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Siouxsie and The Banshees’ Dazzle Featured In Sofia Coppola-Directed Chanel Campaign

Skating bullets on angel dust
In the dead sea of fluid mercury
Baby piano cries

Sofia Coppola’s film examining the Chanel Fall-Winter 2021/22 Haute Couture show will be revealed on July 6th at 3pm, Paris time. In the preview released by the fashion house, we were treated to the familiar strains of an interesting choice: 1984’s “Dazzle”, by Siouxsie and the Banshees, the second single from their sixth studio album, Hyæna.

“Quite a lot of this…came from visiting Israel for the first time,” Sioux told Melody Maker in 1992. ’The sea of fluid mercury’ in the lyric, is the Dead Sea.”

Set in the Palais Galliera, actress and model Margaret Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell) is highlighted by Neo-Renaissance architecture. Dazzling, indeed.

And watch the original video for Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Dazzle” below:

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Bryan Ferry to Reissue First Six Solo Albums on Vinyl

Roxy Music was gleefully surfing the wave of unprecedented success in 1973 when frontman Bryan Ferry made a bold choice: launching a solo career. Ferry went on to shape the course of rock and pop music with his swaggering croon and dandy film star beauty, brilliant songwriting, and avant-garde performance. He straddles the fine line of classic and contemporary with his lyrics, and traversing a wide range of musical styles, from filmic electronic soundscapes to recreations of New Orleans and Weimar jazz bands.

Bryan Ferry released These Foolish Things just as Roxy Music blasted into the stratosphere. Ferry’s first solo offering was an eclectic tour-de-force of covers, including a frenetic take on Lesley Gore’s It’s My Party and a jaunty version of Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.  Another Time, Another Place followed in 1974: Ferry once again created fresh interpretations of classic songs. Let’s Stick Together, featuring material previously released as singles, B-sides, and LP tracks, became a new outlet for Ferry after Roxy Music parted ways. In 1977, Ferry released In Your Mind, his first major foray into his own work. The Bride Stripped Bare arrived a year later, a collection of Ferry originals that gelled just before Roxy Music’s reunion. Boys and Girls from 1985 was a triumph for Ferry, cementing his icon status in the 1980s musical lexicon.

At long last, Bryan Ferry’s first six solo albums will be available once again on vinyl on 30 July. They include

  • These Foolish Things (1973)
  • Another Time, Another Place (1974)
  • Let’s Stick Together (1976)
  • In Your Mind (1977)
  • The Bride Stripped Bare (1978)
  • Boys and Girls (1985)

Each album has been remastered from original tapes at Abbey Road Studios and cut by Frank Arkwright. All six releases will feature enhanced versions of the original artwork overseen by Bryan Ferry.All are pressed on 180g black vinyl, and feature enhanced versions of the original artwork overseen by Bryan Ferry. All records are now available on pre-order here via UMC / Virgin/EMI.

Ready your record needles, and watch some classic solo Bryan Ferry videos to tide you over:

Bryan Ferry’s first six solo albums back on vinyl – Released July 30, 2021

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Sabotage (Super Deluxe Edition)

Black Sabbath - SabotageWIN A COPY! Competition!   BMG [Release date 11.06.21] Following finely in the footsteps of the recent Paranoid and Volume 4 reissues, Black Sabbath’s 6th album Sabotage gets the full expansion works. And what a wonderful package it is. And … Continue reading

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My Bloody Valentine Announce Vinyl Reissues of Full Catalog plus Plans to Record 2 New Albums

Mystery solved! My Bloody Valentine has announced that they have signed a label deal with Domino Records, and will be reissuing their full catalog on vinyl.

The band are also in the process of adding all of their music to streaming services. Previously,  the 2013 album m b v and their ep’s 1988-1991 and rare tracks compilation were unavailable on Spotify

As for the vinyl reissues, both classic albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless have been “mastered fully from analog for deluxe LPs and also mastered from new hi-res uncompressed digital sources for standard LPs, with each being made available widely for the first time ever.”  And A pressing that is promised as a “fully analog cut” of the 2013 LP m b v will also be available via deluxe and standard editions globally for the first time.

MBV are also in the process of premiering fully restored music videos to their YouTube channel such as “Soon,” “To Here Knows When,” “Swallow,” “Only Shallow,” “You Made Me Realise,” and “Feed Me With Your Kiss”.

Watch the videos below as they continue to premiere throughout the day:

 Kevin Shields recently spoke to the New York Times regarding the band’s forthcoming two new studio albums that have been delayed due to COVID, promising the first to be “warm and melodic”, and the second to be more experimental.

Meanwhile, Shields will be Tim Burgess for his Twitter Listening Party about My Bloody Valentine’s Full-lenth debut album Isn’t Anything on May 15.

Pre-order the LPs, set for release on May 21st via MBV’s store or Domino Mart, and listen to the newly available streaming album’s below:

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Post-Punk Podcast Episode 3—Clan of Xymox’s Ronny Moorings Talks about the 4AD Years and More!

On the third episode of the Post-Punk Podcast music industry veteran and contributing editor Thomas Thyssen joins Editor in Chief Alex Baker for an interview with Clan of Xymox founder and frontman Ronny Moorings.

During the interview, we look back on 40 years of the band, beginning with their rare Demo EP Subsequent Pleasures, and discuss how with the help of Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry,  Clan of Xymox were signed to 4AD.

Throughout the interview, we also delve further into Clan of Xymox’s 4AD years. During this time, they released their classic 1985 self-titled debut album, featuring the fantastic single A Day, and Stranger, both remixed by John Fryer into dancefloor hits, as well as the and its follow-up Medusa.

In light of the recent release of Clan of Xymox’s Peel Sessions on vinyl, we also discuss the two recording sessions for John Peel’s radio show, which as legends goes, is how the Genre ‘Darkwave” was coined.

Now, for the first time in decades, these Peel recordings are finally available on vinyl and digital formats through Dark Entries. All songs were remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios.

Eloise Leigh designed the sleeve, taking inspiration from Vaughn Oliver’s iconic designs for 4AD. A 2-sided insert with archival photos and notes from Ronny and Anka recounting their experiences recording at the BBC studio is also offered.

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Clan of Xymox 1980s lineup with Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, and Anka Wolbert

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Thank you Jason Corbett from Actors for creating our intro music, Korine for creating our outro, and our Editors Frank Deserto and Andi Harriman. And of course, thank you to Thomas Thyssen for co-hosting this episode.

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The Cure’s “Japanese Whispers” to Be Released on Picture Disc for the First Time!

The Cure’s Japanese Whispers is coming to Picture Disc for the first time on 26th March 2021. The announcement follows the band auctioning off a signed guitar amp for the Milk Crate Theatre.

Japanese Whispers is the third compilation album of Cure singles and B-sides released between Nov 1982 and Nov 1983, originally released by Fiction Records. Recorded during a transitional phase after bassist Simon Gallup left following the Pornography promo tour, Andy Anderson joined the band on drums, while former drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboard duties, and Phil Thornalley played bass. The album includes Cure standbys such as Let’s Go to Bed, The Walk, and The Lovecats, as well as the fantastic b-side Just One Kiss.

The Cure made a departure from the more morose and introspective gothic rock of Pornography to a lighter and body of work that has persisted in their subsequent releases.  Japanese Whispers (and the following album The Top) show off Robert Smith’s emerging versatility as songwriter and producer. By the mid-80s, Smith had simply gotten tired of wallowing in the darkness and told Rolling Stone in 2004 that he wanted to explore cheerier routes such as those found on “The Love Cats”: “I thought, “This isn’t going to work. No one’s ever gonna buy into this. It’s so ludicrous that I’m gonna go from a goth idol to a pop star in three easy lessons…I suggested that we were going to do something that’s kind of like a Disney take on jazz, based around the Aristocats. And suddenly everything we did started to sell.”

The end result was a more effervescent synth-based pop with cheeky nods to classic jazz. The creative gamble paid off in the end. Japanese Whispers was the first Cure album to enter the US Billboard charts in early 1984 and opened the gate for The Cure to explore wider pastures.

Japanese Whispers as a compilation was skipped in the remaster series, but all 8 tracks were remastered individually as parts of other projects. Three singles were remastered for 2001’s Greatest Hits, while the five remaining tracks were remastered for Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities 1978>2001 – The Fiction Years in 2004.

This pressing will be the first time Japanese Whispers is ever released on picture disc, and made available exclusively at The Cure Store & Rhino Store.

You can pre-order your copy here.

1LP – Picture Disc

Side A
Let’s Go To Bed
The Dream
Just One Kiss
The Upstairs Room

Side B
The Walk
Speak My Language
La Ment
The Lovecats

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Peter Murphy Announces Vinyl Reissues For All Solo Releases On Beggars Banquet; New Rarities Album

Peter Murphy, a man of magnificent charisma and talent, is an ever-evolving artist whose career and audience span multiple generations. He has inspired scores of imitators, beginning with his work as the lead singer in Bauhaus and the release of Bela Lugosi’s Dead four decades ago.

But being the frontman of the legendary post-punk band credited with giving birth to goth is but a small part of his career.  Now, it’s time to reflect upon the extraordinary solo legacy through which Peter Murphy has blessed us. The Arkive and the High Holy Cheekboned Poet Laureate of Baroque Rock announce the release of all five of his solo releases on Beggars Banquet, as well as the release of a brand new rarities album called The Last And Only Star.

Peter Murphy’s ongoing solo career began in 1986 with the release of Should The World Fail To Fall Apart, a few years after Bauhaus returned to its coffin for the first time. On the musical rebound after leaving Bauhaus and Japan, respectively, Murphy and bassist Mick Karn forged a short-lived, avant-garde dalliance called Dalí’s Car. While certainly interesting and ahead of its time, the two auteurs couldn’t see eye to eye, and Murphy zeroed his songwriting focus inward.

Murphy’s first effort, Should the World Fail to Fall Apart, did not initially generate a huge following, but it did spawn several singles, including a cover of Pere Ubu’s Final Solution that hit the club scene. The record was produced by Ivo Watts-Russell, who was chosen by Peter due to his This Mortal Coil production. 1988’s Love Hysteria fared better in the United States, thanks to heavy video airplay on MTV and two moderately successful singles, All Night Long and Indigo Eyes. Love Hysteria was produced by Simon Rogers, who at the time was also playing with The Fall. It contains eight songs written by Peter with Paul Statham (B-Movie), plus a cover of Iggy Pop’s Funtime.

Murphy’s third solo album, 1989’s Deep, saw him finally propelling into mainstream stardom with his biggest hit Cuts You Up, often included in lists of the greatest alternative singles. Deep also had two additional charting singles – The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat) and A Strange Kind of Love. Produced by Simon Rogers, the critically-acclaimed album is still a fan favorite. Holy Smoke, released in 1992, contained the single The Sweetest Drop, which made it onto the modern rock charts. His last solo album for Beggars, Cascade, gelled after Murphy dissolved his longtime backing band and moved to Turkey with his family. The album is the culmination of a year of soul-searching and re-discovery.

“It confirmed my belief that writing – like painting or any art form – comes from a very silent place that’s not dependent on outside stimulus,” reflected Murphy. “It was like rediscovering the initial innocence and purity that’s there when you join your first band.”

Photo: Alice Teeple

Peter Murphy deeply values and feeds off the energies of his audience and makes sincere connections onstage. In recent years, Peter Murphy soldiered through several multi-night residencies, performing a different album each night. His near-fatal 2019 heart attack onstage in NYC nearly put an end to it all…but he bounced back with grace and determination, taking several months to recover, regain perspective, and repair rifts with his former Bauhaus bandmates to return for live shows, briefly performing with them before the pandemic threw a wrench into the planned tour.

Murphy’s solo albums reflect the more introspective side of such a committed live performer. Each record is pressed on coloured vinyl that thoughtfully reflect the overall oeuvre of the album. The limited releases will emerge in April, in a series of three. You can also purchase all the releases in a box set designed by Chris Bigg.

The box is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is only available from the Beggars Arkive webstore, so get your paws ready and bask in the love.

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THE LAST AND ONLY STAR (Rarities) – Gold vinyl
This album of rarities was curated by Andrew Brooksbank and Stephen Webbon with Peter Murphy’s guidance. It contains 10 rare tracks that are demo versions, remixes, and edits.
A1: Final Solution (Club Mix 2)
A2: The Light Pours Out Of Me (Original Version)
A3: Tale Of The Tongue (Single Edit)
A4: I’ve Got A Miniature Secret Camera
A5: Strange Kind Of Love (Remix Edit Version)
B1: Cool Cool Breeze
B2: The Sweetest Drop (Rave Edit)
B3: Groovy Place
B4: Wish
B5: Jemal (Version 2)

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2021 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Feature Devo, Kate Bush, The Go-Gos and New York Dolls

It’s that magical time of year once more when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame waves its magic wand and blesses new inductees into their hallowed fold. The 2021 lineup for the esteemed tradition is a wildly eclectic mix of genres, talents, and personalities.

Artists are eligible for nomination in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first release. First-time nominees this year include The Go-Gos, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Carole King, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick.

Joel Peresman, Rock Hall CEO, said in a Vulture interview that the timing change due to the pandemic was necessary to properly celebrate the inductees, and he’s “hopeful by next fall in some form that we’ll be able to get together again.”

Starting with the current 2021 class, the nominating and voting process will occur in February and May, respectively. The induction will be held in Cleveland sometime in the autumn, dates to be determined.

Depeche Mode, T. Rex, and Nine Inch Nails were inducted in 2020; the year before, Roxy Music and The Cure made it, where Robert Smith and Co were inducted by Trent Reznor.

The public will once again have the opportunity to participate in the induction selection process. Diehard fans may now cast their ballots now through 30 April. Members of the Rock Hall will tally the score through May.  And now…here are the chosen eighteen:

  • Kate Bush
  • Devo
  • New York Dolls
  • The Go-Go’s
  • Tina Turner
  • Iron Maiden
  • Chaka Khan
  • Carole King
  • Fela Kuti
  • LL Cool J
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Mary J Blige
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay-Z

It’s the second go-around for Kate Bush and Devo in the nomination game, let’s make it count this time! Fingers crossed.

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Mona Mur’s 1988 Self-Titled LP with The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield Receiving Vinyl Reissue

The incomparable Mona Mur has made her mark in the world as a vocalist, songwriter, film composer, music producer…and international German vice-champion of Taekwondo. She has worked with everyone from Einstürzende Neubauten to The Stranglers, Alexander Hacke, FM Einheit, Mark Chung, and organ virtuoso Nikko Weidemann. Her skills are responsible for the underground hits Snake, 120 Tage, and Eintagsfliegen. Her unmistakable voice has cemented her as industrial post-punk royalty on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mur recently unveiled a new studio album, Delinquent, featuring a collaborative track, Sex to Go, with Bettina Koester (Malaria) and Anja Huwe (Xmal Deustchland).

In her earlier life, Mur lived as a bon vivant in Hamburg, Paris, and Berlin, shaping her unique musical persona. Mur’s sound was violent and dark; her cult status gelled from provocative concerts shrouded in manic intensity and morbid slow beat. Her career began to take off after releasing her 12″ Jeszcze Polska, which grabbed the attention of NME.

In summer 1987 Mona Mur met with Stranglers members JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield on their East Anglia compound to create her first full, self-titled album. The collaboration formed an elegant synth-pop pearl, loaded with arpeggios galore and tasty bass lines. The album was released in 1988 by RCA; filmmakers Monika Treut and Elfi Mikesch featured a live performance of Ritz in their movie Die Jungfrauenmaschine. The official video for Ritz was shot by Eduard Oleschak in various locations in Austria.

The 2021 re-reissue, remastered by EN ESCH (KMFDM, Pigface), has a new running order, a new version of Jealous, and a bonus track, Venus 2020, featured in the credits of the upcoming Monika Treut movie Genderation.

Mona Mur also features a special re-recording of Surabaya Johnny using tracks by FM Einheit, Alex Hacke, Nikko Weidemann, Thomas Stern, and Siewert Johannsen with additional drum tracks by The Bible’s Dave Larcombe.

It’s exciting to have Mur’s stunning magnum opus in one place, presented in a new way for the next generation to discover. This post-punk Zelig has more tricks up her sleeve, and we cannot wait to see what is in store.

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Dark Entries to Reissue Clan of Xymox Peel Sessions on Vinyl

Clan of Xymox has had a colourful history over its nearly 40-years of existence. Their innovative experiments in synth combined a darker, more atmospheric aesthetic with New Wave elements, forging a vivid, melancholy new sound: “darkwave,” a term, as the legend goes, coined by John Peel.

Founded in 1983 by Ronny Moorings and Anka Wolbert, Clan of Xymox released their debut EP in 1983, called Subsequent Pleasures. With fellow bandmates Pieter Nooten and Frank Weyzig, Xymox were invited by Brendan Perry to support Dead Can Dance on a UK tour, and were then signed to the indie label 4AD, where they continued to evolve their oeuvre. By 1985, they released their self-titled full-length album, Clan of Xymox.

John Peel invited Xymox to record for BBC Radio 1 that year. Despite Moorings’ and Wolbert’s high anxieties, and technical difficulties with the electronic equipment before the recording, the Peel Sessions were recorded in June and November of 1985. Among the tracks recorded during the first session are the cult favorites, such as a sonorous version “Stranger”, a reworked version of “Muscoviet Mosquito”, closer to the version that would appear on the 1987 Lonely is an Eyesore compilation.

Anka’s vocals take center stage on the lesbian love song “Seventh Time,” which is said to be the track that won over John Peel.

On writing the wrong, Anka Wolbert had previously explained to Post-Punk.com:

“7th Time” originated with Pieter. He came up with the chord structure and I immediately loved the feel of it. Pieter and I shared a similar sense of musical aesthetics. We were both searching for that kind of beauty that can be so incredibly powerful and ineffable when it comes to music. You know it or recognize it when you hear it. Composing, you may stumble upon it. When lucky. Anyway, I really wanted to add my vocals to it, and the song took shape. Ronny played the bass! Like I mentioned before, it was these kinds of songs that brought out the best in all three of us. The lyrics were about a girl I was madly in love with and I was lucky enough to have a short fling with. Until she ran off with a guy. Heartbreaking stuff when you’re just 20.

The tracks on side B were recorded during the second Peel session. These three songs, which would later appear on their 1986 second studio album Medusa, highlight the band’s evolution into a melodic and dirgeful sound overwhelmed with anguish and melancholia.

 “After the Call” was written and sung by Pieter Nooten, and has subtle reverberations of Morricone amidst its resonating proto-shoegaze hum. “Agonised by Love” and “Mesmerize”, which would later be rechristened the title track for the album Medusa, both point towards the smoother, softer anguish that would characterize their sophomore LP. 

Now, for the first time in decades, these Peel recordings are finally available on vinyl and digital formats through Dark Entries. All songs were remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios.

Eloise Leigh designed the sleeve, taking inspiration from Vaughn Oliver’s iconic designs for 4AD. A 2-sided insert with archival photos and notes from Ronny and Anka recounting their experiences recording at the BBC studio is also offered.

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Tracklist:

Stranger
Muscoviet Mosquito
Seventh Time
After The Call
Agonised By Love
Mesmerised 

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