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ADAM ANT is to play an acoustic set in London to launch the publication of the paperback edition of his autobiography 'Stand & Deliver'. The set will be punctuated by him reading extracts from the book and will take place on September 24th at the Bloomsbury Theatre. ?? DEBORAH HARRY will release her forthcoming solo album 'Necessary Evil' on September 17th preceded by a single 'Two Times Blue' on September 10th. See NEWS for the album tracklisting. Harry has also written a new track for a stage version of the film 'Desperately Seeking Susan' which will open at London's Novello Theatre in October. The production will also feature a number of classic BLONDIE hits including 'Heart of Glass', 'Atomic' and 'The Tide Is High'. ?? THE CURE are expected to release a new single as a download only in September in advance of their new studio album which will follow in October or November. The release is likely to be available as a limited-edition double album mixed by frontman ROBERT SMITH as well as a single disc album which is likely to be mixed by someone else for a full commercial release. The album will also feature three songs inspired by demos the band originally recorded in the 80s. See NEWS for track titles. Robert Smith has also started work on a DVD documentary about the band and is planning two reissued albums expanded with remixes and extra tracks. See NEWS for more details. ?? NEW ORDER are to carry on without founding member PETER HOOK who announced his departure from the band recently. BERNARD SUMNER and STEPHEN MORRIS have issued a joint statement to the effect that New Order will continue to exist. ?? SIOUXSIE SIOUX will release her first solo album 'Mantaray' on September 10th, preceded by a new single 'Into A Swan' on August 27th. See NEWS for the album tracklisting. ?? ANNIE LENNOX will release a new album 'Songs of Mass Destruction' in October and already named tracks include 'Fingernail Moon', 'Dark Road' and 'Sing', the latter inspired by her humanitarian work with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and featuring contributions from 23 female artists including MADONNA, K D LANG and BONNIE RAITT. ?? ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN have added a second show to their annual hometown Christmas gig and will now play Liverpool's Academy on December 9th. ?? STEVEN DUFFY's 1986 album 'Designer Beatnik', released under the name DR CALCULUS, has been reissued as a download only featuring five bonus tracks... see NEWS for the full tracklisting. ?? THE B-52s and TALKING HEADS' frontman DAVID BYRNE have contributed tracks to a compilation of original songs from the past nine seasons of 'The Simpsons' entitled 'The Simpsons: Testify'. 'Everybody Hates Ned Flanders' features Byrne while the B-52's appear on 'Glove Slap'. ?? JOHN FOXX will release a special 2-CD edition version of his 1980 album 'Metamatic' on September 3rd. The release will feature the original album as well as the b-sides from all the singles and a number of previously unreleased tracks from the album sessions and John Foxx will embark on a short 'Metamatic Tour' in September and October, see GIGS for all the dates. ?? SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK have released a remix collection on download only which is available from iTunes and all the major download outlets and includes remixed versions of their best known tracks 'Love Missile F1-11' and '21st Century Boy'. See NEWS for the full tracklisting. ?? MARC ALMOND's recent album 'Stardom Road' has been reviewed in the REVIEWS section. ?? Special Thanks to http://www.remembertheeighties.com for this weeks news ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? "The eighties... up to date!"