The Cure – Mixed Up, 2018 3CD Remaster

The Cure have announced an expanded, remastered edition of their 1990 remix album Mixed Up. The band revealed on Twitter a three-disc deluxe edition remastered by frontman Robert Smith, due out June 15.

DISC ONE : Mixed Up – Remastered 2018

01: Lullaby – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:43 )
02: Close To Me – Closer Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:44 )
03: Fascination Street – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 8:47 )
04: The Walk – Everything Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:27 )
05: Lovesong – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:19 )
06: A Forest – Tree Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:55 )
07: Pictures of You – Extended Dub Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:41 )
08: Hot Hot Hot!!! – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:01 )
09: The Caterpillar – Flicker Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:40 )
10: Inbetween Days – Shiver Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:22 )
11: Never Enough – Big Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:07 )

DISC TWO – Mixed Up Extras 2018 : Remixes 1982-1990

01: Let’s Go To Bed (Extended Mix 1982 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:44 )
02: Just One Kiss (Extended Mix 1982 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:15 )
03: Close To Me (Extended Remix 1985 – 2018 remaster) ( 6:31 )
04: Boys Don’t Cry (New Voice Club Mix 1986 – 2018 remaster) ( 5:29 )
05: Why Can’t I Be You? (Extended Mix 1987 – 2018 remaster) ( 8:07 )
06: A Japanese Dream (12″ Remix 1987 – 2018 remaster) ( 5:47 )
07: Pictures of You (Extended Version 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 8:06 )
08: Let’s Go To Bed (Milk Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:13 )
09: Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 3:42 )
10: Primary (Red Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:10 )
11: The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 4:39 )

DISC THREE – Torn Down : Mixed Up Extras 2018

01: Three Imaginary Boys – Help Me Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:21 )
02: M – Attack Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:07 )
03: The Drowning Man – Bright Birds Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:29 )
04: A Strange Day – Drowning Waves Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:05 )
05: Just One Kiss – Remember Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:57 )
06: Shake Dog Shake – New Blood Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:11 )
07: A Night Like This – Hello Goodbye Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:24 )
08: Like Cockatoos – Lonely In The Rain Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:49 )
09: Plainsong – Edge Of The World Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:33 )
10: Never Enough – Time To Kill Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:34 )
11: From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea – Love In Vain Mix by Robert Smith ( 6:21 )
12: Want – Time Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:44 )
13: The Last Day of Summer – 31st August Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:44 )
14: Cut Here – If Only Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:25 )
15: Lost – Found Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:59 )
16: It’s Over – Whisper Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:54 )



Happy 80th Birthday to The Invaders and X-Files star Roy Thinnes.


Old Gear

Just bunging these here so ‘me old mate Chrissy Boy can have a gander.

722544_fd696f7fad6745c5b032cd3b9a9b5a68MS-10, CS-01, Jen SX1000, Casio VLT-1, Casio MT-Something, Yamaha PSS-Something (580 maybe).

722544_f976804bd13f4498a8018e7debe6bb68Aiwa Hifi, Saisho VHS Video Recorder, Seiko Sequencer, Casio MT-Something.

722544_d1b9af67cb9d44f783e16bdf8a404ebcJen SX-1000

722544_c2b81e35ba8947118b6afcd90adb9b58Jen SX-1000, MS-10, CS-01, Hifi, Casio MT-?, Yamaha PSS-?

722544_c0da0313cd5e440e9a11c43f22505988Yamaha Portasound, Siel Monosynth, Casio MT-?, Atari 65XE, Ferguson (?) B&W Telly.

722544_bc4b6553ff3249cebf88662b99e49ccfAmiga A500, giant telly, Boombox of some description.

722544_bbd3ae5d03e34d089ab09d4fcbad6dc5Yamaha CS-01.  Survived a fall down the stairs together with me and my MS-10

722544_b847ef63a6664b8997f92b321f8cb4c5Concertmate Realistic Drum Machine, Boss DR-110 Drum Machine, Casio SA1 (?). Yamaha ? and Casio SA5 (?)

Texas Instruments Speak & Maths and JVC / Aiwa Hifi.

8-Track Recorder, JVC Hifi, Saisho VHS Recorder, Aiwa Hifi, Aphex Vinyl, probably a Yamaha PSS-580 on top.

Boss Dr Rhythm DR-110

722544_50f378da4e454904a7480e0618cc93c7Jen SX-1000, Yamaha PSS-580 (?), MS-10, CS-01, Seiko Sequencer, Aiwa Hifi, Saisho VHS, JVC Hifi, Casio MT-something in the corner.

722544_32fc0c87df2747cabf5ca6275a918e70Yamaha PSS-580, MS-10 (bashed), CS-01 (bashed)

722544_31baed8e566940d5b33a08bf9cf88081MS-10 (Bashed), Aiwa Hifi

722544_8b5c9eed64024bb38db0df77802aaee4Casio Piano, Yamaha PSS-580, Seiko Sequencer (now with violet paint job and Aphex Twin sticker), Casio VLT-1, Casio VL-5, Casio Something.

722544_6f82b44c71a9413098133ff343dca07aMS-10, CS-01, Jen SX-1000, Casio VLT-1, Casio MT-Something, Yamaha PSS-580 (?)

John Mahoney


Terribly sad news of the passing of John Mahoney, British actor most famous for his role as Martin Crane in ‘Frasier’.  His role in the 11 series of Frasier, plus the DVD box sets and endless (thankfully) repeats on Channel 4 have kept me laughing for 25 years.

Thanks John.  Rest in Peace and find eternal joy in your reunion with Moose.

Yello – Live in Berlin – Track Listing

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Yello release ‘Live in Berlin’ – a 2CD album on 3 November.  Here’s the track listing:

  1. Magma
  2. Do It
  3. The Evening’s Young
  4. Limbo
  5. Bostich
  6. Electrified II
  7. Cold Flame
  8. 30’000 Days
  9. The Time Tunnel
  10. Kiss The Cloud
  11. Lost In Motion
  12. Tied Up
  13. Liquid Lies
  14. Starlight Scene
  15. Tool Of Love
  16. Oh Yeah
  17. Blue Biscuit
  18. Si Senor The Hairy Grill
  19. The Yellofier Song
  20. The Race

I believe this is the first ever live Yello album officially released.  Let me know if you think/know otherwise.

Gary Numan at HMV, Oxford Street, London, 15 September 2017

I’ve been a Gary Numan fan for as long as I can remember – pretty-much from the start of his career in the late 70s.  The stark desolation of Replicas chills and thrills me to this day.  So I was astonishingly lucky to be able to meet the man (and his lovely wife Gemma) yesterday in London.  Here’s a few selected pictures.



Pet Shop Boys – New Catalogue Releases – Yes & Elysium




Pet Shop Boys will release the second set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. This second set sees the PSB albums ‘Yes’ from 2009 and ‘Elysium’ from 2012 reissued on October 20th. Both titles have been remastered and are accompanied by ‘Further listening’ albums of master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period as each album, as well as Pet Shop Boys’ own remixes of their tracks, including some previously unreleased material.

Both albums will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow.

‘Yes’ was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. The record debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart upon release and was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. This expanded version of the album features guests including The Human League’s Phil Oakey, who shares vocals with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on ‘This used to be the future’.

Johnny Marr also appears on ‘Yes’, his guitar work featuring on several tracks including the single, ‘Did you see me coming?’. The album’s lead single and UK Top 20 hit, ‘Love Etc.’, became PSB’s ninth number one hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the USA, breaking the record for most chart-topping singles by a duo or group on the Billboard Dance Chart.

This reissue of ‘Yes’ includes – alongside the remastered original album – Pet Shop Boys’ previously unreleased monitor mix of ‘The loving kind’, a song which became a Top 10 hit for Girls Aloud, as well as previously unreleased demos of songs from the 2010 Young Vic theatre production, My Dad’s A Birdman. PSB mixes of ‘Did you see me coming?’, ‘The former enfant terrible’ and more are also included. Full track- listing for the reissue of ‘Yes’ below:

Yes/Further listening: 2008-2010


1. Love etc.
2. All over the world
3. Beautiful people
4. Did you see me coming?
5. Vulnerable
6. More than a dream
7. Building a wall
8. King of Rome
9. Pandemonium
10. The way it used to be
11. Legacy


1. Gin and Jag
2. This used to be the future (with Phil Oakey)
3. We’re all criminals now
4. Gin and Jag (Frisky mix)
5. Beautiful people (demo)
6. My girl
7. The loving kind (monitor mix)*
8. Love etc (PSB mix)
9. Did you see me coming? (PSB Possibly more mix)
10. The former enfant terrible (PSB Bring it on mix)
11. Up and down
12. Brits medley**



1. I cried for us
2. It doesn’t often snow at Christmas (new version)
3. All over the world (new version)
4. Viva la vida/Domino dancing (Christmas EP mix)
5. My Girl (Our house mix)
6. Leaving (demo)
7. Together
8. Glad all over (From “Together” CD single)
9. The dumpling song (demo from My Dad’s A Birdman)*
10. Wings and faith (demo from My Dad’s A Birdman)*
11. Night song (fan club download 2010)**

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on CD

‘Elysium’, originally released in 2012, was seen by some as a shift in sound and direction for Pet Shop Boys. Writing for the album began whilst PSB were on tour with Take That, with some tracks dating as far back as 2008.

The album was co-produced by PSB with Andrew Dawson, who engineered much of Kanye West’s album ‘808s & Heartbreak’, a record which Neil Tennant had become ‘mildly obsessed’ with at the time. The darker lyrical themes of ‘Elysium’ are reflected in the record’s sound. Neil Tennant said: ‘It is deep in terms of the sound—got a lot of sub-bass—it’s sort of deep in terms of subject matter, the way it’s expressed. But I think it’s the Pet Shop Boys’ most beautiful album.’

The ‘Further listening’ album of additional material alongside this ‘Elysium’ reissue features previously unreleased demos entitled ‘Vocal’, ‘She pops’ and ‘In slow motion’, as well as PSB mixes and remixes of ‘Leaving’ and ‘Memory of the future’. Full track-listing for the reissue of ‘Elysium’ below:

Elysium/Further listening: 2011-2012


1. Leaving
2. Invisible
3. Winner
4. Your early stuff
5. A face like that
6. Breathing space
7. Ego music
8. Hold on
9. Give it a go
10. Memory of the future
11. Everything means something
12. Requiem in denim and leopardskin


1. Vocal (demo)*
2. She pops (demo)*
3. Inside
4. In slow motion (demo)*
5. Listening
6. Hell
7. The way through the woods (long version)
8. I started a joke
9. In his imagination
10. Leaving (Believe in PSB mix)
11. Leaving (Side by side remix)
12. Leaving (Freedom remix)
13. Memory of the future (New single mix)

*Previously unreleased

The Catalogue reissues of ‘Yes’ and ‘Elysium’ will go on sale on October 20th. Upon pre-order of the albums, the tracks ‘The loving kind (monitor mix)’ from ‘Yes’ and ‘Vocal (demo)’ from ‘Elysium’ will instantly available. To pre-order the albums, please follow the links below:

‘Yes’ – ‘Elysium’ –

The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissue series began earlier this year on July 28th with the release of ‘Nightlife’, ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’ which all entered the Top 40 album charts. The reissues will continue until all PSB Parlophone albums have been released with ‘Further listening’ albums:

Please/Further listening: 1984-1986 Actually/Further listening: 1987-1988 Introspective/Further listening: 1988-1989 Behaviour/Further listening: 1990-1991 Very/Further listening: 1992-1994 Bilingual/Further listening: 1995-1997

The reissues of ‘Please’, ‘Actually’, ‘Introspective’, ‘Behaviour’, ‘Very’ and ‘Bilingual’ were originally released with bonus ‘Further listening’ albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for this project.