Heaven 17 has long been more of a studio entity than a live vehicle. The group, which formed in 1980, didn’t perform live until 1997. And now, 36 years after the release of their debut Penthouse and Pavement, Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory finally will bring H17 to America for a pair of long-awaited concerts next month.
Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s releases include titles by The Fall, Jane’s Addiction, The Rain Parade, Blancmange and Brian Eno.
This week’s new releases include the brand-new record from Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener or Ride, plus a new Blancmange LP, a box set combining James’ ‘Laid’ and ‘Wah Wah’ albums, plus new low-cost introductory compilations from Lloyd Cole and The La’s.
Duran Duran next month will receive its first-ever double-disc best-of, the 34-track ‘The Biggest and the Best,’ which covers the years 1981 through 1989, collecting 20 of the band’s Top 40 hits as well as some “key album tracks” — while also omitting some pretty sizable hits from the band’s early ’90s renaissance.
This week’s new releases include new albums from The Fixx (‘Beautiful Friction’), Soul Asylum (‘Delayed Reaction’) and Susanna Hoffs (‘Someday’), plus a new live album from Black Francis, a 2CD best-of from Blancmange, a reissue of Stan Ridgway’s ‘Mosquitos’ and a reissue of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Secret World Live’ film.
This week’s new releases include brand-new albums from R.E.M. (‘Collapse Into Now’), Blancmange (‘Blanc Burn’) and Exene Cervenka (‘The Excitement of Maybe’), plus a new EP from The Primitives, two mid-period reissues from The Mission and a new KMFDM single.
Reunited synthpop group Blancmange returns this week with ‘Blanc Burn’ — its fourth album, and first in more than a quarter century — as well as an eight-date U.K. tour, although ailing co-founder Stephen Luscombe has been advised by doctors to skip the trek.