On this day in history (March 9, 1987), U2 released their 5th studio album The Joshua Tree featuring With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Where The Streets Have No Name. This album is legendary not only for the quality of the singles, but the album tracks as well. Songs like Red Hill Mining Town and One Tree Hill have always been equality as memorable to me as were the big hits.
On this day in history (March 9, 1992), Curve released their debut studio album Doppelganger featuring the singles Fait Accompli and Horror Head. Prior to this album, the band had released 3 EP’s.
This weeks compilation features some of my favorite new releases in the realm of synthpop and electronic music. Perhaps my favorite on here is from newcomer Boniface who is synth perfection. I’m also a huge fan of the latest release from Soft Cell’s Marc Almond. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker has a new solo project called JARV…
On this day in history (March 7, 1983), New Order released the single Blue Monday which would later become the number one selling 12″ record of all time. The single featured some of Peter Saville’s most original work, consisting of a die-cut sleeve resembloing a 5.25″ floppy disk.
On this day in history (March 7, 1983), Tears For Fears released their debut album The Hurting featuring the singles Mad World, Change and Pale Shelter. However, there is so much more to this album than just the singles. Songs like Suffer The Children, Memories Fade and Ideas As Opiates are all single quality songs and combined, they make The Hurting perhaps my favorite album of all time.
Three exclusive limited edition releases have been announced for Record Store Day UK – 2020. These include U2, David Bowie and Manic Street Preachers. The releases will be available at participating shops on Saturday April 18.
Pulp fans, rejoice. Frontman Jarvis Cocker has formed a new band called JARV IS and announced their debut album called Beyond The Pale which is due out on May 1 on Rough Trade records. Last May, they released the first single Must I Evolve. Today, they have released the follow up titled House Music All Night Long. The latest track gives of a vibe of the electronic era of David Bowie.
On this day in history (March 2, 1987), Siouxsie And The Banshees released their 8th studio album Through The Looking Glass featuring the singles This Wheel’s On Fire and The Passenger. This album is a collection of all cover songs, inspired by David Bowie’s Pin Ups covers album.
In celebration of the anniversary of the Pretty In Pink soundtrack, Strangeways Radio is conducting a poll to see what your favorite 80’s soundtrack is. Obviously, we expect Pretty In Pink to score very highly but we want to see what other great soundtracks you come up with.
The prolific dreampop band Chandeen has just released their 10th studio album Mercury Retrograde.The album has an astronomy theme, influenced in part with Harald Löwy Julia Beyer’s fascination with the topic. This album uses several angelic vocalists this time around, keeping with the theme of rotating vocalists that has been prevalent since the bands debut in 1990.
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.