Gary Numan Live in London and Manchester ~ April 1 & 2, 2011

Copyright (c) Mimi 2011

Gary Numan gave phenomenally great performances billed as “Back To The Phuture” last weekend at the Troxy in London and the Manchester Academy. In Manchester on April 1, Gary Numan and band shared the stage with Recoil, Motor, and DJ Mark Jones. At the Troxy, on April 2, other artists included legendary John Foxx, Mirrors, Motor, DJ Daniel Miller, and DJ Mark Jones.

There are some fantastic fan videos of various songs Gary Numan performed, including one that he penned just that week (“Obelisk/Everything Comes Down To This”). I’ve linked to some of the better ones below. Enjoy!

Gary Numan’s Official website.

Pure (Live)” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

The Fall (Live)” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

Obelisk/Everything Comes Down To This” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

I Die You Die” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

That’s Too Bad” via YouTube user AlmaKnack:

Haunted” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Pure” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Halo” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Crash” via YouTube user TamTamster:

Zero Bars” via YouTube user TamTamster:

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Gary Numan on the Brink of Something Great

Copyright 2011 Mimi

Gary Numan gave his fans a taste of what’s in store from the upcoming and long-awaited album Dead Son Rising. He posted an announcement that segments from three of the album’s songs were available to preview on his site NuWorld.

The three songs are titled, “The Fall,” “Captured Underground Noise Transmission” (please, no comments about the acronym this title forms), and “When The Sky Bleeds, He Will Come.” All three are killer tunes, with Gary Numan’s signature Gothic/industrial sound apparent in each. There’s a full live version of “The Fall” on YouTube that we have been enjoying for some time. All of this begs the question, “When is the long-awaited album going to be released?”

Fans are hoping for a release prior to the Back To The Phuture shows scheduled for the Manchester Academy and The Troxy April 1 & 2. We have learned to live with a great span of time between releases because Gary is a notoriously detail-oriented perfectionist. No complaints there. His collections produced and released since 1994, although painfully few and far between, have been magnificently crafted works of which he deserves to be very proud.

Just a random aside – I posted a comment similar to this on David Marsden’s site in a discussion about what’s wrong with today’s music: The boss and I had an interesting non-work discussion the other day. He is a classically trained musician (as is my husband). I had the boss listen to “Angel Wars” by Gary Numan, and he made mention of the use of the tritone or “devil’s note” in the song. It seems that this tonal dissonance is used by many non-mainstream musicians, and it gives a more raw and cutting edge to the music. This tends to be the music I am most drawn to, because it evokes more than just an aural response – it actually resonates within the body, adding a physical piece to the overall experience.

If you haven’t experienced Sacrifice (1994), Exile (1997), Pure (2000), or Jagged (2006) with your entire being, you are missing out on some of the most cutting-edge and vital dark wave music made over the last 17 years. Successful as a punk, post-punk, then synth-wave pioneer, Gary Numan has never shied away from experimentation and reinvention. But, he really hit his stride when he crossed over to the heavier side of music. He bares his soul for all to see, building a safe haven for all of our darkest and deepest emotions to dwell as we lose ourselves in the hard-edged tunes born of his own emotion-riddled creations.

Am I anxious for more brilliant Gothic/industrial Gary Numan in the form of Dead Son Rising? Oh, yeah.

Go to Gary Numan’s official website, where you can purchase his music, DVDs and other licensed merchandise.

The Fall” via YouTube user wwwdeadheavencouk:

The Angel Wars” via YouTube user voypacuenca:

Pure” via YouTube user deadliner: 

Haunted” via YouTube user knightvision:

Studio Album Discography

Tubeway Army (1978)
Replicas (1979)
The Pleasure Principle (1979)
Telekon (1980)
Dance (1981)
I, Assassin (1982)
Warriors (1983)
Berserker (1984)
The Fury (1985)
Strange Charm (1986)
Metal Rhythm (1988)
Automatic (1989)
Outland (1991)
Machine and Soul (1992)
The Radial Pair: Video Soundtrack (1994)
Sacrifice (1994)
Human (unreleased) (1995)
Exile (1997)
Pure (2000)
Jagged (2006)
Replicas Redux (2008)
The Pleasure Principle 30th Anniversary Edition (2009)

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Band ~ Pop Will Eat Itself

The 80’s band Pop Will Eat Itself (PWEI) formed in Stourbridge, England in 1986. This band is definitely not for the faint of heart. In a huge departure from this site’s usual spotlight on 80s New Wave, Gothic, and post-punk bands comes a hard-core, cutting edge group that defies classification. Using elements of punk, New Wave, industrial, and alternative, flavored with a healthy dose of angst and fury, Pop Will Eat Itself couldn’t be any further removed from “pop,” which makes their nickname, the Poppies, ironic indeed. Think anti-Milli Vanilli in its most extreme form, and you will only begin to scratch the surface of the sound that PWEI generates full steam ahead.

PWEI produced a lot of music that seemed destined for a very narrow audience. It was definitely ahead of the 90s proto-punk industrial wave curve, but the path the band was forging remained largely ignored. Consisting of highly trained and experienced musicians from diverse backgrounds, Pop Will Eat Itself stormed into the music scene, oblivious of trends, and making music that suited their own creative needs. Little did the world know that these raw and unrefined musicians were forming a strong foundation for the 90s.

Check this band out. It may not be your taste, but listen with an open mind. It’s a trip to go back with a fresh set of ears and see how a raucous, noisy, and vital band “quietly” influenced a genre of music that was evolving and at the ready to take its place in the next decade. PWEI are unsung visionaries who contributed a whole lot more than the mere sum of their parts to the music industry.

Purchase Pop Will Eat Itself music here.

Def Con One” via YouTube user apesgrapes:

Their Law” (cover) via YouTube user tabanger:

Bulletproof” via YouTube user Smoggychris:

Can U Dig It?” via YouTube user DEFFX39:

Not Now James We’re Busy” via YouTube user 1michelemichele1:
 

Discography

Box Frenzy (1987)
Now for a Feast! (1988)
This Is the Day…This Is the Hour…This Is This! (1989)
Cure for Sanity (1990)
The Looks or the Lifestyle? (1992)
Weird’s Bar and Grill (Live) (1993)
16 Different Flavours of Hell (Best of) (1993)
Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994)
Two Fingers My Friends! (1995)
Wise Up Suckers (BMG best of) (1996)
The Radio 1 Sessions 1986-87 (1997)
PWEI Product 1986-1994 (Anthology) (2002)

80’s Music Rules ~ Music and People I’m Thankful For

Times are tough – there’s no doubt of that. Each day we worry about losing our jobs, our homes, our prized possessions. But, amidst all the darkness, there’s a thread that keeps all of us going, giving us the will to survive, the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And although today is the day in the United States that we choose to reflect on everything we are thankful for, let it be known that I am truly grateful for all the people and things that enrich my life, each and every day.

Topping my list is my husband, who unfairly struggles each and every day with a pernicious and little-known illness. He starts each day anew with a fresh outlook and the determination to not let his sickness overcome him. He is my inspiration, and helps to put my relatively minor and trivial complaints into perspective. He is also the one who continues to stand beside me, taking my idosyncrasies in stride, never judging me, and allowing me to be who I am.

Brian Eno/John Cale’s “Spinning Away” via YouTube user mimosaku:

The rest of my “list” is in no particular order, all of equal importance.

Gary Numan – there isn’t much more that I can say  that I haven’t already said in previous posts. His music helps me to face the darkest hurts that life throws my way. He has been able to articulate his pain and disappointment in a way that touches my soul. That someone who has ridden the highest highs and lowest lows that life put in his path, and came out of it with a song on his lips to fight back the anger is truly amazing. How many people use having a “bad life” to explain away being low-life losers? I admire the ones who come out on the other side stronger, better people.

Gary Numan’s “Angel Wars” via YouTube user webbfoxx:

David Marsden – here’s a man who has brought underrated artists to hungry listeners his entire 50-year broadcasting career. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that listeners are exposed to talent that the stuffed shirts in boardrooms deemed trifling and unworthy. Starting out in Canada, and now broadcasting the world over, he remains the champion of the musical underdog, and the master of free-form broadcasting. His friendship, humor, and music playlists have been both uplifting and inspiring.

A Tribute To David Marsden – Spoons/ “Radio Heaven” via YouTube user missparker0106:

Friends and family – you know who you are. I’ve either known you for my entire life, or you’ve just recently become a friend because of the blog, the Marsden chatroom, FaceBook, a shared love for Gary Numan or 80s New Wave, or YouTube. It doesn’t matter. I’m grateful for all of you because in your own special way you make my life more meaningful. I’ve had one special friend for over 4 decades, and so many others that have enriched my life over the past few years. My family has been with me my entire life, each member playing an important role in making me who I am. You are all scattered throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Philippines, and even Australia. But, I hold each and every one of you close in my heart, cherished and loved for the riches you give me each and every day.

May you all be blessed eternally ~ and I remain ever thankful for all of you.

Gary Numan’s “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user dashproductions: 

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Bobbi Style

If we meet even one extraordinary person in our lifetime, we can consider ourselves fortunate. With the advent of the Internet and an ever-widening circle of international acquaintances, I have had the good fortune to meet several such people. The latest person to enrich my life is a gifted and outstanding musician named Bobbi Style.

I’ve only “known” Bobbi for a short time, recently making his acquaintance on FaceBook. But everything I have read about him and listened to by him since then points to an immensely interesting person whose story I feel compelled to share.

Along with New Wave and synthpop, my favorite 80’s music genre is Goth. Peter Murphy, Love & Rockets, and The Damned are a few 80’s Goth artists that rapidly come to mind. Imagine my delight when I was directed to a Bobbi Style 80’s-era music video on YouTube and discovered that his favored performance genre is….Goth! After sitting with my mouth hanging open in shock wondering where the heck I was when this dynamo was out conquering the world, I fell in love.

Bobbi Style was born with cerebral palsy, leaving him wheelchair-bound. He never let this disability get the better of him. Instead, he overcame the obvious obstacles – not only the physical, but the inherently prejudicial public reactions to a disabled Goth-band frontman. He achieved this with grace and dignity, and in his native UK, Bobbi became quite the cult figure with a large, hard-core group of fans.

In an interview with NX Live Magazine, Bobbi recalls that he first got into music around age 5 as a drummer, then guitarist and bassist. In his early teens, and when his disability would not allow him to maneuver around a drum kit any longer, he found himself as a singer for the school band, calling upon such influences as Gary Numan, Japan, Generation X, and Siouxsie & The Banshees for inspiration. Sounds like an absolutely winning combination to me.

In addition to the above-mentioned, Bobbi also cites the following as influential presences: Sisters of Mercy, The Cult, and The Mission. The very best of each can be seen in Style’s 80’s clips on YouTube (see below) that tease us with just a sampling of what this incredible man can do.

Speaking of a “can do” attitude, Bobbi Style has never taken his disability and limitations for what they are, and just cut his losses. This is a man who decided at an early age that he was going to rise above what others felt was a disadvantage, and make the most of his life. Content in his own skin, and with a history of successes and triumphs behind him, Bobbi Style now focuses that endless supply of energy on helping other musicians with disabilities.

Style, a native of the UK, now lives in British Columbia, Canada, and is very active within a group known as VAMS (Vancouver Adapted Musician Society) founded in the late 1980s to support and promote musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area. Style donates his time, talent, and proceeds from recording, promotions, and sales to help his fellow musicians. He is also launching a charity called “Bob Friendly” that will raise money to construct disabled-friendly studios around the world.

If you think you’re having a bad day, check out some of the following links and get to know a man that has not let what life has thrown at him get him down. Bobbi Style is more than just a gifted 80’s Goth artist – he is an inspiration to many, a militant advocate for disabled people of all stripes, and a wickedly funny man. My life has been greatly enriched by our chance meeting (thanks to Eighties Everafter) on FaceBook.

Bobbi has re-released “Lady Feline” on iTunes. Check it out here.

Note: Be on the look-out for a re-release of “Embrace Me” – that’s a personal favorite of mine.

Links to Bobbi Style:
http://www.bobbistyle.com/
http://bobbistyle.ning.com/
http://www.myspace.com/bobbistyle
http://www.YouTube.com/BobbiStyle
http://twitter.com/BobbiStyle
http://www.BobFriendly.com
http://asylumproduction.ning.com/profile/BobbiStyle
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/bobbi-style/id332898927
http://c.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZConnections.woa/wa/viewProfile?id=9149033
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bobbi-Style/9607619582?ref=ts

 

Watch Bobbi Style on YouTube:

“Embrace Me (Official Video)” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Embrace Me (Live)” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Like A Bullet” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Lady Feline” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

“Just Like Valentino” via YouTube user Bobbi Style:

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Gary Numan’s North American Tour Continues

 
Copyright 2010 missparker
Copyright 2010 missparker

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two weeks since I met Gary Numan in Orlando, the first stop on his North American Pleasure Principle tour. I am still so jazzed about meeting my music idol and experiencing a show that was nothing short of brilliant excellence, that I have been filling my days plugged into my iPod and methodically going through every Numan MP3 that I have.

I have also been reading other fan reports as they have rolled in. I have not found a disappointed comment in the lot, not counting the show that Numan was forced to cancel at the beginning of the tour. After rocking the house at Firestone LIVE! (Club Firestone) in Orlando, Gary promptly lost his voice. He postponed and then finally ended up canceling the second stop on the North American Tour in Atlanta. I can only imagine how crushed those fans must have felt, and Gary felt even worse. He sent out an email apologizing profusely and remarking that this is the first time he’d had to cancel an appearance due to health issues in over 31years of touring.

Since then, rave reviews abound as Gary Numan and his accompanying band gain momentum throughout North America.

From Review online, reporting about the show from the Trocadero in Philadelphia:

Make no mistake; Gary Numan can still bring to life an era that captured his true signature sound. Adding the live performance recently at the Trocadero in Philadelphia during his mini Tour of America proves that Gary Numan is still an amazing entertainer after all these years. Any one who attended the show would agree…hands down.

They trekked up the east coast playing Washington DC, Philly, Boston, New York, then wound their way over the border into Canada. Their one date in Toronto was sold-out sublime, with all fans raising their voices in unison to sing Numan’s praises. An exciting twist to the Toronto show was an assist by home-grown artist Nash the Slash who originally played electric violin on several of Numan’s early creations, including “The Joy Circuit.” This time, they collaborated on “Complex” which had the crowd absolutely transfixed. The talent on that one stage must have been truly overwhelming.

 

Here is Gary Numan’s tour schedule, past, present, and beyond:

10/17 – Orlando, FL @ The Firestone LIVE!
10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
10/23 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/25 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Watch out West Coast – Gary Numan (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ade Fenton (keyboards), David Brooks (keyboards), Richard Beasley (drums), Steve Harris (guitar) and Tim Muddiman (bass) are on their way to knock you out and take you prisoner with the best concert you can possibly imagine attending. I can confidently guarantee that the West Coast in particular, and the whole of North America in general, will never be the same once this unparalleled British invasion sweeps through. Already, I simply cannot wait for Gary Numan to return to these shores to capture our hearts and souls once again.

Gary Numan’s official website.

Gary Numan’s official MySpace page.

Purchase Gary Numan merchandise here.

M.E.” in Orlando via YouTube user xXamnesiac81Xx:

Airlane” in Orlando via YouTube user xXamnesiac81Xx:

Complex” with Nash The Slash in Toronto via YouTube user mdent23:

Haunted” in Toronto via YouTube user MsMadbutler:

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Gary Numan Live 10-17-2010

 
Graphic styled by Kristin Harris

One of the biggest events in my life took place on Sunday, October 17, 2010. I wanted to write about it immediately after, but decided to wait a few days for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to let the warm, joyous feelings from that day wash over me, and be replayed over and over in my mind, savoring every moment, nuance, note, gesture, sight, touch, taste, sound… And second, I wanted to try to separate the rabid fan in me from the music critic, in hopes of writing a purely objective review. It’ll be close.

The Arrival
My husband and I arrived in Orlando around 2:30 pm following a long drive. Gary Numan was playing the Club Firestone that evening, but we had been informed to queue up for the meet and greet no later than 4:15. After figuring out the parking situation, and having a picnic in the vehicle, we walked to the back of the venue and asked the people setting up the show if we were in the right place. Everyone we spoke to related to the venue and the show could not have been more helpful throughout the entire event. Hubby has a rare medical condition, and necessities for his comfort were cheerfully attended to.

The Sound Check
Around 4 pm, one of Gary’s staff came around to check ID for the meet and greet, and to provide us with further instructions. A short time later, all of the VIP ticket holders were ushered into the building and directed to sit on the two stairs that separated the levels of the half-moon shaped venue. Up on the stage, amidst equipment that was being set up and tested, was Gary Numan and his band: Ade Fenton (keyboards), David Brooks (keyboards), Richard Beasley (drums), Steve Harris (guitar) and Tim Muddiman (bass).

For the next two and a half hours, we were treated to the awe-inspiring spectacle of a master form his craft in front of our eyes. In a word, it was mesmerizing. We even heard snippets of songs that were about to be played in their entirety in the near future. Talk about an adrenaline rush! Gary and Co. were absorbed by what they were doing, but at one point when I led a cheer following a partial song, Gary looked up and flashed us one of his polar icecap-melting grins. It was as if to say, “You finally woke up!”

The Meet and Greet
We were called up by name to talk to Gary Numan and have a picture (or two) taken. The man is incredibly gracious, friendly, and has the priceless ability to make whomever he is talking to feel like they’ve known him forever. I really worried that I would be so gobsmacked that I would be speechless. But, I felt so at ease, we actually had a brief conversation about immigration, Florida, and what his music has meant to me. Looking back at the photos my husband dutifully shot during our exchange, Gary looked so animated and connected, giving the impression of a meeting between old friends.

The Show
Gary Numan doesn’t just use synthesizers as an accompaniment – the synthesizers are used to orchestrate the very core of the music. It takes a huge amount of skill to use synthesizers as the foundation of song after song without sounding cheesy. Numan is an absolute master in drawing out the very heart and soul of a song by giving a heartbeat and breath to electronics. He also ensures that his light show is up to par with the music. It was breathtaking to behold, especially considering he packs the whole kit ‘n kaboodle along with him as he travels.

Numan was true to the sound of the original Pleasure Principal selections. The reason behind his reach for absolute perfection during the sound check was apparent throughout the performance. During the past week, I have listened to live recordings of The Pleasure Principal tracks performed in the early 80’s. Aside from Numan’s voice being slightly throatier, Sunday night’s music was nearly identical, giving it an authentic, rich feel.

The love and energy flowing between the crowd and Gary Numan was actually palpable. As the show wore on, Gary became more animated and energized. It was like watching batteries recharge. Numan interacted with the audience, becoming one with his fans, drawing them up into his magical sphere.

As he skillfully moved through the set, the instruments changed along with the music. Midway through the set, Numan’s keyboard was removed and replaced by his guitar. The wired mic was replaced with wireless when Numan sang sans instrument. He was poetry in motion, bringing us up to date in time with his later genre of Gothic/Industrial, mining for the deepest emotions, pouring his heart out and laying it bare for the audience to envelope.

The Encore
When Numan and co. exited the stage following an exhausting, satisfying set, the crowd refused to let up their applause and adulation. Gary and the band returned for another three songs, including “Are ‘Friends’ Electric.” The show defies adequate description. Those that paid the ridiculously reasonable general admission rate of $25.00, certainly got so much more than their money’s worth. Those of us that paid the VIP rate also received well over our tickets’ face value.

I had high expectations for this, in my case, once in a lifetime event. I could not have been happier with the results. The music critic in me was satisfied with a professional and energetically performed show. The rabid fan in me is eternally grateful for my best concert experience ever, hosted by a most gracious and unassuming artist. Thank you Gary Numan for October 17, 2010. It is a day I’ll happily relive in detail for the rest of my days.

Purchase Gary Numan music and merchandise here.  

Visit Gary Numan’s official website.  

“Films” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

“Haunted” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

“Replicas” montage via YouTube user knightvision1228:

“Pure” via YouTube user deadliner:

The Pleasure Principle Live Tour play list:

Random
Airlane
Metal
Films
M.E.
Tracks
Observer
Conversation
Complex
Cars
Engineers
Asylum
The Fall
Pure
Down In The Park
Haunted
Halo
Jagged
Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
We Are So Fragile
A Prayer For The Unborn

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 07-27-10

Something for everyone tonight. The songs ran the gamut of New Wave to post-punk to pure punk. And even if you’d heard it before, perhaps Ed dished up a mix that was a bit on the obscure side. It’s always a treat to hear a favorite in a whole new arrangement.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “a good DJ is like a master chef” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/Post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist July 27, 2010

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

Payola$ – Rose
Alarm – Rain In The Summertime (12 inch thunder mix)
Yello – Vicious Games (extended)
Play Dead – Conspiracy (Saigon mix)
Vis-à-Vis – I Am The Night (Colour Me Black)
Moev – Wanting (12 inch)
Sex Gang Children – Beasts
New Order – Everything’s Gone Green (12 inch)
Boulevard Noir – Images Of Concrete Toys
Spoons – Nova Heart (7 inch single)
Peter Murphy – Blue Heart (12 inch)
Hawaiian Pups – Ode To Young Boys
Thought – Rapture
Rough Trade – What’s The Furor About The Fuhrer?
Ministry – Nature of Love
Transition Vamp – Tell That Girl To Shut Up
Indochine – Trois Nuits Par Semaine
Extras – Fever Fire
Martha & The Muffins – Swimming

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 06-15-10

Tonight’s show was just the shot in the arm this world-weary body needed. Any playlist that includes both David Sylvian and Peter Murphy is a winner in my book. Ed shaped his show’s theme around the upcoming August 6-8 concert in Hamilton, ON, called Festival of Friends. It will feature, among others, A Flock Of Seagulls, Peter Murphy, and Squeeze. That’s an 80’s dream line-up. Wish I could be there to see it. Check out the line-up for yourself at http://www.creativearts.on.ca/performers.html.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “obscurity rules, top 40 drools” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/Post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist June 15, 2010

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join
us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

U2 – Gloria
Diodes – That Was The Way It Was
BB Gabor – Soviet Jewellry (Nyet Nyet Soviet)
Ultravox – I Can’t Stay Long
Martha & The Muffins – Come Out & Dance
Japan – Adolescent Sex
Squeeze – Cool For Cats
A Flock Of Seagulls – Committed
Peter Murphy – The Line Between The Devil’s Teeth (12 inch)
Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle
Spoons – Smiling In Winter
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Peel Sessions)
Box – Dancing On The Grave (12 inch)
David Byrne – Big Business (12 inch)
Romeo Void – A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)
Boys Brigade – Africa
Danielle Dax – The Shamenen
Chameleons UK – Tomorrow Never Knows
Chalk Circle – Superman (Meets The Man Of Steel)
The The – Sweet Bird Of Truth (12 inch)

80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Cassandra Complex

Cassandra Complex began as an avant-garde act when Rodney Orpheus met Paul Dillon in Leeds. Andy Booth, who was a journalist that interviewed the band, later joined their ranks.

Cassandra Complex music can be described as being 80’s Goth with a smattering of industrial thrown in for fun. I have a huge soft spot for Goth/industrial, my ears perking up whenever David Marsden or Ed-FM feature the genre. Moody, heavy, and extremely expressive, Cassandra Complex definitely has what it takes to do justice to the style.

The band released their first single, the appropriately titled “March”, in March 1985. When Dillon subsequently left, the band recruited John Marchini, with Jez Willis and Keith Langley providing back-up. The newly reformed Cassandra Complex released a live cassette and was signed to the local label Rouska.

In 1988, Marchini and Booth left, leaving Orpheus to recruit a new line-up for 1989’s Satan, Bugs Bunny, and Me album. Hamburg guitarist Volker Zacharias joined a year later, and remains to this day. Over the years, more personnel changes ensued, but the band currently continues to tour, with another album due to be released this year.

Cassandra Complex music can be found here.

Official Cassandra Complex website.

Rodney Orpheus website.

One Millionth Happy Customer via YouTube user Shams79:

“March” via YouTube user rodneyorpheus:

“Defcon 1” via Youtube user Waver80:

“Power” via YouTube user Dexbam:

Discography

Grenade (1986)
Theomania (1988)
Satan, Bugs Bunny, and me … (1989)
Cyberpunx (1990)
The War Against Sleep (1991)
Sex & Death (1993)
Wetware (2000)