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15 Jan 2006 - 80's News

ALISON MOYET has provided vocals for the new Moby single 'Slipping Away'. The former YAZOO vocalist will also return to the stage this year in a new play, 'Smaller', with comic Dawn French. Descibed as 'not a musical, but rather a play with music' the production - directed by Kathy Burke - will do a 6-week UK tour before finishing with a run at London's Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.

DEACON BLUE's 'Raintown' album will be reissued as an expanded 2-CD package on February 27th featuring the original album on one CD and the same tracklisting on the second CD but made up of alternative unreleased, live and rare performances of each classic track. The live versions are all taken from within a year of Raintown's initial release and also included is the previously unheard demo of 'Loaded', as well as tracks from the bands first gig at London's Marquee Club in 1986.

ERASURE, SOFT CELL and ALPHAVILLE are all featured on a German compilation, 'Elektrisch 1', which is to be released on 24th February on the Major Records label. The fifteen track compilation features remixes from a range of artists including Client, Wolfsheim and Mesh. Initial quantities of the release feature a bonus CD featuring a further seven tracks.

MICHAEL JACKSON's long-awaited charity record to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina is expected to be released 'very soon' according to a press release on behalf of Bahrain's '2 Seas Records' label who are said to be releasing the song, 'I Have A Dream', which also features Keisha Cole, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, Babyface and R Kelly...

SQUEEZE mainman GLENN TILBROOK will play a nineteen-date UK tour in February and March.

DAVID BOWIE will receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at this year's Grammy Awards in the US. The ceremony will take place on February 8th.

CHERYL BAKER is starring in a stage adaptation of the film 'Footloose'. The former BUCKS FIZZ singer kicked off the show's UK tour this week in Cardiff and will visit Glasgow, Southampton, Birmingham, Stoke, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Woking and Plymouth between now and the end of March.

THE POINTER SISTERS have recorded a version of EURYTHMICS' 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves' with Flemish 'Pop Idol' star Natalia sharing vocals. The record has already been a huge hit in Belgium and the acts have also just started a series of joint dates to promote the release...

THE SISTERS OF MERCY have announced a series of US dates, their first since 1999. The fifteen-date outing will feature two Canadian shows and a significant part of the set will feature new and unreleased material alongside the band's classics. Frontman ANDREW ELDRITCH has hinted that new material may be released soon.

GO WEST frontman PETER COX has added another date to his upcoming solo tour. The gig will take place at Martletts Hall in Burgess Hill on Sunday 5th February.
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