Sep 29, 2010

Trentemoller - Beta Boy

Trentemøller - Sycamore Feeling


Anders Trentemøller is a Danish electronic musician from Copenhagen.
Trentemøller made his debut in 1997 together with DJ T.O.M. when they formed the first live-house act in Denmark, Trigbag, and started playing concerts all over the globe. Trigbag’s single Showtime was played by international DJs such as Alex Gopher, Laurent Garnier, and Etienne de Crécy. Trigbag dissolved in 2000.
Trentemøller returned on Naked Music in 2003 with his The Trentemøller EP including the tracks Le Champagne and Work in Progress. Trentemøller received the award “Up Front Release of the Year” at the Danish DJ Awards in February 2004 for the Track “Le Champagne”.
In late 2004 he and his friend and partner, DJ Buda, issued a white label remix of Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker, under the name Run Jeremy. Together they’ve also made other great tracks such as “Gamma” and “25 Timer”. Furthermore, Trentemøller has worked together with DJ Buda and DJ T.O.M. on another track on the upcoming and much anticipated Lulu Rouge album entitled Bless you which was released in May 2008.
In February 2005 Steve Bug released the renowned Trentemøller EP Physical Fraction on his label Audiomatique. This release put Trentemøller on the map of internationally successful producers, and was followed by three releases on Bug’s main label Poker Flat: Polar Shift, Sunstroke, and the Nam Nam EP. Many reader polls awarded him as the Best Newcomer of the year 2005.
Trentemøller is also a much demanded remixer. Highlights have been his remixes for Martinez (Shadowboxing), Sharon Philips (“Want 2/Need 2”), Röyksopp (What Else Is There?), The Knife (We Share Our Mother’s Health), Sodom for the Pet Shop Boys, and Moby’s hit Go. Go (Trentemøller remix) charted at #38 on the Australian ARIA Club chart in October 2006. In 2006, Trentemøller also released a remix of Chris Isaak’s 90s hit Wicked Game under his alias Businessman. The single was called Dubby Games and was a major underground tune that year.
Anders’ debut album The Last Resort was released on Poker Flat in October 2006. German magazine Groove Mag and French magazine Trax both voted it as “Record of the Year” in November 2006.
His Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 was voted Essential Mix of the Year by listeners in 2006.
In 2007 the song Moan by Trentemøller feat. Ane Trolle was a big hit in Denmark as well as a top 30 hit in the Belgium Singles Top 50.

2006 – The Last Resort
2007 – The Trentemøller Chronicles
2010 - Into The Great Wide Yonder

2003 – Trentemøller EP (12”)
2004 – Beta Boy (12”)
2005 – Kink (12”)
2005 – Physical Fraction (12”)
2005 – Polar Shift (12”)
2005 – Serenetti (12”)
2006 – Sunstroke (12”)
2006 – Nam Nam E.P. (12”)
2006 – Rykketid (12”)
2006 – Always Something Better (12”)
2006 - Dubby Games (as “Businessman”)
2007 – African People (12”)
2007 – Moan (12”)
2007 – Moan (Dub & Instrumental) (12”)
2008 – Miss You (Remixes) (12”)
2008 - Live in Concert EP (Live at Roskilde 2007)
2009 - Rauta EP (12”)

unknown year - Aphex twin - windowlicker
unknown year - Robyn - Konichiwa Bitches
1999 – ETA – Ayia Napa
2003 – Filur – You & I
2003 – B & B International – Decorated With Ornaments
2003 – Malou – I Wish
2003 – Laid Back – Beautiful Day
2003 – Djuma Soundsystem – Les Djinns
2004 – Yoshimoto – Du What U Du
2004 – Andy Caldwell – Give a Little
2004 – Pashka – Island Breeze
2004 – The Rhythm Slaves – The Light You Will See
2004 – Aya – Uptown
2005 – Mathias Schaffhauser – Coincidance
2005 – Fred Everything & 20 for 7 – Friday
2005 – Vernis – Bubble Bath
2005 – Varano – Dead End Street
2005 - Pet Shop Boys - Sodom
2005 – Sharon Phillips – Want 2/Need 2
2005 – Unai – Oh You and I
2005 – Martinez – Shadowboxing
2005 – Röyksopp – What Else Is There?
2005 – The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
2006 – Djosos Krost – Chaptor One
2006 – Delirium – Silence
2006 – Jokke Ilsoe – Feeling Good
2006 – Moby – Go (2006)
2006 – Trentemøller feat. Richard Davis – Always Something Better
2007 – Trentemøller feat. Ane Trolle – Moan
2008 – Kasper Bjørke – Doesn’t Matter
2008 – Modeselektor – The White Flash
2008 – Lulu Rouge - Bless You
2008 – Booka Shade - Outskirts
2009 – Depeche Mode - Wrong

Trentemoller - Miss You

Trentemoller feat ClickVision - Evil Dub

Trentemøller: Moan (Trentemøller Vocal Remix ft. Ane Trolle)

Sep 28, 2010

Alphawezen - Gai Soleil

Alphawezen - Frost

Alphawezen - Rain

Alphawezen - Gun Song


Under their nom de guerre ‘Alphawezen’ respectively Ernst Wawra and his singing comrades-in-arms Asu, Verena, Simone and Fred show with the third album “Comme Vous Voulez” their expertise in the weird and wonderful world of electro-apparatus again. A typical Alphawezen recording session is less like a composer’s studio session than a conspirative get-together, replete with elated twitterings and chirpings, murmured and whispered exchanges of secrets and piquant remarks. The reward for this courteous treatment of the machines resonates through the very first track: “Green Eyes” is possessed of a complex and magical melancholy peculiar to creatures who, after centuries of slavery, have at long last been proffered a helping hand (namely, Mr. Wawra’s nimble-fingered one). The masterfully interwoven melodies, which have become hallmarks of Alphawezen’s music, evoke en passant delectable scenes in the mind’s eye of the attentive listener.
In this case it’s the iridescent self-abnegating “tears in rain” that android replicant Roy Batty talks about so movingly in the movie Blade Runner. But the forceful string theme at the close of the piece intimates that some day the machines might no longer take their exploitation “lying down”, as it were.
We can only hope compassionate voices like Asu’s here will then assuage their rage: “Hush, hush, let’s get lost,” she sings, or rather whispers, to us on the second track, “Gun Song”. And indeed, the strings that come in again at the end of the song are no longer marching toward their just cause, but exude a sighing soulful well-being like that of the Beast bewitched by its beloved Beauty.

On this third album “Comme Vous Voulez” Alphawezen take us through the vast realm between experimentation and calculated effects, bringing us the circle back to the first album: L’après-midi d’un Microphone. The debut Album on MOLE is a mosaic in that it is comprised of many pieces but also forms a coherent whole. Pop and Ambient are no longer enemies on this release, but rather compliment each other. Boundaries are being tested here, and as the album progresses it becomes apparent that these boundaries aren’t reality, but merely the influence of the external world. The title is a play on Debussy’s “Prelude a l’Après-Midi d’un Faune” In French “Faune” is pronounced as “phone”.

Alphawezen "Speed of Light"

Alphawezen - Into The Stars

Alphawezen "Electricity Drive"

Sep 25, 2010

Jazzanova - Mwela, Mwela (Here I am)

Jazzanova - Behold These Days

Jazzanova - So on


Jazzanova is a crew of DJs/producers from Germany (Berlin, Hamburg & Munich), inc’ Alexander Barck, Axel Reinemer, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann & Stefan Leisering. They have been producing hits in the breakbeat / electronic scene since 1996. Their music fuses many styles, including: acid jazz, soul & broken beat.

Jazzanova feat. Clara Hill "No Use"

Unforscene.Ft.Deborah jordan - Unbroken

The Unforscene, ft. Phil King - Dangerous (Part Time Heroes Remix)

Unforscene - Tango In Dub


Unforscene are Will Bower, Ben Bower and Benji Muscat. Having released their debut LP pacific heights back in 2001 they have gained support and respect from the likes of Jazzy Jeff, Gilles Peterson, LTJ Bukem, Rainer Truby and Laurent Garnier.
Also using the pseudonym Quintet Plays for more dance orientated projects, which can be found on the Earth 6 and 7, and Soul Obsession compilations on GLO they have developed the sound to a wider listener. The music that they produce consists of a totally self contained set up based in Bristol, they perform, arrange, write, record and master all of their own material.
Following Pacific Heights they released New World Disorder which was very well received in all areas, giving a somewhat more techy side of Unforscene, highlighting on vocal collaborations with Hazel Jayne, and ESP as well as keeping the filmic edge to the album.
Unforscene’s latest collaboration comes in the form of a new 12 “ package on Wah Wah 45s,having teamed up with the wonderful Alice Russell (Quantic, Bar Samba) the 12” features a Domu mix on the B side. The next project is another Alice Russell collaboration, which will soon be released on Tru Thoughts.
Album number 3 waiting in the wings and the band are currently remixing for the likes of Break Reform, and S A Q
Unforscene have also been developing a live lap top show, which is being finely tuned as we speak as well as putting a lot of work into their live sound.
Unforscene also specialise in high end production Music for TV and film. Recent projects include music for a Free climbing Documentary for and Mojofuel featuring the best free and adventure climbers in the world. Work for ITV is currently in production.
Unforscene’s music encompasses cinematic funk, modern jazz, broken beats, contemporary classical and acoustic sounds. They continue to use live musicians, high end production and talent from around the world, ultimately to keep music real. Their first album for Tru Thoughts, entitled ‘Fingers And Thumbs’, came out in May 2008 to excellent reactions, and featured collaborations with Alice Russell, J Todd and Epcot. With lush, cinematic soundscapes and a new sonic surprise waiting around every corner, the album gained support from John Kennedy (XFM), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1) and many other musical tastemakers around the world, including Rob Da Bank, who booked them to play at Bestival.

Unforscene - Don't You Worry ft. Alice Russell

Sep 21, 2010

Frank Black - Headache


Black Francis - Your Mouth Into Mine


Frank Black - Los Angeles

Here Comes Your Man

The Pixies : Gigantic

pixies.jpg the pixies image by dimas-cobain

Pixies is an American alternative rock band which formed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States in 1986 . They consist of Charles (Black Francis) Thompson IV (vocals, guitar; also known as ‘’Frank Black’‘), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), Joey Santiago (guitar) and David Lovering (drums). The band officially split in 1993 and reunited in 2004. They went on hiatus in 2007, with each band member pursuing projects of their own, only to reunite in 2009, with the announcement of a new tour commencing in Europe that summer.

Although quite popular on alternative rock radio in the United States due to heavy airplay of the singles “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Here Comes Your Man”, they were never widely popular there, but found success in Europe, especially in the UK where they managed three top 40 singles (“Velouria”, “Planet of Sound” and a re-release of “Debaser”).

The band’s style of alternative rock music is heavily influenced by punk and surf rock, and while highly melodic, is capable of being tremendously abrasive at the same time. Francis is the Pixies’ primary songwriter and singer and has a distinctly desperate, yowling delivery. He has typically written cryptic songs about offbeat subjects, such as UFOs and surrealism. References to mental instability, violent Biblical imagery, and physical injury feature in many of the band’s songs.

The group is frequently posited as the immediate forebear of the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain’s acknowledgement of the debt Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, ensured that the Pixies’ legacy and influence grew substantially in the years following their demise.

In 1993, during an interview with BBC Radio 5, Black Francis announced that the band had split - something he had not told his bandmates. After the interview, he called Santiago, who in turn faxed Deal and Lovering the news the next morning. After the split, Black Francis inverted his stage name to Frank Black and embarked on a successful solo career, while Deal resumed her role in The Breeders with her identical twin sister Kelley. In 2004, the band reunited for a tour - documented in the film loudQUIETloud - and released a new single, “Bam Thwok” that summer. In 2007, Black Francis (now going by that name again) stated in an interview that the reunion was “done” even though the members remain in good terms with each other. In later interviews however, he began to mention that he might be willing to record another Pixies album. Nonetheless, Francis has returned to his solo career and Deal to the Breeders, both of which released albums and toured in 2008. Lovering and Santiago, meanwhile, set up their own project, a band called Everybody.

Pixies - Hey

Sep 20, 2010

Urge Overkill - Positive Bleeding

Urge Overkill - Somebody Else's Body

Urge Overkill - The Break

Urge Overkill are an alternative rock band from Chicago that attracted underground attention in the late 80s and early 90s. While their ironic reshaping of 70’s arena and glam rock left them marginalized during the height of grunge, they managed to appear on the charts with their cover of the Neil Diamond classic “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, which hit #50 on the US Charts, and #11 on the Modern Rock charts. Their single “Sister Havana” also received some airplay. They disbanded in 1997 due to various addictions and in 2004 reunited, although they did not take their drummer Blackie on tour with them. They are currently touring the US, and a new album of Urge Overkill material is anticipated.



Sydney band Sunnyboys remain one of the most highly regarded and best-loved bands of the Australian post-punk era. Fronted by the enigmatic and youthful singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Oxley, the band breathed some freshness and vitality into the Sydney music scene in the early 80s.
Essentially Sunnyboys wore their influences on their sleeve - The Remains, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Kinks and The Beatles with a dash of Detroit muscle thrown in for good measure. They produced melodic power pop classics and were rewarded with an immediate positive response.
Between 1980 and 1984 they released their self-titled EP (1980) and 3 albums: “Sunnyboys” (1981), “Individuals” (1982) and “Get Some Fun” (1984).
However, Jeremy Oxley’s battle with schizophrenia plagued the band and Sunnyboys announced their break-up in June 1984. Their farewell tour produced the album “Real Live” which was recorded over two nights in Sydney (29th and 30th June).
In 1985, the French label Closer combined The Sunnyboys’ first two albums as a double set entitled “Days Are Gone” for the European market.
In late 1987, Jeremy Oxley attempted to revive Sunnyboys with a new line-up. The new band signed a deal with RCA and released an album entitled “Wildcat” (produced by ex-Sherbet keyboard player, Garth Porter). The album failed to convince old Sunnyboys fans and the band broke up again in 1990.
In July 1991, Mushroom released the compilation album “Plays The Best” and the original line-up reunited for a national tour.
Also “Shakin’ - Live 1991” (1993, live cd + “Sunnyboys” EP) has been released by Phantom and “This Is Real” (2004, double-CD, Singles/Live/Rare) by Feel Presents.
The band:
Jeremy Oxley - Guitar, vocals
Peter Oxley - Bass
Richard Burgman - Guitar
Bill Bilson - Drums

Sunnyboys - You Need A Friend

The Great Commandment


The German synthpop trio Camouflage was officially formed in 1984 by vocalist Marcus Meyn and keyboardists/programmers Heiko Maile and Oliver Kreyssig. The group took first place in a radio-sponsored song contest in 1986, and before long, their debut single, “The Great Commandment,” was scaling the German charts. Their full-length debut, Voices and Images, was released in 1988, reflecting the group’s classic new wave synth-pop influences, but most of all Depeche Mode. 1989’s Methods of Silence began to broaden Camouflage’s sonic palette, yet the Depeche Mode sound still remained at the forefront. Oliver Kreyssig then left the group, leaving Maile and Meyn as a duo augmented by several studio musicians. By the time of 1991’s Meanwhile, Camouflage had garnered a not insignificant following on college radio; the album moved still farther away from synthpop and incorporated greater instrumentation. However, with the advent of grunge, synthpop lost a great deal of its footing on college radio; Camouflage soon found itself without an American record deal. 1993’s Bodega Bohemia, available only as an import, moved back towards synth-oriented music and took a darker tone than much of their previous work. The mostly instrumental Spice Crackers followed in 1995, after which the future of the band was cast into doubt; a best-of compilation, We Stroke the Flames, was released in Germany in 1997.
They released their comeback “Sensor” in 2003 and their newest album “Relocated” in 2006

Camouflage - Heaven

Camouflage - Me and You



Richard Elfman founded the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. In 1978 the remnants of the Mystic Knights formed together under lead singer Danny Elfman as the band Oingo Boingo. The hyperkinetic ska-flavored New Wave band is characterized by their manic live performances and eclectic range of songs; Elfman and the band performed for a remarkable twenty years.
The band from Los Angeles, California, USA, a pared-down version of the theatrical troupe The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, released eight major albums and two live compilations, each containing songs that varied from fast-paced ska to soulful jazz to emotional rock to off-kilter pop.
Starting in 1980, Oingo Boingo spent their first three albums establishing themselves as a band with quirky, bizarre, sarcastic, and anti-conformist vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation, among other things lambasting “normal” society and politics for their many hypocrisies and encouraging people to think for themselves. The band made a change toward a different sound when frontman Danny Elfman recorded So-lo in collaboration with the band and a new label, beginning a trio of “new wave”-ish albums containing ballads and songs about life and mortality, including the famous Dead Man’s Party. The band went on to record Dark at the End of the Tunnel, a change toward a sort of Boingo-esqe “spirituality”, and finally recorded their last album: dark, guitar-driven, hornless, influenced by Beatles and Pink Floyd, eponymous with the new band name Boingo.
Now mostly known for their frequent contribution to movie soundtracks (including their most successful song “Weird Science”), Oingo Boingo formally broke up in 1995 after their last Halloween live concert, the reason being that ‘it was time.’
Since the band’s dissolution, frontman Danny Elfman has continued to find success in his career writing film scores, particularly in collaboration with director Tim Burton; he almost exclusively employs Boingo guitarist Steve Bartek as orchestrator. His film scores have included Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Good Will Hunting, Men in Black, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Big Fish, and dozens more. Elfman also wrote the themes for more than a dozen TV series, including The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, Desperate Housewives, Tales from the Crypt, and Sledge Hammer!



Fallen Angel Tribute

Sep 19, 2010

James R. Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix performing for Dutch television in 1967
Background information
Birth name Johnny Allen Hendrix, renamed James Marshall Hendrix
Born November 27, 1942(1942-11-27)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Died September 18, 1970 (aged 27)
Kensington, Greater London, England
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, acid rock, funk-rock, psychedelic rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments guitar, vocals, bass, drums, keyboard, percussion
Years active 1963–1970
Labels RSVP, Track, Barclay, Polydor, Reprise, Capitol, MCA
Associated acts Buddy Miles, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Curtis Knight, Randy California
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson Flying V

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, November 27, 1942[1][2] – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is often considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry,[3][4][5] and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.[6][7][8] After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Hendrix often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.[9] Hendrix was one of the musicians who popularized the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends and use of legato. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James,[10][11][12][13] rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, as well as by funk and some modern jazz.[14] In 1966, Hendrix, who played and recorded with Little Richard's band from 1964 to 1965, said, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice."[15]
As a record producer, Hendrix also broke new ground in using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas. He was one of the first to experiment with stereophonic and phasing effects for rock recording.[citation needed]
Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards in his lifetime, and has been posthumously awarded many more, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. An English Heritage blue plaque was erected in his name on his former residence at Brook Street, London, in September 1997. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6627 Hollywood Blvd.) was dedicated in 1994. In 2006, his debut US album, Are You Experienced, was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry, and Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time in 2003.[16] He was also the first person inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.

40 years without Jimmy Hendrix

Pictures and some Jimmy stuff

Sep 18, 2010


Ultramen is a Brazilian samba rock and hip hop band formed in 1998 in the city of Porto Alegre.

Free for the Robots ( Moonchild - King Crimson )

New one from these eclectic Cali associates, friends of Obey who some of you might know from their appearance on the Jazz & Milk breaks comp last year. There's a fine line with this kinda stuff: of course, nobody wants to hear a band stuck in the same style on every tune, but you also have to be wary of "too many cooks spoiling the broth." Free The Robots tread on that line like some tightrope performers, and they manage to pull off the trick on every track here, balancing breakbeats, psychedelia, hip hop and electronic elements like it's nothin'. From the smoked-out, spattering, Speak-N-Spell groove of "Listen To The Future" to the jazzy "Session Two", these guys show that they can even weave dialogue and non-traditional lyrics into their music. The title alone on "Yoga Fire" had us Street Fighter nerds trippin', but the music (sounds like a Bollywood breakbeat version of "Apache") ain't too shabby either. Lastly, check the bouncy, swingin' "Jazzhole", and if you still aren't convinced, I guess this isn't your cuppa joe.

The name is used by a German  band, a Spanish  band, a Bulgarian  band, a Polish  band, a British DJ duo, a Russian  band, a Finnish  band as well as a Greek band, a Romanian  band, an Italian  band, and an Americanper, an German  band.


Yaz was a short-lived but quite successful synth-dance duo from the early ’80s. Comprised of synthesizer player Vince Clarke and singer Alison Moyet, the group (known as Yazoo in Europe) formed in 1981, after Clarke left Depeche Mode (Clarke had penned almost all of Depeche Mode’s debut album, Speak & Spell, including their early dancefloor hit “I just can’t get enough”), and Moyet had recently exited an obscure R&B cover band, the Screamin’ Ab dabs.
The newly formed group scored a hit right off the bat with the single “Only You” b/w “Situation,” which hit number two on the U.K. charts in April of 1982, and shortly thereafter, scored another big hit with “Don’t Go” (which would become their best-known track stateside as its promo video enjoyed airtime on the newly formed MTV). Yaz’s commercial winning streak continued with their debut full-length, Upstairs At Eric’s, which hit number two on the U.K. album charts (eventually going platinum in England) and opened the door to countless other synth-dance bands that would soon follow in Yaz’s wake. But despite a promising career ahead of them, Yaz opted to call it a day after one more full-length recording, 1983’s You and Me Both. Moyet would go on to launch a solo career immediately after Yaz’s split (scoring a major hit with her solo debut, 1984’s Alf, which topped the charts and spawned several hit singles), while Clarke would go on to form another synth-based outfit, Erasure, with singer Andy Bell. Although Yaz issued only a pair of albums during a brief career together, a 15-track “hits” collection was assembled in 1999, The Best of Yaz.

Soft Cell

Soft Cell is an English synthesizer duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s and come from Leeds, England. They consisted of Marc Almond (vocals) and Dave Ball (synthesizers). They had a huge world-wide hit in 1981 with a cover version of “Tainted Love”, a northern soul classic originally sung in 1964 by Gloria Jones. While “Tainted Love” was Soft Cell’s only Top 40 hit in the United States, the band had approximately eight Top 40 hits in the UK, including “Bedsitter”, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “Torch”, and “What?”, each of which broke the UK Top 5. Soft Cell sold 10 millions records worldwide.
Both Marc Almond and Dave Ball grew up in seaside towns (the former, southport, and the latter, blackpool), and later met while students at the leeds Polytechnic Fine Arts University (now Leeds Metropolitan University). Almond, a performance artist, collaborated with Ball on a few avant-garde multi-media performances at the university. Although Ball’s musical background consisted of guitar, he had access to the university studio and was experimenting with the nascent synthesizer technology at the time. The two students became the prototypical synth duo and were initially associated with other new wave scenesters dubbed “new romantics” by the British Press. Other bands associated with this scene included Visage, Duran Duran, and Spandau Ballet.
Marc Almond had a productive career as a solo artist later in the 80s and 90s and with Marc & The Mambas and other collaborations.
Dave Ball has done a few solo productions with other british new wave acts in the early 80s and later was involved in the electronic dance act The Grid with Richard Norris.
Almond and Ball’s reunion as Soft Cell became official with well-received initial concerts - they performed at the opening of the Ocean nightclub in London in March 2001 to strong reviews, and a mini tour followed later in the year. The track “God Shaped Hole” featured on the Some Bizzare compilation titled “I’d Rather Shout at a Returning Echo than Kid Someone’s Listening”, released in 2001. The album Cruelty Without Beauty was released in late 2002, followed by a European tour and a partial US tour in early 2003. The new album featured their first new songs together in almost twenty years. One of those songs was their 2003 single “The Night” (UK #39). Interestingly, Soft Cell had considered recording “The Night” in place of “Tainted Love” back in 1981 as their last-ditch attempt to score a chart hit. In a 2003 interview with BBC’s Top of the Pops, keyboardist David Ball asserted, “I think history has kind of shown that we did make the right choice [in 1981].”
In August 2007 the band announced they were working on a remix album, “Heat - The Remixes”. The remix album is expected to be released in May 2008 and will include classic Soft Cell tracks remixed by such acts as Manhattan Clique, Cicada, Richard X, Ladytron, MHC, Mark Moore, Kinky Roland, Spektrum, George Demure, Yer Man and many more.

No, I dont.

Lets begin...

maniacs, so many maniacs...



Sep 17, 2010

** ** **

Just be... LOST

above and beyond





killing in the name of f....

nothing seems to kill me....

blue cars - counting - dish


mode, depeche mode.


So maybe tomorrow I'll find my way home