When Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark returned in 2010 with History of Modern, the band reignited a career that has remained strangely under appreciated by mainstream fans of 80s synth-pop. The band’s balance of art and commerce has occasionally danced too far in one direction (Dazzle Ships) or the other (Crush) but the albums that strike the right balance, such as 1981’s Architecture & Morality, are essential to the genre. Their last two albums, English Electric (2013) and The Punishment of Luxury (2017), are stunning works of pop from the packaging to the songs. In fact, they might be the band’s two strongest albums from start to finish. And then there is 1991’s Sugar Tax. Somewhat lost between their imperial phase of 80s hit singles and their glorious return, Sugar Tax has faded from memory.
Alanis Morissette is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill with a world tour featuring a great lineup of Garbage and Liz Phair.
The Cure have announced a limited edition Seventeen Seconds 2020 calendar to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark record
According to several Morrissey fan sites, the artist is scheduled to release his next album of original material called I Am Not A Dog On A Chain in March 2020
On this day in history (November 27, 1981), Soft Cell released their debut studio album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret featuring the singles Tainted Love, Bedsitter and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.
This weeks playlist features our favorite songs from the brief but wonderful catalog of The Sundays
U2 have released their first new single since their 2017 album Songs Of Experience. The song is a peace anthem called Ahimsa and it features the Indian musician AR Rahmen.
On this day in history (November 19, 1991), the Scottish alt-rock band Teenage Fanclub released their third studio album Bandwagonesque featuring the singles Star Sign, The Concept and What You Do To Me on Creation Records
On this day in history (November 18, 1986), Duran Duran released their fourth studio album Notorious featuring the singles Notorious, Skin Trade and Meet El Presidente.
On this day in history (November 18, 1985), The Jesus And Mary Chain released their debut studio album Psychocandy featuring their staple single Just Like Honey.
On this day in history (November 14, 1969), David Bowie released his second studio album. The album was originally self titled when released in the UK on the Philips label and as Man Of Words/Man Of Music on Mercury records. RCA Records re-issued the album as Space Oddity in 1972.
On the anniversary of the release of Floodland, The Sisters Of Mercy have announced 4 concert dates for the UK in March 2020