‘Take It Or Leave It’ nominated for Music Week Award!
Salvo’s reissue of Madness’s ‘Take It Or Leave It’ has been
nominated for a Music Week Award, it has been revealed today. The Awards, which
cover all areas of the UK music industry are to be held in London on April 24.
Included in the Catalogue Marketing Campaign category, ‘Take
It Or Leave It’ combined Madness’s 1981 biopic on DVD, with its accompanying
soundtrack on CD for the first time ever. USM’s marketing campaign included
holding a launch party for the release at the same venue that hosted the
original premiere of the film, the Odeon on Camden Parkway. Members of the band
attended the launch and participated in a riotous Q&A session after the
film was shown.
The film itself (a must for Madness fans) is a wonderful
snapshot of London in the late 1970s and charts the band’s rise to fame from
their first gig as The Invaders to the departures hall at Heathrow for their
very first trip to America as the UK’s favourite band, Madness. The CD
soundtrack serves as an early best-of compilation with tracks from their first
Record Store Day 2014
Salvo is supporting Record Store Day 2014 with two new vinyl releases, from Stiff Records and ZTT.
Tenpole Tudor were an English punk band fronted by Edward Tudor-Pole, who first came to prominence via his role in the Sex Pistols’ film The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle.
Tenpole Tudor’s ’The Swords of a Thousand Men’ b/w ‘Love and Food’ is a 7" picture disc, featuring a classic Stiff Records logo on Side A and the band photograph from the original 1981 7" cover on Side B. ‘The Swords of a Thousand Men’ was the band’s biggest hit, reaching #6 in the UK chart in 1981.
ZTT’s release is a 12” picture disc, Art Of Noise Live at the End of a Century. Element 34 is a photodisc introduction to Art of Noise at the End of a Century, the CD/DVD anthology of five years of Art of Noise experimentation and recordings from 1997 to 2002 that will be released in 2014. ’Out of This World’, ’Born on a Sunday’ and ’Moments in Love’ were recorded live from the soundboard at the first Coachella Festival 9th October 1999.
The 7” and 12” picture discs will be available exclusively from RSD participating shops on 19th April, 2014. Worth queuing up on a Saturday morning for!
ZTT 30th Anniversary Celebration and Amazon online competition
Extensive press coverage of our first ZTT 30th anniversary releases include a Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover story in Classic Pop magazine and a major ZTT Records feature in Record Collector.
Expansively highlighting the breadth and depth of ZTT’s collective vision, these stylishly packaged releases features cuts and hit singles from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, Propaganda, Art of Noise, Seal, 808 State, Shane MacGowan, Kirsty MacColl, Shades of Rhythm, Adamski, Lisa Stansfield, Tom Jones, David Jordan and much much more plus remixes, rare and classic 7” and 12” versions, promo videos, TV performances and classic ZTT experiments and overtures plus new words from Paul Morley.
Frankie Said (Deluxe Edition) brings together - for the first time ever - Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s greatest singles, remixes, videos and TV appearances. Noise-shots from the ‘Welcome To the Pleasuredome’ and ‘Liverpool’ albums, and rare and unreleased footage from Top Of The Pops, ORS 84 and the Zang Tuum Tum archives. The 24-page booklet also features a new essay from Paul Morley.
The Organisation of Pop (London Edition) is a two-disc, 38-track anthology of the first 30 years of Zang Tuum Tumb. Disc One features 19 hit singles from 1983 to the present day while Disc Two, The Disorganisation of Pop, takes a tour of ZTT’s archive of experiments, overtures, remixes and special projects. Paul Morley writes about ZTT’s reorganisation of pop in the accompanying 24-page booklet.
The Art of the 12”, Volume Three features rare and classic 12” remixes by the godfathers of electronic and pop, threaded together by their off-shoot projects – and another 80s obsession – TV, film and ad themes, from and inspired by The Tube, The Word, Network 7, A Clockwork Orange, Moonlighting, Escape From New York and the golden era of MTV.
Enter the Amazon competition to win a piece of studio equipment and one unused roll of
studio tape from SARM West Studios, both signed by Trevor Horn.
ZTT’s Record Store Day 2014 exclusive vinyl
ZTT’s Record Store
Day 2014 exclusive vinyl release is a 12” picture disc, Art Of Noise Live at
the End of a Century. Element 34 is a photodisc introduction to Art
of Noise at the End of a Century, the CD/DVD anthology of five years of Art
of Noise experimentation and recordings from 1997 to 2002 that will be released
in 2014. ’Out of This World’, ’Born on a Sunday’ and ’Moments in Love’ were
recorded live from the soundboard at the first Coachella Festival 9th
The 12” single will be available
exclusively from RSD participating shops on 19th April, 2014. Worth queuing up
on a Saturday morning for!
The Undertones announce London 2014 live date.
The Undertones have announced a new London gig for 23rd May at Koko.
Full details and a link to the box office to grab your tickets are to be found here...
Three New Releases from Salvo Sound & Vision on 10 February
On 10th February, Salvo unleash their next three Sound and Vision CD/DVD deluxe digipacks, featuring live performances by a blues rock master, the crown prince of shock rock, and one of the originators of UK punk.
’Great Balls of Fire’ at #1 on this date in 1958
On this day in 1958, ’The Ferriday Fireball’ Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the UK singles chart with his incendiary ’Great Balls Of Fire’. Lewis was the only major white rock ’n’ roll star to play piano rather than guitar.
’Great Balls of Fire’ and 105 other classic JLL recordings are available on our 4 CD box set A WHOLE LOTTA JERRY LEE LEWIS.
“Riveting...an expertly curated compendium of modern American song.” UNCUT
Trevor Horn wins MPG Outstanding Contribution award 2014
Congratulations to Trevor Horn, sometime Buggle, ZTT founder and producer extraordinaire, on winning this prestigious award.
By Tom Pakinkis
The Music Producers Guild has named renowned producer, musician and songwriter Trevor Horn as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution award for 2014. Horn will be presented with the PPL sponsored award at the MPG’s 2014 Awards ceremony on February 13 at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel.
"I’m thrilled that the MPG is recognising Trevor with this award,” said chairman of the Music Producers Guild Steve Levine. “I have known Trevor for over 30 years and have always admired his innovative production skills. He has always pioneered the use of new technology and is always happy to exchange and share his knowledge with other producers and with manufactures to help move that technical curve further forward. He is a very worth recipient of this extremely prestigious award."
Fran Nevrkla OBE, chairman of PPL said: "I am absolutely delighted about this very special Award for Trevor Horn whom I have known for so many years. PPL is particularly proud to be the sponsor of this Award, which is bestowed on special individuals by their own community of record producers and others involved in studio production. Trevor is one of the most uniquely talented creative individuals, having achieved international fame both as a recording artist and a producer. His enormous success over so many decades is almost without parallel and it speaks for itself.
"We at PPL offer our profound thanks together with congratulations and compliments to Trevor Horn on his truly extraordinary contribution to British music which is recognised throughout the world."
One of the UK’s most influential producers of the last 30 years, Trevor Horn has been responsible for numerous hits for artists such as ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and Robbie Williams. The award he will receive from the MPG acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry.
Sandie Shaw Receives Honorary Doctorate
Iconic 60s singer Sandie Shaw has received an Honorary Doctorate from the South East College Of Higher And Further Education for her contribution to music and entertainment. She received the award at a ceremony in Southend on October 22nd.
Sandie is thrilled with the award commenting, `I am so homoured to receive an Honorary Doctorate from my home county of Essex. I love our aspirational spirit and energy and our mix of posh and ordinary, urban and rural.
You can see all Sandie’s albums and releases on our Salvo label here
Gilbert O’Sullivan lands National Lottery advert
Gilbert O’Sullivan’s classic 1972 single Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day is the basis of the new National Lottery advert
The original hit version of the song is available as a digital single and on the expanded version of Back To Front and The Very Best Of Gilbert O’Sullivan. Click here for all our Gilbert releases.
And if you fancy recording your own version of the advert there’s a £20,000 prize up for grabs in this competition
Official biography of Slade’s Don Powell to be published - personal appearances this weekend
’Look Wot I Dun’, the new biography of Slade drummer Don Powell, written with his friend, journalist Lise Lyng Falkenberg, will be published on October 14.
"This book is not a flimsy biography pieced together in three months by a ghost writer " says Lise. "It is a thorough account of Don’s life, not just as a Slade drummer, but as a person who has had to overcome huge obstacles in his life in order to get to where he is today. The book is based on more than 50 hours of interviews with Don as well as 20 years of diaries and interviews with and contributions from 28 of Don’s friends, colleagues and family members".
PRE-PUBLICATION BOOK SIGNINGS & CHARITY TEA EVENT
Don has announced two early book signings, together with a charity "Tea with Don Powell" event
•Book signing - Waterstones, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October at midday to 1pm •"Tea with Don Powell" event - Connaught Hotel, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October 3pm onwards •Book signing - Waterstones, Walsall - Saturday 5 October at midday to 1pm
BOOK SIGNING AT WATERSTONES, WOLVERHAMPTON
The first book signing will be take place on Friday 4 October 2013 at Waterstones, 13-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NP at midday til 1pm (shop telephone number 0843 290 8701). This signing will be an early opportunity to purchase Don’s book. Don will be accompanied by Lise.
CHARITY "TEA WITH DON POWELL"
There will also be a totally separate event. It’s a question and answer session later that day in the Connaught Hotel, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4SW. This event, at which will Don will be discussing his life with Clive Eakin of BBC Coventry & Warwick will be called "Tea with Don Powell" - and will be run in support of the National Autistic Society (which Don supports). Please note: The Connaught Hotel is currently changing it’s name - by the time the event takes place it will be called the Quality Hotel, Wolverhampton. Tickets are £10 (which includes Tea,Sandwiches & Cake and can be purchased here
•Attendees can complete question cards before the event - and hand them in for Don to answer during the Q&A. So get thinking of those questions that you’ve always wanted to ask him! •Afternoon tea and cakes will be served during the event (as part of the entrance fee) - but for those drinkers attending, the bar will also be open. •Don is keen to revisit The Connaught Hotel, as he played there numerous times with the ’N Betweens in the 1960’s... Slade historian Chris Selby calculates that Don played at the Connaught Hotel 41 times in all (with The ’N Betweens, Ambrose Slade and Slade). His last performance there was before Slade released Get Down and Get With It...
Prior to this event, Don launches ’Look Wot I Dun’ at Waterstones Bookshop, Woverhampton between midday and 1pm.
Lastly, on Saturday 5th October 2013, Don will be at Waterstones Bookshop Walsall, again between between midday and 1pm, to sign the book.
Don has so many interesting stories to tell, it’s bound to be a great read and is a must for the Slade fan in your life!
All of the albums that he recorded with Slade and a number of fine compilations are available on Salvo. Click here for details.
Madness return to Camden for Take It Or Leave It launch
Madness came out last night to celebrate the Salvo reissue
of their classic biopic, ‘Take It Or Leave It’. Originally released in 1981,
the film’s premiere was held at Parkway cinema in Camden and last night saw the
band return to the same venue for a special screening, along with director and
Stiff Records boss Dave Robinson.
The band’s own beer, Gladness, was served and the film was
riotously enjoyed, with the band and Dave staying afterwards for a brilliant Q&A
The film comes out on DVD on October 7th with its
accompanying soundtrack on CD for the first time. Click here
for more details.
USM Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of The Rocky Horror Show
Midnights Friday and Saturday…Sell-out crowds…audiences go wild…madness takes its toll.
From the screen to the stage The Rocky Horror Show has been an international phenomenon. Never has an audience embraced a film, a show, a production with such passion. From the unenlightened (known as virgins) who have not had the pleasure to dabble into the world of Rocky there is no better introduction. Here we present The Rocky Horror Show Album Box Set – Four must have albums from the original cast members to International cast recordings in one bumper package.
There seems to be no end to the power of The Rocky Horror Show and all that remains ahead… more enlightened virgins … more anniversaries … more memorabilia … and absolute pleasure to last a lifetime.
The Rocky Horror Show Album box set is released on the 2nd September and co-insides with the Official Rocky Horror Show Tour outlined below. Pre-order your copy from Amazon Click here
Horror Show UK Tour Dates
Millennium Forum, Derry - 2 September
2013 – 7 September 213 Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theatre - 9
September 2013 – 14 September 2013 Bradford Alhambra - 16 September 2013 –
21 September 2013 Nottingham Theatre Royal - 23 September
2013 – 28 September 2013 Hull New Theatre - 30 September 2013 – 5
October 2013 Curve Theatre, Leicester - 7 October 2013
– 12 October 2013 Bournemouth Pavilion - 14 October 2013 –
19 October 2013 Dunfermline Alhambra - 21 October 2013 –
26 October 2013 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - 28 Oct,
2013 – 2 Nov, 2013
Don’t Watch That… Watch This!
delighted to announce the release of Madness’s brilliant cult biopic, ‘Take It Or
released in 1981, the film tells the story of the band’s spectacular rise to fame: from the tiny pubs of
North London to their first trip to America as the UK’s number one singles
special edition boasts a digitally restored version of the film on DVD, with
the accompanying soundtrack on CD. Providing a unique perspective on the band’s
early work, the soundtrack has never before been released as a compilation in
its own right.
for a competition to win a copy of this unique release. See here for details.
Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty retires
The veteran vocalist collapsed on stage in Switzerland at the weekend of Aug 24th / 25th and has admitted that a lung disease has brought an end to his 45-year live career. In an interview with Classic Rock McCafferty said: “I’ve got Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it’s been getting worse over the years. You don’t know when it’s going to come on, but suddenly you can’t breathe.
“I was going on stage at Summerfest in Switzerland thinking, ‘This is great – our first festival in a few months and it’s a lovely day.’ We couldn’t have asked for better.” Three songs in he suffered an attack of COPD, leaving him out of breath and unable to continue. He decided at that moment to retire with immediate effect. “When I came off stage I said to the boys: ‘I can’t keep doing this to the band.’ I can’t embarrass the boys and the fans. If you can’t do the job you shouldn’t be there – Nazareth’s too big for that.”
McCafferty’s decision came after he’d taken a break following a recent collapse onstage in Canada, which was caused by a burst stomach ulcer. “I thought I’d be fine,” he says, “But you lose so much blood when that happens.”
He admits he and his bandmates are “a wee bit emotional” and haven’t come to terms with the news, but he says: “The music we’ve made over the years is more important than any member of the band. We always felt like that, and I can’t see that’s changed just because I’ve left. “I really hope they get someone else. I’m sure they can.”
Naz recently completed recording work on their 24th album, not yet titled but scheduled for release on USM’s Salvo label “To go into a studio and sing isn’t like doing a gig,” says McCafferty. “I could always make another record, but getting up to do an hour and three-quarters, and get people to pay money to come and see me – I can’t do that.”
He’s going to take time out to consider his future, but says a solo album might be a possibility. As to the chances of a farewell show, he jokes: “It could be like, ‘I’ll sing for ten minutes, everyone go for a pint, than I’ll sing for another ten minutes.’ I don’t know how well that would work!” McCafferty adds: “Let everyone know I appreciate they’ve been there for all these years.”
Naz formed in Fife, Scotland in 1968, with McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew the only members to feature in all lineups until now. Other members included Manny Charlton, John Locke, Zal Cleminson and TeamRock Radio Blues Magazine Show host Billy Rankin. The last lineup to feature McCafferty had been stable since 2002, with guitarist Jimmy Murrison and Agnew’s son Lee on drums.
(with thanks to Classic Rock)
Procol Harum mini-tour of Scandinavia
Procol Harum mini-tour of Scandinavia
The rock legends, led by Gary Brooker, play three dates in Sweden and one in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, in early October.
The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 to be featured on Sounds Of The Seventies, September 1st
The redoubtable Johnnie Walker, presenter of Sounds Of The Seventies on BBC Radio 2, who has been focusing on classic live albums lately, is to heavily feature the Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 album by The Who on his Sunday September 1st show, beginning at 3pm. When a live album is featured in this way, the content is spread out across the full two hours of the show. Johnnie will tend to pick two tracks an hour to play from the album and will give each an introduction to add context with the help of archive and interview clips. It effectively creates a sort of “mini-documentary” about the album live on air. Esteemed journalist and author Patrick Humphries, who wrote the notes for Salvo’s best-selling Sound & Vision release, will be contributing his expertise, which should help make for an enlightening experience, and the show will of course be made available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast. Click here for the Sounds Of The Seventies homepage. Click here for the lowdown on our dual format release of The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970.
Comprehensive feature on Procol Harum’s masterpiece, Grand Hotel, running in September’s Record Collector magazine
The September 12 issue of Record Collector magazine will contain a detailed feature on the making of Procol Harum’s wonderful Grand Hotel album, written by Procol biographer Henry Scott-Irvine. A record widely regarded as something of a creative peak for the band and on which they introduced their most stable early line-up, Grand Hotel is a must for all those interested in so-called ’classic rock’ (and of course includes the ’controversial’ single A Souvenir Of London that was banned by the BBC). The definitive CD version is available (in expanded form) on Salvo, details here.
Claudia Brücken releases new single
Europe’s leading electronic pop diva will release ’One Summer Dream’ as a single
from her recent album ’The Lost Are Found’ on August 5th. The track is a cover
of the 1975 Electric Light Orchestra number and the single will include remixes by
Horse Meat Disco’s Severino Panzetta and DJ duo Blank & Jones.
Claudia’s acclaimed career retrospective collection, ComBined, is available on Salvo. For more details click here.
Sandie Shaw Song in Peroni Advert
Sandie’s promotion for the best of and reissued albums continues with the classic (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me featured in thelatest Peroni beer advert.
Check here for a full Sandie biog and details of all the USM releases.
Check here to go to Sandie’s website and see details of all the great press she has received.
Undertones European tour dates
The Undertones have released their European tour dates.
Eksenonfair Festival , Istanbul, Turkey - Info - Tickets
Click here to check out all of our Undertones albums
Click here to visit the official Undertones website
Madness launch Gladness beer!
Madness have teamed up with the award-winning Growler Brewery to produce their very own beer, called "Gladness". The brew will be available through Nicholson’s Pubs across its 80 UK sites from Monday 10th June. Having spent much time lamenting the fact that more
popular lager choices are predominantly from continental Europe and the States,
Madness wanted a British take on their beer.The final results were brewed with solely lager hops for a distinct,
flavoursome taste but brewed as an ale, to be served through the hand pumps for
a smooth finish.
Packed with the Noble Tetnang leaf hop to create a
gentle floral aroma, with a touch of spice to the taste and finished with Saaz
hops to add a light bitterness at the end, this light golden beer combines
flavour and refreshment perfectly.
Click here to find out where you can enjoy a big glass of Gladness!
Procol Harum’s Mick Grabham interviewed on Resonance FM
Author and Procol Harum scholar Henry Scott Irvine conducted a wide-ranging and interesting interview with former Procol and Cochise guitarist Mick Grabham on Wednesday 24 April on Resonance FM.
Some of his finest work can be heard on Salvo’s Procol reissues. See the full range here.
Kirsty MacColl and Frankie Goes To Hollywood Releases For Record Store Day
We are supporting Record Store day on April 20th with two exclusive 7in vinyl singles as follows:
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - `Maximum Joy’ Released on a special eye-shaped picture disc `Maximum Joy is taken from the band’s acclaimed second album Liverpool and is backed by a previously unreleased instrumental edit of `Is Anybody Out There (Voiceless)’
Kirsty MacColl - A New England Kirsty’s most cherished song re-released in a reproduction of its very rare picture disc bag showing a man hoisting a Union Jack above a bombed out building. It’s backed by `I’m Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire’ -a typically humourous and Caribbean-flavoured track previously only available on a 12in single.
For more information about Record Store Day please check here
Also check back here a week before Record Store Day for a full list of the shops stocking each release
continue to have a bumper year with their latest album in the charts (plus a special edition, out today) and the announcement
of loads of gigs over the summer. Their annual House Of Fun Weekender at the
end of November will be preceded by a special
show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 28th September. For tour dates,
band have also been busy on TV and radio. Last Friday they appeared on Alan Carr’s Grand
National Spectacular on Channel 4 and you can listen online to Suggs &
Mike’s session with Terry Wogan last week HERE and watch Suggs, Mike & Chas in session for Absolute HERE.
Undertones - Good Vibrations Film and Record Store Day Releases
The story of how the Undertones were first signed to Terri Hooley’s legendary Good Vibrations label is told in the highly acclaimed Good Vibrations film out now.
You can see the BBC’s One Show feature on Terri Hooley and the movie, including an interview with Undertones drummer Billy Doherty, here.
The band also have two new songs available - Much Too Late b/w When It Hurts I Count To Ten on a limited edition 7in vinyl single on the Flamin’ June label. The single will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 20th - check here for more details.
The band are also undertaking a number of European dates this spring / summer including UK dates in London, Reading, Manchester and Wolverhampton - check here for full tour details.
Look out for loads more activity and promotion around the band as we celebrate 35 years since Teenage Kicks was first released. Full details of all USM title available here
Claudia Brücken confirms ’The Lost Are Found’ UK tour dates for March Following her sell-out show at London’s Bush Hall earlier this year, CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN, the first lady of synth-pop, returns to the live stage in March with 5 UK dates, as follows:
Tues 12 March - Glasgow ABC2 Wed 13 March - Birmingham Academy 3 Fri 15 March - Manchester Academy 3 Sat 16 March - London Borderline Sun 17 March - Brighton Concorde
As well as showcasing songs from her recent album ’The Lost Are Found’, which was produced by her frequent collaborator Stephen Hague, Claudia - who first came to prominence as the lead singer with the Düsseldorf group Propaganda in the early 80s - will be performing songs from across her varied canon, many of which can be found on the Salvo retrospective Combined.
Nazareth schedule mini-tour of England!
Scottish rock greats, Nazareth, are making a rare trip to England next month with five dates across the country as follows:
17th March Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby
19th March The Railway Venue, Ipswich
21st March Robin 2, Bilston
22nd March Islington Assembly Hall, London
23rd March Concorde 2, Brighton
They’re guaranteed to put on a great show and tickets can be obtained here.
Having provided the official song - God Of The Mountain - for the Austrian ski team for the 2013 season, Nazareth appeared at the World Ski Championships in Schladmingover the weekend. You can see some of their performance here.
Click here for details of Salvo’s highly acclaimed Nazareth releases.
The Liberty Of Norton Folgate play on BBC Radio 4 This Saturday (9th Feb) tune into BBC Radio 4 at 2.30pm to hear The Liberty Of Norton Folgate Play starring
Suggs, Chas and Mike playing themselves! BBC Radio 4 link here
Roy Harper wins Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 took place at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 30 January 2013 as part of the Celtic Connections festival. Among the list of winners on the night, Roy Harper picked up a lifetime achievement award. Presented by Michael Eavis, Roy said upon receiving his award “I don’t belong anywhere…I don’t know whether I’m grateful or not but the BBC have finally found somewhere to put me. It’s nice to be back and be accepted and honoured by your peers…it is truly a life moment, so whether its the BBC or anyone here within I’d like to say thankyou.”
The Undertones - latest news
Check out all the latest news from The Undertones, including Michael Bradley’s guide to Derry, details of a recent fundraiser gig with The Fall for the John Peel Centre For Creative Arts which is now available to view on Youtube and updates on 2013 gigs.
Frankie’s Two Tribes is the focus of BBC Radio 2’s landmark new series - The People’s Songs - this Wednesday 9th January
BBC Radio 2 has launched a brand new 50-part series
for 2013 and wants listeners to get involved by contributing stories that will
feature in the programme. Presented by Stuart Maconie, The People’s Songs will
tell the story of modern Britain via 50 records that have provided the
soundtrack to British culture.
Looking at the music that reflects the evolution of the world we live in, the
series will weave a seamless journey through themes ranging from post-war
optimism and the fissures and divisions in society during the punk years to mass
immigration and the perils of fame, narcotics and the obsession with celebrity.
The second programme, which will air tomorrow at 10pm, sets the controls for 1984 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s colossal chart-topper, Two Tribes, which captured the prevailing mood of rampant paranoia and
political insanity with global nuclear destruction seemingly closer than it had been since the Cuban missile crisis over 20 years before. And like the nuclear threat itself, Frankie Goes To
Hollywood seemed to be everywhere one looked in 1984. Their music, their
controversial videos and their "Frankie Say" t-shirts were ubiquitous.
Slade night on BBC 4
It’s Slade Night on BBC 4 tonight, starting at 9pm. The biggest Black Country band of them all will feature in well over three hours of rocking documentaries and vintage movie gold. The night kicks off with the 1999 documentary It’s Slade, followed by a brand new, specially commissioned documentary called Slade @ the BBC, featuring archive material not seen on UK television since the original transmissions. Then, at 10.50, there will be a screening of what is universally regarded as one the finest rock movies ever made, Slade In Flame.
9pm - It’s Slade - documentary about the band
9.50pm - Slade At The BBC - compilation of appearances on the BBC introduced by Noddy Holder
The Power of Love issued as an extended digital EP
Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love is available now as an extended EP (in the UK and Eire) featuring several versions of their 1984 Christmas chart-topper and, exclusively through iTunes, the original video for the 7" mix.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
Power of Love
Original 7” Mix
The Power of Love
Original 7” Instrumental
The Power of Love
Original 12” Mix
The World is My Oyster
Original 7” B-Side
The Power of Love
The Power of Love
Best Listened To By Lovers
The Power of Love
Instrumental, singlette version
The Power Of Love Original video (iTunes only)
20 year old Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of The Power of Love, selected by the John Lewis to soundtrack their blockbuster festive advertising campaign, hit the top spot in the UK singles chart last week. It accompanies a 90-second advert that follows a snowman’s quest to find the perfect gift for his wife. Here it is:
The Power of Love, for many people Frankie’s finest composition, can be found on Salvo’s new compact compilation, Frankie Said, in two versions, the original single and a stunning, previously unreleased orchestral instrumental subtitled "...best listened to be lovers".
It’s available from all good retailers in digital and physical formats, while Gabrielle’s reading of the song can be downloaded from iTunes.
News regarding Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Sex Mix release (SALVOMDCD28)
Stereo masters have been located and have been used to
prepare a new, all stereo version of disc one.
If anyone would like to replace their current version of
disc one with one of these freshly minted, all stereo versions then all we ask
is that you please send us your current disc, or email us a copy of your receipt if you prefer, andprovide
a return address. We will then forward a copy of the all stereo disc to you by
first class post.
Please send the discs to the following address:
Union Square Music Ltd.
Unit 1.1, Shepherds Studios
Please send emails to: email@example.com
For your reference there will be one or other of two codes on the discs featuring the
tracks with one channel repeated on both sides and they are: *053731 and *055114
The code on the new discs is: *056837
These codes can be found on the underside of the disc in the
ring around the centre.
In addition, those who bought digital downloads of the album
can now download an updated version at the store from which it was originally
’Good Vibrations’ hits the big screen
Good Vibrations is the chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene and the man who released The Undertones’ generation-defining track, ’Teenage Kicks’. Starring Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran and Jodie Whittaker the film is on general release from Friday 19th October. Facebook page IMDB page Empire Online review Check out the very best of The Undertones
USM sign Sandie Shaw catalogue
Union Square Music have signed a long term deal with Sandie Shaw to represent her recording catalogue.
Known as the barefoot queen of pop for her habit of not wearing shoes onstage, Sandie came to fame in the 60s at the impossibly early age of 17 with a string of classic singles including (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me, Girl Don’t Come, Long Live Love and the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest winner Puppet On A String. A successful collaboration with life long fans The Smiths in the 80s saw Sandie back in the charts with a version of Hand In Glove and a new album Hello Angel. Sandie is still active in the industry today – having recently performed at the T Rex Tribute Concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire and with the Jools Holland Orchestra on tour. She is also on the board of the Featured Artists Coalition.
Under the new arrangement USM will re-issue Sandie’s entire catalogue, physically and digitally, with initial marketing activity centred around the beginning of 2013 when the company will release a best of and expanded original albums. The deal will also see USM exploit the recordings, which include 16 UK Hits, via synchronisation and sub-licensing.
Peter Stack - MD Union Square Music
“USM are thrilled to be representing Sandie Shaw’s catalogue. Sandie is one of the UK’s most successful and iconic artists. Still very active in the record industry she has become an inspiration to many of today’s female artists and we greatly look forward to a creative, imaginative, successful and fun partnership.”
“To have a company totally dedicated to promoting and exploiting back catalogue using the best possible people to run it is very attractive to an artist who has the good fortune to own their own work. In the short time I have been with USM I have been deeply impressed with the individual care and attention and sheer professionalism they have shown. It is what all artists deserve for their work.”
The Undertones and The Fall played ultimate John Peel fundraiser gig
On October 10th The Undertones played at Epic Studios, Norwich with The Fall. This was a fundraiser for the John Peel Centre For Creative Arts and was filmed. This highlights film features exclusive songs from the night and interviews with Michael Bradley and Paul McLoone. www.thespace.org
The Zombies are on tour! The
Zombies are on tour. See all the latest gig info here.
Madness rock the Roundhouse!
smashed it last night at their iTunes Festival appearance at The Roundhouse in
Camden, London. Serving up a blistering set of classic hits and tracks from
their new album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da’ (released 29th
October), the band well and truly rocked the house.
New Madness album sleeve designed by Sir Peter Blake
have recruited pop art guru Sir Peter Blake to design the sleeve for their
tenth studio album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’, set for release on October
29th. The sleeve features crossed-out names that were considered for
the album and ultimately eschewed in favour of the ‘Oui, Oui’ title.
artist - now 80 - has designed album sleeves for Paul Weller and Oasis as well
as the groundbreaking cover for the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ in 1967.
who are still riding high on their successful performances at the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Concert and the Olympics closing ceremony this summer, will
release a single - ‘My Girl 2’ - on 22nd October and are due to play
the iTunes Festival in London on September 27th.
also embark on a UK tour later
in the year, kicking off at their own ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ at Butlin’s in
Minehead on 23-26 November and finishing with two nights at London’s O2 on Dec
14 and 22.
Union Square Music is
starting a Kirsty MacColl reissue programme this autumn under ’The One and Only
Kirsty MacColl’ theme.
Following a long-term deal
with MacColl’s estate, USM will exploit recordings including UK hits Days, Free World and Walking
Down Madison, via synchronisation and sub-licensing.
With the late singer’s
early Stiff Records recordings and later ZTT album Titanic Days already under
USM’s control, the reissue programme will include physical and digital reissues
of the Kite, Electric Landlady and Titanic Days albums as well as a debut CD release for
the Kirsty’s first LP, Desperate Character. The four albums will hit the streets (on both formats) via Salvo on October 8th.
A charity tribute album
recorded at the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2010 featuring performances of
Kirsty’s best loved songs by artists including Ellie Goulding, Amy MacDonald,
Alison Moyet, Billy Bragg and Catherine Tate, is also set for release.
The campaign will culminate
with a TV-advertised Best Of... early next year.
New Madness album set for October release!
Madness’s eagerly awaited tenth studio album is scheduled for release on October 29th. The album, the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed ’The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’ is yet to be named, but a taster has been released in the form of a free single: ’Death Of A Rude Boy’, which can be downloaded here. More singles from the album will be released on 22nd October and 17th December.
Madness have already been incredibly busy this year, with high profile performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert and the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony: BBC iPlayer
The band have announced a second London date at the O2 Arena on December 22nd to close their Christmas tour. Click here for full details of the tour dates and tickets.
The USM greatest hits package, Total Madness, is out now. Click here for details.
Last Shop Standing - Movie Premier!
Showing at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton on Wednesday
5th September. ’Last Shop Standing’ traces the amazing
journey of UK independent record shops, their rise, fall and unexpected
rebirth in a digital age. Artists and industry luminaries such as
Paul Weller, Clint Boon, Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr, Noman Cook, Nerina
Pallot, Richard Hawley, Martin Mills and Tony Wadsworth add their voices
to the stories of the many shop owner themselves to weave a picture of
an industry in transformation.
CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS ON JULY 19
CLAUDIA BRÜCKEN will play a one-off show at London’s Bush
Hall on July 19th at which she will be joined by special guests including
OMD’s PAUL HUMPHREYS and ANDY
MCCLUSKEY, HEAVEN 17’s MARTYN WARE
and GLENN GREGORY and her former PROPAGANDA
bandmate SUSANNE FREYTAG.
The show is to support the release
of the new Claudia Brücken DVD, entitled THIS HAPPENED, which will be released on July 23rd.
Prior to that, on June 4th, Salvo/ZTT’s long-awaited expanded reissue of Propaganda’s A Secret Wish remix project, Wishful Thinking (SALVOCD055) will hit the stores. And, of course, Claudia’s life in pop is thoroughly anthologised on Salvo/ZTT’s superb collection, ComBined (SALVOCD046).
Claudia Brucken launches new website & Scala DVD coming soon!
Teutonic electro-pop icon and former Propaganda lead singer Claudia Brucken’s new website - entitled This Now - has just gone live and it will, quite naturally, be the number one source for news of her projects, past, present and future.
First news first – the announcement that the DVD film and CD soundtrack of the Claudia Brücken show at
the Scala, Kings Cross, London, 2011 - entitled This Happened – will be released on the There(there) imprint this
The release will document the event last year at the Scala, Kings Cross, London NW1, when Claudia
(and friends) performed a selection of songs from records she has made as part of
Propaganda, Act, Shiver of Flowers, Onetwo, as well as some songs from records
she made with Andrew Poppy and on her own.
It celebrated the release of a CD
compilation of her finest works, Combined (SALVOCD046) and she was joined by
various special guests including Andy Bell, Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware,
Andrew Poppy and Ralf and Susanne of Propaganda.
Pirates - new Aardman animated film featuring Tenpole Tudor
World renowned animation company Aardman (home to Wallace &
Gromit + Shaun The Sheep, amongst others) have just launched the trailer
for their March 2012 release ’Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists’.
Based on the Gideon Defoe books, the film features the unique voice
talents of Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton,
Selma Hayek and Brendan Gleeson
The brilliantly funny trailer features the Stiff Records recording and 1981 hit ’Swords Of A Thousand Men’.
Tenpole Tudor and Stiff master catalogues are exclusively represented
by Union Square Music on a Worldwide basis. For more information and contact details, check out the USM Licensing site.
Dance music pioneers 808 State to headline London show
Manchester’s legendary 808 State are to headline an intimate London show at Village Underground on January 27.
Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, City of London EC2A 3PQ
808 State have a well deserved reputation as a great live act and this rare London appearance should be quite a night.
Salvo/ZTT’s much praised 808 State retrospective - Blueprint - is available from all quality retailers (as are their first four ZTT albums - 90, ex:el, Don Solaris and Gorgeous) and the group have recently made available, for the first time, the unreleased albums ’State to State 2’ and ’State to State 3’, alongside ’Outpost Transmission’. These can be downloaded directly from the 808 State official website.
Nazareth to play UK live dates in March
Following their powerful performance at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre on 14 January, Nazareth will embark on an 10-date UK tour in March. Details as follows:
Saturday March 10 - Classic Grand - GLASGOW
Sunday March 11 - Ironworks - INVERNESS
Tuesday March 13 - Dexters - DUNDEE
Thursday March 15 - The Grand - CLITHEROE
Friday March 16 - BEDFORD - TBC
Saturday March 17 – YORK - TBC
Tuesday March 20 - O2 Academy – NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Wednesday March 21 - The Brook - SOUTHAMPTON
Friday March 23 – The Assembly Rooms – DERBY
Saturday March 24 – The Robin 2 - BILSTON
You can see all the releases in Salvo’s exhaustive and highly acclaimed Nazareth reissue campaign here.
Over Christmas, Suggs and Mike from Madness played an
incredible, intimate set for the Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions at St
Barnabas Chapel in London’s Soho. They included the songs ’My Girl’, ’Baggy
Trousers’, ’Powder Blue’, and ’It Must Be Love’ with the last track exclusive
to Absolute Radio Account holders. Here are the first two tracks from the
The band have added California’s Coachella festival in April to this year’s live dates. Info here.
Prior to that, Suggs is back on tour with his brilliant one man show - dates.
The classic Madness anthem ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ is currently
being featured on the new WII game ‘Just Dance 3’. As you can see from the full
list below, the Nutty Boys are in good company. To download ‘Night Boat to
Cairo’, click here.
Gilbert O’Sullivan Announces UK Tour and Best Of Release
To coincide with the March 5th release of `A Singer And His Songs, The Very Best Of Gilbert O’Sullivan’ the acclaimed singer and songwriter will play 17 dates in the UK from Match 17th to April 15th as detailed below.
USM’s Salvo label will also be releasing Gilbert’s original albums - each one expanded with additional singles, B sides, demos etc. Himself is the first of such releases and as you’d expect from Salvo the
album is beautifully remastered and comes with a 20 page full colour
booklet with new sleevenotes, rare photos and memorabilia. Gilbert’s second album Back To Front will be out on February 20th with further albums available throughout the year.
Madness announce 2012 dates!
Madness are set to have a very busy 2012 by all accounts. Fresh from their successful House Of Fun weekender at the end of November, the band have recently announced a show at Mexico’s Iberoamericano Festival on 25th March and performances at the Newmarket Racecourse on 22nd June, the Isle Of Wight Festival on 23rd June and Carlisle Racecourse on 7th July. In the meantime the boys are working on their new studio album, songs from which wowed audiences at the HoF weekender, where they gave fans a special showcase.
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Gilbert O’Sullivan Debut Release On Salvo And Tour Details
Gilbert O’Sullivan’s classic debut album `Himself’ is set for release on November 7th. As you’d expect from Salvo the album is beautifully remastered and comes with a 20 page full colour booklet with new sleevenotes, rare photos and memorabilia. There are also 8 bonus tracks - singles, B sides and Gilbert’s remarkable early demos.
To support the release and promote his excellent new album `Gilbertville’ Gilbert will be touring the UK from Nov 11th to 28 - full details on his website
Roy Harper TV Appearances To Promote Songs Of Love And Loss
Roy will be appearing at a sold-out 70th birthday concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday November 5th.
Compiled by Roy himself `Songs Of Love And Loss’ is a 2CD collection of the talented lyricist, vocalist and guitarist’s most celebrated love songs and laments. The album comes with a 20 page booklet including rare photos, lyrics and a commentary by Roy on each song.
’My love songs are often hidden by the more epic things I attempt,’ comments Roy, `It’s been a long time ambition of mine to gather a dynamic mix of them together in just their own context. It was a rewarding labour of love for me! Hope you enjoy it.’ Includes 23 tracks from 11 different albums from Sophisticated Beggar in 1966 to Death Or Glory in 1992. Here’s what the critics are saying about Songs Of Love And Loss:
`a very special singer-songwriter’ Uncut
`the 23 tracks here radiate a quiet but mesmerising power’ Classic Rock
`A master at work’ Daily Mirror
`Nothing here is anything less than sublime’ The Wire
`A perfect introduction to a great man’ The Sun
`Forget the Dylan at 70 celebrations that will be all over the media this year, there’s another unique septuagenarian voice equally deserving of your attention.’ Subba-cultcha.com
`This compilation is a powerful restatement of Harper’s core talents, even though it only hints at his considerable versatility and his vaunting ambition. His songs are more than worthy of rediscovery - and it is wonderful that this compilation and the ensuing reissue programme may bring him to an entirely new audience within his own lifetime.’ Music OMH
`Harper’s tunes burn with an intensity that even the airiest of melodies can’t cool, fanned by a lifelong allergy to authority and an intractable belief in everybody’s basic right to do whatever they like.’ Word
Boasting 3CDs of favourite single and album tracks plus a DVD of the band’s triumphant, earthquake-inducing comeback gig at Madstock in 1992, this collection has been described as “quite possibly the best presented Madness collectors’ item to date”.
Included in the package is a business card on which is printed a unique four-digit number, allowing the owner to enter The Madness Treasure Hunt. Using special technology from the official global GPS cache hunt site, Geocaching.com, participants will be given co-ordinates and detailed descriptions of the locations of various caches hidden mostly in London’s Camden Town (where else?). Anyone who finds all of the caches will be entered into a draw to win a signed picture and a video message from the band.
We’ve enlisted the help of The Invisible Man to show you how it’s done!
And here’s the rest of the package:
Including the trailer for Madstock 92 - available for the first time on DVD
Undertones announce December 2011 tour dates
Seminal Derry band The Undertones continue to celebrate their 35th Anniversary following the heavy demand for tickets for their April 2011 shows with more shows scheduled for December 2011. Like the April shows they will play their debut album, ‘The Undertones’, in its entirety and appeal for members of their original fan club to get in touch.
It’s been a long road from their first show in February 1976 at St Mary’s Scout Hall in Derry but 2011 has seen resurgence in interest in the band with shows in the UK, Europe and America.
As in April the band are keen to reacquaint themselves with members of their former fan club, the ‘Rocking Humdingers Club’, and have put out a Missing Persons Search. Mickey Bradley of the band said: ‘‘We recently came across the original membership book from 1982 containing the names of the Rocking Humdingers and thought it would be good to see them again. The response in April was great and as some members could not make the shows we hope they will be able to this time.”
This offer is not open to those who did come in April.
The band hope to hear from these long-time fans and has promised the first 50 who get in touch free entry into a show of their choice, a copy of ‘The Very Best Of The Undertones’ and a tour t-shirt. They should contact the band via at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally the band’s most recent two CD’s the 2003 “Get What You Need” and the 2007 “Dig Yourself Deep” will receive their digital release in December 2011.
John O’Neill – Guitar Damian O’Neill – Guitar Paul McLoone – Vocals Michael Bradley – Bass Billy Doherty – Drums
Claudia Brucken to perform at Bestival this Thursday
Bestival on the Isle of Wight is now firmly established as a four-day festival experience and, as ever, there is some fantastic entertainment in store this year. Heading Back To The Phuture, they welcome the return of Mark Jones’ electro-fest to kick off the festival in fine style this Thursday (September 8), mixing up appearances from electro-pop legends with cutting edge synth-pop acts. Among the former, Salvo’s very own Claudia Brucken in tandem with OMD’s Paul Humphreys - as synth super-group OneTwo - are sure to stand out.
Check out her critically-acclaimed recent album - ComBined - here. . .
Naz Box unleashed on September 19
Taking in 40 years of studio recordings, adding a bounty of peak period, previously unavailable BBC concert material and nine unreleased rarities, The Naz Box is the 69-track tribute to a truly impressive career and it lands on September 19.
Remastered by Tim Turan, Scotland’s foremost rockers have never sounded more potent and the accompanying 64-page book contains a detailed overview of Naz history written by noted rock biographer Joel McIver, plus a generous array of rare photos.
Few bands have enjoyed such longevity, overcoming the odds (and the fickle wheel of fashion) so many times to date that they are one of the very few touring acts to deserve the title of veterans. They’ve seen their fortunes rise, fall and rise again, shouldering and shrugging off myriad setbacks, enjoying and enduring commercial peaks and troughs that most bands can only imagine; and they’re still taking it to the stage relentlessly. That’s dedication. That’s commitment. That’s the essence of rock ’N’ roll.
A Guided Tour Of Madness!
There are just two weeks to go until the release of Salvo’s box set anthology, ‘A Guided Tour Of Madness’. Boasting 3CDs of favourite single and album tracks plus a DVD of the band’s triumphant, earthquake-inducing comeback gig at Madstock in 1992, this collection has been described as “quite possibly the best presented Madness collectors’ item to date”.
Included in the package is a business card on which is printed a unique four-digit number, allowing the owner to enter The Madness Treasure Hunt. Using special Geocaching technology, participants will be given co-ordinates and detailed descriptions of the locations of various caches hidden mostly in London’s Camden Town (where else?). Anyone who finds all of the caches will be entered into a draw to win a signed picture and a video message from the band.
All aboard for the guided tour - 19th September 2011.
Check out the inside of the package here:
Union Square Music and Gilbert O’Sullivan sign catalogue deal
Catalogue marketing specialists Union Square Music have signed a long term deal with the singer and songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan to represent his recording catalogue from 1967 to 2007. Under the new arrangement USM and Gilbert O’Sullivan will re-issue the catalogue, physically and digitally, with deluxe editions of 13 original albums, a best of and comprehensive box set all being planned.
The deal will also see USM exploit the recordings, which include 2 UK Number One Hits (`Clair’ and `Get Down’) and a further eleven Top Twenty Hits, via synchronisation and sub-licensing. (contact: email@example.com) Gilbert will be undertaking an autumn tour taking in Norway, Germany, Japan and the UK and a there is a BBC 4 documentary scheduled for September.
Peter Stack - MD Union Square Music
“USM are thrilled to be representing the Gilbert O’Sullivan catalogue. Gilbert is one of the UK’s most loved and successful singers and songwriters with an amazing catalogue of recordings and we look forward to a creative, imaginative and profitable partnership.” Gilbert O’Sullivan
“Knowing how important it is to be with the right company especially in this current climate coupled with the fact that up to now I have resisted all offers of representation including on-line access, I am very pleased to be in the company of USM. Determination on their part, resistance on mine, meant it took quite a while but with lunches, teas and coffee, we got there in the end.”
Claudia’s Brucken’s BBC6 playlist now on Spotify
Claudia Brucken was on BBC 6Music recently, talking about her brand new album, ComBined.
Just like her recent session with Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, Claudia was invited to choose some of her favourite music for the show and dropped in tracks from Fehlfarben, Kraftwerk, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Patti Smith, Crystal Castles with Robert Smith, Robyn, Röyksopp and James Blake... plus a piece of Propaganda and her own latest single, Thank You.
Madness have recorded and filmed a slowed-down version of their smash hit ’Baggy Trousers’ for Kronenbourg 1664’s ’Slow The Pace’ advertising campaign. Following in the footsteps of Motorhead, who recorded an acoustic version of ’Ace Of Spades’, the Madness ad is now being shown. The slowed down track - called ’Le Grand Pantalon’ - is now available to download via iTunes. Click here to see the ad on Youtube.
The band are about to embark on a busy Summer of gigs and festivals, including Reading & Leeds. Click here for more gig details and here for USM’s Madness reissues and hits compilations.
Listen to Claudia Brucken’s guest appearance on BBC6 Music last Sunday
For those who couldn’t tune into BBC 6 Music last Sunday (May 8) to hear the latest in Mark Jones’ occasional series of 6 Mixes exploring synthesised music past and present, for which he was joined by Europe’s foremost electronic pop diva and former Propaganda frontwoman Claudia Brücken, the show is available to listen to here for a limited time.
Hailing from Dusseldorf in Germany, Propaganda were signed to Trevor Horn’s ZTT label in 1984 by Paul Morley, whom Claudia would later marry. The band hit the charts the next year with their debut album A Secret Wish (SALVOMDCD14) featuring seminal singles ’Dr Mabuse’ and ’Duel’, and although the band split two years later, Claudia has carried on making music, both as part of a duo with OMD’s Paul Humphries and on her own. In this programme, Claudia shares her ’synth-fluences’ with Mark, including tunes from Kraftwerk, Patti Smith and La Dusseldorf alongside contemporary electronica from Crystal Castles and James Blake. She also discusses her new solo album on Salvo, Combined (SALVOCD046).
Nazareth’s new album ’Big Dogz’ to be released on April 15
Big Dogz will be the veteran rockers 22nd studio album (released in Europe by Edel Records) and has been produced by guitar player Jimmy Murrison and Yann Rouiller to "capture the challenging edge of classic rock’n’roll". To this end, they’ve completed an album with nearly no overdubs or multiple takes, no vocal lines or solos adjusted through a computer. Big Dogz is simply the sound of four men who live rock music, recording together in the same room at the same time.
Will it join the ranks of their finest albums, such as Razamanz, Hair Of The Dog and No Mean City, as one the most representative episodes of their glorious history? Time will tell but the advance signs are encouraging.
You can see Salvo’s acclaimed Nazareth reissues here
The band are touring extensively this year (as always). They’re just about to hit Russia. You can see their current touring schedule here. They’re a fantastic live act so do check them out if you get the chance.
Madness House Of Fun Weekender announced!
Madness have announced their ‘House Of Fun Weekender’ at the Butlins resort in Minehead on 25th-28th November.
Madness will play their main set on the evening of Saturday 26th, with other entertainment duties across the entire weekend being taken care of by a special selection of artists and DJs, with cinema and comedy thrown in, plus various Madness surprises in store.
Tickets go on sale on Monday 7th March (exclusively from butlins.com/madness) and if you book before 21st March you get an extra 10% off your booking!
The ticket price includes all of the entertainment, three nights’ accommodation and full access to Butlins facilities from Friday to Monday.
Europe’s leading diva of electronic music, Claudia Brucken, has given us the advance word about a very special London show to take place at The Scala in King’s Cross on March 2nd. "Claudia Brucken & friends" will feature a number of other electronic pop luminaries, including Paul Humphreys of OMD, Claudia’s former bandmate in Propaganda, Susanne Freytag, Andy Bell (Erasure), Andrew Poppy and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory and Martin Ware, among others. Taking place less than a month after Salvo/ZTT release Claudia’s album, ComBined, it’s sure to be quite an event.
Promoted by Live Nation, tickets are on sale now. Click here for details. In the mean time, here’s the video for Claudia’s brand new single, Thank You, which will be released on St. Valentine’s day, February 14.
More deluxe reissues from Salvo this February
Salvo’s ZTT reissue programme continues in 2011 with top class releases, all available for pre-order from quality retailers now:
Claudia Brucken - ComBined (SALVOCD046)
Claudia’s life in pop - the story so far (from 1984 to the present day), in ComBination with Propaganda, Act (with Thomas Leer) and OneTwo (Paul Humphreys) and others. Plus new ComBinations with Andy Bell (Erasure), Paul Rutherford (FGTH) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode). Includes several brand new tracks, including the current single Thank You.
The Art of the 12" (SALVODCD213) (2CD)
From the original house of 12" excess, Trevor Horn and his Robot Orchestra present over 150 minutes of blockbusters, rarities, vanities and mysteries from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Propaganda, Art of Noise, 808 State and many more.
Latest Madness News!
Madness are all set for a busy holiday season this year. In addition to their reissued albums now being available on special edition 10” vinyl from Size 12 Records, their ‘Do Not Adjust Your Nut’ tour kicks off on November 26th in Blackpool and finishes up in a nutty Christmas bonanza at Earl’s Court on December 17th. Special support comes from The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton.
USM are also delighted to announce the digital release of Madness – The Video Collection on itunes. Boasting 23 of classic videos spanning their career to date and for the incredible price of £7.99, it has benefitted from visual remastering, making it the best quality selection of Madness videos available.
Madness themselves are about to release the excellent "Gogglebox" - a collection of 4DVDs boasting 7 hours of footage - from the Liberty Of Norton Folgate film by Julian Temple to the band’s 2009 performance at The Hackney Empire and loads more. Check out the content in this clip.
Rave on with Shades of Rhythm!
Doyens of of the UK rave scene, Shades of Rhythm were among the most successful and credible dance acts of the 1990s, one of the few to consistently hit the pop charts during the glory days of hardcore dance music.
They signed to ZTT at the turn of the 90s on the strength of the self-released 12" singles and by the end of 1991 S/O/R were at number 14 in the UK singles chart with the Extacy EP (ZANG 24). Their debut album, Shades (ZTT 11, later reissued as The Album) sold over 50,000 copies and all their records were supported by live appearances at legendary 90s raves, like Technodrome and Fantazia, with audiences often topping 10,000.
As part of our ZTT reissue project, Shades has now been given the Salvo treatment; expanded to well over two hours in length by the addition of rare and previously unreleased tracks and remixes. If you have an interest in cutting edge dance music, you owe it to yourself to experience our Extacy edition of Shades of Rhythm!
"The world’s most flexible label" celebrated on Salvo!
One of the most ambitious, influential and succesful independent record labels of all time, Stiff, is celebrated in fine style this month with the release of the 45-track 2CD set, Born Stiff.
Founded by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera in 1976, Stiff introduced the world to the likes of Elvis Costello, Motörhead, The Damned, Jona Lewie and Madness and was famed for both its extremely eclectic roster and highly creative marketing. Operations wound down (and the label was wound up) in the mid-80s, only for Stiff to reappear in the 21st century and release acclaimed albums by artists such as Chris Difford, Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby and Henry Priestman.
With its wonderful sounds, beautiful day-glo sleeve (which cannot be acurately reproduced on computer screens, alas), fully-illustrated 28-page booklet and entertaining essay by author and label insider Will Birch, we’re extremely proud of Born Stiff. As a measure of one of the UK’s greatest record labels, it’s a superb package - the most comprehensive overview of all things Stiff outside of Salvo’s own critically acclaimed 4CD collection, The Big Stiff Box Set.
Salvo’s Nazareth reissues nominated for prestigious Classic Rock award!
Classic Rock, the UK’s leading dedicated rock monthly, has included our Nazareth reissue campaign in the shortlist for ’Reissue of the Year’ in its prestigious ’Roll of Honour’, the ceremony for which will take place on November 10.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St Judas Priest – British Steel The Beatles – Reissues Black Sabbath – The Dio Years AC/DC – Backtracks Jimi Hendrix – Reissues Nazareth – Reissues King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King Where the Action Is – La Nuggets 1965-1968 David Bowie – Station To Station
By casting your vote you’ll be entered into an exclusive draw to win tickets to Hard Rock Hell where you’ll see the likes of Airbourne, Uriah Heap, UFO, Saxon and more play live.
So, If you are fan of our Naz reissues, please vote Nazareth!
Salvo’s deluxe Propaganda and Art of Noise releases both chart!
Down in the Salvo grotto we’ve been celebrating an unprecedented pair of chart placings this week. At the time of writing both Propaganda’s A Secret Wish (deluxe 25th anniversary edition) and Influence, our 2CD Art of Noise retrospective are both sitting comfortably in the Top 150 best-selling albums in the UK (Propaganda entered at No. 36!), a fantastic achievement for catalogue reissues and one that reflects both the the quality of the music and the tremendous job that our Salvo/ZTT production team have done.
Check out the following videos for a taste of the music on offer in these two very special releases.
New Nazareth reissues hit the streets
Salvo’s Nazareth reissue programme continues this month with two of the Scottish rockers’ finest albums - Expect No Mercy (1977) and No Mean City (1979).
Each has been remastered from the original tapes by Manny Charlton and Tim Turan. What’s more, each contains previously unreleased material from the album sessions and, in the case of Expect No Mercy, an entirely unheard version of the album. This "new" version was rejected by the band’s US label at the time, but is every bit as good as the album that was released and contains several tracks that haven’t seen the light of day until now.
Nazareth hit a peak with these two long players. See the following video performances for further evidence.
Sir John Dankworth: Born 20 September 1927; died 6 February 2010
There are few British musicians who were better known and respected both at home and abroad than Sir John Dankworth, who has passed away at the age of 82 following a truly astonishing career that spanned the best part of seven decades and during which he did his utmost to bring jazz and classical music together, with great success.
In the autumn of 2007, both he and his wife of over 50 years, the singer Cleo Laine, celebrated their 80th birthdays with a critically acclaimed box set - I Hear Music - on Salvo and a concert at The Barbican, during which Sir John was a constant presence on stage, either playing his saxophone or vigorously directing the extraordinary musical ensemble that had come together in their honour.
One of Britain’s major jazz (and soundtrack) composers, arrangers and musicians, Dankworth always worked at the top end of the spectrum in both the music that he wrote and with whom he chose to perform; a list that includes everyone from Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald to Craig David! His active musical career, which included many concerts and recordings with his wife, showed few signs of abating in the last years of his life as he remained a major presence on the British jazz scene.
He made his first recordings (on clarinet) in the early 1940s and was a key player in the emergence of “the new jazz” (greatly influenced by the work of Charlie “Bird” Parker) in the UK after the war, forming his own ensemble, The Johnny Dankworth Seven in late 1949.
Cleo Laine became the band’s main singer in 1951. With discs like The Very Thought of You, from March 1952, and Easy Living the following year, Cleo Laine and the Johnny Dankworth Seven made a real mark on the British music scene. They worked at venues that ranged from provincial jazz clubs in the back rooms of pubs to the Royal Festival Hall. But from early in the 1950s Cleo also began to make records in her own right, usually with beautifully crafted arrangements by John.
They were married in 1958, around the same time as John diversified into scoring movies and TV shows. Among his best known credits are the theme tune for the TV show Tomorrow’s World and the classic 60s movies Modesty Blaise and Darling.
During the following decade their desire to bring jazz to a wider audience led them to found the Wavendon Allmusic Plan at the Allmusic Centre (Allmusic being John’s term for what would become popularly known as world music) at their home just outside Milton Keynes; a venue that hosted thousands of musical events over the ensuing years.
In 2006 John (who had been honoured with a CBE in 1974) became the first jazz musician to be knighted. He is survived by Cleo and their children Alec and Jacqui.
Salvo starts ZTT reissue programme with 808 State and Buggles
Founded by Trevor Horn, Jill Sinclair and Paul Morley in 1983, ZTT (Zang Tuum Tumb) enjoyed 45 UK Top 40 hits (fifteen of them Top 10) and produced well regarded and highly successful albums by the likes The Art of Noise, Propaganda, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and 808 State.
Under a new deal Salvo will be following up its acclaimed ZTT box set with reissues of all of the label’s classic albums as remastered deluxe editions with rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, new liner notes and photos. First out of the block are two seminal dance albums from 808 State - 90 and ex:el and the long lost second album by The Buggles, which was essentially a Trevor Horn solo album.
With new "electro"-inspired artists like La Roux and Lady GaGa riding high in the charts there has never been a better time to look back at some of the pioneers of electronic dance music. Watch out for more ZTT releases throughout the year.
In the mean time you can view our 808 State trailer here:
... and listen to 808 State’s main man, Graham Massey, being interviewed by Nemone on BBC 6Music here:
Procol Harum ’One More Time’. New digital album
Procol Harum’s "One More Time" album is to be made available to download for the first time from the 18th October 2009. To preview the album and pre-order your download, visit the Procol Harum store here.
One Step Beyond... The Madness reissues begin!
26th October 2009 sees the release of a very special edition of Madness’s ’One Step Beyond...’. Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, nutty videos, a fantastic John Peel Session and liner notes by ’Trainspotting’ author Irvine Welsh, this 2CD collection will coincide with Madness’s 30th anniversary and marks the beginning of USM’s Madness reissue campaign, celebrating one of Britain’s all-time favourite bands.
MADNESS are the ultimate British singles band, holding the record for British single sales in the 1980s when over 6 million Madness singles were bought by the British public. Total Madness features 23 classic Madness tracks including 20 top 20 hits and all the accompanying videos on one fantastic value CD+DVD set.
The Move Anthology shortlisted for prestigious MOJO catalogue award
Salvo/Fly’s 4CD collection, The Move Anthology 1966-72, has been nominated for the catalogue award at the MOJO Honours List, the star-studded ceremony for which will be held next Thursday 11 June.
The other nominees are deluxe reissues from the likes of Miles Davis, Radiohead and Hawkwind but we hope our highly acclaimed Move release (click here for further details) can hold them off to continue Salvo’s proud (winning) association with these awards.