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Ramones, poster for a show in Seattle, 1977

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Catching Up With Depeche Mode

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On November 11th, 1985, British synth-pop sensations Depeche Mode were more broadly introduced to the US market with the compilation album Catching Up With Depeche Mode. 


The name of the compilation is to be taken quite literally – Since People Are People (the single and the compilation album) turned out to be a big hit in the US, Sire Records wanted to popularize the band a little more with a compilation album that collects the band’s material from 1981 to 1985, and it was released at the same time as the band’s first (European) singles collection The Singles 81→85, that compiled every single the band released to that date. 


Different from that, Catching Up With Depeche Mode contained album tracks as well, trying to give the US audience a good overview on the band’s effort – including the B-sides tracks Fly On The Windscreen and Flexible.

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Buzzcocks at the 100 Club Punk Festival, London 1976. Photo – Michel Esteban & Lizzy Mercier Descloux

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Charlie Sexton, Stiv Bators, Adam Bomb, Johnny Thunders and Sex Pistol Steve Jones’ hand (the rest just out of frame)

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Charlie Sexton, Stiv Bators, Adam Bomb, Johnny Thunders and Sex Pistol Steve Jones’ hand (the rest just out of frame) hanging out at the VIP room of the notorious Limelight Club in NYC some time during the late-’80s, as published in Melody Maker.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Hatchie debuts “Sure,” a shoegaze-y pop earworm

Hatchie is the alias of Harriette Pilbeam, a songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. She's debuting "Sure," a super melodic and shoegaze-y preview of her forthcoming Sugar & Spice EP. The track blends the exquisitely layered textures of early-’90s 4AD bands with wistful lyrics and a string of micro-hooks. 


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The Cramps – Poison Ivy, photo by Stephanie Chernikowski, Creem Magazine, ca 1980

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Debbie Harry, Blondie

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The B-52s bring their mess around to the popular soap opera ‘Guiding Light,’ 1982

The B-52s bring their mess around to the popular soap opera ‘Guiding Light,’ 1982 | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Guiding Light holds the record for the longest run of any soap opera. It debuted in 1952 as a narrative doled out in 15-minute increments and made it all the way to 2009, when it was replaced by Let’s Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady. When a show is around that long, it’s tempting to say that “everything” happened on it, but that category doesn’t intuitively include appearances by influential new wave bands. 


Yet that did happen too. In 1982 the B-52s appeared on an episode during a promotional tour for their David Byrne-produced EP Mesopotamia. The premise was that there was a venue in the town, which bore the name of Springfield (yes, Springfield), in which musical artists would appear.

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Richard Hell recording the Yonkers demos with The Hearbreakers at SBS Studio, NYC, in January 1976

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Richard Hell recording the Yonkers demos with The Hearbreakers at SBS Studio, NYC, in January 1976, back when he was a a very clean tramp and a pioneer of the early punk scene, as documented by Roberta Bayley.
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Jeffrey Lee Pierce photographed by Rui Vasco, Lisbon, Portugal 1987

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce photographed by Rui Vasco while interviewed before his 1987 gig with The Gun Club at Cinema Imperio, Lisbon, Portugal.
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Ramones – Joey Ramone, Hollywood, Slash Magazine #04, 1977

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Iggy Pop’s 1981 Halloween gig at the Mosque Ballroom in Richmond, Virginia

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Iggy Pop’s 1981 Halloween gig at the Mosque Ballroom in Richmond, Virginia, for the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) Halloween Dance (photos by Ron Smith for ‘The Commonwealth Times’), was never meant to be remembered as one of his most memorable performances, yet it had everything it takes for a gig to fall into the “legendary gigs” category

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Richard Hell and the Voidoids featuring The Clash, poster for the Blank Generation Tour, UK, 1977

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Syndicate- "Bodyheat"

B-side from the single "Golden Key", released in 1984 by Supreme International Editions.

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Lou Reed at CBGBs, photo by Michel Esteban and Lizzy Mercier Descloux, NYC 1975

Lou Reed at CBGBs, photo by Michel Esteban and Lizzy Mercier Descloux, NYC 1975 | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
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Kevin Haskins reads an excerpt from his upcoming Bauhaus book

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BAUHAUS UNDEAD: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus, exhibits an extensive personal collection of Haskins’ ranging from show fliers, photos, hand written lyrics and more—that Kevin Haskins has diligently saved since the band’s beginnings—along with with personal anecdotes as well as stories from the band’s peers. The book will be published will officially be released in March of 2018 via Cleopatra Records.

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The Cramps, feature from New York Rocker, photos by Stephanie Chernikowski, 1979

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Explode Together: XTC makes unrecognizable musique concrète out of its own catalog

Explode Together: XTC makes unrecognizable musique concrète out of its own catalog | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Once XTC got going in 1978, they were quite productive—releasing White Music and Go 2 in 1978, Drums and Wires in 1979, and Black Sea in 1980. 


While they were developing all of those great albums, they (Partridge mainly, it seems) found the time to release an album and a half of intensely cut-up re-workings of the very same tracks that went into those first albums. In other words, they put out experimental music as if they had decided to “plunderphonic” their own catalog, to borrow a term invented by John Oswald in 1985. 


Purchasers of Go 2 in its original pressing also received a curious EP with a strikingly similar cover design called Go+. What Go+ turned out to be was a collection of five “dub” re-workings of tracks from Go 2. 


That was in 1978. In early 1980 an album was released by, ahem, “Mr. Partridge” under the name Take Away/The Lure of Salvage. (It’s not super clear and sources differ, but I think the idea was that Side 1 was “Take Away” and Side 2 was “The Lure of Salvage.”) 


The cover art appropriated images from an absolutely fantastic photo shoot conducted at the preposterously palatial house of Jayne Mansfield around 1960. Just like Go+, this album consisted of “dub” reworkings of previously released XTC material.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees - Old Grey Whistle Test Performance of “Melt!” and “Painted Bird”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Siouxsie and the Banshees - Old Grey Whistle Test Performance of “Melt!” and “Painted Bird” featuring Robert Smith on guitar.

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Julian Cope, aka ‘Saint Julian_, photographed by Kevin Cummins in Manchester, England, on June 17, 1982

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Julian Cope, aka ‘Saint Julian_, photographed by Kevin Cummins while performing in a Warhol-esque hairdo on a Granada television show filmed in Manchester, England, on June 17, 1982.
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he War on Drugs Share Strangely Sweet "Nothing to Find" Video, Starring IT's Sophia Lillis

Still riding the momentum from the recent release of their acclaimed fourth album A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs have shared the video for “Nothing to Find,” starring young actress Sophia Lillis (of IT fame), who embarks on a road trip with some sort of plant man. 


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