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24 May 2010 - 80's News

OMD have announced UK and European dates in October and November. Their 'History of Modern' tour will feature the band's classic line up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes and will support their forthcoming new album of the same name. See GIGS for all the dates.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS have announced UK dates for October during which they will perform their 1981 album 'Talk, Talk, Talk' in its entirety alongside an encore set of classics from across their career. See GIGS for all the dates.

VINCE CLARKE is auctioning his silver award for YAZOO's 1983 hit 'Nobody's Diary' on EBAY to benefit the Rett Syndrome Research Trust charity. The disc has been autographed by Vince Clarke and the auction is open to bids from anywhere in the world!

SPANDAU BALLET will release expanded and remastered editions of their 'True' and 'Parade' albums on June 21st. 'True' will be released in a three disc edition featuring a CD of the original album, remastered; a CD of bonus material including previously unreleased remixes and live tracks; and a DVD of the band playing live at London's Sadlers Wells theatre in 1983. 'Parade' will appear in a 2-CD edition, featuring the remastered album and a number of bonus tracks on one disc and a BBC In Concert show recorded at Wembley Arena in 1984 on the other. See NEWS for the full tracklisting of both albums.

HEAVEN 17 have extended their 'Penthouse and Pavement' dates into November and December with the announcement of another run of UK shows that will see the band perform their classic 1981 album in its entirety. See GIGS for all the dates.

KYLIE MINOGUE has announced the tracklisting for her forthcoming album, 'Aphrodite', which will be released on July 5th, preceded by a new single 'All The Lovers' on June 28th. See NEWS for the album tracklisting.

A-HA will play a special show at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 8th where they will play their debut album 'Hunting High and Low' in its entirety.

HOWARD JONES has announced an eleven-date acoustic tour of the UK in September, see GIGS for all the dates. Jones will also play a live set at London's La Beat Route Club on May 25th as part of the launch party for Bestival's 'Back To The Phuture' night. Also appearing at the show will be HEAVEN 17's MARTYN WARE who, along with RUSTY EGAN, will be playing a DJ set.

BOY GEORGE is expected to announce the release date of his new album shortly, however the album will be called 'Extraordinary Alien' and is expected to feature sixteen tracks, see NEWS for more details.

THE LOTUS EATERS' classic 'No Sense Of Sin' album has just been reissued in an expanded twenty-track edition featuring a number of bonus tracks. The band are currently putting the finishing touches to a new album and are planning some live dates which will be announced shortly. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

ALI CAMPBELL'S UB40 have been added to the line-up of the forthcoming Guilfest Festival, joining a bill that already includes THE HUMAN LEAGUE, KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS, LEVEL 42 and STATUS QUO among many others.

REM have announced details of a 2-CD reissue of their 'Fables Of The Reconstruction' album on July 13th. The 25th anniversary reissue will feature the original album in a remastered edition plus a fourteen-rack CD of previously unreleased demo tracks. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

KING's 1985 album 'Steps In Time' will be reissued on May 24th with seven bonus tracks including remixes and b-sides. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

CYNDI LAUPER and BELINDA CARLISLE are both said to have written autobiographies that will be published this year. Although there is very little information currently available about the Cyndi Lauper book which is expected later in the year after the June 22nd release of her new album 'Memphis Blues', Belinda Carlisle's will be entitled 'Lips Unsealed: A Memoir' and will be published in June.

WANG CHUNG will release a new EP, entitled 'Abducted By The 80s', on August 2nd however the release will be available from the band's website and at their forthcoming tour dates from June 7th, The release will come in a CD package featuring one disc of re-recorded versions of the band's hits -including 'Dance Hall Days' and 'Everybody Have Fun Tonight' - and one disc of new material. The band will be on tour in the US in June and July, see GIGS for all the dates.

SONIA has marked the 20th anniversary of her 'Everybody Knows' album with a reissued and remastered edition which is available via iTunes. PWL meanwhile have been releasing rare Sonia material from their archive including six megamix tracks, and nine or ten-track digital editions of 'You'll Never Stop me Loving You', 'Can't Forget You', 'Listen To Your Heart', 'Counting Every Minute' and 'End Of The World'.

JOHNNY MARR has been awarded the Inspiration award at this year's ceremony for the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London.

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