The Cure, “Strange Days: an expression of sounds”, part two 1979-1981

resize_1359995591I can’t thank Craig Eyler enough for this excellent series of articles charting The Cure’s groundbreaking first decade.

If you didn’t catch the (excellent) first part of this series – Strange Days: part one 1977-1979 – I thoroughly recommend you read that first.

Site back and enjoy the Cure’s journey through Seventeen Seconds and Faith.

The second chapter finds our (cult) heroes trying to re-group following the departure of one of the members of what was really the first stable line-up of The Cure.  How important was Michael Dempsey in the creation of the material and to the stability of the group?

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Gig review: Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld at Howard Assembly Room

538472356Blixa’s post-Bad Seeds career continues on its strange, strange journey.

Midway through this concert, part of the second Recon festival of experimental music staged at venues in Leeds and Bradford, singer Blixa Bargeld reaches into the pocket of his black suit.“I need to turn this off,” he says, frowning at his mobile phone. “It just makes this click clack sound to remind me that I have to take my medication.

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Siouxsie Sioux ‘escapes serious injury in horse riding accident’

Siouxsie-Sioux-MOJO-cover-shot-770 SQSlow news week.

Punk veteran Siouxsie Sioux feels lucky to have walked away from what could have been a fatal horse riding accident earlier this year 14.

The Siouxsie and the Banshees singer recently rediscovered her childhood hobby and has been practising at her estate in France, telling Mojo magazine, “I’ve taken up horse riding again, I used to ride when I was young and I loved it and I still love it!”

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An interview with David J

david-j-bookHere’s an excerpt from an Interview with David J about his reportedly excellent new book – “Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? Bauhaus, Black Magick and Benediction” (currently waiting patiently on the bookshelf at G&A Towers, along with the Nick cave photo-book, ‘Some Wear Leather…’ photo-book, and ‘So This is Permanence’ Ian Curtis’s notebooks).

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