To celebrate 60 years of THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP, the pioneering collective held a pair of events within the plush confines of The British Library.
The first comprised of a panel discussion chaired by Louise Gray of The Wire, while the second was a surround sound concert with striking visuals directed by Obsrvtry. Despite THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP members now pushing 70 years of age or more, they possessed more vigour than many acts half their age. Continue Reading ›
At one of the most prolific stages of his career, Neil Arthur is also on an artistic high with the new BLANCMANGE long player ‘Unfurnished Rooms’ easily surpassing the lame 2017 effort by another act who were also showcased on the influential ‘Some Bizarre Album’ in 1981.
Playing host to the second date of the ‘Unfurnished Rooms’ tour was London’s 229, a spacious new venue with an unusually high stage opposite Great Portland Street tube station. Continue Reading ›
When Bill Leeb left SKINNY PUPPY to form FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, back in 1986, it seemed that he was jumping the ship everyone wanted to be on.
The Vancouver-based band were rising with a post-punk tide that combined synthesizers, hard rhythms and splatter movie images as a counterpoint to the commercial sounds that filled the airwaves of the period. Their popularity had helped Nettwerk Records get a distribution deal with a major label in the US, while the band were signed to an independent in Europe. Continue Reading ›
The Union Club in Soho was the location of ‘Question Mark’, a panel discussion hosted by Wall Of Sound and Back To the Phuture’s Mark Jones. The four guests gathered for the fascinating and extremely good humoured chat were OMD’s Paul Humphreys, HEAVEN 17’s Glenn Gregory, Steve Norman from SPANDAU BALLET and T’PAU vocalist Carol Decker.
Mark Jones announced this was to be the last free session to which Carol Decker amusingly quipped “Will I have to pay to talk about myself?” Continue Reading ›
After the ticketing debacle of the London Tate Modern Turbine Hall shows in 2013, the announcement of what is a pretty extensive tour for KRAFTWERK has now at least given fans of Die Mensch Machine a fighting chance to actually see them live.
The Electricity Club was present at the middle of a trio of Royal Albert Hall dates and after some pretty stringent security / ticketing checks, the team were able to take to their seats with a pair of 3D glasses waiting. Continue Reading ›