Depeche Mode – The 12″ number # 1

In 2002 ,early 80s synth poppers and later stadium rock gods, Depeche Mode released the album ‘Exciter’ .

Dream On , I Feel Loved and Freelove preceded fourth single and final single  ‘ Goodnight Lovers’ . Released on CD single and 2 x 12″ vinyls .

Special to collectors was the red vinyl (pictured) 12″ which is pretty hard to find against the standard black version .

An acoustic version of When The Body Speaks and various other remixes make up the track listings spread over the formats.

A promotional sampler from ‘The Mirror’ featured the video ROM of Goodnight Lovers..

Paul Draper to visit Japan!

official website news

PAUL DRAPER ACOUSTIC JAPAN TOUR 2019

Following his hugely successful UK acoustic tour in November, Paul has announced his first live show in Japan since 2000. Accompanied by his guitarist Ben Sink, he will be performing in Tokyo on the 7th March 2019.

Announcing the gig Paul said…

“Having frequently visited Japan during my time in Mansun I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Japan to perform with my guitarist Ben Sink. I have always said to the Japanese fans who still follow me it would be a dream to return, and that dream has now become a reality.

I will play both songs from my solo career and Mansun songs and I’m looking forward to seeing fans who I have not seen for a long time and also to see new fans who have become fans of my solo career or discovered Mansun since the band’s split. See you at the gig! Paul”

David Bowie Tonight 1984

Tonight is David Bowie’s thirteenth studio album and third entry into the 1980s.

Spawning three UK singles : Blue Jean /Tonight/Loving The Alien , it reached number one in the official album charts.

A ‘rushed’ album according to David as writing on tour was really not an ideal option and was received with critical reception.

I’ve grown to love this album over the years with the highlight for me being the Iggy Pop duet finale ‘Dancing With The Big Boys’.

Released on LP/cassette and later CD formats.

David Bowie Tonight LP

Blondie 12″

Blondie – Heart Of Glass 2018 12″ EP

Blondie release this six track 12″ EP to tease the pending 2019 box set of albums and rarities.

 

Housed in a die cut sleeve it features hype sticker , printed polythene inner sleeve. a four page essay on the origins of Heart Of Glass (formally known as ‘Once I Had A Love’ and ‘The Disco Song’) and flyer for the aforementioned box set.

Heart Of Glass hit the number one spot in 1979 

Blondie website

 

Depeche Mode – A Singles Story…

 

Something a little daft I started way back but I think DM fans will get the idea…

Depeche Mode were dreaming of me in an ice machine. My new life makes me want to shout that I just can’t get enough . Any second now I can see you , now this is fun! The meaning of love can be found in oberkorn (it’s small town) you know. Leave in silence or read further excerpts from my secret garden . To get the balance right you need to sample the great outdoors and find love in itself . Only fools can’t see everything counts . Work hard and realise people are people . Once that’s in your memory you find your master and Servant. Set me free remotivate me before I spread some blasphemous rumours about somebody! Hard to shake the disease when you can’t be flexible . Something inside , it’s called a heart can stop you from being a fly on the windscreen . She was stripped but not tonight . It’s a question of lust on Christmas Island of a question of time for some strange love from the pimpF and Agent Orange. Never let me down again , just pleasure little treasure behind the wheel on Route 66 . Little 15 people came from St Jarna and saw the Moonlight Sonata. I could be a Personal Jesus but that could be a little dangerous if you enjoy the silence . Sibling and Memphisto were trying to find the policy of truth but all they did was kaleid . The world in my eyes is the happiest girl but it’s just my sea of sin. I feel you with one caress and if you were walking in my shoes with my joy you would get condemnation from deaths door . In your room your looking down the barrel of a gun with a painkiller. It’s no good a slowbow you know. My home is not useless only when I lose myself and surrender to the headstar . Well dream on , I said easy tiger , I feel loved already not dirt like free love from the zenstation . Well goodnight lovers you’ll know when the body speaks as it’s precious and free . I suppose it’s a pain that I’m used to like a new born . I’ll suffer well for that but better days are ahead.
Perhaps I’ll call John the revelator and Lillian and be a Martyr. Maybe I’m Wrong , oh well after Peace maybe you will come back. Could be a bit of fragile tension and a hole to feed but I will be in heaven when you soothe my soul. I should be higher so where’s the revolution? We just keep going backwards so cover me up.

Tony Hadley Bournemouth 10/10/18

  • Meeting the man …

On arrival at Bournemouth just after our hotel check- in , we just took a wander over to the Pavilion.

Well the timing couldn’t have worked out better as Tony exited the stage doors for a breather. 

Without missing a trick , my wife and I managed a quick hello and and I got my album signed by the big man.

 

Setlist

courtesy of http://www.tonyhadleyfansite.co.uk/th/2018setlists/

This was our first time seeing Tony perform live and he did not disappoint.

His vocals were pitch  perfect accompanied by a superb band as they breezed through Spandau hits , Tony’s solo tracks from his new album ‘Talking To The Moon’ and a few cover versions including a moving tribute to the late Freddie Mercury with Queen’s ‘Somebody To Love’.

It was clear that Tony had the crowd hanging on his every line with classics like ‘Instinction’ and ‘Gold’ entwined with mellower moments with the beautiful ‘Skin Deep’ and the autobiographical ‘What Am I’

Waiting fans outside afterward were treated by a quick but genuine heartfelt greeting from the man himself before disappearing with a wave in his waiting 4×4.

A fantastic night of entertainment including the talent of Damien Wilson who was also greatly received.

 

Paul Draper the acoustic tour…

Acoustic Tour : November 2018

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for Paul's November 2018 Acoustic Tour: http://pauldraperofficial.com/tour-dates/Performing tracks from his debut solo album Spooky Action, as well as Mansun Official classics and deep cuts. PLUS as yet unheard songs from Paul's second solo album, due 2019..November 2018 Acoustic Tour Dates:Wed 14th – BATH MolesThur 15th – WOLVERHAMPTON Newhampton Arts CentreFri 16th – CAMBRIDGE Storey's Field CentreSat 17th – LEICESTER The CookieWed 21st – YORK The Crescent Community VenueThur 22nd – ABERDEEN The Lemon TreeFri 23rd – EDINBURGH Pleasance TheatreSat 24th – STOCKTON-ON-TEES Georgian Theatre

Gepostet von Paul Draper am Freitag, 14. September 2018

Album Of The Day

Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lantern purple vinyl Kscope reissue

Spectacular Kscope 2018 reissue double purple vinyl.

Mansun’s first LP originally released in Europe February 17th  1997 first hit the number one spot in the UK album chart . It contained the singles Egg Shaped Fred/ Stripper Vicar/ Wide Open Space/ She Makes My Nose Bleed 

US version later released June 24th  contained the single Take It Easy Chicken but omits Stripper Vicar

A very comprehensive triple collectors edition CD with b-sides and extra tracks  was issued June 7th 2010.

Kscope acquired the Mansun back catalogue in 2017 and plan to reissue hopefully everything at the fans request.

Grey Lantern was reissued this year to mark the 21st anniversary on the following formats

Reissue book style standard cd

Black vinyl gatefold double LP  

Limited edition double purple vinyl

Special limited  3CD /1 DVD in large book style format *

*I was fortunate to have the opportunity to supply some artwork scans and photos to Kscope for this edition and received credits on three pages for which i am forever humbled!