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19 Aug 2006 - 80's News

DEPECHE MODE are to release a new single in October. The track 'Martyr For Love' was recorded as part of the sessions for the band's recent 'Playing The Angel' album but was left off the album because it was 'too upbeat' for the rest of the album. The single is expected to precede yet another Depeche Mode best-of collection... meanwhile the band's single 'Personal Jesus' has been sampled by Jamelia for a new track 'Beware Of The Dog' which will be featured on her forthcoming album 'Walk With Me' which will be released in September. Another track on the album is said to include a sample from THE STRANGLERS' 'Golden Brown'.

has announced eight live shows in the US in September and October with the promise of further gigs in December. See GIGS for a list of the dates announced so far.

' CHRIS LOWE has written a song for a new musical production of Martin Sherman's play 'Bent' which will debut at London's Trafalgar Studios from September 22nd.

's forthcoming album will be called 'You've Got To Laugh'. The twelve-track collection will be released independently by Kershaw and although no release date has been set it is hoped that the album will see the light of day in the next few months. See NEWS on the website for the album tracklisting.

will release a special edition of their 'Architecture & Morality' album next year to tie in with the recently reunited band's live shows and thier planned live performance of the album in full. The release will feature a bonus DVD containing footage of OMD live at London's Drury Lane theatre.

SIMPLE MINDS' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' is to be immortalised in a forthcoming documentary of the same name focussing on film director John Hughes' coming-of-age teen movies from the eighties - including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, Weird Science and Sixteen Candles. Simple Minds are to be filmed for the documentary which will also feature interviews with Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Kelly Le Brock (Weird Science), Mia Sara and Alan Ruck (Ferris Buller’s Day Off) along with more interviews still to be scheduled...

, THE SMITHS, JAPAN and ERASURE are among artists featured on a new interactive DVD music quiz from Q Magazine. 'The Essential Music Quiz' will be released on November 27th after being launched at the annual Q Awards on October 30th. The quiz features audio and video snippets from over a hundred bands across the history of music and also includes material from ART OF NOISE, BRONSKI BEAT, SIMPLY RED, DEAD OR ALIVE and ADAM AND THE ANTS among many others.

's MARTIN FRY, ALTERED IMAGES' CLARE GROGAN, TOYAH, OMD singer ANDY McCLUSKY, TONY HADLEY, SIMPLE MINDS' JIM KERR, GARY NUMAN and BILLY BRAGG all look back at the eighties in new interviews for September's special 80s-themed edition of The Word magazine which is available in newsagents now.

frontman STEVE STRANGE has provided vocals for the forthcoming single from Punx Soundcheck. 'In The Dark' features on the duo's 'When Machines Ruled The World' album and will be released as a single in October.

, MICHAEL JACKSON, KIM WILDE, GEORGE MICHAEL and DEAD OR ALIVE are among artists featured on a twenty-six track album of original eighties remixes entitled 'Fantastic 80s Extended' which will be released on August 28th and also features tracks from BROS, THE BANGLES, RICK ASTLEY and TAYLOR DAYNE. See the NEWS section on the site to see the full twenty-six song tracklisting!

SOFT CELL singer MARC ALMOND will play on the mainstage at the forthcoming Manchester Pride Festival on August 27th, following the show with an appearance at Manchester's Club Poptastic. Almond, who has finished work on a new album of cover versions of his favourite songs tentatively called 'My Life And I' is now working on demos for a new album of original material - possibly to be titled 'Dining With Panthers' - for release in 2008.

frontman PETER COX will release a new album, 'Motor City Music', on October 2nd in time for the forthcoming Go West 21st Anniversary tour which starts on the same date. See GIGS for all the dates.

TONY HADLEY will release his new swing-influenced album 'Passing Strangers' on October 2nd.

's CD reissues series continues in September with the release of her 1993 album 'Take The Leap!'(which includes writing collaborations with KAJAGOOGOO's NICK BEGGS among others) which combined new material with new versions of Toyah classics, and 1980's live album 'Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!'. 'Take The Leap!' will be released on CD for the first time outside Japan on September 25th and will feature a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks. 'Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!', recorded in Wolverhampton for a TV documentary, has been expanded to include bonus tracks which include b-sides and four previously unreleased live tracks from Toyah's 1982 'The Changeling' tour plus tracks from her 1980 show at London's ICA. See NEWS on the website for the full tracklisting for both albums.

Thanks to all the news this week.

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