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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Richard Ashcroft announced today that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give up their share and songwriting credits of "Bitter Sweet Symphony." This is a huge win for Ashcroft, even though he had to wait over twenty years.

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" was released in 1997 as the first single off Urban Hymns. The track was The Verve's biggest hit single in North America and has a bit of a convoluted history.

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" includes an orchestral sample of "The Last Time" -- the track "The Last Time" was originally written/recorded by The Rolling Stones (inspired by The Staple Singers song "This May Be The Last Time"), but the version The Verve lifted was from an orchestral arrangement of the song released by Andrew Oldham Orchestra.

As the story goes, The Verve obtained permission from the Rolling Stones to use a sample from Andrew Oldham Orchestra's version of "The Last Time" for "Bitter Sweet Symphony," but Stones management later claimed the Verve broke the agreement by using more of the song/sample than was previously agreed upon. Meanwhile Andrew Oldham Orchestra's record label sued The Verve since The Verve obtained permission from the Rolling Stones, but did not obtain permission from the label to use Oldham's orchestral arrangement. A mess indeed.

After a LOT of legal wrangling and drama, various deals were struck which ultimately led to The Verve giving away most of the songwriting credit/royalties to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This amounted in a HUGE loss of income for Richard Ashcroft since "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was a global smash and received massive amounts of airplay. Some twenty years later, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give back the songwriting credit.

Richard Ashcroft released a joyous statement today announcing that the songwriting credit for "Bitter Sweet Symphony" has now reverted back to The Verve. Read the full statement below:

"It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

This remarkable and life affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me. I would like to thank the main players in this, my management Steve Kutner and John Kennedy, the Stones manager Joyce Smyth and Jody Klein (for actually taking the call) lastly a huge unreserved heartfelt thanks and respect to Mick and Keith.

Music is power."

Published May 23rd, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The UK electronic magazine Electronic Sound pays tribute to the legendary Factory Records in June. The June issue of the mag (issue 54) includes a double seven-inch titled A Factory Assembly, which features tracks from A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Section 25, and Minny Pops. The seven-inch is a tribute to the rarity A Factory Sample (FAC 2) which commands big money on the secondary market -- if you see one for less than $200, consider it a steal.

A Factory Assembly will be included with Electronic Sound issue #54, which will be published June 13th. Copies of the issue will be available to purchase through the Electronic Sound website. Additionally those interested can obtain a magazine subscription here.

The original FAC 2 limited edition double seven-inch (pictured above) was released in 1979 and featured Joy Division ("Glass" and "Digital"), The Durutti Column ("No Communication" and "Thin Ice"), John Dowie ("Acne," "Idiot," and "Hitler's Liver"), and Cabaret Voltaire ( "Baader-Meinhof" and "Sex In Secret").

Published May 22nd, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cherry Red Records announced the release of a new three disc set compiling British indie punk music. 1977: The Year Punk Broke is similar to other compilations from the label in that the tracklisting features an impressive mix of well known classics along with a wide variety of obscurities, so there's much to love and discover here.  The set includes a booklet with extensive liner notes, biographies on each band, and tons of pictures.

View the tracklisting below and pre-order here. 1977: The Year Punk Broke arrives on June 28th.

Disc 1

01. Buzzcocks - Boredom
02. The Stranglers - London Lady
03. The Gorillas - Gatecrasher
04. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
05. Deaf School - Capaldi's Cafe
06. The Vibrators - Bad Time
07. The Boys - I Don't Care
08. The Jam - Away From The Numbers
09. The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose
10. Eater - Thinkin' Of The U.S.A.
11. The Outsiders - On The Edge
12. The Users - Sick Of You
13. Chartreuse - You Really Got Me
14. The Rings - I Wanna Be Free
15. Models - Man Of The Year
16. The Only Ones - Peter And The Pets
17. Motorhead – Motorhead
18. Celia And The Mutations - Mony Mony
19. Cock Sparrer - Runnin' Riot
20. The Count Bishops - I Need You
21. Blitzkrieg Bop - Let's Go
22. The Killjoys - Naive
23. Johnny Moped - Incendiary Device
24. The Rezillos - I Wanna Be Your Man
25. Radio Stars - No Russians In Russia
26. The Nosebleeds - Fascist Pigs
27. The Exile - Jubilee ’77

Disc 2

01. The Boomtown Rats - Lookin' After No. 1
02. Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
03. The Snivelling Shits - I Can't Come
04. Slaughter & The Dogs - Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone
05. The Valves - For Adolfs Only
06. Doctors Of Madness - Bulletin
07. Generation X - Day By Day
08. The Vacants - Television Viewer
09. Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias - Kill
10. Puncture - You Can't Rock And Roll (In A Council Flat)
11. Radiators From Space - Enemies
12. The Drones - Just Want To Be Myself (7" version)
13. Sham 69 - Red London
14. P.V.C.2 - Deranged Demented And Free
15. X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!
16. Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
17. 999 - Nasty, Nasty
18. Ultravox! - Rockwrok
19. The Depressions - Family Planning
20. Zeros - Radio Fun
21. Tyla Gang - Pool Hall Punks
22. The Stukas - Klean Living Kids
23. The Lurkers - Freak Show
24. Jerks - Hold My Hand
25. The Unwanted - Bleak Outlook
26. Some Chicken - Blood On The Wall
27. Menace - Insane Society
28. The Features - Drab City
29. Spider - Back To The Wall
30. New Hearts - Just Another Teenage Anthem
31. The Pleasers - (You Keep On Tellin' Me) Lies

Disc 3

01. John Cooper Clarke - Innocents
02. Alternative TV - How Much Longer
03. The Wasps - She Made Magic
04. Neon Hearts - Regulations
05. Graham Parker & The Rumour - New York Shuffle
06. The Doll - Trash
07. Maniacs - Ain't No Legend
08. Satan's Rats - In My Love For You
09. Larry Wallis - Police Car
10. Eddie & The Hot Rods - Quit This Town
11. The Now - Development Corporations
12. Chelsea - High Rise Living
13. Art Attacks - Arabs in 'Arrods
14. Trash - Priorities
15. The Method - Dynamo
16. Public Zone - Naive
17. Left Hand Drive - Jailbait
18. Swell Maps - Ripped And Torn
19. Acme Sewage Co. - I Can See You
20. The Rats - First Mistake
21. Brainiac Five - Natty Punko
22. The Cortinas - Defiant Pose
23. The Carpettes - Help I'm Trapped
24. NEO - Tell Me The Truthh (Live at the Vortex)
25. Raped – Raped
26. Fruit Eating Bears - Lies
27. Hobbies Of Today - RU12
28. Drug Squad - Left Right And Centre
29. Norman And The Hooligans - I'm A Punk

Published May 19th, 2019

The Ocean Blue announced details behind their highly anticipated new album. Kings And Queens / Knaves And Thieves is the band's seventh studio album and their first full length since 2013's Ultramarine. The album will be released through their independent label Korda on June 21st and will be available on limited edition red vinyl, standard black vinyl, and CD. Head here to view the pre-order options. Stream the beautiful new single "Kings And Queens" below.

The Ocean Blue - U.S. tour

Jun 22 -- Lancaster, PA @ Tellus360
Jun 23 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Jun 27 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Jun 28 -- Portland, OR @ Holocene
Jul 26 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Fine Line
Jul 27 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Aug 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Aug 24 -- Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
Oct 04 -- Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Oct 05 -- Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Nov 01 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
Nov 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Nov 17 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Dec 06 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

Published May 19th, 2019

Morrissey has premiered another song from his forthcoming covers album California Son. The song "Lady Willpower" was originally recorded by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap in 1968 and became a chart topper. Morrissey's version is available to stream below:

California Sun features 12 cover songs and is available to pre-order here or here.

Morrissey -- North American tour

Sep 05 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sep 07 -- Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Sep 09 -- Camden, NJ @ BB & T Pavilion
Sep 11 -- Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
Sep 13 -- Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sep 14 -- Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sep 18 -- Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Sep 21 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Outside
Sep 26 -- Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Sep 28 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair
Sep 30 -- Portland, OR @ Theatre Of The Clouds
Oct 01 -- Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theatre
Oct 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct 05 -- Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre
Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
Oct 10 -- Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta
Oct 11 -- Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 14 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 21 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall

Published May 19th, 2019

The Waterboys have shared another single off their forthcoming album Where The Action Is. "Ladbroke Grove Symphony" is available to stream below.

Where The Action Is, the 13th studio album from The Waterboys arrives on May 24th. Pre-order here.

The Waterboys - North American tour

Sep 17 -- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Sep 18 -- Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
Sep 20 -- Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
Sep 21 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sep 22 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Sep 23 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sep 25 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 26 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Sep 28 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Sep 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Oct 01 -- Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Oct 02 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Oct 06 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Oct 07 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 08 -- Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
Oct 12 -- San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Oct 13 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Oct 15 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theatre

Published May 19th, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ian Curtis died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. His influence remains undeniable; his light continues to shine through recordings of his brilliant music and intense energetic live performances. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music and discussion about the legendary Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

Curtis' life was featured on the BBC program Great Lives in 2008. Host Matthew Parris, British poet Simon Armitage and Peter Hook discussed Curtis' life, musical impact, and his final days. During the show, Hook played a short snippet of an unreleased version of Ian Curtis singing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" recorded by Malcolm McLaren. Stream the episode of Great Lives below - more info on the episode is posted here.

Curtis took his own life the day before Joy Division were scheduled to leave England to come to America for their first tour. The full Joy Division North American tour itinerary isn't officially available to view, however this website attempted to piece the tour together using Rob Gretton's notes, club ads, and other scraps of info. FYI, there was a Detroit date scheduled for May 26th at Bookies.

A short documentary from 1987 featuring Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, and Alan Erasmus talking about Ian Curtis and Joy Division. There's also a few comments made about the commercialization of Curtis' death.

An excellent documentary on Joy Division simply titled Joy Division was released in 2007. The film includes interviews with Curtis' band members as well as key players like Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, and Tony Wilson, among others. The full documentary has been pulled from You Tube but it is available to view on Netflix.