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10 for 2012: #1 – Films of Colour

 
By on Monday, 12th December 2011 at 11:00 am
 

In the last couple weeks, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2012. We can now reveal the winning London band, who already have caught the eye of a legendary producer…if you haven’t heard of them, you will soon. And without further adieu…we congratulate Films of Colour taking the top honours this year.

It takes a lot of balls to do a cover of a David Bowie song. Bowie’s fans are a devoted, proud bunch and understandably wary of anyone coming near their genius’s music. So when the man behind Bowie’s dials, Tony Visconti (who’s worked not only with Bowie but also Marc Bolan/T. Rex and Morrissey), decides to endorse your version of ‘Slow Burn’ (from Bowie’s 2002 album ‘Heathen’), it’s time to pat yourself on the back. So who is this mysterious band? I’m not going to paraphrase what Visconti had to say about them, read it all here:

When I was given a batch of demos to consider working with Films of Colour I was struck with how many catchy songs they had written. I was also impressed with the quality of their demos; that they were clever, creative lads was very apparent. But one song stuck out, sounding so familiar yet I didn’t really recognise it until the second chorus. I knew the song because I produced it with David Bowie on his 2001 album ‘Heathen’. But Films of Colour had altered it so much they had clearly made it their own. I think Bowie is one of the most difficult artists to cover, since his versions of his own compositions seem to be the definitive versions. After I heard Films of Colour’s version I was completely won over.

High praise indeed. As if that weren’t enough, Films of Colour have also caught the discerning eye (and ears) of the American South by Southwest music team. Their feature Operation Every Band profiled the group on their ones to definitely catch at the 2012 edition of their yearly event in March, describing them as follows: “They don’t shy away from a big song, liberally employing elements of UK brethren Muse and Coldplay with a little more an electronic pop slant. There’s nothing too experimental musically here, but just for a band to release such dense and elaborate pop songs so early in their career shows a ton of potential.”

Though they’ve been around since 2008, Films of Colour were only signed last year to Fierce Panda, whom I’m sure you’ve heard of, as they are also the home of the Crookes and Goldheart Assembly. Head man Simon Williams has stated they are the best band he’s signed since Radiohead and Coldplay. Besides having starred on Lammo’s New Favourite Band feature on 6music in late September, they’ve received major radio support from XFM, Absolute Radio and Amazing Radio. All signs point to 2012 being Films of Colour’s year. Congratulations, chaps!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq329-MJhrI[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: The Horrors cover David Bowie’s ‘Suffragette City’

 
By on Friday, 11th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Horrors committed their cover of David Bowie‘s hit ‘Suffragette City’ to vinyl in just one take. Watch the performance below taped at Metropolis Studios in London.

A free download of this track is available from SEAT Music’s Facebook page.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UJ-rVvy_lU[/youtube]

 

Royal Mail Go Rock ‘n’ Roll

 
By on Thursday, 14th January 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Royal Mail have gone all rock ‘n’ roll on us this new year and have just released a collection of 10 special stamps, each which feature a classic album cover. The final designs were nailed down by Royal Mail after intense musical research and have even been given the nod of approval by the Queen of England herself. The set of stamps showcase some of the greatest British records of the last forty years, and while there has been some controversy over the selections (Where’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’? Apparently, it was “too black.” And erm, no Oasis?), the pretty impressive ten which did make the collection are:

The Rolling Stones – ‘Let it Bleed’

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells’

David Bowie – ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’

The Clash – ‘London Calling’

Pink Floyd – ‘The Division Bell’

Led Zeppelin – ‘IV’

New Order – ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’

Primal Scream – ‘Screamadelica’

Blur – ‘Parklife’

Coldplay (pictured above) – ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’

From Delia Smith’s famous cake that appears on the Stones’ ‘Let it Bleed’, to the colour explosion that is 90’s classic ‘Screamadelica’ by Primal Scream, to the infamous image of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on ‘London Calling’, it is certainly a varied, yet well chosen collection, embracing contemporary classics as well as the golden oldies. If that’s not enough, to add a nice touch, a vinyl peeks out the corner of each design, reminding us of the bygone beauty of records.

Led Zep legend Jimmy Page is already a fan of the special edition stamps, appearing at the launch of the collection last week. At the unveiling he spoke of the famous ‘IV’ artwork, claiming, “almost 40 years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him.

The Royal Mail rock ‘n’ roll stamps are in official circulation across Britain now, so be sure to get writing those snail mail letters and collect your favourite ones today (hopefully we don’t sound like a cheesy tv ad). Learn more over at Royal Mail’s Web site.

 

A Very Musical Christmas #2: More Music Books

 
By on Thursday, 13th November 2008 at 9:37 pm
 

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a really hard time this Christmas finding books within budget for my friends and family… Following on from our previous post about musical gifts, those lovely people at Virgin Books have been in touch to offer you 35% off their range of music books and free postage and packing this Christmas – what more could you ask for?

To get the 35% off AND free P&P simply enter the code VIRGINXMAS into the coupon box at the end of the checkout.

Have a browse around on the links below, and maybe and buy something – they’re actually cheaper than Amazon at the moment on a fair few books, and there really is something for everyone, from your Dad (Meatloaf perhaps?) to your Gran (BB King?) via your older cousin who you always knew was a tad strange (David Bowie!)

(Please note: I don’t get any comission from these book sales, nor am I affiliated in any way with Virgin Books – I just thought you might be interested in some Christmas ideas!)

Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies How to Make it in the Music Business How to Make Music in Your Bedroom
Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called “Pixies”
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How to Make it in the Music Business

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How to Make Music in Your Bedroom

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Music: The Business - The Essential Guide to the Law and the Deals Hallelujah!: The Extraordinary Story of Shaun Ryder and "Happy Mondays" Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Story
Music: The Business
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Hallelujah!: The Extraordinary Story of Shaun Ryder and “Happy Mondays”

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Strange Fascination: David Bowie
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The B. B. King Treasures "Cream": How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles
The B. B. King Treasures
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“Cream”: How Eric Clapton Took the World by Storm

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The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles

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Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners The Lost Beach Boy: The True Story of David Marks, One of the Founding Members of the "Beach Boys" Willie Nelson: The Outlaw
Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners
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The Lost Beach Boy: The True Story of David Marks, One of the Founding Members of the “Beach Boys”
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Willie Nelson: The Outlaw
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To Hell and Back: An Autobiography Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the "Who" 1958-1978 Cash: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
To Hell and Back: An Autobiography
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Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the “Who” 1958-1978

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Cash: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
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Liverpool - Wondrous Place: From the Cavern to the Capital of Culture Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield  
Liverpool – Wondrous Place: From the Cavern to the Capital of Culture
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Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield
RRP: £8.99
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