Longtime alt-rocker Paul Weller is celebrating Sir Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday by releasing a special tribute a cover of the Beatles’ classic, “Birthday.”
The track is available for one day, June 18, 2012, for 70 cents on Amazon.com through Yep Roc Records. Proceeds from the song downloads will benefit the War Child charity, and organization that aids children and young people in war-torn areas.
Weller, who is best known for co-founding The Style Council and The Jam, commented on the Yep Roc website that he wanted to fine a unique way to honor the legend of Sir McCarthy and his contributions to music:
“I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th, the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”
Weller and his band recorded “Birthday” in one day at his Black Barn Studios.
Revenge of the 80s Radio welcomes two new radio affiliates: Totally 80s Radio (88.4FM – Benidorm, Spain) and Whaley Radio (107.4FM – High Peaks, UK). Both stations are very popular in their listening areas and online, showcasing a lineup of great hosts and talented programmers.
Totally 80s Radio will broadcast Revenge of the 80s Tuesdays 6-8pm and Sundays 3-5pm CET (Central European Time); Whaley radio will air the program on Tuesdays 10am-12pm GMT.
We are proud to have these top 80s radio stations as members of our Revenge of the 80s Radio family and we look forward to a continued relationship with these fine broadcast establishments.
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A master of the avant garde, Pascal Languirand brought his unusual brand of music to the mainstream in 1983 with “Living on Video” two years after writing it. Little did he know it would become a new wave dance classic. Nearly three decades later, Languirand brings his Trans-X project back to life with a new album, Hi-NRG.
After “Living on Video’s” international success, Languirand made the surprising move away from trying to produce hit music. In a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, he said he was not happy with the attitude of industry leadership: “all the record companies were mostly into selling a record fast and not developing an act… I got out of the music business altogether for about ten years.” Languirand continued to cerate pieces stemming from the cosmic genre he originated.
Two weeks ago, we featured singer Maryam Zadeh on Revenge of the 80s. Here is our Examiner article on her:
It did not take long for Tapps founder and producer Allan Coelho to become intrigued by the stunning sound of songstress Maryam Zadeh. After the two were working together on a music project, the Canadian Hi-NRG master asked her to become the new lead singer for his band. Now, Zadeh is focusing on her own music, with a sound inspired by New Romantic artists of the early 80s and her own background.
Zadeh, who grew up in the 80s, developed her vocal style from years of listening to singers who influenced her, like Debbie Harry, Tony Hadley and Simon LeBon. In a recent interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio, The Californian singer says she fell in love with early 80s-era new wave, which became important to her development as an artist: “it was just so raw and the music was romantic and exciting… it’s something that I want to revive in my own music now. ”
As you know, I also produce and create other radio shows, including Money Matters Radio in New York. On Thursday, May 17, 2012, Adriana Kaegi (Kid Creole and the Coconuts) co-hosted with me as I filled in as a guest host. In addition to being a rock star and co-founder of KCC, Kaegi is the President of Dear Addy Digital Media and a social media expert. We discussed the Facebook IPO and the Eurozone troubles among other topics. Here is a recording of the bulk of the program, when we started our main discussion. Please enjoy:
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The podcast edit for our 5/11/12 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Maryam Zadeh, the current Tapps lead singer, is our guest. Zadeh worked with Tapps founder Allan Coellho, before he invited her to front the band. Maryam is working on a solo project, where her musical and vocal styles bring back the New Romantic sound of the 80s. We will also play one of her new tracks, “Love Storm.” Our conversation takes place in Hour 2 of the show.
In Hour 1, we feature our list of the Top 11 Horn/Sax solos of the 1980s, with tracks from Haircut 100, Hazel O’Connor, Men At Work, Paul Young, INXS and more.
Revenge of the 80s airs live on Radio 80s 87.6FM weekday mornings 7-9am ; We are also on live with Indigo FM, (Victoria, AUS), Seymour FM, Elwood FM and Surf FM in Melbourne, AUS, Central GM in Spain and 80s and More radio in the UK
Love in the Age of War will be Men Without Hats’ first album of new music since 2003’s No Hats Beyond This Point and comes on the heels of the band’s release of its new version of “Pop Goes the World.” In 2011, lead singer Ivan Doroschuk jump-started his comeback with his first U.S. tour in over 20 years before heading into the studio to record, during which he previewed some of the music appearing on Love:
Paul Collins, “The King of Power Pop,” will headline an all-day Record Store Day event at Generation Records on Thompson Street in New York City on Saturday, April 21. It will be the fourth annual celebration of independent record stores at the Greenwich Vilage landmark.
Collins, a passionate supporter of Power Pop, DIY music and record stores, will anchor a line-up of Power-Pop heavyweights from the New York-Metro area including Supertouch, Joyce Manor and Night Birds plus a host of prominent alt-music DJs.
Generation Records will open up at 10am, and the first DJ will promptly spin new and classic power pop, garage punk and DIY rock tracks. There will be memorabilia and special items available as well, including 60 limited-edition pressings of Supertouch’s new single, “Lost My Way,” according to the store’s event website.
The Record Store Day performance schedule for Saturday is:
- 2:00-2:25 – Joyce Manor
- 2:40-3:05 – Night Birds
- 3:50-4:50 – Zack Lopez (Freshkills)
- 4:50-5:30 – Supertouch
- 6:30-7:10 – Paul Collins Beat
Collins, co-founder of The Nerves, The Breakaways and Founder of The Beat, also recently announced dates for a mini-tour of Australia in May.
With the same energy and flavor, MWH frontman Ivan Doroschuk keeps true to the whimsical novelty-song aspect of the track while subtly updating it for today’s dance club atmosphere. The most striking difference from the original is Doroschuk’s ditching of the murmur singing tone of the 1988 hit in favor of the traditional deep “Ivan voice” with the occasional one-syllable falsetto. Also, it would seem that the little girl who introduced the cut back in the 80s is now grown up. Still, Doroschuk and his producers made sure not to take the “pop” out of the quirky song. “Pop Goes the World 2012” is available on Amazon.com and iTunes
Doroschuk is fresh off a successful comeback tour across North America in 2011, his first in 20 years, where he previewed some of his new music. Men Without Hats plans to release Love in the Age of War in May.
Nikki Corvette, The LIttle Girls, Kim Shattock, Ronnie Spector to headline Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul
Ronnie Spector, Nikki Corvette and Kim Shattock lead the slate of lady rockers to play at the first annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest in St. Paul,
Minnesota on May 11-12, 2012.
The two-day festival is the brainchild of Dana Raidt, Editor of METRO
magazine, host of the Girl Gems radio show and Travis Ramin, the
co-founder of Ramo Records. Raidt says the pair had been looking to create a unique event together: “Over the summer we were talking about ways we could collaborate, and Travis brought up the idea of organizing a festival of mainly female artists. We started putting together a lineup and it all sort of came together.”
Raidt says she and Ramin hope to make this an annual show.
Spector, one of rock’s most influential girl-group leaders headlines the
showcase of female-led acts from around the world, which also features
Detroit alt-rock queen Nikki Corvette, Southern California new-wavers
Collins and Case will be accompanied by Timm Buechler on bass and drummer Amos Pitsch. They will perform classics from the bands they formed together, The Nerves and The Breakaways, as well as tracks from Collins’ Beat and Case’s Plimsouls.
While some venues have not yet been announced, here are the official Collins/Case tour dates and cities:
- March 01 Iron Road Studios, Vancouver BC, CAN
- March 02 The Funhouse, Seattle WA
One of classic alternative music’s top brass men, Charlie Lagond, is celebrating a big milestone for his non-profit music school. Members of the band for which he led the horn section, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and several other top musicians will be on hand to help celebrate the 10th year of his Lagond School of Music with special fundraising webcast.
The Lagond-a-Thon will run live on Friday night, February 10th, 7-11pm Eastern Time on the school’s website, Lagondmusic.org. It will also be available there on-demand after the air date. The show will feature several student performers from the school and appearances by August “Kid Creole” Darnell, Coati Mundi, Adriana Kaegi, George Benson, Bongo Eddie, Oz Noy, Will Lee and members of the Blues Brothers Band. Throughout the program, Mundi will interview several graduates, talking with them about how their lives were positively affected while attending the Lagond School of Music.
Because its curriculum focuses greatly on public performance and preparing enrollees to further their education, The Lagond School of Music has an extraordinary track record of success:
Renowned hit-maker of the 1980s Phil Harding is making available a collection of some of his best remixes from his days with PWL Records. The 2 CD set, Phil Harding Club Mixes of the 1980s, features a variety of classic productions and some previously unreleased material.
Harding, well known for his work in combining new sounds with his own pop-minded acumen throughout his days with Marquee Studios and PWL, highlights his work with artists ranging from
The podcast edit for our 1/20 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, Howard Jones is our guest. Jones plans to tour the UK and parts of the world playing his first two albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action, in their entirety in 2012. Dates can be found on Jones’ official website. Our conversation leads off hour 2 of the show.
During our conversation, the topics Howard Jones and I discuss include:
- The tour
- Why Jones decided to play Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action in their entirety and as originally
- Jones’ thoughts behind some of his classic songs
- The significance of Jed Hoile‘s presence during Jones’ early live shows and videos.
- The importance of a solid keyboard hook in his creations
recorded (no new, updated versions)
Adam Ant announced today that unforseen production delays on his album are causing him and producers to push back its release date. In turn, he postponed his U.S. tour, originally scheduled to begin in February.
The decision appears in a post on Ant’s official website:
Due to circumstances beyond the control of Adam Ant, his band and his representation, the release of Adam’s new album has been delayed resulting in the re-scheduling of his February USA tour dates to September and October 2012
Dates will be announced later in the year. Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid for the new dates at the local venues when they are re-set.
Revenge of the 80s Radio is proud to welcome UK internet radio station 80s & More as our newest affiliate. 80s $ More has a vast playlist spanning the special decade of the 1980s of British Chart tracks and Classic ALternative music. Station President Gordon Dack says he plans to broadcast Revenge of the 80s Tuesdays 6pm-8pm GMT and re-broadcast on Saturdays 1-3pm GMT.
We officially premiere on January 3, 2012; 80s and More, however, will air our Christmas Special this week.
80s and More’s lineup of presenters includes Gary King, Ray Gauthier, Richard Todd, Jan B, Kurt David & Neil Glaves
Two members of the band that originated Power Pop as we know it plan to tour the U.S. and Canada in 2012. Before embarking on a string of dates in Germany, Paul Collins announced on his Facebook page that he and fellow Nerves co-founder Peter Case will unite for several concert dates beginning March 1, 2012 in Vancouver, B.C.
Collins, Case and Jack Lee formed The Nerves in 1974 and produced a new, unique sound that would influence many bands to come. With that, they created the Power Pop genre, which continues to have a huge worldwide following. While The Nerves only officially released one EP, one of its tracks was the history-making “Hanging on the Telephone.” That track would later be covered by Blondie and become a mainstream chart hit.
The podcast/syndication edit for our 10/14/11 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, we talk with Debora Iyall, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign where fans can back her production of a new vinyl EP, Singing Until Sunrise, which features a new version of “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing).” If you would like to help contribute to the making of the record, please visit Debora’s Kickstarter page.
We also play a new track from Thomas Dolby and classics from The Boomtown Rats, Josie Cotton, The Damned, INXS, Voice of the Beehive and more.
The first single from Kate Bush‘s soon-to-be-released 50 Words for Snow album is now available to the public. “Wild Man” is available via digital download through several music retailers. The track is one of seven on the collection, which is scheduled for release on November 21.
Bush employs a simple instrumentation in “Wild Man” as she conveys a romantic, yet sympathetic portrayal of the Abominable Snowman of legend. The talented soprano sings primarily in a low tone, but harmonizes beautifully with her higher register as she leads the listener into the chorus. The track offers a delightfully tempting taste of what will be in 50 Words For Snow, which will also feature guest appearances from the likes of Sir Elton John and comedian Stephen Fry
2011 has been a rather eventful year for Kate Bush: earlier this year, she released Director’s Cut, a compilation of remixes of some of her classic songs, while 50 Words For Snow will be her first album of new material since Aerial in 2005
Debora Iyall is planning to release a 12″ vinyl EP and fans will have the opportunity to help make it happen. Iyall, best known as the front-woman for Romeo Void, initiated a Kickstarter campaign to financially support the endeavor. She is offering those who donate to the record rewards ranging from and autographed poster to a dinner for two with the iconic singer.
In Singing Until Sunrise Iyall will be accompanied by her new band, with whom she plays in the San Francisco Bay area. It will be available in purple vinyl with cover art created by Iyall, who says she is for a mid-to-late November release. The tracks will also be available via digital download.
On the EP will be a new, jazz-rock hybrid version of the Romeo Void classic “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing),” which features more prominent guitar, drums and piano and a new third verse written by Iyall. She will also include two tracks from her 2010 Stay Strong CD and one written and produced by fellow RV founder Frank Zincavage titled “Lettnig Go.” Of that track, Iyall says “It’s kind of [a] chill room electronica song of summer… dedicated to our late soundman, Louie Beeson, rest in peace.”
Iyall says she was inspired to try Kickstarter by another San Francisco musician who used the site when he needed a tour bus. Recently, producer and musician Tim Jackson successfully funded an upcoming documentary on Robin Lane taking that approach.
Donations can be made to Debora Iyall’s Kickstarter campaign here until October 21st. You can listen to a clip of Iyall’s new version of “A Girl In Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing) below; she will discuss Singing Until Sunrise and Kickstarter on the program this coming week.
Revenge of the 80s has launched its official Youtube Channel. It features some of our classic interviews from the past years as well as our favorite new videos from artists of the classic alternative era. Subscribe to our Revenge of the 80s Youtube Channel for info on any content updates, new features and to find our which videos are our favorites.
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The classic alternative universe may have more representation in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, depending on who gets nominated for induction in 2012. Among the nominees are longtime college radio favorites The Cure and progressive rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers; the rest of the list includes Donovan, War, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, Laura Nyro and The Beastie Boys.
Looking at the list of those already inducted into the Hall and without pointing at any selections in particular, some of the most influential punk and alternative rockers of the 70s and 80s continue to be snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee. Whether they have been slighted for political reasons, matters of taste or simply not on the selectors’ radars at the time of discussion, here are five standout artists who deserve to be enshrined but continue to be ignored:
It took fellow Detroit punk pioneers The Stooges fifteen years and eight nominations before they finally became Hall of Famers in 2010, but MC5 is still not under consideration. The band, formed in 1964, was doing the anti-establishment, angry politics, rile-up-the-youth act years before Richard Branson signed HOFers the Sex Pistols to their short-lived rise to power. Despite the nominating committee’s apparent disregard for the group’s importance to music history and the development of punk, MC5 remains one of the Detroit music scene’s most revered bands.
Kate Bush confirmed rumors about the release of her first album of new music in six years. According to her website, 50 Words For Snow is scheduled to be available to the public on November 21, 2011. It will be distributed by her own record company, Fish People.
Earlier this year, an Australian EMI executive leaked that the collection would be ready sometime in November. In May, Bush unveiled Director’s Cut, a compilation of remixes and special versions of her classic songs.
50 Words For Snow will feature seven songs played over a background of running snow. The track listing will be:
- LAKE TAHOE
- SNOWED IN AT WHEELER STREET
- 50 WORDS FOR SNOW
- AMONG ANGELS
Pre-orders can be made via iTunes.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Kate Bush makes it official: new album release date set – National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/kate-bush-makes-it-official-new-album-release-date-set#ixzz1Xwrjnx63
Before starting his mini-tour in the United States earlier this week, former Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley revealed during an interview on the internationally-syndicated Revenge of the 80s Radio show that he plans to release a new album next spring.
While many of his past solo albums heavily featured covers, Hadley says this one will have all original songs. Hadley, who has recorded in many genres of music since Spandau Ballet’s breakup, tells Revenge of the 80s he enjoys experimenting in the studio and the new collection’s sound will have be “dance pop-rock with a quirky edge to it.”
During that same radio conversation, Hadley discusses his thoughts on his solo career, the importance of cool suits and a bit of Spandau Ballet history. The full interview can be heard in hour two of the podcast below:
As MTV celebrates its 30th anniversary today, August 1, 2011, we can all try to remember with reverence the cable channel that evolved from being a work-in-progress experiment to a financial juggernaut. While we may reminisce today about the great music and the original VJs of the early-to-mid 80s, the vast majority of today’s Music Television audience knows very little, if anything, of the days where the cable station was a cutting-edge (virtually) 24-hour music video channel that opened the nation up to new and interesting artists. While is it naive to expect nothing to change over three decades, today’s MTV is truly a shadow of its former self with less videos, generic playlist and overloaded with reality shows that would insult the intelligence of someone deemed to be “minimally exceptional.”
MTV, in its early years, was more than simply an all-music-video cable entity. In an era where the majority of the radio industry’s strongest-signaled stations were littered with the same watered down chart pop, MTV exposed a young audience with developing musical tastes to more obscure acts and regional sensations who wound up becoming more widely popular thanks to the national exposure. The station quickly became part of the American lexicon and was highly influential to the music industry through ti mid-1980s. A performer’s video became just as important as his or her music in producing a hit song. We saw what Kevin Rowland looked like, watched the fervent destruction of a piano in the Art of Noise’s “Close to the Edit” video, witnessed Michael Jackson become a werewolf, observed David Bowie developing his acting skills, admired the pure genius of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme as video producers and laughed as Weird Al Yankovic “hijacked” MTV’s signal. As for the VJs, we welcomed, JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Adam Curry and the rest into our homes and still enjoy hearing or reading about them today.
Continue reading on Examiner.com MTV: 30 Years of exceptional and dubious contributions to music, entertainment – National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/mtv-30-years-of-exceptional-and-dubious-contributions-to-entertainment#ixzz1Tpkn84wP
The podcast edit for our 7/29/11 show is below. In hour 2, we pay tribute to the early days of MTV by playing tracks from the first classic alternative artists whose videos aired on the station’s 8/1/81 launch date.
Seven years since the release of 2005′s Ariel, the music industry and the alt-music blogosphere have been buzzing about a new album by Kate Bush. An interview with an EMI Records executive by Australia’s Star Observer revealed that he believes it will very likely be ready in November.While there is no mention of the new album or a release date, news of the quote from the high-ranking EMI-Australia officer spread quickly, although he tempered it by saying, “Of course, you can never be sure with Kate Bush. She does things at her own pace. But we’ve been told to prepare for a November release.”
Bush, who has stayed out of the celebrity limelight for most of the past decade, indicated earlier this year that she would be recording new music. This came shortly after fans were delighted by the release of Director’s Cut, a collection of re-worked fan favorites that ran into a bit of a technological glitch before a later-than-expected distribution date in North America.
Continue reading on Examiner.com EMI Exec says new Kate Bush album ETA November - National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/emii-exec-says-new-kate-bush-album-eta-november#ixzz1TQXfUCaT
Men Without Hats will be touring the US in 2011. Lead singer Ivan Doroschuck and the band released their official tour dates earlier today. Many of those dates, they will share the bill with The Human League. The B-52s will be joining them for a few shows as well. This news comes shortly after Doroschuk announced at the 2011 North By Northwest Festival Men Without Hats is planning to relase a new studio album.
Men Without Hats became international stars with their chartbuster ‘The Safety Dance” in 1983. While only hitting the Top 40 once more after their breakthrough smash, the band developed a strong following thrughout North America. Their last CD was 2003′s No Hats Beyond This Point. This will be Men Without Hats’ first full-length US tour in several years; they were slated to be on the 2009 Regeneration Tour, but a legal issue forced them to back out with Ivan Doroschuck issuing a sincere apology to fans for not participating.
The full list of tour dates is on our on Examiner.com Men Without Hats announce US tour dates – National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/men-without-hats-announce-us-tour-dates#ixzz1SnP1MdHj
The party continues to go on for Kid Creole. Over thirty years after creating the Kid Creole and the Coconits ensemble with Adriana Kaegi and Coati Mundi, August D’arnell still tours the world as the amazing, flashy ladies’ man character he invented and perfected over his post-Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band career. This week, D’arnell teases his fans with an EP of remixes of one track from his upcoming album, I Wake Up Screaming, which is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2011. It will be the band’s first studio album in over 10 years.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Kid Creole teases upcoming CD with series of remixes – National Alternative Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/alternative-music-in-national/kid-creole-teases-upcoming-cd-with-series-of-remixes#ixzz1ShezrEQ9