April 17th, 2019 The Band

The Band this week is one of Tony’s favorite band's, The Housemartins and their song “Happy Hour.”

The Housemartins were an English indie rock band formed in Hull who were active in the 1980s,  and charted three top ten albums and six top twenty singles in the UK.  Many of their lyrics were a mixture of socialist politics and Christianity, reflecting the beliefs of the band (the back cover of London 0 Hull 4 contained the message, "Take Jesus – Take Marx – Take Hope"). The group's a cappella cover version of "Caravan of Love" (originally by Isley-Jasper-Isley) was a UK Number 1 single in December 1986.

After breaking up in 1988, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway formed the Beautiful South, while bassist Norman Cook became an electronic dance music DJ and music producer, founding the groups Beats International, Pizzaman and Freak Power, before rebranding himself as Fatboy Slim.

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April 10th, 2019 The Band

he Band this week is one of Tony’s favorite bands from his Jr High days, “Passenger” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Mojo rated guitarist John McGeoch in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound".  The Times cited the group as "one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era".

Initially associated with the punk scene, the band rapidly evolved to create "a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation".Their debut album The Scream was released in 1978 to critical acclaim. In 1980, they changed their musical direction and became "almost a different band" with Kaleidoscope, which peaked at number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. With Juju (1981) which also reached the top 10, they became an influence on the emerging gothic scene. In 1988, the band made a breakthrough in North America with the multifaceted album Peepshow, which received critical praise. With substantial support from alternative rock radio stations, they achieved a mainstream hit in the US in 1991 with the single "Kiss Them for Me".

During their career, Siouxsie and the Banshees released 11 studio albums and 30 singles. The band experienced several line-up changes, with Siouxsie and Severin being the only constant members. They disbanded in 1996, with Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continuing to record music as the Creatures, a second band they had formed in the early 1980s. In 2004, Siouxsie began a solo career.


March 28th, 2019 The Band

The band this week is one of our favorites, who we have played before cause we love him, Adam Joseph “OPPALANNNNNCE”

One of the leading forces in the queer underground music scene, Adam Joseph is not only an award-winning vocalist, he's also the mastermind producer and songwriter behind other artists like Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race S9) and Jonny McGovern (Hey Qween). He has released 2 solo albums and been a featured vocalist on songs with Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Bob Sinclar, Wet Fingers, Plastik Funk, Lem Springsteen of Mood II Swing and remixed by Bass Jackers, David Jones and Deeplomatik. He has written songs for #1 Billboard artists like Inaya Day and Lea Lorien. His latest viral smash "Linda Evangelista" featuring Aja from Drag Race S9 has been played around the globe and was featured on the reunion special of Drag Race where RuPaul introduced it to the world as a masterpiece. He's been featured in Billboard, OUT Magazine, The Village Voice, The LA Times, LOGO, CNN and Paper Magazine. Adam's live performance combines all of his talents—DJ, original productions and live vocals—leaving crowds amazed, intrigued, and hungry for more.

http://www.ajomusic.com/bio

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March 13th, 2019 The Band

The Band pick this week in Tony’s new obsession Six the musical.

Six is a musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The idea came to Marlow while studying in his final year at Cambridge University, and despite uncertainties from collaborator Moss, the pair wrote the musical while studying for their final exams. The musical is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII presented as a pop concert, as the wives take turns singing and telling their story to see who had the worst time with Henry and will become the group's lead singer.

https://www.sixthemusical.com/

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March 6th, 2019 The Band

The Band this week is one Jennie pick and one of our favorite bands The Cure

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys (1979); this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music (as well as Smith's stage look) was a staple of the emerging style of music known as gothic rock.

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