Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has said Disney’s new Mickey Mouse t-shirt, which takes its design from his former band’s ‘Unknown Pleasures‘ era artwork, is ‘quite a compliment’, but has also admitted the merchandise represents a grey area legally.
Former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has unveiled a series of UK dates for next year after a string of shows in the UK and Europe during 2011.
One man’s love and dedication for the iconic record label Factory Records has resulted in, for perhaps the first time ever, the full Factory collection being brought together in one place, reports Carl Stanley.
Colin Gibbins, of Blackley, Manchester, has put his life into collecting the Factory discography, whether it be a rare 12″, tape or poster, and with all of Factory’s output being given its own, unique catalog number, every poster, flexi-disc and video tape ever released has had to be found in order to complete the collection.
In the last ten years The Cribs have come a long way from their roots in the Merrie City. They developed as musicians and as people in the north of England, finding their feet in an old abandoned mill – an unofficial venue where they would also put on a whole camaraderie of chancers with a dream. A decade on and the brothers Grimm (famed as Jarman) return to the smaller stages again for the first time since the departure of The Smiths‘ guitarist Johnny Marr. Bassist and singer Gary Jarman takes time before the first show in almost a year to talk about the band’s humble beginnings.
It seemed that the synthesized indie rock of the mid 00’s had been labeled another short-lived fad. So it is surprising that an electro-fuelled outfit like White Lies, who only entered the mainstream in 2009, have already shifted a million copies of their debut, ‘To Lose My Life…‘. Their second offering, ‘Ritual‘ (released on January 17th) will likely appeal to the majority who fell for their first, but don’t expect any nice surprises.
Okay, there was a piss poor turn out and frost on the steps, but Under the Influence certainly provided a mixed bag of music. Of the fifty or so people shivering in the loft most were getting their free shots from the bar, rather than watching the acts on stage.
After composing the highly-praised soundtrack to the new film ‘The Social Network‘, which tells the story of Facebook, Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor has explained his thoughts on the hugely popular site, after previously being quoted as saying it ‘sucks’.
Just a few days after accusing former Joy Division/New Order member Peter Hook of ‘living off Ian Curtis’ blood money’ in the aftermath of their project Freebass ending acrimoniously, Primal Scream’s Mani has now apologised for the actions which he claims were ‘completely out of character’.
Not long after ex-Smiths member Andy Rourke suddenly broke all ties with the supergroup, the remaining members of Manchester bass playing collective Freebass have confirmed the band have split up before the release of their first album.
Happy Birthday to Paul Weller, who celebrates his 52nd birthday today. To mark the event we take a look through his extraordinary career which is still going as strong as ever over thirty years since he first burst onto the music scene.
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