On this day in history (February 20, 1984), The Smiths released their self-titled debut album featuring the single What Difference Does It Make and This Charming Man. The sleeve for the album was designed by Morrissey and features American actor Joe Dallesandro in a cropped still from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film Flesh.
Hooverphonic has released a new single titled Release Me for the Eurovision 2020 song contest. Release Me continues in Hooverphonic’s recent orchestral sound and it works well on this single. The band has been rotating singers since it’s inception and that trend continues. Noemie Wolfs is no longer with the band and she is replaced with Luka Cruysbergs.
The British musician, DJ and record producer Andrew Weather passed away due to a pulmonary embolism. Andrew was 56 years old
Boniface is a synth project from Winnipeg singer Micah Visser. His debut self titled album was just released this week and it’s filled with infectious electronic/pop songs, mostly upbeat in nature. Boniface makes it easy to see what they are all about, as there are a handful of videos to accompany the album singles.
On this day in history (February 17, 1984), Thompson Twins released their fourth studio album Into The Gap featuring the singles Hold Me Now and Doctor Doctor. The was the bands most commercially successufull album featuring 3 singles that made the UK Top 5 singles chart.
This weeks compilation features a collection of new-ish tracks in the genre of Dreampop. These are some of my favorite songs from the last year featuring sweet vocals and chillout melodies.
Erasure has released a deluxe edition of their 1991 album Chorus. This bundle is delivered as a hard back media book package with exclusive sleeve notes and contains 37 songs over 3 discs.
Desire is an electronic band on the Italians Do It Better label featuring singer Megan Louise and the label staple Johnny Jewel. The band is best known for their infectious track “Under Your Spell” which I like to refer to as the Forever Ever song. Those fortunate enough to see Chromatics on tour last year were treated to Desire as a warm up act. They performed a version of New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle during that tour and now, the band has released an official recording as a single
On this day in history (February 15, 2000), The Cure released their 11th studio album Bloodflowers. While there were no commercial singles off this album, Out Of This World and Maybe Someday were released as promotional singles to radio stations.
The Week In Review – 2020 Week 7 live from Hard Rock featuring Cruel World Festival, Xymox, Depeche Mode + more
Velvet Rebel recaps This Week In Music as covered by Strangeways Radio and Slicing Up Eyeballs. He recaps the Cruel World and W-Festival lineups, tour news from Front 242, reissues from Erasure and a live album from Bryan Ferry. Plus, hear the latest singles from Clan Of Xymox plus newer artists Astari Nite and Shopping.
The Seattle based synth band Jupe Jupe just released a new single that will take you right back to the glory days of the 80s. Mix a swanky video, the synth sounds of Depeche Mode or Camouflage and an INXS style saxophone and you get this – How Can We Both Be In Love. This track is off the forthcoming Nightfall EP, scheduled to be released on February 28.
Cruel World: Mega 80’s festival featuring Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Echo & The Bunnymen and everyone else
A one-day concert festival has been scheduled for May 2 in Los Angeles featuring a who’s who of 80’s new wave and post punk artists. Tickets go on sale this Friday and details can be found on the Cruelworldfest.com website.