SOFT CELL will NOT be playing at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on July 21st despite adverts (and ticket availability!) to the contrary. The band were provisionally booked for the show before frontman MARC ALMOND's motorcycle accident but the singer has confirmed that on doctors orders he is still unable to play a full live concert and the show will not be happening.
THE HUMAN LEAGUE have been in talks with 'Dare' producer MARTIN RUSHENT about working together on new Human League material. Rushent met the band during their recent tour and confirmed in an interview with Blast 1386 radio's Mark Watkins that both parties were interested in persuing the idea...
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN's classic 'Lips Like Sugar' has been remixed by Way Out West for a Warners album of remixes of tracks by a variety of artists which is expected to be released in July.
CHINA CRISIS, who have just released a DVD 'Done & Dusted', have announced a one-off UK show at Southampton's The Brook on April 8th.
B-52s frontman FRED SCHNEIDER has written four new songs for UK singer Sophie Ellis Bextor which have just been recorded in New York.
MORRISSEY and his special guests ROXY MUSIC have been confirmed as headliners on the Saturday night bill (June 11th) at the forthcoming Isle Of Wight Festival. REM will headline the Sunday night.
SHAKATAK's new album 'Beautiful Day' has been delayed in the UK as a result of changes to the band's business structure. However the band have imported a number of Japanese versions of the album which are available to buy from their website.
GENE LOVES JEZEBEL are lining up a long overdue UK tour in support of their new album 'Exploding Girls' which will be released in the UK in May. The tour will take place in May and June and the band will also release a hits compilation and reissued versions of their first three albums via Beggars Banquet around the same time. HOWARD JONES, TIFFANY, CAROL DECKER, BELINDA CARLISLE, BROTHER BEYOND, SHAKIN STEVENS. LIMAHL and SINITTA have all been confirmed as artists participating in the new primetime ITV1 saturday night TV show 'Hit Me Baby One More Time'. The series starts on April 2nd and will feature each artist performing one of their classic hits alongside their interpretation of a contemporary hit by another artist. SAMANTHA FOX will release a new album in the summer preceded by a single 'Angel With An Attitude' in April. The as yet untitled album will feature twelve tracks including the single and tracks entitled 'To Be Heard', 'I Give Myself To You', 'You & Me', 'Breathe Through It All' and 'Cause & Effect'.
IMAGINATION's classic hit 'Just An Illusion' has been covered by MARIAH CAREY for inclusion on her new album. Imagination frontman LEEE JOHN meanwhile is embarking on a jazz tour of the UK starting in March in Colchester to promote his forthcoming album 'Feel My Soul' which will be released in September and preceded by a single 'Thin Line'.
DEACON BLUE frontman RICKY ROSS has added a number of shows to his forthcoming UK tour in support of his upcoming solo album 'Pale Rider' which will be released on May 2nd, preceded by a single 'She Gets Me Inside' on April 25th.
In case you didn't know - the brand new Erasure single is out this week in the UK!!
Released on the 2 CDs and 1 DVD single formats, this release features the superb Piney Gir and Radio mixes of 'Don't Say You Love Me', which simply *have* to be heard - as well the thumping A Touch Of Class and Mark Moore mixes.
Plus of course you get to see the entire bizarre video on the DVD!
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS (SC104 - 2000)
Twilight * Cripple and the Starfish * Hitler in My Heart * Atrocities * River of Sorrow * Rapture * Deeper Than Love * Divine * Blue Angel
Antony (voice and piano) Todd Cohen (drums) Baby Dee (harp) Francois Gehin (bass) William Basinski (clarinet) Mariana Davenport (flute) Cady Finlayson (violin) Vicky Leavitt (cello) Liz Maranville (violin) Barb Morrison (clarinet and saxophone) Charles Neilson (guitar effects). Mixed by Hahn Rowe. Photography by Josef Astor.
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS I am a Bird now (SC105 - 2005)
Hope There's Someone * My Lady Story * For Today I ama Bouy * Man Is the Baby * You Are My Sister * What Can I Do * Fistful of Love * Spiralling * Free At last * Bird Gerhl
The critically acclaimed new album featuring the Johnsons plus special guests Julia Yasuda, Lou Reed, Devendra Banhart, Rufus Wainwright and Boy George. With photography by Peter Hujar, Don Felix Cervantes and Josef Astor.
Antony first presented his songs after-hours at the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge in NYC. After receiving a N.Y.F.A. fellowship for "performance art / emergent forms," Antony assembled the Johnsons and recorded his first album. Antony and the Johnsons have since performed at venues including the Bloomsbury theater in London, Central Park SummerStage, the Nancy Jazz Festival, the Warhol Museum, the Wexner Center, Townhall in NYC, MASS MOCA, and Royce Hall, UCLA. Recently, Antony has also performed solo at Carnegie Hall for Phillip Glass's Tibet House Concert and with Hal WIllner at the Sydney Opera House.
Antony sings on Lou Reed's albums The Raven and Animal Serenade and toured with Lou internationally in 2003. Antony appeared as an androgynous convict singing to a crowd of inmates in Steve Buscemi's film Animal Factory. He also appeared recently singing "I Fell in Love to a Dead Boy" to a crowd of empathetic Parisian transsexuals in Sebastien Lifshitz's latest film Wild Side.
Antony was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial; he collaborated with Charles Atlas to stage a 3 night sold out series at Saint Ann's Warehouse in NYC called "TURNING." A concert and live video installation, "TURNING" featured Antony and the Johnsons playing before a cast of 13 slowly revolving Beauties, whose images were simultaneously processed and projected onto a giant screen.
Antony and the Johnsons' first recordings were released by David Tibet on his label, Durtro in the UK. In Summer 2004, Antony signed to the Indiana based label Secretly Canadian, who rereleased the debut album as well as the new Antony and the Johnsons album "I Am a Bird Now" in February 2005. Antony is represented by Rough Trade in the UK and Scandinavia. Antony's "The Lake" was also included on Devendra Banhart's recent Bastet compilation "The Golden Apples of the Sun."
Antony and his group will embark on a major tour of Europe in Spring 2005.
The commercial single, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out / Redondo Beach, from Live At Earls Court, will be released in the UK March 28th on 7", CD, and DVD, and in the USA April 5 on CD.
7" A Redondo Beach AA There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
CD A There Is A Light That Never Goes Out AA Redondo Beach B Noise Is The Best Revenge (Exclusive session track)
DVD Single A Redondo Beach AA There Is A Light That Never Goes Out B It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small - taken from BBC Radio 2 Janice Long Session Video - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - video montage Video - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - taken from 'Who Put The M in Manchester