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Fucked By Rock (Revisited) The Unimaginable Confessions of Zodiac Mindwarp (and I Have The Greatest Respect For You, George) - Mark Manning

Fucked By Rock (Revisited) The Unimaginable Confessions of Zodiac Mindwarp (and I Have The Greatest Respect For You, George)
Released 25/10/10. First 25 copies will come with exclusive 7 inch by Zodiac Youth, Zed’s collaboration with Youth (Killing Joke, Firemen etc) ORDER NOW to ensure you’re one of the first sold.

Mark Manning was an everyday Yorkshire poet until, in the early 1980s, he found himself possessed by the spirit of Zodiac Mindwarp, High Priest of Love, International Sex God of Everything and reasonably competent tunesmith. He immediately abandoned life in Leeds and let Zodiac take him on a trip into the deepest, darkest crevices of the rock landscape with his own diabolical pop group The Love Reaction.

Fame, world tours (including those with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Iron Maiden), hit records and angry women inevitably followed, but in the mid nineties, with his mind barely intact, Mark turned to other creative outlets, painting, writing and drawing with alarming ferocity.

In 2001, he published Fucked By Rock , a rock biography of a kind never before seen. The usual platitudes of excess seen through expensive sunglasses were replaced by weird tales of the world’s underbelly, inter-band fireworks fights, tour bus vampires, a road crew who hated the band even more than they hated themselves and the intricacies of Rock Maths. It constituted the most brutally honest critique of rock n roll ever committed to paper and became an instant classic, exploring taboos many had shied away from for decades. The book represented a catharsis for lost souls, tour bus junkies and studio ghosts everywhere, and now sells for between £50 - £100 on the collectors market.

Eventually, as the new millennium progressed, Zed conceived of a prequel to Fucked... , to be named I Have The Greatest Respect For You George. Written in the same ringmaster-cum-casual-observer style, this new work uncovers the weird life of a working class teen poet and rocker in waiting as he grinds his way through the 1970s and all it had to offer. Gay Nazi disco dancers, bloody performance art, pubs bursting with oversized glam rock strippers and the ever present shadow of the worst mother-in-law in the world ever all combine to shape a life clearly destined for greatness. Later, further recollections from Zodiac s prime, and a few more recent tales, found their way to Mark’s pen, and a revised, expanded Fucked By Rock manuscript was prepared. This book brings together the previously unpublished I Have The Greatest Respect For You George and the new, expanded Fucked By Rock.

Mark Manning is the celebrated co-author of the Bad Wisdom trilogy with his friend Bill Drummond, and has had several other titles published, including the infamous novella Get Your Cock Out. He also draws, crashes radio controlled helicopters, sings with the Love Reaction and collaborates with comrades as varied as Youth, Adam Ant, Billy Childish and Jimi Cauty.

His work doesn t seek to pamper friends and reconcile foes everybody is put under the most intimate microscope, and their tales told through Zed’s own half imagined ravings.
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No. 1 Songs In Heaven - A Sparks Biography
No 1 Songs In Heaven is the first ever biography of one of the most remarkable bands in rock history. Since the moment they emerged into the mainstream in 1974, armed with the hit "This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us,” Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have endeared themselves to successive generations of fans, not only with their wry humour and offbeat quirkiness, but also with a lyrical and musical inventiveness that sees them numbered among the most influential acts ever. Morrissey, Siouxsie Sioux, the Pet Shop Boys and many more are numbered among Sparks’ most loyal disciples, while the group’s following is truly international.

Celebrating forty years of this incredible act (the band originally formed in 1969) and 35 years of hits, Number One Songs… is the ultimate guide to the history and the mystery of Sparks. Exclusive interviews and insights trace the group from its earliest strivings in California, all the way up to their so-successful present, while author Dave Thompson’s unique eye for period detail and context reveals just how intelligently Sparks have predicted the course of popular music over the past quarter century.

The book also includes a full worldwide discography, including albums, singles and audio visual material, certainly making it a must for Sparks fans everywhere.

Dave Thompson is the author of over 100 rock books, including best-selling biographies of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Cream and many more. His most recent publications include the controversial "I Hate New Music” (Backbeat Books) and the forthcoming "London’s Burning” (Chicago Press review). Born in Devon, England, he now lives in Delaware, USA.
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Doc's Devils
Tommy Docherty led Manchester United through one of the most interesting periods in their history. Employed in late 1972, the former Scotland manager led the club on an amazing journey, taking in a successful relegation battle, relegation itself, instant promotion and two successive Cup Finals, all in just four and a half years, and the nature of his eventual sacking, following allegations about his private life, gives some indication of the complicated, less than perfect man ‘Doc’s Devils’ seeks to unveil.

Docherty’s unconventional, and at times controversial, approach to team affairs and man management is explored on a season by season basis, whilst numerous interviews from those who worked with and played under him, including legends of the era such as Brian Greenhoff and Sammy McIlroy, ensure that no stone is left unturned in this tale of the highest highs and lowest lows the great game has to offer. These first hand accounts really make ‘Doc’s Devils’ the definitive account of this period, and the book is a must read for any serious United fan, whilst the author’s ability to maintain a degree of neutrality rarely found in such biographies will also encourage followers of teams outside of the red half of Manchester to persist with this incredible footballing story.

In addition to The Doc’s story, ‘Doc’s Devils’ also looks at the post United careers of those who played in his sides and who came to love and loathe him in equal measure. It also includes a full matchography for the period,

‘Doc’s Devils’ is an extremely informative and thorough account of ‘The Doc’s’ spell at this world famous football club, which still employed the Holy Trinity of Law, Best and Charlton during his tenure. The book overflows with the degree of insight and documentation which only the most vigorous research can uncover, and author Egan’s thorough, investigative approach is matched only by the quality of his writing.

Sean Egan is a music and sports journalist, and has written for Billboard, Classic Rock, Record Collector, RollingStone.com, Sky Sports, Uncut and Vox, amongst others. His ‘Jimi Hendrix And The Making Of Are You Experienced’ title sold in vast quantities and was nominated for an Award for Excellence by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, and he has also written a critically acclaimed novel, ‘Sick Of Being Me’.
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Semi Detached - Limited Edition 12" Vinyl LP

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THIS ALBUM IS NOT RELEASED UNTIL 23RD MARCH AND ORDERS WILL NOT BE DESPATCHED BEFORE THAT DATE.

A limited number of LPs will be signed by Blancmange.

Blancmange bring their bitter-sweet electronic songs to Cherry Red Records with their new album, Semi Detached which will be available on four formats – CD, Ltd Edition Deluxe Double CD, Vinyl LP and digital download. Due out on 23 March 2015, the tracks are shot through with lyrics inspired by Neil Arthur’s instinct for surreal juxtapositions and abstract wordplay.

The eight minute opener ’The Fall’ sets the tone with its imaginative mix of the London tube map, The Fall (the band), Heaven and Hell, suicide, ghostly (inner) reflection and rain-soaked romantic imagery. The synthesizer melody is lightly done but the narrative is one of broken

hearts, tragedy. . . . and The Fall: ‘I went to see them many times,’ says Arthur. ‘I sent Mark E Smith our first EP and we exchanged a few letters, his being ones of humorous encouragement.’

‘I Want More’ is a cover of Can’s only ‘pop hit’ from their 1976 album Flow Motion. The repetitive refrain of the title initially comes across as joyous, the soaring melody and rousing chorus of voices conveying a celebratory hedonism, but the song takes on a more foreboding edge against the backdrop of 21st century excess and its darker implications: ‘Don’t care if I break the law/I want more and more and more . . . ‘

‘Paddington’, which is scheduled to be the first single off the album on 9 March 2015, celebrates London through a blur of evocative, fragmented images – a random memory recall of life in the city. Meanwhile, the coiled, moody electronica of ‘It Didn’t Take Long’ with the ice-in-veins kiss-off of ‘I’m not sorry I hurt you’, is followed by the gleeful artificial power of the synthesizers on the instrumental, ‘MKS Lover’.

‘Like I Do’ is gripped by a propulsive rhythm and staccato phrasing, mapping out a cross-roads moment in someone’s life. Will they recognise it? Can they tell up from down; real from fake? ‘Deep In The Mine’ is at the core of the album. ‘I imagined a cavernous and yet claustrophobic space with endless passages running off it,’ says Arthur. The soul-mining lyric is delivered with a roughened-up, husky richness by the singer that reveals new depths to his voice.

The tart ‘Acid’ is what happens when wit turns to bitterness, while the playful ‘Useless’ is the most openly ‘pop’ song on the album - a whirling, giddy four minutes built around the sweet and pithy lyric, ‘everybody loves you/useless as you are.’

The album, which is mixed by Adam Fuest, closes with one of the best – and darkest - songs Arthur has written so far, ‘Bloody Hell Fire’. Featuring some wonderfully atmospheric guitars, his own playing is layered with that of David Rhodes (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel), who adds inventive guitar to many of the tracks on the album. ‘Bloody Hell Fire’ conveys a sense of world-weary detachment (‘I don’t know if I exist’) through another striking vocal by Neil Arthur. For all its bruised, existential self-pity, this track is sung with haunted passion and arguably creates a moment of raw beauty which has been rare so far in the nervy energy of Blancmange’s catalogue.

Semi-Detached is Blancmange’s 5th album to date, but the first without the involvement of Stephen Luscombe, Neils long term collaborator. While retaining Blancmanges characteristic humour, with this new album Arthur has moved on from some of the old ticks and mannerisms to create an edgy, pared down and deeply personal record, getting the balance absolutely right between grit and light, the domestic and the cosmic, despair and joy.

TRACK LIST


1. The Fall 


2. I Want More


3. Paddington

4. It Didn’t Take Long

5. MKS Lover 
06. Like I Do

7. Deep In The Mine 


8. Acid 


9. Useless

10. Bloody Hell Fire


A limited number of LPs will be signed by Blancmange.

THIS ALBUM IS ALSO AVAILABLE AS A DELUXE 2 CD EDITION

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THIS ALBUM IS NOT RELEASED UNTIL 23RD MARCH AND ORDERS WILL NOT BE DESPATCHED BEFORE THAT DATE.

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The Velvet Trail: Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl + Poster

Marc had previously hinted that his 2010 album Varieté would be his last recording to feature his own new material. Famed English producer and songwriter Chris Braide (Lana Del Ray, David Guetta, Beyoncé, Britney Spears), is a huge fan of Marc’s work and succeeded in making Marc change his mind.

Marc says of ‘The Velvet Trail’: "Some of the songs have a more personal melancholy, reflective and evocative, like the title track ‘The Velvet Trail’, a song about memories, nostalgia, childhood and death.  So it is too with the song ‘The Pain of Never’ (Chris Braide’s personal favourite). Chris wanted to create his ultimate Marc Almond record, electric, lush, emotional, dark and sexy and I felt inspired by his tunes and production to deliver just that”. He then explains the seamless format of the album:  "Chris saw the record as one journey, one record you put on from beginning to end, linking tracks with musical interludes. This a reaction against the downloaded digital age, where individual tracks are taken or albums re-arranged in different orders. I always see my records as a show running from beginning to end that takes you on a ride”. 

The Velvet Trail is an album that wasn’t supposed to exist - born from a spontaneous, organic inspirational process. It wasn’t just written and recorded, but felt and created. For all those who love Marc Almond’s work and those who just love true music and the emotions it generates, this is one not to be missed.

This specially designed limited edition double vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve with an exclusive fold out poster and two bonus tracks - the full length solo version of ‘When The Comet Comes’ and the radio-friendly 7” Edit of title track, ‘The Velvet Trail’.

NB: This title is released March 9 and will not be dispatched before this date.

TRACK LISTING:

Side A
Act One (Instrumental)
Bad to Me
Zipped Black Leather Jacket
Scar
Pleasure’s Wherever You Are

Side B
Act Two (Instrumental)
Minotaur
Earthly
The Pain of Never
Demon Lover

Side C
Act Three (Instrumental)
When The Comet Comes (Duet with Beth Ditto)
Life in My Own Way
Winter Sun
The Velvet Trail
Finale (Instrumental)

Side D
Bonus Track : When The Comet Comes (Full Length Solo Version)
Bonus Track : The Velvet Trail (7” Edit)

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