CRAMPS SINGER LUX DEAD!

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2009

Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, passed away this morning due
to an existing heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in
Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST today. Lux has been an inspiration
and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and
wife Poison Ivy’s contributions with The Cramps have had an
immeasurable impact on modern music.

The Cramps emerged from the original New York punk scene of CBGB and
Max’s Kansas City, with a singular sound and iconography. Their
distinct take on rockabilly and surf along with their midnight movie
imagery reminded us all just how exciting, dangerous, vital and sexy
rock and roll should be and has spawned entire subcultures. Lux was a
fearless frontman who transformed every stage he stepped on into a
place of passion, abandon, and true freedom. He is a rare icon who
will be missed dearly.

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SKIDS ‘ABSOLUTE GAME ‘OUT!

Captain Oi releases the Skids classic album ‘The Absolute Game’ this month. Featuring legendary tracks like ‘Circus Games’ and the controversial ‘Strength through Joy’ you can get it from good stores or from www.captainoi.com

Next month sees the Captain releasing new picture disc vinyl of the U.K Subs Brand New Age, and Sham 69s Tell us the Truth.

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DANZIG GETS A ROCK OF LOVE?

Rumours reach us that former Misfits singer Glenn Danzig will be the next star of reality TV show Rock Of Love. If he does he will follow Poison singer Brett Michaels quest to live in a house full of beautiful women in a quest to shag one!!! Its only a rumour tho-we wait with baited breath!!!

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MAGAZINE ALBUM AND SHOWS!

MAGAZINE
An Anthology: 02.78 – 06.81
 
Re-mastered with singes & b-sides

 
Release date: 9 February 2009

To coincide with Magazine’s first UK tour since 1981, EMI is proud to announce the release of a definitive, double-anthology, CD retrospective of the band’s highly-influential career, including singles and b-sides.
 
Featuring songs from the band’s four studio albums – Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, The Correct Use Of Soap and Magic, Murder And The Weather – in chronological order, the anthology highlights the breadth of Magazine’s diversity and talent.  Founded in 1977 by former Buzzcock Howard Devoto, the band wilfully ignored the prevailing musical orthodoxy of the punk era, rejecting punk’s reductiveness for a musical template which incorporated keyboards and a textuality that had blinkered and faint-hearted critics crying out that prog rock had returned. Magazine were progressive, but their music was focused, concise: never an overblown showcase for musical virtuosity. Melody was never sacrificed. It says volumes for Magazine’s scope that they were lauding John Barry at a time when the world was seemingly trying to be The Clash or re-write The Ramones songbook.
 
As well as Devoto, the band featured the talents of Guitarist John McGeoch (who sadly passed away in 2004) – an inimitable stylist who later went on to join Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Ltd; and bassist Barry Adamson who has carved out a notable solo career, in addition to working with Nick Cave. Magazine’s producers included John Leckie (The Stone Roses) and the legendary Martin Hannett. Devoto’s adroit choice of collaborators helped make Magazine unique.
 
The Anthology includes all the band’s singles and b-sides (listed below). The album artwork will be designed by Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks, Magazine, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, etc).
 
Tracklisting:
 
CD1:
1.                       Shot By Both Sides – Original Single Version
2.                       My Tulpa
3.                       Definitive Gaze
4.                       Parade
5.                       The Light Pours Out Of Me (co-write with Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley)
6.                       My Mind Ain’t So Open
7.                       Touch And Go
8.                       Goldfinger
9.                       Rhythm Of Cruelty – Original Single Version
10.                   Back To Nature
11.                   Permafrost
12.                   Feed The Enemy
13.                   Give Me Everything
14.                   I Love You, You Big Dummy
15.                   TV Baby

 
                                                                                                                                 P.TO.
CD2:
1.                       A Song From Under the Floorboards
2.                       Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
3.                       Sweetheart Contract
4.                       Because You’re Frightened
5.                       I Want To Burn Again
6.                       Model Worker
7.                       Twenty Years Ago
8.                       The Book
9.                       Upside Down
10.                   About The Weather
11.                   Vigilance
12.                   Come Alive
13.                   The Garden
14.                   In The Dark
15.                   The Operative

CD1:
1-5: from Real Life
6: Shot by Both Sides b-side
7-8: non-album single & accompanying b-side
9-12: from Secondhand Daylight
13-14: non-album single & accompanying b-side
15: b-side of Rhythm of Cruelty
 
CD2:
1-6: from The Correct Use Of Soap
7: b-side of A Song From Under The Under The Floorbaords
8: b-side of Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
9: non-album single
10-13: from Magic, Murder and the Weather
14-15: b-sides of About The Weather 12”
 
 
 
Magazine will play the following live dates – their first live for 28 years – in 2009:
 
12 Feb @ The Forum, London
13 Feb @ The Forum, London
14 Feb @ Club Academy, Manchester
16 Feb @ Academy, Glasgow
17 Feb @ Club Academy, Manchester
 
The line-up will include Howard Devoto, who formed the band after he left Buzzcocks in 1977; Dave Formula, who joined after post-punk anthem and debut single ‘Shot By Both Sides’; Barry Adamson and John Doyle. The replacement for the much missed John McGeoch will be Noko, who was the co-member of Luxuria with Devoto, and in Apollo 440.
 
 
 

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PERE UBU LABEL NEWS

David Thomas’ web-only record label,
hearpen.com, announces new releases for 2009 including two singles and a PERE UBU live recording from 1987.

David Thomas will commemorate friend, band mate and long time collaborator, Jim Jones (who died unexpectedly of a heart attack on February 18, 2008), with the re-release of the 1980 single ”The Incredible Truth” backed with ”Long Walk Home.”

Jim Jones, a fixture of the Cleveland music scene, was a member of Pere Ubu for over 15 years. According to Pitchfork.com “Jones joined Pere Ubu in 1987, after serving as a roadie. Due to his declining health, he retired from the live band in August 1995, although he continued to record with Pere Ubu for some time after, playing on 1998’s Pennsylvania and 2002’s St Arkansas. Jones is particularly noted for his contributions to the more pop-oriented sound Pere Ubu embraced during his tenure with the band. A life-long musician, Jones also played with Mirrors, the Styrenes, the Electric Eels, Foreign Bodies, Easter Monkeys, and Home & Garden.”

Other releases slated for 2009 on hearpen.com include a single of two new songs from Rocket From The Tombs titled “I Sell Soul” backed with ”Romeo & Juliet,” and a Pere Ubu live recording from 1987.  The line-up features the ‘two drummers version’ (Chris Cutler and Scott Krauss) of Pere Ubu.  The release is as yet untitled.  Further details will be made available closer to the release date.

The online-only record label, hearpen.com, went live on December 11, 2007. The site makes new releases available every month and specializes in downloadable rarities, live recordings, limited releases, and anything else of note by Pere Ubu and bands related to Pere Ubu or Ubu Projex. "In 1975 Hearpen Records was one of the first of the DIY labels. It was gloriously amateurish – we hand assembled and glued together the record sleeves. We schlepped packages down to the post office," Thomas says. "33 years later the market has cycled round to the same place – the only difference is that now we get the record buyers to hand-make their own records and their own sleeves – that’s what I call progress!"

David Thomas launched hearpen.com in partnership with Smog Veil Records ("They are Clevelanders"). Thomas was fed up with the "lousy compression ratios" that were being used on commercial download audio sites. hearpen.com uses only the best quality audio settings to manufacture its MP3 files.

In time Thomas hopes that all Pere Ubu’s studio albums will be available on hearpen.com. The label recently posted the 2008 re-master of the internationally acclaimed Pere Ubu album, Dub Housing (1978). The audio quality is the best available on the internet.

"Over the decades, whenever the technology advances, we go back to the original analog tapes and re-transfer them to digital and re-master accordingly," Thomas says. "We like to fix things. The ephemeral nature of download audio actually encourages this obsession. It is the advantage of the medium."

Smog Veil Records was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991.  The label is distributed by Revolver, Super D, CTD Ltd., Southern, Forced Exposure, Get Hip, Subterranean, Cargo, Sonic Unyon (Canada) and RoyaltyShare. Artists with releases on the label include Pere Ubu, Unknown Instructors, Peter Laughner, Complaints Choir, The Pagans, Teacher’s Pet, Thor, Rocket From The Tombs, Amps II Eleven, New Christs (featuring Rob Younger of Radio Birdman) and Rubber City Rebels.  Visit Smog Veil Records online at:
http://www.smogveil.com/

 

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PUNK N DISORDERLY ORDER

PUNK & DISORDERLY THE FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY, 20TH – 22ND 2009

FRIDAY
LAST RESORT
SYMARIP
DIE KASSIERER
KLINGONZ
KLASSE KRIMINALE
TOXPACK
MOPED LADS
MIDDLE FINGER SALUTE
BLACK TARTAN CLAN
GIMP FIST
RAZORBLADE

SATURDAY
COCK SPARRER
STOMPER 98
DISCHARGE
GONADS
SECTION 5
URBAN REJECTS
FREIBOITER
MONSTER SQUAD
VICE SQUAD
CRUSHING CASPARS
CRASHED OUT
DETECTORS
PULLOUT

SUNDAY
THE BOYS
THE GLITTER BAND
ARGY BARGY
MARK FOGGO & THE SKASTERS
PÖBEL & GESOCKS
EASTSIDE BOYS
SONIC BOOM SIX
MELANIE & THE SECRET ARMY
RADIO DEAD ONES
THE DESPISED

PUNK & DISORDERLY OPENING NIGHT
FEBRUARY, 19TH 2009

BAD CO PROJECT (feat.
members of Oxymoron, Frontkick & Towerblocks)
GEWAPEND BETON
ANTICOPS

FOR ALL INFOS, TIME SCHEDULE & TICKETS CHECK
www. punk-disorderly. de

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COCK SPARRER HIT HOLLAND

Sparrer are playing the Melkweg Amsterdam on Sat 21 November.

Also on the bill are Peter and the Test Tube Babies, East End Badoes, The Agitators, Middle Finger Salute, Play Daisy & G.O.H.

tickets go on sale Monday 12 january at 25 euro

Available from rebelliontickets@btinternet.com

or call 0044 (0) 2476 601 678

Capacity is just 1300 – this is the smallest Europe capacity for any Sparrer gig

www. rebellionfestivals. com

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MICHAEL DAVIS (MC5) GIGS IN FEB.

Michael Davis of MC5 will play a couple of gigs in the UK in February with tickets costing between £8 and £10.

Friday 13th Feb.
Dirty Water Club, Gorilla, Lysergics
London Boston Arms

Saturday 14th Feb.
The Coolerclub, Lysergics
48 Park Street, Bristol

 

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MOTT THE HOOPLE ROCK AGAIN

MOTT THE HOOPLE
40th Anniversary Reunion Shows

Hammersmith Apollo
October 2nd & 3rd 2009 – SOLD OUT!
New Show added due to demand, October 1st

‘A roaring, racing, raving machine with all systems go, Mott The Hoople are on the rampage and don’t ya forget it!’ – Sounds

– The return of one of the best loved Rock & Roll bands of all time
– 40 years since the highly influential Mott The Hoople formed in 1969
– The first time the original line-up has played together for over 35 years
– Mott The Hoople return to The Hammersmith Apollo – scene of near riots following their shows in ’73 and recorded for the legendary ‘Mott The Hoople Live’ album

‘Mott The Hoople pack power.. an extraordinary spectacle’ – Melody Maker

Formed in 1969 when Ian Hunter joined Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Overend Watts and Mick Ralphs – Mott The Hoople released their eponymous debut album that same year.
By 1971 they were selling out and trashing the Albert Hall – rock bands were banned for years afterwards – but just 12 months later, after on-stage punches and insults were thrown, Mott The Hoople were ready to quit, but stayed together thanks to longtime fan, David Bowie. He gave them ‘All The Young Dudes’ the first of a string of hits including the Ian Hunter-penned songs ‘Roll Away The Stone’, ‘All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Honaloochie Boogie’ and ‘The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll’. Despite the success and accolades, Mott The Hoople’s demise was surely inevitable and by 1974 the band had split.
‘If Mott The Hoople had carried on they seriously could have taken the world’
– Kris Needs, Mojo

It is fitting that the 2009 shows are at Hammersmith Apollo – this is where one side of the famous ‘Mott The Hoople Live’ album was recorded in 1973 and was the venue they had to play twice in one day to satisfy ticket demand, the second show ending in near riot when the curtain came down on their final encore. The other side of this legendary album was recorded during Mott’s week-long residency at the Uris Theatre on Broadway, the first time New York theatreland had played host to a rock band; support on these shows came from the little known Queen.
‘Mott The Hoople turned the Uris Theatre into a screaming hotbed of English-style Rock & Roll frenzy’ – Rolling Stone

Who knows what will happen this time but these are sure to be historic gigs. Thanks to name-checks from Rock & Roll stars over the last 40 years and regular plays on radio, TV and film (‘All The Young Dudes’ is the lead song on the ‘Juno’ soundtrack and features in many more), Mott The Hoople’s audience is getting younger. Whatever age expect an audience which has an unshakeable belief in Rock & Roll.

In an era of band reformations, it will be still be shocking to their legions of fans that Mott The Hoople have decided to reform, with their original line-up, to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Shocking but thrilling to fans who include Primal Scream, Morrissey, The Clash, REM, Queen, Blur and more..

Tickets on sale January 22nd 2009 priced £36.00 and £42.50, available from:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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SUSPECT PARTS-CHECK EM OUT!

Dear friends  of good music, another cool new band is coming to conquer the world. Justin from the Clorox Girls, Chris from The Briefs, Smail from The Shocks and James from Ripchord know each other since quite a while, and when you read the Bands they’ve been in, you get the idea, what they sound like.
 
Please spread the word and do not miss the shows! 
cheerz Marita
 
Tourdates and Info below-
www.myspace.com/suspectparts <http://www.myspace.com/suspectparts>
 
Spain:
Feb 19 2009 – Wurlitzer Ballroom / Madrid
Feb 20 2009 – Estraperlo / Badalona
Feb 21 2009 – Magazine Club / Valencia
Feb 22 2009 – Bukowsky / San Sebastian/Donosti
 
UK
Mar 19 2009 – 12 Bar / London
Mar 20 2009 – Dirty Water Club @ Boston Arms, London
Mar 21 2009 – rising Sun Arts Centre / Reading
 
"When I was a kid I thought I was Jesus"

Combining 60’s pop and bubblegum with late 70’s California beach punk, Suspect Parts have something brewing that can’t be ignored.  The Seeds, the Kinks, Wire, and the Buzzcocks can be heard, as well as a little Franz Ferdinand or Rezillos, a little Protex or Undertones, but with a modern touch.  Backward looking but forward thinking indie pop with a punk edge.
 
Apocalypse Pop, waiting for the apocalypse to…drop.
Suspect Parts are the brainchild of two exiled Americans who managed to tame their inner demons with buzzsaw indie pop, a candy floss meets razorblade concoction that goes down surprisingly smooth.
 
Justin Maurer, singer, guitarist, and principal wordsmith is a native of rainy Portland, Oregon. Justin founded Clorox Girls, a sleek and combustible do-it-yourself punk band who played one minute thirty second odes to their heroes Buddy Holly, Angry Samoans, and the Germs. After six years of worldwide touring at breakneck speeds, twelve singles, three albums and numerous lineup changes, Clorox Girls went on "indefinite hiatus"

Chris Bell, drums, is a native of the desert badlands of New Mexico, USA. Chris moved to post grunge Seattle and,with three other guys, started a new wave punk band called the Briefs.  The Briefs ignited a northwest "new wave" movement based around indie label Dirtnap Records, that included bands like Exploding Hearts and Clorox Girls. The Briefs were briefly signed to Interscope Records, and with their continuous barrage of media and momentum toured nonstop for nearly a decade.

James Sullivan, guitar and backing vocals was raised in the midlands of Shrewsbury, England and grew up on Britpop. Along with a friend Phil Wallbank, they started an indie band called Ripchord who were quickly signed to James Endeacott’s 1965 Records.  They released two singles to critical acclaim.

Smail Gerhard, bass, was born in post war East Berlin where he was forced to escape to the West as a teenager to avoid the compulsory military service in the East German army.   After the wall fell, he founded a punk band called The Shocks who have since become staples of the Berlin punk rock scene and have released a number of singles and three full length albums.

Apocalypse Pop. MGMT or Ramones? Kings of Leon or New York Dolls? When oil runs out a major line is going to be drawn.  Which side are you on? Which tribe are you willing to die for? 
 
Pop’s chosen warriors will rule the apocalypse.
 
Drop, waiting for the apocalypse to…pop.
 

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MORRISEY NEWS

MORRISSEY “WRESTLES WITH RUSSELL”
 
 “YEARS OF REFUSAL” DELUXE EDITION WILL FEATURE
EXCLUSIVE RUSSELL BRAND INTERVIEW

New studio album “Years of Refusal” released 16th February 2009 on Polydor
Preceded by single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” on 9th February
 
Exclusive Radio 2 live performance on 11th February
 
Sold out UK tour in May
 
Morrissey’s new studio album “Years of Refusal” will be released on 16th February 2009 on Polydor, preceded by the single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” one week prior. 
 
The Deluxe edition of the album will feature a DVD with exclusive content including “Wrestle with Russell”, a revealing 20 minute filmed interview with Russell Brand recorded at the comedian’s home in LA in November ’08.  The friends talk candidly about music, lyrics, image, fame and hair in a piece that is both serious and highly entertaining. Morrissey’s performances of “That’s How People Grow Up” from Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and “All You Need Is Me” from Later With Jools Holland will also feature, as will the video promo for the single “All You Need Is Me”.  iTunes have an exclusive digital booklet for those who purchase the standard album version via their site.
 
“Years of Refusal” was completed in 2008 at Conway Studios in LA with the late Jerry Finn, producer of Morrissey’s acclaimed 2004 UK No.2 album “You Are The Quarry”.  Morrissey describes the new album, the follow up to 2006’s “Ringleader of The Tormentors” (a UK No.1), as his strongest work to date. The 12-track album includes a clutch of new songs played live in recent months including “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”, “Something Is Squeezing My Skull”, “Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed” and “One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell”.  Long time band members Boz Boorer, Jesse Tobias, Matt Walker, and Solomon Walker play on the album, which also features a contribution from Jeff Beck on the track “Black Cloud”.
 
 

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DAILY NEWS!!!

Daily news, daily news-read all about it!! Daily News is not only a top song from the Exploited-but you can also expect your usual Daily news updates on Vive Le Punk again-as we are now all back from our holidays!! So if you have any news at all-please send to us at info@vivelepunk.net   Cheers!!!!!!!!

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SNUFF ARE BACK!!!

After bumping into Snuff on the way to work today-we can exclusively reveal that the UK punk legends will be playing some ‘interesting’ UK shows soon!! Having just played 3 sold out Japanese reformation gigs it looks like the boys are back. Stay tuned for more news on those wacky Snuff boys soon!

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DURUTTI COLUMN NEW ALBUM

Artist: The Durutti Column

Album: Love In The Time Of Recession

Release Date: April 20, 2009

Label: ArtfulCD64

Live Dates:

31/01 Met, Bury
16/02 Baby Blue, Liverpool
19/02 The Cluny, Newcastle
21/01 Brudenall Social club, Leeds
25/02 Komedia, Brighton
26/02 Thekla, Bristol
27/02 Firestation, Windsor

The Durutti Column return with a new album Love In The Time of Recession, due out on April 20, 2009, the second to feature new vocalist Poppy Roberts who also plays electric piano on several of the tracks.

The album opens with the ‘In Memory of Anthony’ which is inspired by Vini Reilly’s long friendship with Factory Records impresario, Tony Wilson who died in 2007. ‘He always encouraged me to follow my instincts,’ says Reilly. ‘And that’s still how I work. All the new songs are a very true reflection of my life and that’s all I want any album to be.’

‘Wild Beast Tamed’ is one of several tracks co-written with Reilly’s girlfriend, Poppy Roberts who also partly inspired the title of the album (a romantic nod to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Love In The Time Of Cholera).

However, Reilly’s long-term friendships with Bruce Mitchell (himself the subject of an instrumental tribute, ‘For Bruce’), Keir Stewart and Laurie Laptop were just as important in making the album possible. ‘Without all of them I don’t know how I would be able to carry on, on any level,’ explains Reilly. ‘And as musicians there’s no one else I would rather work with.’

It’s now 30 years since Factory Records released the band’s debut album The Return Of The Durutti Column in 1979. Produced by Martin Hannett, this edgy, primitive LP showcased Vini Reilly’s ‘honey wrapped in sandpaper’ guitar playing and set the tone for a career of meditative and fearless music. Reilly has drawn on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, ambient and heavy metal; experimented with samplers and chamber music, and collaborated with other Manchester luminaries such as Morrissey and Peter Hook from New Order.

 

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MOTORHEAD NOVEMBER UK TOUR

MOTORHEAD will return to the UK for their traditional annual tour in the Autumn of 2009. The band led by legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister featuring Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee are supporting their critically acclaimed 2008 release ‘Motorizer’. 2009 also marks guitarist Phil Campbell’s 25th anniversary with Motorhead.

Looking forward to the forthcoming tour, Lemmy Kilmister said:
‘Here we are again boys and girls, come and get your fu**in’ head blown off! – in the best possible taste’

UK 2009 TOUR DATES:

NOVEMBER 2009

Wednesday         11th               Plymouth Pavillion
Thursday             12th               Bristol Colston Hall
Friday                    13th              Newport Centre
Sunday                 15th              Swindon Oasis
Monday                16th              Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday               17th              Newcastle City Hall
Thursday             19th              O2 Academy Glasgow
Friday                   20th              O2 Academy Leeds
Saturday             21st              Manchester Apollo
Monday               23rd              Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday              24th              Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday        25th              Portsmouth Guildhall
Friday                   27th              Bournemouth Solent Hall
Saturday             28th              HMV Apollo Hammersmith
Sunday                29th              Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 30th January 2009 and are priced at £25 regional/£30 London and can be booked through www.livenation.co.uk  (all tickets subject to a booking fee)

 

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THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND 1974 UNRELEASED ALBUM

THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND’s full previously unreleased studio album recorded in 1974 finally gets released 35 years later on March 30th 2009!

The production master tapes of a previously unreleased full-length studio album, ‘Hot City – The 1974 Unreleased Album’, by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, recorded in 1974 and hitherto discarded, have been unearthed, dusted down, fully re-mastered and lined up for release on March 30th on the MLP label, distributed by RSK Entertainment.

‘Hot City – The 1974 Unreleased album’, which has been fully authorised and approved by the band, features 9 great quality tracks, and comes in a deluxe digi pack sleeve which includes a separate inner sleeve and a 20 page high quality booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes from the band, with track by track comments and opinions, plus an introduction by SAHB author and ex-manager Martin Kielty.

By 1974, the SAHB steamroller was working at full power. Their first album, ‘Framed’, had promised great things, the follow-up, ‘Next’, delivered them, and now the group were planning to record their upcoming third album. The band had been constantly touring and were well rehearsed when in late January, they went into Advision studios in London with legendary US producer Shel Talmy (The Who/The Kinks) to record their biggest album to date. By April, the sessions were finished and the album was mixed.

However, after completion, the band and management had a rethink about the overall sound and amazingly, they decided to scrap the entire album. Shel Talmy then returned to Los Angeles with his tapes. Most of the song titles were later re-recorded and eventually showed up later that year on the official album ‘The Impossible Dream’ with a different producer on board and the songs changed dramatically.

You can now hear how the album sounded with the original versions of these songs. SAHB fans will be totally surprised and amazed at the different styles, delivery and lyric arrangements of well known favourite songs such as ‘Vambo’ and ‘Man In The Jar’, ‘Anthem’ and ‘Tomahawk Kid’ and there is a previously unreleased song ‘Ace In The Hole’ which has not been heard even by the band, since those studio sessions in 1974.

Alex Harvey, who tragically died of a massive heart attack in 1982, aged 46, was renowned for his charismatic persona and daredevil stage antics, and, above all, his astonishing, passionate, demonic vocal delivery. Nowhere is this better captured than on ‘Hot City – The 1974 Unreleased album’, a treasure trove of re-discovered musical gems.

 

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