from "My Dad's a Birdman")
11. Night Song (Fan Club Download 2010)

Elysium: Further Listening 2011-2012 / 2CD deluxe

Disc: 1
1. Leaving (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Invisible (2017 Remastered Version)
3. Winner (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Your Early Stuff (2017 Remastered Version)
5. A Face Like That (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Breathing Space (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Ego Music (2017 Remastered Version)
8. Hold on (2017 Remastered Version)
9. Give It a Go (2017 Remastered Version)
10. Memory of the Future (2017 Remastered Version)
11. Everything Means Something (2017 Remastered Version)
12. Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin (2017 Remastered Version)

Disc: 2
1. Vocal (Demo)
2. She Pops (Demo)
3. Inside (2017 Remastered Version)
4. In Slow Motion (Demo)
5. Listening (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Hell (2017 Remastered Version)
7. The Way Through the Woods (Long Version) [2017 Remastered Version]
8. I Started a Joke (2017 Remastered Version)
9. In His Imagination (2017 Remastered Version)
10. Leaving (Believe In PSB Remix) [2017 Remastered Version]
11. Leaving (Side By Side Remix) [2017 Remastered Version]
12. Leaving (Freedom Remix) [2017 Remastered Version]
13. Memory of the Future (New Single Mix) [2017 Remastered Version]

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'I Only Want To Please You' CD EP
with the inimitable Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters
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  1. I Only Want To Please You (Radio Edit)
  2. Transmission (Instrumental)
  3. West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys cover)
  4. Call On You
  5. West End Girls (Vinny Vero & Steve Miglioni Remix)
  6. I Only Want To Please You (12" Version)

Buy your copy here: USA & CANADA / WORLD / iTunes / Bandcamp
The EP is out September 15th.

The video was shot in Greenpoint, New York, and lovingly recreates 'Murderock' by Lucio Fulci, set in a New York ballet school.


Bright Light Bright Light on tour:

SEPT 8 - London - OMEARA
SEPT 10 - Manchester - DEAF INSTITUTE
SEPT 12 - Edinburgh - VOODOO ROOMS
SEPT 13 - Leeds - BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
SEPT 14 - Brighton - THE HOPE & RUIN

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OMD will release a new album, The Punishment Of Luxury, in September.

This is their third album since they reformed in 2006 and the thirteenth in total. The 12-track album is being made in a wide array of formats, including limited edition yellow vinyl, a super deluxe book edition and a CD+DVD deluxe set.

The deluxe book edition contains a CD of the album, a DVD (with a behind the scenes making of documentary and videos of Andy & Paul talking through the album track-by track), the LP on red vinyl and most interestingly an exclusive bonus CD of demo versions of tracks on the album. It also comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys and some exclusive photos, notes about the album and artwork.

The official store has all these items with various bundles and signed options, but there is availability elsewhere, including the super deluxe on Amazon Germany (for a similar price).

The Punishment of Luxury is released on 1 September 2017.

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A1) The Punishment of Luxury
A2) Isotype
A3) Robot Man
A4) What Have We Done
A5) Precision & Decay
A6) As We Open, So We Close

B1) Art Eats Art
B2) Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
B3) One More Time
B4) La Mitrailleuse
B5) Ghost Star
B6) The View From Here

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First Smiths deluxe • 3CD+DVD • 5LP vinyl • hi-res on DVD

Warners will issue multi-disc deluxe editions of The Smiths' 1986 album The Queen Is Dead on vinyl and CD, in October this year.

The album is generally considered to be the band's best work (although for this writer Strangeways, Here We Come gives it a good run for its money) and features the classic There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (only a single in France at the time, fact fans).

There are three physical formats for this release - which as you will note has updated artwork - a 3CD+DVD deluxe includes the remastered album, a bonus CD of demos, alternates and b-sides, a further CD: Live In Boston (recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986) and a DVD featuring the 2017 master of the album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo. The DVD also includes The Queen Is Dead - A Film By Derek Jarman.

A five-LP box set includes all the audio listed above and is housed in lift off box with two double gatefolds and one single LP. A two-CD edition pairs the remaster with the bonus disc of demos etc.

All formats of this The Queen Is Dead reissue will be released on 20 October 2017.

Update: 7pm 20/7/17 - prices have increased already for both 3CD+DVD and 5LP in the UK. However, I think the former will come back down again, although perhaps not the latter.

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Disc One: Original Album - 2017 Remaster
1.   "The Queen Is Dead"
2.   "Frankly, Mr. Shankly"
3.   "I Know It's Over"
4.   "Never Had No One Ever"
5.   "Cemetry Gates"
6.   "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
7.   "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side"
8.   "Vicar In A Tutu"
9.   "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
10. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others"

Disc Two: Additional Recordings
1.   "The Queen Is Dead" (Full Version)
2.   "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" (Demo)
3.   "I Know It's Over" (Demo)
4.   "Never Had No One Ever" (Demo)
5.   "Cemetry Gates" (Demo)
6.   "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (Demo)
7.   "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" (Demo)
8.   "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" (Demo Mix)
9.   "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1)
10. "Rubber Ring" (B-side)
11. "Asleep" (B-side)
12. "Money Changes Everything" (B-side)
13. "Unloveable" (B-side)

Tracks 1-7 and 9 are previously unreleased.
Track 8 was released on 7″ for Record Store Day.
Tracks 10 and 11 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
Tracks 12 and 13 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from Bigmouth Strikes Again.

Disc Three: Live In Boston (Previously Unreleased)
1.   "How Soon Is Now?"
2.   "Hand In Glove"
3.   "I Want The One I Can't Have"
4.   "Never Had No One Ever"
5.   "Stretch Out And Wait"
6.   "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side"
7.   "Cemetry Gates"
8.   "Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring"
9.   "Is It Really So Strange?"
10. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
11. "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"
12. "The Queen Is Dead"
13. "I Know It's Over"

Recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986.

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The Queen Is Dead on 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo
The Queen is Dead - A Film by Derek Jarman

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