Pet Shop Boys will release the final set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums ‘Behaviour’ from 1990, the 1993 album ‘Very’ and the 1996 album ‘Bilingual’ reissued on 31st August 2018. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by ‘Further listening’ albums of master quality bonus tracks - including demos, extended mixes and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.
‘Behaviour’ was Pet Shop Boys’ fourth studio album, recorded largely in Munich, Germany at co-producer Harold Faltermeyer’s studio. The album was then completed at London’s Sarm West Studios, and was released in October 1990 – hitting number 2 on the UK Album Chart and going on to earn platinum certification.
The LP is seen by some as one of Pet Shop Boys’ most contemplative and moving records, and features the singles ‘So hard’, ‘How can you expect to be taken seriously?’ and their classic track ‘Being boring’. This ‘Catalogue’ release of ‘Behaviour’ features Further listening bonus tracks such as an extended mix of ‘Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes off you)’ and an ambient mix of ‘Music for boys’ - both of which are previously unreleased on CD.
Behaviour/Further listening 1990-1991:
1 Being boring
2 This must be the place I waited years to leave
3 To face the truth
4 How can you expect to be taken seriously?
5 Only the wind
6 My October symphony
7 So hard
9 The end of the world
1 It must be obvious
2 So hard (extended dance mix)
4 Being boring (extended mix)
5 Bet she’s not your girlfriend
6 We all feel better in the dark (extended mix)
7 Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes off you) (extended mix)
8 Jealousy (extended version)
9 Generic jingle •
10 DJ culture (extended mix)
11 Was it worth it? (twelve-inch mix)
12 Music for boys (ambient mix)
13 DJ culture (seven-inch mix)
• Previously unreleased
The 1993 album ‘Very’ was a number one record for Pet Shop Boys in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, and has to date sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. It contains 5 singles, including their cover of ‘Go West’ – a number 2 hit for PSB – and lead single ‘Can you forgive her?’.
Stylistically, ‘Very’ could be said to serve as an antithesis to ‘Behaviour’, insofar as the production and lyrical themes are generally more upbeat and positive than those of the previous album. Visually, too, PSB reinvented their image to incorporate more vivid colours and brightness, including Very’s now-iconic “Lego” album cover. The album is also the first to be produced almost entirely by Pet Shop Boys themselves - with additional programming and production courtesy of Pete Gleadall and Stephen Hague. This ‘Catalogue’ issue of ‘Very’ includes a Further listening disc of bonus material, such as the previously-unreleased tracks ‘Falling’ (a demo for Kylie Minogue), and a 1992 twelve-inch mix of ‘Go West’.
Very/Further listening 1992–1994:
1 Can you forgive her?
2 I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing
4 A different point of view
5 Dreaming of the Queen
6 Yesterday, when I was mad
7 The theatre
8 One and one make five
9 To speak is a sin
10 Young offender
11 One in a million
12 Go West
1 Go West (1992 twelve-inch mix)
2 Forever in love
3 Confidential (demo for Tina)
4 Hey, headmaster
6 Too many people
7 I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing (seven-inch version)
8 Violence (Haçienda version)
9 Falling (demo for Kylie)
11 If love were all
12 Absolutely fabulous (single version)
14 Some speculation
15 Yesterday, when I was mad (single version)
16 Girls and boys (live in Rio)
Released in September 1996, ‘Bilingual’ was the sixth studio album to be released by Pet Shop Boys. It was a UK top 5 record upon release and included 5 singles, all of which were UK top 20 singles. As is often the case with PSB records, ‘Bilingual’ comprises many influences, including those of the music of Latin America, due partly to the Spanish and Latin music Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe had been listening to prior to recording the album.
The album was recorded by PSB with Danny Tenaglia and Chris Porter, and has since gained platinum certification in Spain, and Gold in the UK. This ‘Catalogue’ release of ‘Bilingual’ includes a Further listening CD of bonus tracks, with previously-unreleased new versions of ‘Discoteca’ and ‘A red letter day’.
Bilingual/Further listening: 1995-1997:
5 Se a vida é (That’s the way life is)
6 It always comes as a surprise
7 A red letter day
8 Up against it
9 The survivors
11 To step aside
12 Saturday night forever
1 Paninaro ’95
2 In the night (1995)
3 The truck-driver and his mate
4 Hit and miss
5 How I learned to hate rock ’n’ roll
7 Delusions of grandeur
8 Discoteca (single version) •
9 The calm before the storm
10 Discoteca (new version)
11 The boy who couldn’t keep his clothes on
12 A red letter day (expanded single version)
13 The view from your balcony
14 Disco potential
15 Somewhere (extended mix)
• Previously unreleased
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissues of ‘Behaviour’, ‘Very’ and Bilingual’ will go on sale 31st August 2018. The three albums will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow. To pre-order the albums, please follow the links below:
‘Behaviour’ – https://lnk.to/PSBBehaviourMP
‘Very’ - https://lnk.to/PSBVeryMP
‘Bilingual’ – https://lnk.to/PSBBilingualMP
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissue series began last year with the release of ‘Nightlife’, ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’ which all entered the Top 40 album charts, followed by re-issues of ‘Yes’ and ‘Elysium’, and later ‘Please’, ‘Actually’ and ‘Introspective’.
The reissues of ‘Please’, ‘Actually’, ‘Introspective’, ‘Behaviour’, ‘Very’ and ‘Bilingual’ were originally released with bonus Further listening albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for this project.
Following the release of his latest LP Alive in New Light earlier this month, IAMX today proudly announces headline show in the UK at the Electric Ballroom, Camden on Saturday 03 March 2018. Legendary tattoo artist and entrepreneur Kat Von D will also take part in the unmissable show.
IAMX, born Chris Corner, is best known for his critically acclaimed dark wave performances which explore the complexities of mutation through sound, visual art and make-up. As the founder of the 90s trip-hop band, Sneaker Pimps, IAMX is no stranger to the spotlight, all of his shows promise theatrical production at arena style quality. Fans can expect a cinematic celebration capturing the giddy phase of metamorphosis Corner currently finds himself in as he takes to the Electric Ballroom stage.
Appearing on four Alive in New Light tracks and along for the transformative ride, is postmodern tattooist and makeup powerhouse, kindred spirit, and super fan, Kat Von D. Kat will join IAMX on stage to perform live music for the first time in her illustrious career. Corner’s soaring, plaintive lyrics, alongside Von D’s sultry tones will make this the hottest ticket in town.
Reflecting on her relationship with Corner, Kat says: “We could easily swap closets and make-up drawers and no one would be able to tell the difference. We both create, not because we want to, but because we HAVE to.”
IAMX can’t wait to get back on stage in the capital ensuring to audiences that “Alive in New Lights is about connecting”.
Tickets and more information for the Electric Ballroom Brixton show are available at https://www.musicglue.com/iamx
Pvris has released the live acoustic video for their hit single, “Heaven,” which appears on their sophomore full-length studio album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell (August 2017, BMG/Rise). The record hit #5 on Billboard’s Rock Chart, #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart, and has been praised in the press by the likes of Alternative Press, Kerrang!, Rock Sound, NME, and more. Watch the video HERE.
After headlining shows worldwide, touring alongside Fall Out Boy, Muse, and Thirty Seconds to Mars, and performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Pvris is back on the road on a new leg of North American headline dates.
Pvris is also confirmed to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Friday, April 13th and 20th, along with additional summer performances at Forecastle Festival (Louisville, KY), Sloss Festival (Birmingham, AL), and Panorama Festival (New York, NY). The three-piece also recently announced a headline show at The Roxy in Los Angeles on April 12th before returning to the UK for Slam Dunk Festival in May.
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Saturday 26th May - Leeds City Centre
Sunday 27th May - Hatfield Park
Monday 28th May - NEC Birmingham
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Little Dragon have unveiled a brand new song ahead of their forthcoming North American spring tour. Entitled 'Sway Daisy', the track is a slow burning synth pop fever dream. It was given its first play by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music today. You can listen to 'Sway Daisy' HERE.
'Sway Daisy' follows last year's acclaimed album Season High, out now on Because Music, which NME described as 'effortless sexiness from the Swedish electro crew' after naming it Album of the Week and saw Mixmag asking 'is there a better electronic pop quartet out there right now than Little Dragon?' upon release.
Little Dragon have announced details of a handful of UK festival dates this summer, details of which can be found below;
26th May – BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend, Belfast - Tickets
22nd July – Bluedot Festival, Cheshire - Tickets
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Annie Lennox will share thoughts, memories and reflections during a one night only event of conversation, musical performance and visual imagery on 4th March at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
All proceeds from the evening ‘Annie Lennox - An Evening of Music and Conversation' will be donated to The Circle, the charitable organisation she founded to help create transformative change in the lives of girls and women facing the challenges of disempowerment across the globe.
The evening is supported by Gucci, whose Chime for Change Campaign has been championing Girls' and women's empowerment since its inception in 2013.
Tickets for ‘Annie Lennox - An Evening of Music and Conversation' at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Sunday 4th March 2018 will go on sale on at 10am on 10th November 2017. They will be available to purchase online at ticketmaster.co.uk/annielennox or by phoning the Sadler’s Wells Theatre box office on +44 (0) 207 863 8000.
As demand for tickets will be high, The Circle have partnered with Charitystars to launch a sweepstake competition offering the opportunity for one lucky fan and their guest the chance to be flown to London from anywhere in the world, spend some time with Annie during the rehearsal for the show on the Sunday afternoon and then attend the event as a VIP. In addition, as part of the competition there will be a fantastic range of unique rewards, including a red brocade Gucci suit worn by Annie, signed albums and handwritten lyrics for those wishing to enter multiple times. To find out more and to enter go to www.charitystars.com/Annie.
As a truly special event, ‘Annie Lennox - An Evening of Music and Conversation’ offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to see Annie Lennox perform, but also to hear her share fascinating stories from her life and career.
Tickets for ‘Annie Lennox – An Evening of Music and Conversation’ will be available to purchase from 10am on 10th November 2017 online at ticketmaster.co.uk/annielennox or by phoning the Sadler’s Wells Theatre box office on +44 (0) 207 863 8000.
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