WINSTON TONG is best known for writing and singing ‘In A Manner Of Speaking’, a song that was subsequently covered by DEPECHE MODE’s Martin Gore on his 1989 ‘Counterfeit’ solo mini-album.
Originally performed by TUXEDOMOON, Tong had joined the experimental art rockers in a flexible arrangement that allowed him to pursue other projects. One of those was his electropop solo album 'Theoretically Chinese'. Continue Reading ›
When ASSOCIATES appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops’ in Winter of 1982 with ‘Party Fears Two’, it was the first time that many had experienced the kaleidoscopic vocal of Billy Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s outlandish operatics with a four-and-a-half octave range made him a stand out character during the post-punk era.
So what songs deserve to be on an imaginary compilation as an introduction to Mackenzie’s work? Here are 18 songs which gather the sporadic genius of Billy Mackenzie. Continue Reading ›
In a feature for NME, PAUL HAIG was labelled "the face and sound of 1982" by Paul Morley who also considered him the "enigmatic fourth man" in a quartet of New Pop saviours comprising Billy Mackenzie, Jim Kerr and Martin Fry.
Now while Haig is generally only known by the post-punk cognoscenti, during the years between 1981-93 when he released music on the prestigious Belgian label Les Disques du Crépuscule, he produced some of the best electronic pop singles of the period. Continue Reading ›