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03 Aug 2006 - 80's News

THE COMMUNARDS have just released a live DVD 'The Communards – Live At Full House Rock Show' which was filmed in Hanover in 1986 at the peak of the band's career.
LATIN QUARTER have a similar DVD planned for August 28th - 'Latin Quarter – Live At Full House Rock Show' - also recorded in 1986... see NEWS on the website for the tracklisting of both releases.

THE STRANGLERS will release a new single 'Spectre Of Love' on September 11th in advance of the release of their new album 'Suite XVI'. The band will also undertake an extensive UK tour through September and October. See GIGS for all the details.

HAPPY MONDAYS have announced that they have completed work on a new, currently untitled, studio album, their first since 1992's 'Yes Please'.

has signed a solo deal with Universal and is expected to release new material on a new Universal label imprint, W14, next year.

's 'Self Control' has been covered by Euro-dance act Infernal and will be released as a single in October.

SCRITTI POLITTI will release a second single from their Mercury Prize nominated album 'Black Beer White Bread' on September 4th. The release of the double a-side release, 'Snow In Sun'/'Robin Hood' comes the day before the Mercury Awards ceremony.

NEW ORDER have announced South American dates to take place in November. The band have announced five shows in Brazil and Aregentina. See GIGS for all the dates.

HUGH CORNWELL is lining up a number of live releases; a live CD 'Dirty Dozen' will be available through shops, but a 3-CD release 'People, Places, Pieces' (containing live recordings of each of Cornwell's recent London shows at the Islington Academy) will be available only by mail order via Cornwell's website. 'Dirty Dozen' will be released on September 25th and 'People, Places, Pieces' will follow on October 9th and both releases will feature a mix of solo versions of STRANGLERS tracks and material from Cornwell's solo catalogue.

, PAUL YOUNG and TOYAH are among contestants in the first 'Celebrity Masterchef' competition which will be screened by the BBC in September.

' single 'Zerox' has been covered by Client for release next year.

' recent album 'Fundamental' has been reviewed in the REVIEWS section.

's 1993 album 'Black Tie White Noise' is to be expanded with a special digital-download package of extras. The download bundle 'Black Tie White Noise Extras' will be released on September 25th. See NEWS on the website for the full tracklisting.

is apparently working on an album of cover versions performed in a swing style. The as yet untitled album is said to include versions of DAVID BOWIE's 'Jean Genie' and METALLICA's 'Enter Sandman'.

mainman CLARK DATCHLER has re-recorded the band's best-known hit 'Shattered Dreams' under the recording name Nightfoxx, a new album is also thought to be in the works.

is working on a new album with legendary producer Babyface and one track 'It's The End Of The Road' has already been released as a digital single after it was picked up by US reality show 'So You Think You Can Dance' and used as the elimination song each time a contestant is voted off the show.

Thanks to all the news this week.

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