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THE THOMPSON TWINS' classic album 'Here's To Future Days' follows 'Quick Step & Side Kick' and 'Into The Gap' to become the third of the band's albums to be given a dramatic reissue by the Edsel label. The expanded 2-CD edition will be released on August 4th and will feature the original album, all the remixes from the bonus EP / cassette edition as well as the 12" single remixes and the non-album b-sides. Meanwhile, on July 28th Cherry Red will release a DVD edition of the Thompson Twins' 60 minute concert video 'Side Kicks The Movie', filmed in Liverpool during the band's 1983 tour. See NEWS for the full CD and DVD tracklistings.
THE CURE's ROBERT SMITH, CHAKA KHAN, THE PIXIES' BLACK FRANCIS, NEIL FINN and WEIRD AL YANKOVIC are among the voting panel for the 2008 International Songwriting Competition.
KAJAGOOGOO will play two shows at Milton Keynes' The Stables on December 10th and 11th.
DEACON BLUE have announced two headline shows in Glasgow in December, following their support slot on the forthcoming SIMPLE MINDS tour. See GIGS for details
GANG OF FOUR will release their influential albums 'Songs Of The Free' and 'Hard' on CD for the time on August 18th. Meanwhile the band will headline alongside WIRE at the forthcoming Offset Festival in Essex on August 30th and 31st.
DURAN DURAN have announced that they would like to work with producer Mark Ronson on a theme for the new James Bond film. Duran Duran appeared with Ronson in Paris last week for a special live collaboration.
IT BITES have reformed for an album and tour. The forthcoming album 'The Tall Ships' will be released later this year but is available for pre-order via the band's website and a UK tour has been announced for September and October. See GIGS for dates.
T'PAU singer CAROL DECKER releases her new download single 'Don't Stop Believing' - a cover of the FOREIGNER classic - this week.
RICK ASTLEY has released a new US compilation 'Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Astley', part of the RCA/Legacy label's Playlist series which sets out to compile ultimate compilations from a range of artists with material hand-picked and sequenced by producers, fans and often the artists themselves. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.
MODERN ROMANCE have announced an gig in Bournemouth for Wave Radio on August 30th, following their mainstage appearance at Scotland's Retrofest on the same day.
SANDRA will play a one-off show at Technopolis in Athens, Greece, on July 23rd.
MADNESS have announced another Christmas date with the announcement of a show at Manchester's Central on December 18th. Meanwhile Madness' LEE THOMPSON will be playing a free gig at London's Bermondsey Beat Festival on July 12th with his new project The Dance Brigade which also features THE BELLE STARS' singer JENNIE MATTHIAS.
ELVIS COSTELLO is making a TV show for Channel 4 entitled 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...' which will see the legendary singer in conversation and collaboration with a range of guests including ELTON JOHN and LOU REED.