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And so we pass yet another milestone on Facebook. 300,000 likes!

Many thanks for all the support. Watch out for a special concert announcement before the end of July. 

Andy

 HAPPY MACHINES IN THE GHOST BOX GUEST SHOP

Public Information’s marvellous compilation picked from 30 years of electronic cues from the Standard Library label, is available now in a gorgeous double LP package in the Ghost Box Guest Shop.

Public Information say,

“Unofficial sequel to our Parry Music compilation from 2012, here again we step into the world of library. With official permission granted from the label itself we have selected 31 tracks from UK library music institution Standard Music spanning 30 years of electronic play, this is Happy Machine.

Standard Music Library was established in 1968 as a partnership between independent music publisher David Platz and London Weekend Television. Themes and incidental music for hit LWT shows like Black Beauty, Upstairs, Downstairs, On the Buses and The Professionals, were written under Standard’s wing. A breathtaking who’s-who of musicians recorded under the Standard banner, pressing up records that are now found in the rare as hens-teeth zone; Brian Eno, Delia Derbyshire, John Gregory. Those who feature on Happy Machine include… Brian Hodgson, John Kongos, Richard Thair, John Keating, Mike Vickers, Marco Pirroni and none other than Beatles producer George Martin jamming out on a Moog…..These characters and more are nestled comfortably here on Happy Machine as we try to make sense of our favourite electronic moments from this incredible library.

We trip from desolate Radiophonic ambient, to cute bleep-idents, to stark contemporary drone to jagged electronic scorch. There are moments of square-Italo groove, freaky electroid-psych and early 70’s Beat. Moog-heavy workouts sit nervously aside unsettling concrete. Harsh science-fiction drama bristles against gentle Romantic interludes. This is electronic library music laid bare in all its wonderful diversity; sounds for a thousand images, scores for myriad backdrops.”

OMD | English Electric Tour Photo

As we approach a year on from the sudden end to the English Electric tour we thought that we should celebrate Malcolm’s continuing improvement by reminding ourselves of how great last year was. 

Here is the whole band on stage at Tempodrome Berlin, May 24th. Many thanks to Karen Buxton for the photo.

Andy

OMD | Mad World

Interviews with Andy and Paul feature in the new book Mad World – An Oral History of the New Wake Artists and Songs that defined the 80′s. Copies of the book are available to buy here, and more information is available here. 

JS22447152 Human League to headline Redcar Rocks Festival!

Electropop legends The Human League are set to rock Redcar as a popular music and comedy festival returns for its fourth year.

The “Don’t You Want Me” group were today confirmed as headline pop act for the Redcar Rocks festival on Friday, July 11.

The Sheffield outfit, whose eight top 10 UK singles include Love Action, Mirror Man and (Keep Feeling) Fascination, are no strangers to Teesside festivals, having gone down a storm at the 2010 Stockton Riverside Fringe.

But by contrast, the Thursday, July 10 headliners are a more classical outfit – the English Philharmonic Orchestra.

Organisers say Redcar Rocks 2014 will feature two days of great comedy and a full line-up of music across three stages, plus street performers, Silent Disco, cocktail and real ale bars and a food village.

Source: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/electropop-legends-human-league-headline-7224463