16 November 2011Section 25 @ Blackpool Art Fair
The show will also include a tribute to the art of Larry Cassidy, a founder member of the band who sadly passed away in 2010. The exhibition will run from 19 November 2011 until 14 January 2012.
As a special close to The Blackpool Art Fair, on 14 January 2012, the band will perform an all-seated, semi-acoustic recital followed by a Q&A session with the audience which will be facilitated by modern music pundit John Robb.
The exhibition and concert will be at The Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, Lancs FY1 1PX (Tel: 01253 478170). Doors open 8pm and entrance is free with advance tickets available from the Grundy reception.
The event is on Saturday 26 November 2011 from 11.30-12.30pm. Admission is free, by reservation only and spaces are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7839 4942 to secure places. Joy Division is available for purchase from Proud Camden for £25.
The Horse Hospital
The Stables Market
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8AH
Tel: 020 7482 3867
15 November 2011Simon Worrall
A Fund has been launched to help Simon’s family pay for his funeral the details are:
Account number: 00304648
Sort Code: 16-30-13
Account name: Big Si
Please include your name and give what you can.
Obituary By John Robb (originally published on Louder Than War
The Paris Angels were one of the great lost bands of the baggy Madchester era.
From the east side of the city, hailing from Guide Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, they were made up of total music heads, fanatics who were just too young for punk but grew up with its shadow over them they went through all the cool musics. By the time I caught up with them- to interview them for Sounds in the late eighties they were walking musical encyclopedias. They were not rock stars- just smart kids who made music as valid as the soon to be big bands in the city.
Simon was their drummer, a big lad with a big grin.
I remember meeting Simon that day and he was really affable- a great drummer and a total dude. I would see him round town at gigs and clubs and he was always the same.
They were very much part of the early Roses/Mondays scene and were regular faces at the gigs, I would see them all the time hanging out at the legendary Boardwalk club checking out all the latest bands or at the Hacienda living the day-glo dream.
The band were very much part of the scene infrastructure, Paul ‘Wags’ Wagstaff, the guitar player would later be in Black Grape and the reformed Happy Mondays, Mark Adj- is the brother of ‘the Adge’ the Stone Roses fifth member and mainstay whilst the rest of the band was made up of scene faces, Rikki Turner, Steven Taji, Scott Carey- the original Inspiral’s bass player who nearly joined the Stone Roses just before Mani- as well as singer Jane Gill and Simon Worrall himself.
The band were heavily into the post punk and Velvet Underground scenes but with a genuine raw council estate take on the music. When acid house came they combined the two in a genuine way that many others tried to fake. Their single ‘Perfume’ is one of the classics of the era produced by Michael Johnson; and released on Sheer Joy records. It stands the test of time- a great piece of melancholic, psychedelic Manc-pop. A classic of its era.
There were other singles and a proper record deal with Virgin and a new single ‘Fade’ and the re-released ‘Perfume’ to back up the Paris Angels only album, ‘Sundew’, John Peel recognised the band’s talent and gave them a session- unusual as he was never a champion of the Madchester scene, maybe he saw something different in the band…
They fell apart in 1991 as Madchester went out of fashion and their lives became too crazy.
Farewell Simon, you will be missed.
03 November 2011Peter Hook & The Light live @ The Castle
Tickets priced £15 plus 1.50 booking fee are available from the venue or Ticketline.
More info at: www.peterhook.co.uk | Facebook
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01 November 2011New Order live at the Troxy 10.12.11
Tickets go on sale 9am, Friday November 4th 2011 via www.troxy.co.uk / www.ticketline.co.uk
January 2012 itinerary
Thu 19 - The Plug, Sheffield
Fri 20 - The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sat 21 - Gullivers, Manchester
Mon 23 - (Upstairs at) The Garage, London
Support comes from Rats on Rafts.
More info at minnypops.com
Spotlight - Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens (born 14 May 1953) is a Belgian minimalist and contemporary-classical composer and instrumentalist.
His earlier work on Les Disques du Crepuscule was recorded under the name Soft Verdict, with key material that includes For Amusement Only (composed using pinball and arcade machines), Vergessen and Struggle For Pleasure, both of which contain several tracks used on the Belly Of An Architect soundtrack
Mertens's later material has typically been a mixture of solo-piano, vocal/piano and string/woodwind-ensemble recordings, some of which have included works comprised of multiple CDs and intricate repetitive cycles.
His key works, most of it initially released on Crepuscule then later licensed to EMI Benelux, include A Man Of No Fortune And With A Name To Come, Educes Me and Jeremiades.
Biography by Paul Pledger - with thanks.
Wim Mertens - Selected Discography