Blitzed Issue 6
In the new Blitzed, we speak to electropop outfit Ladytron in an exclusive interview discussing new album 'Time's Arrow' as well as the band's enduring synth-pop legacy.
Polly Scattergood chats about collaborating with William Orbit and her relationship with iconic record label Mute.
We look at the world of Mark Reynolds via his pop art renditions of bands that take in cartoons, comics and film posters to show music legends in a new light.
Earlier this year, the passing of Depeche Mode's Andy Fletcher was a tragedy. Now a new tribute album titled ‘6122’ has been produced featuring cover versions of classic Mode songs by acts including Northern Kind, Tin Gun, Polly Scattergood, Carlos Peron (ex Yello), Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb) and Gareth Jones. We also speak to some of the artists contributing to the project.
In reviews, Blitzed looks at the new albums by Ladytron, a-ha and Simple Minds. Plus, reissues from Yello, Duran Duran and Echo & The Bunnymen. We review ‘Listening To The Music The Machines Make’, a new publication by Richard Evans on the 1978-83 electronic music scene. There's also a special extract from the book 'The Human League and the Sheffield Electro Scene' by Andrew Darlington.
We have special Blitzed Q&As with two very different 80s acts: The Primitives and Boy Meets Girl. Plus, Blitzed takes a look into the art and design of classic 80s album sleeves, including iconic covers by Duran Duran, OMD, Joy Division, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Blancmange, New Order and more.
Orange Juice's 1982 album 'Rip It Up' is reassessed by Imogen Bebb in a special feature and Lucy Robinson looks at the history of the charity record. Mik Scarlet brings up some new acts in his reviews section and also looks at the tech wonder that was the Sony Trinitron. There are also special features looking at being a teenage fan of Siouxsie and The Banshees in the 1970s and how the 1980s music scene impacted youth culture in Northern Ireland.
In Blitzed live reviews, there's gig reports focussing on Billy Idol, Morrissey, Pete Wylie and ACTORS.
All this plus the regular Blitzed features and columns!