JUST DESSERTS – Blancmange Frontman Neil Arthur On Striving For Simplicity In His Songwriting

Though frontman Neil Arthur is disarmingly modest about their achievements, Blancmange were one of the most successful bands to emerge from the experimental electronic music scene of the early ’80s. Blending pop melodies with dark lyrics and avant-garde programming and recording techniques, they went on to rack up seven Top 40 hits. Don’t Tell Me and Living On The Ceiling both reached the…
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ORIGINAL RUDE BOY – Toast Master Neville Staple On The Specials, Fun Boy Three And His New Solo Tour

Judge Roughneck is back and about to lay down the law at a venue near you. Ska great Neville Staple revived the character, first heard on The Specials‘ Stupid Marriage, for his latest double album The Return of Judge Roughneck. Now the Jamaican-born vocalist is heading out on the road to promote the record with a backing band featuring his wife Christine ‘Sugary’ Staple. Arriving in England…
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CRACKED MIRROR – Black Needle Noise Maestro John Fryer On His New Album Lost In Reflections

Credited with creating the distinctive gauzy, ethereal sound of the 4AD label, John Fryer is the true godfather of dark wave music. As a producer and engineer he’s worked with artists as diverse as The Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails and Cradle of Filth. He also founded, with label boss Ivo Watts-Russell, the 4AD collective This Mortal Coil – a constantly changing roster of musicians, who crafted a…
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