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Topic 69 of 100: Re-Unions Galore!

Mon, Jun 14, 1999 (14:01) | Alexander Schuth (aschuth)
As rock and pop ages, so do their heroes. In the same rate their medical bills rise, they come back again and again (Stones?), some claim it's just for the good time and fun (Blondie). Some re-unions really thrilled me (Velvet Underground), others I really couldn't care less (Kiss).
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 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 1 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Mon, Jun 14, 1999 (14:10) * 64 lines 
Now, these I loved then, and never will I think or suggest that anything but true love of music motivates them! Never! "Our Lips are sealed" and "We got the Beat" are truly grand pop, though nobody I ever mentioned these pearls to ever even knew the band. That was girls playing rock, coming from a punk-background and getting to it, creating some really fine pop tunes with witty and insightful lyrics (or at least interesting enough to humour my taste).
See below what I found:

Go-Go's Set Dates for Reunion Tour

06/09/99 06:32

Photo: The Go-Go's previously reunited in 1990 and 1994.

SonicNet Music News reports: LOS ANGELES -- Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin isn't about to guess whether the band's upcoming reunion tour will lead to anything more extensive down the road.

"A Go-Go's tour is always a highly combustible experience," Wiedlin quipped Saturday. "Maybe once we're on the road, we'll all start hating each other again."

The Go-Go's will kick off their first concert tour in four years July 3 in Seattle. From there, the quintet -- one of the most successful all-female bands of the late '70s-early '80s new-wave scene -- will hit cities along the West Coast and sweep into Texas before returning to their hometown, Los Angeles, July 17.

More dates may be added, though none has been confirmed.

Wiedlin, who hosted the Punk Rock Hall of Fame Awards in Santa Monica on Saturday, said she's looking forward to the outing. "Going out on tour is always fun," said the guitarist, who organized the band's first reunion in 1990, the occasion when they recorded a cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" for their Greatest Hits album.

The pending tour will feature the classic Go-Go's lineup -- Wiedlin, singer Belinda Carlisle, guitarist Charlotte Caffey, bassist Kathy Valentine and drummer Gina Schock. The group saw its greatest success with 1981's Beauty and the Beat, which sported such singles as "We Got the Beat" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Our Lips Are Sealed."

Vacation followed the next year and scored a top-10 hit with its title cut [I also like "Girl of 100 lists"/Alexander]. Talk Show (1984) became the group's last studio album of all-new material and featured the songs "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You."

After the Go-Go's split in 1985, Carlisle and Wiedlin each pursued solo careers, with Carlisle earning a string of hits in the mid- and late-'80s. Caffey performed in a group called the Graces, which released an album titled Perfect View in 1989.

The Go-Go's last reunited in 1994 to record three new songs for the double-disc compilation Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's. A lengthy tour followed.

The '80s pop act Berlin, whose hit "Take My Breath Away" was featured on the soundtrack to the film "Top Gun," will open all dates of the Go-Go's tour. New York punk band the Lunachicks will play the first eight dates of the outing before joining the Vans Warped Tour on July 16. Eclectic art-pop band Sparks will play the second Los Angeles date at the Greek Theatre on July 17.

"I'm just waiting for them to add some East Coast dates," wrote Katie Rowe, a 22-year-old Go-Go's fan from Atlanta, Ga., in an e-mail. "I was too young the first time around and couldn't see them [in 1994] because I had my wisdom teeth out. This time, I REFUSE to miss out, even if I have to hitchhike my way to Texas."

Wiedlin and Schock had a warm-up performance of sorts at Saturday's awards show when they played two songs after accepting a hall of fame award for "outstanding achievement in the field of punk rock." With Wiedlin on vocals, they performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" (RealAudio excerpt) and the first Go-Go's song ever written, the S&M-inspired "Fun With Ropes."

The Go-Go's Tour Dates:

July 3; Seattle, Wash.; Summer Nights at the Pier

July 4; Portland, Ore.; Portland Meadows

July 7; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

July 8; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre

July 9; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Santa Barbara Bowl

July 10; Las Vegas, Nev.; House of Blues

July 11; San Diego, Calif.; SDSU Open Air Theatre

July 13; Phoenix, Ariz.; The Phoenix Celebrity

July 14; El Paso, Texas; Civic Center Grand

July 16; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl

July 17; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre


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 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 2 of 19: Autumn   (autumn) * Mon, Jun 14, 1999 (21:41) * 1 lines 
The Go-Go's were so eighties! I would love to hear them re-record, it's the kind of music my girls like. What's this about a Blondie reunion?? I'm all ears...

 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 3 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Tue, Jun 15, 1999 (13:14) * 5 lines 
...prick your ears here: , there are also the August/September 1999 tourdates.

But if you see any current photos of Deborah Harry, you wonder (well, I do) why she still dressed the vamp or whatever. And I loved her so much... "Denise" was one of my favorites... Got nearly all their albums here...

I think the Go-Go's aged more favorably... And they are four!

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 Response 4 of 19: Autumn   (autumn) * Thu, Jun 17, 1999 (22:30) * 1 lines 
*groan* no tour dates on the east coast...

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 Response 5 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Tue, Jun 22, 1999 (07:18) * 36 lines 
Is it love at second sight or boredom or medical bills?

Anyway, they created some amazing music. Just listen to their album "1984", also soundtrack to the Orwell-based movie, and you'll see that some things they did then that were not really appreciated would be totally en vogue now - basically, they were fifteen years ahead of the rest.

Good news, though? Gotta wait and see (or rather: listen - to the album, of course).

Reunited Eurythmics Record New LP, Plan World Tour

06/16/99 06:32

SonicNet Music News reports: Eurythmics -- the '80s synth-pop duo whose influence on rock extended beyond their music to include singer Annie Lennox's gender-bending personas -- have reunited to record their first album in a decade.

The LP, due in October and as yet untitled, will be preceded by a single, according to a source who requested anonymity at the duo's label, Arista Records. The reunion will include the band's first tour since 1989. Dates and venues for the outing are not yet determined.

"It wasn't acrimonious before, and it's a happy thing now," said an anonymous spokesperson for the band's management, 19 Management. "It's not a reunion, because they never broke up."

The duo, Lennox and guitarist/producer Dave Stewart, haven't released a studio album since 1989's We Two Are One.

Lennox and Stewart first announced their intention to work together again at England's equivalent of the Grammy awards, the Brit Awards, on Feb. 16. They were honored that night for their "Outstanding Contribution to British Music," notching their eleventh Brit award, the most ever by a group.

"This is the Eurythmics at their very, very best," band manager Simon Fuller said in a prepared statement.

With the enigmatic, striking Lennox and the stoic Stewart at the helm, Eurythmics were one of the most successful and durable bands of the '80s.

Formed out of the ashes of Lennox and Stewart's late-'70s post-punk band the Tourists, the classically trained musicians and onetime lovers burst onto the world scene in 1983 with their second album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

The album's title track (RealAudio excerpt) -- along with a visually arresting video in which Lennox blurred gender lines in a man's suit and a bright orange buzz cut -- became a worldwide hit and quickly catapulted the pair beyond the ranks of the many disposable synth-pop bands littering the musical landscape.

With a mix of R&B warmth and Stewart's sometimes robotic-sounding production, the pair scored numerous hits throughout the '80s, including "Love Is a Stranger," "Who's That Girl?," "Right By Your Side," "Here Comes the Rain Again" and Lennox's 1985 duet with soul legend Aretha Franklin, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (RealAudio excerpt).

Stewart began a side gig as a producer in the mid-'80s, working on albums by such stars as folk icon Bob Dylan, soul-pop singer Daryl Hall and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

Following the 1989 release of We Too Are One, the group went on hiatus and Lennox released a 1992 double-platinum solo album, Diva. Meanwhile, Stewart sporadically released solo albums and continued producing a variety of acts, from rocker Tom Petty to Australian pop-sensation Natalie Imbruglia.
Copyright © 1999 Addicted To Noise. All rights reserved.

 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 6 of 19: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Jun 22, 1999 (11:09) * 2 lines 
Eurythmics back, that is good news.

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 Response 7 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Tue, Jun 22, 1999 (11:45) * 1 lines 
Indeed. Say, you remember - still before Eurythmics - Dave Stewart's cover version of "It's my Party" w/ Barbara Gaskin (whoever she is...)?

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 Response 8 of 19: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jun 23, 1999 (10:35) * 2 lines 
I remember that, wasn't that Leslie Gore?

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 Response 9 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Thu, Jun 24, 1999 (03:29) * 8 lines 
Oh, that's who did it first time round. When was that? I forgot...

Naw, I was talking of a cover version, early eigthies, I guess. I loved the video - very New Wavey but with kickboxers exchanging kicks, very choreographed and artsy. Barbara made up in a pseudo-asian style, so much make up, she looked like a rare species of bird.

"Judy and Johnny just walked through the door
Like the Queen and her king
Oh what a birthday surprise
Judy's wearing his ring"

 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 10 of 19: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Jun 24, 1999 (09:58) * 2 lines 
Leslie Gore is so synonymous with this song. When I read those words I
hear her voice.

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 Response 11 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Thu, Jun 24, 1999 (10:50) * 6 lines 
Same here. But you don't seem to know this cover version? Perhaps it was only released in UK and Europe.

"It's my party and I cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry to if it happened to you"

 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 12 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Thu, Jul  1, 1999 (14:06) * 44 lines 
Not a reunion, but a comeback, this is news that really thrill me:

Joe Strummer Revives Clash Songs Onstage

06/30/99 11:34

Photo: Strummer (pictured at the show) retains his cowboy swagger and jet-black hair and sideburns.

SonicNet Music News reports: WASHINGTON, D.C. — London came calling again Tuesday night as ex-Clash singer/guitarist Joe Strummer kicked off his first U.S. tour in 10 years with an impassioned performance of Clash classics and tunes from his upcoming second solo album.

A sold-out crowd of colorful young punks and graying elder punks was equally enthusiastic about new material from Strummer's X-Ray Style and Clash tunes such as "London Calling" (RealAudio excerpt), as revived by Strummer and his band, the Mescaleros.

"This is as close to the Clash as I'm ever going to get," 18-year-old Kandi Walker of Bethesda, Md., said. "I was too young to see them back in the early '80s, so this is my chance to see Joe in action."

The Clash, one of the original wave of British punk bands and one of the most influential, broke up in 1986, after releasing the poorly received Cut the Crap a year earlier. Strummer (born John Graham Mellor) has since done some movie scoring, played briefly with the folk-punk band the Pogues and released a solo album, Earthquake Weather, in 1989. He has been quiet for much of the '90s, partly because of a contract dispute with Sony Music.

The dispute has been settled, and the 46-year-old rocker is slated to release X-Ray Style on Hellcat/Epitaph Records in the fall.

"Heyyy ... Washington, D.C.," Strummer said as he strolled up to the mic shortly after 10 p.m., in black jeans and a black T-shirt, his cowboy swagger and jet-black hair and sideburns unchanged from his Clash days. "This is the home of Bo Diddley. We're gonna go check out his home where he grew up, if we can find it."

Actually, Diddley, the rock pioneer who opened several U.S. shows for the Clash in 1979, was born in Mississippi and grew up in Chicago. But if Strummer didn't quite have his geography straight, he seemed to still have his punk-rock mojo in order.

Stomping his black work boots and counting off the beat, he strapped on his guitar and jumped straight into a new song, "Diggin' the New," which showcased the Mescaleros' pronounced enthusiasm. Strummer's voice, though a little rougher for the wear, still pierced the air with its trademark shrieks and howls. His hands moved often to his face, fingers outstretched and grabbing his skull as if he had been hit in the forehead with a mallet.

In all, he played nine songs from the Clash catalog — including such classics as "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" and songs the Clash covered, including Vince Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac" and the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought the Law" — as well as five new tunes.

Fans rushed the stage as the first few power chords to "London Calling" blared from the amplifiers. "I've waited 15 years to hear this live," one older fan shouted to the amused teenager at his side.

The Mescaleros — guitarist Martin Slattery (ex-Black Grape), bassist Scott Shields, keyboardist Anthony Genn, drummer Smiley and percussionist Pablo Cook — took to such old Clash favorites as "Straight to Hell" and "Bankrobber" as if they were their own. "Tommy Gun" was a barrage of noise and feedback harking back to punk days of yore.

Cook even stood up on his bongos at one point and dove onto the stage, crashing into the rest of the band, adding a sense of the chaos the Clash brought to British nightclubs in the 1970s. The only disappointment for fans was that the Mescaleros' rendition of the Clash's biggest pop hit, 1982's "Rock the Casbah" (RealAudio excerpt of Clash version), didn't quite capture the original's fusion of punk and disco.

The Mescaleros, all young British lads who were probably in grade school when the Clash broke up in 1986, seemed to shine brightest on songs from Strummer's forthcoming album. "Tony Adams," which is "about an obscure soccer player from England," Strummer explained, the upcoming single "Yalla-Yalla" and the title cut, with its slow, passionate rhythms and bombastic bongo playing, all were warmly received.

After ending the hour-and-a-half set with "I Fought the Law" and "Brand New Cadillac," Strummer returned by himself for the first of two encores, playing an acoustic rendition of "Junco Partner" — a traditional song the Clash recorded for Sandinista (1980) — before being rejoined by the band for the new "Techno D-Day" and finishing off the night with "Bankrobber."

"The Clash influenced everyone," Mark Moore, 32, said after the show. "They weren't just punk. They were blues and jazz and reggae and country, all types of sounds rolled into one ... I just can't believe we were able to hear some of the old songs tonight."

"I sell lots of old Clash albums to kids wanting to start up a band," Moore said. "They ask me, 'Where should I start?' and I hand them a copy of London Calling. 'It's all right there, kid.' "

While Strummer's former bandmates Mick Jones and Paul Simonon are gathering tapes for an upcoming Clash live album, there is no talk of a Clash reunion. Strummer is scheduled to play in New York on Wednesday night and wrap up the tour next week in Los Angeles.
Copyright © 1998 Addicted To Noise. All rights reserved.

 Topic 69 of 100 [music]: Re-Unions Galore!
 Response 13 of 19: Autumn   (autumn) * Sun, Jul  4, 1999 (00:25) * 1 lines 
LOVED The Clash!!!! Glad to hear they're performing again.

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 Response 14 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Mon, Jul  5, 1999 (05:24) * 1 lines 
NOT the Clash, just strummin' along Joe! Did you hear any of his work with the Pogues (as substitute for Shane MacGowan)? Will you go to a concert?

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 Response 15 of 19: Autumn   (autumn) * Tue, Jul  6, 1999 (23:03) * 1 lines 
No and No! ha-ha! But I do get a vicarious thrill out of knowing he's still strummin'!

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 Response 16 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Thu, Jul  8, 1999 (05:44) * 3 lines 
Oh, and did you see the cameo appearance in "I hired a Contract Killer" by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki? There was a scene in a pub, open during the slow day-business, where he was playing guitar and singing a song for an audience mainly him.

If you never saw this movie, go out and rent it NOW!

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 Response 17 of 19: Autumn   (autumn) * Thu, Jul  8, 1999 (22:37) * 1 lines 
*scribbling furiously on a scrap of paper*

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 Response 18 of 19: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Aug  6, 1999 (06:31) * 1 lines 
You forgot the MODERN TALKING comeback, sir!!

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 Response 19 of 19: Alexander Schuth  (aschuth) * Fri, Aug  6, 1999 (14:54) * 1 lines 
No, I didn't, Ma'am.-

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