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13 Oct 2009 - 80's News

CULTURE CLUB, ULTRAVOX, KAJAGOOGOO, DURAN DURAN and THE STRANGLERS will all have BBC recordings of concerts from the 80s released as downloads on December 7th as reported in last week's newsletter. The tracklistings for all the concerts have now been announced and can be seen in the NEWS section on the website.

SPANDAU BALLET have announced that their new album will be called 'Once More' and will feature thirteen tracks; eleven reworkings of classic Spandau ballet hits and two new songs. The album will be released on October 19th.

PET SHOP BOYS have collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey on her new album 'Performance' which is due for release on November 9th. The album will also feature collaborations with Manic Street Preachers, John Barry, KT Tunstall and Gary Barlow.

TOYAH's new musical project THE HUMANS, which also features REM's BILL RIEFLIN, have announced three UK shows to take place in February next year. The shows will take place in London, Leamington Spa and Cambridge, see GIGS for all the dates.

NENA has released a new album, 'Made In Germany', the follow-up to her recent single 'Wir Sind Wahr'. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

JO CALLIS - best known for being a member of both THE HUMAN LEAGUE and THE REZILLOS - is to remix a number of tracks for the online TV show The Cabonauts. The Sci-Fi series will release a full soundtrack album featuring Callis' work at the end of their first series, as well as individual remixes that will be available via iTunes. See NEWS for all the details.

SHALAMAR will play a rare live show at London's O2 on October 30th. The show, featuring Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Carolyn Griffie, will take place at the venue's IndigO2 and will be followed by an after party featuring disco and club classics until 2am.

THE STRANGLERS have announced UK dates for February and March next year in addition to a one-off December show in Leamington Spa. See GIGS for all the dates.

U2 have announced another leg of their current '360° Tour' for summer 2010 with shows lined up across Europe and more expected to be announced later. See GIGS for all the dates.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS will be playing their classic 'Talk Talk Talk' album in its entirety at just their forthcoming London show at Kentish Town's The Forum on November 12th. Their other UK shows - in Glasgow and Manchester - will see the band playing their normal concert set. See GIGS for all the dates.

MADNESS are to be the subject of a tribute album entitled '30 Years of Madness' which is being put together by the French Madness Information Service. The album, which features covers of classic Madness tracks from twenty-one up and coming bands, is released this week. See NEWS for more details.

THE 80s REWIND FESTIVAL have announced that they will return for another weekend of 80s festivities next year, returning to Henley on Thames over the weekend of August 20-22. The bill for the festival has yet to be announced but early-bird weekend tickets are already on sale from the festival website. See NEWS for more details.

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