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25 Sep 2008 - 80's News

THE THOMPSON TWINS are to reissue their first two albums, 'A Product Of...' and 'Set', via the Edsel label in a 2-CD set on October 2nd. As with Edsel's previous Thompson Twins reissues both albums have been significantly expanded with the addition of nineteen bonus tracks between them featuring b-sides and remixes. See NEWS for the full album tracklistings.

DURAN DURAN drummer ROGER TAYLOR has donated an entire drum kit to the Celeb2nds charity website for auction. The kit will be online for bids until October 26th. See NEWS for the auction link.

THE CURE's new album '4:13 Dream' is currently scheduled for release on October 28th. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

TINA TURNER has added four more shows to the UK leg of her forthcoming comeback tour. See GIGS for details.

ELTON JOHN is to team up with The Killers to release a Christmas single, said to be entitled 'Joseph, Better You Than Me', with proceeds going to charity.

JOY DIVISION's 'Transmission' has been covered by Hot Chip for inclusion on the new War Child album 'Heroes' which is set for release on November 24th. The album will feature a number of tracks chosen from their own catalogues by some of music's biggest names, including DAVID BOWIE, PAUL McCARTNEY and THE CLASH, and covered by a new artist of their choosing. Most of the tracks are still to be announced but others include Duffy covering McCartney's 'Live And Let Die', Beck covering Bob Dylan's 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat' and The Kooks playing The Kinks' 'Victoria'.

MARILYN's 'Despite Straight Lines' album will be reissued by Cherry Red on November 17th and will feature the original album with an extra seven bonus tracks including remixes and b-sides. See NEWS for the full tracklisting.

CHAKA KHAN will play a one-off London show, to celebrate her thirty-fifth anniversary in music, at Shepherds Bush Empire on October 27th. The soul legend will also play Manchester's Bridgewater Hall as well as a special show at London's Dingwalls in October as part of the BBC's 'Electric Proms' series of shows. See NEWS for more details.

THE BEASTIE BOYS' AD-ROCK and DEBBIE HARRY are among artists confirmed for the third 'Gimme Shelter Rock & Rescue' event in New York on October 6th. Other artists on the bill include Moby and Le Tigre.

With thanks to"The eighties... up to date!"



It's been in the works for over two years now but NEXT WEEK, finally, my book, 'Remember The 80s - Now That's What I Call Nostalgia' will be PUBLISHED and should be available in all good bookshops. I will be sending out a special email about the BOOK next week but if you can't wait until then it is actually AVAILABLE TO BUY right now in the SHOP section of the website! It's all very exciting I have to say!

Thank you for the very positive response to my EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SOFT CELL's DAVE BALL which I put online last week and is still on the website if you fancy a look. We're also into the last week of my EXCLUSIVE SOFT CELL COMPETITION which will see THREE WINNERS each receive a set of extremely RARE ARTWORK PROOFS of 'Heat: The Remixes' and 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret' plus CD copies of both albums, all AUTOGRAPHED by DAVE BALL himself... it's all waiting for you on the website right now!

I also have a new NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY for you this week that will see FIVE WINNERS each receive a copy of the new 3-CD compilation of classic late seventies/early eighties cutting-edge and alternative tracks 'The Mix Tapes', featuring DAVID BOWIE, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, DAVID SYLVIAN, YAZOO, CULTURE CLUB, PET SHOP BOYS, DURAN DURAN and SIMPLE MINDS among the FIFTY-SEVEN ARTISTS featured (See NEWS for the full tracklisting!) and which is released this week. If you fancy entering then just email me before 5pm (UK) on Friday and I will put all the entries into my fabulous virtual hat, select the winners randomly and let them know by email. Good luck!

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