This is the Strangeways Radio countdown of our top 20 songs released in February 2020 spanning a variety of alternative genres, presented by DJ Mikey
On this day in history (February 28, 1986), the soundtrack to the motion picture Pretty In Pink was released. This is generally considered to be one of the greatest soundtracks of all times. Like most John Hughes movies, the soundtrack consisted primarily of brand new new wave music.
Due to high demand, New Order and Pet Shop Boys have added a second date for their LA stop on the Unity tour.
On this day in history (February 28, 1983), U2 released their 3rd studio album War featuring the singles New Year’s Day, Two Hearts Beat As One and Sunday Bloody Sunday. This is the album that U2 began it streak of politically motivated songs.
On this day in history (February 25, 1985), Tears For Fears released their second studio album Songs From The Big Chair featuring the singles Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Head Over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe.
On this day in history (February 25, 1992), Tori Amos released her debut solo album Little Earthquakes. The album was released one month earlier in the UK. Little Earthquakes features the singles Crucify, China, Silent All These Years, Winter and Me And A Gun.
New Order and Pet Shop Boys have announced a joint North American tour appropriately called The Unity Tour. The tour spans 11 city in the fall of 2020.
In celebration of the anniversary of Songs From The Big Chair, this weeks playlist features our favorite songs from the rich catalog of Tears For Fears. This playlist contains over 30 songs of listening from the iconic new wave band who are still touring and occasionally putting out new singles.
Trip hop icon Tricky returns with the announcement of his new 20,20 EP on his False Idols record label. The EP is due out on March 6. The single, Lonely Dancer, from the EP was just released this week and features the Berlin based vocalist Anika. Lonely Dancer has a super-chill vibe with a Beth Orton style vocal from Anika.
IST IST is the latest post punk band to hail from Manchester and based on what we have heard so far, this band is going to be a post-punk mainstay in our collections. The debut album, Architecture, is due out on May 1. In advance of the album, the band has released 3 singles – Wolves, You’re Mine and Black.
On this day in history (February 22, 1980), OMD released their self-titled debut album featuring Electricity and Messages. This album was influenced by electronic pioneers Brian Eno, Neu! and Kraftwerk.
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.