“Don’t You Want Me”
“(Keep Feeling) Fascination”
The Human League are so credible it’s incredible. In fact, they’re probably more highly regarded in 2011 than they were in 1981 when they released their landmark album Dare! They’re used to everyone from Madonna to Moby, Pet Shop Boys to Robbie Williams, citing them as an influence. Now the dubstep generation – notably, the acclaimed Darkstar, who cover the League’s 1982 B-side ‘You Remind Me Of Gold’ on their current album, North – have begun to pay homage to the original sound of Sheffield. But they’re about more than esoteric infiltration – there has been mainstream penetration, too, commensurate with a band who gave us the greatest ever Christmas Number 1 single with 1981/2’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’, who have had four Top 10 albums and eight Top 10 singles in the UK as well as two US Number 1 singles and sold 20 million records worldwide.
Top Hits include:
“SIXTY EIGHT GUNS”
“WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE?”
“SPIRIT OF ’76”
“RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME”
“SOLD ME DOWN THE RIVER”
“THREE SEVENS CLASH”
“LOVE HOPE STRENGTH”
The Alarm was born in the UK in 1977 and by the time of 1981’s debut single ‘Unsafe Building’, featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”.
This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide.
Following an initial breakthrough in North America with 1983’s ‘The Stand’, alongside the evergreen ‘Sixty Eight Guns’ which smashed into the UK charts soon after, The Alarm headlined their own ‘Spirit of ’86 Concert’ before 26,000 fans in Los Angeles, transmitted around the world to millions via MTV’s first ever live global satellite broadcast.
In the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song for the original members at London’s Brixton Academy before the current line up emerged causing worldwide controversy in 2004 through The Poppy Fields ‘fake band’ escapade.
Released to conceal their true identity, the Alarm’s first single of the millennium – ’45 RPM’ would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound into the UK top 40 and back into the mainstream rock culture of North America.
The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather.
The Alarm’s return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, that would be dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.
In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume normal touring and recording duties and the group continued with the release of ‘Under Attack’ which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of ‘Superchannel’ and ‘Never Give Up Without A Fight’.
A year later, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to ‘Saving Lives – One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 1,500 lives potentially saved through its ‘Get On The List’ program (including 24 matches found from Vans Warped Tour attendees).
Throughout the course of his musical career, Mike Peters (aka The Man in The Camo Jacket), has taken The Alarm from relapse to remission and back, creating a unique musical legacy amplified by it’s enduring message of Love, Hope and Strength.
The story continues at www.thealarm.com
Tiffany’s iconic number one hit single I Think We’re Alone Now captured the heart of a nation and catapulted her to pop superstardom. The singer and songwriter’s new full-length album A Million Miles debuts on March 31, 2016. Tiffany has teamed with the cutting edge entertainment platform Pledge Music, which allows her fans a unique and personal look into the creation of the album. She is so impressed with Pledge and how easy it is for her to share things with her fans like behind the scenes content, offer pre-orders of the album, exclusive updates, and limited edition merchandise. A Million Miles marks the first time Tiffany has been a co-producer on her own record. The ten-song set is available for pre-order on PledgeMusic.com
The legendary pop star has earned two number one hit singles I Think We’re Alone Now and Could’ve Been, and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. In 2000 Billboard Magazine described Tiffany’s album The Color of Silence as “thoughtful, intelligent, and full of grace” and ranked it among the “Top Ten Best Albums of the Year”. She has sold over 15 million albums to date.
After two massively successful albums and world tours, at age 21 her priorities shifted. She gave birth to her son Elijah and wanted to raise him out of the spotlight but she never stopped writing music. In 2008 the family relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in the tight knit songwriting community. The creative atmosphere brought her back to her roots as a young girl singing the songs of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette while dreaming of becoming a country singer. At age nine she began performing with her own band and was discovered by legendary country songwriters Hoyt and Mae Axton. The pair took ten year old Tiffany to Nashville where she opened for country stars appeared on local TV shows. This helped inspire her to create her country-pop EP Rose Tattoo, to tell the stories of her early music career before she found success in pop music.
Tiffany obtained a long and storied career in a short amount of time, and today her goal is to continue writing songs for herself and others, cementing her status in the industry as a powerhouse hit maker and go-to songwriter.
Tiffany has guest stared on reality TV shows such as Food Network’s Rachael Ray VS. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, A&E’s Celebrity Ghost Stories and Food Network Challenge. She also headlined Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. As an actress Tiffany starred in SyFy Channel’s hit and campy movie’s Mega Piranha and Mega Python vs Gatoroid, in which the sci-fi disaster movie had her feuding with fellow pop star Debbie Gibson.
Tiffany stays very involved in her local Nashville community. She is an official spokesperson for The American Heart Association. She takes great pride in mentoring young singers and artists, and provides these aspiring musicians with guidance and advice on how to break into and navigate the music industry. With her husband Benn they share their love of animals with their 8 rescue dogs, and Tiffany often gives back by producing charity concerts for the Humane Society.
For someone who has spent her life touring around the world, it’s surprising to discover Tiffany’s extreme fear of flying. Consequently the singer is always in her car and it’s in the car where she gets her inspiration and does most of her writing. Those personal journals and stories inspired both the new music and to name her album after all those miles she’s driven… A Million Miles. In 2016 Tiffany will continue touring in the US and Europe and some of this will require airplane rides. Nobody knows how to break this to her.
The Untouchables are a soul/mod revival band from the Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California area. Described by original lead singer Kevin Long as “mods who played ska music,” The Untouchables are credited with being America’s first ska band.
They formed in 1981 as part of the embryonic L.A. mod revival, after being inspired by the ska revival/punk rock band The Boxboys. Since some couldn’t play instruments, they either hastily learned, or became vocalists. The original lineup included: Kevin Long (vocals), Chuck Askerneese (vocals), Terry Ellsworth (rhythm guitar), Clyde Grimes (guitar), Rob Lampron (drums), Herman Askerneese (bass) and Jerry Miller (vocals, timbales).
After a shaky start playing at parties, the integrated septet were eventually booked at the O.N. Klub (known as the On to regulars). The band had guaranteed the club that they would pack the venue, and they did not disappoint. In middle of that year, they released their first (ska-styled) 7″ single, copies of which were snapped up by local mods. Late in 1982, the band began a stint as the house band at the Roxy Theatre. Terry Ellsworth left the band in the summer of 1983, at the height of the California mod revival. Josh Harris was added on keyboards, Timothy Moynahan on trombone and Will Donato (who became a successful smooth jazz artist) started on sax.
Their second single, “The General,” became a minor local hit, despite poor distribution. The band performed “The General” in the 1984 comedy The Party Animal, and they appeared as a scooter gang in the movie Repo Man. In early 1984, they were signed to Stiff Records. Concerts with The B-52’s, Black Uhuru, Bow Wow Wow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, No Doubt and X all over California gave the group a disparate following of whites, blacks, mods, punks, surfers and rockabilly fans, with the local performances drawing up to 1,500 people. The band also appeared in the 1984 film Surf II, performing “Dance Beat”, and 1987’s No Man’s Land, performing “What’s Gone Wrong”.
Vocalist Kevin Long (who had named the band) left in 1984. Guitarist Clyde Grimes took on more vocal leads, and in 1984 the band recorded “Free Yourself”, which became very popular, especially in the United Kingdom where it was a #26 hit in April 1985. The band has gone through many lineup changes since then, and as of 2006, only vocalist Jerry Miller remains from the original lineup.
Clive Farrington is best known for his classy style, professionalism, and amazing vocals.
Starting out in Beau Leisure, Clive Farrington developed an understanding of the direction he wanted in music. As Beau Leisure broke up, Clive started pulling the pieces together that would lead to the creation of When In Rome. It was in this newly formed band that he would show is amazing musical gifts to the world and the world took notice with the hit song, The Promise. This song would dominate charts in multiple countries through 1988 and 1989. It was at this time that many variations of The Promise were made adding a long list of genres that the song touched and expanded the possible direction of the band as a whole.
When In Rome would have other hit songs, but many of these failed to rival what The Promise had created. The end was that the band parted ways, but this was not the end for Clive. Clive Farrington is an artist that has music in his soul and a passion to create music to share with the masses. This combined with his pure talent make Clive of the artists in the world that everyone should take notice to. Since the time with When In Rome, Clive has formed a number of side projects, had a successful solo career, and has done special appearances with many of the top artists in the music world.
Clive Farrington is someone that has always shown a beauty in the music he has been involved in. This can be found in the music that has composed and sings. Despite the many challenges that Clive has had in life, he is someone that strives to be the best he can be in the music world and to share the enchanting qualities in music to his masses of fans and supporters. His strong work ethic and the devotion he has in music are qualities where he has churned out many songs that show a reflection of Clive and how music forever resides in him. All of these traits have been forged in him to make him one of the gifted artists that makes songs that reflect the remarkable person with a depth of empathy that can be found in each song. He is one artist that will never quit and those that love his music are forever grateful for this.
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock-n-roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock-n-roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from that bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the U.S., gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.
Born in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, Jim grew up listening to his parents’ jazz records and by the age of ten took up the drums. Immersing himself in the art of drumming and the world of music, Jim took lessons with Mousie Alexander (who played with Benny Goodman), which included the study of jazz and working through books by Jim Chapin and Ted Reed.
By the late 70s Jim was playing in bands with school friend and bassist Lee Rocker and they soon joined forces with guitarist Brian Setzer. The rest, as they say, is history. The Stray Cats had numerous hit singles in the early 1980s, their classic album “Built for Speed” went double platinum, and their song “Rock This Town” is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of “The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”
Summer 2008 saw Jim and the Stray Cats reunite for an extensive tour of Europe. In February 2009 the band headed to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 18 years – a tour which was eagerly anticipated by Australasian fans.
In addition to the Stray Cats Jim has worked with some of the world’s top artists and has played a part in many successful groups – notably Phantom, Rocker and Slick (featuring long time David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick) which produced two popular albums; The Swing Cats featuring guitar ace Danny B. Harvey; and Dead Men Walking, an all-star affair which has boasted original members of The Sex Pistols, The Cult and Big Country among the rotating line-up. Jim also enjoyed a stint playing with The Killer, rock-n-roll originator Jerry Lee Lewis, and even performed in a now-mythological band called The Cheap Dates with acting legend Harry Dean Stanton, a long-time pal of his.
Jim has worked on numerous other projects including his own explosive self-named roots-rock trio, and HeadCat, co-starring Lemmy Kilmister and Danny B. Harvey. In addition, 2009 saw the launch of Slim Jim’s musical project The Forgotten Saints, a band co-founded with old friends, and former Dead Men Walking bandmates Captain Sensible and Mike Peters. A changing guest role for a fourth band member added an exciting dimension to an already prodigious line-up.
In the last several years, Slim Jim has continued to work with diverse friends and true artists, including Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Earl Slick. He’s also partnered with British guitar ace Darrel Higham under the band name Katmen; the pair released a critically acclaimed rockabilly record on Decca records, toured extensively and appeared on the British TV show Later … with Jools Holland. This year finds Jim working again with Dead Men Walking, a punk super group that currently includes long time collaborators Mike Peters and Captain Sensible, plus new members Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Chris Cheney from The Living End and long time fan and fellow Long Islander Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia. A tour is in the works and the group plans to record in January 2015.
Jim is deeply committed to charitable works, too: he climbed both Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro for Love Hope Strength Foundation (an organization co-founded by Mike Peters of The Alarm that benefits cancer research) with fellow rockers Peters, Robin Wilson from the Gin Blossoms, Cy Curnin from the Fixx and Glenn Tillbrook from Squeeze. The treks were filmed for a National Geographic documentary which was shown on National Geographic channel and VH1. In December 2014, he’ll attend the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia with the Love Hope Strength group to promote cancer research, spreading the word with music and wisecracks.
Over 30 years and millions of record sales later and Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide. With a sound, style and image that remain as fresh today as they ever were, Phantom has cemented his place among rock royalty. Considered by many as the coolest drummer in rock-n-roll, Phantom’s influence is still clearly felt on today’s music scene with countless rockabilly drummers imitating his pioneering stand-up style.
Jim resides in Los Angeles, California when he’s not out touring the world.
Blade worked as a DJ known as “The Young Dick Sheppard” in the United Kingdom and Europe before moving to Los Angeles and starting work as a DJ at KROQ-FM in 1982, briefly working at KNAC before a music format change. He took a new name from the Sci-Fi film, Blade Runner. Within a few months of working in Los Angeles, Blade had become the #1 Arbitron-rated radio personality on the West Coast, and in 1982, he began to host a daily television program on KCAL-TV called “MV3,” which later became Video One.
In 1984, he created, produced and hosted “VideoBeat” for KTLA. The weekly series ran for two years. Blade appeared in Square Pegs, Hunter, Divorce Court, and appeared as a contestant (as “Dick Sheppard”) on Card Sharks among other shows. He appeared in the 1985 film Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
Between 1991 and 2003, Blade hosted several music-related television programs, including “America’s Top Ten”, which he took over from Casey Kasem. He hosted several “Flashback” radio programs on KROQ-FM, and was a frequent host at Los Angeles dance clubs on their KROQ Nights, including the famous Palace Theatre in Hollywood. He appeared on the cover of a six-volume set of 1980s music compilations called Richard Blade’s Flashback Favorites. In 1998, he wrote for the UPN TV Sci-Fi series “7 Days” including writing the second season’s finale, “The Cure”.
In April 2000, Blade moved to St Maarten in the Caribbean and took a two-year break from the industry to work on several writing projects.
Returning to Los Angeles in 2002, Blade returned to his career in radio and television. In June 2003, he consulted for MTV Networks on the television program “Bands Reunited”, then worked for VH1 as a writer and producer on both seasons of the series. In 2004, he returned to radio on Los Angeles station KYSR (Star 98.7), originally as host of a Saturday night “Totally 80’s” program and short features in the afternoon drive-time period. In 2006, when the station became more 90s and current-based, the Saturday night program ended.
Today he has gained a national audience in North America where he is a host for the Sirius Satellite Radio channel First Wave, a 1980s new wave music channel. He hosts his own signature show “First Wave Rewind”. He also hosts a twice-daily short feature on Sirius’ The Big 80’s channel called “Behind The Big ’80s”. Recently, Blade has taken over for Ray Rossi on The Pulse on weekends.
In April 2006 Richard co-starred with Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer in a film he wrote, Long Lost Son. The film, which was shot on location in the Caribbean, premiered on Lifetime in August 2006. In August 2007, Blade made an appearance on the reality show, Rock of Love. Blade has made regular cameo appearances on Glory Daze, set at a college frat house in 1986. Blade plays the DJ at the College Radio station known as “The Voice”.
Currently, Richard Blade also serves up 80s music on “Flashback Lunch” every weekday at noon on Jack-FM (KCBS) in Los Angeles.