On this day in history (March 13, 1989), Depeche Mode released the live album and documentary – 101. The album and film chronicle the final leg of the band’s Music For The Masses Tour and specifically, the final show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The title 101 was decided on by Alan Wilder and it signifies that the Pasadena show was the 101st date on the tour.
On this day in history (March 13, 1984), The Cars released their 5th studio album Heartbeat City featuring the singles You Might Think, Magic, Drive, Hello Again and Why Can’t I Have You. Each of the singles charted in the top 40
On this day in history (March 12, 1991), REM released their 7th studio album Out Of Time featuring the singles Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People, Near Wild Heaven and Radio Song. This album transcended the band for a college rock / alternative band to international success with crossover pop appeal.
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…
The Week In Review – 2020 Week 10 featuring Depeche Mode, Jarvis Cocker and the best 80’s soundtracks
Velvet Rebel recaps This Week In Music as covered by Strangeways Radio and Slicing Up Eyeballs. He recaps the Depeche Mode Violator box set, new music from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Record store day releases from U2 and David Bowie, tour news from Echo & The Bunnymen and Duran Duran and the latest from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon.
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.
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.
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.