Former Dexys Midnight Runners members and former Style Council keyboardist,Mick Talbot, have reunited the legendary British funk Northern soul band THE BUREAU. The band will release the new album ‘And Another Thing’ on Monday 6th October (available to buy from www.bureau.org.uk). ‘And Another Thing’ is the first new studio album release that follows the 2005 reissue of the Bureau’s 1981 self-titled debut album.

The Bureau will support the release with a series of rare concerts at Birmingham’s Sound Bar on 3rd October, Newcastle’s The Cluny on 8th October and London’s Jazz Café on 9th October.


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EMI are releasing KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Peel Sessions ’79-’81’ on 8th September. This is the first time the tracks will be available on CD (and digital download), showing a raw sound and in some cases predating their studio recordings by some months. There are also 3 bonus tracks from a Richard Skinner session from the same period.

Liner notes come courtesy of Alex Paterson, who was the  band’s roadie before founding The Orb. The following extract paints a vivid  picture of what to expect from the album:
“Killing Joke went  up to Maida Vale to the BBC studios for the first of many sessions… We  weren’t used to this, but we had to record four songs & mix them all in a  day, Jaz smashed his hand hitting a glass BBC jar with a drum stick and had to  go to hospital. I did the woos on Malicious Boogie and hit the cow bell too!  Geordie has a fractured guitar noise, Godlike in his walls of sound, Big Paul  is all power, raw, brutal & pristine, Youth, best mate, funking all the  time & coming up with the best fuzzed opus bass lines & Jaz Coleman,  classical madman & Requiem to our gods, the OBX was his sound, melodic  & searching, echoing into your soul.”
Full liner notes  are available on request.
The album features the original Killing  Joke line-up, and this release marks the start of a world tour of that  line-up, including now top producer Youth, playing tracks only from this era  during two night residencies at each venue. The band hit these shores on 03  & 04 October @ The Forum, London.
John Peel – 17/10/79:
1/ Psyche
2/ Wardance
3/  Nuclear Boy
4/ Malicious Boogie
John Peel – 5/3/80:
5/  Change
6/ Tomorrow’s World
7/ Complication
John Peel –  27/4/81:
8/ The Fall Of Because
9/ Tension
John Peel – 16/12/81:
11/The Hum 
12/Empire Song
13/We Have Joy
14/Chop Chop
Bonus  session:
Richard Skinner – 29/5/81:

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By popular demand THE STRANGLERS have announced an extra date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of their upcoming Greatest Hits Tour. The band will now play the venue on the 14th and 15th November to close their 24-date tour.

Prior to the Greatest Hits Tour, which commences in October, SonyBMG will release a superb TV advertised collection of the band’s works, in celebration of no less than 42 Top 40 hits, spanning over 4 decades, and aptly named 4240. The album, out 15th September, will be released as a single CD as well as a Limited Edition CD/DVD, featuring all of the Epic promo videos on DVD for the first time plus clips from their 2007 show at London’s Roundhouse.

Greatest Hits Worldwide Tour 2008 (Eire & UK)

October 2008

Mon 13                         Dublin                                      Ambassador

Tue 14                          Belfast                                     Mandela Hall

Thu 16                          Cardiff                                      University

Fri 17                           Aberystwyth                             Arts Centre

Sat 18                          Cambridge                               Corn Exchange

Mon 20                         Southampton                           Guildhall

Tue 21                          Reading                                   Hexagon

Wed 22                        Bristol                                      Academy

Fri 24                           Exeter                                      Great Hall

Sat 25                          Birmingham                             Academy

Tue 28                          Douglas, Isle of Man                Villa Marina

Thu 30                          Inverness                                 Ironworks

Fri 31                           Dundee                                    Fat Sams

November 2008

Sat 01                          Glasgow                                  Academy

Mon 03                         Newcastle                                Academy

Tue 04                          Leeds                                       Academy

Thu 06                          Lincoln                                    Engine Room

Fri 07                           Manchester                              Academy

Sun 09                         Hull                                          City Hall

Mon 10                         Norwich                                   UEA

Tue 11                          Southend                                 The Cliffs Pavilion                               

Wed 12                         Folkestone                               Leas Cliff Hall

Fri 14                           London                                    Shepherds Bush Empire

Fri 15                           London                                    Shepherds Bush Empire


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Manchester post punk pioneers Magazine have reformed and are scheduled to
paly at Londons Forum on Feb 13th. No news on who is in this lineup as
original guitarist John McGeoch passed away a few years ago. But stay tuned
for more news from Vive Le Punk!


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