Artist: Gary Numan

Album: The Pleasure Principle (Deluxe Tour Edition) Release date: September 28, 2009

Label: Beggars Banquet  Live Dates: The Pleasure Principle Tour 2009 Nov 17, Brighton Dome; 18 Southampton University; 19 Cardiff Sub 29; 20 Sheffield Corporation; 21 Manchester Academy; 23 Cork Pavillion; 24 Dublin Tripod; 25 Leeds Academy; 26 Edinburgh Picturehouse; 27 Glasgow ABC; 28 Sunderland The Campus; 29 Norwich UEA; 30 Wolverhampton Civic; Dec 1. Cambridge Junction; 2 Nottingham Rock City; 3 London Indigo

Gary Numan’s classic, influential album, The Pleasure Principle is being re-released as a double CD edition (featuring demos and B-sides on the bonus disc) 30 years after it debuted at Number 1 in the UK charts. The singer’s single from the album, ‘Cars’ also climbed to the top of the charts, an achievement he’s celebrating with a 16 date UK tour starting in mid November.

The Pleasure Principle was the point where Numan became a huge international solo star, reaching the Top 10 in the States with ‘Cars’ and Top 20 with the album. Given the conservative nature of the music scene in America at that time and the fact that the LP didn’t even feature any guitars, let alone conventional song structures (‘Cars’ doesn’t even have a chorus), this is one of those special moments in pop music when a new idea breaks through all the boundaries. The Pleasure Principle pioneered electronic pop music on a new scale, becoming a much bigger hit worldwide than Kraftwerk or anything from the Bowie/Eno ‘Berlin’ trilogy. And the fact that it was so different and had such a major impact in America (crystallised when Numan performed ‘Cars’ and ‘Praying To The Aliens’ in front of 40 million people on the Saturday Night Live Show) means that there’s a direct link from The Pleasure Principle to the new musical forms that were born in the USA over the next decade – namely hip hop, industrial and techno.

As the NME recently noted, ‘every hip-hop production titan ever ˆ notably Dr Dre ˆ has nicked the opening beats from the track ‘Films’. The likes of Timbaland and The Neptunes’ minimal pop ˆ comprised of just exquisitely produced drums and simplistic synthlines ˆ are heralded as been futuristic genius in the 21st century; The Pleasure Principle shows that Gary Numan was doing the same thing 30 years previously. His influence on hip-hop, while rarely recognised, is enormous. His influence on electronic music in general is unparalleled.’ When GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan’s covered ‘Films’ last year, he was actually taking hip hop back to its roots as the track features one of the original break breats (in fact it features on the hugely influential, Ultimate Breaks & Beats compilation series) . Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren recalls his first encounter with hip hop in the early ’80s: ‘I remember hearing Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ and looking at this madly volatile black crowd in the middle of the South Bronx ˆ my first visit to witness a party that I was invited to by Afrika Bambaataa. I, a naïve white honky, thought that it was in some apartment building, but it turned out to be this massive debris site and there in the middle of it was these guys telling their stories, freestyle, to Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’. My thoughts were interupted when waves parted in the crowd like the Red Sea and there, in a pool of light on the floor, came characters who started to spin and break dance. I’d never seen anything quite like it, I thought it was amazing.’

In industrial music both Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson have namechecked Numan as a significant influence, with the former currently performing the track ‘Metal’ on his tour. ‘After hearing ‘Cars’ I knew I wanted to make music with synthesizers,’ says Reznor. ‘The Pleasure Principle is fucking great because it’s so cold sounding.’ Meanwhile, techno pioneers ranging from Carl Craig to Juan Atkins were grabbed by this strange, futuristic music, creating a relationship between Numan and dance music that has spawned the likes of the Basement Jaxx’s ‘Where’s Your Head At’ (samples ‘M.E.’ from The Pleasure Principle) and the ‘Cars’-mutating ‘Koochy’ by Armand Van Helden. As the newly reformed Devo recently commented, The Pleasure Principle is, ‘so original and cool and ground breaking and in a way classic. Like, it still sounds great today . . . like nothing sounds like that today.’


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Wrathchild-the punked up u.k shock/glam rockers from the early 80s have reformed! They played to a select audience on saturday in Birmingham. Looks like they will be recording and giging again soon. They are now called Rocky Shades Wrathchilda nd look set to play the Hard Rock Hell festival in Dec.for more details go to-

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Bad Lieutenant     


New Order’s Bernard Sumner announces new project

Bad Lieutenant formed in 2007 with New Order’s Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals) alongside Phil Cunningham (guitar) and Jake Evans (guitar and vocals). We can now confirm that they have completed their long awaited debut LP “Never Cry Another Tear” which is set for worldwide release on 5th October 2009 on Triple Echo Records. The album features sounds that have helped make New Order such a treasured, innovative force over the past three decades, but also featured is a brand new voice from exotic Macclesfield, Jake Evans.
The new album centre’s around crisp, streamlined, 21st century guitar music – underscored by keyboards and occasional melodica. The record includes Sumner’s seemingly effortless melodic invention, but now these familiar joys blend with vocals and the talented guitar work of Jake Evans.
“This album is very important to me,” says Bernard. “We’ve worked hard on it and I’m proud of it. It’s also important because it gives people the chance to hear a gifted new singer and guitar player who I think’s really talented.”

Together, the band have spent over a year writing, recording and mixing the album near Manchester, which features additional musicians including Alex James (Blur) and Stephen Morris (New Order and Joy Division) on several recordings. Song titles and live dates will be announced in due course. The live band will include Stephen Morris on drums and Tom Chapman on bass.
A debut single, “Sink or Swim” is expected to be released prior to the LP, on Monday 21st September 2009.
“There is some continuity to the music I’ve made in the past,” says Bernard. “But this is very different – because different people are playing on it. This is just how I now want to make music – it feels right to me and I hope at least a few other people feel the same.”

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
> White Lunar Double CD Set
> Out September 21st
> Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years, with The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three. More recently, they have collaborated on soundtracks for such films as The Proposition (2005) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). White Lunar, a two CD set to be released by Mute Records on September 21st, contains music they composed from the aforementioned films, along with a selection of their cinematic scores, including rare and previously unavailable material.
> Cave and Ellis’ first soundtrack together was Australian director John Hillcoat’s 2005 quasi-Western, The Proposition (for which Cave also wrote the screenplay). The following year, the pair received a commission to compose the music for a film by another Australian director, Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. By the time Dominik’s film came out, Hillcoat had begun his adaptation of The Road (Cormac McCarthy’s novel of a father and son’s trek across a vast wasteland in the aftermath of global catastrophe); once again Cave and Ellis were invited to create music for the film. With the The Road as yet unreleased, this album offers a rare opportunity for a sneak preview of the soundtrack.
> All three movies, with their epic landscapes and acutely incised psychology, find a correlative sweep and depth in the scores that Cave and Ellis have devised for them, and a poignancy that imbue the films with a timeless aura; the music from this triumvirate is on Disc 1 of the 2 CD set. In addition to these large-scale efforts, Cave and Ellis have also contributed a resonant musical dimension to a pair of lesser known, but striking documentaries, represented on Disc 2.
> In 2007, Cave and Ellis scored Geoffrey Smith’s harrowing The English Surgeon, a film tracing Dr. Henry Marsh’s struggle to bring neurosurgery to post-Soviet Ukraine. Amplifying the enterprising doctor’s frustrations and anxieties, his practical genius and ethical dread, the music sighs and whines like the surgical instruments Dr. Marsh shanghais from the NHS. The Girls of Phnom Penh (2009), Matthew Watson’s film investigating Cambodia’s “virginity trade”, describes a sorority of three young sex workers, struggling with degradation and poverty against Cave and Ellis’ urgent sound-scape of humid loops, serrated cymbals and geysers of steam.
> Accompanying the soundtracks on the second disc are four pieces drawn from the Cave & Ellis archives, all named after craters: “Magma” is constructed from a chorus of Warrens singing a pitch-shifted riff, “Zanstra” swarms like a storm of hornets besieging a submarine, “Halo” finds pastoral calm in the eager teeth of defeat and “Daedalus” rises sure as the sun, with dewy flute and fluttering piano motes, before a sudden fade. The sequence is conceived as a suite. “Listen to it as you might listen to an instrumental album” recommends Ellis, as “some kind of trip”.


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The rather brilliant Professionals, the band put together by Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones after the Pistols demise-looks like playing again. In a world  exclusive chat with Paul Cook-he told Vive Le Punk that they will  be playing again-if guitarist RAY Mc Veigh pulls it together. Apparently he is the one in the driving seat right now. Fingers crossed. One two Three, Join The Professionals, Just another Dream. !!!!!! 

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Melding ska and metal (not to mention reggae, punk, hip hop and dub), the West Yorkshire quartet RANDOM HAND have been tearing up stages around the UK for seven years. With the release of their second album ‘Inhale/Exhale’ earlier this year on Rebel Alliance and recent tours with the likes of Propagandhi and Sonic Boom Six, they’re truly unstoppable. Witness their stunning live show on this Big Cheese sponsored tour near you now!

Birmingham O2 Academy III July 1, Nottingham Maze 2, Colchester Twist 3, London Underworld 4, Exeter Hub 8, Huddersfield 9, Bradford 1 in 12 Club 10, Sunderland Campus 11, Glasgow Twisted Wheel 12, York Fibbers 13, Liverpool Monochrome 15.

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Event: Gypsy Hotel at Hackney Empire
Date: Friday 3 July 2009
Time: 7pm-2am (show starts 8pm)
Tickets: £14.50 from <>  
Venue address: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E81EJ
Telephone: 0208 5104500
Artists appearing: The Urban Voodoo Machine | Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus | Gawkagogo | The Cesarians | Empress Stah | Lady Ane Angel | The Texas Chainsaw Orchestra | Frank Sanazi | Lalla Morte | Missy Macabre | dj Scratchy.
Hey People!
We are very happy to announce that we will be checking in to the Hackney Empire this summer for a one-off show featuring some of the biggest and best performers we have had at Gypsy Hotel so far.

THE HACKNEY EMPIRE  is a beautiful 1300 capacity theatre built in 1901, and has hosted pre-war burlesque shows, Charlie Chaplin and Chuck Berry to name a few…


 This beautiful venue has 3 floors of seated and standing viewing (all close to the bar!)


…..and most importantly, a huge stage which will allow us to have motorcycles, firewhips, trapeeze, hanging chandeliers and 12 piece bands with no problems!

(This does not mean we are moving out of Bardens Boudoir, we will still be in our favourite sleazy speakeasy basement every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“If you only have 12 hours to live, spend it at Gypsy Hotel”


Here’s the confirmed line-up of what is guaranteed to be THE party of the summer:

–Your hell-raising hosts in black’n’red will bring you their luching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps – to celebrate the release of their long awaited debut album “Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll” (In the shops Mon 6th July)

-Fire, motorbikes, straitjackets, chainsaws, whips, knives and flying usherettes: The Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus drags circus, kicking and screaming into the 21st century on an unstoppable, rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ride to Hell!

-Elepant Man Elvis, Norma Guntz and more freakshow cartoon fun!

-Not since The Birthday Party crashed and burned in Berlin, have the twisted sounds of old style decadence been pumped so intensely through distorted amplifiers. London scenesters looking for a scene free of recycled rock, have found expression in The Cesarians cabaret world.

-Trapeze Artist, Neo Burlesque Starlet, Fetish Freak & Twisted Cabaret Performer will be doing her signature performance "Hanging From The Chandelier"!

-The Fire-Breathing Snake-Charmin’ Beauty from the Land of Ice!

-Our resident wax-spinner who has toured with the Clash, The Pogues and Gogol Bordello amongst others!

– The Ubermeister of Lounge brings a NEW ORDER and discipline to the usually more relaxed swing style. He has embraced the modern idiom by singing about and reflecting on the world around him. As his music and style originate from his homeland he has preferred to call the whole movement ‘Fatherlounge’ Frank has been accused of racism, an accusation he strongly rebuffs by pointing out that he is on tour with two gentleman from the middle east and another who is both black and Jewish.

-From the people who brought you "The Texas Chainsaw Travelling Horror Picture Show" and original gothabilly band "Texas Chainsaw" comes the all new hard-hitting 13-piece "Texas Chainsaw Orchestra": a hell-raising horror swing ensemble that explodes with big band versions of their spooky rock-n-roll songs, obscure and twisted covers and bizarre tales of the unknown. With a line-up that includes beautiful “corpse-bride” backup singers, an undead brass section, and a cast of Edwardian ghouls, they’re guaranteed to put on one hell of a show!


-The Parisian baguette bashing burlesque brunette!

-Burlesque gone bad in a bathtub full of broken glass!






– Purveyors of the finest Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop n’ Stroll since 2003. <> <> <>

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Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary * Stream New Song, "Ghosts On The Boardwalk," * Announce New York and Philadelphia Performances w/ Lifetime and 7 Seconds * Two-Week Stint on Vans Warped Tour * + Canadian Tour w/ Youth Brigade and Off With Their Heads!

2009 has been an extremely busy year so far for New Jersey punk legends, The Bouncing Souls, as they continue to celebrate their 20 year anniversary!
Starting in January, The Bouncing Souls, and their label, Chunksaah Records, announced they’d release a brand new song to their fans on the first of every month (seven new tracks to date as of this week), premiered an amazing new video for March’s new song, "Airpoirt Security," performed at this year’s SXSW Music Marathon, toured the States with good friends Dillinger 4, The Loved Ones, Black President, The AKAs and more, showed homage to Record Store Day with an in-store acoustic performance at Generation Records in New York City, flew to play Alaska for the first time where Mount Redoubt’s first eruption in 20 years (coincidence?) left the band temporarily stranded, toured South America for the first time ever, and are currently finishing up a European tour.
Now, taking us into the second half of 2009, The Bouncing Souls are poised to take part in even more unforgettable festivities, as they prepare for a series of celebratory shows coming to the New York and Philadelphia area w/ special guests Lifetime, 7 Seconds, and more this August, a two-week stint on the Vans Warped Tour, another late Summer European tour, and a recently announced Fall tour of Canada w/ Youth Brigade and Off With Their Heads, all in conjunction with their current series of new releases (available at their label’s website,, and streaming on the band’s Myspace and Facebook pages).
Starting today, you can stream the band’s new song for the month of July, entitled, "Ghosts On The Boardwalk." Says Souls bassist Bryan Kienlen of the new song, "Once again the Jersey Shore has invaded the lyrics of a Souls song. Really, it’s a song about breaking out of the negative clouds that tend to gather around our heads. Sometimes just looking at your immediate surroundings, but from a different perspective, can change everything. In our case, it was the basic elements that make up our little corner of the world, where the city meets the sea. We love the Jersey shore. Have we mentioned that lately? Stream "Ghosts On The Boardwalk" here!

For the past 20 years, The Bouncing Souls have been considered by many to be one of the leading and greatest bands in the post-Ramones / Misfits era of punk rock. Making a name for themselves with amazing albums such as The Good The Bad and The Argyle, Maniacal Laughter, Hopeless Romantic, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Anchors Aweigh, and The Gold Record, and high profile tours with the likes of Alkaline Trio, Green Day, Strike Anywhere, Dropkick Murphy’s, Against Me, My Chemical Romance, Hot Water Music, Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, NOFX, Rancid, Youth Brigade, and many more, The Bouncing Souls are one of the most exciting and celebrated bands in the history of punk rock music.
* The Bouncing Souls will take part in four headlining performances taking place from August 20th – August 23rd at New York’s Webster Hall, and Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theater. Joining the band will be long-time friends Lifetime, 7 Seconds, None More Black and Avail frontman Tim Barry (check out the band’s complete tour itinerary below).

Click to stream The Bouncing Souls 20 Year Anniversary songs January – July here!
Tracklist for 20 Year Anniversary (so far)
Gasoline (released in January)
We All Sing Along (released in February)
Airport Security (released in March)
Dubs Says True (released in April)
I Think That The World (released in May)
Mental Bits (released in June)
Ghosts On The Boardwalk (released today for the month of July!)
The Bouncing Souls Live!
Jul 1 2009 Alter Stadtbanhoff Scweinfurt
Jul 2 2009 Universum Stuttgart
Jul 3 2009 Vainstream Festival Munster
Jul 4 2009 Vainstream Festival Weisbaden
Jul 5 2009 With Full Force Festival Roitzjora
Jul 6 2009 Rock For People Festival Hradek
USA / Vans Warped Tour
Jul 22 2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jul 23 2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 24 2009 Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, Florida
Jul 25 2009 Cruzan Amphitheatre Miami, Florida
Jul 26 2009 Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, Florida
Jul 28 2009 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta
Jul 29 2009 Riverbend Amphitheatre Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 30 2009 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 31 2009 Comerica Park Detroit, Michigan
Aug 1 2009 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, Illinois
Aug 2 2009 Canterbury Park Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 3 2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, Missouri
Aug 4 2009 Capitol Federal Park At Sandstone Kansas City, Kansas 

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Yes-they are backk!!!!!! And if you wnat to see Reagan Youth in your town get in touch with the promoters below!!!


hi everybody,

we are proud to announce that we have legandary Hardcore Band Reagan 
Youth coming for some shows to Europe. And you can be one of the lucky 
ones booking a show with them, so if you are interested we have free 

20.08. UK-

21.08. UK-

let me know if you are interested.

cheers chrisi

Chrisi Brack
Weird World Berlin / De-lux Merchandise
phone: 0049(0)16094800687

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. Steven Wells, the rock and punk music journalist sadly passed away last week from cancer. He will be remembered for his razor sharp wit and wrote for both Sounds, NME and the Guardian  at various times. He will be sadly missed.

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AGNOSTIC FRONT – to tour UK and Ireland

Come one, come all!!!

 New York Hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT will kick off this years European Summer tour by the end of July!

 Of course Roger & the boys are up for interviews, so please get in touch to set something up!

 Live reviews are welcome as well, so please let me know if you want to attend one of the shows!

 Please spread the dates!

 On tour in GB
 09.08. Blackpool – Rebellion Festival (Great Britain)
10.08. Dublin – TBA (Irland)
11.08. London – Underworld (Great Britain)


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