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13 Nov 2010 - The Blow Monkeys News

The December issue of Word magazine (out now) comes with a free CD featuring the fabulous new single “Steppin Down” plus a link to another track from the new album called “The Killing Breeze”. You can actually download this track for free from from the 22nd of November.

“It’s a taster for an album that doesn’t revisit former sounds and styles but instead goes for the straightforward but difficult goal of doing something new, all the grit of a real band that instinctively knows how to play together. Late comers are welcome”

The Word ......December 2010...
(Full review on the main site)

Tracklisting of The Killing Breeze:

Steppin' Down
Hanging On To The Hurt
The Killing Breeze
Seventh Day
Staring At The Sea
What it Takes
Prayin' For Rain
One Of Us Is Lying
Face In The Rock
All Blown Down
A Lasting Joy
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13 Nov 2010 - 80's News

THE HUMAN LEAGUE will release their new single, 'Night People', on November 22nd with remixes from Cerrone, Mylo, Emperor Machine and Villa. The new Human League album 'Credo' will follow early next year.

DURAN DURAN have announced that they will release a digital version of their new 'All You Need Is Now' album on December 21st, with a CD release following in February next year. The band have also confirmed that they are planning to make videos for every track on the album and will tour in 2011. Meanwhile fans of the band have started their own campaign to get the band elected into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are currently running an online petition which has already been signed by Nile Rodgers and Scissor Sisters and you can find more details in the NEWS section on the website.

JIMMY SOMERVILLE has released a dance EP 'Bright Thing' in France, Belgium and Luxembourg to coincide with his RFM 80s-tour dates in those countries. News of an international release date is expected soon.

ALAN WILDER is expected to remix a DEPECHE MODE track for the bands forthcoming remix album which will also feature a new remix of 'Behind The Wheel' from VINCE CLARKE and which is rumoured to also include mixes from Yeasayer, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!, Brandon Flowers and Arcade Fire.

PET SHOP BOYS are to headline a special show to benefit Mencap at London's Hammersmith Apollo on December 8th. The fundraising show will see the duo present a one-off theatre performance of their 'Pandemonium' show alongside a selection of support acts to be announced soon.

GANG OF FOUR have announced US dates for next year in support of their new album 'Content' which is to be released there on January 25th. See GIGS for all the dates.

REM have revealed that their new album 'Collapse Into Now', due for release early next year, will feature collaborations with Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. The album tracklisting is expected to be announced shortly.



SIMPLE MINDS have recorded and mixed four new songs, including an 8-minute version of 'In Every Heaven', originally recorded in 1982 and used in an instrumental version as a b-side to 'Someone Somewhere In Summertime'. The other tracks 'Stagefright', 'On The Rooftop' and 'Broken Glass Park' are new compositions, the latter appearing in the live set of Jim Kerr's LOSTBOY AKA project.

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Tonight, at the Hetrick-Martin Institute's Emery Awards in New York, Andy Bell will announce that Erasure are to record a new version of 'A Little Respect' in December to benefit the Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, and Cyndi Lauper's charity, the True Colors Fund. The announcement will mark Andy's new role as Ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. The new recording of 'A Little Respect' will be released as a download and will be accompanied by a documentary-style video. You heard it here first, see the news sections on the Erasure and Andy Bell websites for more details!

The third in Vince's 'Analogue Monologue' series of short films is online now in the video section of his website. Dedicated to the ARP 2600 this is another irreverent look at some of the technology from his studio, and this one also features a lava lamp! Well worth a look, it is a very nice lava lamp???

As you know, in September and October we uploaded an unreleased Erasure instrumental entitled 'Symphony' to Vince's website as a free download to anyone who fancied making a video for the track. Well, we've had twenty videos submitted so fa, and I thoroughly recommend you check them out. Thank you to everyone who went to all the trouble of making one!

Andy Bell
has drawn and autographed a special heart doodle which is being auctioned to benefit the Cardiomyopathy Association. The doodle is online now and is open for bids until November 15th. See the news section of Andy's website for the auction link and to find out more about the Cardiomyopathy Association.

Vince Clarke’s
recent 'Reconnected Live' interview with the Mog Music Network is now online, and it’s a good read, covering a wide range of topics from the impact his music has had on people’s lives, to working with Andy Bell and Alison Moyet, to songwriting and future projects.
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Top 30,??November 6, 2010
TW / LW / WC Artist - Song
01 / (03) / (10) Pete Burns - Never Mary An Icon
02 / (01) / (11) Hurts - Wonderful Life
03 / (02) / (08) Armin van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis Bextor - Not Giving Up On Love
04 / (06) / (06) Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday
05 / (05) / (09) OMD - If You Want It
06 / (08) / (06) Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
07 / (04) / (08) Robyn - Hang With Me
08 / (08) / (09) Cat Goscovitch - Mountain Talk
09 / (11) / (05) Groove Armada & Will Young - History
10 / (14) / (04) christopher ANTON - A Shattered Mind
11 / (07) / (14) A-Ha - Butterfly, Butterfly
12 / (12) / (06) Hej Matematik - Legendebørn
13 / (10) / (11) Paola & Chiara - Pioggia d'Estate
14 / (15) / (05) Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me
15 / (21) / (03) Carlsson - The Girl I Used To Know
16 / (13) / (07) The Irrepressibles - In This Shirt
17 / (19) / (04) Laserkraft 3D - Nein Mann
18 / (18) / (05) Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi
19 / (24) / (02) Alphaville - I Die For You Yoday
20 / (28) / (02) Paola & Chiara - Milleluci
21 / (23) / (04) Andy Bell - Non-Stop
22 / (16) / (07) Shy'm - Je Suis Moi
23 / (17) / (11) Kent - Gamla Ullevi
24 / (25) / (03) Annie Lennox - Universal Child
25 / (29) / (02) Michael Bublé - Hollywood
26 / (---) / (01) Kent - Ismail / Varje Gång Du Möter Min Blick
27 / (20) / (15) christopher ANTON - Lovefix
28 / (---) / (01) School Of Seven Bells - Heart Is Strange
29 / (22) / (13) Alphabeat - Heatwave
30 / (26) / (06) Antony And The Johnsons - Thank You For Your Love
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Adele is set to return early 2011 with the release of her eagerly anticipated new single and album.

“Rolling In The Deep” will be the first single, released on Sunday January 16th (UK). Written and produced by Adele and award winning British producer Paul Epworth, it’s a “dark bluesy gospel disco tune” according to Adele herself.

Adele’s new album “21” is set to be released on Monday January 24th (UK) & Tuesday February 22nd (USA/CAN) About its release she says “I’m very excited, nervous, eager, anxious but chuffed to announce my new album! It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It’s different from “19”, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called “21”. The whole reason I called my first album “19” was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years”.


Most of the album was made in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on “21”.

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