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27 Oct 2010 - 80's News

BLANCMANGE will release a new album 'Blanc Burn' on February 28th and will mark the release with a series of UK dates in March, see GIGS for all the dates.

HAIRCUT 100 have announced a special one-off reunion show next year, at which they will perform their debut album 'Pelican West' in its entirety. The show will take place on January 28th at the IndigO2 in London with tickets onsale now.

RUSTY EGAN, formerly of VISAGE and THE SKIDS and founder of the legendary Blitz Club, has released a collaboration between himself and RICHARD JAMES BURGESS, producer and one-time member of LANDSCAPE, that was originally recorded in 1980. The instrumental track, 'Shock', is credited to R.E.R.B and is out now on Egan's own Blitz Club Records label. The release features two versions of the track; the original 1980 version; and an updated 2010 remix by Egan himself and is available as a download or on 12" vinyl.

HOLLY JOHNSON will release a three-disc edition of his 1989 solo album 'Blast' on November 22nd. The new edition will feature two CDs containing the original album, the 'Hollelujah' remix album, and a selection of other remixes, b-sides and rarities, plus a DVD of promotional videos. See NEWS for the full album and DVD tracklisting.

THE CURE's ROBERT SMITH has provided vocals for a new version of 'Not In Love', the new single from Crystal Castles, which will be released on December 6th.

FIVE STAR will release expanded editions of their 'Silk & Steel' and 'Luxury of Life' albums on November 15th. Both reissues will include a number of bonus tracks including remixes and rare tracks. See NEWS for the full tracklisting of both albums.

THE CARS are working on new material, their first for over twenty years, and have previewed one track - 'Blue Tip' - on their Facebook page. The reunited band have also hinted that they will support the release with a full tour.

BRYAN FERRY will release his new album 'Olympia' next week. The album will feature eight new songs - including the single 'You Can Dance' - alongside covers of Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren' and Traffic's 'No Face, No Name, No Number'.

BANANARAMA have written and recorded a Christmas song entitled 'Baby, It's Christmas' and will be announcing release details shortly.

JAKI GRAHAM will release a new compilation 'Absolute Essential' on October 25th featuring 2-CDs of material covering her eighties success and beyond. Meanwhile Jaki Graham is working on a new album with artist turned producer Patrice Rushen. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

GO WEST have delayed the release of the second of their three-part '3D' release to November 2nd. The EP, part of the band's 25th anniversary releases, will feature four new tracks plus a new version of 'We Close Our Eyes'.

SALT-N-PEPA have released two new songs - 'Big Girls' and 'She's Killin' Me' - via download and have US dates lined up in February and March under the banner 'Salt-N-Pepa presents Legends of Hip Hop 2011'.

THE BELLE STARS will release a 2-CD retrospective '80s Romance - The Complete Belle Stars' on October 25th. The compilation will feature some of the band's best known songs alongside video, rare tracks, remixes and b-sides and the sleeve notes will include new interviews with all seven of the band members. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

U2 will release an early album in the early part of next year. The release, currently with the working title of 'Songs of Ascent', will be out in time for the band's US dates in May next year and will include a number of tracks that band have already previewed during their recent dates.

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