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28 Apr 2005 - 80's news

KIM WILDE's hit 'You Came' has been covered by up and coming UK singer Baz for inclusion on his forthcoming debut album.

MIDGE URE
will release a DVD 'Sampled Looped & Trigger Happy On Tour' on May 2nd alongside 'soundtrack' album of the same name, each release will feature different performances from recent concerts.

GRACE JONES has been announced as the headline act at the forthcoming TDK Cross Central weekend at London's Kings Cross Freight Depot over the August bank holiday weekend. Jones will headline the Sunday 28 show.

KRAFTWERK
will release a new double CD live album, 'Minimum Maximum' on June 6th, featuring tracks recorded on their 2004 world tour.

NEW ORDER are among guests lined-up for the new series of UK TV show 'Later... With Jools Holland'. The series starts on May 13th. New Order will meanwhile release a new single 'Jetstream' on May 16th featuring Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic on guest vocals with remixes from Arthur Baker, Richard X and Tom Neville.

DEPECHE MODE have tentatively scheduled their forthcoming new album for October, with a single preceding the release in September.

ONETWO, featuring OMD mainman PAUL HUMPREYS and PROPAGANDA singer CLAUDIA BRUCKEN, will do a signing session at London's Sister Ray record shop on May 6th at 4pm. The duo will also be joined by another of Claudia's musical partners ANDREW POPPY and the trio will be signing copies of OneTwo's excellent 'Item' EP and the recent Brucken/Poppy collaboration album 'Another Language'.

ORANGE JUICE are to release a compilation album of their very early recordings. 'The Glasgow School' will be released on July 4th and will feature rare material from their acclaimed Postcard Records era.

THE PIXIES
and BILLY IDOL are among artists confirmed to appear at this year's Lollapalooza Festival which will take place in Chicago's Grant Park in July.

NIK KERSHAW will release his first new material for several years on May 23rd when he releases 'Then & Now' an album featuring the best of his past material alongside a number of new tracks.

THE WATERBOYS
will release a live album, the band's first, in September featuring material recorded on their 2003 and 2004 tours and featuring material from their full band line-up and their three piece acoustic line-up.

PETE WYLIE has been in touch to say that he is not going to be part of the forthcoming DEAD MEN WALKING TOUR. THE MIGHTY WAH! mainman is currently working on a new album, 'Pete Sounds', as well as being involved in plans to reissue his catalogue and presenting and contributing to a number of TV shows.

SHAKATAK will play a rare UK show on June 19th at London's prestigious Smollensky's on The Strand.

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Tony-winning Broadway singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth will star as Dusty Springfield in a Universal Pictures biopic of the British soul singer. Jessica Sharzer will write and direct the film, according to reports.

Born in London as Mary O'Brien in 1939, Springfield became the finest white soul singer of her era, scoring such hits as "I Only Want to Be With You" and "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself".
In 1969, Springfield released what is widely considered her masterpiece, "Dusty in Memphis", an album that included the classic "Son of a Preacher Man" but was a commercial failure. The singer battled substance abuse and a decline in artistic fortunes that ended only when she dueted with the Pet Shop Boys in the 1990s for "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" She died in 1999 at 59, after a long battle with cancer.

The film will focus primarily on Springfield's life in the sixties, culminating with the making of "Dusty in Memphis".
Vicki Wickham, Springfield's longtime manager, will be a consultant on the project.
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DEAD OR ALIVE are the subject of a new compilation 'Rocket - A tribute To Dead Or Alive' which features covers of DOA songs by sixteen contemporary electro and synthpop artists including Empire State Human, The Dignity Of Labour and Spray.        

For tracklist and audiosamples see: "Read More"

More about the compilation at the release's official website
http://www.doatribute.com.
 

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21 Apr 2005 - Again 80's News

DURAN DURAN, NEW ORDER, THE CURE, ABC, PET SHOP BOYS, DEPECHE MODE and SPANDAU BALLET are all featured on a forthcoming 3-CD album of vintage 80s remixes. The release, the second in the already popular 12"/80s series, will come out on June 27th. This release also involves tracks from SOFT CELL, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, TEARS FOR FEARS, THOMPSON TWINS, HAIRCUT 100, HEAVEN 17 and VISAGE.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE
's epic single 'Sound Of the Crowd' has been covered by Kelly Osbourne as an extra track on her forthcoming US single 'One Word' which is due for release next week.

HOWARD JONES
, THE CURE, THE B-52s, MORRISSEY and INXS are among thirteen artists from the eighties who have had classic tracks remixed by contemporary remixers for a US compilation 'Future Retro' due for release on July 19th. The remixers involved include The Crystal Method, Scissor Sisters, Richard X and Sparks. Other artists remixed include ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, YAZOO, DEVO, ALPHAVILLE and GRANDMASTER FLASH.

AZTEC CAMERA frontman RODDY FRAME has announced a handful of UK dates in May, including four shows at London's Ronnie Scotts.

JASON DONOVAN will join BANANARAMA among a host of others at Gran Canaria's Gay Pride celebrations in May. Jason also has a handful of UK dates lined up throughout the year and is expected to announce a further run in the West End's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang shortly.ROXY MUSIC will play a show in Liverpool as part of the city's annual 'Summer Pops'. The recently reformed band will play at the Big Top Arena in July.

SINEAD O'CONNOR
will make a rare live appearance at the forthcoming 'Jammy Awards' in the USA. O'Connor will perform wth reggae legends Burning Spear on a bill that also includes BRUCE HORNSBY.

FIVE STAR are finally poised to release their much anticpated 2005 remix of 'System Addict'. The single is currently due in May.

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* The second recording session in Santa Barabara is over.
* The band will continue recording in New York within a few weeks.
* There are around 12 songs being worked on at the moment.

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