December 22nd, 2008

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New Music - Sounds for 2009 - La Roux

I bumped into a guy called Harry at a recent gig who works as an A&R guy for Virgin. We spent a fair amount of time between the bands and at the end of the nigth chatting about music, the pressures on young bands, up-and-coming scenes and a variety of other things.

One artist he mention to me at the time, which I hadn't heard of before, was a band called La Roux (Not Le Roux which is another completely different band I mistakenly found whilst searching for 'LA' Roux on YouTube :p). He reckoned they'd be up my street (having just been through a discussion about female-led electronic 80's sounding bands) and after listening to their current single 'Quicksand' I think he may have a point.

They've also be shortlisted on the BBCs 'Sounds of 2009' - the Top 15 of which will be announced and counted down from 5th January - which is always an interesting list which I've covered here in the past and will no doubt be passing comment on again. The list is comprised by over 130 music critics, journalists, DJs, etc and looks at the bands that they reckon will break through during the next 12 months. They've hit the nail with a whole host of bands before covering as wide a range of music styles as 50 Cent to The Killers  to Duffy.

Anyway, La Roux are definite proof (if any was actually needed anymore) that the 80's sound is back in full swing be it in the form of dark and moody melodies or synth driven pop.

Here's the video of La Roux's new single 'Quicksand' which was released last week.


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New Judge Dredd Movie

(From IMBD News)

Comic book movie Judge Dredd is to return for a sequel - 13 years after the futuristic anti-hero was portrayed by Sylvester Stallone.

The rights have been bought up by DNA films, the production company behind several of British director Danny Boyle's movies, including last year's Sunshine and 2002's 28 Days Later.

The news was announced on the official 2000Ad website, the comic book on which the film was based, according to Moviehole.net.

Jason Kingsley, CEO and creative director of the comic book franchise, says, "We can't give away too many details at this point, but we're looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen."

It is not yet known whether Stallone will reprise the title role.

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I can't imagine Sly will be recast as Dredd.

My over riding memory of the film was seeing it in Manchester back in '95 when I was "escaping London and life" for a few months and then getting homesick as almost every crowd scene had people I knew from Slimelight or other areas of the London Clubland in them!

Will be looking forward to seeing how the new film develops and with Rebellion  and DNA Filsm behind it I reckon it'll be a big improvement on the '95 film.

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Creaming Jesus

I don't think many people realise just how big Creaming Jesus were for a while in the late 80's and early 90's. They got front covers on some of the metal magazines (such as RAW whom also gave them single of the week at one point), their albums haunted the Top 10 of the Indie charts for months after release and they were played on national music shows when the majority of the UK only had four TV channels.

I spent much of my formative years lying under a mass of bodies or being bounced around what was, possibly, one of the most violent-friendly mosh pits in existence at that time. I had all their vinyl (singles and albums), a t-shirt or two and used to see Andy (the lead vocalist) out clubbing or in Forbidden Planet or Orcs Nest a fair amount.

Their thrash-goth sound was pretty unique at the time and combined with some great original songs, as well as some irreverant covers of goth classics such as the brilliant Temple of Shite (a great rendition of The Sisters of Mercy's Temple of Love) and their crowd pleasing cover of The Cures 'A Forest', they put on some of the best shows I'd ever been to and still rank way there in my books today.

The community that surrounded them was very friendly - which surprised a lot of people who may have been on the fringes looking at the force and verocity of the pits at their shows. They also looked after their own which a 16-year-old me was very thankful for as I got adopted fairly early on after joining one of the pits at a show (possibly at the then Camden Palace) and being picked on by a much older and bigger bloke who was not pulling punches and seemed to be aiming them largely at me. After the third time I was propelled across the floor a bunch of the core Creaming Jesus fans picked me up and as soon as the guy started coming for me again they, and several of their friends, pretty much formed a barrier between us and then sent him flying in return - which was the last we saw of him and I'd become part of the family by apparent default of not scapering after the first punch and staying on the dancefloor. Possibly a slightly bruising initiation but I honestly didn't care as I was there for the music and everything was part and parcel of that.

Anyway, on my journeys through the land of Itunes I've discovered most of their back catalogue (having only one CD of theirs as the rest is on aforementioned vinyl) and took a trip down memory lane.

I also found a video of them perfoming 'A Forest' on Youtube but unfortunately it has embedding disabled. So if you want to listen to a great thrashy-goth cover please head over and check it out through this link.

I also posted their 'Lillies' video over on my radio_infinity  blog.

They'd be in my Top Ten bands I'd love to reform so I could see them again...

Actually that could make a good post sometime...:p

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