Cover shot for Hearts and Knives – Copyright Peter Ashworth
Visage, the band that changed 80s youth culture forever by leading the New Romantics out of their clique as night club posers and into the mainstream are breaking their 30 year hiatus and are back with a BANG!
Their first single, Shameless Fashion, from the forthcoming album Hearts and Knives is available on iTunes now and is out as an extended EP on CD May 6th.
The first of the remixes is in and it’s a very HOT MIX! The product of genius producer Greg Nouveau, we’re happy to share it with you here.
You can find out more about Visage at www.visage.cc
30 years after its first release and meteoric rise to #1 in the UK album charts, Gary Numan is touring again with the Pleasure Principle album. Read more…
The second incident in a week that has strained the internet’s infrastructure almost to it breaking point. Following the Iran stories of last weekend, the news of the sudden death of Michael Jackson brought site after site to a grinding halt as fans and the public rushed to their favorite web sources to find out more. Read more…
Gary Numan has added live dates in the UK throughout the Summer. Fans were notified via his NuMind network today of the appearances in advance of their public announcement on his web site. Read more…
If, like me, you’re a fan of 80’s music you’ll know, unless you’ve been living under a rock, that Depeche Mode have just released their long awaited follow up to “Playing the Angel” called “Sounds of the Universe”. I’ve got to admit that the album is still growing on me with the first single release “Wrong” being a huge stand out. Read more…
Today I went to visit an amazing place. Amazing not for it’s beauty or spiritual significance or for it’s healing powers or even for its wine. The thing that this place is dedicated to is nuclear destruction. Yeah that’s right, blowing our asses off the face of the planet. So why is this amazing and why was I there? Well, those who know me know that I have this weird fascination with nuclear history so learning that there was a fully functional Nike Hercules missile site just 10 miles from me piqued my interest!
This is a tease because I’m going to blog about the place and the visit in detail in an upcoming blog (trust me, you won’t have to wait long). What it did make me do is to sit down and listen to Pink Floyd’s album “The Final Cut”. The band made this just after the ill-advised Falklands’ war. Margaret Thatcher’s final act of madness. In true Bushian style, she put the whole country at risk for political gain. Many lost their lives, much damage was done, but we saved a few thousand sheep there from the hands of those evil Argentineans. I’m sure they were very relieved.
There’s something about Roger Waters’ lyrics on this album that draws on his personal history of losing his Father in WWII (which spawned Floyd’s opus “The Wall” ) that makes it all slam home with such vivid terror that you can’t help but stop and think about what we as a civilization do in the name of peace.
The USA suffers the most from this I believe. Being the only country on Earth to have ever used nuclear weapons in combat, I think, makes the US particularly sensitive to both the power to be gained and the price that has to be paid.
It was tangible today as I watched Nike Hercules missiles be raised from their bunker as they would have been when being readied to fire against the enemy. Just the sound of them being launched would kill you if you were any where near by. This is truly horrific power. Power that we need to put down and walk away from if we ever hope to lead normal lives.
To quote Waters
The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in, gives way and suddenly it’s day again. The sun is in the East even though the day is done. Two suns in the sunset, could be the human race is run.
She rises early from bed
Runs to the mirror
The bruises inflicted in moments of fury
He kneels beside her once more
Whispers a promise
Next time I’ll break every bone in your body
And the well-wishers let the devil in
And if the river ran dry they’d deny it happening
As the card players deal their hands
From the bottom of the deck
Row upon row of feudal houses blown away
Medicine for the popular complaint
When the poets dreamed of Angels
What did they see?
History lined up in a flash at their backs
When the poets dreamed of Angels
What did they see?
The bishops and knights well placed to attack
I’d be surprised if the Spice Girls could even find their iPhones.. This is a really cool piece, especially if you’re into music or <ahem> iPhones…
Can Spice Girls play music on their iPhones? | Digital Media – CNET News.
The 2006 Teletour Redux
Those who know me, know I love Gary Numan…. Have for 30 years, prolly always will… However… I recently missed attending his Telekon Tour anniversary extravaganza. A sin for which I will never forgive myself. However I did fess up the required dosh to purchase Gazza’s DVD of said event.
The original 1980 Teletour. The set was amazing
I will always love Numan….. But why? OH Why???? Did Gazza only use that fab LED recreation of the original TeleTour set for only 5 of the songs???!!!! I mean I could understand it for the lesser numbers, but We Are Glass and I Die: You Die??? That was prime time for major on stage madness…. But the set just sat there, getting in the way. Not at all how I remember it almost 30 years ago…
You know, Gazza can do no wrong by me, but I would love to see him get out of his own way so that his talent and legacy could carry him on through to a brighter place. You’re never gonna do that by kidding your fans that they’re getting TeleTour then not turning on the friggin lights! Come on.. You already rented them, use them!
Send in Pain…