Sunday, March 30, 2008
On the subject of Bucks Fizz it's my sad duty to inform you of the death of songwriter Warren Harry (a.k.a Warren Bacall) who died in his sleep earlier this month, aged just 54.
Warren contributed the excellent "I'd Like To Say I Love You" to the "Hand Cut" album in 1983 and also wrote two of Bucks Fizz singles released later that year: "When We Were Young" and "Rules Of The Game". In collaboration with Andy Hill he also wrote "Thief In The Night", "Indebted To You", "In Your Eyes" and the deliciously mad "Oh Suzanne" - which is arguably my favourite Fizz track of them all.
Thanks for everything Warren. R.I.P mate...
Monday, March 24, 2008
Once again there is a line-up change with Rick Wakeman unable to commit to a lengthy tour for health reasons. His place will be taken by his son Oliver Wakeman. A statement from Rick can be found here:
And an interview with Jon Anderson about the tour and the future of Yes can be found here:
By the way, the wonderful cartoon at the top of this entry is the work of a talented 19 year old Yes fan from Germany by the name of Nina Mayerhofer. She has her own myspace site which is well worth checking out:
The lead single "Nine Lives" - which features a contribution from country singer Tim McGraw (!!) - is previewed on their myspace page.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Not sure how much we've raised exactly but I know it's in excess of £150 - so thanks to everyone who sponsored us.
Just one thing - in 2010 can we make it in the Summertime please...?!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
On the positive side over the last couple of weeks I've passed my Business Administration NVQ Level 2. Go me!
Anyway - music news....
Madonna - Maddy releases a new album "Hard Candy" in April. This is her final album for Warner Brothers before signing a ten year album and publishing deal with concert promoter Live Nation.
Bucks Fizz - Sony BMG have agreed to release "The Lost Masters 2 - The Final Cut" with a tentative release date of late May.
Def Leppard - Release their new album "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge" on April 29th preceded by a single entitled "Nine Lives"
Mostly Autumn - Release a new album entitled "Glass Shadows" in May. A pre-ordered limited edition can be ordered from their website containing bonus tracks and a 90 minute "Making Of..." DVD
Asia - Asia's new album "Phoenix" now has a release date of 11th April with a track list as follows:
01. Never Again
02. Nothing's Forever
04. Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise
06. I Will Remember You
07. Shadow of a Doubt
08. Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya
09. Wish I'd Known All Along
10. Orchard of Mines
11. Over and Over
12. An Extraordinary Life
A sample of "Never Again" can be heard here:
Meanwhile the Wetton/Downes Icon Tour resumes in September with support coming from a promising new band called The Reasoning. See you there guys!
Marillion - Hooks In You (Promotional Video)
"Many people are unfamiliar with the Steve Rothery era Marillion. That's a shame as they produced many fine tracks. This is a good example. A concise, punchy pop/rock track. A coded message to a friend once upon a time... "
The Audience - A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed (Promotional Video)
"Nice little indie-pop song with a young Sophie Ellis-Bextor being photogenic for England. The campaign for playing this before Wolves games starts here..."
Status Quo - Who Asked You (Promotional Video)
"I only discovered the existence of this video this week. An album track from 1979's "Whatever You Want". I've always liked this one"
Saint Etienne - You're In A Bad Way (Promotional Video)
"Cool as you like!"
The Modern - Jane Falls Down (Promotional Video)
"It's 1982 all over again! This lot are now known as The Matinee Club and released their debut album on i-tunes last week."